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Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Chronic Illness: Just a Moment of Peace

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Maureen Pratt Author PicWish you had just a moment of comfort in the midst of your tough day? Wish you had just a moment of peace?

Life during this holiday season is packed with activity, and if you’re living with a chronic health condition and/or severe pain, it’s more than doubly difficult to keep centered and optimistic.

All the more reason to protect your need for at least one moment during the day when you’re quiet, breathing deeply, and allowing peace to flood your mind and soul. Sometimes, we might feel selfish to do this; there are so many demands on our talents and time. Or, we might have so many health challenges that we feel unworthy of peace, or that it is something that’s “out there,” out of reach because pain and sickness block it from us.

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But if we consciously allow  peace in, if we swing open the door to our hearts and step aside, out of the way, the Holy Spirit will bring us peace. Abundant, sure, and loving.

Just a moment of peace? If we let the Spirit in, and if we let the Spirit move us, we’ll have more than a moment – we’ll have a lifetime!

Joys!

Maureen

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TLC Tuesday: Listen to the Rain

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Praise God! It’s raining! Or, if it isn’t where you are, something weather-wise is happening. Snow, perhaps, or a gentle breeze? Nippy chill or frigid temps that force you to be warm and keep warm.

Whatever the weather today, take a caring time to thank the Lord for the earth, the world in which we live and breathe, play and pray. Appreciate the simple things like the patter of rain on the roof, or the splash of water displaced from a puddle.

Even if it is inconvenient, even if it causes travel delays and plan changes, we need weather in our world. And we need to appreciate it for what it is – God’s way of bringing what we need and helping us enjoy the earth in all its variety and splendor.

Blessings for the day!

Maureen

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Food for Thought: The Theory of Everything, Part Two

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Maureen Pratt Author PicThe movie, “The Theory of Everything,” about the early and mid-lives of Stephen Hawking and his wife, Jane, stirs up a lot of discussion about love, commitment, and life, especially marriage, where one spouse has a serious, life-altering, illness. As Hawking’s muscles atrophy from ALS (“Lou Gehrig’s Disease”), we see the toll it takes on Jane, whose life revolves around caring for her husband and three children.

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In my post last week, I raised questions that most people who have a serious and debilitating illness wonder about. Is it possible to make a marriage last? Can two people stay in a committed relationship when one partner must become sole and complete caregiver to the other?

Do the vows, “In sickness and in health” mean forever? Or, just until one partner reaches the breaking point?

Today, another set of questions comes to mind. These revolve around the give and take of a relationship, the way the sick person handles his or her illness and how he or she contributes to the relationship.

Of course, if someone is very physically disabled, that person might not be able to take on half of the work at home, half of the professional salary-earning, or even half of the emotional relationship. But, as I’ve seem so many couples go through break-ups where one partner is very ill with an ongoing illness, I’ve also seen instances where the person with the illness has retreated inwardly, demanding all of their partner and giving nothing, or very little, in return. Even if the sick person is married to a living saint, such lopsidedness in a relationship is very difficult, if not impossible, to sustain. Sheer physical exhaustion, not to mention personal frustration and disappointment, are bound to take their toll.

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The relationships that seem to endure are those where the person with the illness makes every effort to encourage their partner to have a part of a life for themselves, too. They look for ways to encourage, help, uplift, and support their beloved. In other words, they go out of themselves and thereby find a way to keep a strained love alive.

As much as we wish to be cared about, we need to send care outward. And as much as we would want to be taken care of in our infirmity, we need to find ways to take care of those who are precious to us, too.

God’s love fills the world and all who are in it. Let it inspire us all – and pass it on!

Peace,

Maureen

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A Praying Spirit: Praying through Advent

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Image courtesy of nuchylee/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Advent begins this weekend, and I am really looking forward to it!

In Advent, I always try to to do something different with my prayer life, or with my Scripture study. Often, these new approaches or practices carry forward into the Christmas Season and beyond. Nothing like trying something new to stir up a new spirit or strengthen that which is already present!

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It might seem like too much to take on a new approach to prayer or Bible study in the face of all the other things we have to do during this Season in preparation for Christmas. All that shopping, cooking, cleaning, traveling, gifting, and card-writing can be overwhelming.

That’s why this Advent, I’m going to focus on one, Spirit-inspired word a week. I hope to pray that word, get to know its deeper meanings, and see how it applies to my life. By taking this simpler focus, I hope to be able to grow more deeply in faith, and bring a fresh sense of quiet in all the extra noise that surrounds us.

So, today, with the First Week of Advent, my word will be: Grace

What does “Grace” mean to you? to your prayers? to your life? Where is it? How can you have more of it?

Yes, what does “Grace” mean…

Peace,

Maureen

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