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)
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!
Last night, as I was spending my ritualistic time on Facebook, I came across a "Photo a Day in May."
It intrigued me.
I don't know if it's meant for Instagram, Facebook, etc....But, I decided to set a goal to do as many as I can this month (I'm certainly not promising each day). I realize it's a bit more work to put on this blog (as compared to Instagram), but I'll give it a shot.
We'll see what happens :)
So, for May 1, the photo is to represent "Peace."
I must give a short background about my day....And, ultimately, my "peace" photo is going to be 3 different pics (I can bend the rules a bit....)
This morning, my Tuesday morning Bible Study group from church met for our last "Hurrah" for the school year. Last week, we finished our Beth Moore study on David. Today, we met at the park with all of our kiddos for a playdate and a picnic lunch.
This particularly morning, though fine at home, Luke did NOT behave well AT ALL! I realize all children (and adults) have their moments, but oh my -- quite frankly, he embarrassed me.
I'm not sure what was going on (other than we're all sinful -- see Romans 3:23).
Luke pushed a friend of his. Luke was disobedient with me. I did NOT stop pushing somebody on the swing even though she repeatedly told him to stop. Blah, Blah, Blah....
Long story short, he was in time out twice at the park. And, quite frankly, we should've exited the park, and I should've instituted a stronger consequence.
Looking back at the situation, however, I also realize that not only was Luke defiant, I didn't handle the situation in a very graceful, Godly-mother way. My tone was harsh with him. I was annoyed....again, Blah, Blah, Blah....
When we finally got home, I told him (upon noticing that he seemed rather tired) he needed to go and spend some time in his room with the door closed. Even though Luke does not routinely nap anymore, I also went on to tell him that he needed to lie down for awhile.
I figured he must've been tired because he didn't dispute me (or, he just finally picked up on the fact that I was very upset with him and figured out that he better just obey).
SO, when he was finally in his room and I was by myself, my version of "Peace" set in....This would be a pic of Luke's door CLOSED!
Then, something else dawned on me.
Luke's door closed (with Luke in the room, quiet) may indeed be peaceful.
But ultimately, that is NOT peace....Yes, it's "peaceful" at the moment.
But, peace can really only be obtained from one source -- the source up above -- abiding in Christ....peace in my soul.
One way to "listen" to God is to spend time in His Word....
Currently, my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE song is 10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman.
On a side note (really quick), I was extremely pleased when our worship pastor candidate at church (this past Sunday) lead the congregation in this song.
Anyways, this song is based on Psalm 103.
So, while many "things" of this world may seem like peace, ultimate "peace" in the soul can truly only be found by abiding in Christ.
And, read and meditate on Psalm 103....
**And, scroll on down to read my next post if you haven't yet.