January 26, 2013

The Goat Head Patch

Posted in Christianity at 9:31 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“Then I will return to my place until they admit their guilt and turn to me. For as soon as trouble comes, they will earnestly search for me…” (Hosea 5:15)

My little Yorkie, Lilly, has a favorite area in the yard where she likes to play. Unfortunately, it is a landmine filled with goat heads. If you don’t know what they are, then you are blessed. They are ferocious little stickers, no bigger than the end of my little finger, with needle-like projections. And, wow, do they hurt. They stick in the bottom of shoes to get brought into the house and left on the floor to be stepped on later by bare feet – ouch! – and they sink deeply into my dog’s paws. Read the rest of this entry »

January 13, 2013

Little Things

Posted in Christianity at 8:05 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil…” (Psalm 37:8)

A new semester has begun, and with it, the busyness that comes from a full-time job, a full-time graduate school schedule, a long commute to college, and family obligations. Just one week into the semester, I already feel myself becoming overwhelmed by my schedule. This manifests itself in my irritable attitude and quick temper. No matter how hard I try to keep it in check, the little things begin to add up, and the little things bug me – a lot. Read the rest of this entry »

January 5, 2013

The Highway of Life

Posted in Christianity at 1:24 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride…” (Ecc. 7:8)

The state highway on which I commute to work has been under construction for quite some time. It is known as the “truck route” from Kansas to Texas, and portions of the highway are being widened in our area (as funding allows) from two lanes to four. A crew began expanding this four-mile section of highway early last year, and they are still working on it. When they opened up the expanded side of the highway and moved all traffic to that side, I was just sure that they were almost done. Four months later, we are still driving on the new section of highway while the crew works on the old road. I’m beginning to think they will never get done, and I will have to drive 45 miles per hour for the rest of my life, watching for the highway patrolmen who have staked out this area. Read the rest of this entry »