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Shannan Martin is the author of Falling Free: Rescued From the Life I Always Wanted, wife of a jail chaplain, and mom to four kiddos. She's a big believer in community and salsa, and blogs at ShannanMartinWrites.com.

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  1. Thank you for this encouragement to “walk together”. Such a simple decision, with a profound effect. Like my Dutch neighbors, I bike the kids to school (through the rain, wind and snow) and it’s also been a great opportunity to hear their stories and break the ice. But, you’ve encouraged me to look for other ways to do it…There are many things I’ve thought of doing, but haven’t. Thanks for this nudge to pursue these things.

    We sponsor a girl the same age as my eldest daughter through Compassion. How exciting you’re going on this trip with them. I’ll be returning to the link you shared. I loved following Bonnie Gray’s visit a few months ago.

    • Oh, I so love that you bike to school! I was looking at different “walk to school” pictures just yesterday and it seems this simple act is nearly universal. So neat to see the little differences along with the similarities.

  2. Shannan,
    I’m jealous…truly…I would give anything to be able to get on a plane and be able to wrap my arms around 33 orphans in Pakistan. Visas to this corner of the world are hard to come by and a blond, Christian, American in the Middle East…well you get the picture. I will pray for you and your companions. Yes, when we walk with others – especially those who live halfway around the globe from us – we see that there are more similarities than differences. We only get to know them when we walk with them… open our lives and dare to be vulnerable. God bless you on your venture…
    Blessings,
    Bev

    • Thank you for your prayers, Bev!
      And yes, vulnerability seems like a sure key for ALL of us.

  3. So fun to read this today…as I walked home from my neighborhood store, another shopkeeper asked me to tell him the Story! Seriously, he stopped me on the street! Pls pray for him and our neighborhood!

  4. So glad I’m just read this…need it and believe it….etc.etc..thx for posting it today…….

  5. I really enjoyed reading this after coming back from my morning walk. I started walking last year and look forward to it each morning. God has met me each morning in so many ways. I have also spoken more to my neighbour’s since we meet as I walk past their house. It’s amazing seeing the sun rise or the full moon before day breaks. Listening to the birds singing has never sounded so good as I imagine they are singing to me. It truly is amazing what God shows me on that daily morning walk. Thanks for sharing your story.

    • Yes, I truly “get” every word you share here. It seems so small, but the impact is profound!

  6. Shannan, how beautiful are the gifts God’s opening up as you are intentional about getting to know your neighbors. I have a long ways to go in getting to know, and to love, our neighbors well. As I walk a similar health path one of my neighbors did, we text more, and share snippets of life. She’s walked the path I’m beginning, and I’m truly thankful to have her encouragement, and her help. Your post challenges me to get to know others in our neighborhood better. I am going to begin praying for opportunities to get to know them better.

    Thank you for sharing a bit of your heart and the things God is doing in your heart. I hope your trip to Ecuador is/was amazing!

  7. Shannon, Doing life together, yes, the realness, the vulnerability, the swing and experiencing their life, our life. This way a person truly understands and can love anyway, in spite of. Beautiful. An internet friend just mentioned this to me yesterday, and it’s true, the doing life together, caring and offering hard truth, and the crying, rejoicing, and the gratefulness of being able to do this together. Joanne