December 29, 2011

Resolutions

Posted in Christianity at 9:15 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Eph. 4:22-24)

As the new year approaches, we begin thinking about all of the changes we need to make in our lives. Many people make resolutions to lose weight, organize their lives or their closets, and become more financially sound. Even though 25 percent of those who make a New Year’s resolution break it after the first week, it is also well documented that those who make resolutions are “10 times more likely to attain their goals” than those who don’t make resolutions (proactivechange.com/resolutions/statistics.htm). We resolve to become better people because we want to be more than we are right now. But what does that mean? Many times, we have the desire to change, but we don’t know where to start. We try to make big changes all at once, and when we fail to see the desired results materialize, we give up, more despondent than we were before. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 23, 2011

The Light of Christmas

Posted in Christianity at 10:25 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9:5)

When I lived in Germany, I couldn’t wait for the long, dark, dreary days of winter to end and the bright, sunny days of summer to begin. Winter lasted for about three-fourths of the year, from September to May, and each June, I was happy to see the rainy season end as the days became longer and the sun began shining brightly for up to nineteen hours a day during the summer solstice. From sunrise at 4:30 a.m. to sunset at 11:00 p.m., I basked in warm rays of pure joy. Even occasional rain showers couldn’t dampen my spirits during this time; I was full of the light and hope that only the brightest light brings. Read the rest of this entry »

December 19, 2011

The Hope of Christmas

Posted in Christianity at 10:12 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“In his name the nations will put their hope.” (Matt. 12:21)

As Christmas lights twinkle festively and we run to and fro, engaging in Christmas activities with family and friends, it is easy to forget that for many people, this is not the most wonderful time of the year. For those who have recently lost loved ones, for those who are alone or experiencing loneliness, for those who suffer from depression, for those who suffer from chronic illness, and for those who do not know the true meaning of Christmas, this is simply a difficult time of the year to get through while those around them celebrate something in which they are unable to participate. Read the rest of this entry »

December 6, 2011

Hustle and Bustle

Posted in Christianity at 8:34 am by Staci Hart Mauney

“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.’” (Luke 2:13-14)

The hustle and bustle of the Christmas season has arrived once again. As I have mentioned before on this blog, I’m a list-maker, and this time of year, I always check my list twice so that I don’t forget anything. Decorations up? Check. Christmas cards in the mail? Check. Gifts purchased and wrapped? Check. Christmas plays attended? I’ll mark that off this weekend. Baking done? Nope. Let’s see…maybe I can squeeze that in…right here…between the office party and, oh, last minute Christmas shopping. Oh, and don’t forget the Christmas service at church! And so it goes throughout the month of December. Sometimes, I become so consumed by completing each item on my list that I completely forget the reason for these activities in the first place. Read the rest of this entry »