Since I was diagnosed with serious lupus and other chronic illnesses, my faith has blossomed! I was always prayerful, attended church, and read Scripture. But, oh, my! the awesomeness that is Our Lord truly has led me on an amazing journey with and in spite of significant health challenges. I've been blessed to write books (including, "Peace in the Storm: Meditations on Chronic Pain & Illness," Random House/Image), a blog, articles - even songs! - and now would be delighted to open up a discussion with the TBCN community. Let's witness to God's wonderful work even when pain is difficult or illness is pressing. Let's talk about faith, favorite Bible verses, ways in which God has brought abiding peace in our illness- and pain-wracked lives, even when the world seems to be falling apart. So you can get to know me, I've set up an RSS feed to my regular blog, "Good Days/Bad Days with Maureen Pratt," (you'll find it on My Page) and a link to my website (with info on books, etc.) at: Maureen Pratt's Website. I look forward to hearing from you and, meantime, send lots of joy and, of course, peace! Maureen
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I look forward to reading your book. I am a diabetic of 45 years, I have had a massive heart attack and by-pass sugery also seveal heart procedures prior to the open heart sugery that was 2008. In 2011 I was diagnosed with CLL which is treatable with chemo but not cureable. God completly healed the CLL. Nov. of last year I diagnosed with MDS which is fatal without a Stem Cell Transplant which I will be udergoing in just a couple of weeks.. Fred I say all of that to say that mine and husband's journey has been blessed with an amazing support group. Most important of all is that we have had with God an amazing journey. That is not say it has or will be easy but we know that God is with us and in contoll. God has spoken to me, I felt His Arms around me and His spirit is amazing. So YES there is peace in the storm. With much much prayer God has given me peace in the middle of this storm and I know He will be with me and my family. I would not trade any of my journey for anythinsg as it has indeed brought us closer to The Great I Am. I could go on and on but don't want to bore anyone. Thanks. In His Hands.
Not boring at all, LCBC! Thank you for writing - and, yes, you are so right. The things we learn and the people we become through these health challenges bring many, many blessings.
It's been almost three months since I opened this discussion, and the responses have been wonderful - and very moving. My prayers are with each of you as you live with light, love, and in God's word!
Because it started damaging my retinas, in March I had to go off of my main lupus medication. As a result, I was thrown into a severe lupus flare that's still hindering me from being as active as I'd like. But, as we all know, God IS good and great. He's showing me patience (always a good thing) and trust all along the way.
I'm going to leave this discussion open until May 31, at which point, I will do a book giveaway of my book "Peace in the Storm: Meditations on Chronic Pain & Illness." I only have 7 copies, right now, so will work with Fred about the best way to choose and send the receviers/books. In the future, I do hope to be able to giveaway more copies, so will post about that in the coming months.
Blessings to all! And much peace and joy. Maureen
Hello, Carol. Thank you for posting - I know all too well these daily challenges of living with serious illness that hampers our productivity! I'll keep you and your family in my prayers, especially for continued faith and courage in all your. Maureen