Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

TLC Tuesday: What if you missed Tuesday?

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Maureen Pratt Author PicIf you have a chronic illness or live with serious pain, you know that sometimes, you “miss” a day or two in the week. It’s too hard to get out of bed. You are going through medical tests, and the outside world seems to disappear into the technicality of prep and procedure. You’re brain-fogged, and even putting together the coffee pot seems impossible.

You might miss church on Sunday. Prayer group on Wednesday. Choir rehearsal on Thursday. Yes, you might even miss TLC Tuesday!

What, now?

Today’s suggestion:  You can still benefit from TLC (or any other day you miss).  No need to skip it just because you’ve missed it. Compensate for that “miss” by a “make-up” on a day when you are feeling better, or are better able.  So, if today isn’t Tuesday, no worries! Do something nice for yourself or someone else, anyway.

We all need a little TLC. Why not Tuesday (or another day?)

Chronic Illness: If You Were Not You

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One of the techniques I try to use whenever I’m in a quandry over something regarding my health is to ask, “What if I were not me? What if I were my mother? My sister? My friend? What would I say? Do? Pray over?”

This helps me take the sometimes-frustrated or “at sea” me out of the conversation and puts me in the mindset of at least a little more objectivity.

This technique is also helpful when I’m talking with my doctors. On more than one occasion, I’ve asked, “Would you send your [wife/daughter/sister] to this specialist? Prescribe the same medication to your mother? Follow this course of treatment yourself?”

Only once did a doctor take offense to this kind of questioning. The other times, the docs were surprisingly receptive, thinking for a moment, and then giving an honest and helpful answer.

Stuck? Befogged and befuddled?

Think differently…What if you were not you?

What would you say/do, now?

Blessings for the day,

Maureen

Prayer for Grace-full Aging

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Image courtesy of graur codrin/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Whether your day has passed or is coming up, we all will age one more year this year and onward. We cannot turn back the clock, but we can turn on grace as we move ahead. Here’s a prayer for Grace-full Aging:

Oh, Lord, I am getting older.

It doesn’t feel exactly comfortable,

and when I look in the mirror,

I see someone different, someone I don’t entirely know.

Yet, I enjoy this gift of life you have bestowed upon me,

and I am grateful for the many blessings

of the past and of today.

Help me cultivate more grace,

more delight, and more hope as I age.

And bring your wisdom and guiding hand

to me as I move farther along

into this adventure that is life!

In Jesus’ name I pray

Amen.

TLC Tuesday: Laugh!

posted by mpratt

Oh, yes, I know about the scientific studies and the group research touting its benefits. I know all about the mechanics and the music of it.

But sometimes, it is difficult to find the gift and the boost of laughter.

Suggestion for today:  Perhaps you are having a bad day, or know someone who is going through a very, very rough time. Perhaps full-out laughter is not something you can do, or encourage your loved one to do. Even so, try to find one thing, however small, to make you smile. Outside your window, inside the comics pages of the newspaper, through a pet or through a person – find a reason to smile. Cherish that moment of even muffled delight. And know that God’s world is not all bad, His day need not be all down, and humor, even a hint of it, can bring light – His light – to your world.

We all need a little TLC. Why not Tuesday?Maureen Pratt Author Pic

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