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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!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sometimes -- I'm slow!

This post is about two weeks overdue, but I want to tell you that Luke is now walking -- if you hadn't already heard.

Two weeks ago, Wednesday, December 2, in the evening, he just all of a sudden took off for us. That evening, he just all of a sudden started taking about 10 steps at a time, and that has only increased.

While I don't have a video of it to post, here are a few photos from the last couple of weeks....

(And, as a side note -- Luke has a visor of Marc's around his neck. He LOVES that visor. He has it with him quite a bit. It's gone into the grocery store, into Wal-Mart, etc. I actually think he likes it mainly because it's Marc's. He's pointed at it to other people and said, "Dada.")

This photo was taken at church the other day -- in the foyer.

If you look in the background at this one -- you'll definitely know that a child has been there :)

Now -- if you read the title of this post, you might possibly think I'm being mean when it comes to Luke's walking. Yes, he does still walk slow, but we all know that will only increase.

Actually, in the title, I'm actually referring to myself as being a S.L.O.W. L.E.A.R.N.E.R. sometimes. Before you all think I'm being too hard on myself, let me explain.

Many of you know, either from knowing me in person or reading my blog, that I have, at times, been frustrated with Luke's late walking. I always knew he'd eventually get there, but it still was frustrating to watch every other child his age AND younger already walking.

I typed out our Christmas letter a little over two weeks ago. I then promptly went and made a bunch of copies. In that Christmas letter, I wrote that Luke was "taking the later approach to walking and wasn't quite walking yet." Literally, 24 hours later, he started walking. I went on ahead and sent the letters out as written.

A few days after I mailed out the Christmas letters, I received a Christmas letter from a family I knew in high school (it was actually from a friend of mine's mom). I won't go into a lot of detail about the letter other than the fact that it was a very positive, encouraging, and uplifting letter -- beautifully written. She talked about her granddaughter -- getting close to two years old.

Without saying anymore, let me just say that after I read it, with tears in my eyes, I said to myself, "Wow! I can really be a jerk sometimes."

I TRULY felt guilty for complaining and being frustrated (both in my mind and out loud) about Luke's late walking.

One would think that with almost 34 years of life behind me as well as life lessons learned this past year, I would learn to be thankful for everything God has given me. One would think that I would learn to be content with my circumstances -- ALWAYS!

I just want to scream out loud to myself (and I have been screaming silently to myself), "Sarah -- Stop Complaining."

And then, the other day, I was reading in my Bible in 2 Peter.

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:8-9

Time doesn't mean much to God, and God is the U.L.T.I.M.A.T.E. patient one. I have messed up many times in my life, and often times, I keep making the same mess-up. God has been patient and forgiving through it all, over and over and over again.

God is the perfect parent example....If he's this patient with me, why can't I be more patient with Luke?

In all reality, Luke's late walking is nothing. Marc and I sure that someday, there will be many bigger things to be patient with in his life.

Can I be that patient with him? That's my prayer....(I know -- praying for patience can truly be scary).

I've been reading a book called Creative Silence by Jeanie Miley. Basically, it's a book on Christian meditation, but I have gained quite a few important truths in this book.

I shared an excerpt out of this book during my Tuesday morning Young Wives/Mothers Bible Study group. I'd like to now share it on this post.

We are made for growth and change. Just as plants grow toward the light, we, too, turn toward the Light for growth. Unfortunately, there is no way to come into the presence of the Holy One without encountering our own sin (which is why so many of us avoid prayer and mediation!) There is no way to a union with the Perfect One without having the gaping holes of our imperfection revealed. Encountering the One who is righteous exposes my frailties and foibles, my sins of attitude and action, my growing edges. Christ's probing light makes its way into the darkest corners; he seeks and finds me when I try to hide. God is always at work in us, restoring us to his original design. The discomfort of life has within it the seed of renewal, the possiblity of transformation.

That paragraph explains things to me perfectly. While my sin frustrates me, it is reassuring to know that my relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important thing for me -- Christ is ALWAYS with me. God is at work within me...restoring ME to His original design.


Momma H said...

Once upon a time, when I was younger, I was having a conversation with the Lord about HOW He could possibly put up with me?, and I heard in my spirit, "That's called long- suffering!" Oh.
So Sara, don't be too hard on yourself. It took me a loooong time to realize that being human is not a sin, being an imperfect soul, that's why we all need Jesus. Thank God that He already took care of that! Our works of righteousness can't save us, or make us good enough. "God made Christ Who knew no sin to be sin for us so that we can become the righteousness of God!" II Cor5:21

Candice said...

YaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaY Luke!!! Congrats!

More than just okay said...

Thanks for sharing your journey. I know how difficult it is to see others with a child the age of yours, and to see that child progress and yours not. It takes more than just a little patience, more than just a little trust. What was it at, was it Bobbie's talk at a mom-to-mom?, God doesn't want to meet us where we think we ought to be, but where we actually are. That's helped me a lot.

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