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Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

TLC Tuesday: Picking up the Pieces

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CrecheforblogPine needles are scattered down the hallway, a stray ornament has rolled under a living room table. The manger scene will remain on my piano through Epiphany and then it, too, will be stowed away until next/this Christmas. The time has passed fluidly, one holiday day to the next.

But, oh, not so much the physical wear and tear! No, holidays on top of “regular” days of illness and chronic pain do take their toll. And, as the decorations are put back into their boxes, there’s a lot of protesting from back, legs, shoulders, and elsewhere!

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Unlike in years past, I have been in no real hurry to pick up the pieces after the holidays. I’m trying to take my own advice – one box, one ornament at a time. All will be taken care of, just not perhaps as swiftly as others might be able to accomplish.

Even if you have lots still to do to put away the holidays, do take time to relax, remember fondly, let your body ease back into the New Year and those decorations ease back into their hiding places.

Yes, it’s TLC Tuesday once again – Encourage yourself to take it easy!

Blessings,

Maureen

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Food for Thought: Given a Precious Gift

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I’m fascinated by how, after Jesus was crucified, died, and rose from the dead, those devoted to Jesus did not scatter like cowards, fearing they would be next to die on the cross. Rather, they gathered in an “upper room” and received the Holy Spirit! From there, then, they went forth, communicating in ways that had before been utterly foreign to them. And, spreading the Gospel, they changed the world (though not without pain and personal sacrifice).

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It’s a powerful lesson for anyone, but especially for those of us with chronic illness. If you read the first couple of chapters of Acts of the Apostles superficially, it seems “natural” that all those men and women, followers of Christ, would naturally continue His ministry.

But then, consider the time, the political climate, the personal tragedy they had each witnessed – the brutal death of their friend and, in Mary’s case, son. It’s a wonder they didn’t scatter, hide, “take a time out,” or otherwise give up!

Praise God, they didn’t!

Faced even with tremendous obstacles, each was given the gift of the Holy Spirit, speaking in foreign languages, filled with determination and that “strong driving wind” (Acts 2:2) of purpose beyond suffering.

As we begin a new year, and probably face serious health obstacles, let’s keep in mind those first people who rose above their troubles, fears, and disadvantages – and changed the world! Pray for the profound gift of the Holy Spirit, and delight in where it takes you!

Blessings for the New Year,

Maureen

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A Praying Spirit: Why Not Now?

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pic for website 2012As we get back into our regular routines in the new year, I’m thinking of how I will incorporate more prayer into my days. If I look at some of the blocks on my calendar, full of doctor’s visits and other appointments, I might be inclined to think that I’ll have to wait until I have more quality, spare moments in which to talk to God.

But in the Spirit of prayer, and especially as I look at an already busy year, a question nudges out the  “noise” of appointments:

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Why not now?

It’s a powerfully simple question, but one with great implications. Why now, indeed, pray in traffic (we probably do this, already!), in line at the store, as we fold laundry, feed the cat, brush our teeth?

Yes, why not pray now?

That’s the spirit!

Blessings for today – and this brand new year!

Maureen

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A Praying Spirit: Keep Light

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After Christmas, we take down our tree and the lights that adorn it. We stow away our Advent wreath, and perhaps stow away partially-used candles. We remove decorations, including lights around our windows and doors. And we might find the result of all of this clearing Christmas activity to be barren. Bleak. Even perhaps a bit depressing.

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But in the midst of a darker surrounding, we still have the light of Christ within us. In fact, as our worship and celebration of this Christmas time has shown us, we have more than just a little flicker of a flame. In prayer and faith, we have a whole blaze of enthusiasm, appreciation, and joy at the birth of Our Lord, God’s promise fulfilled.

So, as you pray after Christmas, remember the light within you. Let it warm you, illuminate your thoughts, and kindle a fire in your actions.

Hallelujah! He is born!

Maureen

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