Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Kinda , Sorta Faith

I have copied and pasted the following from the weekly email that I get from church. David Friedli is an associate pastor there and he wrote this. Our service sunday also followed the same pattern. Have you ever sat in church and had a feeling they were directing the message toward you? I definately did sunday so I thought I would share.

"This Sunday we are going to talk about a guy who had a "Kinda, Sorta Faith”. You know the kind of faith I'm talking about. It's that “I’ll Talk" and "Maybe I'll Walk" kind of faith. The kind of faith where you say, "Yeah, I'll get out of the boat and walk on water with you, Jesus." But as you’re stepping out of the boat, you reach for a life jacket, snorkel, flippers and ask if the water is cold. That's the "Kinda, Sorta Faith" I'm talking about. The kind of faith that says, I'm going to start my walk with Jesus, but I think I'll take a cab. The "Kinda, Sorta" faith that might look good hanging in an art gallery, but you wouldn't hang it on "The Cross”.

Have you ever prayed for a miracle in your life, but prayed like Jesus couldn't/wouldn't do it? I mean, you know He can do it but you wonder if He will. Or maybe you want to believe, but you just don't have the faith right now. You want to believe, but you're just not sure you can. If you can picture yourself in this scenario, you need to be here Sunday.

In James 2:14 we get a good description of "Kinda, Sorta Faith”. It says, "What good is it, if you say you have faith but don't show it by your actions?" After all the miracles Peter saw with his own eyes, he denied knowing Christ three times that fateful night. He kinda, sorta chickened out. His actions showed his faith that night. When things got thick, Peter thinned out. Although Peter's faith did turn around (he eventually died for Christ while spreading the Good News) at one time, he had that kinda, sorta faith that we can all relate to. The bible is full of people with that kinda, sorta faith, but it also has people whose faith never wavered. I personally didn't know any of those kinds of people, but I'm going to tell you about someone I did know.

I want to tell you a story about faith where the words "Kinda" and "Sorta" won't apply. I had a sister named Utizann; we called her Pud. With a name like that, you can understand why we called her Pud. My sister was one of the sweetest, kindness, calmest persons I've ever known. She just went with the flow. Her heart was as big as the love she had for her two children. She was always a good person, but when she turned her life over to Christ, I got to wittiness a faith that most of us just read about.

My sister got a divorce in her early forties after an abusive marriage. She walked out leaving behind everything they had worked for. And trust me, she left behind a lot. She had only her clothes and her special needs daughter, who at the time was 21 years old. They moved into an apartment. She also had a son, who was married and on his own at the time. Not long after she started her new life, she discovered a lump in one of her breasts. She went to the doctor and had it removed, and of course, it was cancerous. During all the chemo and radiation she still continued to work and take care of her daughter, Cindy. I never heard my sister say, "Why me Lord?" I did hear my sister say that God would see her and Cindy through the storms of life. Her faith never wavered.

I want to fast forward eight years from the time they removed the lump until the day she went home to be with her Father. I do want you to know that during those eight years, my sister prayed a lot of prayers on Cindy's behalf. I also want to share my sister's faith with you. The last time I saw my sister alive was about 10 hours before she went Home. She was struggling to breathe before the medicine eased her struggle. I'll never forget what she said to my mother before the medicine took effect. "I'm ready to go Mamma, and God will watch over Cindy."

My sister had lived with our mother for the last six years of her life. On the day my sister died, my mother and I were straightening up her room. There was a journal on her night stand next to her bed. I picked it up and began to read some of her entries. They all ended asking God to watch over Cindy and her son Rob. As I continued to read her journal, I think my sister knew her time on earth was coming to an end. She was trusting God to watch over and take care of Cindy in a special way. It was obvious as I continued to read her precious thoughts. She didn't "Kinda, Sorta" ask God to take care of Cindy. She didn't "Kinda, Sorta" have faith that God would answer her prayers in her journal. She believed it, and she claimed it.

It's been almost 12 years since my sister died. I have some good news and some bad news I want to share with you. The good news is that Cindy has now been happily married for over seven years. She has a regular job at Krogers in Bellevue. She loves the church that she and Jim attend, and God continues to bless them. My sister’s son, Rob, is happily married, has a good job, and attends church regularly. He is also a Vanderbilt fan. But there is some bad news that I have to tell you. Cindy, Rob, and I don't "Kinda, Sorta" miss Pud. We miss her like the faith that she had in her Jesus. We miss her completely and totally.

This Sunday bring your "Kinda, Sorta" faith to church with you. Think about what do you need God to do in your life? You'll get an opportunity to trade that kinda faith in, for the "I Am with You Completely and Totally" kinda faith. This is going to be great, and you don't want to miss it."

Monday, October 29, 2007

Fun with Autumn leaves!

This is the tree that created most of the "fun"!
Yesterday the kids had a fun time piling leaves and playing in them. Sadly this only makes up a small amount of the leaves in our yard,lol. Kristen and Hannah did manage to fill 8 trash bags after playing!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

A quick brag on my kiddos!

Monday was report card day and I am happy to report that Kristen made A/B honor roll and Hannah made straight As!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Let's talk

I took the kids to eat the other night without Dad. We were all sitting enjoying our food and I thought it would be the perfect opputunity to discuss their new "chores for life". This is where I tell them what chores I have chosen for them to do forever or until I change my mind. The point of this new system is to eliminate an argument before it starts over whose turn it is to help with the kitchen clean up or whose turn it is to clean the play room. My plan was carefully thought out. I wanted to start off with one big chore each. Kristen would forever and ever be responsible for loading and unloading the dishwasher each night and Hannah would forever and ever be in charge of making sure the playroom was clean before bed each night. So this is how the conversation went down.

Mom: Hey girls I think this would be a good time to talk about something.

Kristen: Oh really, What are we gonna talk about?

Hannah: Puberty?

Mom: Not exactly what I had in mind. By the way, do you know about puberty?

Hannah: No not really.

Mom: Do we need to talk about it?

Hannah: No

Talk about people stopping what they were doing when my 8 year old pipes out with that one! So we did end up talking about chores and I am happy to say that I havent touched the dishwasher in days. It may sound cruel but I am a firm believer in making the kids help out. When Little Brian gets older he will have chores for life also.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

I am so proud of this girl!

This is my sister Cindy. Some of you in the Cart fam may remember her as the flower girl in our wedding some 10 years ago. I really just want you all to know how proud I am of her and the person she has grown to be. Our family life growing up has not been an ideal one. To say that our parents did not get along is a huge understatement. I have always felt that Cindy never really had parents that she could talk to so I tried to listen to her when she needed me to be there. I am just very proud that she is overcoming her childhood and not letting it get the best of her. So many people do. Cindy, I love you and I will always be here for you when you need me. I wish nothing but happiness for you and Paul in the future!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

"Love" in the eyes of a 2 year old!

Do you see this sweet face? I have been working since the day he was born trying to teach him to say "I Love You". I dont think it is too much to ask. I tell him all the time, at least 100,000,000,000 times a day that I love him in hopes that I will get an "I love you too, Mama" back. But alas, he loves something else more. Something that makes him say that four letter "L" word with no problem. He was at the babysitters and it was treat time and as she handed him his treat he looked at it and said "I love cookies". What?! Cookies?! I guess I should be happy that he comprehends the meaning of the word,lol.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Thankful Thursday

Okay I know that there is at least one or two people who may read this today so please comment and tell me what you are thankful for today!

I am thankful for everyone in my house being well today. Now with that said someone will be sick by tonight,lol.
I am thankful for the oppurtunity to help people gain their smiles back. For those of you who dont know, I work in a dental office and there is nothing like seeing someone smile for the first time and be happy with it.
I am thankful for all of my wonderful friends!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

A little fun..

I saw this on Laura's blog so I tried it and this is what it said.

Take the 100 Acre Personality Quiz!

Monday, October 8, 2007

My kids and the internet

I was just checking my email and noticed I had several new emails in my box. I get so many because I have Kristen and Hannahs email accounts set up so that a copy of their incoming messages get sent to me also. They know it is like that and have no problem with it right now,lol. Now dont get me wrong, I do trust my girls when it comes to surfing the web, but I am a little overprotective. At 8 and 10, I am really suprised at what they are sending to each other though. I have always heard that this is the age when little girls get "mean", but I have not seen that yet. Hannah has her moments but it is mainly targeting Kristen. For those who are curious, they mostly plan sleepovers and forward harmless funnies. I do also keep track of the sites they visit and my girls have once again made me proud. So to wrap up another session of rambling, the internet is going to play a big part in our childrens future wether we like it or not. We just have to make sure that we teach them how to be responsible with it. Oh and having our computer in the den helps too! ;)

Saturday, October 6, 2007

A few things I have learned recently

Over the last few weeks I have been making more time to do some things that I love doing. You may not believe this, but as a result of making time for myself, my house and family are both running much smoother. Its an easy concept really. If you make time for the things you enjoy then you don't get burn out doing your every day routines. So what have I been doing you ask?

Well I have been dabbling in photography a bit for a while now. Also I am learning more about painting with acrylics and various crafts in general. I am becoming quite the little Martha Stewart if you ask me, just kidding.

Oh and need I mention that I am have started menu planning? Talk about making life easier! I am doing one week at a time right now but maybe in the future I will try and do two. Kristen and I are even going to spend part of Monday getting some of the prep work for the weeks meals done ahead.

Well enough rambling for today!

Friday, October 5, 2007

Wow, what a productive morning!

So I was up early because even though I did not have to go to work Little Brian had other plans,lol. We all got up and had breakfast. After a bit of cleaning, I loaded all 3 of them into the car to run errands. Yes I am a little crazy but I wanted to get some stuff done. We took the trash to the drop off and then we went to Walmart. There we dropped the car off to get the oil changed, had lunch at Mickey Ds (we have one in the Walmart) and did our grocery shopping for the next two weeks. We had one of those big carts, you know the kind that holds 20 kids becaus e my 2 year old doesnt like the regular cart. Let me tell you that pushing a kid, 2weeks of food, and keeping up with the girls is a workout. After a quick trip to the feed supply place to get dog food we are home and done with our weekend errands. Now on to the mounds of laundry that are screaming at me to wash them!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Just so you all know..

October is prengancy and infant loss awareness month. I know a lot of families, including my own, that have gone through this so please remember those who have experienced the loss of an angel this month!