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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sabbath Keeping

~ gateway to the world ~
"Be strong and courageous.
Do not be afraid or discouraged."
~ 1 Chronicles 22:13 ~

"Let me do my work each day;
And if the darkened hours of despair overcome me,
May I  not forget the strength that comforted me
In the desolation of other times
May I still remember the bright hours that found me
Walking over the silent hills of my childhood
Or dreaming on the margin of the quiet river,
When a light glowed within me,
And I promised my early God to have courage
Amid the tempests of the changing years...."
~ Max Ehrmann

"Never let us be discouraged with ourselves; it is not when we are conscious of our faults that we are the most wicked, on the contrary we are then less so. We see by a brighter light, and let us remember for  our consolation that we never perceive our sins till we begin to cure them. We must neither flatter nor be impatient with ourselves in the correction of our faults.
Despondency is not a state of humility; on the contrary, it is the vexation and despair of a cowardly pride--nothing is worse; whether we stumble or whether we fall, we must think only of rising again and going on in our course. Our faults may be useful to us, if they cure us of a vain confidence in ourselves, and do not deprive us of a humble and salutary confidence in God.
Let us bless God with as true thankfulness if He have enabled us to make any progress in virtue as if we had made it through our own strength, and let us not be troubled with the weak agitations of self-love; let them pass; do not think of them.
God never makes us feel our weakness but that we may be led to seek strength from Him. 
What is involuntary should not trouble us; but the great thing is never to act against the light within us, and to desire to follow where God would lead us."

" Though I may stumble, I may fall,
My weakness is His strength;
No one is lost who hears His call:
His grace, my recompense."
~ E. C. M. ~

"He has kept and folded us from ten thousand ills when we did not know it: in the midst of our security we should have perished every hour, but that He sheltered us "from the terror by night and from the arrow that flieth by day"--from the powers of evil that walk in darkness, from snares of our own evil will. He has kept us even against ourselves, and saved us even from our own undoing...."
~ H. E. Manning ~ 

"For God has not give us a spirit of fear,
but of power and of love and of a sound mind."

If you'd like your name added to the prayer list, please let me know.

Prayer Keeping ~ Roland ~ Debbie ~ Beckwith family ~ Lea and family ~ Kary ~ Mildred ~ John ~ Noelle ~ Geoffrey ~ Terry ~ Angela, Penny and family ~ Daniel ~ Morgan ~ Meredith ~ Susan ~ Stephanie ~ Winnie ~ Wanda ~ Steve ~ Leslie ~ William and Catherine ~ Becky ~ Rick ~ Misha ~ J ~ Linda and Skip ~ Ryan ~ Roy ~ Tonya ~ me ~


  1. Fear... an emotion that seems to just about overcome me from time to time... I seem prone it it. I have to give that over to the Lord, resist the enemy and draw near to Him who will keep me in perfect peace if I keep my mind staid on Him.

  2. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
    Isaiah 41:10

  3. Thank you for the encouraging words!!!

  4. Hi Sandra, Thank you for sharing these comforting words. May God bless you as you go through your day. Sending our love across the miles.

  5. Lovely image and words. Richard

  6. Keeping the Beckwith family in my heart....
    xo, misha


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