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Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Food For Thought: Back to Basics

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A very blessed Holy Week to you!

There certainly are many bible-based movies, television programs, and other works making the rounds this week. Whether another telling of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, or other stories taken from the New or Old Testament, I cannot remember another Holy Week where so many different treatments have reached the airwaves and theaters, not to mention the newspapers, internet, and bookshelves.

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I suppose part of this is because, simply, people will tune in; media companies produce what they believe the public will watch and sponsors will support.

But, too, I think it is that today’s world is so very troubled that many people crave something better, more hopeful, and deeply spiritual. Although it is hard to watch the Passion of Our Lord because of the utter cruelty and pain he suffered, the result – the Resurrection – makes for an uplifting end and new beginning for all of us of faith.

Which leads me to the point of this installment of Food for Thought. I might tune in to a couple of the programs that will air this week, but more than that, I plan to spend a lot of time in prayer, reflection, and meditatin on the basics – the actual Word. I want to cultivate that connection between the bible pages and my eyes and draw the meaning written on them into my heart and soul. It’s hard to do that when you’re interrupted by commercials or distracted by how the actors look or what other production values a particular program has.

So, for me, it’s back to basics – and forward into Holy Week.

Blessings to you at this blessed time!
Maureen

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A Praying Spirit: When You Don’t Feel Like Praying

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Maureen Pratt Author PicPerhaps you’re tired. Bone-weary. Angry. Deeply torn. Spiritually dry.

Perhaps it’s taken a long time to admit it, but now you do.

You don’t feel like praying.

Are you a bad person? Sinning for saying it? Hopelessly lost?

Not at all. God still and always will love you, and He knows how deeply you are hurting, torn, arid like the proverbial desert.

So, if you don’t feel like talking today, or any time, that’s all right, because God will still talk to you. And He’ll bring you His comfort and peace, His love and grace.

God is that friend who is a friend even when you don’t feel like saying anything. Just sitting. Relaxing.

In His presence, in the stillness, God speaks to you.

Peace,

Maureen

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Just Because

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Today’s a great day to encourage yourself and others…just because.

So often, we wait to express our appreciation, admiration, or pleasure to someone else. It might be a spouse who lives alongside of us, or it might be someone we don’t see, but hear at the end of the telephone during our daily business interactions. We might be in a bad flare, and not able to think or do much beyond “getting through the day,” so encouraging ourselves seems a far-off ability. We might be so busy that we don’t think beyond the surface of everyone we meet or interact with.

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Oh, yes, we remember those “days to commemorate,” that is, the birthdays or anniversaries marked on our calendar. We will drop everything and pick up the telephone if we hear of someone’s accident, loss, or diagnosis of a serious illness.

But, sometimes, it is good to take time to say, “I appreciate you,” or “I’m going to encourage myself,” …yes, just because. Moreover, it can make the rest of the day seem more special and more enlivened.

So, today, reach out. Cheer on. Appreciate.

Just because!

Peace,

Maureen

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TLC Tuesday: All About Us

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Maureen Pratt Picture 1Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope that, if you celebrate today, you will have a fond and festive time.

Any kind of holiday centered on a particular race or ethnicity makes me think of what makes us us. I also think about this when I hear of genetic studies and how scientists are trying to identify genes or traits that can indicate what characteristics we might have, or what illnesses we might be prone to get. Of course, we do inherit certain things from our forebears. A laugh. A lisp. Blue eyes. Bald head. It makes me smile when new parents coo over their newborn child, trying to figure out whose nose he has, or whose tiny hands she inherited.

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But, really, we are us beyond our genetics or inherited habits – and therein lies the mystery of being human.

God calls us each by our unique name. He knew us before we were born. We’re not cookie-cutter clones of those who went before us. Nor are we meant to walk down the path chiseled into the landscape by generations prior to ours.

We bring individual gifts, our unique heart and soul.

I’m honored that I have some traits of some of the people in my family. But I also an honored that God has given me this life, to be his child.

If you’re Irish today, well so am I, and again, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! But that’s not all about us – we’re much more than any label could convey!

Yes, we are each unique. And loved by God in our own name.

Peace,

Maureen

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