My dear christian neighbor just celebrated her 90th Birthday this past weekend! WOW what a milestone and testimony of God's Goodness! It was a time to celebrate a life living for Jesus and on a course of finishing strong for the Lord!! As I took in this entire celebration it was a first for me because I did not have the privilege of knowing any of my grandparents...we have adopted my dear neighbor just like an adopted GRAND, we love her just like she was our own.
The Lord is so good to us to provide blessings even when it comes to who lives in our neighborhood! My dear neighbor use to serve my children as their "lunch line lady" when they were in elementary school and now we have the joy and privilege of serving her in many special simple ways!
Who can we serve in our neighborhood as we are called to build up our neighbors and love them as we love ourselves? What are some ways that we can invest in the lives of our neighbors?
Here are some simple ideas and we would love for you to share one of your favorite ways to love your neighbors:
- Share Your Garden Produce ~ Freely share the blessings from your garden, your flower garden, your fruit trees. As we hand our neighbor a basket (or grocery store plastic bag) of homegrown love we can include a special promise from God's Word that will lift our neighbor up!
- Share Your Prayers ~ Freely share your prayers in times of celebration and in times of need. Jaye Martin's "neighborhood brownie ministry" is a great place to start! As we share with our neighbors that we are praying for/with them, we can include a gift from our kitchen and we can include a special promise from God's Word that will lift our neighbor up!
- Share Your Time ~ Freely share your time helping someone in your neighborhood that would be blessed by your gift of time! As we share our time with newcomers to our neighborhood, newly married, new moms, mothers of preschoolers, mothers of teens, mothers of college kids with newly empty nests, and senior adult women that are unable to accomplish all that they use to....include a special promise from God's Word that will lift our neighbor up!
As we include the gospel in everything we do for our neighbors, God is faithful to cause the seeds of love that we are planting and watering to GROW as Neighbors Reach Neighbors for JESUS!!