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I am Sandra - faithful steward. listener. shepherd. dream believer. hard worker. collects brass bells, boots. Jesus follower. contented. star gazer. homemaker. farmer. prayer warrior. country woman. reader. traveler. writer. homebody. living life large.

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 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


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.


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 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 ~

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Sabbath Keeping

"Pleasant words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul and
healing to the bones."
~ Proverbs 16:24 ~

If you can't say anything nice
Don't say anything at all. 
~ Mom ~

For most folks, it doesn't cost anything extra to be nice.

"Not only do I think being nice and kind is easy, but being kind, in my opinion, is important."
~ Dwayne Johnson ~

"I still get weepy when I see a father being nice to his child. It so affects me." ~ Pat Conroy ~

"Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." ~ Mark Twain ~

Kindness is never wasted.

"Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you." ~ Princess Diana ~

"Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate." ~ Albert Schweitzer ~

"Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them and they bless you, the giver." ~ Barbara de Angelis ~

"It's nice to be important
but it's more important to be nice."
~ John Templeton ~

"I'm just one woman away, my mother, from being the same as Mike Tyson. I would have ended up like him if my mama had not been so tough and strong. A lot of people, including Mike, don't know I came from the ghetto. They think I'm too nice and proper. But that's the way my mama raised me - to look people in the eye and respect them." ~ Evander Holyfield ~

"Wherever there is a human being,
there is an opportunity for a kindness."
~ Seneca ~

"Three things in life are important.
The first is to be kind.
The second is to be kind.
The third is to be kind."
~ Henry James ~

"Always be a little kinder than necessary." ~ J. M. Barrie ~

"There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity." ~ Nathaniel Branden ~

"Be kind to one another,
tenderhearted, forgiving one another
as God in Christ forgave you."
~ Ephesians 4:29 ~

Please pray for ~ Katie, JW  & Mason ~  and me, as there might be great change in my life ~

(Apologies home internet isn't working and, lately, life is chaotic, thus, no blog updates nor blog visits and am at the county library doing this update.  I've used this time to take a vacation (see photo above and tell me where...), try and catch up with mowing, take a quick trip to visit family, celebrated July 4th and dealing with "the rest of life". To those who've written to say, "You're missed"...many grateful thanks and to those who've stuck with me...many grateful thanks. It's been a mess and as Dave would say, "Some days you eat the bear and some days the bear eats you." As Julian of Norwich said, "All shall be well..." and so it is.)