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!
I would by no means say I take great photos, but I've managed a few good ones in my time. AND, that's O.K. Photography is not a passion of mine, BUT I do definitely want pics to remind me of important things in life. And, pics of my husband and my kids are the ones I cherish most. SO, I do take photos. And, I do like to share them. So, this post simply has some randomness to it from the last two days. These pics have already been shared on Facebook, but since I realize I have a few readers whom I'm not on Facebook with, I figured I'd share them too.
The pic above best illustrates Luke's latest mechanical fascination...the furnace. And, as one of my Instagram followers put it, "he's hardcore." SO, in the previous pic, Luke is lying on the floor next to the door to our basement. He is listening to the furnace run. If Luke's not an engineer or something like that someday, I'll be surprised.
Kate now ROLLS all over our family/dining room area. She does quite well until she gets stuck. This "rolling around the room" is a new phenomenon to Marc and me. While Luke certainly rolled (to prove he could pass a developmental milestone), as a baby, Luke NEVER rolled around the room. Like a typical first-born rule follower, Luke stayed on a blanket until he learned to crawl (and that was late). When Luke was Kate's age (6 months), I could still put him down on a blanket with a few toys and go and take a shower. He'd be there when I got out. Kate -- not so much!!!! SO, that pic I just posted above, that's "Happy Rolling Kate."
After snapping that pic of "Rolling Kate," I stepped out of the room for a bit. When I returned, Luke was on the floor with Kate. I quickly said to Luke, "FREEZE -- DON'T MOVE!" He obeyed (thankfully), and I was able to take my new favorite pic of our kiddos (above). THEN, Luke wanted a pic with him laughing. So, here it is....
With what I believe to be a "Sense of Entitlement" culture we live in today, I all too frequently hear the word "deserve." I personally don't like that word because it simply adds to the "Sense of Entitlement" culture. When I look at those pics of my kiddos, three words come to mind (and I did put these words on Facebook)...."I am grateful." A Facebook friend (and a friend in "real" life) added "You are blessed." I don't deserve these kiddos. Truly, we don't deserve anything. God chooses to bestow His blessings on us -- in this case, the blessings I'm talking about are my kiddos. God didn't have to give those kids to Marc and me. God chose to. God is SO full of grace....grace that we don't deserve. For that, I want to, more and more, express my deepest and sincerest gratitude to God. He blesses us each day! And, He's already given us the greatest blessing -- His Son, Jesus....the Son whose birthday we celebrate on December 25. My prayer is that Marc and I NEVER take our kids for granted. When I look at these pics of Luke and Kate, I'm overwhelmed...overwhelmed with what God has given Marc and me and completely overwhelmed of the responsibility we've been given in raising them. Fortunately, I always will have the Perfect Heavenly Father for guidance...because I know that Marc and I will need as much guidance as He's willing to give out.