Sunday Thoughts ~ “Living In Love”

“Love is the only gold.” ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Good Sunday morning, beautiful souls.  I do hope this finds you well and everything peaceful and lovely in your world.  Certainly, I know you join me in wishing such was the case for everyone.  The current unrest in our nation and world is most concerning to me, as I know it is to you also. 

Many of you may know, I am a great fan of Alexandra Stoddard.  She is a lovely writer and is extraordinarily inspirational. Thus, once again, I have returned to her book “Living In Love.”  It has been most comforting to me during these distressing times. In this book, she speaks mainly about home and family life.  However, there are many of her words that also relate to how we treat our fellow man.  For example, she writes:  As human beings with divine souls, none of us is ever justified in hurting another person.  Our belief in the sacredness of life helps us to replace negative energy felt toward others with compassion, understanding, empathy, and love.  This has been confirmed over history by the lives of spiritual guides who teach us about the energy, health, and wisdom of love.

Love me in my brokenness, love me as I am, because we are all here together, and the divine spirit in you is touching this same spirit in me.  Grace is the linchpin that holds us together in wholeness and harmony.  When we live in love, grace is our bonus.”

It is my belief that each and every one of us has a tremendous capacity for love.  Even if our lives have not been as we envisioned, we are humans.  As humans, we can be kind and inspire our fellow man.  Perhaps, we have been placed on this earth for a specific moment or situation that we touch.  And, how do we know that our loving hand can not and will not change the world?   

“Sometimes big things happen, and they echo. Those echoes crash across worlds. They are the ripples in the fabric of things. Often they manifest as storms.” ~ Neil Gaiman

Dear friends, as you know, I take pleasure in (hopefully) giving you something each week to carry with you, something which inspires.  I hope I have been successful today.  Know I wish you and yours a beautiful day.  One full of love and joy.  

Thanks so much for visiting and stay well!

“Love is a wondrous miracle.  It has power to heal and to overcome pain; to transform our struggles into opportunities for joy and a deeper appreciation of life.  The first step we take on our miraculous journey toward greater love is to open the wellspring of love within ourselves.  Living in love is an attitude and a way.  It requires living up to our fullest possibilities and giving birth to our higher power.” ~ Alexandra Stoddard





Images: via tumblr and M.S. Lambiotte






















26 thoughts on “Sunday Thoughts ~ “Living In Love”

  1. Hi Sandra!This post is really wonderful…”My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”
    John 15:12.I wish you a blessed Sunday!

    1. Beautiful, Maristella. I have that scripture in my kitchen, where I see it always. Love you, sweet friend. Have a beautiful day.❤

  2. Our nation does need much healing. Without God’s blessing that will not happen. In Matthew 22; 35-40, Mark 12:28-34, and Luke 10:27 Jesus is asked, which is the greatest commandment in the law? Jesus replied:” ‘ Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ “this is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it:’ Love your neighbor as yourself’ Matthew 23:34-39
    My prayer is there will be a great revival in our land and we live according to the scriptures.
    Have a wonderful week, Sandra.

    1. Bonnie, I agree. I also believe God has a purpose and plan for each of us. And, with His help and guidance, there just may be some of us who can touch a life or situation which will create dramatic change. I do pray for such.
      Wishing you a beautiful day and week ahead, my friend.❤

  3. I like Alexandra Stoddard, too and this post and her words — and yours — are beautiful. So are your images. Have a wonderful week.

  4. Good morning, Sandra. The first image is a beautiful toile fabric that I used in several clients’ homes in different color ways. I was always partial to the blue. Your post is truly lovely and I have several Alexandra Stoddard books that I need to revisit. I echo Bonnie’s thoughts and scriptures that she shared. This is my daily prayer, “let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 I am praying for our nation, but change must begin in each individual heart.

    I always look forward to your posts, my friend!

    1. I agree with you Pam. Each of us can truly make a difference. I hold on to that. Wishing you a beautiful day and week ahead, dear one.❤

      ps. The toile is in our home in several places.

  5. Good morning, Sandra! Your have written such a beautiful and meaningful post for this Sunday. I agree with both Bonnie and Pam’s sentiments. I pray everyday for peace for our beloved country. May you have a most blessed holiday weekend, sweet friend!

    1. Thank you, Shannon. Wishing you a day of love and joy and the same as you travel the week.
      Blessings, my friend.❤

  6. What a lovely piece of fabric and lovely words today both from Alexandra and you.

    I’ve typed and deleted for a few minutes here, reading your post over and over. I hurt for our country, worry about her because she has turned so far from God. I often find it difficult to love the adults in the news who seem intent on harm but my heart goes out to all the children in this country that they will inherit someday. I pray for their sake that answers will be found.

    1. Thank you Dewena. My friend, I agree with your every word. I do hold to the hope that love will win. I learned from Alexandra all about the ripple effect. I think it is possible for a tiny effort to do great things. There are good minds in our country, I pray their knowledge will make a difference in the future of our dear land. Wishing you a beautiful week. Stay well.❤

  7. I choose what I will watch and read, and I rarely watch the news anymore. I choose kindness, and sometimes that just means holding my tongue when others wag theirs. Good words, Sandra. Happy Sunday.

  8. Love is essential in our words and actions towards other people. As the old song goes, “love makes the world go around,” and certainly Christ commands us to love each other. Thank you for reminding us of the importance of love. I’m also an Alexandra Stoddard fan.

    1. Good morning, Lorrie. Yes, “Love makes the world go around.” And it is so needed to be shared in our world today. Lorrie, Alexandra is such a special soul. Our garden club brought her to our little town several years ago and my husband and I had the great pleasure of being with her and her beloved Peter for the weekend. Truly a most precious memory.
      Have a lovely week.

  9. Your posts are always a lovely inspiration to me, especially now with so much sadness in the world. I, too, pray that the world first seeks God. I often wonder why people depend only upon themselves, when the teachings of the Bible allow us a much easier path. How simple it all seems to me to just follow the Word…and yet, so many veer from it because they feel they know best. I so agree w/ you, Sandra, that an act of kindness always changes things, even if we don’t get to see that change ourselves. Bless you for being one of those acts of kindness. Hugs!

    1. Dear Bobbi, I so agree with your every word. And, I thank you so much for your kindness. I have met so many like-minded and beautiful souls through blogging. You, my friend, are certainly one of them. Thank you again. Many Blessings.❤

  10. Mi amiga querida, que maravillosa publicación nos has dejado, es un precioso regalo.
    Ciertamente en estos tiempos que corren se empieza a notar un desasosiego y falta de esperanza en los seres que poblamos este mundo tanto niños como adultos. Los comienzos escolares son difíciles por tantos cuidados que se imponen por motivo de este virus que no nos deja y que distorsiona a las familias. Al menos en España esa así porque han puesto tantas medidas de precaución que a la hora de ir a la escuela los niños no sé como podrán hacer felizmente sus tareas escolares.
    La gente se nota agobiada…Pero hay que salir adelante y estas citas de tan magnífica autora son una bendición de Dios.
    Te deseo todo lo bueno. Abrazos

    My dear friend, what a wonderful publication you have left us, it is a precious gift.
    Certainly, in these times, a restlessness and lack of hope is beginning to be noticed in the beings that populate this world, both children and adults. School beginnings are difficult due to so much care that is imposed because of this virus that does not leave us and that distorts families. At least in Spain that is so because they have put so many precautionary measures that when it comes to going to school the children do not know how they will be able to do their homework happily.
    People feel overwhelmed … But you have to move forward and these quotes from such a magnificent author are a blessing from God.
    I wish you all the good. Hugs

    1. Dearest Dolores, it is so very good to see you. I have missed you sweet friend. I thank you so much for your lovely and kind words. Yes, we do all have to move forward, but it is so difficult, especially on the little ones. I pray for all of us. Blessings, dear one.

  11. Sandra, I cannot believe I didn’t see this wonderful post until now. Maybe the timing was right for right now. As you know, I share your admiration and love for Alexandra Stoddard.

    I feel your heart beat and the weight of love in each word of your post for our hurting world. Thank you for the reminder us that love never fails. For days now, I’ve been humming the melody of an old hymn, one I haven’t thought of in ages, I had to look up the lyrics. Here are the first few lines
    “The love of God is greater far
    Than tongue or pen can ever tell
    It goes beyond the highest star
    And reaches to the lowest hell…”

    Wishing you a beautiful Sunday. Brenda xox

    1. Good morning, Brrenda. Thank you so much for your kind words. I do believe love will win. The hymn is beautiful. So meaningful are the words – for each and every day.

      Wishing you a beautiful day, my friend.❤

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