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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, July 31, 2016

Sabbath Keeping

"If racing against mere men makes you tired, 
how will you race against horses?"
If you stumble in safe country,
how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?"

"Our labor preserves us from three great evils - weariness, vice and want."
~ Voltair ~

"Negative people need drama like oxygen.
Stay positive. It will take their breath away."

"A work is never completed except by some accident such as weariness, satisfaction, the need to deliver, or death: for, in relation to who or what is making it, it can only be one stage in a series of inner transformations."
~ Paul Valery ~
"When everything feels like an uphill struggle
just think of the view from the top."

"As I thought of these things, I draw aside the curtains and looked out into the darkness, and it seemed to my troubled fancy that all those little points of light filling the sky were the furnaces of innumerable divine alchemists, who labour continually, turning lead into gold, weariness into ecstasy, bodies into souls, the darkness into God; and at their perfect labour my mortality grew heavy, and I cried out, so as many dreamers and men of letters in our age have cried, for the birth of that elaborate spiritual beauty which could alone uplift souls weighted with so many dreams." ~ W. B. Yeats ~

"Nothing can wear you out like caring for people."

"I am old, Gandalf. I don't look it, but I am beginning to feel it in my heart of hearts. Well-reserved indeed! Why, I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread. That can't be right. I need a change, or something." ~ J. R. R. Tolkien ~

"When fearful, we have a choice:
Forget Everything And Run
Face Everything And Rise"

"God doesn't need more critics.
He needs more encouragers."

"You are brave, strong, capable, loving, kind, caring, faithful
Because God Is."

"Do what is right.
Not what is easy."

"God shows us He's in control
by putting us into situations
we can't control."

~ Neal A. Maxwell ~

"For the one who is tired:
Dear heart: God does not say today, "Be strong!"
He knows your strength is spent;
He knows how long the road has been,
how weary you have grown;
for He walked the earthly roads alone,
each bogging lowland and
each long, steep hill He can understand,
and so He says, "Be still and know that I am God."
The hour is late and you must rest a while
and you must wait until life's empty reservoir's fill up
as slow rain fills up an empty upturned cup.
Hold up your cup, dear child, for God to fill.
He only asks today that you be still."
~ Grace Noll Crowel ~

"In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. 
We do not know what we ought to pray for, 
but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 
And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, 
because the Spirit intercedes for God's people 
in accordance with the will of God. 
And we know that in all things God 
works for the good of those who love Him, 
who have been called according to His purpose."
~ Romans 8:26-28

Please join me in pray ~ Alicia ~ Nancy ~ Anita ~ my family ~ and you, as God brings you to our minds ~

For more encouragement, please click here. A. J. Gossip, a Scotsman, wrote "BUT WHEN LIFE TUMBLES IN, WHAT THEN?" after his wife suddenly and unexpectedly died. A long read but well worth a moment of your time, especially if you are exhausted, tired, weary.

We Christians have the Trinity - God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit - to help, heal, guide, intercede, strengthen. This week has been intense for so many (myself included)...Christians, in the name of Christ, coming against each other; satan coming against Christians; exhaustion and weariness overwhelming so many. We are in trying days and times; evil is on every side and sometimes we become so weary in 'fighting the good fight' we forget it's not in our strength that even the next breath is drawn.

In Him, we are able because God is able. 


  1. Beautiful, Sandra.
    You make me rethink my blessings !!
    sending love, my friend.....

  2. Hello dear Sandra. I enjoyed your post very much. Remembering you in prayer. May God bless.

  3. Sentences coming from deep experiences, a lot of life-experiences and flew out from holy inspirations!

  4. Sandra your posts are always such blessings. Lifting you up and the others. May His Glory overflow in your lives.

  5. What an inspiring post.. love these quotes. <3 -

  6. That first quote gave me a hankering to jump into the Old Testament. I don't do enough of that!
    Thanks, Sandra. :)

  7. Counting my blessings and Praying for Our Country.
    God Bless you Sandra.

  8. Did you write this for me? I think so and thank you x

  9. Marsha, you're on my private prayer list; He is able!

    Mildred, thank you for the prayers; most needed and greatly appreciated.

    Dori, "deep experiences" indeed! He is able!

    Noreen, many blessings in my life but sometimes difficult to see for the "challenges".

    Gingi, so glad you enjoyed.

    Lisa, I'm in 2nd Kings now; read thru the Bible 5 chapters at a time. Just plow thru...grin.

    Yvonne, our country stands in desperate need of prayer; I'm joining you.

    Mags, for both of us; you're welcome -grin-.


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