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Friday, August 04, 2017

THISTLE COVE FARM IS RELOCATING!


It's been a long while, six years to be exact, since Dave died and for several of those years, I've wanted to move closer to family. To each of you who have prayed, thank you so very much! God's timing is always perfect because He sees through the lens of eternity while we see only the here and now.

Oswald Chambers puts it well, "The bravery of God in trusting us! You say, "But He has been unwise to choose me, because there is nothing in me; I am not of any value."

"That is why He chose you. As long as you think there is something in you, He cannot choose you because you have ends of your own to serve; but if you have let Him bring you to the end of your self-sufficiency then He can choose you to go with Him to Jerusalem, and that will mean the fulfillment of purposes which He does not discuss with you."

"We do not know what God is after, but we have to maintain our relationship with Him whatever happens. We must never allow anything to injure our relationship with God; if it does get injured we must take time and get it put right. The main thing about Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship we maintain and the atmosphere produced by that relationship. That is all God asks us to look after, and it is the one thing that is being continually assailed."  (italics mine)

Mercy! Yes, the bravery of God! I weep when I stop to think how often I've failed Him, asked forgiveness and He responded, "Sandra, of course I forgive you, as far as the east from the west and then I remember no more. You are the apple of My eye and I hold you by my right hand." If you ever get hold of His truths, you will never be the same; more importantly, you'll spend eternity in Heaven, celebrating the One who created you in His own image! (No, that doesn't mean we physically look like God, it means He created us to have His attributes. It's not His fault Eve, then Adam choose poorly yet even after their poor choices, He forgave them.) Again, I say...mercy! The bravery of God!


Peyton Burchell, with The Marshall Group, was my Buyer's Agent and to say he handled everything superbly is putting it mildly. When Dave passed away, Stoney Marshall helped me and it was Stoney's professionalism, kindness and compassion that caused me to again reach out to his group. It is impossible for me to overstate how much Peyton helped me, how much I relied on him and he never disappointed!

In addition to the lack of internet these past few months, I've also been in process of finalizing the sale of the southwest Virginia farm and buying the central Virginia farm. Yes, I've bought another farm with smaller house and more land. As the old woman said to her granddaughter, "Buy land. Buy as much as you can afford because they aren't making any more of it!" I've got until August end to vacate and there's much to be done. I've been giving away "stuff" like a mad woman and still have a lot of packing, etc. Needless to say, there won't be a lot of time for blogging and I've yet to obtain internet at the new place and I've also got to eat a few more times at Fisher and Company before I leave! lol

When I'm brought to mind, please say a pray for a safe move of animals, belongings and me and thanks again for all your prayers. God has a plan and He'll keep working it all out for His glory.

God bless you, yours and the work of your hands and heart.

Sandra

36 comments:

  1. So thankful for God's faithfulness to you! I will be praying for a smooth move for all!

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  2. You are an inspiration! I enjoy reading your blog. Will look forward to catching when you settle in to the new farm.

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  3. precious precious post. saving to read again later today, as truth is spoken ♥♥♥ .. congratulations on the sale and upcoming move. praying you through this time. hugs.

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  4. YOU are an inspiration, darling Sandra!!! How happy I am to hear all this good news. And, the animals will have a good and new home too. Yes, God & His angels have looked over all of this as it unfolded. You have taught me so much in this blogging world. From you, I've learned to thank our Lord for every small thing. I've become humble & realize exactly how much goodness is in our universe. You & I are connected as unlikely as that should be, but we are soul sisters, I know this well. Sending all my love to you and all your living things.

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  5. Oh, I'm so glad to hear that you will still have a Thistle Cove Farm! There's a reason Adam and Eve were placed in a garden; I believe we were created for country living. Can't wait to "meet" the new place!

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  6. So very happy for you Sandra. You are always in my prayers. Keep us posted as you transition to your new "spot".

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  7. So happy for you. You have been an inspiration to me and I am patiently waiting or trying to be patient for God to move me! Where in Virginia are you moving? Best of the best to you my friend and wishing you smooth sailing on your move and settling in💖😊💖

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  8. Sounds like good news for you. Glad you were able to sell your property and get closer to family. God bless you and protect you through the move, and your animals, too! Blessings!

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  9. Well, you know I am praying for you and your move. I expected that you would have to have SOME land because you have a caretaker's heart and you are a good steward of God's land(s). Blessings to you. Keep us posted. xo Diana

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  10. I'm so happy for you. I enjoyed reading your blog and seeing photos of the farm so close to my Bluefield, Va., home. I look forward to catching up on your new life when the time comes for you to get back to writing. God Speed and safe travels.

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  11. Congratulations and I'm happy to hear you bought another place. I will definitely keep you in my prayers. All the best to you.

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  12. I'm so happy for you, dear Sandra! I'll keep you in my prayers as you go about your move into a new place to call home. Your writing always stirs my soul. Thank you. ♥

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  13. Good luck with your move Sandra. I hope it all goes well for you and the animals. I'm looking forward to seeing your new home when you get there.

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  14. So wonderfully happy for you, Sandra. Best wishes as you prepare for the next leg of your life's journey.
    xo
    Donna

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  15. CONGRATS!!!!! I am so very happy for you.
    An adventure,
    d

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  16. So happy for you to have found a buyer! And a new place for you to buy too! I wish you all the best, and may God shower you with new blessings!

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  17. A bit bittersweet to say "goodbye" to the current TCF, but exciting to see what the new TCF will be like. My prayers are with you for ease in the transition, and for joy in your future.

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  18. Such a big step, but central Virginia welcomes you back! Please let me know when you'd like to reconnect here in lovely Central VA!

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  19. So happy for you, Sandra! Wishing you blessings on your move and your new home! I look forward to seeing it!

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  20. Congratulations, brave sister Sandra! Your message about God-Soul and your new plans is full,of spirit. I don't know too many people, who live in such deep and true talking with the Lord like you do and show and live, dear Sandra.

    Now I say to you, that I am happy, that you will take your animals with you, that you have in your heart the good advise to buy land, that you are and were patient and encouraged.

    I wish you a good move and I wait for your messages!

    LOVE - - Dori from a little grace-farm in the Bavarian Forest

    Great comments you have here!

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  21. Oh my, this is huge news! I'm really happy for you but will miss your farm posts. Sounds like you're in good hands though (both heavenly and earthly) so I pray the move will go well. You have been a tremendous inspiration as you've dealt with the hardest difficulties in life. Thank you for everything you've shared with us from Thistle Cove Farm!

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  22. Woo hoo and praise God! Prayers for your smooth relocation. I SO GLAD you will still have Thistle Cove Farm with you at your new place! :)

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  23. Oh I am SO VERY HAPPY for you! God is good and amazing! I read your posts as they come and you are such an inspiration to all of us! Look forward to following your new adventure!

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  24. Well now! Congratulations!!.. and I look forward to reading about your new farmstead. Sending prayer and good thoughts for a safe and uneventful move for you and your animals -

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  25. YAY . . ,
    Thrilled for you . . .
    Excited to hear, see more . . ,
    (Wrote a few comments on FB, didn't go through, let's see if this works,)

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  26. This is great! Thank you for sharing, and I'll look forward to more. You sound refreshed. <3

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  27. Congratulations! I am so happy that you finally sold this farm and are now off on a new adventure. You will be in my prayers.

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  28. Oh how wonderful!!!! I am so happy to hear this. Will keep you in prayer.

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  29. WOW! Such BIG news! Congratulations and very best wishes!

    ~Have a lovely day!

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  30. Blessings abound. Wonder. Excitement.

    More LAND !!!!

    Smaller house. Yeah.

    In grace.

    You're on the Pollen Path for sure. Adore the metaphor of other cultures/times. Of course Oswald Chambers had the right words.

    Congratulations.

    Garden & Be Well, XOT

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  31. Congratulations dear Sandra!! I don't know how I missed this post but I did. I am so happy for you. I look forward to hearing all about your new farm and seeing photos also.

    Love, hugs & prayers for a smooth move for you and your critters ~ FlowerLady

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  32. Yay! What a wonderful answer to prayer! I'm very happy for you, and am looking forward to following your adventures. That last quote by Chambers is my favorite.
    Prayers for safe travel for the animals and that you're able to do all you need to do in the upcoming weeks. xo Deborah

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  33. Oh Sandra, has it been six years...? You probably have it down to the minute.. So on to new adventure and no better place than in a different corner of the land of Jefferson. My
    heart skipped a beat with the pictures of
    your recent trip...we lived in the New Forest and
    no better memories could be had. Praying you through to resettlement and contentment...Hope
    we will be hearing from you in short order. In the meantime, go with God, dear one....

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  34. Bravo! Looking forward to seeing the new place and new adventures. Prayers up for a safe transition and journey.

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  35. Sandra dear, wow! It finally happened. I know you had faith that it would in God's perfect time but I sometimes felt that the road was far too long and rocky for one lone woman working until exhaustion. I am so very happy for you, and you sound so happy that I understand now how it all makes sense.

    And another farm? It's part of you by now, isn't it? This love of land and your stewardship of it? The dailyness of it is part of your heart, soul, and sinew. Very hard to say goodbye to that when it's so much a part of you, of what life is to you.

    Of course I'll join the others in prayer for a good move, and good health while you're doing it. And it is so exciting, Sandra! I feel like shouting!

    Take care, you amazing woman (I knew as soon as I typed that that you would be shaking your head and telling me "No, amazing God!"

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  36. So excited for you...prayers for a safe move for all....🐾

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