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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, February 26, 2012

Sabbath Keeping

~ winter on the farm ~
"Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child." 
~ Exodus 22:22 ~

"Life can only be understood backwards,
but it must be lived forwards." 
~ Soren Kierkegaard  
"Give us a chance to show you that those so-called protective laws to aid women - however well intentioned originally - have become in fact restraints, which keep wife, abandoned wife, and widow alike from supporting her family." ~ Martha Griffiths ~

"He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, 
abides with us, more potent, nay, 
more present than the living man."
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery ~

"Widow. The word consumes itself.
~ Sylvia Plath ~

"It is better to be the widow of a hero than the wife of a coward." 
~ Dolores Ibarruri

"When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, 
and you shall see that in truth you are weeping 
for that which has been your delight."
~ Khalil Gibran ~

"Happiness is beneficial for the body,
but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind."
~ Marcel Proust ~
“May a man live well-, and long-enough, 
to leave many joyful widows behind him.” 
~ Roman Payne ~  

"Where you used to be, 
there is a hole in the world 
which I find myself walking around 
in the daytime and falling into at night. 
I miss you like hell."
~ Edna St. Vincent Millay, Letters ~

"You can't do anything about the length of your life,
but you can do something about its width and depth."
~ Evan Esar ~
"We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full."
~ Marcel Proust ~
"Music I heard with you was more than music,
and bread that I broke with you was more than bread.
Now that I am without you, all is desolate;
All that was once so beautiful is dead."
~ Conrad Aiken ~

   "We must embrace pain and
 burn it as fuel for our journey"
~ Kenji Miyazawa ~

"It is difficult to become accustomed to the loss of happiness."
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld~

"While we are mourning the loss of our friend, 
others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil"
~ John Taylor ~

"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world" ~ James 1:27 ~

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

Prayer Keeping ~ Kerrie ~ Ray ~ Ruth Anne ~ Kathy - Sandra ~ Miki ~Adrienne ~ Karena ~ 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 ~ Skip ~ Ryan ~ Roy ~ Tonya ~ me ~


  1. "When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, 
    and you shall see that in truth you are weeping 
    for that which has been your delight."
    ~ Khalil Gibran ~

    My favorite . . . what are your "best delight" moments?

    Thinking of you and caring . . .

  2. This is a beautiful compilation. I am saving it. Thanks for sharing from the hard place you are in. I pray for some surprises for you this week, to lighten the load.

  3. I too, love the Khalil Gibran quote, it reminds me of the Book of Solomon, but maybe if it had been written after the loss of the beloved . I am also going to keep this compilation of quotes tucked away, thank-you Sandra. I am also praying for you.

  4. I am really liking the Evan Esar quote. It tells me we must make the most of what we have now, even while most fondly remembering what we had. And the gentle reminder of mourning and rejoicing by John Taylor ~ oh that's good!

    Remembering you in prayer, my friend. You amaze me! :~}

  5. Visiting you today dear Sandra via the Internet - even if it is across many miles and we've never met face to face.

    I was actually thinking about you in church this morning!

    May the Lord be your strength and shield and your constant Comforter.

    Wish we could sit a spell and have a cuppa coffee.

  6. All of them, Lynne, all of them.

    Your prayers are welcome, appreciated and greatly needed, Glenda. These past few weeks have been terrible in their intensity.

    Kathy, as I told Glenda, these past few weeks have been horrible in their intensity so your prayers are welcome, appreciated and greatly needed.

    Lady Farmer, these quotes spoke to my soul and if you could see me curled into a tight ball, on the kitchen floor, sobbing my heart out, I'm sure your amazement would be of a different sort. I am struggling mightily.

    Thank you Diane, please, as God brings me to mind, continue praying for me.

  7. Pls add me to your prayers... I am so lost, so devastated and the quote from Edna Vincent Millay so apt. Today would have been our 52nd Anniv. and last night I fell into the"hole" of sobbing and missing my hubby so much. There is no comfort for us nor a dulling of the senses, just a step forward every day and a scary path to walk alone....♥ Even when we know God is there.

  8. I have not caught up with your blog for ages! about time

  9. I love your Sunday posts...

  10. Hallo, dear Thistle, when I read these wonderful sentences and the sentence of Exupery, I remember a certain happening, I want to tell you here and now.
    When my father died (now 10 years ago) my mother was really very very sad and crying all the time. After 8 or 14 days she suddenly found on the top of his desk a small, handwritten paper, written with his hand. There were the following words: "People, who are no more here, are more here, as if they were here."
    Greetings from Dori

  11. Tears fill my eyes for you & precious Kerrie, Sandra. The passages say it so poignantly.

    Prayers lifting for you ladies ... may you be lifted from sorrow, tho your love shall never wane.

    Have a great eve ~
    TTFN ~
    Hugs & love,

  12. "Where you used to be,
    there is a hole in the world
    which I find myself walking around
    in the daytime and falling into at night.
    I miss you like hell."

    My favorite...

    Thinking of you, dear friend, and your year of changes. My heart aches for you and your loss of your dearest, Dave.

    In Christ alone,


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