Lisa Jordan: I have a friend I've known for 40 years. I met her when I was about three years old, but I don't remember our first meeting. I do, however, remember how she impacted my life.
Our birthdays are two days apart, so we shared parties when we were younger. We had similar interests like playing with our Barbies. We had our differences--she doesn't mind snakes while I'm freaked out by them. Some of our fondest memories are spending so much time at my grandparents' farm down the road from my home.
As we grew older, we created our own circles of friends, but continued to remain close. I cried when she got engaged on my birthday and rejoiced with news of her first pregnancy. She knows some of my darkest secrets, spent time in the pit with me, and extended a hand of grace to help me out. And still loves me. My friend has grieved with me, fought with me, laughed with me and rejoiced with me. She understands me like no one else does.
My friend is my sister Lynn.
Lynn and I look nothing alike. She's petite with dark hair while I'm curvy with lighter hair. During the summer, she browns like a biscuit. I sizzle like bacon.
Despite our physical differences, we have many commonalities. We value faith, family and the importance of being a voice for those who can't speak for themselves.
Lynn is one of the greatest women I know. Not just because we're related, but because of who she is.
She is an amazing mother. Fifteen years ago, God blessed our family with Lilly, my precious niece who has special needs. Lynn's world revolves around her daughter and ensuring Lilly has the best care and education. She refuses to settle.
Her petite frame possesses a crusader's heart. When her teaching position was eliminated last year due to budget cuts in our district, she sobbed--not for her job, but for the kids who could potentially fall between the cracks...those whose voices may not have had an opportunity to be heard. Thank God, she remains in the same school, but in a more permanent classroom. Her students adore her because she listens and makes them feel important.
She is a woman of God who embraces her role to be the salt and the light in dark places. She empowers others to live up to their potential. She mentors women, young and older, to accept the gift of God's grace unconditionally.
When God opened the door to my publishing career, Lynn was one of the first I told. She squealed with me, cried while reading my novels and continues to support my dream.
After writing LakesideFamily, I told Lynn I had dedicated the book to Lilly, my niece. I didn't tell Lynn I had dedicated it to her also. She is my hero. When I grow up, I want to be like her.
Sisters function as safety nets in a chaotic world simply by being there for each other. ~Carol Saline
Your turn: Do you have a sibling who is also a close friend? If you don't have a sister, do you have a friend whose bond is like that of a sister? How does your friendship bring out the best in you?