February 4th, 2007 "In a short period of time in my life, this friend became a huge part of it. They taught me many things and I am forever changed through their wisdom, strength, and influence. I now just pray that I can continue to grow and learn through their influence upon me and that I won't let them down. This friend I know will not be hindered by me being gone in any way. They have too many of amazing people in their life who would never have done, or do, what I did. I can't believe I've done this. I've probably just ruined one of the best gifts God has ever given me. I treated a friend like crap and in the end I just feel like crap."
Slightly dramatic you may say. But in all honesty, real. Without going into too much detail, I had deliberately done something against her, broke her trust, and ultimately paid the price for it. I lost her as a friend. Like I said, I had lost friends before, but this was different. This was one of the hardest times in my life.
We didn't really talk or anything for a very long time.
But how great is our God! Our God is a God of Restoration. And He began to restore our relationship.
So another day I'll never forget. I had just heard some news that for me was very hard to swallow and handle. I was confused, hurt, and brokenhearted. I walked into Starbucks that day and immediately Elisa took me in her arms & consoled me. No one thought to do this, but she knew I needed it. Funny thing is, what I was hurt by was very much connected to the reason we hadn't been friends. And that is why I can tell you it was God. God is the only One who could have brought restoration in that circumstance.
And I can also attest to you that our God is a God of Abundance. Over and beyond what we ever imagine.
Elisa and I ultimately became roommates!
So you don't think it's weird, I've been friends with Robert Lopez pretty much the same amount of time. He has always been like my brother.
Well, Robert and Elisa got married!
Robert moved in. I still live there. I live with them. The joke is I'm they're love child. It's so funny and perfect how things turned out. It just works and it's super great! I love them both. They are great friends individually and an awesome couple!
God is a God of Abundant Restoration, Love, and Joy.
I never would have imagined.
Here are some photos from they're wonderful wedding