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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 06, 2009

Sabbath Keeping

~ View from my window at sunset ~

"Unhappiness on earth cultivates a hunger for heaven. By gracing us with a deep dissatisfaction, God holds our attention. The only tragedy, then, is to be satisfied prematurely. To settle for earth. To be content in a strange land...
We are not happy here because we are not at home here. We are not happy here because we are not supposed to be happy here. We are "like foreigners and strangers in this world" (I Pet. 2:11)...
And you will never be completely happy on earth simply because you were not made for earth. Oh, you will have your moments of joy. You will catch glimpses of light. You will know moments or even days of peace. But they simply do not compare with the happiness that lies ahead."

When God Whispers Your Name from January 10, Grace for the Moment; Max Lucado

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
Ephesians 6:12~ One road, leading out of the Cove. ~

"These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them and embraced them from afar, and having confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth."
Hebrews 11:13

Blessings ~ the same road leading out of the Cove, leads home again ~ witnesses ~ strength for the asking ~ hunger for heaven ~ ready to go but not homesick ~ made for Him ~

18 comments:

  1. i love your picture of the road leading out of the cove. the clouds, my favorite!

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  2. very inspiring post on a Sunday morning...

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  3. Dear Sandra...just breathtaking views you have.
    I agree, such a beautiful and inspiring message today...thank you!

    Blessings and Hugs to you,
    ~Lynn♥


    ~Let Freedom Ring~

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  4. Hello Sandra,
    Welcome to Spiritual Sundays. I'm so glad you chose to share with us today. What a wonderful truth you have shared with us. Your blog has an interesting title. I must check out more of your blog. It looks so interesting. We need to often be reminded that this world is not our home.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  5. Great pictures and great reminder of us being aliens in this world...Blessings.

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  6. This is an excellent post...all of us that are saved by grace believers can just as easily get caught up in the world as the lost...remembering that this is a temporary testing ground will restore our joy and our testimony to others of the power of God in our lives. Thanks for sharing!

    God bless!

    Mary

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  7. This is so true, I have my days when I ask myself why I'm not happy. Thank-you for sharing this on Spiritualy Sunday.
    Your banner is beautiful.
    God Bless,
    Ginger

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  8. So inspiritational.

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  9. What beautiful pictures and what a beautiful post too. You have a wonderful view from your corner of the world! God bless...

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  10. So true. I believe I struggle so in this world cause it is not my home. I have always felt I don't belong and I catch myself waiting for my home to come and find me.
    This song says it all for me...
    This world is not my home I'm just a passin' through...
    My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue...
    The angels beckon me from Heavens open door...
    And I can't feel at home in this world anymore!
    Blessings

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  11. As I shared with someone else today--I think I am happy because I am in Him and he is the happiest being there is! He is accomplishing his purposes and glorifing Himself.

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  12. I so look forward to Sabbath Sundays. Even though I didn't get here until Monday, I knew it would be here waiting for me.
    Misha

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  13. Anonymous9:13 PM EDT

    I think I just found a new favorite! I love Sabbath Keeping, and your photos are wonderful. Thank you for sharing your heart with such gentleness. Julia

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  14. Oh so true! This wisdom from scripture, from God, is so contrary to the wisdom of the world that would have happiness and wealth be the be-all, end-all for us. How many of us have heard parents say of a beloved child gone seriously astray, and in defense of their (parents)ENABLING or supporting the rebellion, "but I am so glad they are happy, that is the most important thing". Oh really, is that indeed the most important thing? I think this post states the truth. Thank-you!

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  15. That photo is gorgeous, wish I had a view like that!

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  16. Welcome Life Is Good - we have some great cloud action in our valley!

    Welcome Cherie - let's talk about AJ's quilt...will phone this week.

    Welcome Lynns Lovelies - so glad you're visiting, makes my heart glad.

    Welcome Charlotte - it's wonderful you've Spiritual Sundays; I've been doing Sabbath Keeping for a long while now and it gives my week focus.

    Welcome rcubes - thank you for visiting, please come back soon.

    Welcome Mary - yep, this world is not our home; good thing too!

    Welcome enchanting cottage - thank you for visiting and like your name...so cozy, warm and inviting.

    Welcome Denise - thanks for visiting and come back soon.

    Welcome Renee - I never get tired of the view.

    Welcome Diane - no, this world isn't our home and as much as I love where I live, my family, friends and animals...I'm sure to love heaven even more!

    Welcome nannykim - wise words.

    Welcome Misha - so glad you're here. How's Miss D?

    Welcome A Nony Mouse -smile- thank you for visiting and your kind words. If you've a blog, let me know, please, so I can visit.

    Welcome Kathy - when our hearts are discontent, surely it's because our eyes have moved off Him...?

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  17. Beautiful pictures!

    Found your blog on the 2009 One World One Heart Giveaway list. I'm "Bon Blogging", a self-guided search through the OWOH list of 911 blogs in 90 days--inspired by watching the Julia/Julie movie. Come visit my blog
    www.thehousemysteries.typepad.com.
    I write mysteries and make jewelry.
    My mystery features a Madame President and is available on Amazon.

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  18. Ah, it's time to take a good soak at Thistle Cove...Great message. I have always felt strange, but that's because I'm a stranger! An alien in this world. Can't wait to get home.

    Blessings dear heart,
    Debby

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