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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, May 08, 2011

Sabbath Keeping

 ~ after the storm ~
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." 
"We know that in the moral, as in the physical order, nature abhors a vacancy. Consciously or unconsciously, as the years go by, all men more and more submit their lives to some allegiance; with whatever uncertainty and changefulness, some one motive, or group of motives, grows stronger and stronger in them; they tend, at least, to bring every thought into captivity to some one obedience. For better or for worse, things which seemed difficult or impossible a few years ago will come almost naturally to a man a few years hence; he will have got accustomed to take a certain course, to obey certain impulses or principles wherever they appear. We may indeed distinguish three states in which a man may be. He may be yielding his heart more and more to the love of self, in whatsoever way of pride, or avarice, or lust, or sloth. Or he may be yielding his heart more and more to the love of God, falteringly, it may be, with many struggles and failures, but still really getting to love God more, to move more readily and more loyally to do God's will wherever he sees it. Or, thirdly, he may be like the man of whom our Lord spoke. He may, by God's grace, have cast out an evil spirit from his heart; he may have broken away from the mastery of some bad passion, some tyrannous hunger or hatred; and he may be poised, as it were, between the one love and the other. Ah! but that can only be for a very little while. That balance never lasts; one way or the other the will must incline; one service or the other must be chosen, and that soon." ~ Francis Paget ~

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage."
~ Lao Tzu ~

"Don't wish me happiness-I don't expect to be happy, it's gotten beyond that, somehow. 
Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor-I will need them all."  
~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh ~

"Solitude is strength; to depend on the presence of the crowd is weakness. The man who needs a mob to nerve him is much more alone than he imagines." ~ Paul Brunton ~

"There are two ways of exerting one's strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up." 
~ Booker T. Washington ~

"If God sends us on strong paths, we are provided strong shoes." 
~ Corrie ten Boom ~
 
"Some people think it's holding on that makes one strong - sometimes it's letting go." ~ unknown ~

"I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will 
empower you with inner strength through his Spirit." 
Prayer Keeping ~ William and Catherine ~ Leslie ~ Becky ~ Rick ~Misha ~ J ~ Linda ~ Ryan ~ Roy ~ Tonya ~ Dave ~ me ~

6 comments:

  1. Sweet Blessings to you!
    Thank you for the well wishes this fine Mother's Day.

    I really like the quote you have of Anne Morrow Lindbergh's....courage, strength and a sense of humor.

    God bless you,
    d

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  2. The Ephesians verse really speaks to me tonight - His Spirit is the voice I need to listen to not the niggling voices of you can't and it's too hard to live through this. Bless you and we are praying for you both.

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  3. Hello Sandra and Dave:
    Through this post we are brought to think about so many things which, in the turmoil of everyday life, are so often set to one side.

    We all do so need that 'still, small voice of calm'.

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  4. Fabulous quotes.

    God does not give us more tests than what we can bear. We will always find a way to overcome our difficulties whatever they may be.

    When God closes one door he opens another one for us. This new door may not be the one we looked for but it will be beneficial to us in the long run.

    Reading your wonderful quotes lifted up my spirits today.

    Best wishes,
    Joseph

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  5. Thanks for the post it enlightens and brings hope. Glad you got the sheep shorn. We have to wait till the 18th. I may have to get out there and see what I can do with hand shears. They look so bad. Hope all is well and Dave is feeing better. We still have you both in our prayers.

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  6. Oh my- this is what happens when I am behind in my blog reading. I missed this fabulous contest:(

    We have been to Nice and loved it there. I am sure your beautiful book is loved in it's new home--
    Vicki

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