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Chronic Pain: That Awful Knot

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Ever had a knot in your stomach? Or one in your shoulder? Ever had that feeling that you were the knot, all balled up and tight and immovable? Ever felt like, “If only I could get rid of this knot […]

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Chronic Illness: The Non-Vacation Vacation

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I asked my eye doc if she was going on vacation this summer. She said she couldn’t, but she’d live vicariously through her patients who could. This got me to thinking about  how, if we’re too sick to travel, or […]

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Happy Fourth of July!

posted by mpratt

I have always loved the Fourth of July. As a student of Early American History, I especially like revisiting the events surrounding the Declaration of Independence and framing of the U.S. Constitution, as well as the remarkable men and women […]

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Chronic Pain: Freshening up the Daily Routine

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Like many of you, my days begin with much of the same routine, mostly involving health activity. Stretching, medications, setting up for the day ahead (sun protective clothing or not?) – it can feel as if each day begins with […]

Happy Father’s Day!

posted by mpratt

A very happy Father’s Day to all fathers – those who are related through blood and those who act as fathers to all of us! Your strength, patience, creativity, and care are truly appreciated – and I hope that this […]

Chronic Illness and Lupus: The War Inside

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‘Tis the season for doctors’ appointments. Tests. Treadmills. And, oh, the dreaded “fasting bloodwork.” It’s generally fairly exhausting, and I try not to schedule more than one appointment per day (though sometimes, life doesn’t work out this way). Health news […]

Memorial Day: As We Remember

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The important thing about remembering past wars is that we use their lessons to think of ways to avoid future wars – and to act on those peace-making ways. This Memorial Day, beyond the barbecues and parties, the shopping and […]

A Praying Spirit: Too Easy?

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Is your prayer time over before you know it? Gone through the list and all finished? Sometimes, we get into a routine (yes, routines can be good, but…) and over time, our prayer life can become a bit too easy. […]

TLC Tuesday: Embrace the Groundhog!

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Well, Phil has spoken again. Yes, Punxsutawney Phil in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, saw his shadow yesterday and, according to groundhog lore, there will be 6 more weeks of winter. Those of you in the snow-ridden Midwest or East, would probably like […]

Food for Thought: YouTube Interviews and Videos

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Whew, finally! I’ve had a YouTube channel for years, but haven’t done much with it. However, I recently realized that there are a few interviews already posted in various places on YouTube, and thought you might be interested in looking […]

A Praying Spirit: Returning to a Prayer Answered

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If you find that your prayer time has been overshadowed by concerns, wants, needs, and disappointments, you might need to go back. Back? Where? Back to when God answered your prayers, a prayer, your prayer. Why? Think back to Christmas. Many times, after […]

A Praying Spirit: Every Little Thing

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I’m working on a new book for Franciscan Media (due out in 2016), and in preparation, I’m reading up on Saint Francis of Assisi. Saint Francis left a big legacy and an enormous imprint on people the world over. His […]

New Podcast with Sean Herriott!

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My friend, Sean Herriott, has a new radio show, “The Joe Convert Show,” and included me as his guest on today’s airing (Friday, January 9). If you click on the link below, it will take you to Sean’s website, and […]

Chronic Illness and Pain: Staying the Course

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This is a busy time of year for doctor’s appointments, tests, and other aspects of my healthcare management. But I can’t let the “other” aspects slide or lessen because other things fill my time. So, it’s nearly double-duty, with the […]

Chronic Illness and Pain: Are You Afraid of Complaining?

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For sighing comes more readily to me than food, and my groans well forth like water; For what I fear overtakes me, and what I shrink from comes upon me. I have no peace nor ease; I have no rest, […]

Chronic Illness: Your Trash, Their Treasure

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Adapting to life with a health problem often brings new ways to live and new things to buy. I lost my hair because of lupus – I had to buy wigs. My wardrobe changed drastically because, whenever I go outside […]

Scripture: Sometimes, I Have to Laugh

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I once told someone that I find much humor in the Bible, that I even laughed sometimes, as I read it. She looked at me as if I’d spoken heresy, and mumbled, “I can’t imagine…” I didn’t mean that I […]

Chronic Illness: Developing a Fighting Spirit

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Oh, my word, another diagnosis. Just when I thought I’d “collected the whole set” of lupus-related, autoimmune illnesses, I’ve been given another. And with it is another medication, monitoring by another specialist, and all the other things that go with […]

Prayer for Disabled Veterans

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Heavenly Father, during this weekend of Memorial Day, I lift up to you each man and woman who has given service to our nation, especially those who, because of their sacrifice, have returned disabled. Be with them in their darkest […]

When You Feel Like Going Back in Time

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At some point during life with chronic illness, you feel like going back to the time “before.” Before your diagnosis. Before the disease or health condition took away so much of what you used to do and were. Maybe, at […]

The Miracle and Mystery of It All

posted by mpratt

It’s so easy to dwell on the pain, illness, and constraints that a chronic health condition imposes on us. So very easy, too, to think of what’s falling apart, what abilities are becoming (or have become) disabilities. But, here I […]

Sick People Are Easter People, Too!

posted by mpratt

Oh, my but some people have low expectations of us. They think that because we’re sick or in pain, we have to go around looking like we feel. Or, they hesitate to include us in enjoyable activities or allow us […]

Uprooted? Displaced? No more!

posted by mpratt

One of the most difficult things about a serious diagnosis is that it displaces us from our “life as we knew it” to a terrible, scary unknown world that, for many, has life or death consequences. Whether because of symptoms […]

A Prayer for Quiet

posted by mpratt

Oh, Lord, there is so much noise in my heart and in my world.  It is becoming more difficult to hear you, to sense your presence in my life, to focus my spirit on what matters most. Please, Lord, here […]

Lent’s Call

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Happy the people who know you, Lord, who walk in the radiance of your face.     Psalm 89:16   Happy Lent to you! Happy?  Lent? You might ask. Yes, a very happy Lent. Because we can feel a bit […]

Even in Deep Winter

posted by mpratt

While driving along a frozen Midwestern road, I saw a startling sight. Despite the frigid temperatures and snow-covered landscape, a horse was grazing in a pasture! Much like this photo by prozac1/FreeDigitalPhotos.net, the horse seemed oblivious to the weather. Even […]

Stuck? Add a grace note

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Even if you are not musically inclined, when you’re stuck in a rut, hole, or other foot-freezing, spirit-stunting space in your life, there’s nothing like adding a grace note to get you back on your purposeful path. What’s a grace […]

Tips for the Caroling Coward

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Are you the one who hangs back in the crowd, hoping that no one can hear you croak as others carol? Do you pretend to not be able to find the right page in the hymnal as others are singing […]

Seeking a Mentor

posted by mpratt

When I was first diagnosed with lupus, I asked my doctor if she thought that joining a support group would be a good idea for me. She hesitated, then said, “No. There will be people who are depressed, negative, and […]

Science, Frogs, and Faith

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I 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 […]

What If God Says, “No?”

posted by mpratt

For 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 […]

Ahead of the Holidays

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Are you ready, yet? No, not for this weekend. Not for the rest of this month. Are you ready for the holidays? As I type this, my fatigue level is 100 on a scale of 1-10. And just as my […]

Rest for the Weary

posted by mpratt

I met up with a neighbor recently. I hardly ever see her because she’s always working. But on this day, she was dressed casually, carrying a department store shopping bag, and wearing a cautiously cheery smile. “Off today?’ I asked […]

What Is Your ‘All?’

posted by mpratt

As we move into autumn and toward the holiday season, I’m already receiving solicitations for end-of-the-year donations. No doubt, more will be forthcoming, as well as requests for my participation in activities related various causes. Scripturally, we can find much […]

Chronic Illness and Pain: What Does It Take for You to Bloom?

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Today, the African violet leaves that I planted back in June of 2012 are bearing beautiful blooms! Not just ones and twos, but many of the plantlets have grown and are putting forth colorful flowers. The splashes of magenta, purple, […]

Heart Health Month for Everyone!

posted by mpratt

Sometimes, a vibrant, powerful color provides just the right spark to lift our spirits and help us act with energy, determination, and eagerness. This month, red is that color, and it goes along perfectly with everything happening as February unfolds: […]

When a Good Day Is Also a Bad Day

posted by mpratt

Yesterday, among the weekly supermarket circulars and coupons, there was a one-sheet announcement. A large nearby store, part of a chain that has been recently sold to another company, announced it was closing and would hold a “liquidation sale” beginning […]

Advent 2012: Shooting At a School in Connecticut: How Do We Respond?

posted by mpratt

Advent Day 14: Shooting at a school in Connecticut: How do we respond? The horror of Friday’s shooting in a Connecticut school will be fresh in our minds for days and months to come. My heart breaks for the families […]

Prayer for Election Day

posted by mpratt

Lord, whether limited to issues in a small town or of national concern, the votes cast today throughout the United States will make a difference for the future. Please bestow your peace upon all who will be voting today. Let your Spirit […]

Good Days, Bad Days – Our Days

posted by mpratt

Hello! I’m delighted to start off this Monday with my first Beliefnet Blog. Health, wellness, spirit and faith are all potent subjects, so there’ll be lots to talk about here. And, I hope to hear from you, too, as the […]

Previous Posts

Chronic Illness: Recognizing Progress, However Small
I remember the day when, months after I was diagnosed with lupus, I could pick up a drinking glass without feeling pain in ...

posted 8:56:43am Jul. 30, 2015 | read full post »

TLC Tuesday: Celebrate!
When was the last time you celebrated living? Oh, not another birthday or anniversary. Not even milestones such as so many ...

posted 8:49:46am Jul. 28, 2015 | read full post »

Chronic Pain: The Oasis in Our Hearts
One of the most difficult things about living with chronic pain can be finding relief. Oh, yes, we work with our doctors, ...

posted 8:16:38am Jul. 27, 2015 | read full post »

Never Enough God!
"Leave God out of this." "You pray too much." "Let's not talk about God anymore." If any of these or similar ...

posted 8:41:10am Jul. 20, 2015 | read full post »

Chronic Pain: That Awful Knot
Ever had a knot in your stomach? Or one in your shoulder? Ever had that feeling that you were the knot, all balled up and ...

posted 8:30:39am Jul. 18, 2015 | read full post »

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