Saturday, October 11, 2014

Join Us #2 "Meet Your Neighbor with YUM YUMS" and free download

In our extremely busy lives, how do we take the time to get to know our neighbors?  We have heard report after report that it is just one of the hardest tasks to get to on people's priority lists.  Our theory is that it's just ONE-MORE-THING to accomplish on our already very taxed schedules.

We ALL know it is important to form community, and know those among us...but HOW?

So we decided to come up with a 
 (Click on the Image for a free download)
Meet Your Neighbors Block Party

Step 1 - Choose a day for your BBQ event.  We suggest Sunday afternoon - most are off work, out of church, and ready for some GRUB!  All you need is a small place to set up (driveway, front lawn, back yard...) a grill or two, and a couple tables.

Step 2 - About 2 weeks before the chosen event, deliver your flyer to about 4 to 5 homes a day so it doesn't seem a daunting task to spread the word all at once.

Step 3 - ENJOY THE FELLOWSHIP!  It's not at all just for you to meet people, but for neighbors to meet OTHER neighbors they hadn't had a chance to get to know yet.

PS: Getting a bounce house was a HIT!!!!  It drew all the families with little kids that may not have otherwise participated.

Another thing the hosts passed out is our fun Neighbor Fridge Magnets. Email me at if you'd like any info on ordering these...our store is under construction right now.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Finding a Flower in the Mud

This past month we have experienced the death of 2 very close people to our family, the loss of most of my hubby's clients (therefore finances), the loss of our home, betrayal of people in our lives, and most recently the loss of heath (I know it's just a cold, but on top of everything else, life just feels just down right muddy.)

I have always been a big advertiser of loving people, and on the best of days it's pretty easy.  When you are feeling the weight of life crushing your body & soul, are you still a joyful giver?

Luke 6:38... Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”

Deuteronomy 15:10-11...Give freely and spontaneously. Don’t have a stingy heart. The way you handle matters like this triggers God, your God’s blessing in everything you do, all your work and ventures. There are always going to be poor and needy people among you. So I command you: Always be generous, open purse and hands, give to your neighbors in trouble, your poor and hurting neighbors.

Proverbs 11:24..The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.

Can the enemy muddy-up our lives enough to discourage us from being there for one another, or will we push past the crud and still foster community?  We are such a lonely society because when we hurt, we fold up, and try to "get through" on our own.  We know people around us have enough on their plate.  Life is BUSY.  We say, "I'll give____ when ____ calms down, or when ____ problem is fixed..." But can we push past the mud to give some flowers?

So one morning I prayed my pitiful "Lord help me put one foot in front of the other" prayer, and the thought that dropped in my heart was to buy some flowers for a very special friend.  Boy, that brought a smile to my face - it took my thoughts off the current crushed pieces that used to be my life (I mean, I can't put the shards back together anyways - so why stare at them?), and put my thoughts on how to bless my friend.

The flowers I purchases were not for me, but in a sense they were.  I was able to get past my feelings, and give when my heart still feels so hurt.  This act turned my day around more than I can describe.  When we take our minds off of our life, and put them on serving others, it just feels good.