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A Sunday Song-This is My Father’s World


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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 bird 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 tho’ 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.


(If you would like to listen, just click on the ‘play’ arrow next to the name of the song in the grey box below!)


Words by Maltbie D. Babcock, 1901

The tune, a traditional English melody

Psalm 24:1

“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,

the world, and all who live in it.”


(An amazing thought-that all who live in this world,

are the Lord’s-even those who do not know and love him!)

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The Stone Path….. and Vinegar

Turning off from the front sidewalk,

the stone path curves along the front of the house,


….it runs along on the flower bed on the East side of the house….


….and comes winding along the back side of the house,

ending at the back porch.


I love paths.  All kinds of paths…..

…..poured cement, stones, mulch, gravel, or just the worn down grass from the dog trot.

Paths have a way of drawing you along, to see where they lead.

And I love to follow!


My faithful followers, on all my walks around the yard and garden.


One of the tasks that I tackled this fall, was weeding out all of the grass and weeds that had grown up among the walking stones.  How nice to admire all of my hard work when finished….but then noticing, after just a few days, thousands of tiny weed seeds germinating among the stones.  The weed seeds were of my own making-I had neglected pulling large weeds in the flower beds, and their seeds had spread everywhere.  Remember the old adage?

One year’s seeding, seven years weeding

And I remembered reading about using vinegar to kill weeds.  I just grabbed the spray bottle of vinegar that I use for house cleaning-straight white vinegar-and sprayed away on all of the tiny seedlings.  I wondered if this would really work.  And to my amazement, the next day, all of the little weeds were gone!

I don’t know if this method would work on big weeds, but it will be in my arsenal of tools for the ‘battle of the weeds’.

Psalm 125:4

“Do good, O LORD, unto those that be good,

and to them that are upright in their hearts.”

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 New/Old Silverware


Last summer, I picked up a number of silver plated forks at a yard sale for just a few bucks.  I have never used real silverware before, and when I started using these new-to-me forks, I loved them!  I can’t explain what it is that I like about them, but some how they just feel different in my hand, different from the stainless flatware that I have always used.  I tried to talk my family into using them, but it seemed like not many of the others liked using them.  But, ever since, I have been on the look-out for spoons and knives to add to them.

And… the hunt was over!  We stopped into the Bargain Barn, (on Rt. 66, just south of Clarion, PA)…they were advertising a sale, and I found these lovely forks and spoons in a bin.  (I am still looking for knives.)

.50 each.  I purchased them all.  And I love them just as much the original forks.  ( When  I asked the sales lady if these were silver, I could see the look of consternation on her face, as she wondered if they had miss-priced them, and that they were more valuable than they had been marked!)

Now, I have no idea of the value of the silverware-maybe they are worth more!  But, I knew I wanted them, and that we would use them daily.

They do not match the original forks, but that doesn’t bother me.  The first forks are marked ‘1847RogersBros’ on the back.  These new  ones are marked ‘Rockford S.P. Co 5*’

When my mother in law saw how much I enjoyed the silver,  she looked around her place and found a number of silver plated serving spoons that she no longer wanted and gave them to me.  They are now in my daily use collection-they shined up so nicely!

One of the nice things about using silver daily is that is does not tarnish, and they stays so nice and shine-y.

I use them every day, and they are such a joy to use.

Do you, or have you used silverware?  Do you like using it?

Psalm 135:5

“For I know that the LORD is great,

and that our Lord is above all gods.”

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Who am I ???

Child of God, pastors wife, mother of five, grandmother of ten (and counting), gardener, quilter, homemaker, reader, homebody and dreamer…

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