Strangeness…

  • I have incoming clicks from a Swedish website. No idea who, what or why. Delurk?
  • The temperature dropped about 40 degrees in a few short hours
  • J5 chattered until 9:45p. He has the most interesting little dialogues while in his crib.
  • I know what I *should* do in situations, but can’t seem to execute.
  • I’m still in a very fuzzy place in my brain. I need a vacation.
  • I don’t even know why I’m posting this except I really like lists. (The old Lundie’s in there somewhere…struggling to surface!)
  • Awesome Lip Dub.  Wow, a whole new world of tech stuff and art and I feel old.

Good night.

What do I get out of this relationship?

1 John 4:7-19 NLT

Loving One Another

7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real lovenot that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. 12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.

13 And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us. 14 Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 All who confess that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. 16 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love.

God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. 17 And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.

18 Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. 19 We love each other because he loved us first.


Psalm 46:4-7 NIV

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.

5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.

6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7 The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Selah

Tapped Out

Ok, I’m just about at the end of me. I’m tired, I’m fried and I’m starting to hate numbers. Being alone with numbers especially. It’s amazing how quickly you can twist yourself into a pretzel when dealing with account reconciliations and adjusting journal entries and discrepancies and rounding and pennies here and there. It’s been enough to make me question who I am. I mean… Lundie… hating numbers???

What’s up with that?!?

LOL

Competition

I recently noticed that I am obsessively alternating between competitiveness and “sour grapes”. If I see something I admire, I want to do/be/have it. If it’s not easy, or possible, then I tear it down in my mind so I don’t want to do/be/have it anymore.

I just came upon a beautiful blog called “Noticing Project“. My first response was to think, “I could do that too!” And then I thought about how many other things are going on in my life and there’s just no way to squeeze in another project that I would cast aside in a week or two. So I just got discouraged and closed the blog.

Why can’t I just enjoy and respect it for what it is? Why can’t I just be a consumer of such wonderful things. I have felt the same way about a few other inspiring blogs. They’re well designed and well written. Why do I feel the need to try to transform myself into what I admire?

Well, there’s the rub of it…I try to do the transformation. I am seeing a theme here – big surprise! God’s the transformer. He’s the one to make the change in me. It’s my job to be changed by Himinto what HE wants me to be.

Small pause…

I’m in the middle of my “busy season” in work, so I’m sorry I don’t have more time to post.

I was given a surprise gift certificate for Christmas and splurged on the Celtic Woman DVD. I’ve been watching it this evening. Those girls can sing!! Their performance from Slane Castle was something I used to dream of doing when I was little. A little song, a little dance.

I hope to be done soon and back to a regular routine of sleep and play along with the work.

Until then, please – enjoy!

Thanks to my beautiful cousin Abby who had this video first on her MySpace page which prompted me to buy it!

Weigh In #7 – Tales from the Scales

Tales from the Scales LogoOverwhelmed with work. Forgot to post this earlier – of course I was unenthusiastic about the content I needed to post, but this is life. Up 3.

Read details of my weight loss journey at Sweet Child of His.

Book Review – 101 cups of water – Rating: 10 out of 10

101 Cups of Water Book Cover101 Cups of Water:relief and refreshment for the tired, thirsty soul, by C. D. Baker

How I came to read this book:

I was given the opportunity to participate in the Waterbrook Press Blog Tour for this book – to coincide with the book’s release. I receive a variety of these offers, and when I read the description of the book, it sounded really good. You can never tell for sure whether a book is going to live up to it’s summary, but this one did.

Summary (from Waterbrook Press):

C.D. Baker dips into the flowing stream of God’s love and draws out relief, refreshment, mercy, hope and sustenance for a new generation of Christ-followers. Baker’s clean, simple prose is paired with evocative, black and white photographs that will etch each truth into the reader’s memory.

What I didn’t expect was a journey into my soul. I know that sounds dramatic, but this book…it could have been written about me. All of my struggles with legalism, pride, frustration, anger. It’s all in here. And it’s ok. I’m ok. I’m not crazy, and I’m not alone.

If you are a Christian who struggles with the exhaustion of perfectionism and find yourself inexplicably angry with God – especially when you’ve been working so hard to please Him…well…this book is for you.

Score Summary

  • Content: 10
  • Writing Style: 10
  • Re-readability: 10
  • Busy Mommy Scale: 10

Content

Each page is a self-contained topic. There are 101 separate small and powerful points. Just a few pages in, I was so strongly impacted by one entry that I decided to fold the corner (*gasp*) to mark it for later review. The further I got in, I realized that more pages were folded than not, so I stopped. It was that good.

Writing Style

This has been SO easy to read. Not because it’s simple, but because it’s personal. Mr. Baker writes with such soul-baring honesty that it disarmed me. I just could not stop reading. Over the past week or two, it has become the book that I carry around everywhere to sneak a page or two in when I am able.

Re-readability

I plan to re-read this book right away. It will be a permanent member of my personal collection and will probably become one of my “every couple of years” books.

Busy Mommy Scale

Can’t beat it. Each page contains only a few short paragraphs, and is self contained. It could very easily make it as a devotional book.


And for your listening pleasure, here is an excerpt of the author reading the first “cup” – A Cup of Grace:
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ETA: Here are two other blogs that review this book. There are many blogs in the blog tour, but these two had personal reviews in addition to the listing. Enjoy!

The Wayback Machine

Thanks to Centripetal Notion for posting this today! I’m going to be singing it all afternoon now…

Boy from Snowy River

The Man

The Boy

…from Snowy River

Weigh In #6 – Tales from the Scales

Tales from the Scales LogoTo quote Quincy on “Little Einsteins”….

I can NOT be-LIEVE it!

Little Einsteins

But in all seriousness, I would call the 1 lb loss this week a genuine miracle. A blessing undeserved.

 
 
You can read further details of my weight loss journey at Sweet Child of His.