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This Is My Father’s World


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 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.

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:
why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King; let the heavens ring!
God reigns; let the earth be glad!

This is one of my favorite hymns right now; I could hear it over and over again. We occasionally sing it in church, if I had anything to do with it, we’d sing it every Sunday. You can listen to it here by Fernando Ortega {another one of my favorites}. I used to not be into hymns… until my husband came along. He has helped me appreciate them; they are now my favorite. Do you know about Red Mountain Music? They re-work old hymns and, like Ortega, are quite good at what they do. If you’re not familiar with them, take a few minutes and explore. We love all their albums!

I spent yesterday morning enjoying my Father’s world with my husband and my son. Justin’s parents own BEAUTIFUL property south of town and we spent the morning with turkeys, White Ibises, Fox Squirrels, and many other signs of life. I left dishes in the sink, laundry on the floor, food on the counters and spent the entire morning with my husband at quite possibly his most favorite place on earth. Trust me, it wasn’t much of a sacrifice for me to join him, you’ll see why.



Life is good, spring is close, we could see it everywhere.

Hope you all have a delightful weekend.

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  • Laura
    February 20, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Looks very peaceful and relaxing!

  • Abby Maddox
    February 20, 2009 at 10:05 am

    I just love all the pictures! Especially the one with the budding tree in front of the “swamp”

  • Ivy
    February 20, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Love all the pictures! My father-in-law owns land in Bainbridge,Ga…just north of Tallahassee and we love to go up there too. It’s just so relaxing!

  • Kristen
    February 20, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Beautiful pictures! A couple of Saturdays ago, we went to the land where Steve hunted during deer season and took a picnic and I felt the same way!!!

  • Kendra White
    February 20, 2009 at 10:43 am

    i love that hymn as well… a funny story to got with is that my WHOLE life I have wanted to name my little girl Lillian Elizabeth and call her Lily Beth… however I married Eric WHITE (5 years ago today). I am still not convinced that it would not be weird to name a girl Lily White… but rest assured if the lord blesses us with a girl and we name her Lily will have the line “the morning light the LILY WHITE, declare her makers praise!!” Any thoughts??

  • Gail
    February 20, 2009 at 10:46 am

    I see, I see, I see…Glory be to God and all He has made for us to enjoy…You have a special way of sharing it all! Glory be to him in giving us this gift! Thanks for sharing. And, I LOVE the site with the actual song. Brings back many happy memories of trying to sing in the choir! LOL…

  • Kellie
    February 20, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Beautiful – wish I could be there!

  • Sara Huie
    February 20, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Such wonderful pics… wish I could jump into them and sit and chill in that boat! Ahhh…
    I love the remade hymns as well. Do you listen to Indelible Grace music at all? I’m sure you’d love it. And I bet you’d like the Welcome Wagon, too- my little 3 year old nephew sings and dances along to it.
    Have a great weekend!

  • Sara Huie
    February 20, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Such wonderful pics… wish I could jump into them and sit and chill in that boat! Ahhh…
    I love the remade hymns as well. Do you listen to Indelible Grace music at all? I’m sure you’d love it. And I bet you’d like the Welcome Wagon, too- my little 3 year old nephew sings and dances along to it.
    Have a great weekend!

  • Linkis Family Love
    February 20, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Beyond gorgeous…SO captures God's creations! I am tempted EVERY day to throw it in, and move back South! If only, my husband's company had a branch in Alabama! aaagghhh
    Kelli <><<
    ps. thanks for the follow up on the stamping. i went and got fabric paint last night, and white t-shirt to do some for the girls.

  • Spencer
    February 20, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Life IS good! Wow your photography is awesome. I just love that pic of the beautiful red flower tree so simple set before the creek. It’s just so calming and is a picture that holds so much ‘hope’! 🙂

  • The Wilsons
    February 20, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    One of my fave hyms too! Wish spring would get here soon…BTW – did you get a new camera? Your pics are fabo!

  • Ashley
    February 20, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    What a good morning!! Oh my stars! That little John Martin is A DOLL-FACE!!!!!!

  • Hillary @ The Dunham Diaries
    February 20, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Beee-YOU-tiful. How nice! I’m glad you had a relaxing morning. Great shots! What’s this about a new camera? Those are breathtaking!

  • Natalie Roe
    February 20, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    oo oo i wanna go! my husband’s favorite place, too, is in the woods – out in nature – on the land. and my favorite place is right there with him, and bennett of course. 🙂

  • Jessica Ranjbari
    February 20, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    I discovered Red Mountain Music when I was at college in Birmingham – I didn’t think I liked hymns very much until then either…. but I love their music 🙂 The pictures are gorgeous. so serene and peaceful!

  • No.35style
    February 20, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    dishes and laundry will always be there, but days like this don’t come along so often…sounds like a peaceful, perfect day. thanks for the fabric info!! too bad hancock’s discontinued that line ;(

  • Dianne
    February 20, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Looks like a perfectly wonderful day. So glad you took advantage of it.

  • the sweet life with olives
    February 21, 2009 at 3:16 am

    swoon! darby that looks like a beautiful day. i’m gonna get up and out and explore our Father’s world here in the mountains where its sunny and full of snow. no sign of spring yet, but a wonderful winter wonder land. xoxo

  • Erin
    February 21, 2009 at 3:47 am

    beautiful photos, beautiful hymn! i grew up singing that hymn in my mom’s sunday school class. she had cut out photos from magazines that went with the words and glued them to construction paper, then wrote the lyrics on the paper. she would hold the paper up while we sang and flip it when we got to the next stanza. i will always think of those nature photos and my mom’s handwriting when i hear this song! have you ever heard of Selah? they have some wonderful re-workings of hymns. my favorite of theirs is “Be Still My Soul”. i could listen to that one all day long.

  • Tonja
    February 21, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Hi Darby,
    Everyone else has said it, too…but, that really is one of my favorite hymns. I love the words and have even used the first verse in some of our FP spring programs.

    There are a couple of CD’s that I think you may like. They are called Symphony of Praise Vol. 1 and 2. The pianist is Linda Mekecnie. She uses classical music and interweaves classic hyms into them. All of a sudden, you will hear the hymn tune and it is like a gift every time. It is excellent music and so full of power.

    Loving that sweet girl of yours at school!