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!
Yesterday (Sunday), we had Kate dedicated at our church. It's the time where we, as Kate's parents, make a public dedication of Kate to our Lord. It's the time where we, as Kate's parents, pledge to teach her about God in our home. It's the time where we, as Kate's parents, pledge to raise her in a Godly manner. It's the time where members of our local church body pledge to be a part in teaching Kate about God. (There were four other children being dedicated during this service. We were called up first; therefore, we're on the left of the stage -- from the audience's perspective. Our camera hasn't been working so hot. My mom took these photos with her phone from her seat). And, before I post any pics, if you want to read about Luke's dedication over 4 years ago, click HERE.
When each child was called up (one at a time), Pastor Steve read a bit about the child (which we submitted), and there was a picture up on the screen behind us.
This next pic is VERY important to me because we have very few pics of just Kate and me. I'm usually the one taking the pics. So, even though there's a burp rag which fell off of my shoulder onto Kate's head in the pic, I truthfully don't care. First, it's a pic. Second, it's completely representative of Kate's life right now -- spitty-uppy :)
Here's what we submitted about Kate -- which was read aloud during the service....While Kate has only been a part of our family for 5 months, it seems like she has always been a part. Kate has been the instrument God has used to teach us about gratitude as her birth story is something we will always be grateful for. Kate was born VERY fast a month before her due date. Kate was stressed as a result of a complication of Sarah. Some very attentive medical personnel acted quickly, and Kate was born healthy and safe. Therefore, a very important verse for Kate is “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 106:1” Kate’s older brother, Luke, absolutely loves her, and we know that, as Kate gets older, Luke will take an active role in teaching her about Jesus and life. The name “Kate” (meaning “pure”) was suggested to us by a member of our Community Life Group, and her middle name, “Christine,” is one she shares with Sarah – which was also encouraged by our Community Life Group.