Daily Verse

"How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from you commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you." Psalm 119:9-11

Why do we try to conform God to our will? Live in His word and know true joy.

"Make me to know your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old."
Psalm 25:4-6

God reveals the truth of our time and all time to us through Scripture.

"The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the tstimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple: the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb."
Psalm 19:7-10

All the laws in all the books in all the libraries of the world are but a footnote to the law of God.

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways ackowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

To know and understand God comes not through our intellect, but through the wisdom given to us by the grace of God.

"My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart."
Proverbs 3:1-3

Don't measure success by society's standards. Use Christ as your measuring stick.

"The the LORD answered Job our of the whirlwind and said: 'Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding, Who determined its measurements - surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? Or who laid its cornerstond...?'"
Job 38:1, 4-6

When we measure God by our limited standards, we attempt to measure the elephant by weighing one strand of its hair.

"Philip said to him, 'Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.' Jesus said to him, 'Have I been with you so lon, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, Show us the Father?'"
John 14:8-9

Christ is God made flesh. If you want to know God, you must draw closer to Jesus.








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Friday, December 18, 2009

Our Christmas Letter 2009

Greetings from our family,

Oh the wonderful time of year when we get to celebrate the Saviors birth! We are looking forward to enjoying Christmas this year, since we were a little stressed with trying to find a new home in a short amount of time! Here is a rundown of what 2009 was like for the Hartung Family!

January ~ We worked on getting the ‘new house’ ready to move into by Saturday the 24th. It was wonderful to have my parents and so many from our new church willing to help. It only took 1 ¾ hours to get our entire household & daycare moved!

February ~ As a family we decided to take Valentines weekend and relax, we stayed in a hotel with an indoor water park. We all really enjoyed the slower pace! We also started a potluck/game night at our house the 3rd Friday of each month!

March ~ Started with a bang - a crash bang that is! I fell on the ice and knocked myself unconscious. After a fast trip to the ER, we found out that there was no major damage – except her pride that is – for this we thank the Lord! We also joined our church, had Handsome’s parents visit, and enjoyed a special lunch with cousin Aaron & his family in the Hills.

April ~ Was a somewhat quiet month, if you exclude all the snow that fell on us! We had 3 major snowstorms within 2 ½ weeks! It was tough on the checkbook to be off of work for so many days, it was nice to be settled in our new home!

May ~ Oh how crazy it was! My mom was here the first weekend for Princess’s very first tap/ballet recital. It took a little while for her to stop asking about dance class over summer break! We also built a storage shed behind our house, had 2 foster boys with us for a couple of weeks, drove a friends’ convertible up the canyon, and finished the month with a trip to the other side of the state.

June~ We were able to make a trip ‘home’ for Father’s Day weekend and the kids got to throw candy in the Saddle Horse Holiday parade in Lake Benton. My mom joined us again at the end of the month for a little over a week…it was WONDERFUL to have her around that long!

July~ My parents joined us for the Belle Fourche rodeo & fireworks on the 3rd and then for the big parade on the 4th. Grandpa & Grandma also thought that the kids should take part in their first carnival. Princess would have gone on rides all day, but Boo thought two was enough! We also had a special visit from Aunt Carolyn & Uncle Dave and fit in a trip to Devil’s Tower while they were here. We ended with another trip ‘East’ for a quick family reunion and the Opera House summer musical.

August~ Handsome and Boo took a father/son hike right into a den of rattlers…it was the first thing Boo wanted to tell me about! Our 7th anniversary fell right in the middle of the Sturgis Bike Rally…so we stayed home! We also had VIP guests when my Mom and Sister-In-Law came to visit for 5 days! While they were here we visited Reptile Gardens, shopped (of course), toured Hill City, went through Rushmore Cave and the Presidential Wax Museum, and drove past Mt. Rushmore. We are hoping they make it an annual event (hintHINT.) As a family we also enjoyed some snake free hiking and stood in awe of God’s beautiful creation around us here in the Black Hills.

September~ We went to Storybook Island in Rapid City on Labor Day. Princess also started her second year of tap & ballet. We ended the month with the celebration of Princess’s 3rd birthday. Of course, my mom came out for few days to help us celebrate and was able to take the kids on a date WITHOUT Mommy! We also had our traditional drive up the canyon (during peak fall colors), had the birthday party, and then went to the pumpkin patch to pick pumpkins with Grandma – what a treat!

October~ We were able to go to our very first Family Life Weekend to Remember and enjoyed every minute of it! The kids stayed with our dear friends for two nights by themselves…when did they grow up so fast? The very next weekend they were invited for their first play date – seriously, they have more of a social life than their parents! Toward the end of the month, we celebrated Pumpkin Patch Daycares 1st anniversary, God has blessed in that department!

November~ Most of this month is filled with anticipation for Thanksgiving. We travel to my parents house and spend 5 days with them. I always look forward to the Black Friday sales that start at 4 AM! The kids get to spend a fun day with Daddy and Grandpa!

December~ We look forward to a busy, but wonderful month filled with celebrations of our Savior. We will go East River for 5 days and celebrate Boo’s 3rd birthday while there. The kids are getting more and more excited about time with family…which just brings us to the fact that they are growing way to fast!

2009 has been fast and furious, but oh how God has blessed us richly this year. Together we step into the New Year desiring to serve God while remembering our new family motto of “No Reserve, No Retreat, No Regrets”.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year