Weigh In #10 – Tales from the Scales

Tales from the Scales LogoAll I can say is 🙁 Well *whew* and :(. I’m down 1 from last week at least. Just was hoping that it was some crazy “that time of the month” thing that would disappear this week. I’m down 1. Sort of.

Hoping there’s a new challenge coming soon?

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

Book Review – Closer Than Your Skin – Rating: 7.75 out of 10

Cover of Book - Closer Than Your SkinCloser Than Your Skin: Unwrapping the Mystery of Intimacy with God, by Susan D. Hill

How I came to read this book:

It’s a new release from WaterBrook Press that I was given the opportunity to review. The cover art was really good. The full title “Closer Than Your Skin: Unwrapping the Mystery of Intimacy with God” is what really grabbed me – enough to sign up for the review.

Score Summary

  • Content: 10
  • Writing Style: 7
  • Re-readability: 9
  • Busy Mommy Scale: 5


This book is a personal testimony. The title and cover led me to believe that it would be more of a self-help/devotional type book, and that had me confused for the first couple of chapters. By the third chapter or so, I had reset my expectations and was often surprised by how much personal impact Ms. Hill’s story had on me.

That being said, her story really demonstrated to me that God really does reach out in impactful ways if we just slow down and listen – and keep listening.  It helped me to see that some of the things that I had just rejected as coincidences very likely were God’s way of letting me know He’s here and with me.   It has really changed my perspective.  The pursuit of God is the only thing that matters.

Writing Style

Memoir style writing. I think I would have been less frustrated with the writing if I had realized this at the time I started the book. There was at least one or two stories that she shared that I kept expecting to have an object lesson or some later significant meaning, but were just events that she felt were impactful in her life. Once I got into the rhythm of her writing, it improved. This also ties in with the lower Busy Mommy Scale – it required a longer attention span than I currently am allowed to have.


I intend to re-read this book at least one more time. Not now. It’s one of those that I have the feeling will find a place and time of importance in my life when I have forgotten how much God wants to talk to me.

Busy Mommy Scale

I have to say that this book isn’t written in “snippets” format. Not that every book should be, of course. On several occasions I tried reading a few paragraphs here and there and all it did was left me frustrated. This book required more concentration than I could give it a lot of the time. I found that I really only could read it during my set morning (with a cup of coffee) devotional time, or right before bed when I could postpone sleep in order to finish a chapter.

Author-Susan HillAuthor Bio:

Susan Hill is an award-winning feature writer, whose work has appeared in The War Cry and Light & Life. A long-time leader of interdenominational women’s groups, she also serves on the board of the Uganda Orphans Fund, a non-profit Christian relief organization. Susan and her husband, Duncan, have three children and live in Montana.

You can read more about this book here: http://closerthanyourskin.com

One Thousand Gifts – Part 75

  • 601. How much J5 loves his alphabet! The Leap Frog Letter Factory video has a place of honor in our home. He knows all his letters (Upper – we’re still working on lower case) on sight and knows what they all “say”.
  • 602. A bit of sickness to remind me how much I appreciate being well.
  • 603. Having one of those really good talks with J4.
  • 604. Weekends
  • 605. Really good books
  • 606. Parables
  • 607. God speaking to me through multiple sources – “Just love. Help. Right now. Right where you are.”
  • 608. Family
  • 609. The soft, drifting moments before sleep comes
  • 610. Enlightening dreams

Weigh In #9 – Tales from the Scales

Tales from the Scales LogoSorry for the poor timing on this one. I have been sick for the past several days. 🙁 And I broke some weight records…in the wrong direction. But, I am going to pick myself up and, like my son, say – “Oh well!”

No loss. Much gain. (How many do-overs do we get here?) I’m making some changes. Namely, drinking my water. It may seem small, but since I’ve been sick, I decided what my body needed most (after sleep) is water. I actually managed to consume 8 cups of water (not including coffee and soda) yesterday and I am sure that is what is helping me feel better. And now I put of eating until I’ve finished whatever water bottle I’m carrying around. It helps me be sure it’s hunger and not thirst that I’m feeling.

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

Amy’s in Ust!

My dearest friend, Amy, is in Kazakhstan right now, in the final stages of an international adoption.  I would like to ask for all of your prayers that God give her a clear sign which child(ren) she is meant to bring home.

This has been a really long road so far.  We’re cheering you on, girlfriend!

Smile, God loves you…

Did you ever get a warm fuzzy when you remembered someone special? And remembered that they love you. I still get that way when I think “John loves me.” My heart gets fuller. I smile inside. Pulse quickens. “Oh yeah.” **Smile**

I believe that’s what’s supposed to happen when you hear someone say that God loves you…isn’t it?


Just random things to share:

  • Ann V’s CWO Article, “The Order of Love
  • Centripetal Notion – Handheld Fireballs
  • Janice and Susan are working up the plans to have their Ultimate Blog Party in early March
    Ultimate Blog Party 2008


What do I want? What is stopping me from going after it? Fear? Fear of failure? Fear that if I pursue something I want and it’s not God’s will, then it’s doomed to fail. So…why do anything unless it’s got God’s stamp of approval.

Yeah, that’s what my life’s about. Blaming my lack of pursuit of anything on God not giving me the visual thumbs up.

God, please show yourself in a way that leaves me without doubt that you are speaking to me. I’m so terribly afraid that I have ignored you for so long that I won’t get to hear you. Or that I will just dismiss what you have told me because it isn’t what I want to hear.

What am I afraid of? Failure? Wasting effort. That angers me most of all. Expending precious energy and having it be worthless. Striving. I hate striving.

God, help me. Please bring clarity to my mind and heart. Help me to see what ever time and truth I may be in. Help me make today worth the effort of living.

Tell me when I’m gonna live again
Tell me when this fear will end


Take it all. Everything. I don’t have any answers within me. I want to have the truth. I want to know the truth. I want to walk in truth. Help me.

Weigh In #8 – Tales from the Scales

Tales from the Scales LogoVirtually stayed the same. Technically up .6, but in the world of rounding, there’s no change.

I’ve been practicing the “doing the same thing and expecting something different” insanity here. Got not much else to say on the matter. 😀 Let’s talk next week.

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