February 13, 2012

Unconditional Love

Posted in Christianity at 7:14 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

We love because he first loved us…” (1 John 4:19)

With Valentine’s Day upon us, hearts and minds turn to thoughts of love. When you love someone, you feel as if you will do anything for that person. Whether your love is for a spouse, significant other, or child, it knows no bounds – you would move mountains, leap tall buildings, and walk across the ocean for that person. If that person needed something that you couldn’t give, you would move heaven and earth to get it. Read the rest of this entry »

February 6, 2012

Greedy

Posted in Christianity at 9:02 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“Then he said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.’” (Luke 12:15)

When I give my dog, Lilly, a treat, she greedily snatches it out of my hand. I quickly move my fingers out of the way so that I don’t get bitten! It’s not that she wants to hurt me; it’s that she’s so eager to have the treat that she gets a little too enthusiastic and sometimes tries to grab a little more than the treat that’s offered. After she grabs the treat, she runs away with it and eats as quickly as her little jaw allows. While she’s eating, she won’t allow me to get close to her – she’s afraid I’ll try to steal it back. If I come too close to her, she picks up her treat and runs away. But as soon as she finishes eating, she comes back looking for more because one is never enough. Read the rest of this entry »

February 2, 2012

Challenges

Posted in Christianity at 8:04 am by Staci Hart Mauney

“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.” Psalm 68:19

This year, I have taken on a new challenge. I have begun working on my Master of Education in Secondary Education. Because I have a teaching certificate in English through the Oklahoma alternative certification program, I have to take a certain number of hours of education classes as determined by the State of Oklahoma. Since I have to go back to school anyway, I prayed about this decision and realized that a master’s degree would benefit me more than merely taking six hours of education classes. This would not be the right decision for everyone, but this is where the Lord led me. However, since I have been out of school for so long, I forgot how difficult it can be to adjust to having such a set routine. Even though I am a writer who thrives on deadlines, suddenly having a number of homework assignments due within days of each other threw me into a panic. How would I ever going to work all day get all of these assignments done? And just as importantly, how would I ever have time to absorb the material for an exam? Read the rest of this entry »