Saturday, September 7, 2013

This is my Father's World

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.

This is my Father's World,

the birds their carols raise,

 The morning light, the lilly 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.

This is my Father's world,

O let me ne'er forget

That 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.

"This is My Father's World"
Text: Maltbie D. Babcock
Music: Trad. English melody; adapt. by Franklin L. Sheppard 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Riding out the storms

Sunday I awoke to this:

Remember the old adage "Red in the morning, sailors take warning.  Red at night, sailor's delight."?  It held true Sunday.  A short time after I took the above picture we were happy to be warm and dry in our home as a late-summer thunderstorm raged outside. 

I don't think that I have shown you my little bedroom "haven" here in our new home, have I?  Not only was I able to squeeze my beloved work area into one side of the room (photos coming soon), I also have this fabulous cozy chair which overlooks our backyard.  It is the most relaxing place to sit and read.  When the children are home there is almost always someone sitting there, visiting with me.  I am so grateful.

Can you see the trees whipping in the rain-lashed wind?  Oh!  It did blow!  

One thing I am learning: God is still God, even in the storm.  And He does provide peace even in the midst of it all.

Also this: The storm does pass.

So loving Aaron Keys song "Sovereign Over Us" right now.

"Sovereign Over Us" by Aaron Keys

There is strength within the sorrow, There is beauty in our tears
You meet us in our mourning, With a love that casts out fear
You are working in our waiting, Sanctifying us
When beyond our understanding, You're teaching us to trust

Your plans are still to prosper, You have not forgotten us
You're with us in the fire and the flood
Faithful forever, Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us

You are wisdom unimagined, Who could understand your ways
Reigning high above the heavens, Reaching down in endless grace
Youʼre the Lifter of the lowly, Compassionate and kind
You surround and You uphold me, Your promises are my delight

Even what the enemy means for evil
You turn it for our good, You turn it for our good and for your glory
Even in the valley You are faithful
Youʼre working for our good, Youʼre working for our good and for your glory

Words & Music by Aaron Keyes, Bryan Brown, and Jack Mooring.
Copyright (c) 2011 

He has not forgotten us....
Faithful forever, perfect in love,

So grateful that He is sovereign over us, aren't you?