Sunday, April 29, 2012

Forth Worth Japanese Garden In Spring

My mom and I went to the Japanese Garden Spring Festival.  We enjoyed Japanese dance, music, martial arts demonstrations, papermaking, and tea ceremonies.  

I had been to Japan in 1980 so it brought back memories of their beautiful gardens.
Every space of the garden was carefully landscaped.
Japanese Maple Trees had leaves of bright red.
Beautiful ladies played instruments of joy.
Each struck each chord in harmony.
As they played in unison the sound filled the gardens.

Their traditional dress was kimonos. 

This sash shows she is married.
Trees reflected in the ponds.

Structures built in harmony.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Bluebonnet Festival In Ennis, Texas on Earth Day

Earth Day Celebration Among Bluebonnets

A great way to celebrate Earth Day is among a field of bluebonnets near Ennis, Texas.  The entire town celebrates bluebonnets with an annual festival.  Booths display their creative crafts among gifted artists.  

Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Resurrection

Matthew 28:1-19
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.  There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and going to the tomb rolled back the stone and sat on it.  His appearance was like lighenting, and his clothes were white as snow.  The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.  The angel said to the women, " do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here, he has risen, just as he said.  Come and see the place where he lay.  Then go quickly and tell his disciples " He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee.  There you will see him.  Now I have told you.

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.  Suddenly Jesus met them.  "Greetings," he said.  They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.  Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."

While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened.  When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, telling them, "You are to say, "His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.  If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble." So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very  day.

The Great Commission

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him;but some doubted.  Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.  

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Thank you for Judging

Thank You For Judging, is a documentary made about Speech Competitions in High School. It will be showing at the Dallas International Film Festival  on April 15th.   It was filmed at my sons High School, Plano West.  The film maker wanted to capture the excitement of competition as students performed dramatic interpretations of interesting characters they chose to portray.  My sons both participated in the Speech Competitions for several years and loved the chance to get into finals.  I had so much fun judging Debate, Dramatic Interpretation, Duets, and Poetry.  So many times Sports get all the attention and I'm thrilled this documentary highlights the young men and women who shine their creative talents.  

Friday, April 6, 2012

Worthy is the Lamb Good Friday 2012

The Lamb of God

Old Testament Prophecies About Jesus Fulfilled

Exodus 12:5
Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year; ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats.

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.

I Corinthian 5:7
Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened.  For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.

I Peter 1:19
But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without a spot.

Revelation 5:12, 13
Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb forever.

Revelation 21:22
And I saw no temple there in: for the Lord Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

Revelation 6:1
And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of the thunder, one of the four beasts saying Come and see.

John 1:29
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, Which taketh away the sin of the world.

Matthew 27:27- 55
The Soldiers Mock Jesus
Then the governor's soldiers took Jesus into the Practorium(he governors official residence) and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him.  They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head.  They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him.
"Hail, king of the Jews!"they said.  They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again.  After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him.  Then they led him away to crucify him.

The Crucifixion
32;  As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross.  They came to a place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull.)  There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall, but after tasting it, he refused to drink it.  When they had drucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.  And sitting down, they kept watch, over him there.  Above his head they placed the written charge against him:  THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
38 Two robbers were cruicified with him, one on his right and one on his left.  Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, "You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God.
41 In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him.  "He saved others," they said, "But he can't save himself.  He's the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.  He trussts in God, Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said.  "I am the son of God."  In the same way the robbers who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

The Death of Jesus
45 From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land.  About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, Lama sabachthani? which means, "My God, my God why have you forsaken me?"
47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said "he's calling Elijah."
Immediantely one of them ran and got a sponge.  He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick and offered it to Jesus to drink.  The rest said, "Now leave him alone.  Let's see if Elijah comes to save him."
50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.  The earth shook and the rocks split.  The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.  They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus' resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, "Surely he was the Son of God."

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Day After Tornadoes in Dallas

It's the day after tornadoes hitting the Dallas Fort Worth area on April 3rd.  I am grateful to say no one was killed in DFW and our home is still standing.  When you see the videos of trailers flying in the sky you think how close your family was to danger.  It's beyond our norm of reference to see homes leveled to the ground in a matter of seconds.  It's amazing to hear stories of faith as a mother says her teenage sons got on top of her in a bathtub and they happened to pick the only wall standing in their home.  Her son's tux was hanging in the closet for the prom.  She says, "I was praying to the Lord He would protect my sons." A daycare worker sang Jesus Loves the Little Children as they huddled under blankets for protection.  She tried to calm the children as they screamed in terror.  She knew her Lord and Savior would protect them in the storm.  Displays of faith have shown on news reports.  We can call on our Lord in times of trouble and He will deliver us.  

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Manhattan Beach Roundhouse Aquarium

      A Moray Eel looked right at us inside the Manhattan Beach Roundtop Aquarium located at the end of a long peer.  We took our two older sons there for a walk along the beach and discovered this gem of education about the ocean.  We saw razor sharp teeth on the mouth of a huge predator, the shark.  We learned about tide pools and were even able to grab a star fish up close.  It is located only twenty miles from the hustle of Los Angeles but the serene landscape makes you think you are on the beaches of Hawaii.  We watched surfers catch the perfect wave and children build sandcastles of fantasy.  The aquarium is free but takes donations for the nonprofit Marine Study and Lab.  There is a place where children can sit down and learn more about native fish to the area.  The organization is dedicated to educating the public about ocean life.