Monday, January 04, 2010

who are the people in your neighborhood?

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one of the 'neigh'bors
he lives directly across the street from us
we are just beginning to get acquainted


There are 100+ lots in our neighborhood.
31 of these lots have homes.
8 of these homes are for sale.
4 of these homes are spec homes.
6 of the homes for sale are vacant.

In the past year four of our neighbors have been laid off from their jobs.
Two neighbors have died.

The real estate brochures and websites call our neighborhood 'upscale' and 'prestigious' which makes me laugh because, as a whole, we are very ordinary people with the same problems everyone else has. ( Do other upscale people shop at thrift stores, use coupons, darn socks, turn collars, cook from scratch, can food, garden?)

As I walk around the neighborhood each morning, I am becoming more intentional about praying for each household. In addition to the above problems there are those with health/financial/family/ issues. Some are just plain crabby from time to time. Just like everyone else.

The pastor preached yesterday about living the life that God intends. He said we should have joy unspeakable, peace that passes understanding and that we are more than conquerors.

Day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment we must be focused on God, living the life He intends us to live and sharing the Hope that we have in Christ with others. Even the ornery ones. :)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I thought "upscale" meant I needed to hit the treadmill and get to where I was a bit more "down-scale"!!

cheri said...

:) some of us are more upscale than others!