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TLC Tuesday: Thaw Out!

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Maureen Pratt Author PicFor many people, this winter has been brutal. Snow, ice, and, especially, frigid temperatures. Many people have been without power, help to clear mountains of snow, and low on food and other supplies.

As we think about spring, we think about warmth – inside and out. And one of the ways we can start to “thaw out” is to dust off the bright, sunny core of our character and let it start to motivate us toward a beautiful time ahead.

Yes, perhaps being cooped up indoors has cut you off from friends or neighbors. Thaw out – reach out!

Maybe you started but did not finish one or more indoor projects, even beloved work on hobbies, because lethargy set in. Thaw out – work out!

And maybe you became spiritually discouraged as the darker days and frigid nights held nothing but the same old, same old for what seemed like and eternity. Thaw out – praise out!

Spring is coming, and so is the spring thaw! And you can get it started even earlier, right there in your own heart and home!

Joy and peace,

Maureen

Food for Thought: What You Hear in Silence

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We can learn much, when we cultivate silence. It might seem counter-intuitive; our learning usually takes the form of words or pictures or sounds, tangible things that have size, depth, tone, and space.

But beyond all of those things that we can feel is something more profound – it is what you hear in silence. And you can only hear it if you nurture the silence from which it springs.

Very different from prayer, which is a communication with God, and very different from many forms of meditation, which might focus on an idea or image, smell or sound, resting in silence is hard, but helpful. It is telling, but tacit.

It might take a bit to get used to shooing away all the other clutter in your mind’s ears and eyes to get to that silence. But it is worth it.

What you hear in the silence will bring you closer to God.

Blessings,

Maureen

A Praying Spirit: Thank You, God!

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What if all of your prayers today were of thanksgiving and appreciation? What if, instead of a laundry list of petitions or a few moments spent in distracted longing for relief, wealth, power, or just simple human understanding, you focused instead on all of the gifts you have been given and all of the bounty placed in the world by God?

We don’t live in a very thank-filled world. Oh, yes, we have plenty of outlets to express our thanks to people for gifts or thoughtfulness. Those cards can prompt a smile or, even, a tear, when given from the heart. But often, that’s where our gratitude rests. That’s where our appreciation ends – and we move on to the next thank-giving moment.

Today, however, I challenge us all to put aside everything else except gratitude in God. Gratitude for His power and might. Gratitude for our lives and world. Gratitude for the gift of His Son Jesus Christ.

Gratitude for our ability to pray, worship, and live in faith.

I have a feeling that if we sweep away our stilted gratitude with abundant thanks and appreciation, we will feel different. Uplifted. Cleansed. And clear-eyed enough to see even more things about which we can lift up a loud, hearty, “Thank you, God!”

Let’s go!

Maureen

Chronic Illness and Pain: Letting Your Guard Down

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Maureen Pratt Author PicI’ve had to increase the dosage of the immunosuppressive drug I’m taking for my lupus and anti-retinal antibodies. This makes me even more susceptible to infections – at a time when the flu season is just kicking into high gear!

About now, too, I’m getting very weary of fending off potential infection. Tired of telling people, “If you have a cold or feel you’re getting one, please let me know so that I don’t come over/get close,” or waiting for the next elevator, one without the rhumy child in his or her mother’s arms, or pulling out the hand wipes continuously during an outing.

Yes, it is tempting to think, “Oh, just this once…”

Yet, the consequences of “Just this once…” gone wrong could be rather catastrophic.

I have great faith that God will take care of me, no matter what. But I also know that I have to do my part. As tempting as it is to let my guard down, I truly want to do what I can to avoid complications, especially at a time when they could be more seriously complicated than at others.

So, every now and then, I have to steel myself and remind myself why I’m doing what I’m doing. I weigh the potential consequences, and then, re-fortified, forge ahead with guard up.

If you’re struggling with the same thing, please know I keep you in my prayers. Temptations come in all shapes and sizes, and the urge to let our guard down can be enormous! Hang tough, my friend! ¬†We’re in this, and we’ll get through this together and strong!

Blessings,

Maureen

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TLC Tuesday: Thaw Out!
For many people, this winter has been brutal. Snow, ice, and, especially, frigid temperatures. Many people have been without power, help to clear mountains of snow, and low on food and other supplies. As we think about spring, we think about warmth - inside and out. And one of the ways we can sta

posted 9:56:52pm Mar. 03, 2015 | read full post »

Food for Thought: What You Hear in Silence
We can learn much, when we cultivate silence. It might seem counter-intuitive; our learning usually takes the form of words or pictures or sounds, tangible things that have size, depth, tone, and space. But beyond all of those things that we can feel is something more profound - it is what you he

posted 9:50:56pm Mar. 02, 2015 | read full post »

A Praying Spirit: Thank You, God!
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posted 9:44:21pm Feb. 28, 2015 | read full post »

Chronic Illness and Pain: Letting Your Guard Down
I've had to increase the dosage of the immunosuppressive drug I'm taking for my lupus and anti-retinal antibodies. This makes me even more susceptible to infections - at a time when the flu season is just kicking into high gear! About now, too, I'm getting very weary of fending off potential infe

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posted 9:24:25pm Feb. 24, 2015 | read full post »


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