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Over the years, I've grown to learn that I'm thankful for all things the Lord has bestowed upon me, both in plenty and in want, as I know that even "times of testing" are tools He uses to refine our character and put us in position to better receive and appreciate Him and the good and abundant things He has for us, pressed down, shaken together, and over-flowing. It’s now 2012, a lot has transpired in the last 4 yrs., and I've developed my own photography business that stands on "Quality without Compromise." It's called Sandra Koster Photography, and you can find me at my website, and on Facebook, where I have both a Page and a Group by the same name. My Mission Statement: To bring to you and your families the essence of the moment, those treasures in time that are memorialized by the awesome invention of the camera. There is no part of God's creation, from the moon to the molecule, on land or under the sea, no animal, plant or bug too big or too small for my attentions. From inland, to the slopes of the Rocky Mountains, to the country, to the jungle, to the shores of the tropical seas I pledge quality work, without compromise.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

My testimony on coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ

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8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose. 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Romans 8:28-30

Hi y'all,

Thanks for taking the time to read my profile. For those that don't know me for many years, as others do...this is a brief notation of my testimony:

I came to know the Lord "for real," and not by some vain profession of faith, on Sat., Sept. 12, 1992, in Santa Fe, NM, where early that morning, as I was getting out of bed, I received a supernatural, audible call to repentance from the Holy Spirit!Though I was 33 at the time, "repentance" wasn't really part of my vocabulary, so I said out loud, despite being alone in the house..."What?"

And I heard it once again, "Repent!"

So I said..."repent, repent...what does repent mean?" At this point I heard no more...but I immediately went to my faithful "New Merriam-Webster, dictionary, 1989 edition, and looked up the word, which read: "1 : to turn from sin and resolve to reform one's life 2 : to feel sorry for (something done) : REGRET---repentance."

Well, there it was, so I called my good Roman Catholic friend Jenny Vigil, (being that I too was raised as a RC), and told her I thought I needed to start going to church, I needed "religion"...and she invited me to the one she was attending.I asked where it was and what it was called, and she told me that she was attending Calvary Chapel de Santa Fe. I reminded her that I was Catholic, and she told me that this church was "non-denominational." I asked her "what that was," and she told me, "it means that anybody can go there."

I clarified that I didn't want anybody trying to "convert" me, like those radical fundamentalists...and she assured me that they wouldn't.

So the next day, Sunday morning, when I arrived at the "warehouse" where this "church" was meeting, real early...so I could observe the attendees in the parking lot after the first service...and see all the "hypocrites" as they dashed out of the church and tried to kill each other to get to their cars, as had been my previous experiences, thereby giving myself an excuse to leave, I was shocked at what I witnessed, and it scared me.

I saw true love among the old, young, men, women, and children, as they laughed, talked, hugged, and played with each other. I didn't know Agape love at that point...so I was confused to say the least. Any which way, I purposed to stay for the service.

Once in the service, my friend sat near the front...another thing I wasn't accustom to. Pastor Kon was teaching out of Luke 6 I think, and as the Holy Spirit began ministering to me...everything in me...per the inspiration of the Enemy of my soul, told me to get up and leave.

I so wanted to flee that I was physically nauseous. No person in this realm tried to convert me, but little did I know, the Holy Spirit was not going to let me go! Praise God!

But...by the grace of God, I literally couldn't move my body to go....So I took notes to cover my fearfulness...and that has been what I've continued to do for the past 16 yrs. now [2010 = 18 yrs.], except, the one difference now, is that where perfect love is, there is NO fear. I knew that Calvary was teaching the Truth, teaching Jesus Christ, and Him crucified, as per God's Word, even in my ignorance.I no longer clung to my false religion...but became a new creation in Christ.

So...that's a brief overview of how I came to know the Lord, though I have had many more supernatural encounters with the the Lord's ministering angels over the years...to be discussed at another point in time...

Be blessed,

Resting in the loving arms of Jesus,
"So, if the Son sets you free, you shall be free indeed (Jn.8:36, NIV)."


5:17 Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 5:18 And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:17-19, KJV)

Monday, May 31, 2010

Rustic Santa Fe Charm 1986

I just friended with Olivia Schemanski on Facebook, and her Photos - Sketches & Studies of an abandoned vehicle in the woods reminded me of a photo I took in Santa Fe, NM 24 yrs. ago.

Being that I'd have to search my archives to find the original, and being that Flickr won't let me save my own work back to my system now, as part of it's copyright protection, I've opted to link my blog to my Flickr account to show a few of my pics.

Here is a shot that I took the first spring that I lived in Santa Fe, before temporarily moving away the following Sept., to Hawaii for 1.5 yrs. They did away with this house and car years later to make way for street widening.

I sure am glad that I got this shot on this day, with those lovely clouds in the azure sky...before the memory passed away.

Monday, March 15, 2010

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Now that we know that 2009 Rachel Alexandra will not be going to Oaklawn Park to meet the undefeated Zenyatta in the Apple Blossom Invitational, our retrospect allows us to confirm what some have suspected all along. Rachel Alexandra seems to have very much enjoyed her vacation and is taking her own sweet time in coming back. And apparently principal owner Jess Jackson is living true to his word that he "will let Rachel Alexandra tells us when she's ready.

Even back in early February, when the $5 million Rachel v. Zenyatta Apple Blossom was on for April 3, a few days later Jackson announced in a press release the race was off. Asmussen was quoted in that release as saying "Getting to this level of fitness after a six-month layoff takes time."

A short time later, the race was back on - this time, scheduled 6 days later on April 9.

Caution Flag!

Even going back to the post Eclipse Award ceremonies when Jackson talked with TVG about Rachel Alexandra's return and awkwardly talked about her first "untimed" work in 17 seconds. I knew a valet in Prescott that could do that in a gunny sack.

But looking at it now, it was probably Rachel Alexandra just not being overly excited about being back at work after six months. We've all been there trying to get back in the swing of things after a holiday.

I suspect on a cold and damp January morning at the Fair Grounds, exercise rider Dominic Terry motioned to Rachel that they were going for a nice easy work. And Rachel responded something like, "uhhh. Yeah! Like a real easy work. Hello?" Hence, the "untimed" work.

Caution Flag.

But like the professional that she is, Rachel soon picked up the pace and we began to see glimpses of her greatness in subsequent morning efforts. All of them were right on schedule and each one more impressive than the last.

But even then, Asmussen was saying in February that “I thought she looked beautiful. She went :50 3/5 today off of her :52 the other day. I think that’s pretty much the progression that we’re expecting.” While in the next breath he was saying they would "do what’s right by her.”

Caution Flag.

Then the loss Saturday to Zardana in the New Orleans Ladies Stakes at Fair Grounds. On paper, Zardana appeared to be a horse Rachel Alexandra could outrun easily. Even with Asmussen facing the difficult challenge of "not tightening the screws" on Rachel's machine until the Apple Blossom, Zardana seemed to be a mismatch.

By Sunday afternoon, the Race for the Ages was off.

It could not have been an easy decision for Jackson either - not with the every fan, media member, horse racing facebooker and tweeter clamoring for it. But somewhere inside the final eighth of a mile in the Ladies, Rachel Alexandra said "Nyet."

My teeth gnashed as much as the next person's. But there are a few things to understand before we all begin to complain, strut, point, and or discount the Horse of the Year vote.

Nobody would have wanted a sub-par Apple Blossom. Even the biggest Zenyatta fans (of which I am one) would experienced an empty victory if a less than prime Rachel Alexandra would have shown up in Hot Springs, Ark.

That was never going to happen. I know the entire Asmussen family enough to know they all speak English, Spanish and French. I've never heard any of them speak equine, but I've seen 'em understand it.

So if Rachel is saying "slow down just a little," I'm glad Asmussen is there to understand it and Jackson is there to listen.

Posted by Brock Sheridan at 9:48 AM

Labels: Apple Blossom Invitational, Jess Jackson, Rachel Alexandra, Steve Asmussen, Zenyatta


Anonymous said...
I totally agree with you. It's pretty aggravating to listen to people who have no contact with the horse to second guess everything about her. She's a top-flight filly, and of course they are going to do right by her. Let's stop all the negative and do right by the horse, as they are obviously doing!

March 15, 2010 2:35 PM
In2Books said...
Amen! Personally, I'd like to see her retire now (there's no shame in 2nd places), and quickly go to visit Curlin in the breeding shed. A 2013 2 yr. old by Curlin, out of Rachel Alexander would be phenomenal...much more so then a mare/filly standoff.

Let's FB and Tweet about the new foal, watching webcams of that entire event unfold over risking her racing any further. Besides, we women all know that having babies while we're young and fit is much better for producing a healthy baby...so too with animals! ;o)

March 15, 2010 3:24 PM
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