MARSHALL, TEXAS: Recently, I posted a request on Facebook for people in Marshall to nominate someone who exhibits ‘good neighbor qualities,’ and one of the first people nominated was Patti Brady, age 36.
Married to Colin, and mom to Hayden, Landon and Brookyln, Patti works as a community development specialist for Community Healthcore.
She also serves as a ministry leader of Immanuel Baptist Church, L.I.F.T. (Loving Individuals and Families Together) Ministry and Night to Shine – both ministries that focus on adults with developmental disabilities.
“I was born and raised in Harrison County, and have lived here all of my life,” Patti said. “My husband, Colin, was born and raised here as well.”
She continued, “I love Harrison County, because our community is full of compassionate people that put others before themselves, and take pride in their county.”
“I love the slow pace of our Texas county, but at the same time enjoy so much it has to offer for all ages,” Patti continued. “I love raising my three kids – Hayden, age 11, Landon, age eight and Brooklyn, age two, here.”
She stated, “ I was raised in church, and have had strong faith in the Lord for many of years.”
“The Lord has blessed my family and me with a wonderful life but there are always dark times in people’s lives like during a crisis like we are experiencing today,” Patti said.
She commented, “Crisis brings uncertainties and fear, but the Lord our Savior and our faith in Him brings peace and comfort knowing He is there for us no matter what we are going through.”
“This verse in John has been speaking to me throughout the past few weeks,” Patti said, “ John 16:33 says, ‘I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.’”
When she as told that she had been nominated as a good neighbor, Patti was very touched. “May God receive the Glory for this recognition! He is my strength and my rock. Without Him, I’m on un-solid ground.”
Patti answered the question, what does it mean to be a good neighbor, “To serve others like Christ did.”
She said her favorite verse comes from 1 Peter 4:8-11. “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever.”
“This verse in 1 Peter always speaks to me because we all have a purpose here on Earth. The Lord calls us to love others, serve by using our God-given gifts and to glorify Him in all that we do,” Patti concluded.
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