Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Romantic Afternoon

How better to celebrate this long-awaited spring than to wander through Boston's Esplanade and Public Garden with my husband as I did yesterday? But I'll let John's photos tell the story.
From the pedestrian bridge over Storrow Drive
Entering the Esplanade from Longfellow Bridge
Tree behind the Hatch Shell in the Esplanade
Looking from the bridge at the Public Garden


Saturday, April 25, 2009

Frogs And Monkeys

We share a membership to Boston's Museum of Science with a family from our church. Since yesterday was the last official day of the kids' Spring Vacation, we went to see Frogs: A Chorus Of Colors, the current featured exhibit there. I had no idea God had created such a wide variety of frogs! We couldn't take photos of all the frogs we saw, but here are a few.






Before going home, the teenage boy with us found a live exhibit of tamarin monkeys in The Human Connection exhibit. It was hard brightening the photograph John took, so please forgive the grainy quality.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

A Hint of Spring.....Finally!

At last, temperatures reached near 70 yesterday, so John and I hopped on the T headed for Boston. We took sandwiches and fruit from home, so we had a picnic in Boston Common. At first, we wondered why so many people were out and about, till we realized that the Boston Marathon will take place Monday. Also, the Celtics, Bruins and Red Sox all have home games this weekend. And...Boston is a sports town! Frankly, I felt energized by all the people!

After lunch, we headed for the Public Garden, not certain (but hoping) that we would see signs of spring. To our delight, the willow trees are beginning to get leaves! But I'll let the photos speak for themselves!

Monday, April 13, 2009

DebbieLynne: Lady Detective

Every so often, something happens to remind me that my childhood dream of being an amateur detective like Nancy Drew really did come true. Mind you, the mysteries I solve are on a much smaller scale, but that's beside the point. The point is that I unravel mysteries at all!

As an example, I learned today that opening a PSP Image file as a JPEG file in the Paint Shop Pro program results in a merged file. That intriguing little discovery made me wonder if, all those weeks ago, I might have failed to check the file type I was using to open Thoughtful Boy.



Clearly, my sleuthing skills are still sharp, and I found my portrait in separate layers, ready for his hair details to be painted. So, I obediently clicked on my Brush Tool, and spent 90 minutes on his hair!


What a joyous feeling to know I'd merely neglected to check the file type. And I'm happy that I can finish my portrait without starting all over again. As a bonus, I'm reassured that all those childhood years of reading Nancy Drew mysteries weren't wasted; I'm still a good detective!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

He Has RISEN!

Today is Resurrection Sunday--my favorite holiday! We celebrate the most monuemental event in all of history: the physical resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ! Because Jesus conquered the grave, He opens heaven to all who will turn from sin and believe in Him! I sing "Allelujah!"



Friday, April 10, 2009

They Could Not!

I found this video on YouTube, and wanted to share it in celebration of the two most pivotal events in history!


Saturday, April 4, 2009

Living Up To It

If I knew I only had six months to live, what would I do differently? I asked myself that question this morning. My first instinct was to say I'd quit this diet my doctor gave me to prevent kidney stones. But, since that sounded rather trivial, I figured a more eternal was to be bolder in telling people about Jesus.

But then I thought about how often I'm criticized (even by Christians at times) for being so up-front with the Gospel. I'm not always shy about saying that humans are inherently sinful, that hell is real and eternal, and that salvation is exclusively through faith (the kind of faith that is evidenced by repentance and obedience) in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Seeker-sensitive, I'm not. At times, I guess I have been, but I regret being so. I'm not postmodern enough to compromise the clear teachings of Scripture, nor do I want to compromise it. Faith is not a subjective emotion; it is grounded in objective reality.

For instance, the resurrected Christ appeared to five hundred men at once before His ascension (1 Corinthians 15:6). Legally, that's well over the amount of witnesses needed to establish fact! The Resurrection isn't simply "real to me." It's an historical fact, based on five hundred witnesses who were willing to suffer persecution and even martyrdom rather than deny what they had seen. Believe me, Simon Peter would have been the first to latch on to the concept of "what's true for me may not be true for you" if he hadn't seen, touched and spoken to the Risen Lord!

I have been accused of under-emphasizing the doctrine of grace. I can understand the accusation, but I believe grace has been severely cheapened in the evangelical church over the last 30 years. Actually, I've appreciated the Lord's grace more in times when I've confronted the depth of my sinfulness! In those dark times, His love for me is both wonderful and inexplicable! How can people regard grace as amazing until they recognize how desperately (how very desperately) they need it?

So, if I only had six months to live, I'd keep proclaiming Christ exactly as I do now.

The only change I'd make would be to stop this diet that my doctor put me on.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Kids Say The Darndest things

Since it's April Fool's Day, I wanted something fun for my blog. I went to YouTube, but most of its offerings were decidedly unsuitable for a Christian Lady's Museum. But I was determined to find something!

So I typed "Art Linkletter" into the YouTube search box, and found this delightfully funny tribute to his Kids Say The Darndest Things on Linkletter's House Party show. It's long, but it's well worth watching!


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