Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Chronic Illness and Pain: Staying the Course

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This is a busy time of year for doctor’s appointments, tests, and other aspects of my healthcare management. But I can’t let the “other” aspects slide or lessen because other things fill my time. So, it’s nearly double-duty, with the appointments and exercise time, tests and rest.

It can be very hard, now, to “stay the course” with my regular schedule when I have to add all of these other things in! And begin to enjoy this wonderful time of year.

I’m sure you’ve experienced this, too. And it doesn’t get any easier the more health conditions you have and the more you have to manage.  here are a few of the things I try to do to keep everything current:

o  Schedule exercise, therapy, and other essentials in just as you would doctors’ appointments and tests. That way, you’re making room for them in the same place as the “extra” things and are less likely to forget.

o Understand what your regular routine does for you. Exercise, for example, can help with mobility (and your ability to get to and from a doc appointment with less pain), and it can help with energy. Maintaining your regular diet (and eating at retular times) is important, too, so that you have the nutrition you need and the energy, too.

o  Try not to overdo one day only to be flat-out the next. We’ve all done it, thought that we could streamline our lives by scheduling more than one doc appointment in on the same day. After all, their offices are near one another, right? But too much can be, well, too much! Try to keep a steady pace, even now.

o  Ask for help. It’s hard for all of us, but sometimes we need a little bit of help. Reach out to friends and others who have offered in the past. Laundry, a casserole, walking the dog, or helping navigate the maze of insurance issues are a few things that others might be able to help you with – and in so doing, lessen your stress.

Above all, keep up with prayer and your other stress-busting tools. This is a joy-filled time of the year, and as much as possible, you want to be able to enjoy it!

Peace,

Maureen

TLC Tuesday: Comfort for Those Who Served

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American Flag by Michael ElliottToday is Veteran’s Day, and I want to thank all of the men and women who have served us, all those who have sacrificed and shown remarkable courage, dedication, and strength. Yes, thank you!

Today’s TLC Tuesday is specially dedicated to our nation’s veterans. Whether decades ago, or recently, many have returned from the field of battle changed. Many have long-lasting scars we cannot see, or injuries that have altered their ability to be the people they once were.

In whatever way we can, large or small, in prayer or in presence, let’s show great comfort to those who show us great courage. And with our thanks, let us also rejoice in God’s gift of  these men and women among us who have served and continue to be lights!

Peace,

Maureen

Food for Thought: Billy Graham’s Birthday

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Maureen Pratt Picture 1On Friday evening, November 7, I was channel surfing when I happened upon a special program to honor evangelist and preacher Billy Graham’s 96th birthday (Rev. Graham was born on November 7, 1918). What drew me into it was the amazing array of individuals – politicians, entertainers, preachers, writers, and others – who took the time to go on camera and give truly heart-felt witness to the impact Rev. Graham has had throughout his career. As I watched, I marveled at the footage, much of it grainy and black-and-white, showing Rev. Graham as a younger man, preaching to thousands of people at a time, or sitting in prayer with one or two individuals.

And, as I watched, I rejoiced in two things: The power of the Gospel to move hearts and claim souls, and the dedication of one person to travel and give of himself so that the Word would reach fertile ground.

I found  out later that the program was produced and aired on TBN (http://www.tbn.org/watch-us/our-programs/billy-graham-birthday-special). I don’t know if it will air again, or be available for viewing elsewhere, but it’s worth a look if you ever get the chance.

What a life!

Praise God!

Maureen

A Praying Spirit: Different Levels

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Maureen Pratt Author PicIf your prayer life has become a bit monotonous, or if you think you’re not making progress in your attempts at conversation with God, try varying your levels of prayer.

What do I mean by levels?

Think pace, height, and volume.

First, try praying so quickly that you don’t enunciate clearly. This helps you focus not on words, but on your emotions that underpin them.

Next, think of where God is for you at that particular moment. Is God above you, looking down? Try bringing Him more to your level. Is He somewhere deep inside of you, so deep you cannot hear Him? Try focusing on a part of you that you can see (your hands or your feet, perhaps), and bring God there.

Finally, regulate your volume. That is, shout your praise, whisper your fears. Speak boldly of your intention, and quietly of your pain.

Varying your levels of prayer can take you out of your comfort zone, but it is usually in that place that is most unfamiliar to us that we finally and fully hear what God is saying to us – as we pray.

Joy and peace,

Maureen

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