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Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Chronic Illness: Recognizing Progress, However Small

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I remember the day when, months after I was diagnosed with lupus, I could pick up a drinking glass without feeling pain in my fingers. It wasn’t a huge, “Oh, I’m cured!” moment. After all, I still had lots and lots of other internal problems and complete baldness to deal with. But it was progress, small but also monumental.

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As I’ve continued living with lupus and other sometimes debilitating/sometimes more tolerable conditions, I’ve become even more mindful of the small steps ahead, the “little” progress that can lift my spirits and signal hope. But sometimes, too, especially in the midst of a flare up, I can forget to recognize the mini-progress as I look at how much farther I have to go. Faith helps me be more attentive.

When Jesus said, “I am with you always,” He meant every moment, waking or sleeping, moving or sitting. In small moments of progress and huge moments of pain. To be intent on recognizing the nuanced times when we move forward is a reflection of our love for the Lord and our desire to recognize Him, too, even in those “I can lift a drinking glass” moments.

So, if you make small steps of progress, if you inch along snail-like, still know that Jesus is supporting you throughout – and revealing Himself as mightily as if He were coming down from a cloud in heaven!

 

Peace!

Maureen

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TLC Tuesday: Celebrate!

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When was the last time you celebrated living? Oh, not another birthday or anniversary. Not even milestones such as so many months after ending treatment or physical therapy.

No, when was the last time you celebrated your God-given, blessedly wonderful life?

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The celebration need not be elaborate, and it can even be private. No one need know what is behind that lilt in your voice or smile on your lips. And, of course, the celebration should be something health-filled and healthful. This is not an invitation to go overboard, but rather a way to lift up praise for this day, this time, this now – and all the bounty contained in it.

Today, embrace your life, this precious you that God has individually and lovingly fashioned. You, with all of your quirks and talents, chronic illness, pain and all.

Celebrate this life, this you. And, God will smile, too!

Joy,

Maureen

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Chronic Pain: The Oasis in Our Hearts

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One of the most difficult things about living with chronic pain can be finding relief. Oh, yes, we work with our doctors, physical therapists, and other medical professionals to do this. But in the day-to-day, when that sharp jab makes us gasp, or the twinges take on seeming lives of their own, we can feel quite helpless, drained.

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In such moments, I like to take advantage of the oasis within – the cool, calm, lushly forested place where my heartbeat takes on the rhythm of nature, unhurried but thriving. It takes conscious effort to get to this wonderful place of relaxation; envisioning the forest helps, as does making use of technology to evoke birdsong, a babbling creek, or wind whispering through treetops.  But it is possible to use these tools, or just our own power of concentration, to look beyond the discomfort we endure and through to somewhere that we can truly call a God-given oasis.

The Lord will give us all we need, including a special place within to seek comfort and find renewed energy and strength. We have only to make the effort to go there to benefit from this, as with all, blessings.

Peace,

Maureen

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Never Enough God!

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“Leave God out of this.”

“You pray too much.”

“Let’s not talk about God anymore.”

If any of these or similar remarks sound familiar to you, you’re not alone. I’ve heard these and many other comments throughout my life, and especially when speaking with people who are in pain, living with illness, or are caring for those who are, whether medical professionals or not. For some, it’s all well and good to speak about God – to a point. Too much “God talk” can, for them, start to feel threatening or bewildering. And they want to put an end to it.

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Others are not open to God at all, preferring to think about some other “higher power,” whether themselves or science or the latest fad in self-care.

And others are afraid to bring up the subject of God and life, health, and wholeness, because they don’t want to “offend” others.

For me? There’s never enough talk of God! Or prayer! Or striving to lead a faithful life!

For me, I cannot “leave God out” of much of anything – He’s everywhere, and ever-moving.

But does that mean that bringing God in crowds out all other discussion? Absolutely not. We live on this earth, we are human, and we have human concerns, likes, dislikes, and dreams. We are children of God – and He works through us. It’s all blessedly connected!

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And does that mean that we take on the cloak of a vehement preacher, shaking our fist and Bible? Not at all – if we are true to the Gospel, and if we are truly faith-filled, we should be so full of joy and light that it shines from our words, faces, lives!

So, I pray, talk about God, and bring Him into my life because He is wonderful, I am human, and doing so fills me with immense thanksgiving and joy!

Peace,

Maureen

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