Saturday, August 26, 2006
Friday, August 25, 2006
Yesterday John and I celebrated our fourth anniversary by going to Nantasket Beach. Our first stop was the Carosuel. It's a wonderful old-fashioned carousel, with wood carved horses. It brought back many happy memories (for me) of the carousel at the San Francisco zoo, even though I always refused to ride the "up and down" horses (I was terrified of falling).
Next, we went to lunch at Raffael's, an elegant restaurant in an equally elegant hotel. We got a table by the window, so we could look out over the water. For lunch we had baked stuffed lobster, roasted potatos, green beans, sparkling mineral water and chocolate mousse. Very good meal, although I had jokingly asked to eat at Daddy Dogs instead. I'm glad John didn't listen. Anyway, we were dressed for Raffael's.
After lunch we wheeled along the beach. The Weather Channel had predicted rain, but the Lord blessed us with absolutely beautiful weather...just warm enough. We found a wheelchair ramp that allowed us to get down to the sand. Of course we stayed on the ramp, but still we got a beautiful view of the waves.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
I did this picture using a photo that John took a few years ago. Hope you enjoy it. I did the frame first, and randomly selected a photo to test it. But then I got interested in applying Paint Shop Pro's various effects to the photo, and I ended up with some really nice stuff.
Sunday, August 13, 2006
8 Now before they lay down, she came up to them on the roof, 9 and said to the men: "I know that the LORD has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you. 10 For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. 11 And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath. 12 Now therefore, I beg you, swear to me by the LORD, since I have shown you kindness, that you also will show kindness to my father's house, and give me a true token, 13 and spare my father, my mother, my brothers, my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death." 14 So the men answered her, "Our lives for yours, if none of you tell this business of ours. And it shall be, when the LORD has given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with you."NKJV
As I read through some of the cross-references, and meditated on Rahab's faith, the Lord confronted me with my shameful and astonishing lack of godly fear. I don't fall into sin; I'll often walk into it with shocking boldness! I regard God as my "buddy" Who's pretty much obligated to forgive me because Christ's blood paid my legal debt.
Well, Christ's blood indeed did pay for my sin, and I'm thankful for His grace. But I need to remember that my sin required that great of a price. It's not something I can be cavalier about! If I pervert Jesus' atoning death on the cross into a liscence to sin, I'd better start examining my salvation!
My prayer, as I studied Joshua 2:9 this afternoon, was that I'd be more fearful of God's ability to punish sin. It's when I take my own sin seriously that I most rejoice in the grace He shows me because of the cross! I don't want to lose, or even to diminish, my fear of God. That fear magnifies the awesome beauty of His grace!
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Tuesday, August 8, 2006
Three paintings captured my attention. Arrangement in Black and Grey: Portrait of the Painter's Mother by James McNeill Whistler (better known as Whistler's Mother) rivited my attention for nearly fifteen minutes. I'd seen pictures of this painting all my life, but never noticed the details that I could indulge in by seeing it in person!
Whistler's Symphony in White: Girl in White was new to me, and fascinating because of the brocade on the drapery behind the girl.
Finally, Mary Cassatt's Five O'Clock Tea was fun because the curaters had displayed the actual silver tea service that she had featured in the painting.
You can view these paintings online at http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/whistler/ and http://www.allposters.com/-sp/Five-O-Clock-Tea-Posters_i1000016_.htm. Please take a peek.
Friday, August 4, 2006
Robert's a bizarre man; he used to tell visitors at church that he and I were lovers in Paris in 1953. (Note: I was born in 1953!) So when I saw that the Museum of Fine Arts is hosting an exhibit called "Americans in Paris" (which includes Whistler's Mother), of course I emailed Robert immediately! So, he'll be here Saturday night, come to church Sunday, and then he, John and I will go to the museum Monday. I'll be happy to see someone from home.
During one of his visits here, we took this picture of John taking me away from Robert. I found the Paris background on the Internet, and superimposed our picture on it. It's been a good source of amusement! Who says Christians don't have fun?