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I am Sandra - faithful steward. listener. shepherd. present. dream believer. hard worker. collects brass bells, books, boots. Jesus follower. contented. star gazer. jam, bread maker. farmer. prayer warrior. country woman. writer. traveler. homebody.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Rivers and Roots in an Ocean of Love; Winner

Heraclitus said, "You can never step in the same river twice" and it's true; it's also true you can never step in the same ocean twice. Both statements give me pause. This life is so fleeting, so transitory but what should I expect when we Christians are aliens on this sphere? In His image we were made for this Earth but the Fall changed all that and instead of living in a garden Paradise, we yearn for something we remember through a veiled mist of time. In the meantime, the entire Earth groans for His return; from a Garden we came and to a Garden we'll return.

One of my very favorite things to do, when meeting a babe in arms, is to ask about heaven and Jesus. Always that babe delights with gurgles, smiles, bright eyes, raw, untempered excitement...they are new enough to remember being released from His arms to make their journey to this alien land. They don't yet carry all the doubts and fears that, ultimately, join us on our journey, causing us to spend enormous amounts of time striving to shed the weighty, familiar cloak of baggage we carry.

Almost everywhere in Blogland, people are writing about Autumn's bittersweetness and winter prep on the farm continues. Recently, both chimney and furnace have been cleaned, both ready for wood to be laid for fires. The back porch needs re-arranging so the wood rack can be brought from the barn, then filled.

Cleaning the chimney involves a man on the roof,

while another man cleans the wood stove.

A few weeks ago, Gypsy and I were on the back porch, searching for the location of a crying kitten.

There! In the tree straight ahead, Good Golly Miss Molly, sits in the tree, crying piteously, asking begging for rescue. Oh, by the way...we've had a gender identity issue problem on the farm...I took Good Golly Miss Molly and

Smudge Moonbeam to the vet clinic for vaccinations and to schedule an appointment to have them both spayed. Dr. Anne said, "Ummm, you need to take another look. These kittens are males, not females." I replied, "Well. Okay. In my defense, I've been a widow almost five years and while things haven't changed all that much, my memory is a little weak."

All that to say, Good Golly Miss Molly is now Good Golly Mr. Molly but still answers to Molly. You know, life is always interesting...even behind a locked gate.

At Living a HeartFul Life, I had a giveaway for a hand crafted wooden nut bowl and implements. There were thirty comments and number 18, Lisa of In the Boon Docks, won and has 24 hours to respond to my private e-mail.

Ponder this ~ Jesus stepped out of eternity, into time, so we might step out of time, into eternity. ~

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sabbath Keeping

"I have loved you with an everlasting love.
I have drawn you with everlasting kindness."

"Love is not sees more, not less.
But because it sees more, it is willing to see less."
~ Rabbi Julius Gordon

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, 
while loving someone deeply gives you courage."

"Love begins with like, then facing the same direction...together." ~ Sandra ~

"Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own."

"If she's amazing, she won't be easy. If she's easy, she won't be amazing. If she's worth it, you won't give up. If you give up, you aren't worthy. ... Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for." (italics mine)
~ Bob Marley ~

"You don't divide your love; you multiply it." ~ Sandra ~

"Waiting is a sign of true love and patience. Anyone can say I love you but not everyone can wait and prove it's true."

"Love isn't something you find. It's something that finds you."
~ Loretta Young ~

"It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not."
~ Andre Gide ~

"Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings." ~ Anais Nin ~

"Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses."
~ Ann Landers ~

"Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love."
~ Lao Tzu ~

Today, I am worshiping at Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church and listening to Part 3 of God's Perspective.

"God's Perspective: What Are the Beliefs I Build My Life On?" here, Part 1
"God's Perspective: How Do I Strengthen My Christian World View?" here, Part 2
"God's Perspective: Where Did We Come From and What Difference Does That Make?" here, Part 3

"Love must be sincere."

(Today's post written for new Christian sisters Mackenzie and Karen with apologies for, perhaps, incorrect spelling.)

Please pray as the Holy Spirit guides.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sabbath Keeping

"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the Lord Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing 
that there will not be room enough to store it."

"A fool and his money are some party."

"A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money." ~ John Ruskin ~

"Too many people spend money they haven't earned,
to buy things they don't want,
to impress people they don't like."
~ Will Smith ~

"If you want to feel rich,
count the things money can't buy"

"Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So spread your love everywhere you go." ~ Mother Teresa ~

"Lack of money is no obstacle.
Lack of an idea is an obstacle."

"A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart."
~ Jonathan Swift ~

"Coins always make sounds but paper money is always silent. Therefore, when your value increases, keep silent and humble."

"Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will." ~ Nelson Mandela ~

"Know what you own
and why you own it."

"There is no such thing as a free lunch." ~ Milton Friedman ~

"There are people who have money
and people who are rich."
~ Coco Chanel ~

"Wealth is the ability to fully experience life." ~ Henry David Thoreau ~

"The love of money is the root of all evil."

Please pray for ~ Anita ~ Nancy ~ the USA ~ 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Living a HeartFul Life and Giveaway

~ kitchen fireplace warms 
the heart of the home on cool mornings ~

Although nights are getting cooler, we still haven't had frost in the valley. I'm sure someone, somewhere wants to say, "Global warming..." but as weather records have only been kept for the last 100 years, or thereabouts, I'm not sure of such definitive statements. As Dave would say, "Where you stand depends upon where you sit."

~ lanes are filled with wildlife; 
this straggler turkey last in a dozen ~

Last week, two days of rain gave a parched earth a brief respite even as the East Coast was pounded by torrential rain and wind brought forth by Hurricane Matthew. Usually, November brings rain and, combined with cooler weather, means a lot of woolens, flannel lined jeans, jackets, scarves and hats. Meanwhile, the farm, house and animals are being prepped for winter and before hard winter gets here, I'm thinking a mare needs to be put down. Lightly, the first horse born on this farm, was put down last November; it seems next month, her mother will be put down. Both easy keepers and hoof problems plagued them; it seems cruel to force Peaches, her mother, to walk on frozen ground for the next four months, especially as she is 27 years old. She's lived a wonderful life, better than most people on this earth and she'll be given a gentle death, then burial, on this farm.

~ antique livestock scales ~

The wonderful men from VA Dept of Agriculture and Consumer services came and certified my antique/vintage livestock scales. Scales are a necessity on a cattle farm...cattle are weighed prior to taking to market and money paid by the pound. Like everything else on this farm, the scales are well made, old and still giving great service. (Well, okay, my body is giving me good service but as soon as I finish healing, I'll be back to

Beautiful days follow beautiful mornings and neighboring farmers are busy cutting corn for silage to feed their cattle this winter. I watch them as I mow pastures, cutting weeds so the horses have an easier time at grazing summer's last grass. Two days ago, I mowed the garden, several times as the weeds were so tall, the job had to be done with the tractor mower in various levels. As I mowed, mice and moles, perhaps voles but it was difficult to tell due to their quickness, were stirred and the dogs gave chase.

For your prayers and good wishes, thank you. The same week I returned from Ireland, I had unexpected outpatient surgery and ended up with MRSA. The seventh day I finished antibiotics, I came down with an upper respiratory "problem" and am still recovering. I still have laryngitis and am battling a pulled or strained back muscle, but am on the recovery road; at least, that's my story and I'm sticking to it! -lol- Thank God for walking sticks!

With winter pushing hard against autumn, I've been relentless in my attack and prep work. Probably, I won't finish but I'll make a good enough dent to notice and that's helpful. The convection oven, slow cooker and pottery egg cooker are getting a good workout and ensure I feed myself almost as frequently as I feed the animals.

 ~ hand thrown microwave egg cookers ~ 

Do you remember Mr. P, the woodworker? I'm giving away one of his hand crafted nut bowls, complete with nut cracker equipment. If you'd like a chance to win a random drawing, you must be a TCF blog follower and leave a comment with an e-address no later than 5 p.m., October 20, next Thursday. Winner notification by 9 p.m., via e-mail (thus the need for your address) and you'll be given 24 hours to accept with your snail mail address. The nut bowl is good for continental USA residents only but if a non-USA resident wins, you'll be sent a Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland bookmark.

Y'all take care, be safe and don't forget to live a life of gratitude; we've all something to say "God, thank You". (My short list includes Tiger Balm patches, flannel nightgowns, heating pads, kitchen fireplace fires, kitchen aids, etc. ...)

Ponder this ~ How would you like to be married to you?

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Sabbath Keeping

"I am the Lord, God of all mankind.
Is anything too hard for me?"

"All things are possible to him who believes. 
They are less difficult to him who hopes. 
They are easier to him who loves, 
and still more easy to him who perseveres 
in the practice of these three virtues."

"All that is good, all that is true, all that is beautiful, all that is beneficent, be it great or small, be it perfect or fragmentary, natural as well as supernatural, moral as well as material, comes from God." ~ John Henry Newman ~

"God provides in amazing ways to get the work done.
He can provide what you need too." ~ Karen Moore ~

"Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see."
~ C. S. Lewis ~

"We believe that the work of regeneration, conversion, sanctification and faith, is not an act of man's free will and power, but of the mighty, efficacious and irresistible grace of God." ~ Charles H. Spurgeon ~

"Sometimes we are our own worst obstacle." ~ Sandra ~

"At strategic moments God again and again manifested Himself to men by miracles so they had outward, confirming evidence that the words they heard from God's servants were true." ~ Billy Graham ~

"Where God guides,
He provides."
~ Karen Moore ~ 

"Our Father in heaven.
Reveal who You are.
Set the world right:
Do what's best -
as above, so below.
Keep us alive with 
three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you
and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from
ourselves and the Devil.
You're in charge!
You can do anything You want!
You're ablaze n beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes."

Please pray for ~ Nancy ~ Alisha ~ Sandra (recovering slowly) ~

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Sabbath Keeping

Sorry. Between computer problems and being too sick to hit the floor with my hat, there's no Sabbath Keeping post today.

Please pray for ~ Isaac's family ~ Anita ~ Julie ~ Nancy ~ Alicia ~ Diana and her Hero ~ Patrice and daughters ~ Sandra ~ 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sabbath Keeping

"The just shall live by faith."

"Fear and faith have something in common...they both ask us to believe in something we cannot see." ~ Joel Osteen ~

"There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, 'All right, then, have it your way.' ~ C. S. Lewis ~

"More faith than fear." 

"Faithless is he who says farewell when the road darkens."
~ J. R. R. Tolkien

"All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

"Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God."
~ Corrie ten Boom ~

"Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want.
It is the belief that God will do what is right."
~ Max Lucado ~

"Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away...and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow happy about your growth, in which of course you can't take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don't torment them with your doubts and don't frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn't be able to comprehend. Seek out some simple and true feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn't necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust...and don't expect any understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it." ~ Ranier Marie Rilke ~

"Sometimes God allows what He hates
to accomplish what He loves."
~ Joni Erickson Tada

"[To have Faith in Christ] means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way. Not doing these things in order to be saved, but because He has begun to save you already. Not hoping to get to Heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint glean of Heaven is already inside you."
~ C. S. Lewis ~

"This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see."
~ Corrie ten Boom ~

"Did I not tell you if you believe, 
you will see the glory of God?"
~ Jesus, John 11:40 ~  

Please keep in prayer ~ Isaac's family (he celebrated his 8th birthday Friday and died today at noon) ~ 
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