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FIVE W’S OF GOOD PHYSICAL, MENTAL AND SPIRITUAL HEALTH

I’m not going to talk much about bad habits because I’m not equipped to help with them. I just know the old jingle, “I don’t smoke and I don’t chew and I don’t go with the boys that do.”

On a more serious note before we move on, my father died of throat cancer at age 50; I was 13. In 1960, we didn’t know much about the health hazards of smoking. We just knew Baptists weren’t supposed to do it, but they did anyway, and it was not the best, but okay because we were eternally saved. But Daddy didn’t have to have the AMA or the Baptists to tell  him his prognosis. He told my mother, “This is killing me.” So, don’t smoke, and if you already do, ask God to lead you to someone who can help you quit. Your life is too valuable. You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14), and your body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). Take care of it before it’s too late.

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Mother and Daddy in the early 1940s

 

Now for the good, but sometimes hard W’s

WALKING

David doesn’t like to walk around the neighborhood. He prefers Fisherman’s Bend. There we not only get physical exercise; we plan and dream about the near and distant future, watch the Santiam River flow–and flow it does!  And just be together in God’s green Northwest USA. It’s great when you can take your grandkids along.

Oh yes, and the best way to walk at Fisherman’s Bend (or anywhere) is with one of David’s handcrafted walking sticks.

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If it’s getting close to dark or I have to walk alone, I settle for the neighborhood walk. But this is not all bad. In the neighborhood, you can prayer walk, praying for each neighbor as you pass his house. You can wave or even stop and chat if he’s in the front yard–that would be in June after it stops raining in Oregon.

How often should you walk? More often than I do. We try to go about four times a week, but sometimes that doesn’t happen. Remember, we live in Oregon. Maybe in June we’ll make up for it and walk 15 times a week.

WATER

Drink water! It’s okay to drink coffee, tea or juice–or even on rare occasions a soda–but when you’re drinking these things, it means you’re not drinking water!

There’s not much more to say about water.I prefer mine with ice. Any way you pour it, just drink it!

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WORD

Be in the Word–God’s Word. Satan will give you every reason not to do this. Kick him in the shins! Find a place and a time and have a plan. I’m now studying the Psalms of Ascent with our church ladies. Rich stuff. When I get behind, I’m the loser. Again, just do it!

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Georgia Lou is often caught reading her Bible

WORK

As as child, for whatever Freudian reasons, I didn’t learn to do physical work as I should have. Again, I was the loser. I now find it rewarding to work–in the garden (though I’m far from a gardener) in the kitchen, cooking and washing dishes (I’m better at dishes than cooking, but I like to eat). When I lay my head on my pillow at night and I’ve worked with my hands, there is a satisfied feeling.

Work alongside your kids. Hopefully they’ll follow your example. Better they work with you than smoke with you. So, get busy!

Grandmother (Lita), Granddaughter Jenny and Great-Granddaughter Sadie

WORSHIP

What a great habit to get into. Not just at church–and it’s not just singing. It’s adoring someone. The best Someone I know to adore is God, the Three in one–God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Comforter, the Holy Spirit.

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Mill City Baptist Home Fellowship (converted from our pastor’s shop)

I will tell you a crazy habit of mine if you promise not to tell anyone. You see, I am an alphabet nut. I even make my lists in alphabetical order. (Did you notice my W’s are in alphabetical order?) During the night when I can’t sleep, I think of attributes of God, starting with A: Almighty, Bulwark, Creator…I don’t think I’ve ever made it to Z before I fall back asleep. But if I did, I guess I’d say, ruler of Zion. I also do the same with hymn titles: A Mighty Fortress is Our God, Because He lives, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. I sing as many verses as I can remember. It’s okay, David is deaf without his hearing aids, so I’m not disturbing anyone unless it’s the neighbors. If you’re under 69, you’ll probably want to song the praise songs. This is not the war of the worship music. So, just do it!

I could add one more W: Sit down, relax and WEAD a good book!

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THE MODEL PRAYER

Our Father Who art in heaven….
Yes, You are in heaven, and You’re right here beside me.
Hallowed by thy name….
May I remember that, Lord, about Your name. It’s not a word we throw around to make us sound religious. It’s not a good-luck charm.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done….
Not my will, Lord, but Yours. You’re not a genie in a bottle. You’re the God of the universe Who somehow cares about me.
In earth, as it is in heaven….
It’s Your will I need to search for, long for, desire; not my own; from now until I reach my final home.
Give us this day our daily bread….
Just what we need for today, Lord. May we not worry about tomorrow–because tomorrow you’ll give it all over again.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors….
Why is this forgiveness thing so hard for us mortals? It must be a full-time job for You to keep forgiving us, but yet You gladly do it, over and over again.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil….
Lord, I know you don’t tempt us, but please keep us away from the areas where temptation comes more easily.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever….
And that’s a long time!
Amen….
So be it.

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JO AND HARVE’S PLACE

MAIDEN PICKING LETTUCE

MAIDEN PICKING LETTUCE

CATCH IT, DAVID
CATCH IT, DAVID
CATCH IT, PAPA!
CATCH IT, PAPA!

Greetings.  I’m glad to be back.  I was locked out for a few days.

Enjoy with me the Ohio countryside enhanced by the TLC of Jo and Harvey Bond. 

 
 
 
 
Fair are the meadows, Fairer still the woodlands,
Robed in the blooming garb of spring.
Jesus is faires, Jesus is purer,
who makes the woeful heart to sing.
Fairest Lord Jesus (Anonymous German Hymn)
A DECK OF CARDS

A DECK OF CARDS

TREEHOUSE IN THE PARK

TREEHOUSE IN THE PARK

JULY SHOWERS

JULY SHOWERS

 

REST FROM YOUR LABOR

REST FROM YOUR LABOR

                                                                                                                                  
Blessings!
Marty

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THE FOOL’S HOLIDAY

I played only two April Fool’s jokes today, my Bible study ladies and the mortgage man on the phone–whom I’d never met. 

your face is purple!

your face is purple!

My mother got me–only because I wasn’t fully awake yet.  She said I had something dreadful on the back of my slacks.  David got three guys at work, telling them OSHA was coming to inspect the plant today.  He can fool us with his innocent poker face.  Mother can get away with it because she’s 93.  I think everyone lets me slide because they know how much fun I have and they don’t have the heart to ruin it for me.  Thanks, all my old friends.  And my new friend, Richard, at the mortgage company. 

They call this the Atheist’s holiday.  “The fool has said in his heart there is no God.”  (Psalm 14:1)

Some joker may try to trick you into believing God is dead.  That claim is highly exaggerated.  It’s a very poor April Fool’s trick.  So, don’t pay any attention to them.  Remember, Easter is right around the corner.  And that’s Resurrection Day.   

If you’re into giving April Fool’s gifts, try Ebenezer and Ninety-Eight Friends, Musings on Life, Scripture and the Hymns.  There are no tricks in it.  Just a potpourri about fine folks, good food, even a few stray animals.  It all points back to our God who is alive and well. 

May all your jokes be fun and harmless ones.

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FRIENDS

Denise and I had a great evening over calamari and nonstop chatter. 

Her recent trip to Oregon, our coming up trip to Antelope Valley Writers’ Conference

Her book, my book. 

Her husband the collector, my husband who sprayed tonic water all over the kitchen–and we wondered why we stuck to the floor. 

Her children and grandchildren, my children and grandchildren. 

Her God and my God.  The same Person. 

The Writer

The Writer

She finds something good almost everywhere she goes.  Then she writes about it.

While you’re waiting for Denise’s book to come out, check out mine, Ebenezer and Ninety-Eight Friends, Musings on Life, Scripture and the Hymns.  Barnes and Noble will be glad to order it for you. Amazon or I will send it right to your door. Probably B&N will too.

Before you finish Ebenezer, you Fresnans, pick up a copy of Salt Fresno and read Denise’s article, “Easter’s At My House.”  Next issue, Denise will interview our new mayor, Ashley Swearingen. 

Blessings.

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