Weigh In #11 – Tales from the Scales

Tales from the Scales LogoStarted my own new challenge today. Ok, so not so much of a challenge as just trying to actually DO what it is that I want to be doing. 🙂 Sounds really specific, doesn’t it?

My weigh in this morning was not good, but the same as the past couple of days. Lower than my max, but no change to speak of. Mostly because I’ve been avoiding facing my “issue” of CONTROL. I blogged about it yesterday on my SCOH journal. Today is a new day, and so far so good. Will see ya again next week and THAT will determine how successful my intended methods are. 😉

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

One Thousand Gifts – Part 77

  • 621. Warm sunshine (even if we DO have snow on the ground on the 3rd day of spring!!)
  • 622. J5 yelling “I DID IT!” when he maneuvered the mouse to click the big red X on his Leap Keyboard.
  • 623. SparkPeople inspiration
  • 624. Having a recumbent bike in the basement
  • 625. Buying girlie stuff at Cacique!
  • 626. Seeing J4 and J5 together
  • 627. Family
  • 628. Peaceful Sundays
  • 629. Hopefulness of Spring
  • 630. Fresh air

3/19 Weigh In – Tales from the Scales

Tales from the Scales LogoWeighing in has been a bit spotty this past few. Hoping there’s going to be a new challenge from the TFTS gals soon!

I have restarted my Thin Within life. Set some new goals using SparkPeople goal tools. They rock! It is, by far, the best place to go for tracking your health and fitness stuff. I *highly* recommend it!

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

Book Announcement – Experiencing the Resurrection

Ordinarily, I would be posting a book review, but I have not yet completed reading the book for this book blog tour. I do plan to finish the book and review it using my four-point rating system.

Until then, please see below for a summary of this book. I have one copy of this book to give away. Please leave a comment if you wish me to send it to you. Make sure that you leave your email in the email field (not the body of your comment), so I can contact you for your snail mail address. [Note: I can only send to someone in the US]


Experiencing The Resurrection CoverSummary:
What does the resurrection of Christ really mean for us? What does it reveal about the heart and mind of God? And what real differences can the miracle of the resurrection make in your life today?

Discover answers to those and other questions as you examine God’s Word with this companion study guide to the book Experiencing the Resurrection by Henry Blackaby and Melvin Blackaby.
Packed with practical notes, advice, and questions for reflection, this highly interactive guide—ideal for small group or individual use—shows you how to witness Christ’s resurrection in and through your life. Each chapter of the book is explored in a flexible one-week format with “life change objectives” that arise from applying the truth for each day to your life.

Author Bio:
Dr. Henry Blackaby, president emeritus of Blackaby Ministries, is the author of more than a dozen books, including the best-selling classic Experiencing God. He has spent his life in ministry, serving as a music director and as a senior pastor for churches in California and Canada. Today he provides consultative leadership on prayer for revival and spiritual awakening on a global level. He and his wife make their home in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Melvin Blackaby coauthored with his father, Henry Blackaby, the Gold Medallion winner Experiencing God Together. He travels extensively as a conference speaker. He and his wife and their three children live in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, where he serves as senior pastor of Bow Valley Baptist Church.

One Thousand Gifts – Part 76

  • 611. The way J5 sticks his lip out when he’s really concentrating on a toy
  • 612. Words with special meaning, exclusive to J4 and me
  • 613. The sounds of our home
  • 614. Dried blueberries
  • 615. The hope and thrill when inspired
  • 616. 60 degree weather, giving hope of spring
  • 617. J5’s excitement over a train passing in the back park
  • 618. Spring, spring, spring, spring, SPRING!!!
  • 619. Getting reminders of how blessed I am
  • 620. Sunshine

Book Review – The Next Level – Rating: 9 out of 10

The Next Level CoverThe Next Level: A Parable of Finding Your Place in Life, by David Gregory

How I came to read this book:

This is another WaterBrook Press book. What got my attention on this book was that the author shares the same name as my brother-in-law. The cover art is clean and conveys the content well.

Score Summary

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

Content (and potential spoilers…)

I just loved this book. One of the most effective ways to get a point across, in my opinion, is a story. Jesus used this method of teaching all the time. Mr. Gregory does this very effectively in The Next Level.

This is a story about a man who gets a job at a large organization – his only job is to visit each of the five levels in the building, observe their methods, processes and report his findings.

The levels of the organization are essentially levels of spiritual development, with the last level being personal commitment solely to the goals of the organization, with no selfish concern.

As with many of Jesus’ parables, this story has many little points tucked in that left me mulling them around in the back of my mind. The last chapter left me with a lot to think about. In fact, I just reread it now and got something new out of it that I hadn’t before. (I love that in a book!)

Writing Style

A parable. A very good parable. Easy to read. A lot to process.

Re-readability

Definitely added to my “regularly re-read” list.

Busy Mommy Scale

Well, it’s short, but due to its content, I do recommend having time to read a full chapter at a time. Reading it in snippets is possible, but you can potentially miss the flow of the short story that way.


Summary:

Business degree in hand, Logan enters the immense Universal Systems building and is hired as an organizational analyst – a trouble-shooter. His job: evaluate the company’s five divisions, each on a separate level and each operating on startlingly unique principles. Which set of principles is successful? Why is most of the company’s profit generated by one tiny division? What is real profit, anyway? And who is the enigmatic executive that Logan ends up reporting to?

Logan engages in a life-changing pursuit for The Next Level—a fascinating parable that will help readers answer some of life’s most perplexing, vital questions. Joining Logan in evaluating each level’s approach, readers will be inspired to consider the big picture of their own life from an entirely different perspective – one that holds the key to life’s ultimate purpose. No matter where you are now, get ready to embark on your own passionate pursuit of The Next Level.

Author Bio:

David Gregory is the author of the best-selling books Dinner with a Perfect Stranger and A Day with a Perfect Stranger, and coauthor of two nonfiction books. After a ten-year business career, he returned to school to study religion and communications, earning graduate degrees from The University of North Texas and Dallas Theological Seminary. A native Texan, David now lives in Oregon devotes himself to writing full time.

Welcome to Lundie’s Life

Ultimate Blog Party 2008

 
Welcome Ultimate Blog Partiers! Thanks for stopping by my place. It’s great to have you here!

My name is Lundie, and I am a very happy wife and WAHM. John and I have been married for over 12 years now. Our son, Jack, is almost 2 1/2. Here’s a pic of our little family, including Avedis, our wonderful boxer.

Our Family - Xmas 2007

 
I blog for fun, though not always very consistently. It’s more about journaling than it is a form of entertainment. For the most part, I share things that seem significant, interesting, or that I just need to get off my chest. I love to read, so I also share reviews of books that I read from time to time.Thanks for coming by, and I hope to “meet” many of you in the very near future!


If you are not here via 5M4M, then here’s the scoop…

My friends, Janice and Susan are hosting a phenomenal party at 5 Minutes for Mom. We’d love for you to join us. There are some really cool prizes that you can win, and it’s a great place to meet new people and be met!

To participate, read up on the instructions HERE.


There are so many cool prizes to be won at this year’s Ultimate Blog Party, but my top three picks would be:

And if my top three picks are already chosen, I’d love any of the following (in order of preference): 101, 92, 22, 37, 70, 13, 67, 18 or anything else related to reading or toddlers.

It’s a Girl!!

Amy has finished with court in Ust and Karina Maryam May has officially joined the Sharify family!

Can’t wait to meet you Karina!

The Last Lecture

Wow.

Woman at the Well