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Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Thank you, Mom!

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Maureen Pratt Author PicWe give flowers, gifts, meals. We make visits and phone calls. We hug them, help them, maybe even harmonize with them – remembering a lullaby or other song from our childhood.

But, what can we say for all they’ve done for us? What finite words can sum up our infinite gratitude and love?

My mother has been a tremendous support and help for me. A true blessing through illness’ ups and downs and “life in general.” There’s a lot I could say about her, but these words, though brief, are probably the most heart-felt I could ever say:

Thank you, Mom! I love you and I’m so very happy that God gave you to me!

Blessings for the day,

Maureen

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Prayer When You Hit a Dead End

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Image courtesy of bigjom/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Oh, Lord, I’ve been told that there is nothing that can be done,

that I’ve run out of options,

that I’ve hit a dead end.

But I know that you, Lord, are endless, timeless, all-knowing and all-loving.

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I know, too, that in every moment of life there is grace and light.

Please, Lord, bring me your wisdom and patience.

Fill my heart with hope that rests in you and your Salvation.

Make your way, that has no end, clear to me and all those upon whom I rely.

And help me to rest in the truth,

“With God, all things are possible.”

                                                                       Amen.

My prayers are with you!

Maureen

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A Moment with Meerkats

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Image courtesy of Lavoview/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I’m forever marveling at the wonderful diversity of God’s creation, especially in the animal kingdom. Meerkats, in particular, are fascinating to me. They live very active, sometimes, frantic lives, taking care of life in their communities, dodging predators, searching for food, and making their homes in often-inhospitable places.

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But, sometimes, meerkats kick back, as the one in this picture demonstrates. A lesson for us all, especially at this time of year.

We might not have to dodge predators or build our homes, and searching for food, though dicey in over-crowded supermarkets, isn’t a matter of life or death. But all the same, we often forget the importance of leaving all of the activity of the day and, as with this meerkat, “just being.”

Our bodies and our minds need activity, but also time to recharge. Our lives can be better lived if we give ourselves time to breathe. And our humor, well, that’s another thing about meerkats – a moment with them does often bring a smile!

I realize that this topic has been tackled by many, many other bloggers and writers. We know we need time to recharge. Yes, we do.

But if the actual ability and determination to rest regularly has eluded you up until now, I invite you to spend  “a moment with meerkats,” or, better put, “a moment like meerkats'”. Perhaps, it is just what you needed to swing into better balance.

Blessings for the day,

Maureen

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Expressing Sorrow at Lost Health

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pic for website 2012It’s all right, now, this moment. You feel so very sorrowful that your health is lost. Everyone’s telling you to “be strong,” “have faith,” “be positive.”

But all you feel like doing right now is crying.

And, it’s all right, now, this moment, if you do.

We’re human, and we have strong emotions, and sometimes, those emotions are of sadness, mourning a loss that can be as biting as the loss of a loved one. Of course, being strong is important when we face a health challenge. Positive attitudes and faith will help us rise above the other forces that drag us down when we live day-to-day with heavy health burdens.

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But, sometimes, like perhaps right now, tears can be cleansing, freeing, and completely appropriate.

Crying doesn’t mean we’re weak, and it doesn’t mean we’ve lost faith.

It means we’re human. And sometimes, we feel like crying.

And afterward, we’ll dry the tears streaking our faces, and we’ll move ahead, stronger from having expressed our sorrow and in its wake found courage.

Blessings for the day,

Maureen

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