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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, November 19, 2017

Sabbath Keeping

"I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds."

"When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, 
for your life, 
for your strength. 
Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. 
If you see no reason to give thanks,
the fault lies in yourself."
~ Tecumseh

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend." ~ Melody Beattie ~

"When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around."
~ Willie Nelson ~
"Rest, and be thankful."
~ William Wordsworth ~

"Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayer and worn with thanks."
~ Thomas Goodwin ~

"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. " ~ William Arthur Ward ~

"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others."
~ Cicero ~

"The unthankful heart discovers no mercies;
but the thankful heart will find,
in every hour,
some heavenly blessings."
~ Henry Ward Beecher ~

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."
~ William Arthur Ward ~

"Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion.
Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception.
Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude.
Ever virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road."
~ John Henry Jowett ~

"The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest." ~ William Blake ~

"There are three requisites to the proper enjoyment of earthly blessings: a
thankful reflection, on the goodness of the giver;
a deep sense of our own unworthiness;
and a recollection of the uncertainity of our long possessing them.
The first will make us grateful; the second, humble; and the third, moderate."
~ Hannah More ~

"Gratitude is the sign of noble souls." ~ Aesop ~

"We ought to give thanks for all fortune: if it is good, because it is good, if bad, because it works in use patience, humility and the contempt of this world and the hope of our eternal country."
~ C. S. Lewis ~

"When it comes to life the critical things is whether you take things for granted
or take them with gratitude."
~ C. K. Chesterton ~

"Be thankful. God has commanded it--for our good and for His glory. God's command to be thankful is not the threatening demand of a tyrant. Rather, it is the invitation of a lifetime--the opportunity to draw near to Him at any moment of the day." ~ Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth ~

"It's one thing to be grateful.
It's another to give thanks.
Gratitude is what you feel.
Thanksgiving is what you do."
~ Tim Keller

"If I succeed, I will give thanks.
If I fail, I will seek His grace."
~ Max Lucado

"And it came to pass, as He went to Jerusalem, that He passed through the midst of Samraria and Galilee. And as He entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when He saw them, He said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, "Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?" There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And He said unto him, "Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole." 

Prayer requests ~ Sharon ~ Rebekah ~ Timmy and family ~ 

If you've ever tucked me in prayer, thank you. If you've ever read my blog, thank you. Please know, if you've ever left a comment, public or private, you've been held in prayer. I am so very grateful to you; thank you. In this season of Holy Days, please concentrate on the precious, friends, life, food, water, shelter, a Bible to read, the fact you're reading this on a computer... . Perhaps we've all felt as did Agatha Christie, "I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing." To which I add...Amen and amen!

Truly, I am both grateful to you and thankful for you. Happy Thanksgiving!

P. S. Computer woes...ahhhh! I count it all joy I can make a lovely pan of shortbread. lol


  1. Thankfulness and Gratitude create heart joy . . .
    I have spent the past few days on Facebook with one word,
    with a picture . . . nothing more . . .
    Happy Thanksgiving Moments Sandra . . .
    It is a blessing to have met you . . .
    And I am thankful . . ,

  2. Thank you for taking the time to create this blog that has lifted me up so many times.


  3. leaving this post up on my laptop today
    so i can revisit often. thank you.

  4. I'm thankful for YOU, Sandra! Your weekly Sabbath Keeping posts are always full of reasons to be thankful. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! :)

  5. And I always love it when Willie Nelson chimes in with his opinion, lol! :)

  6. Is that your Mustang? My step-mom had one that year, only blue. That was ages ago. My step-dad bought me a '66 Mustang when I graduated from HS. :) (I could kick myself for selling it, but I wanted a pickup truck!)

  7. Happy Thanksgiving to you also, Sandra! God bless you!

  8. Wonderful to read all these quotes about being thankful!

  9. Hi Sandra .. I just went over to my blog sign in for the first time in a few months ..and saw your comment asking how I was .. Thanks so much for thinking of me. And Yes I am doing great. I haven't blogged in so long and I think of writing on occasion but life has been so busy that by the time I sit down I'm so tired I have few words left to say. I hope to get back in the groove of blogging once again .. I guess I should just jump in even if it's only a few words every now and again. I hope all is well with you .. and that you have a lovely Thanksgiving .. Sweet Blessings .. Sara

  10. You really have the words for me this season- it's all Psalm 69:30 here x Happy Thanksgiving, woman of God xx

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