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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

Maureen Pratt Author PicAll the efforts to standardize healthcare can be very confounding for those of us with chronic illness. We oh, so often don’t fit into the neat little codes and pigeon-holes developed by others, and we frequently find ourselves beyond frustrated with trying to explain complex situations to healthcare workers who expect everything and everyone to fit into those “neat little codes.”

Today’s TLC Tuesday is meant to remind each of us that we are different, we are distinct – and it’s all right! In fact, it reflects God’s love for each of us; He called each of us by name, knew each of us before we were born. God does not have a list of codes into which each of us fits, in a group, neatly and scientifically.

The difference in you is what makes you wonderfully you! It enables you to bring your difference to make a difference (if everyone were the same, there’d be no hope of getting beyond those limitations). It enables you to express love, bring joy, and mend broken hearts.

Today, embrace that wonderful you – and the next time you feel frustrated by someone who expects you to follow the herd, take strength in knowing how beautiful and unique you are – because you are made by God!

Joy and peace,

Maureen

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Image courtesy of Aduldej/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

We all have our favorite books, movies, music, and other artistic creations. But sometimes, after we’ve listened to the same song over and over again, or watched the same movie for the um-teenth time, the art loses its impact. Does that mean we don’t like it anymore? Not at all. But it might mean we’re ready for something different…But what?

Haven’t been to a museum in ages? Visit one!

Haven’t listened to a totally different genre of music?  Lend an ear!

Tired of heavy book topics or fluffy fiction? Pick out an author you’ve never read, or a subject or genre you’ve never been exposed to.

In short, if you feel like you’re stuck in a rut when it comes to entertainment, try something totally different. You might discover a new world to enjoy, or perhaps you’ll go back to the tried and true with grateful, welcoming ears and eyes!

Joy and peace,

Maureen

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Image courtesy of nuchylee/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Today is an International Day of Prayer – especially dedicated to those who are oppressed because of their faith. Those of us who live in a place of religious freedom might find it difficult to understand what it’s like to live in fear of reprisals because of faith, but there are many places in which darkness seeks to overcome light.

Today, and throughout the weeks and months ahead, lift up a special prayer for those who have faith, but who are fearful. That they may be strengthened and have courage knowing that we, around the world, are holding them in supportive, encouraging prayer.

Joy and peace,

Maureen

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