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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, December 06, 2009

Sabbath Keeping

~ Maple tree, side yard ~ 

"Blessed be the Child who today delights Bethlehem,
Blessed be the Newborn who today made humanity young again.
Blessed be the Fruit who bowed Himself down for our hunger.
Blessed be the Gracious One who suddenly enriched all of our poverty and filled our need.
Blessed be He whose mercy inclined Him to heal our sickness.
Blessed is He whom freedom crucified, when He permitted it.
Blessed is He whom also the wood bore, when He allowed it.
Blessed is He whom even the grave enclosed, when He set limits to Himself.
Blessed is He whose will brought Him to the womb and to birth and to the bosom and to growth.
Blessed is He whose changes revived our humanity.
Blessed is He who engraved our soul and adorned and bethrothed her to Him.
Blessed is He who made our body a Tabernacle for His hiddenness.
Blessed is He who with our tongue interpreted His secrets."

~ St. Ephraem the Syrian ~

"He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all He created." ~ James 1:18 ~

"Grace strikes us when we are in great pain and restlesness...Sometimes at that moment a wave of light breaks intou our darkness, and it is as though a voice were saying: "You are accepted."

~ Paul Tillich ~

"I walked a mile with Pleasure,
  She chattered all the way,
But left me none the wiser
  For all she had to say.

I walked a mile with Sorryw
  And ne'er a word said she,
But oh, the thyings I learned from her
  When Sorrow walked with me!"

~ Robert Browning Hamilton ~

 "Devotion is really neither more nor less than a general inclination and readiness to do that which we know to be acceptable to God. ... To be truly devout, we must not only do God's will, but we must do it cheerfully.

~ Francis De Sales ~

"Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." ~ Colossians 3:2 ~

Until next time,

Blessings ~ Christmas Season ~ God's Holy Word ~ wise men and women ~ poetry ~ choices ~


  1. Thank you for your recent comment on my blog. I pray for your safety as you go on your missionary trip, Ron

  2. I don't see a email linked to your web site.
    If you want to respond my email is

  3. Thank you for that wonderful post!

    We do need to often refresh our spirit.

  4. thank you for this post

  5. Hi Sandra,

    I love the winter header - You're one of the winners in my SMS giveaway. Email me your info and I'll send you a little ornament.



  6. I do so love your Sabbath Keeping posts :) The make me pause and wonder.

    Your header is beautiful! Snow! Real snow. I dream of snow. Oh the world is a magical wonderland of silence when snow falls. I know, I know, the ramblings of a southerner who rarely sees "the white stuff". But I can't help it! I love it.

    Also, this is the first time I've really read your profile (for shame). Rural Tourism Development and Increasing Farm and Small Business Income: i love it! What a wonderful job to have. It sounds so fascinating, helping others make a living (and a life) doing what they love. So many thing it's impossible. Beautiful!

    Happy Monday, happy week,

  7. Your post was lovely and the snowy picture on your header is too!

  8. Your snow photos are so beautiful! The mountains always seem so peaceful to me.
    Sandra, I want to thank you again for printing the words to "In the Bleak..." I am hearing the carol now several times a day --and now that I have read the words, I can more easily hear/understand the words being sung. Such a beautiful carol.

  9. beautiful scenes and as always - your thoughts go to the heart of the matter - we all go through times of varying sorrows - if we are attuned at all to the Lord - we learn and grow. We are comforted to be comforters. Bless you and yours, Sandra.

  10. Beautiful photos to go with beautiful words as usual. Thank you for your lovely blog, it's a bright spot for me.

    Also, congratulations on your win at Quilting Barbie.

  11. How is your eye healing Sandra? Been thinking of you this morning and had forgotten too often to ask! Hope it is all well - cold biting weather makes my eyes sort of hurt and they weren't scratched by a roving Rhodie!

  12. Ah...more beautiful poetic words of wisdom to cling to. Love it. My, what a difference your view takes on with snow! Still beautiful, but in a different way.

    Have a blessed week, my dear friend...

  13. Beautiful quotes and photos of winter wonderland. Hope your eye is better.

  14. Sandra, I'm thinking of you, praying for you and hoping you're alright!

  15. Been meaning to thank you for linking to my blog Your blog is absolutely beautiful!

    Sending good thoughts,


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