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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, February 14, 2010

Sabbath Keeping

~ Happy Valentine's now and always ~
"the LORD appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you." ~ Jeremiah 31:3 ~

"I thought once how Theocritus had sung
Of the sweet years, the dear and wished-for years,
Who each one in a gracious hand appears
To bear a gift for mortals, old or young:
And, as I mused it in his antique tongue,
I saw, in gradual vision through my tears,
The sweet, sad years, the melancholy years,
Those of my own life, who by turns had flung
A shadow across me. Straightway I was 'ware,
So sweeping, how a mystic Shape did move
Behind me, and drew me backward by the hair;
And a voice said in mastery, while I strove,-
"Guess now who holds thee?"- "Death," I said. But, there,
The silver answer rang,- "Not Death, but Love."
~ Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning ~

"My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but
in deed and in truth." ~ I John 3:18 ~

"Better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all." ~ St. Augustine ~

"I hold it true, whate'er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all."  ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson ~

"Love at first sight is easy to understand; it's when two people have been looking at each other for a lifetime that it becomes a miracle." ~ Amy Bloom ~

"The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for." ~ Allan K. Chalmers ~

"Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction." ~ Antoine De Saint-Exupery ~

"Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking.
It is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails."
~ I Corinthians 13:4-8 ~

"I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me. I love you for the part of me that you bring out." ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning ~

"Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas." ~ Dale Evans ~

"Love comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith." ~ I Timothy 1:5 ~

Until next time

Blessings ~ love ~ the love of God as evidenced through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior ~ work for our hands, love for our spirits ~ 

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  1. What a beautiful post. LOve your heart! Happy Valentine's Day!

  2. Thank you for sharing such wonderful inspirations! Happy Heart day to you!~

  3. How would we ever know love if we didn't know God? Thanks for the verses.

  4. Hello Sandra, I can't find your email address so I'm sending you this message via comments. You were runner-up in my One World One Heart give-away. I only decided at the last minute to add an extra gift and you've won a copy of one of my favourite magazines which showcases country Australia. Now that I see you are a farmer I feel it is an applicable gift, to show you how we farm here in Australia. Your blog is truly beautiful and I'm very pleased to have had you visit me. Please send me your address details so I can send you your gift. You can find me at All the very best, Carol xx

  5. The quote by Amy Bloom is most true, don't you think?

  6. Beatiful quotes, as always. I have always loved Antoine De Saint-Exupery's work. I wrote this quote of his on slips of paper and pinned them to handmade candles for my wedding. I probably still have one of those somewhere...I'll have to hunt for it!

    Jen xxoo

  7. Hi Sandra

    I hope you had a great weekend
    God bless you and have a wonderful week,

  8. Love the Dale Evans quote - as always your posts are thought and smile provoking - without God, the source of true love we cannot know love.

  9. Welcome, Debby, thanks for visiting and come back soon!

    Hi Dusty, good to see you again,come back soon. What's happening on your farm? I need to visit.

    Welcome, Kim, thanks for visiting, come back soon.

    Hi Alice, it's always good to see you.

    WOOHOO Carol! Thank you so much and am sending you a PM now!

    Hi Kathy - I knew you'd love that quote, as do I.

    Hi Jen - his work is fabulous and he was a most interesting gent. I love you used the quote on candles...perfect!

    Hi Ron - any day I wake up above ground is a great day...usually!

  10. Hi Sandra
    Congratulations - you won my OWOH giveaway. Please get in touch with your address.
    Best wishes
    Lisa from The Wright Stuff

  11. Hello Sandra!! You recently took part in a giveaway on my blog and I am pleased to tell you that you won the third prize. Could you please contact me with your addy by Wednesday or I will redraw.

    #603 Plant's List
    Best wishes
    Cindy xx


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