Summerfest–MSU-Billings Style

Kevin called this afternoon and asked if we wanted to venture out to our old college and take in their 30th Annual Summerfest. All I wanted to do was curl up on the couch and snooze, but I made myself say yes.

Today was tough, our neighbors are making it really hard to love our house, and for me to love summer vacation.  I can’t send my boys outside, without them coming in and telling me some new and fantastic kind of profanity.  I tried talking to the mom, but that went over like a fart in church, (not that I’ve ever farted in church.)  Anyway, today had been a struggle with those darn kids next door. The last thing I wanted to do was hang around more kids at an outdoor carnival.

However, the crummy day did allow me to brainstorm some ideas [thanks Brooke]  to cope with the lack of control I have over our neighbor issue. I am starting to think that God is trying to teach me some kind of lesson….patience, prayer, endurance.  I’m not sure what the lesson is yet, but I am hopeful.  I did decide that we are 100% going to put up a 6 foot privacy fence along the yard that we share.  Will they still be crummy neighbors?  Yep. At least now they’ll be crummy neighbors that are hidden behind a beautiful redwood fence!  Yeeeee-haw!

**I fell asleep at the computer last night before I posted this, and this morning while I was reading my bible and my book for bible study and the Lord convicted me on a few of my attitudes yesterday.**

“As I begin to think lovely thoughts about people, I will find them behaving in a more lovely manner.  Thoughts and words are containers or weapons for carrying creative or destructive power.  They can be used against Satan and his works of they can actually help him in his plan of destruction.”  [Battlefield of the Mind pg. 163.]

Along with that passage, Joyce Meyer quotes three scripture passages, and let me say that I was so disappointed in my attitude and actions.

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”  Ephesians 4:29

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you [me].” Ephesians 4:32

“Love always believes the best of others” (paraphrased). 1 Corinthians 13:7

I can’t control how my neighbors act, but I can impart truths to my boys. I can show them that we will  keep believing that God has a plan for the neighbors, keep praying for a gracious spirit towards them, keep being good neighbors and lift the struggle up to the Lord.    But just because I need an attitude change doesn’t mean that I can’t take steps to protect the well-being of my boys.    So privacy fence here we come, along with my prayers that they move far from my house!

Incidentally I am so glad that we went to the Summerfest;  the boys  had a great time.  We managed to soak ourselves in a downpour, slurped  snow cones, ate hotdogs and polished off a couple of bags of cotton candy.  All in all a great night.






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  1. looks like a great time, Jess! Glad you ventured out. I think it is wise the approach you are taking about your neighbors. You can’t change them but you can pray for them and use this as a teaching method for your kids. I feel for the neighbor kids, if their mom is not willing to work on their language, geesh, can you imagine the problems they have in school, plus the problems they will carry with them through life? You are right; God has them there for some reason and is allowing this. Easier to work with an attitude like that. The privacy fence is a very good idea.


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