Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Chronic Illness: Embracing smooth sailing!

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Maureen Pratt Author PicLike the calm before the storm, or the comfort before the next flare, the period of relatively “smooth sailing” can be a bit nerve-wracking. We know that “chronic” means ongoing, and have had flares rise up unexpectedly in the past. So, a period of quiet, when the illness is not so active, might make us fretful, waiting for the next “shoe to drop.”

Oh, yes, we are all-too-human!

Just as God gives us the strength during the tough times, and the wisdom to know how to navigate choppy seas, He gives us these quiet times, and I’m sure He’s watching us, waiting for us to, yes, enjoy them! Embrace them! And thank Him for the respite. And, you know what, there’s nothing wrong with this. In fact, there’s something wonderful about this.

We go through the difficult flares and other trials thinking, “Be not afraid.” The same holds true – REALLY true! – for the “good” periods, the “good” days.

Be not afraid of the gems of calm and grace! Embrace them – and sail smoothly, storing up these blessings as each gentle wave rolls on.

Blessings for the day,

Maureen

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.

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