Thursday, March 4, 2010

Lonnie D

There are several families we have known and been hanging out with ever since we started working downtown three years ago. Lonnie D is the momma in one of these families. And y'all, she is a gem. We love her. Next time you see me, ask me to tell you all about the bumble bee story, you'll love it.

Adam and Lonnie D have a special relationship. Mostly because he jokes around with her, and she teases him about his hair and beard and threatens to bring a razor and shave it off one Sunday. And I wouldn't stop her. Because I think we all know she'd be doing me a favor.

The other day, we were asking Lonnie D where she was planning on moving. We talked for a little bit about moving, and then mentioned to her that we were moving downtown too. She smiled and laughed and said, but not to my neighborhood. And we said "yup. To your neighborhood." She gave us a look like you've never seen, and said "Y'all ain't scared of NOTHING!" We laughed. And I cringed and tried to tell my heart that she was right, I wasn't scared.

But sometimes I am scared. Sometimes I would rather live where it's "safe." And it is during those times I have to cling to the promise that "Perfect love drives out fear." Because you know what Lonnie D went on to talk about? How she was so so glad that someone could teach her kids about love. Someone who would influence them besides the gangs and drug dealers. Someone who could help them with their homework. Someone who would LOVE them.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”- Joshua 1:9

7 comments:

  1. It gives me chills when I see God show up right when I need to see Him. Neat, neat, neat.

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  2. I can imagine you are scared. i used to be scared of our neighborhood (i'm from the country, ok)in a relatively small town in KY, but as I got to know it I became less scared. I know we'll be living in different "neighborhoods", but just wanted to give you some encouragement that anywhere can feel like home after some time. Praying for you guys and soo glad you have friends like Lonnie D! Hey, what is your church like and what is it's name?

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  3. OH I LOOOVE IT!!!!!! Continue to remind yourself of the truth friend..my favorite verse think about is Deu. 31:8-- "The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."
    (sounds the same right) I loove how the LORD provides and promises FUTURE GRACE we need to do all that he calls us to!

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  4. Love this story...Love your blog.. Hope you will stop by...I just added some extra giveaways...
    So glad to have a few hours to blog hop.

    Teresa
    http://teresa-grammygirlfriend.blogspot.com/

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  5. Your convictions absolutely amaze me. I truly don't think I could find the strength that you do. You and Adam are amazing people with equally amazingly huge hearts. You completely inspire me :)

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  6. You guys are amazing! Honestly that's all I can say right now-simply amazing!

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  7. You make my heart happy. Thank you for going where others don't want to go.

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