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TLC Tuesday: Important Fashion News

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Maureen Pratt Author PicSo, spring is coming (yes, truly it is!) and we’re beginning to see what’s going to be in fashion during the warmer months. But, if you live with a serious illness or other major responsibility, you might cringe a bit as the spring season advertisements roll out on the Web, television, and in print. You know you can’t afford a wardrobe remake each new season, and perhaps not even a few new pieces of clothing. Moreover, what you do own and wear seems recycled and stale – not at all like the vibrant styles and colors on the market now.

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Know what? It doesn’t matter – because fashion is not what you think: It’s not who you are, it’s only what you wear.

The constant and most fashionable part of any season isn’t what’s superficial, it’s what’s profoundly precious, beautiful, and never-stale.

It’s you!

Today, look through your closet of clothes and know that each piece, no matter how old or long-worn, is not the essence of you, but rather something that helps you face the world and bring the true style – your personality and character and spirit – with you.  Yes, today, know that you are not only the fashion of the day, but the fashion of your life. Wear your spirit, show your soul, with joy. You are never obsolete!

Maureen

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Food for Thought: Focusing the Lens

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So many times, we go through the day without a clear focus. Not that we don’t understand what we should be doing, or the way to accomplish the tasks before us. Nor do I think that we speak in jibberish and make a mess out of things, instead of a neatly ordered “pile of work.” What I do mean is that we might be scattered in how we look at the world and where we find our place within it.

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To feel more in sync with our purpose and more able to accomplish what God wants us to do, we often have to “focus our lens” more precisely.

The next time you watch your favorite movie or television program, pay attention to what you see and consider all of the options the cameraperson had in terms of where and how he or she focused the camera lens. A close-up could have been a wide shot. An aerial view could have been a side angle. A soft-focus could have been sharply defined.

We can look at our day’s activities in this way, too. Are we emphasizing something trivial to the detriment of something important? Are we focusing our lens in the opposite direction of where we should be looking?

Just some food for thought today…

Peace,

Maureen

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A Praying Spirit: Discerning Gifts

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As we move into springtime, many of us will undergo life transitions. Perhaps you are completing a significant part of your education, anticipating the workforce and “digging in” to a career. Or, maybe, you are looking forward to your wedding and starting a household with your soon-to-be spouse. Maybe, too, you are thinking of changing your career, the place where you live, or starting a new activity.

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“Something new” can sound absolutely wonderful if you’ve been snowed in for months (as many have). That fresh outlook, newly minted degree and brand-new chapter of life can seem like an exiting adventure…or something daunting or nervous-making.

Prayer is a powerful way to find security in new endeavors and activities. It is a wonderful way to be still, speak to God, and listen to find discernment, especially about which gifts – among the many you possess – are those God is calling you to use in the months and years ahead. It’s an internal process with external components – we know from Scripture that we’re not to let our light be hidden under a bushel, but rather to let it shine, to use the talents God has given us to the fullest extent we can.

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Of course, we can’t do everything all at once. And God has a way of showing us that the gifts we thought we were supposed to use might not be the ones he wants for us to use, at least not yet!

Prayer can help us sort all of this out. And, as we pray and act, moving forward, we can find even more light along our journey and, no doubt, more gifts along the way, too!

Peace,

Maureen

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Chronic Illness: The Beautiful Thing About Life

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Maureen Pratt Author PicI know, I know! How well I know! It can be difficult to imagine that life with chronic illness is beautiful. Those of you living the life, you understand what I’m saying. Those who aren’t, well, I’ll spare you the sometimes ugly details! Suffice to say that secular society’s idea of beauty isn’t exactly what I’m referring to when I say, “Yes, there are beautiful things about life with chronic illness.”

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The beauty within a life of health challenges goes far beyond the superficial, all the way down to the core of the word that is both simple and profound: life.  The mysterious existence we have despite physical impediments that otherwise should make us curl up into a ball, the lovely moments when we put our face to the window and see the world outside, the way God’s handiwork is visible everywhere. These and other things are the beautiful aspects to our lives -yes, they are! And the more we appreciate them, and the other seemingly small things – an uplifting chat from friends, a mountain moved by a stranger (say, when we’re hoping for an earlier doc appointment). God’s grace that lifts us up when we’re most down. Yes, these things are beautiful, no matter who we appear physically.

Yes, life with illness is hard and demanding. Yes, it brings pain and loss and obstacles when we least have the energy to surmount them.

But, the beautiful thing about life is that it is a gift, from God, and that it dwells and is in us. And with it, we can enjoy the blessings that come, yes, with living and walking in faith.

Peace,

Maureen

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