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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sabbath Keeping

~ Honey Buns, one of God's finest Jersey cows ~
(photo by Ashley Fisher)

"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say
to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." For He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day..."

"Opportunity may knock only once but temptation leans on the doorbell." 
~ unknown ~

"...Satan does not tempt us to do wrong things; he tempts us in order to make us lose what God has put into us by regeneration, viz., the possibility of being of value to God.He does not come on the line of tempting us to sin, but on the line of shifting the point of view, and only the Spirit of God can detect this as a temptation of the devil." ~ Oswald Chambers, Our Utmost for His Highest ~

"Darkness comes. In the middle of it, the future looks blank. The temptation to quit is huge. Don't. You are in good company...You will argue with yourself that there is no way forward. But with God, nothing is impossible. He has more ropes and ladders and tunnels out of pits than you can conceive. Wait. Pray without ceasing. Hope." ~ John Piper ~

"No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is. After all, you find out the strength of the German army by fighting against it, not by giving in. You find out the strength of the wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down. A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does now know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness - they have lived a sheltered life by always giving in. We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Christ, because He was the only man who never yielding to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means - the only complete realist." ~ C. S. Lewis ~

"For years my wedding ring has done its job. It has led me not into temptation. It has reminded my husband numerous times at parties that it's time to go home. It has been a source of relief to a dinner companion. It has been a status symbol in the maternity ward." ~ Erma Bombeck ~

"Temptation is like a knife, it can either cut the meat or the throat of a man; it may be his food or his poison, his exercise or his destruction." ~ John Owen ~

"Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness."
~ Martin Luther King, Jr. ~

"Too many Christians have a commitment of convenience. They'll stay faithful as long as it's safe and doesn't involve risk, rejection or criticism. Instead of standing alone in the face of challenge or temptation, they check to see which way their friends are going." ~ Charles Stanley ~

"Temptation is the devil looking through the key hole.
Yielding is opening the door and inviting him in."
~ Billy Sunday

"...Temptation is not sin, it is the thing we are bound to meet if we are men. Not to be tempted would be to be beneath contempt. Many of us, however, suffer from temptations from which we have no business to suffer, simply because we have refused to let God lift us to a higher plane here we would face temptations of another order.
...Temptation is a suggested short-cut to the realization of the highest at which I am-not towards what I understand as evil, but towards what I understand as good. Temptation is something that completely baffles me for a while, I do not know whether the thing is right or wrong. Temptation yielded to is lust deified, and is a proof that it was timidity that prevented the sin before.
Temptation is not something we may escape, it is essential to the full-orbed life of a man. Beware lest you think you are tempted as no one else is tempted; what you go through is the common inheritance of the race, not something no one ever went through before. God does not save us from temptations; He succours us in the midst of them." ~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest ~

"We usually know what we can do
but temptation tells us who we are."
~ Thomas A Kempis ~

"There is no temptation taken you but such as is common to man."
~ 1 Corinthians 10:13 ~

Please pray for ~ hurricane and earthquake victims ~ helpers ~ Maxine ~ Ryan ~ 

Update ~ coming tomorrow...I LOVE my Happy place!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sabbath Keeping


"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet,
and a light unto my path."

"As the world grows increasingly dark, remember that you are the light of the world. Don't waste energy lamenting bad things over which you have no control. Pray about these matters, but refuse to let them haunt your thoughts. Instead, focus your energies on doing what you can to brighten the place where I have put you. Use your time, talents and resources to push back the darkness. Shine My Light into the world!

I am the true Light that shines on in the darkness--even in the most terrible conditions. Your light originates in Me and reflects from you. I have called you to reflect My Glory! You do this most effectively by becoming more and more fully the one I designed you to be. Spend ample time seeking My Face, beloved, Focusing on My Presence and My Word helps you to grow in grace and discern My will. Your time spent with Me nourishes your soul, providing comfort and encouragement. Thus I strengthen you and enable you to be a source of strength for others."
~ Sarah Young, Jesus Always ~

"Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter."
~ Charles Spurgeon ~

"In the age of technology there is constant access to vast amounts of information. The basket overflows; people get overwhelmed; the eye of the storm is not so much what goes on in the world, it is the confusion of how to think, feel, digest, and react to what goes on." ~ Criss Jami ~

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose."
~ Jim Elliot ~

"Let God have your life;
 He can do more with it than you can."
~ D. L. Moody ~

"We know that the whole creation has been groaning
as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time."

Please pray for ~ Texans in the path of Texas Storm Harvey ~ folks in the path of Hurricane Irma ~ Mexicans in the earthquake ~ first responders ~ volunteers ~ those in the path of Hurricane Jose ~

The news has been full of tragedy after tragedy, photos showing unbelievable suffering, damage, loss of life, homes, possessions. It is so easy to become overwhelmed; what to do, who to help, where to send money, water, food, blankets? Each of us must do as we feel led; I give to Christian Aid Ministries, a Mennonite non-profit who consistently gives more than they receive in donations. I know Mennonites and others who are first responders, who had boots on the ground before the storms hit, giving aid, compassion, a cup of water in Jesus' name. If you're interested in helping, please visit CAM (Christian Aid Ministries) click here to see how you can help.

Update: No photo today as I am on a borrowed computer with no photo access. Hopefully, internet access will happen this week. There's one more load coming and then will be finished moving; I'm living at Thistle Cove Farm (relocated), sleeping in my own bed and loving my new home! My Beloved Sistah has been cracking the whip and a good many boxes are emptied with, maybe, one third left (sorry Mandy...I lied unintentionally...I found more boxes so there are a few more to unpack than I originally thought). Sistah and I went to the Blackstone Arts and Crafts Festival, yesterday, and had a marvelous time...so wonderful to enjoy her company, laughter, love, friendship!

The new studio has been delivered, almost all vehicles have shelter and life is good great! Praise God, He has a plan...a plan for my good and for His glory! Blessed be His Name.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Sabbath Keeping


"Lord, we show our trust in you by obeying your laws;
our hearts desire is to glorify your name."

"It is not reputation, fame, success or religiosity that glorifies God,
it's slavery."
~ indonesia123 ~

"Give me 100 preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God; such alone will shake the gates of hell." ~ John Wesley ~

"Humility is nothing but the disappearance of self in the vision that God is all."
~ Andrew Murray ~

"God works powerfully, but for the most part gently and gradually."
~ John Newton ~

"What are you really living for? It's crucial to realize that you either glorify God, or you glorify something or someone else. You're always making something look big. If you don't glorify God when you're involved in a conflict, you inevitably show that someone or something else rules your heart." ~ Ken Sande ~

"God is not proud. He will have us even though we have shown that we prefer everything else to him." ~ C. S. Lewis ~

"Worship is the submission of all our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness, the nourishment of the mind with His truth, the purifying of the imagination of His beauty, the opening of the heart to His love, the surrender of the will to His purpose."
~ William Temple ~

"An ineffable, holy God, who has the utmost abhorrence of sin, was never invented by any of Adam's descendents." ~ A. W. Pink ~

"When we live holy, we will glorify self
but when we glorify God, we will live holy."
~ indonesia123 ~

"One of the joys of heaven...will be discovering the hidden ways that God in His sovereignty acted in our lives on earth to protect and guide us [that we might] bring glory to His name, in spite of our frailty." ~ Billy Graham ~

"For God, who said, "Light shall shine out of darkness," 
is the One who has shone in our hearts to give 
the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ."
~ 2 Corinthians 4:6

Please pray for ~ Jim ~ Miss Emma ~ Daniel and I as we begin moving animals from southwest VA to southside VA ~ 

Friday, August 04, 2017

THISTLE COVE FARM IS RELOCATING!


It's been a long while, six years to be exact, since Dave died and for several of those years, I've wanted to move closer to family. To each of you who have prayed, thank you so very much! God's timing is always perfect because He sees through the lens of eternity while we see only the here and now.

Oswald Chambers puts it well, "The bravery of God in trusting us! You say, "But He has been unwise to choose me, because there is nothing in me; I am not of any value."

"That is why He chose you. As long as you think there is something in you, He cannot choose you because you have ends of your own to serve; but if you have let Him bring you to the end of your self-sufficiency then He can choose you to go with Him to Jerusalem, and that will mean the fulfillment of purposes which He does not discuss with you."

"We do not know what God is after, but we have to maintain our relationship with Him whatever happens. We must never allow anything to injure our relationship with God; if it does get injured we must take time and get it put right. The main thing about Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship we maintain and the atmosphere produced by that relationship. That is all God asks us to look after, and it is the one thing that is being continually assailed."  (italics mine)

Mercy! Yes, the bravery of God! I weep when I stop to think how often I've failed Him, asked forgiveness and He responded, "Sandra, of course I forgive you, as far as the east from the west and then I remember no more. You are the apple of My eye and I hold you by my right hand." If you ever get hold of His truths, you will never be the same; more importantly, you'll spend eternity in Heaven, celebrating the One who created you in His own image! (No, that doesn't mean we physically look like God, it means He created us to have His attributes. It's not His fault Eve, then Adam choose poorly yet even after their poor choices, He forgave them.) Again, I say...mercy! The bravery of God!


Peyton Burchell, with The Marshall Group, was my Buyer's Agent and to say he handled everything superbly is putting it mildly. When Dave passed away, Stoney Marshall helped me and it was Stoney's professionalism, kindness and compassion that caused me to again reach out to his group. It is impossible for me to overstate how much Peyton helped me, how much I relied on him and he never disappointed!

In addition to the lack of internet these past few months, I've also been in process of finalizing the sale of the southwest Virginia farm and buying the central Virginia farm. Yes, I've bought another farm with smaller house and more land. As the old woman said to her granddaughter, "Buy land. Buy as much as you can afford because they aren't making any more of it!" I've got until August end to vacate and there's much to be done. I've been giving away "stuff" like a mad woman and still have a lot of packing, etc. Needless to say, there won't be a lot of time for blogging and I've yet to obtain internet at the new place and I've also got to eat a few more times at Fisher and Company before I leave! lol

When I'm brought to mind, please say a pray for a safe move of animals, belongings and me and thanks again for all your prayers. God has a plan and He'll keep working it all out for His glory.

God bless you, yours and the work of your hands and heart.

Sandra

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sabbath Keeping


"I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God;
than to dwell in the tents of ungodliness."
~ Psalm 84:10 ~

"Never pray to be a better slave 
when God is trying to get you out of your situation."
~ Shannon L. Alder

"He who lays up treasurers on earth spends his life backing away from his treasurers. To him, death is loss. He who lays up treasures in heaven look forward to eternity; he's moving daily toward his treasures. To him, death is gain." ~ Randy Alcorn ~

"We may speak about a place where there are no tears, no death, no fear, no night;
but those are just the benefits of heaven. The beauty of heaven is seeing God." ~ Max Lucado ~

"There are no unique postures and times and limitations that restrict our access to God. My relationship with God is intimate and personal. The Christian does not go to the temple to worship. The Christian takes the temple with him or her. Jesus lifts us beyond the building and pays the human body the highest compliment by making it His dwelling place, the place where He meets with us. Even today He would overturn the tables of those who make it a marketplace for their own lust, greed and wealth." ~ Ravi Zacharias ~

"Believers are never told to become one; 
we already are one and are expected to act like it."
~ Joni Eareckson Tada ~

"God never said the journey would be easy,
but He did say the arrival would be worthwhile."
~ Max Lucado ~

"Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter." ~ Francis Chan ~
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep,
to gain what he cannot lose."
~ Jim Elliott ~

"Remember who you are. Don't compromise for anyone, for any reason. You are a child of the Almighty God. Live that truth." ~ Lysa Terkeurst ~

"The Christian says, 'Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger; well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire: well, there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probably explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or to be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake hem for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that country and to help others do the same."
~ C. S. Lewis ~

"In my Father's house are many mansions,
if it were not so, I would not have told you. 
I go to prepare a place for you."
~ John 14:2 ~

Please pray for ~ President Trump and family ~ politicians who have servant's hearts and are leaders ~ Katie ~ 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sabbath Keeping

~ my newest love, my grand nephew, Mason Bennett W. ~

"And the parched ground shall become a pool."
~ Isaiah 35:7

"We always have visions, before a thing is made real. When we realize that although the vision is real, it is not real in us, then is the time that Satan comes in with his temptations, and we are apt to say it is no use to go on. Instead of the vision becoming real, there has come the valley of humiliation. ...

"God gives us the vision, then He takes us down to the valley to batter us into the shape of the vision, and it is in the valley that so many of us faint and give way. Every vision will be made real if we will have patience. Think of the enormous leisure of God! He is never in a hurry. We are always in such a frantic hurry. In the light of the glory of the vision we go forth to do things, but the vision is not real in us yet; and God has to take us into the valley, and put us through fires and floods to batter us into shape, until we get to the place where He can trust us with the veritable reality. Ever since we had the vision God has been at work, getting us into the shape of the ideal, and over and over again we escape from His hand and try to batter ourselves into our own shape. ...

"The vision is not a castle in the air, but a vision of what God wants you to be. ...

"If you have ever had the vision of God, you may try as you like to be satisfied on a lower level, but God will never let you." ~ Oswald Chambers ~

"A man who is intimate with God is never intimidated by man." 
~ Leonard Ravenhill ~

"A clever arrangement of bad eggs will never make a good omelet." ~ C.S.Lewis ~

"The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious."
~ John Scully ~

"I think there is a danger of something I call "The Peril of the Immediate." We are living in the framework of the immediate. We live there as much as other men. We are not supposed to. We are to live as men branded for eternity." ~ Leonard Ravenhill ~

"To the person who does not know where he wants to go, there is no favorable wind."
~ Seneca ~

"I'm an adventurer, walking with Jesus." ~ Sandra ~

"Festina Lente: Make Haste Slowly"

"...your Father knows what you need before you ask Him."
~ Matthew 6:8 ~

Please pray for ~ our country and President ~ Laura ~ Maxine ~ me ~

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Hello, Goodbye....

HA! Bet you might have thought something else, eh? Recently, it was my extreme pleasure to go on a small group tour of the Lake District, UK with Helen Bertram of Whitecroft Traditional Tours. It was, in one word, excellent; to use two words...most excellent. All I had to do was show up and be taken care of; long time blog readers know that for an amazingly rare treat. To say it was a shock, coming home to the lovely cacophonic reception of dogs, cats, horses who ALL wanted me to get back to the job of tending to their needs...I ask you...is there a recovery program available for me? 

But I digress. I'm at the library, again, sigh, and am uploading photos of the trip with the actual travelogue to come later...when internet at home has been restored and, more importantly, when someone teaches me how, using my extremely high tech language here, make smaller my photos. Since the "powers that be" decided Picasa needed to die, I have NO idea how to (high tech verbiage again) make smaller my photos...they are extremely dense and need to be around 350 dpi for upload.
I've just learned I can make an appointment with the library high tech geek and see if they're able to help...please, God, make it so.)


Each day/evening had special delights, each evening we would say, "Best day ever; it can't get any better!" and then...and then...BETTER! My notes are home so I can't remember (ducking and running from those women who do remember! sorrrreeeee!) the name of this home but we had dinner here one evening. All our gamboling was done within a 40 mile area, thereabouts, and we still didn't "see it all". This man had three black labs, all of them totally sweet and he, the man, was over the moon when we squealed (you know women...), "We'd LOVE to see your dogs!" The pleasure on the man's face was over the moon happy...people wanted to see, and love on, his canine companions.

Not all photos will be of humans and dogs; some are meant to whet your appetite; the last photo is for Sue, she of Oregon fame.


I haven't received permission to put names to faces, so you'll have to enjoy sans names, except for Helen and Betsy, Helen's cohort in crime tour.


(photographic evidence of Betsy loving on a dog.)




 Helen Bertram, Whitecroft Tours, on right



New Jersey


Our host and Helen, seated at head of table.


Mrs. Heelis and Mrs. T.


Helen and Mrs. T celebrating H's birthday and the arrival of Mrs. Heelis.


listening to Mrs. Heelis


(I would tell you where...but I've forgotten...I do remember this is a private home)


enthralled by Mrs. Heelis


practicing for retirement


and, because people always tell me..."We never see photos of you, Sandra; where are you?" Well folks, here am I.

I took about 1,000 photos and it'll take time to do the travelogue...especially as I have to come to town to access i-net. Be patient...God willing and the crik don't rise, it'll happen.

Ponder this ~ "The world is a book and those who do not travel, read only one page." 
~ Augustine of Hippo ~