“There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison” ~ Jane Austen

I heard this said years ago and thought it was so sweet and simple. I’ve never read Persuasion and this is usually a romantic quote, but I choose to apply it differently here. Well, it’s more a two-way dedication, I guess. 🙂 The first, to my best friend and our friendship. Image

God brings changes into our lives for so many reasons, one of which, I think, is to simply let us know that He loves us. God allowed a lasting friendship to form; one that has brought me more joy than I can express. Sarah challenges me to grow in my relationship with the Lord; she laughs at my jokes, she’s been there when my heart has been broken and I’ve cried my eyes out. We’ve argued and fought, but our friendship remains unshaken. We’ve stayed up late into the night talking about our lives, our dreams; of what it would be like to fall in love and to be married. Well, that day has arrived. My best friend is engaged to be married to the man of her dreams; A man who loves the Lord, who waited patiently and prayed for her; A man who’s been her dear friend for 12 years.

Sometimes, God gives a us a glimpse of His plan and how He’s been working in our lives all along. God brought Sarah and Jordan together 12 years ago, as neighbors and friends and through the years, He has grown that friendship into something deeper and more wonderful than either one of them could have imagined. Their love is a testimony to God’s goodness, His plan. They both trusted that God would bring them the one person that they would be with for the rest of their lives and the beautiful things is, they were together all the while. Every day of our lives, brings a little bit of change. These changes can be subtle, barely discernible in the beginning, but over time, you can see how they’ve altered the picture of your life forever. God is amazing like that.

So, why is it that I find tears in my eyes? It’s a bittersweet time, truly. Life as we know it, is changing. It’s changing for the better, but still changing nonetheless. I don’t wish it any different though. Change brings growth and with growth comes a little bit of pain, but there’s something beautiful coming and that’s worth it in my mind. I love the fact that we as humans, are so complex and multifaceted. We have the ability to feel a multitude of things, all at the same time. This is chaotic and messy, but uniquely us. I feel happiness, excitement, awe, wonder, amazement, sadness… Probably a host of other things that I haven’t yet identified, but that doesn’t really matter. Back to my question: Why do I find tears in my eyes? Well, I cry for the changes; I cry from the joy of seeing long-time dreams fulfilled and prayers answered; I cry tears of hope. The tears will come and go, but the happiness I feel for Sarah and Jordan will remain, along with the awe that I get to be a witness to their story. That is an incredible gift that I won’t take for granted.

So, here’s that second dedication: To Jordan Southern and Sarah Costello. God brought their lives, their hearts together, by His grace and for His purposes. “No two hearts so open…No feelings so in unison.” I love you both more than I can say and I know that your life together will be one of such happiness and that brings honor to Him.


Thank you for your friendship to me and for the irreplaceable presence that you are in my life. I am blessed.