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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, June 15, 2014

Sabbath Keeping

"For you shall go out in joy
and be led forth in peace
the mountains and the hills before you
shall break forth into singing,
and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands."

"Without pain, how could we know joy? This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate." ~ John Green
"Joy is not the absence of suffering,
it is the presence of God."
~ unknown ~
"They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: 
someone to love,
something to do,
and something to hope for."
"Joy is the serious business of heaven."
"Joy is the echo of God's life in us." ~ Abbot Columba Marmion
"Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with." ~ Mark Twain
"The beating heart of the universe is holy joy." ~ Martin Buber
"The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet within our reach, is Joy."
~ Fra Giovanni, Within Our Reach...Joy ~
"Freshness trembles beneath the surface of
everyday, a joy perpetual to all who catch
its opal lights beneath the dust of habit."
"Winning is important to me, but what brings me real joy is the experience of being fully engaged in whatever I'm doing." ~ Phil Jackson ~
"Joy is the infallible sign of the Presence of God." ~ Rev. Joyce
"Joy descends gently upon us like the evening dew, and does not patter down like a hailstorm." ~ Jean Paul F. Richter ~
"Joy is prayer
Joy is strength
Joy is love
Joy is a net of love by which you catch souls.
She gives most who gives with joy." 
"...keep knocking, and the Joy inside will eventually open a window and look out to see who's there." ~ Rumi
"The artesian well of joy never rungs dry.
We clog it with our thoughts."
"Heaven, the treasury of everlasting Joy." ~ Shakespeare
"... You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living. ..." ~ Jon Krakauer
"Joy is the flag you fly with the Prince of Peace is in residence within your heart."
~ Wilferd Peterson
"Scatter Joy."
"Without Joy in your life you are powerless." ~ Joyce Meyers ~
"Now and then it is good to pause in our pursuit of Joy and just be Joyful."
~ unknown ~
"Goodness of heart is life to a man,
joy is what gives him length of days."
~ Solomon ~


"Rejoice in hope,
be patient in tribulation
be constant in prayer."

In the winter season of life, Friends recently found each other and are now approaching their wedding day. Linda Sue and Michael, may all your days be blessed with the warmth and joy of your love for God and for each other; may God bless your marriage now and always.

If you have a name to be added to the prayer list, please let me know. Around the world, people are praying.

Prayer Keeping ~ Jim ~ Stephanie ~ Donna ~ Linda Sue and Michael ~ Ashley ~ Dustin ~ Sandra ~

11 comments:

  1. I loved your scattering of JOY quotes and wisdom . . .

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  2. The quote Fra Giovanni, "The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet within our reach, is Joy." It's true Sandra!! It's true!! I know. I had an event ... no, I had meeting. With an angel. It was the night before my last surgery in 2012 when everyone was praying so hard for me. I WAS SO SCARED about the next day. HE visited me, only for an instant, and let me FEEL the love of Jesus Christ. I think the angel kept me from crossing on over. I distinctly remember Him holding me back. It wasn't time. But I FELT the Lord all around me. Oh, Sandra, the love HE has for us. It's beyond words. It's beyond human understanding. Many times since I have been tempted to Go Home but it's not time. There are more people that need help, need instruction, need to give their hearts to Him. They need LOVE.

    Sorry, got verbose. But I want you to know, that the Joy we will have with Jesus for eternity is so wonderful. "Let grief take care of itself ..." It's true because we have work to do!!!

    Hope this makes sense.

    Luv ya pal. ~:)

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  3. A beautiful post, Sandra. So happy for Linda Sue and Michael and I pray God's blessings upon them.
    Remembering you in prayer. God bless your week.

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  4. Sandra, thank you for these words from Scripture, ""For you shall go out in joy
    and be led forth in peace
    the mountains and the hills before you
    shall break forth into singing,
    and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands."
    ~ Isaiah 55:12 ~"

    There was a time that the Lord used those verses (especially the part about the trees of the field clapping their hands) to calm my nerves when the wind would get up a bit. :) Thank you for helping me to realize that He's grown me up a wee bit. :) xo

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  5. I always love Lewis's quotes, and I love thinking that, "Joy is the serious business of heaven"! :)

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  6. Thank you for remembering me and Jim in your prayers. We had a pretty rough time of things the past few days, but Jim is improving from a setback of sepsis. Perhaps he will go home tomorrow or the next day.

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  7. Michael and I are acutely aware of the Lord's hand in our happiness - and the prayers, love of other believers makes it multiply! Thank you dear Sandra

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  8. Loved reading the quotes!

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  9. God had given us an abundance of green. I enjoyed that very much yesterday.

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  10. Wonderful, Thistle, each quote wonderful! This is my pneuma this night!!!

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  11. Wonderful, Thistle, each quote wonderful! This is my pneuma this night!!!

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