Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Bumps in the Road?

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Maureen Pratt Author PicGo to the pharmacy for a 3-month supply of meds. Return home, look in bag, discover a 1-month supply. Phone Pharmacy. Go back to pharmacy for 2-month supply. Sigh!

In a life with chronic illness and pain, there will inevitably be “bumps in the road.” These can be as “minor” as a forgotten doctor’s appointment or as “major” as a misdiagnosis. We’ve all (or we will all) experienced more than one of these glitches and setbacks. And, no doubt, there will be more as time and life move on. Much of this is because we’re human and we’re working with and dealing with other humans. Only God is unfailing and infallible!

So, it’s not so much that “stuff” happens as it is how we handle it when it does.  For example, if we are driving and go over a gentle bump, our first reaction will be to slow down, then note where the bump is for future reference. If we are unfortunate enough to fall victim to a sinkhole, we have to take care of the business of repairing or replacing our vehicle and then absolutely avoiding the offending abyss completely in the future.

Of course, in some ways, it’s easier to deal with the inconvenience of cars and bumps and holes and such than it is to deal with problems involving our lives and our health. We probably don’t take speed bumps personally, but we sure take our health personally, and for good reason.

But much the same approach as with vehicles and other things in life can be helpful. For example, we learn over time to make lists, keep accurate calendars, and centralize our robust healthcare files. We try to educate ourselves as much as possible, and work with our doctors on ongoing care as well as during the diagnosis process. We make every attempt to communicate clearly and specifically. We understand our strengths and weaknesses – and communicate those, too. And we use our stress-relieving tools abundantly so that the bumps, large and small, don’t get us down.

Easy to say, hard to do? Well, yes. But, as we know, with God and a sense of humor, all things are possible!

Blessings for the day,

Maureen

 

 

 

 

A Prayer for Quiet

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Image courtesy of nuchylee/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Oh, Lord, there is so much noise in my heart and in my world.  It is becoming more difficult to hear you, to sense your presence in my life, to focus my spirit on what matters most.

Please, Lord, here and now, bring quiet. Let your peace fill my soul and enable me to block out the noise, the negativity, the distraction that keep me from you. Help my eyes to see your presence and my ears to hear your voice.

Speak to me, Lord, in the quiet, the blessed quiet, and bring me closer to you.

 

Maureen

Meaningful, mirthful minutia

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Maureen Pratt Author PicIn the elevator of my local grocery store, a mother and her young son were already waiting for the doors to close. As I stepped in, the boy, not more than three or four years old, stepped back, toward the full shopping cart the mother was holding onto. I thought he might hit his head on the cart’s handlebars, but he fit neatly just below them. Both the mother and I smiled, and I said, “He fits perfectly now, but I bet he’ll soon be taller than the handlebars, won’t he?”

She laughed and smiled, “Oh, he’s growing up so fast.”

We rode down to the ground floor, and the mother and son and I got off. I lost track of them while I shopped, but when I returned to the elevator bank, she and he were waiting once again for the elevator, the cart still full of groceries. We exchanged smiles again as the doors opened and we got onto the elevator. We rode up one floor and the doors opened again. I moved my arm to hold the door so that the mother could move her cart out, but her son’s cheery voice stopped me.

“Let’s do it again! Again!”

The mother smiled, a little weary this time, and sighed. “All right. One more ride. But only one more.”

I laughed.  Despite the full shopping cart and frayed patience, the mother was going to allow her son, fascinated with riding in an elevator, one more ride.

How often do we take a simple thing like an elevator ride for granted?

Moreover, how can we find delight, joy, and pleasure in even the most minute things in our lives?

That little boy’s delight, his glee, and his mother’s kindness – More of that in all of our lives, please!

Blessings for the day,

Maureen

Clearing the air

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Image courtesy of graur codrin/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

A recent rain brought crisp, clean air to Southern California. What a blessing! Before the deluge, it seemed as if there was a pall of dust over and around. Now, it’s a joy to breathe deeply and enjoy the outdoor air once more.

During this time of Lent, I’m reminded of what a blessing it is to clear the air with God, too. Throughout the rest of the year, we lift up problems, pain, anger, and other ‘baggage’ to Our Lord in prayer. Our relationship with the Lord can become mighty one-sided and stilted because of the way we communicate, emphasizing our problems and down-playing our praise.

But now, as we prepare for the ultimate celebration that is Easter, we take time to reflect upon our actions and thoughts of the year-gone-by. We pray for renewal. We pray for cleansing. We pray that the ‘air’ between us and God will be cleared once more, so that we may more fully enjoy our relationship with Our Creator and acquire more insight, wisdom, and courage to walk closely with Him in the days and months ahead.

How deeply we can breathe in God’s Spirit and love when we’ve cleared the air in prayer!

Blessings for the day – and Lent,

Maureen

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