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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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LETTING GO OF THE WEIGHT

Let us throw off everything that hinders…and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Hebrews 12:1

A message from the retired gal in Mill City:  It seems the more time I have, the more time I waste.  I’ve decided to put my blog on indefinite hold.  It has been, as the King James says, “the weight which so easily besets me.”  I’ve known it was here, but I didn’t have the technical know-how to do it right.  Dan and Celest have not decided to move to Mill City to help me.  They will have to reckon with that!

I won’t tear it down because I may want it back someday. 

So, I leave you with a happy couple in a small town in Oregon.  She wants to write two more books.  He wants to tinker in his garage, making walking sticks and lighthouses.  They both want to take walks, work with Search and Rescue, serve and worship in their church, play with and nurture their grandchildren– together.  This doesn’t leave time for her to learn to make a good blog.  And she doesn’t want to ruin her marriage, her retirement or her new house by throwing her computer out her brand new window. 

I act like I put a blog on here every day.  I never do.  But, now I’m going to never do it on purpose. 

Find me on Facebook.  Find me laughing at my spunky 95-year-old mother.  Find me worshiping with a small group of people in a store-front Baptist church in Mill City, Oregon.  Find me sneaking away with a bald-headed redhead.  Or find me up here in my cove, writing From Herald to Leon and Thirty-Nine Strangers.

Please don’t let anything or anybody weigh you down so you don’t do what God wants you to do. 

Blessings!

Marty

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I’LL BE BACK

SPRINGFIELD HOUSE

SPRINGFIELD HOUSE

Dear Friends, at the suggestion of Dan Norsworthy and Jenny Magee, I’ve decided not to shut down MartyMagee.com, but to take an extended break–which I’ve already done.

First, I’d like to tell you a few things that have been going on.  The house at left was our home in Springfield Oregon nearly 20 years ago.  This was it a few weeks ago.  It brought back pleasant memories as we drove by.

Speaking of houses, if you check out www.3051sierra.com you’ll see the house we’re trying to sell.  It’s not like us to have every sock picked up and every dish washed.  So, you can see the extra time it takes this undomestic blogger. 

MILL CITY BACK YARD

MILL CITY BACK YARD

If we sell our Fresno house, we plan to move to Mill City.  Go to www.realtor.com and type in 1205 Third Av, Mill City OR to see our possible new place.

 

 

 

Here’s one reason we want to move back to Oregon:

LITA AND SADIE--CRAYOLA SPECIALISTS

LITA AND SADIE--CRAYOLA SPECIALISTS

Here’s a reason we’ve been holding off on the move:
MR WILSON OR PEEPING TORRANCE?

MR WILSON OR PEEPING TORRANCE?

 

 

 Please look for my second book.  MUPPIM, HUPPIM AND ARD should be out sometime in 2010.  I’m sure it will be easier to write than figuring out how to place pictures on this mind-of-its-own blog. 

Meanwhile, there are a few copies of EBENEZER left.

Blessings to you all!

Marty

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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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WHO CAN HARM US?

Keep giving and stay out of dept.”  These words came from our good friend, Dennis Arzoian.  We’d been talking about the present global crisis.  “Either the market will go back up or Jesus will come.”  Also from Dennis.   

Should we sell our lot in Oregon?  Should we cash in our few stocks?  Should we pay off this house?

Though David and I are disappointed our retirement is on hold, we’re confident in this verse:  Who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? (I Peter 3:13)

Considering the above verse and Dennis’ words, I think I know some of the answers to those and other questions:

*  Should we pay off the house?  That seems to be what is good, don’t you think?  It will also help keep us out of debt. 

*  Should we sell the lot in Oregon?  We’re getting information and doing nothing else until we are directed otherwise.  We’re convinced either way will not harm us–unless we deliberately go against God’s will. 

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What about the stocks?  We believe God is already working that one out.

Should we continue to give?  Jesus says to “give and it will be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.”  (Luke 6:38)  Looks like Dennis agrees with Jesus. 

With our common sense (David has more of this than I do) and God’s loving protection (we both have that–it’s free!), who can harm us? 

I hope you have a big lap!

If anyone has words of wisdom on the market or on the scripture involving these things, I’d love to hear from you. 

Remember:  *  Be nice.  * Keep it under 400 words.  *Also I”d love to have your pictures. 

While you’re sitting wondering what to do with those stocks, grab a copy of Ebenezer and Ninety-Eight Friends, Musings on Life, Scripture and the Hymns.  It won’t answer the stock question, but Jesus is on many a page, and He can guide you.  colorado-yosemite-012

Blessings!

Marty

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