friendship

4 Ways to be a Part of Your Neighborhood

 

I don’t often like to look back and see the past as the “golden years,” but there is a lot to be said for how our grandparents/great-grandparents integrated into their neighborhoods. My grandmother talks fondly about her good friend that lived across the street with whom she would share a cup of coffee each morning after their children ran off to school. 

How sweet is that? Am I the only one whose heart squeezes at the thought of having a neighbor with whom I can share moments on a porch swing or under trees on a blanket in the yard?

This has been on my mind a lot lately, and have I’ve been wrestling with how to be more a part of my neighborhood. 

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Hospitality Matters

 | September 14, 2017 | Posted by:

It’s really easy to dislike having people in your home. It can feel strangely vulnerable and sometimes scary; especially if your natural inclination is to be more of a loner. But even the most outgoing of us can have a hard time when we factor in our own insecurities.

Let’s face it. We can come up with a million reasons not to mess with hospitality.

Not everyone has the same parenting style as you. Not everyone has the same idiosyncrasies as you. It can be intimidating to cook for people. You just don’t have time. The list of excuses can go on and on. Really. It can (I have personal experience, believe me).

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Hanging in There; When Friendships Hurt

 | May 31, 2017 | Posted by:

We’ve all had those relationships that are just….difficult. Sometimes words are spoken that are hard to hear. Sometimes miscommunication happens and it’s hard to sort through it all.

Living in community with people means that it’s going to be messy.

Words hurt. Actions offend. Habits are hard to break.

Loving people is hard.

Loving people as you walk through offenses is even harder.

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Embracing Community

 | February 14, 2017 | Posted by:

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I don’t know about you, but I love a good conversation over a cup of coffee or tea. I love getting beyond the surface subjects and going deeper. I love getting to the heart level; that sacred place of rich soil that is fertilized by vulnerability. The farther you go in a friendship the more humility is required; the more you must shed the layers that surround your heart that give the illusion of protection.

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