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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, July 21, 2010

The Big T.W.O....

Today is Luke's second birthday. It's been such a great and wonderful two years with him. We're so very grateful for the gift that God has given us in Luke.

I remember the day two years ago so very well....But, I won't put all of the details into this blog post. You can certainly look in the archives of this blog for those details :)

But, here are some of the very first photos of Luke....

And, just for memories sake...Here's a photo of Luke one year ago today.

And, what you've all been waiting for, I'm sure...Here's Luke today.

Now, you might notice something...There's no "2" to be seen on his shirt.

Well, he does indeed have a "2" on his shirt. However, our friend, Kendall, came up with this very cute idea for a birthday card. Since Luke is SOOOOO into lawnmowers right now, Kendall found some lawnmower pictures on the internet (I think). Then, she glued them onto a card.

Let's just say that Luke REALLY liked his birthday card. He liked it so much that he would NOT pull the card down for this photo.

So, we are going to get another "2" photo....But, we'll have to do it another day when the lawnmower card is NOWHERE to be seen :)

Thanks, Kendall...It was a HIT!


I recently finished reading THIS BOOK....

If you can't read the title in the somewhat blurry photo, it's called That's My Son: How Moms Can Influence Boys To Become Men of Character. It's written by Rick Johnson.

It's slightly written toward single moms -- moms of boys who don't have any sort of father figure around. But, I will say that this book was pretty good for any mom. Though Luke has a wonderful and very involved father around, I still learned a few things -- very insightful, overall.

At the very end of this book was a paragraph that was really touching for me to read. It was so touching that I actually personalized it and wrote it out on an index card to hang up somewhere in my house that I will see often.

I'd like to share it (personalized to me)...

God loves me, and He loves our son, Luke. God has wonderful things in store for Luke. He purposely chose me, out of all the women in the world, to be Luke's mother. God knows the struggles and challenges I have faced, I do face, and I will face. He knows all of my faults and failures as a human and as a mother, and yet He still chose me as the right person to raise His child -- because He also knows all of my strengths and skills. Truly, I am worthy to be Luke's mother, an awesome woman.

From that point, in my daily devotion time the other day, I was reminded of a few verses in Acts that I think go with that paragraph. So, I want to end this blog post with these very important verses.

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....'We are His offspring.' Acts 17:26-28

Happy 2nd Birthday, Luke!


The Sieberts said...

i LOVE that paragraph from your book. Makes me feel so special on days that i wonder why i'm a mom :o)

Allen and Debby Graber said...

I love that verse from Acts! Mary Ellen Tippin shared that verse with me some years ago and I underlined it. Do you remember me sharing it once in Bible study? Maybe more than once. Just love it! Incredible to think about.

Diana said...

What a wonderful paragraph from the book. I'm imaging Mary, Jesus' mother, saying that. Simply beautiful words for every mother. I was a single mom for most of my sons' growing up years, it was very hard. But the Lord was right there with me. Love the Acts verses, too! Both are so perfect for Luke's special day!

Such a big boy, now! Happy TWO!! =)

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