Spring has sprung
and my little corner of the world is a fireworks of white, pink, green, and yellow!


Celebrating Earth Day :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net


Today is the official day for everyone to be…

celebrating Earth Day!


Yup.  I’m sure it’s the talk of the day at every school and on the television.


Maple Tree blossoms :: Celebrating Earth Day :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net


Can I let you in on a little secret?
I’m not celebrating Earth Day.


But…I am celebrating!


Pink Magnolia Blossom :: Celebrating Earth Day :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net


I am celebrating the Creator of this amazing orb we call Earth.

My mind cannot comprehend the amazingly detailed perfection that was required and is still required to keep us orbiting in just this spot.  A few degrees off and we’d be freezing to death or burning up.  And that is just one of a kazillion details that makes this fascinating ball in the sky the incredible place it is.


Forsythia Blossoms :: Celebrating Earth Day :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net


Do you take for granted the wind and the rain?

How about clouds and sunshine?

Or trees and flowers?


Earth laughs in flowers :: Emerson quote - Celebrating Earth Day :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net


And what about the organisms in the soil that compost the decaying matter into rich nutritious earth from which seeds spout and broccoli and lettuce and tomatoes spring forth and Robins feast?

What about the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls or one of the other wonders of the world?

All this was created by our amazing Creator God.  The ONE who created heaven and earth.


Robin :: Celebrating Earth Day :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net


This is my Father’s world.

Am I suggesting that we not celebrate Earth Day?  Not really.

I am suggesting that we celebrate the ONE who spoke it all into existence with a word.


Peach & White Daffodils :: Celebrating Earth Day :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net


The following is a song I have loved since I was a little girl attending Samuel Lutheran Church.   My home church sang a more uptempo version of it this week.  I think I love it even more than I did way back when.  Today I understand the lyrics even more.  And I know Creator God as we have walked hand-in-hand enjoying this amazing place He created for you and me.  (I’m sorry that I can’t give you the band’s rendition that I heard on Sunday….but this version is beautiful….and you can read the words, too.)



Yes, I do get a little bit carried away when I take a walk.  Just ask my husband.  I exclaim.  And oooh and ahhh over this flower and that tree and the littlest bug and the amazing sunset…over and over and over again.  I never get tired of looking, as there is always something new to delight my eye.  And to capture on camera.

So, join me on Earth Day and celebrate the ONE who made the world and said it is good.  I say, very good.

I’ll be celebrating Earth Day singing…This IS my Father’s World!


Wishing you An Extraordinary Earth Day!


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  1. Mel says

    “That though the wrong seem oft so strong, G-d is the ruler yet” Amazing those words…..the ones I needed sang to me this morning. Amazing….. I love the song, the photos (A.M.A.Z.I.N.G……what an amazing world we get to live in….), the humbling call to praise what IS….exactly what I needed this morning, Diane. And I can smile at my Maker and thank Him for the awesome arrangements He makes for me to get the message over and over again.
    And how loved are we (am *I*) to be gifted such wonders AND be taken such good care of.

    More walks with the hubby, I say! LOL Bless his patient, loving heart.
    And thank you……seriously.
    I’ll go into the day with wonder and awe in my heart.
    And I’ll let go of that bit in me that wasn’t real happy with mankind–turn off the noise and watch. Because, as it’s been pointed out to me, if I turn off the noise and just LOOK…..I’ll see the goodness all around me.
    You validated that for me this morning. Kinda like the exclamation point.
    Thanks for that. Really…..


    • Diane says

      Yes! When we sing those words I find great comfort in “God is the ruler yet.” There’s something about understanding our place in this great big world.
      I am so very blessed that God used this post and the song to minister to your heart just the very thing you needed. Isn’t he incredible that way? This Earth really is an amazing place. What a fabulous display of HIS love! May you be wrapped up in that love today, Mel! [hugs]

  2. Ann Miller says

    Love it and LOVED that you used “This is My Father’s World” – one of my favorites. Beautiful photos also. You ARE extraordinary!

    • Diane says

      Awww…thanks my friend. I just thought you might enjoy it. It is a heart song for sure.

  3. Wow! What awesome pictures! They are making me long for spring even more! Thanks for sharing at Time To Sparkle!

    • Diane says

      There are some pretty amazing things in this world!
      Thank you Tonia for popping by and leaving your kind words!

  4. I love all the beauty of this world. I can be sad, stressed, or just heavy hearted but taking a walk in nature or looking out in the window can lift my spirit in a second. I am so thankful for the Lord’s handiwork of our world.

    Great post.

    • Diane says

      Isn’t it amazing what a walk with wide open eyes will do to renew your spirit?
      Thanks for your kind words, Chrissy! [hugs]

  5. Susanna says

    “I am celebrating the Creator of this amazing orb we call Earth.” I so love this phrase. It has been refreshing to read such a beautiful post. I am visiting from “A Sheltering Tree”.

    • Diane says

      And I love that you say the nicest things Susanna!
      We are so blessed! Yes?

  6. Tonya says

    Love that old hymn… Cynthia Clawson sings it beautifully. Very nice nature photos.

    • Diane says

      Thank you so much Tonya! 🙂 The words and the tune are really special to me.

  7. Wonderfully put! If only everyone shared in the joy of believing! Love your take on Earth Day!

    • Diane says

      Thank you for putting a big smile on my face, Andrea!!
      Wishing you An Extraordinary Day!

  8. Rosey says

    There are a lot of wonderful things to appreciate. This is a nice post.

    I’m visiting today from the Thinkin’ about Thursday hop. 🙂

    • Diane says

      Awww..thanks Rosey!! How nice of you to say that!

  9. I agree we need to celebrate God’s World for He is the creator of earth and all that is in it. My post was not exactly similar, but this is God’s world and may I ever dwell in HIM. for he is my place of refuge.

    • Diane says

      Isn’t it comforting to know that, too!
      Thanks for your thought words, Hazel!

  10. Donna says

    Beautiful photos. The miracle of spring is revealed in each. Our God used a beautiful palette.

    • Diane says

      Thank you Donna! 🙂 Yes He did! The intricacy and variation in color is truly amazing. Aren’t we so blessed to be able to have eyes to enjoy it, too!
      Wishing you JOY!

  11. So beautiful! And congratulations on one year of blogging!

    • Diane says

      Thank you so much Barbie! It really is a major milestone for me.
      May you be overwhelmed with HIS Joy!

  12. Marty says

    Oh, yes as believer’s we certainly do celebrate earth day slightly differently don’t we? Your pictures are lovely and your words give voice to praise…may we rejoice in each day that He has made 🙂

    • Diane says

      “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
      You said it Marty….we do…and what a difference it makes each day. 🙂
      May you have An Extraordinary Day!

  13. I always look forward to your encouraging posts. There is always a message that I need to hear. And your photography alone is magnificent!

    • Diane says

      Mary Lise….you just made my day! [hugs]
      Thank you so much!


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