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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 12, 2010

Sabbath Keeping

 ~ 2009 snowstorm ~

"Be joyful in hope,
patient in affliction,
faithful in prayer."

"Is it possible for any of us in these modern days to so live that we may walk with God? Can we walk with God in the shop, in the office, in the household, and on the street?...[Religion] should be more than a plank to sustain us in the rushing tide, and land us exhausted and dripping to the other side. It ought, if it come from above, to be always, day by day, to our souls as the wings of a bird, bearing us away from and beyond the impediments which seek to hold us down. If the Divine Love be a conscious presence, an indwelling force with us, it will do this." ~ Christian Union ~

 No coward soul is mine, 
No trembler in the world's storm-trouble sphere:
I see Heaven's glories shine.
And faith shines equal arming me from fear...
"There is not room for Death.
Nor atom that his might could render void:
Thou--Thou art Being and Breath,
And what Thou art may never be destroyed."

"...Heaven seems to be awakened in you. It is a tender plant. It requires stillness, meekness, and the unity of the heart, totally given up to the unknown workings of the Spirit of God, which will do all its work in the calm soul, that has no hunger or desire but to escape out of the mire of its earthly life into its lost union and life in God." ~ William Law ~

"By patient, suffering soul! I hear thy cry
the trial fires may glow, but I am nigh.
I see the silver, and I will refine
Until My image shall upon it shine.
Fear not, for I am near, thy help to be
Greater than all thy pain, My love for Thee."
~ H. W. C. ~

"I have no knowledge to take up the Lord in all His strange ways, and passages of deep and unsearchable providences. For the Lord is before me, and I am so bernisted that I cannot follow Him; He is behind me and following at my heels, and I am not aware of Him; He is above me, but His glory so dazzleth my twilight of short knowledge that I cannot look up to Him. He is upon my right hand, and I see Him not; He is upon my left hand, and within me, and goeth and  cometh, and His going and coming are a dream to me; He is round about me, and compasseth all my goings, and still I have Him to seek. He is every way higher and deeper and broader than the shallow and ebb hand-breadth of my short and dim light can take up; and therefore I would that my heart could be silent and sit down in the learnedly-ignorant wondering at the Lord whom men and angels cannot comprehend. I know that the noon-day light of the highest angles, who see Him face to face, seeth not the borders of His infiniteness. They apprehend God near at hand; but they cannot comprehend Him. And therefore it is my happiness to look afar off, and to come near to the Lord's back parts, and to light my candle at His brightness, and to have leave to sit and content myself with a traveller's light, without the clear vision of an enjoyer. I would seek no more till I were in my country than a little watering and sprinkling of a withered soul, with some half out-breakings and half out-lookings of the beams, and small ravishing smiles, of a revealed and believed-in God head. A little of God would make my soul bankfull." 

"I'm ready to go but I'm not homesick." ~ Jim Bennett ~

"The spirit of the Lord fills the whole world, alleluia, alleluia. In him all things. "
~ Feast of Pentacost, Western Rite ~

"Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you--guard it with 
the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us." 

Blessings ~ good health ~ traveling safety ~ mercy ~ grace ~ love ~ joy ~ peace ~ together at 
Christmas ~ 

Merry Christmas,


  1. Absolutely beautiful picture, Sandra. Breath-taking.

    Sabbath rest to you.

  2. Thinking of your this Sabbath day, all the way from Chicago. We are having our first winter storm and are starting to look like your beautiful pictures.

    How is your husband doing? I pray for him as the Lord brings him to mind.


  3. Hi Sandra, what a beautiful post and the photo is amazing.

  4. Anonymous11:53 PM EST

    Perfect. Thank you for such a moving and beautiful post.


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