The Pumphreys have an incredibly trying schedule, but Lacey didn't let that excuse keep her from trying to connect to her neighbors.
Lacey and Riley Pumphrey moved into their north Austin neighborhood just over 3 years ago, shortly after they were married. Their street is lined with different ages and life stages, from retirees to young families. But the young couple has a situation that makes them unique. Because of Riley’s work schedule, he is usually out of town for several days a week, making their lives “anything but routine,” Lacey said.
“I work full time and stay busy with volunteer work… and my small group meets every Tuesday night,” Lacey said. “Though activities and busyness make the weeks alone fly by, sometimes it is still very lonely. To have my neighbors nearby really makes a difference in how I feel week to week.”
When the Pumphreys first moved in, the ladies on the street already had a monthly get-together and welcomed Lacey to join them. “This past summer no one really volunteered to start it up again… With the Love Where You Live series at church in my ear I decided to start it up again by hosting this March. It was a hit, with over 15 women coming over! I brought up the LWYL series coming up and handed out cards as ladies left. Some seemed indifferent while others were really excited,” Lacey said.
“I let myself listen to the ‘I am too busy line’ and the ‘My neighbors will not have any interest’ line. Those excuses are just that – excuses. Take the first step, invite people over, and see what God will do.”
Even with her other half on the road for work most of the week, a full-time job, a small group, and volunteer work, Lacey has committed herself to letting God use her in her neighborhood. She teamed up with the family next door to co-host a group together, printed off invite cards from the HCBC website, and used email and the neighborhood Facebook page to spread the word about her Neighborhood Gathering. “One neighbor is so excited she offered to take cards around to the houses closest to her and spread the word herself,” Lacey said.
“I was on the fence,” Lacey said about hosting a gathering. “I let myself listen to the ‘I am too busy’ line and the ‘My neighbors will not have any interest’ line. Those excuses are just that – excuses. Take the first step, invite people over, and see what God will do.”
Not only is Lacey seeing excitement build in her neighborhood, but she is seeing her relationship with the Lord deepen and strengthen. “I have always wished I was one of those people God did things through and who would listen when God called me. It feels so good to know that this was a step of obedience and He is using me.”