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!
Parenting Isn't Easy....But Mowing and Swinging Make It All Better For Now....
Our favorite little guy, Luke, and I did not have a good day. We just didn't see eye to eye -- on several occasions today.
It all started with some obedience (on something that seems to be recurring). Then, it moved on to some hurtful rudeness. It went back to disobedience. Then, it went to a lie. Then, it went to another lie. The day ended with Luke having to eat supper alone in his room. He was sad having to do that. Marc & I both admitted we actually felt sorry for him at that point. But, we stuck with it. Fortunately, we ended the day with him on a very good note. Luke apologized. Luke prayed for forgiveness. He then told us that "Jesus loves him and forgives him." I had tears at that point. I told Luke that I loved him and that I forgave him. I also said we WILL be having a much better day tomorrow. Then, I sit down at the computer and find the pics from early last week -- the first big "mow" of the season here at the Friesen House. AND, if you've "known" Luke for any length of time, you know that mowing is a favorite for him. As Marc's wife and Luke's mother, I LOVE to watch them mow together. I seriously CHERISH watching them because I know it won't last forever (though I do hope Luke's love of mowing keeps going -- it could get him a job as a teenager)....
Through parenting, I am personally learning more and more about what God wants from us. He wants obedience. He wants our trust. He wants us to turn away from our sin. AND ultimately, he wants us back to Him. The only way to do that is a relationship through His Son, Jesus Christ. I want complete obedience from our children. I want our children to trust us. I want them to turn away from their wrongs (sins). I want a relationship with them. When I think all of this through, I realize our children are absolutely no different than Marc & myself as adults. We don't always obey God. We don't always trust God. We don't always turn away from our sin. Marc & I both have trusted Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior. We know where we're going when we are not longer physically alive on this earth. Our BIGGEST prayer is that our children make that same decision -- for Christ.
It is sometimes easy to look at little baby girl Kate and think, "She's perfect...she doesn't do anything wrong." Ha! We all have the sin nature (see Romans 3:23). Her sin nature will come out, and as she's approaching the one year mark, we're starting to see a few things of that sin nature. In the meantime, here are a few pics....FIRST, Kate LOVES to swing -- both here at home and at the park. She gets herself SO relaxed....I'm afraid she's going to fall asleep. While that wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing to fall asleep in the swing, I ultimately want her to nap in her bed. SO, I snap a pic and then get her to bed for a nap....
I *think* I've said this before on this blog (if not, it's been on Facebook and Instagram), but Kate sucks two of her fingers on her right hand -- held in her mouth by her left hand. It's CUTE in this Mama's opinion....here's the demonstration.
AND, because Luke was confined to his room, we weren't able to take a "family walk" after Marc got home from work. SO, Kate & I just went out. She was super cute, and it was super quiet on my walk (Luke wasn't there to talk)....Even though the quietness was nice for one night, I wouldn't want to do that too often. I actually missed him on our walk today....AND, I told him that this evening.