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Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

TLC Tuesday: Slow down!

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Maureen Pratt Author PicIt’s TLC Tuesday, again. But it’s also probably the heart of “Back to…” season. Back to school, back to work, back to lots and lots of activities.

Yes, activities, and, probably, a lot more stress, a lot more “Hurry up!” But we know that our illnesses and pain often react negatively to “Hurry up!” So…

Today’s TLC Suggestion: Slow down!  In the midst of your busy day, as you feel yourself tensing, invite yourself to ease up a little, to slow down, to take last week’s deep breath and allow yourself to bring comfort to stressful schedules and an easier flow to the river of responsibilities in your life.

We all need a little more TLC. Why not Tuesday?

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Chronic Pain: Lost and Found

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Maureen Pratt Author PicSomewhere, amid the pain and the frustration we feel over lost health and today’s health trials, there are bright, uplifting memories we’ve lost track of, times when life was easier or days when we heard and enjoyed laughter, did good things and had good times. There are people and places that brought us peace, and accomplishments however small that gave us a sense of control, gratitude, and purpose.

As “lost” as these things seem, in the midst of all the other problems, they are not altogether gone. No, they are there in a kind of scrapbook in your heart and mind, and in mine, too. And they serve a  purpose, especially on bad days, the very bad days.

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We can open our eyes and remember these times and people and blessings, and have faith that, if they happened once, if they came into our life once, they can do so again. If God moved a mountain in our lives once, He can do so again. If we felt uplifted, comforted, calmed, joy-filled, we can do so, again.

These memories, positive memories, are not meant to be forever lost. They are meant to stay, forever found, and of value in our present struggle. They are God-given and, as we all know, the good that God gives can never be taken away.

Blessings for the day!

Maureen

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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!

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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

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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!

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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?)

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