Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Run, Run and then Collapse?

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Maureen Pratt Author PicToday is the “day after.” And I’m preparing this blog in advance because I know exactly how I’m going to feel: Exhausted!

I was asked to give a talk at a major medical center, and eagerly accepted the invitation. God truly has given me a heart for sharing how amazing His grace and strength are, and I leap at the chance to give practical tips on increasing faith, bolstering sagging spirits, and coping better with pain and illness.

But I also know that all of the energy I pour into preparing for such opportunities will be completely drained afterward. Which is why I’ve learned, the hard way, that it’s important to plan ahead, but it’s also important to plan for after.

I didn’t always do this. I’m sure many of you might not have, either. We are so used to planning for deadlines, appointments, activities, milestones – all in the future – that our calendars are one scribbled mass of “must do in advance of…” So, I’d pen-in goals and other items giving little thought to how I was going to feel and how much I was going to be able to accomplish afterward.

But what a difference acting on the understanding of reality truly is!

Try as we might, we cannot escape the toll even daily activity places upon us if we also have a chronic illness that is always either lurking or going full-bore. So, giving space after things that we know will require more of us is crucial.

Yes, attending that birthday celebration is okay. But plan to have a day of quiet and rest afterward if you know you’re going to need it.

Of course, ministering to others is part of a Christian walk. But if you know that something is going to sap your energy, plan the aftermath accordingly.

Much like the reality that we cannot drive limitlessly without needing more fuel (be it gasoline, electricity or hydrogen), we cannot keep only fixing our eyes on activities to come without taking into account that we’ll need to

Science, Frogs, and Faith

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Maureen Pratt Author PicI had such a good time on my interview on Relevant Radio’s “Morning Air with Sean Herriott” yesterday that I thought you might enjoy hearing the interview, too. What’s it about?

Science, Frogs, and Faith!

Click on the link and scroll through to Tuesday, October 22. Click on the word “Stream” for my segment – and enjoy!

 

http://relevantradio.com/audios/morning-air-with-sean-herriott

 

Blessings for the day,

Maureen

Rooting for Team You!

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Photo courtesy of koratmember/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

This is a sports-centric time of year. College and professional football, the baseball World Series, end-of-season tennis tournaments and, soon, college and pro basketball. We could go hoarse cheering on our favorites!

Of course, as with any socially-prominent trend, I have to wonder if it has common ground with our lives with chronic pain & illness. And, in this case, I wonder, if we spent the same amount of time and energy rooting for good health, strong spirits, and positive action as we do for the teams of our choice, how different life might be!

Instead of blues-ing it through painful days, we might be more inclined to give ourselves pep talks.

Rather than procrastinate about those positive things we might do to improve even a little of our quality of life, we might have more of a sense of urgency (just as we do when time is ticking away and the score is tight).

Encouragement for ourselves and others could be all the spark we and they need to make a healthful change and, thus, support better overall response to the pain and illness that burden.

Putting on colors and styles that reflect strong personal team spirit can show the world that, no matter how strong the struggle, we are not beaten down.

Repeating, “there’s always next time…” when a defeat is particularly difficult can minimize hopelessness and, thus, help us persevere – like the glass-half-full Cubs fan that I am!

Yes, I think that turning the cheering squad loose on our lives can be a tremendously powerful catalyst for good days ahead.

Go! Go! Go!

Blessings for the day,

Maureen

What If God Says, “No?”

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Maureen Pratt Author PicFor the past several weeks, Sundays have been the only days when I can truly rest. The rest of the days of these weeks have been jammed with doctor’s appointments, other responsibilities, and increasingly crushing fatigue. So, I’ve been observing the Sabbath in quiet, moved by the Spirit to pray, read, reflect, and praise more privately. I have felt a little guilty about this, wondering if I wasn’t just being lazy. It wasn’t as if I was having a spiritual crisis, so much as a need to recharge.

So, on two occasions, I decided, “it’s been awhile since I went to Mass. I’m going to go today.”

One of those days took me to a doctor’s appointment in a town next to mine. The local church there was having a noon Mass, so I thought, “Great. I’ll go to my doctor’s appointment and then drive on over to the church.”

Well, drive I did. But there was no parking to be found. None in the jammed church lot, none on the streets, and none in adjacent lots. Nothing. Zippo. Nada.

Apparently, God wanted me to continue on my private observances, in effect, saying, “No. Not yet.”

Or did He?

Last weekend, I decided to try a Saturday evening service at another nearby church. That way, I reasoned, I could spend Sunday quietly.

So, I got all ready and drove forward. Until I got a couple of blocks from the church where I was blocked by imposing sawhorses and a large sign that said: “Street closed.” A fair had taken over the area all around, even directly in front of the church. Not only was there no parking, but there was no passage.

One of these days, I am going to get back to church. For now, I think I get the message. For me, and I’m sure many others, too, especially after a highly stressful time, drinnking up quiet time with God is vital. For how long is not necessarily for us to decide. Sometimes, God says, “No. Not yet. Abide with me. And I will guide you.”

Blessings for the day!

Maureen

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