Our neighbor is LOUD. At any given moment she turns her music up as loud as it could possibly go and our pictures rattle off our walls and crash to the floor. It's not uplifting Christian music either...it's loud obnoxious head pounding music.
Every time we see her my attitude has been less than godly toward her. She's usually outside singing at the top of her lungs with her loud music playing just waiting and daring us to say something. I usually give her a dirty look and usher my children inside before any permanent damage is done to their little minds.
Since I'm home every day with the kids now it has been increasingly hard to keep my lips seeled to this woman. I want nothing more than to go crazy on her and her music haha...but I don't. One day as I was at the end of my patience (what little I do have) God spoke to me. He said "pray for her." I didn't want to pray for her, I wanted to go over there and pound down her door, why in the world would I pray for this woman...but still He instructed me to pray for her so I started simple, Lord please make her turn down the music and so He did...the next day she did the same thing and He told me to pray for her so I said Lord she needs You, please show her the Light and please make her turn down the music and so He did...I know my prayers weren't exactly whole hearted raise the roof revival kind of prayers but I'm learning (smiles) Day after day I've prayed for this woman. Every time she turns her music up I pray...it's not easy but it works, God convicts her to turn down the music and in that I'm sure He also speaks in to her heart. She's not saved but maybe He's working on a little miracle during all my prayers.
Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself, I am the Lord" Leviticus 19:18
I can't say I love this neighbor just yet but God is working on me, it just takes time. Do you have someone in your life that drives you crazy? Pray for them and see God move.