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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sabbath Keeping

 ~ turkey buzzards, waiting for the sun ~
"...your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." 
~ Matthew 6:10 ~

"When the mind thinks nothing, when the soul covets nothing, and the body acteth nothing that is contrary to the will of God, this is perfect sanctification." 
~ found in an old Bible ~

 "If you do not wish for His kingdom, don't pray for it. But if you do, you must do more than pray for it; you must work for it." ~ John Ruskin ~

"It is impossible for us to live in fellowship with God without holiness in all the duties of life. These things act and react on each other. Without a diligent and faithful obedience to the calls and claims of others upon us, our religious profession is simply dead. To disobey conscience when it points to relative duties irritates the whole temper, and quenches the first beginnings of devotion. We cannot go from strife, breaches, and angry words, to God. Selfishness, an imperious will, want of sympathy with the sufferings and sorrows of other men, neglect of charitable offices, suspicions, hard censures of those with whom our lot is cast, will miserably darken our own hearts, and hide the face of God from us." 

"One secret act of self-denial, one sacrifice of inclination to duty, is worth all the mere good thoughts, warm feelings, passionate prayers, in which idle people indulge themselves." 

 "We must have holy hearts and hands,
And feet that go where he comamnds;
A holy will to keep his ways,
And holy lips to speak his praise."
~ Anonymous ~

"If God requires anything of us, we have no right to draw back under the pretext that we are liable to commit some fault in obeying. It is better to obey imperfectly than not at all. Perhaps you ought to rebuke someone dependent on you, but you are silent for fear of giving way to vehemence; --or you avoid the society of certain persons, because they make you cross and impatient. How are you to attain self control, if you shun all occasions of practicing it? Is not such self-choosing a greater fault than those into which you fear to fall? Aim at a steady mind to do right, go wherever duty calls you, and believe firmly that God will forgive the faults that take our weakness by surprise in spite of our sincere desire to please Him." ~ Jean Nicolas Grou ~

"Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say." 

Blessings ~ Sabbath ~ God's voice ~ ears to hear ~ willing feet, hands and lives ~ sanctification ~

Grace and Peace,


  1. Hey Sandra - good Sabbath words tonight. I think I like the quote by JH Newman - is that John Newman? Most of the Catholic centers on college campuses are called Newman Centers - after John Newman, as I understand it. Cool quote by him. Thanks for taking the time to type all of these out and sharing them with all of your readers, me included. Take care, and have a rest-filled evening. From central KY.

  2. Amen from an often imperfect obeyer - amazed by the grace which will use a cracked pot like me for God's kingdom purposes - wonderful reminders as always.

  3. And once again I am reminded why I love it here so much!
    Thinking of you :)
    xo, misha

  4. And as always, you write what is in my heart......what a blessing ou are dear one!
    Hugz, Nancyy


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