March 31, 2015

Calming the Storm

Posted in Christianity tagged , , , , at 8:59 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm…” (Mark 4:39)

In Oklahoma, we understand how unpredictable the weather can be, especially in the spring. We have weather apps on our phones and text alerts for when severe weather strikes. For those of us who grew up here, we know how quickly the day can turn from bright and sunny to dark and stormy. Last week, that happened again when tornadoes tore through our state for the first time this season. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 12, 2015

Experiencing Change

Posted in Christianity tagged , , , at 10:18 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go…” (Joshua 1:9)

Throughout life, we will experience many changes. There will be marriage, maybe children, perhaps divorce or a job loss or a devastating health diagnosis. If these things do not happen to you, then they will happen to someone close to you. Life never stays the same no matter how much we prefer this. Some people are better at adjusting to changes than others. I am not one that adjusts quickly. I need time to process the changes, but sometimes life comes at you so fast there is just not time to think it through until it is all over. Even though I struggle with change, I have learned through the years that without it, we are not able to learn and grow. Change often provides the catalyst for growth that we need to spur us on to greater things. Read the rest of this entry »