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Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Food for Thought: YouTube Interviews and Videos

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Whew, finally! I’ve had a YouTube channel for years, but haven’t done much with it. However, I recently realized that there are a few interviews already posted in various places on YouTube, and thought you might be interested in looking at/listening to them. So, here’s a link to my channel, and the “My Media” section, where you’ll find 2 videos and 2 radio interviews (one of which still has to be uploaded by the host).

www.youtube.com/channel/UCDBokLOcIilI5hF170bpSQw

This year, I hope to post videos of my own, and other content, so please “tune in” once in awhile (I’ll also keep you posted here).

Blessings for this weekend -and the start to February!

Maureen

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A Praying Spirit: Returning to a Prayer Answered

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If you find that your prayer time has been overshadowed by concerns, wants, needs, and disappointments, you might need to go back.

Back? Where?

Back to when God answered your prayers, prayer, your prayer.

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Why?

Think back to Christmas. Many times, after all the presents are opened and days have passed, those same “gotta have” gifts lie unused, forgotten, or, shudder, broken. Then, the next Christmas time, we once again tell loved ones what we want, get most or at least some of those things, and the same things happens all over again. So often, we forget the past Christmas and the gifts we received (and the love that came with them) because we’re so intent on thinking of next Christmas.

Remembering God’s promises fulfilled, His love, and His constancy helps us to center ourselves in gratitude, which in turn makes us more faith-filled, trusting, and true to our Christian walk. It also makes us better understand and appreciate just how awesome God is and how regularly He answers our prayers.

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Return to that prayer answered. You’ll probably realize there isn’t just one, but many. Lift up a song of praise and thanks. And know that God will always give you what you need, when you most need it.

Then, from that brokenness of discarded and forgotten gifts, you’ll be able to move ahead, rejoicing and whole!

Peace,

Maureen

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Chronic Pain and Illness: How We Do It All

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When I talk with people about what I do, their response is frequently, “How do you fit it all into a day?”

My response, generally, is, “I don’t.”

The concept of “a day” is very different for those of us with chronic pain and illness. Some 24-hour periods are mostly spent looking forward to the next 24-hour period, when we’ll feel better – well enough to do what we should be doing in the present period but simply cannot.

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Other 24-hour periods are spent picking up the pieces of days when we were too sick or pained to accomplish everything fully. Half-done laundry, for example. Or, that phone call with a friend that was interrupted by severe cramps from holding the phone.

Quite awhile ago, I realized that it was virtually impossible to think I could live as I did “before lupus,” in that my energy flagged oh, so quickly, if I attempted to sail through a “regular” day. Chores, doctor appointments, errands, social responsibilities – each require a level of attention and energy that are simply too draining if glommed together into one day.

So, my concept of “doing it all” has become quite different. Meaning…

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I prioritize daily, deciding how I feel, what my level of energy seems to be, and what is most pressing.

I am forgiving, especially of myself. If I cannot do everything I’d hoped to do, I don’t give myself a personal scolding and I do not allow myself to sink into, “How weak are you?”

If “big things” are planned, I scrape and claw and resolve myself to do just one, yes, one, in a day, and I allow for recuperation time. (Is this always possible? Well, “things happen,” such as unexpected deaths, illness, or as at the holiday season, jammed calendars. But, I try, oh, yes, I try.)

Throughout, I try to remember that life is fragile, health is vital, and God’s time is not our time.

Which works out perfectly for those of us with chronic pain and illness, as “typical” time is not ours, either! :)

Joy and peace,

Maureen

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TLC Tuesday: Snowed In But Not Snowed Under

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As I write this, a light breeze is tickling the fronds of the palm trees outside my window. The sun is shining – a bright spot after some gentle rain last night. It’s warm enough for a walk later today. And, yet,

I know many of you are house-bound and looking out at piles of snow and biting wind. Drifts several feet high cover the sidewalks and roads. Chill. It’s very chill. I remember those days of snowstorms, having lived many years in places where they occur. And I know the stir-crazy feeling after the awe of God’s nature wears thin. Even a large home seems cramped, with too many people underfoot, after a day or so of forced confinement.

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Today, if you are feeling antsy, edgy or frustrated from wild weather, take heart! Many of us long for days when there’s nothing to do but nothing! Use your time playfully. Perhaps doodling, singing, dancing, or even writing. Let your creativity loose! And who knows, the seeds from that creative spark  just might melt away your frustration and replace it with something that will become even more wonderful as the days grow warmer.

Blessings of joy and peace,

Maureen

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