Joy In My Fathers World

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Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy.  Psalm 96: 11-12

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This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.

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This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise,The morning light, the lily white, declare their Maker’s praise.This is my Father’s world: He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.

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This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forgetThat though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done:
Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and Heav’n be one.

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This is my Father’s world, dreaming, I see His face.I ope’ my eyes, and in glad surprise cry, “The Lord is in this place.”This is my Father’s world, from the shining courts above,
The Beloved One, His Only Son,
Came—a pledge of deathless love.

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We recently had the privilege of driving around the back roads of Southern Virginia with a dear friend we met in Florida years ago.  She is originally from Virginia and we spent a few days in her neck of the woods.  She took us around the surrounding area, down lanes and across creeks and up wooded roads.  We saw barns, cattle, fence posts, cemeteries, abandoned houses and mountains rising majestically in the near distance.  It was a gloriously clear, blue sky day.  We stopped for lots of pictures.

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I shared a few pictures with you earlier in the week, but wanted to share some more.  In thinking of the beauty captured in the photos, I was reminded of one of my favorite songs based on words written by Maltbie Davenport BabcockThis Is My Father’s World . You can go here to listen to a video production of this song by Fountainview Academy in British Columbia, Canada. 100_4358 100_4361It is so easy to become focused on the negative and all the ills of this world, but truly, this is our Father’s world and beauty abounds if we just open our eyes.  He has promised to be faithful to us even to the end of the age.  Instead of focusing on the evil and all that is wrong in the world, I want to focus on God and how he makes all things right in his time.  I want to see the good, the beautiful.  I want to “be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer.”  (Romans 12:12)100_4405As Christians, I believe we have to accept that there is evil, we have to abhor it and shun it.  We need to pray for good to win. We don’t need to live in denial, but, we don’t need to wallow in the gutter of despair as if we have lost all hope either. We need to see with eyes that see Jesus,  hearts that love others, arms that reach out to help, feet that walk alongside.  We must delight in the beauty in our Father’s world.100_4428 100_4432“Though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.”  That gives me great comfort and hope. Let us open our eyes and see.100_4427.2 100_4370

Seeing in grace,

Teresa

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Moments of Beauty

What do Impellizzeri’s Pizza, Petit Fours, Honeycrisp Apples and Roses have in Common?  (Answer below)

Impellizzeri's Pizza - Best of Louisville
Petit Fours & Chocolate Chewies from The Fresh Market
Honeycrisp Apples from The Fresh Market
Estelle Roses, Hydrangeas & Baby's Breath from The Fresh Market

Today was about feeding the soul (and the stomach).   Usually weekends are reserved for errands and housework.  Today was about rest and beauty.

We decided to go to Impellizzeri’s Pizza – we had heard good things and so even though it is a tad expensive compared to other Pizza places, we decided to check it out.  It did not disappoint.  The crust was just the right combination of thickness and crispness and flavor.  the sauce was rich and thick and I asked for extra.  The toppings were just right. It was filling and we have leftovers for lunch.

On the way to  Impellizzeri’s   we saw second, larger  location of one of our favorite stores: The Fresh Market so we decided to stop in on the way back home.  I wish I had taken pictures of some of their decor and displays – maybe another time.  The Fresh Market is a little more expensive than other stores we shop, but once in awhile I like to treat us by shopping there.

Today was about the flowers, chocolate and apples.  I came home and did some flower arranging:

Home from Market
Cutting the Roses - sometimes you have to suffer before true beauty can bloom!
Hydrangeas in the bedroom
Roses, Baby's Breath and Honeycrisp apples "staged" on my writing table

Not a bad way to spend a Saturday Afternoon!  See the orange glass cross on the wall?  That is a beautiful gift from my friend Sue, who is in my Writing group at church.  She gave that to me last weekend. She designed it with symbols and colors that reflect who I am. (orange is my happy color; StoneLeaf is the name for lots of projects in the works)  The cross has been a great inspiration to make time for beauty in my life.  Life is too short to do laundry all the time.  (I did manage to do three loads today – in between the moments of beauty).  That’s how we should live life – insert the work in between the moments of beauty.

stoneLeaf Cross - designed and created by my friend, Sue

I hope you have a week full of beautiful momets!

Go in Grace,

Sadie