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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, March 07, 2010

Sabbath Keeping

~ the eastern sky ~
 "In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." ~ Matthew 5:16 ~

"For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends."    ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

"A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said, "I am blind, please help." There were only a few coins in the hat.
A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around and wrote some words. He put the sign back so everyone who walked by would see the new words.
Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, "Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?"
The man said, "I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way." I wrote, "Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it."
Both signs told people the boy was blind but the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people there were so blessed they were not blind. Should we be surprised the second sign was more effective?
Moral of the story:
-Be thankful for what you have.
-Be creative.
-Be innovative.
-Think differently and positively.
-When life gives you 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1,000 reasons to smile.
-Face your past without regret.
-Handle your present with confidence.
-Prepare for the future without fear.
-Keep the faith and drop the fear."     ~ author unknown ~

"I believe in God as I believe in my friends, because I feel the breath of His affection, feelHis invisible and intangible hand drawing me, leading me, grasping me." ~ Miguel De Unamuno ~

"May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all." ~ II Corinthians 13:14 ~

Until next time,

Blessings ~ a good night's sleep ~ a good meal ~ eyes to see the morning ~ the light of Christ ~ you ~ friends ~

Thanks for visiting Thistle Cove Farm,


  1. What beautiful and inspiring words..Bless you Sandra for your beautiful Sabbath posts. They are always Food for the Journey!

    Hugs, Nancy

  2. This is so true, and I also think your list of blessings reflect the simple things God has blessed us with are really not so simple after all and very necessary to a good life, things such as " a good night's sleep, a good meal, eyes to see the morning" things taken fro granted but so missed when they are gone.Especially the good night's sleep, for who can appreciate anything else if you don't get that?

  3. Each time I pop over here it's chicken soup for my soul. Giving thanks for what God's blessed you with - however great or small - is in my opinion the secret to finding happiness and contentment in life. You are a wise lady Sandra!


  4. Someday I would like to meet
    the Unknown Author.

    He is truly the most popular author on the internet. I use his stuff all the time.

  5. Sandra I can count on your Sabbath Keeping postings to lift my heart and remind my eyes to seek the good. Bless you

  6. Anonymous9:31 AM EST

    Dear Sandra, Thank you so much for this inspiring and beautfiul Sabbath Keeping post.
    All of them spoke to me, especially the one from Author Unknown.
    Through tear-filled eyes, I thank you dear friend....


    ~Let FREEDOM Ring!~

  7. Thanks Sandra for you inspiring post.....makes days seem lighter.

  8. Once more popping back to say thanks for you kind comment you left on yesterdays blog! You were so sweet!

  9. that was so precious to me.

    your heart was revealed in such
    a tender way.

    i cannot express how much i love
    your blog.

  10. This post was just what I needed today. I agree with Toma, completely. Giving thanks for what God's blessed you with - however great or small - is the secret to finding happiness and contentment in life. Lidy

  11. Hi Nancy - thank you and it pleases me others like Sabbath Keeping as much as I.

    Hi KathyB - the old Shaker song... tis a gif to be simple, tis a gift to be free.

    Hi Toma - many thanks for both your kinds words and your visit. Hope you're enjoying Paris right now, she says with green in her eyes and no, it's not all the color, some is envy -smile-.

    Hi Ron - I like to think "unknown author" wants to give credit to God, thus the "unknown" part.

    Hi LindaSue - think of you throughout the day and always tuck you/yours into prayer.

    Hi Lynn - you're welcome and just sent you something via PM; think you'll enjoy...a LOT!

    Hi Carol - cast your cares upon Him for He careth for you...always makes the days lighter.

    Hi Toma - you're welcome and loved reading about your photo shoot. Congrats again on being in such a fabulous book and having your hard work recognized.

    Hi myletterstoemily - you've caught me out -smile-. Thank you so much for your kind words and visit; all greatly appreciated.

    Hi Lidy - thank you for visiting, please come back soon. God has blessed me with an attitude of gratitude...oh how wonderful, oh how marvelous...

  12. THANK YOU for posting this! I really like your blog!!

    Common Cents

  13. Your post is as lovely and inspiring as your beautiful header shot infused with God's beauty of winter. Thank you so much.

  14. I love that story, it sure is making its way around the world!

  15. Hi Common cents - I sure wish I could figure out what I'm doing wrong; would like to link your blog.

    Hi Mountain Woman - have you finished moving yet? I've been watching and waiting...

    Hi Deborah Ann - sure is a lovely story!


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