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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!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

My Mind is Filled with Happy Thoughts Because of....

the rescue of ALL 33 Chilean miners late last night....

For some reason, I was and actually still am really drawn to this news story. As many of you know, Marc and I are kind of "news junkies." We follow the news in a fairly diligent manner.

Most of the news we watch is on the negative side, which does frustrate me, which also causes me to sometimes turn off the news for a reprieve.

But, this story, in my opinion, is the most positive story I've heard all year -- I think.

The sheer engineering of getting those miners out....The psychology behind the miners living in an enclosed space -- all 33 of them together -- for 69 days....The physiological effects on the human body....And ultimately,

How God was involved in all of this!!!!!

**I loved hearing how some of the miners requested Bibles be sent down there for the 69 day ordeal.

**I loved how, upon exiting the "rescue capsule," some of the guys immediately went to their knees to thank God.

**I loved watching the wives of these miners when they got to embrace their husbands for the first time since early August.

**I loved watching a young girl run up to her rescued Daddy.

**I loved how one miner, who was not married, had his mother waiting for him upon rescue. He gave him mother a HUGE embrace when she ran to greet him. (I think this one actually touched me the most as a mother of a son).

**I LOVE how one miner got to see his newborn child for the first time after being rescued...This child was born during the 69 day ordeal.

**I loved the Chilean patriotism by the Chilean people.

**I loved how the Chilean President and his wife stayed up throughout the almost 24 hour rescue ordeal and personally greeted each rescued miner.

The list could go on and on for me....

**I DID NOT like how one miner's wife found out her husband had a mistress during this ordeal...But, we won't go there. This isn't a tabloid blog.

So, admittedly, yesterday, I spent quite a bit of time with this on....

Today, I'm still excited for the rescue....But, I need to be a bit more productive.

So, this morning, Luke went over to play with his friends, Oliver and Lily...(thanks for watching him this morning, Kendall). And, I heard that Jill and Sophia were there as well -- quite a bit of fun, I'm sure, with four small children.

During that time, I went to my optometrist's office and had my eye dilated -- done every other year. So, I left with these fancy things for my glasses to see outside.

Admittedly, this isn't my favorite thing to have done, BUT it's really only 1/2 day or so of inconvenience for routine eye care.

And, this afternoon, I've been making Hamburger Goulash....

It's to be served over mashed potatoes....I took this photo before it had "thickened." It's not supposed to "soupy." It's supposed to be thick. Hopefully, it turns out how it's supposed to turn out.

And, if you saw THIS POST of mine on Monday, you'll know this originally was the plan for Tuesday evening....But, since Marc was sick, I opted to make him Chicken and Noodles and saving this for tonight.


Candice said...

It was an amazing rescue. I am very proud of the US, always coming to the aid of other nations. I get frustrated when other countries speak poorly of our people or our government since I know (and they know) we will be the first ones there is they are in crisis!

Allen and Debby Graber said...

I too was so mezmorized by it!! And cried when I saw the one man fall on his knees in prayer.

Diana said...

I'm still assimilating the whole wonderful experience. How can anyone not believe in God after that. Simply an amazing God-thing!

Oiy. The eye dilation. Jerry always has a good laugh at my expense afterward. LOL! (I have to have it done every year.)

The fancy eyewear they give us is oh-so-lovely, huh. :D

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