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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 28, 2010

Sabbath Keeping

 ~ Kumbrabow State Forest, WV Appalachian Mountains ~
"Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen." ~ Matthew 6:9-13 ~

 "I have so much to do that I must spend several hours a day in prayer before I am able to do it."

"Prayer in the sense of petition, asking for things, is a small part of it; confession and penitence are its threshold, adoration its sanctuary, the presence and vision and enjoyment of God its bread and wine."
~ C. S. Lewis ~

"Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden."  

"God never gives us discernment in order that we may criticize, but that we may intercede."
~ Oswald Chambers ~

 "Pray, and let God worry." ~ Martin Luther ~

"Pray as though everything depended upon God. Work as though everything depended upon you."
~ St. Augustine ~

"I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had absolutely no other place to go."  ~ Abraham Lincoln ~

"Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; it is the greater work." ~ Oswald Chambers ~

5 Finger Prayer
1. Your thumb is nearest you, so begin your prayer by praying for those closest to you as they are the easiest to remember; our parents, spouse, children, family, friends, co-workers, neighbors. To pray for our loved ones is, as C. S. Lewis once said, "a sweet duty". 

2. The next finger is the pointing finger, so pray for those who teach, instruct and heal. Ministers, doctors and teachers need support and wisdom in instructing, leading and guiding others. 

3. The next finger is the tallest finger and reminds us to prayer for our leaders. Pray for those who shape our nation, our President, representatives in Congress, Senate and at the state and local levels. Desperately, they need God's guidance and wisdom.

4. The fourth finger, the ring finger, is the weakest finger and reminds us to pray for those who are the least among us: children, elderly, infirm, those going through times of testing. They need our intercessory prayers.

5. The last finger, our smallest finger, reminds us to pray for ourselves and once we've prayed for all the above, our wants and needs are placed in perspective and we are able to pray accordingly. 
~ as told to me by Mary Crocket Bowen Bricker, Dave's beloved Mother ~

"I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time -waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God, it changes me." ~ C. S. Lewis ~

Blessings ~ prayer ~ the prayers of a righteous people ~ God ~ Christ, our intercessor ~ prayer

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  1. Where did all the snow go?

    God bless you and have a
    Great Palm Sunday


  2. Hi Sandra.

    Thanks for popping in and saying "hello" on my blog!

    Happy Palm Sunday and may you have a wonderful Easter week!

  3. Happy Palm Sunday Sandra.....and thank you for the beautiful collection of readings..I leave here as always, nodding and smiling in cup runneth over...

    Blessings, Nancy

  4. Praying is important!! Thanks for reminding us this!
    Have a nice week!

  5. I always seem to come away from your Sabbath -Keeping posts a bit more encouraged, and challenged at the same time.I especially like the quotes by C.S. Lewis & Oswald Chambers. Thank-you Sandra.

  6. I was reminded by your Wesley quote of when I was a member of a committee working in schools down here with Scripture union. We used to start with a prayer and then get into business. Gradually we lengthened the prayer time and found that almost no matter how long we prayed, we got through the business in whatever time was left.

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