I posted yesterday about the crummy neighbors and how frustrating it is to live next-door to people who make me feel like a prisoner in my home.  So as I was writing (typing), praying and pretty much complaining my head off,  I had a nudging.

   “Jess, instead of complaining why don’t you put feet to your prayers, and get outside and pray over your property, pray for the kids next-door who’re stuck in that mess.  Pray that there would be a deliverance from the chaos and strife in their lives.  Pray that your character and influence would be a bright spot to their dark world.”

I don’t particularly want to be their bright spot, but I do want to be obedient.  I can’t tell you how many times, I’ve told my boys that they need to obey me.  I should probably practice what I am trying to instill in my children.  Oi.

I called my fantastic friend, and asked her if she’d be willing to come over and pray with me over the situation.  I called my mom too.  She has listened to me complain long enough, and I am sure that she was relieved to hear me say, “Mom, please come over and let’s get down to business.  I am done hoping for something to change, I am going to make it happen.”

Because Jesus tells me in Matthew 17 ( changed to first person)

Truly Jesus tells me, if I  have faith as small as a mustard seed,I can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for me.”


I have faith that God will provide the best possible outcome for our family, as well as for our neighbors.  Tonight as I was tucking my boys into bed, I asked them each what they were praying about and Cooper told me that, “Mom, I am praying that God will help me be a friend to the neighbors, because I really just want to punch him in the face.”

Ahhhh sweet-Cooper, I love your honesty! I told him that I was praying for pretty much the same thing!  😉



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  1. That is wonderful to do, Jess. We always wait to do the praying last; we should do the praying first. Pastor said a few weeks ago in a sermon that when faced with things, whatever they are, we should stop and just pray about it first. I think praying is the best and most effective thing in “solving” this problem you have. And it is a problem that needs to be solved. Now we continue praying and allowing God to work in his perfect timing and will!

    enjoy the weekend!


  2. I love the way that you just called people over to pray about your neighbours. I don’t know the situation but praying is always best, even if other steps are also necessary.
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