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The verses that have REALLY spoken to me (Sarah) lately....

"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock." Matthew 7:24-25

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. I Peter 5:8-9

From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.' Acts 17:26-28

May the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess. Deuteronomy 5:32-33

God, our God, will take care of the hidden things but the revealed things are our business. It's up to us and our children to attend to all the terms in this Revelation. Deuteronomy 29:29 (The Message)

About the Friesen's....

We are Marc, Sarah, Luke, and Kate Friesen. We were married June 5, 2004. We have one son, born July 21, 2008, named Luke Andrew -- now 4 years old. We also have a daughter named Kate Christine -- born June 6, 2012. Marc is working at Cessna as a Senior Accountant, and Sarah stays home full-time with Luke. Sarah also gets to work very part-time at home for Graber Backhoe -- an excavation company AND VERY part-time at our church. We LOVE being a part of Grace Community Church here in Newton, KS. We lead a Community Life Group of other wonderful couples. Marc thoroughly enjoys long-distance running and Taekwondo. Sarah thoroughly enjoys walking -- especially when the weather is nice to take Luke and/or out in the stroller. Thanks for reading our blog!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th Everybody!!!!

For those of you here in the great USA, Happy 4th. It's our country's 233rd birthday -- 233 years since the Declaration of Independence was signed, officially freeing us from the British. 233 years seems like a long time, but it's really pretty young compared to some other countries.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance. Psalm 33:12

I LOVE that verse. If you read my previous post, you'll know that two years ago, on July 4, I was in the hospital. When I received my breakfast that morning in my hospital room, that verse was on my tray. I took that verse home and hung it up in one of our bathrooms. I still have it up. Here's what it looks like -- not on the mirror. I really like the fact that at the hospital I was at (here in town for those of you local readers), somebody took the time to make all of those and place on all patients' breakfast trays.

Our country was founded on Christian values and principles. Sometimes, it seems as if those principles have gone by the wayside. We want Luke to know about our country's Christian heritage. We want Luke to know that many people have died, fighting for our country's freedoms. We're so thankful for those freedoms, and we don't want to take them for granted.

We proudly fly the American flag outside of our home. Luke watched Marc put the flag up today. Though he's still too young to know what it means, I'm still glad he is already watching Marc do things like that.

Today is the first 4th in three years we're able to celebrate with others. Two years ago, I was in the hospital (see previous post). Last year, I was VERY pregnant with Luke. My blood pressure had crept up slightly, and so, I was officially on restricted activity. My dr. had even specified, "No 4th of July parties for you guys this year." So, we stayed home. This year, however, we're all good.

This morning, Marc ran in the Chisholm Trail Run here in town. He's been fighting a hamstring injury for several weeks now, and during the race this morning, it acted up again. Therefore, he ended up having to walk most of the race. But, he did finish. Luke and I met up with Marc at the end. I had to get Luke up about an hour earlier than normal for this event. So, he was a bit sleepy at the race. Lately, he's gotten VERY attached to his "bwankie." (blanket) So, it definitely went along to the race.

Since then, we've been hanging out at home, watching the Tour de France bike race. That's a HUGE thing in this house during the month of July. It started today in Monaco. Watch out -- you'll probably see a blog post in the near future about this.

Luke is wearing his flag shirt from The Cora Shop. It's very cute on him!

Tonight, we're going to Joel and Jess' house for the annual Young Married Sunday School classes' 4th of July party. We obviously haven't made it the previous two years, so we're excited to finally be going. Thanks Joel and Jess for hosting again.

Happy 4th Everybody!

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