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This is now part four 

Becca was sad to leave jim the night they got rengaged. She wished she could stay in this moment. she knew that was not possible.  Soon she would live hear. 

He walked her to her car. They hugged. She got in.he watched her go. He already missed her. He let his feelings return to him. He decided not to repress his feelings any more.  He did care about her. He was glad that they were back together. 

She was so happy as she headed back.she kept staring at her engagement ring. She was very happy.  

She made it back to her town.  She headed to her place. She parked then went inside. She called jim. 

“Hey hunnie. I made it home. ” she told him. “Awsome! I am so glad.  I was woried. Not real woried.  I always get concerned.  ” jim said. “I know.  ” she said. 

“I am glad you made it back.” he told her. “I am so excited. You have no idea. “She said. “I think i have a little idea. ” he said. She chucked.  “Well i wil talk to you later. I love you.” she said .”i love you” he reaplied. 

The next month was extremely buisy for becca lynn. One of her brothers planned on taking over for her. All of the accounting and records had been designed by her. She had to give greg a crash course.  She had a lot to tell greg. 

She would remain on her dads bookstore bored of directors.  The bored was her family. She assured her dad she would stay active in the bookstore behind the scenes. 

She tried to let greg get a feel for runing the store. She basicaly looked over his shoulder. He was in charge. He was doung good.  She felt encouraged by how he was doing. Despite her reluctance to leave the store, she felt that it was realy in good days. 

She was working at her dad’s store,she also worked on getting ready to assume day to day operations of bill’s store. 

She also worked with jim to find an apartment near his church. She emailed him several that were in accordence with her budget and needs. She had a cat so she wanted a cat friendly apartment. he included contact information.

She made arangements to see the se tal apartments.  She had one in mind. She called jim. “I am coming down to check out apartments. Want to hang out after im done?” she asked.  “Yea sounds fun. ” he said. “Great. I am looking forward to it. ” she said.

“It will ne great to see you. I have missed you.” he said. “I have missed you. The two stores have kept me buisy. Soon we will be closer together.” she assured him. “I know. I cant wait. ” he said.”see you then!”she told him. “I love you.” he told her.”i love you.”she said. She hoped he could sense her smiling over the phone.

On Saturday got up fairly early. She made cofee and woke up for a little bit. She liked adventure. She looked froward to this adventure. She had a light breakfast. She put the rest of the cofee in a traval mug. She then headed out. 

She started the car. She headed out. She was excited to find an apartment.she was ready to begin this phase of her life. Things were starting to fall into place. She was glad of that. 

She had hyim music playing on her car cd player. She was excited to get to her destination. She really hoped she woukd find a place today. One less thing to fall into place. She needed this to fall into place. She hoped that it would.  

She made it before she was suposed to view the first apartment. Within a few minutes, the lady arived. “Hello im doris. Are you becca?”she asked.

“I am. It is good to meet you.”she said. “It is a one bed room apartment as i said on the phone.  It is a prety qiet building. ” she said. 

They walked up the stairs. She took out her keys and opened the door. The apartment was small but it was well maintained.  She did not need anything extravagant.  She just really wanted a roof over her head. She would not spend a  lot of time hear. This looked perfect for her needs. This was only her first apartment  checked out. 

She did like this one. “So your moving to thr area?” doris asked. “Yes. I want to be closer to my fiancée.  I have a job lined up. Now just need a place to live. ” she told her. 

“Who is your fiancé.  I tend to know prety much everyone in town.”dorris said. ” jim ball.” she said. “Pastor jim. I go to faith church. I did not realize he was engaged. ” she said. “We are keeping it qiet for now. “She said.

“I promise i wont tell anyone.  I promise. I know he was engaged before he started pastoring hear.  It did not work out i gues. ” dorris remarked. “That was me! We were engaged. We have reconnected.  ” she said. “That s great. ” she said.

After the tour they went back outside. ” i have a few more places i am scheduled to look at but i like this one. ” becca said. ” i am suposed to show it to a few people on monday but if your going to be buying into bill brakets bookstore and your engaged to pastor jim, i would love to have you hear. If you want it its yours. If you decide you want to go with it,call me by tonight.  If i dont hear from you, i will assume you found a different one. ” doris said. “Ok. That sounds like a plan. ” she told her. 

She toured the other apartments.  She liked them but found that she liked the first one. She decided to go with the first one. She called doris. She went to see her and gave her the deposit. She was excited. It was finaly feeling real. This was really happening.  She could not be hapier. 

Jim spent the day working on his sermon.  He did some visitation in the early afternoon.  Then he went home. Then she pulled in. 

He went out to meet her. They hugged. “I got an apartment!  Doris bracey says hi. ” becca said. “Ypur renting from dorris. She is a nice lady. ” he said.

“I am so pysched. It is a great apartment.  Small but perfect for me.  “She said. ” it will be temporary.  ” he said. “Thats how i see it. It will be good. ” becca said. 

They went by the apartment on there way to the park. They had lunch in the park. They chatted for quite a bit. 

The time got closer for her big move. She would start to pack. The next Saturday he drove up to her old apartment and helped her loud her car and his. They moved some stuff there.

He felt weird being back in hagervile. He considered stoping by to see his parents. He decided not to on this trip. She did not move everything but move a lot of stuff. 

The time got closer. They decided to anounce it to the church after she moved. Doris did keep the news qiet.

Her parents were on bored, not everyone in her church was. As news of the re-engagement reached the church, there was mixxed reaction.  To some jim was a periah. His parrents were not sure how to react when they learned about it. They wanted them to get back together but not like this. They wanted him to return to the i.f.b then get engaged again.  That was not how it happened. 

To be continued.

Next up

Becca gets ready to make the big move. Her church reaches out to jim asking him not to go though with this. His dad makes a suprise visit to his office.  

Aranged mariege part three 

Jenny and James arived at the cabin. They unpacked then sat down on the couch.neither one knew what to say. They tried but could not get the words out. They sat in silence for a little bit. ” This is awkward!”he said. “It really is. “She said.”think we will unable to talk to each other?”she asked. “I hope not. I guess we will have to work on it. It may take time. “He said. “It may.”she said.

“I guess I was not what you expected.”she remarked.”no your not.i suppose I am not what you exoected?”he asked.”not really? “She said.”did you expect me to be passive? “He asked.”no but Manny united Methodist pastors husband’s are. I don’t really know why?”she said in a tounge in cheek fasson.he laughed then she laughed. Neither one expected that. He began to suspect that she was very playful. He found even then his heart was slowly starting to melt. 

“Yes I did expect that you would be a united Methodist or at least a Methodist. Did you expect me to be independent fundimental Baptist and not an ordained minister?”she asked. “I did expect you to be I.f.b and not a minister.”he said.”you wanted a demure women who would not think for herself?”she asked.”no I don’t want someone who is demure.i am open to different idea. I don’t expect you to agree with me all the time. I welcome alternative suggestions. I know I am not always right. I am a sinner saved by grace. I know I am not infallible. I believe I am called to be a leader. A servent leader. I take the servent part very seriously!”he told her. 

“Are you commited to this?”she asked.he looked into her eyes. He took her hand and squzed it. “Yes I am commited to you. I made a promise to the Lord and to your Perents and to you. I take that serious. I know what to make rash vows. I believe that the Lord brought us together. I trust him. I believe that the Lord brought us together. I don’t understand it. I also believe that he wants me to live up to those vows.the Bible is clear not to make rash vows. I want to do this. Yes I am committed. Are you commited to this?”he asked.

She smilled. “Yes I am. I am nervous. This is now quite what I expected but yes I am commited to this and to you.”she said. “What are you nervous about?”he asked. ” Nervous that I will never meet your expectations. I guess I am nervous that you will ashamed of me. I fear you will never accept me. I fear that you will never respect me. I fear that we won’t ever really connect. “She said. 

“There is no denying that we are both out of our comfort zone. This is not at all what either of us expected. ” He said. “That is very true . ” She said. “We will have to work at this. I expect it will take hard work. Perhaps harder then we ever expected. ” He said. “Yea I am beginning to see that. They say the best marieges are the ones that take work. The ones that both sides are committed to making it work no matter what. What destroy us instead make our relationship stronger. Perhaps that can happen with us. Perhaps it will. I definitely hope so. “She said. 

He started to see that there were two  side of Jenny. Two complete wholes. One was the strong Jenny. The leader,the administrator. The alpha,the go getter. The anilitical stoic at times. Then there was the other Jenny. This was a softer more emotional person. A person who was very sensitive. Fragile perhaps. Both sides were all hear. She was both of these personalities.botg of these gestalts if you will.he saw her at first as only the minister Jenn not the personal Jenn. He started to see that side of her. She was starting to let him see that side of her. It was part intentional and part unintentional. 

“I am out of my comfort zone. I did expect you to be I.f.b. I did not expect you to be demure but I expected we would have the same experiences. We will have the same base.th same starting point as far as core values. “He said.”I know exactly what you need.now we are not even sure where our starting point is.”she said”yes I can definitely see that. “He said. “The early days will be hard. They could also be the most important. It could be worse. I could be ucc or unitarian . ” She said. “Very true! ” He said. They both laughed. 

“So  according to Wikipedia,united Methodist is both mainline and evengelical?” He asked. “Yes. I guess we are slightly towards the liberal end of evengelical. We are still evengelical I would say. So independent fundimental Baptist don’t consider themselves prostistent? “She asked.”there is differences of opinion of that. I personally believe in a principial view of Baptist history.i believe that a Baptist principle had excited back to the early church. I don’t believe in landmark view that is almost a Baptist succession form peater. I don’t believe that Baptist are prostistent. In fact Baptist were under instence persicution commonly over the baptism isue.”he said. 

“You like church history? “She asked. “I do. Baptist history is an interest in particular.mostly because it is not that well known even by fellow Baptist. It plays into Baptist theology as well. Do you like church history?”he asked.”very much so. I like history overall. I was interested in church history before college but college grew that passion definitely.”she said. 

“So, do you believe in diety of Christ?” He asked. “Yes I do.” She said. ” Salvation by faith alone?” He asked. “I do believe that salvation is by faith alone apart from works. ” She said. ” Is there salvific truth in other religions?”he asked. ,”You had to ask that one? No I do not believe that there is salvific truth in other religions. “She said. “Few! Is the Bible literal?”he asked. “Yes .I do believe that the Bible is literal. I believe that it is the word of God cover to cover!”she said. “Just not the part about pastors being males.!”he said! “I should have known that you would go there. First Timothy does mention male pastors or elders but there is no command that a pastor must be male. The husband of one wife is an example not a command.”she declared.”um I don’t know about that! I think it is clear form the text that leadership in the church is to be male. “He said “to answer your questions yes I do take the Bible literily.”she said. ” I take it you listen to contemporary Christian music.”he remarked. “I do! K love is my favorite radio station. I listen to secular music as well. I take it you are hyms only?”she asked. “I am.i don’t listen to ccm. “He said. “I assume you don’t watch TV?”she asked! “No I assume you do?”he asked.”I do . I love Star trek and crime dramas.”she said. Star trek? A nerd as well?”he asked.”I bit. I like sports as well. I was captian of the seminary volley ball team.i take it you were probably captian of the debate team?”she asked.”pretty much. I was on the Bible college soft ball game but it was intermural.i love sports but I should definitely not give up my day job.”he said. They both laughed. 

They both made each other laugh. Even though they were taken a back by each other,they were very playful. They seam to enjoy being in each other’s company. Despite there differences,they were starting to become closer. That was becoming more and more clear . 

“What do you want me to be like?”she asks.”well I don’t want to change you. I want to get to know you. I am not trying to transform you into a clone of me. I am not turn you into me .What is the phrase resistnce is futile?I am not like that. I really not that strict. I am but I am easy going as well. “He said. “OK you do upright but I think I can work with you?”she said in a joking Mannie.”you really think I’m upright?”he asked.”slightly but not too rigid. “She told him. They laughed. 

He hugged her. She held on to him. He put his arm around her. They both knew it was not going to be easy. They were both wiling to give it a chance. After a while they decided to call it a night. It had been a long day. They were both exchausted. They both fell asleep. 

The next morning he woke up. He was bright at first. After a few minutes if just sitting in bed,he got to the point that he was not going to fall back asleep. He started to get up.”what are you doing?”she askd. ” I was going to put the cofee on!” He said. ” What time is it? ” She asked. “A little after seven.” He said. ” Oh OK!  Please tell me your not like John Wesley?”she remarked. You need if I wake up at four am I feel like my faith is slipping? No I am not. “He said.”,glad to hear it.” She said. “You drink coffee ?”he askd. “I do.”she said. 

He kissed her cheek. He went to the small kitchen area.he out wetter into the pot. He out in the cofee and turned it on. She came into the small kitchen.she was still a bit groggy. “Good morning hunnie! “He said. “Morning . Not sure if it is good.”she said. He hugged her.”not a morning person?”he askd.”not at all. “She said. “I suspected as much!”he said.  ” Your not a morning person are you?” She asked. ” I think I am not of a morning person then you are.i do enjoy sleeping in. “He Said. “That is good.”,she said.

“,So what is on the agenda today?”she asked. “I figured we would have a simple breakfast. Muffins. Church starts at ten. We are not going to do a lot of jumping and dicing but a little bit.tomrow will be a little more laid back.i know this is our hunnie moon.”he said.” I figure we are going to a Fundy church?”she askd. “Yes.”he said.”OK! I will give it a chance!,”she Said. They had a light breakfast then got ready to go. 

End of part three 

Arranged marriage

Aranged mariege was once a common thing. It was accepted and practiced without much scrutiny. It has fallen into disfavor. It is not commonly practiced. 

Greg and Gloria foster were a bit old fashioned. They home schooled there kids. They had a fairly large family. They decided to arrange the mariege of there children. This was understood and accepted. To them it seemed normal. There two oldest son had been married in this fashion. They were successfully marieges. 

Now it was time for there third son James to be maried. James had gone to Bible school and now was pastoring a small church.He was showing signs of sprituel growth and maturity. 

Given that his marriage would be handled by his parents ,he focused his time at Bible college on preparing for ministry not trying to pair off. He was fine with that. He trusted his parents. They decided that now that he was established in ministry it was time to have him get maried. 

James had no role in this process. He did not even know that they were trying to find a wife for him. They spoke to  various friends of there’s. They were carefully trying to vett the potential wife and her family. They left no stone unturned. They looked and after prayer, they believed that they had found someone. They were very pleased with the choice. 

One day his Perents asked him to drop by there house. He had no idea why. That was not that out of the ordinary. He had lunch with them.”son we have something to tell you.” His mom said. “OK! “He Said. “We have been looking for a wife for you. “She said.”I was not aware of that.” He said.,”yes . We wanted to surprise you and we wanted to be able to make a decision without interference”his dad said. “Of course I understand. ” He said. ” Good. We have found someone. ” She told him.

He was really surprised By this. He had no idea that they were looking. He was also surprised that they found someone.  ” Her name is Jenny . She is quite lovely. I think you will  really like her. ” his mom said.  “She comes from a good family. I think she will be a really good match for you. ” His dad said. 

He was totally Schocked. He believed that he would be maried. He had not given it a lot of thought. He focused on other things like his ministry. Now that his parents had chosen someone for him to Mary he was curious. What was she like? Would they be compatible? Would he like her? Would she like him. He could not get her out of his mind. He was excited. No one would he be going though life alone. He would have a partner a company ion a helper. Who was she. 

The way the arrangement was ,he would not meet her until the weeding day.all he knew was her name. Other then that,he really did not know much about her. Really he knew almost nothing about her. His Perents liked her. He trusted there judgement.

He tried to get his house ready for her. The church did not have a paersnege. He owned a house. It had some land. He hoped she would like it. He had no idea what she was like. He knew nothing about her personality. Nothing about her interest.

The time of the weeding had arrived. He was not allowed to see her until the weeding. He was usually calm and collected . He was 23 years old but acted like he was 53 years old. His usual calmness was replaced. He had a  thousand different emotions all at once.he did know that by the end of the day he would be maried. He would meet his wife. 

 He had heard that she was in the building. He was kept in another part of the church. “Are you ready?” His best man asked. “I am not sure. I think so!” He said. The two went to the main part of the sanctuary. He knew those airing on the groom side. He did not know hardly know anyone on the bride side. He was not expecting to. 

 The music began to play. Various members of the party arrived. Then the wedding march went up tempo. There she was. She had brownish hair. She was five six. He imagined that she was probably In her early twenties. She seamed younger then him. At five nine he was taller then him. He did not care if he was taller but did take that into account.when the farther of the bride gave her to him.he took her hand. There eyes met for the first time. His heart raced. He wondered what she was thinking. He wished he knew. They went though the vows.the pastor declared them husband and wife. 

She ones over. He nervously kissed her. The two kissed.  The ceremony was concluded. ” Hi there! I’m your husband!” He said. She chuckled. “I guess so! Hello my husband!”she said. She took his hand. They walked out to the reception area. The reception went well. He still felt that he knew next to nothing about her. He had not gotten to say much to her. 

After quite a while,the two prepaired to leave. They went to her car. Her sister was put in charge of making sure that her stuff made to his to there house. They went to the car. “So where are we going?” She asked. “I got a cabin in Vermont. Is that OK?”he asked. “Yea sounds good.”he said. He opened the door to the car for her. Then he got in. He had a CD of hyms playing.  They were instrumental. She was not much for hyms or instrumental music. 

“So what do you do? “She asked. ” They did not tell you. I am a pastor. I pastor a small church. “He said. “I am a pastor too!”she said. “You are?”he asked. “I thought you knew. I pastor Trinity united Methodist Church. ” She said. “Oh I figured you were independent fundimental Baptist. ” He said. “I assumed you were united Methodist.”she said. 

“Let me guess you voted for Hilary?”he said.”I did. Did you vote for Trump?”she asked. ” Yes I did. Reluctantly but yes. I really wanted Ted Cruz but it did not happen.”he said. ” Your King James only right?” She remarked. “I am.”he said. ” You only sing hymns. ” She asked.”true. You observe lent?”he asked. “I do. “She said. They had trouble carying on a conversation. 

The drive took a few houses. ” Look can I change the music?” She asked. ” OK!” He said. She put on k-love. It was a CCM station. He was not really happy with it but decided to let it go.he supposed it would take ajustment for the both of them.they did not say much to each other for a while. He was starting to wonder what he had gotten himself into. 

Why would his Perents pair him off with a Methodist minister. It made no sense. Yet hear he was. He was not sure how this going to go. 

End of part one. 

Matt and Abby the long road back

Abby knew that by coming over , she would have to face him eventually. She hoped maybe that She would be gone before he came. She saw Kathy. ” Matt is back. Do you want to see him?”Kathy asked.
“Did he seam upset?”Abby asked .”no he wants to see you. ” Kathy asked. “Ok !” Abby said.
She walked downstairs. She saw him. She was really nervous. He ran to her . he hugged her.
“Are you upset with me?” Abby asked. “A little but I will get over it. My love for you, not so much. ” he said . “your ridiculous. You know that?”she asked.
“I can imagine that.you want to go  out to the steps to talk? ” he asked. “Ok. “She said nervously . they walked to the steps.
” I missed you ab. These last couple of weeks have been tough. ” he said. “We don’t have a thing in common ? We are so different.  We have different interests different ways of swing things .how can we ever hope to make this work?” she asked.
“Its going to be heard ab . we will have to work at it. We are going to disagre on alott.as you know I was ready to call it quits .I could int. The truth is I really did not want to. Abby I like you during the first date. I just was afraid to admit it. I did not think that it was feasible . I really liked you.” Matt said.
“I liked you too. I thought you were little strict and a little nutty. I did like you. ” she said.
“Ab I want you in my life.  I hate when your not in my life. “He told her. “If it were up to you, would you have me give up training to be a minister?”she asked.
“That’s not a fair question. I am not a dictator. Besides I don’t want you to make a decision under duress.it has to be your decision. ” he said.
“You would perfer it if I did?”she asked. “I can’t make that decision.you have to be fully persuaded in your mind. ” he said.”I doubt that you can be a baptist pastor if I am a u.c.c pastor. At least in your current lane of Baptist.” she told him.
“That thought has crosed my mind. ” he said. “What if you can’t have both? What if you can’t have ministry and me?” she asked. “Well I have to chose the Lord over everything else. He has to have prempminence. I have to chose him over everything else. I have to. I don’t know if that will be the case. Abby we are not there yet. You are the seconds most important thing to me next to the lord. ” he told her.
“More then your fanily?” She asked.”You are my family. For this cause shal a man leave his farther and mother and Cleve unto his wife “He said.
“You believe I will cave don’t you? You think I will give up trying to become a minister? If you did not you would be running for the hills. ” she said.
” I don’t know what you wil decide.” he said. ” if you could would you tell me to quit ?”she asked. ” Abby I am not your enemy. I want to on the same team.” he said. “Its not fair matty.I am smarter then you. I have worked hard to get where I am. ” she said. “I know your smarter then me. ” he said.
“We have never been able to figure this out. We have tried. We can’t. “She said. ” I know . “he said.
” if we had not met that night our lives should be so less complicated. Everything made sense before that night. ” she said.
“I don’t want to go back .  do you ab? Just because something complicated does not necessarily mean you should give up. Riskier the road the greater the phriohet!” he said. She laughed.
“I don’t want to go back. I don’t really want to not have met you. I am so afraid that this issue is going to destroy us. If we can’t make it why try. Lets just call it quits . let’s not prolong the inevetible. ” she said.
“I am not going anywhere ab ” he said. “How can I be sure? ” she asked. ” I wish three was a way I could I could convince you. ” he said . ” I wish there was a sign ” she said. “We could try the fleece thing. ” he said. ” funny. ” she said
“I thought so. ” he said. ” I want to trust you. Give me your high school class ring. ” she said. He started to pull it off. He chuckled. “Why do you want my class ring?” he asked as he gave it to her.
“I have never seen you not Waring it. “She said. “I  think I have sense I got it. “He said. “You will get this back when the pastor I assume your dad declares us husband and wife. I got to warn you that if you break up with me ,your never getting this back. ” She told him.”ok. ” he said.
She took off a necklace. She put the ring on it. He put in on her. She hugged him. She held on to him for a bit. “I love you so much.” She asked ” I don’t understand. ” he said “I needed to know how in you were. I gues I know that.  Thank you. ” she said . ” I am in all the way. We will make this work. ” he promised her.
“I’m sorry I should not tested you that way. “She said. “Did I pass?” he asked. “Yes you paused. ” she said. ” good. ” he said. ” it was wrong of me to test you like that. I am sorry. ” she said. ” it’s fine ” he said.
” if you want your ring back you can have it ” she said . ” I Will get it back. On our wedding day. I want you to have it. ” he said. “Your sure? ” she asked. “Yes i am sure. ” he said.
“You have not exactly caught me at my best lately.”she said. “Let me gues that a star trek quote isint it?”he asked. “Yea it is. ” she said.”I know there a lot of unanswered questiones. We will get though it together. ” he said.
They kissed. “You kissed me that time!” she said. “No way.you initiated that one. ” he said.” I am certain that was you. ” she said .they laughed.
“You really liked me that first date?”she asked. “I did. “He said. “I thought you could not get out of there fast enough. ” she asked.”I was deeply divided. ” he said. ” I had no idea. ” she said.
That night she held on to his class ring. She fell asleep with it in her hand.
He did not mind not having it . he told his parents. They were ok with it. They understood. He felt like they had come to an understanding. This was a big breakthrough for them.
To be continued.

Word from the Lord part two

In the couple days sence the infamous Saturday, he went to his church ,worked and attended classes. He focused on what he was doing. Monday night he let himsf think. He decided to ask her out for coffee. What harm would it do? . it was one date. Mayby she had moved on. Mayby she lost interest.
He could not believe he was really doing this. He picked up his cell phone. He had her on his contact list. He started at it for a few seconds. He almost pushed the call button. He stoped. After a while he pressed the button. He was committed now.
The phone started to rig. It felt like time had stoped. He started to get really nervous. He considered hanging up. Then she answered.a soft voice on the other end chimed in. “Hello!”she said. “Katie !”Derek said. “Hi Derek!”she said.
When Katie first got the mesege from the Lord about Derek,she was shocked but was also excited. She just accepted it. She asked no questiones.
She did not understand why Derek reacted the way he did. She did no waver in that conviction. She gave him her number in order to put it in her court. She wished she had gotten his number. She felt he should decide how to proceed. By the time he did call,she had given up.
“Can we get to gather tomorrow for coffee. If you drink coffee?”he asked. “Yea that would be great. ” she answered. “Do you meet me st all’s coffee shop around 8:30?”he asked .”yea that’s works for me!”sher replied.
“Great.I will see you then. “He told her. “I look forward to it. “She declared. “Me too !”he said.then the phone call ended .
He could not believe that he had just done that. This was not like him. It was sureel. He could not believe that he had just called a complete stranger and arranged a date. He considered calling back and canceling. He decided not to do that. He wanted to give this s chance.
He tried to remane calm. He tried not to obsess over it. He tried to overplan for it. The next morning he woke up and got ready to go.
He drove to the cofe shop. He was not sure what she had for a car. He saw a car that had a klove bumper sticker and other Christian bumper sticker.he figured it was her.he parked next to her.
He excited his car. He went inside.he saw her. She wore a pink t shirt with a green skirt and flip flops. He walked towards her. She turned around abd saw him.there eyes met and they both smiled back.
She feared that he would stand her up. She feared he might get too nervous. Hear he was. She got up.”hi!”she said. “Hi!”he said.they Sat down.
“I was afraid I scared her off!”she said.” I was certenty taken aback. I never expected that. ” he answered.she laughed.
“So do you stil think that God wants us to be a couple?”he asked. “Absolutely! “She reaplied.
“I would be remis if I did not bring up the fact that as a I.f.b ,I. Want to start churches in that mode .I feel strongly that the gits of lounges abd prophecy have ceased. ” he said.
“I know that. “She said. “I can’t see myself changing those views . in the remote chance I altered that view ,I do not believe that I would permit it during a service. ” he said. ” I appreciate your honesty. I figured that that was the case. My purpose was not to turn you Pentecostal. I do not believe this to be from me. The fact we are hear is a confirmation. “She responded.
“I would think you would perfect that I did embrace the Pentecostal view on tounges!”he remarked. “To be honest,yes I would perfer it. I sm no illusion that you will become a Pentecostal. It is not a deal breaker.I do feel strongly about my views on tongues. I do not see myself altering my views. Having Said that, I respect your views . I would never undermine you. I would practice tounges in private .”she told him.
“That’s fine. I would be asking a lot if you. There is no denying that. I am not unsyimphetic of that. I know both sides feel very strongly on this . I am surprise that you are even considering that. “He said.
“Ordinarily I probably would not. I am totally certain that you and I are supposed to be together. I gues I believe there is a plan to all of this. I don’t get all of it but I trust his plan. “She said.
“How can you be so confident? “He asked .”I just am. I have a peace about it. “She said. “What if your wrong ?”he asked. “I admit if I was wrong it would be a huge risk. My belief have only grown sense I received it. “She answered.
“You are taking a big risk. I feel very strongly about my views. I believe that they are in accordance with God’s word. I realize that you take your views seriously. I fear that you will be discounted. ” he said.
“Any Christian wife takes a risk. All I ask is that you submit to Christ. If you do that, I believe the rest will short itself out. ” she said.
“That is important to me.I take the role of a husband very seriously. ” he said. “I sense that. “She said. “It won’t be easy. I think I will it be harder on you. I fear that you will not be fully prepared for this. ” he said.”I may not be!  She said.
“I.v.b can come off as strict. We are conservative on a lot if things. Do you know much about us?”he asked. “Sence Saturday I did some research.your not landmark are you?” she asked.
“No I am not landmark. I keen towards the principal view. I believe that Baptist principles have exciated in some form sence before the reformation. I don’t believe that Baptist are protestants per say. In fact proto Baptist were persecuted by protestants over baptism by Emerson. No I do not hold to landmark theology. “He said.
“You don’t see yourself as a protestant. “She commented. “No I don’t. We are closer to protestants but different . “he said. “Are you king James only?”she asked. “I am not king James only. I don’t use any version other then king James for the most part. I perfer the text used in king James over the nestle text.” he said.
“You singo only. The hyims?”she asked. “Yes. We don’t believe that ccm is aceptible. ” he said. “I figured. I am in my church worship team. I listen to ccm. “She said .”I know I saw your bumper sticker. “He said. “I understand if you start a church you will confine singing to hyms . I hope that you will let me listen to k love when your not around. “She said. “That would be fair. “He said.
” we’ll I don’t want this to sound like a job intervue but I believe that I have a lot to offer. I believe I have gifts and abilities that would compliment being a pastors wife. I believe I can be a good partner. I have been told I have the gift of encouragement. I play the piano. I am good at finances.my peanut butter chocolate cake is legendary!”she said. “You make chicken said?” he asked. “I do. I will make it for you sometime. I go easy on celery. ” she said. “I look forward to it. ” he said.
“I really think I have the skill set needed to be a good pastors wife. “She said. “I could see that. In the short time I have known you, I can definitely see qualities that are needed in a pastors wife.  ” he said.she smiled.
“You want to start new churches?”she asked. “My dad had started three. He has only padtored churches he started. I would like to do the same. “He said. “My farther is a pastor. In our denomination the pastor go where they are sent. “She said.
“It can be a long process. Weeks of no one coming. Lots of turnovers. There are ups and down especially at the beginning.”he said. “Understandible. “He said. “Sucess is not assured. Failure is a possibility. ” he said. “Of course “he said.
After they finished, he walked her to his car.  “Are you oppen to the posibity that this is from the Lord?'”she asked. “I am not sure yet. “He answered. “Ok “she said.
“Not what you wanted to hear?” he asked. ”  no but it’s ok. I can be patient. ” She said. ” I feel I have to be caucious. I have to go slow. ” he told her. “I know. I am in a different place then you. Your still wondering if this could be Gods will. I have answered that questione in my mind. My starting point in that it is ,yours is is it? I am ready to start planing our future. Your still wondering if we have one. It is hard for me. “She said.
“I had a good time today. I am looking forward to getting to know you. ” he said. “I know that you are a  sinner. I am going to fail you.I am going to disipoint you. I believe that you and I will be good to gather. Give us a chance. Give me a chance ” She said. They said there goodbyes. They got In there cars and went there separate ways for now.
End of part two.

New convert part five

Chapter four the summer.
Nick came home form college having no idea what was about to happen. He was not expecting anything. He was just coming home for a few weeks before he went to camp.
He felt something for Kelly. This started almost immediately.he enjoyed talking to her. She did not suspect that he felt this way.
Sense he returned ,he had talked to her quite frequently. He looked forward to the time he had spent with her. She liked to talk to him. She saw him differently then He saw her. He believed that She would one day be his wife. She did  Not  see any of this.
She Was not thinking that way. She did not see him as a potential husband.she was not thinking marriage . before she was saved she was happy to just engage in casual relationships. That has all changed now. Her focus was different now. All things had become new. She was not thinking any kind of relationship now. Later maybe but not now .
“So! This is your last Sunday?”Kelly asked.”yes! I am leaving tomorrow morning!” he said. “Are you excited about it?”she asked. “I am. The first week is all getting ready. The camper won’t arrive for another week .”he said.
“It is s teen camp?”she asked. “12 to 18!”he said. “Witch age groups do you leed?”she asked. “It changes from week to week. One week I will be in the kitchen. “He said.”I see. “She said .
After the service they Said there goodbyes. “I hope you have a good Sumer. You will be in my prayers!”she told him. “Thank you. I will be praying for you as well!”he told her. Then they separated.
He found he was going to miss her. He knew that he would see her again. It would not be that long . he knew that God would use this time apart. There was a reason for it.
The next day he got in his car and drove to the camp. It was a six house drive in another sate. He got there about the time He has planed.  It was a busy week. He had worked hard to get the camp up and running .
He had some time to himself on Saturday. He took out his cell phone and dialed Kelly’s phone. He was a bit apprehensive but called her any more. He took a breath as the phone rang.
Kelly did not really think about Nick throughout that week. He did feel his absence in the Wednesday night mid week. She found she missed him that day.
She had no idea that he was about to call.she picked

up the phone and turned it on. “Hello!”she said in a confused tone.

“Kelly?”Nick asked.”Nick? Hi! I did not know you had my number!”she said.
“I got it from the church directory. ”
He told her. “Oh!”she said. “Is that ok?”he asked.”yea that’s fine. Its just that I look hideous in that picture. “She said.
“I looked worse! ” Nick said.”I don’t know about that!”she told him.”I miss you!”he told her “really?’she said “yea I did. “He told her.
“How are things?”she asked.”good! Campers come tomorrow. “He said.”are you ready for them?”She asked.”I think so. I got the pree teens this week!” he told her.
“I see! “She said. “We have a really good staf this year. “He said.”that’s great. “She said
They talked for a while.”well I should probably go.I really wanted to call and see how you were doing.”he said.
“I am glad you did. It was good talking to you. Have a good week !” she told him. “Can I call you next Saturday?” he asked.
“If you want to?”she asked.”ok !I will talk to you then. Have a good week!”he said.”you too!”she said
She was surprised that He called.she was not expecting him to.
A week later,Kelly did not expect him to call. She dismissed what he Said.it was not that she doubted his integrity but she knew that he was busy . she believed what he  was doing was important.she was ok with him not.
Around the same time as he had the week earlier,the phone rang.she found she was excited. She was surprised by her reaction. “Hello!”she said.
“Hey kel! “Nick said over the phone.”you called?”she said. “I said I would. “He said.” I don’t want you to deal obligated !”she said .”no you misunderstand me. I want to talk to you. “He said .”oh ok!”she said.
“How was your week?”he asked. “Good! Work is going good. How was your week?”she asked.”good! I led a kid to the Lord this week.”he said.”awesome!”she said.
“I had been working with him all week. He got saved on Thursday.not a lot of time to despite him but I know a good church where he lives. I gave a head up to the youth pastor he is going to follow up. “He said.
“I am glad to hear that. “She said. “This week I have older teens.should be interesting. “He said.”you have kids from church and non church?’she asked.”yes.we get more church kids.we try to reach out to non church. Later thus Sumer we have a sports week that get more unchurched.we try to do both. We try to evangelize and equpt. We have to do two things at once. I think we need both. “He said.
“I agree. As someone who got saved In a church service I can see that. I think you can do both. “She said.
“I am really surprised you called me?”she remarked. “Why is that?”he asked.” well you are at a Christian camp with probably very spiritually minded people.they have given up there Sumer to serve. I assume that many are bible school students.yet you decide to call me. I don’t get it!”she said.
“I don’t know you well but your very tender to hearing God’s voice. You seek to please him. You have a longing to know more. I get the impreson that you are one hundred percent convinced of God’s goodness and want nothing to do with what you were!”he said.
That was true. Sense being saved her whole world view and methodology changed. She changed how s he thought.the only thing she really struggled with was smoking. All attempt to quit had been unsuccessful.
“Do you really believe that?’she asked.”of course I do. I would not have said it if I did not. “He replied.”I am not sure everyone at church ser it that way. When I first went to church I was very worldly.I thought acted and dresed like the world. Even after my conversion change in some areas was gradual. I think they still see me as the worldly girl.  “She said.
“Give it time. Don’t let it discourage you. Keep on seaking the Lord. Strive to be pleasing.”he said.
“How do you see me?”she asked.”I see you as someone who is growing.your Faith is defiantly not stagnant. “He said .
“I fail a lot. I don’t see it that way!”she told him.”there is always going to be push back. The old nature is not going to just go away. A righteous person falls seven times yet riseth again. He that has begun a good work in you is able to complete until the day of Christ. Sanctification is a process. “He said.
“Why I can’t just wake up sprituel and that be the end if it?” she asked.”I would love it. It will.one dat we will be like him. Until that say we have to strive to be more like him. Sometimes it takes baby steps. Smal steps in the right direction. “He told her.
They talked for a while. “I should be going .”he said.”I am glad you called. It was good talking to you. “She said.”same hear. Don’t Give up ok?”he said. “I won’t!”she said.”I miss you!”he said.”I miss you !” she said.
He called the next week. He called the next. The week after that she got excited to hear from him. The time he usually called came and nothing. She checked her phone to make sure the phone was on and charged.it was. The ringer was on. His ring tone was the halujuh chorus but she had not told him that.
There was nothing. Why was he not calling. Had she done something.had he met someone he would rather talk to. She decided not to go down this road.
She went outside and had s cigarette. As she was smoking the phone rang. She answered it.”hi!”she said.
“Sory I’m late. “He said “it’s ok. “She said. The early part of the phone call was awkward. It did not go well.Kelly wanted it to be over.she never felt that way.
“Look I am Sory about being late.I can tell that you are a little upset!”he said.”I am probably not in the right on that.”she said “no I understand. I don’t think it is iligitimeate. “He said.
“I look forward to our talks. I love your dad and the church. It is nice to talk to someone who sees me as an eaquil. You talk to me like you would talk to anyone else. I don’t want to lose that.you have become a close friend. I hope you see me that way?”she said.”I do. “He said.
“I am not mad just a little upset. I will get over it!”she said.”I understand !” I am Sory. I hope I can ‘re earn your trust. “He said.
“Its ok. I am a bit upset.I will be ok. Thank you. “She said.
The next week things were back to the way they we’re. They were in a good relations again.
End of chapter four.
Notes
I did not mean to make Nick out to be a perfect Angel. He is a sinner saved by Grace.

“New convert “part three

Chapter two
“The son of the pastor.”
Nicholas James Brandon was the oldest son of pastor David and Kathy barret Brandon. Nick had been saved at a young age.
He grew up In the church. It was in high school that he got serious about the Lord. He decided to go to bible school. He felt led to be a pastor like his farther.
He remembered hearing about a young lady who started coming to church. He mentioned her in pray time in the dorm and at prayer meeting. He was happy when she made a decision for Christ.
He met her a few times before while on break.now he was home for the Sumer. Well at least until he start his Sumer ministry.
He was happy to have a few weeks off before He went to work at a Sumer camp. He knew that the weeks before he left would hardly be a vacation. He would be buisy preaching,teaching ,going on visitation and door to door.  Everyone would be happy to see him. He did not like being the center of attention. He knew most of those in the church sense he was young and he liked them but he did not like all the attention.
Everyone wanted to see him.he was certain that he had talked to everyone in the church. There was one person he had not talked to.
It was at the desert table that he met her. She was funny. He lost all tract of time when he talked to her.he found her easy to talk to.
Neither one realized that almost everyone had gone home . when they saw the near empty room,they realized that it might be time to leave.
He went to the parsonege. “Nick can I talk to you?”his farther asked.”of course dad!”he said.
“Some in the church expresed some concern about your talking to Kelly!”David Brandon said. “I wanted to get to know her. I had never really talked to her before. “He told his farther.
“She is stil a New Christian. Her walk with the Lord is stil developing. She had made incredible strides. The Lord has done a good work in her no doubt . I am confident that this will continue until the day of Christ. She has a way to go as we all do. “He said.
He added,”you have always comported yourself very well. Sometimes I think you were born forty. You are still male. You are a guy and she is a girl. You are on a different tract. “He said.
“I just met her today. This was the only time that we have talked. I really do not know her. “Nick said.
“I understand that. You did not do anything wrong or inapropriate but some might misinterpret it. Perhaps it would be best to back off for a bit! Don’t let anyone despise thy youth. The Lord wants to use you. I believe there is much for you to do. “He said.
Nick was not sure what to do. He believed in being above bored in words and action. He took holiness very seriously. He believed in avoiding the appearance of evil. He believed that it was important to not do anything that could be misconstrued.
At the same time he believed that the church is made up of everyone in it. Everyone is vital. Everyone is equal in the eyes of the Lord. Everyone plays a vital role in the body of Christ. Ephesians.Romans and first Corinthians make that clear.
Kelly as a blood bought child of God had a role to play .the Lord saves people and gives them a part to play. She had a part to play.
Ad someone who was not around her,she saw her in a different light.he did not see her pree salvation. He did not see her in the early days of her walk with God.he was glad of that. He could judge her as she was now. It was easier for him to see progress.
He did not want to disrespect his parents. He valued the consil of both his parents.they were wise and godly. He valued there wisdom.he wanted to talk to her more. He found her refreshing. Perhaps he should back off.
They went back to church that night. It was for the evening service. Nick was preaching that night. He continued the theme he preached on in the morning.
The problem for Nick was that he felt like he was preaching to himself how could he reconcile his father’s request and the fact that Kelly was a part of the church. He felt like he was a hiprocrit.
After the message,he joined his farther at the door. He engaged the church people as they left. They ecpresed how much they liked his message. He tried to always give God the glory.
He was frall at times. he enjoyed accolades. He tried to remember that the only Prase that really mattered was please from the Lord.
He saw Kelly in the line. He smiled when he saw her. His thoughts betrayed him.he hoped that his father did not see it.
He had no idea why he had that reaction. He did not intend to smile when he saw it. It just happened. Well that was how he saw it.
He shock hands and engaged in mostly smal talk with people as they walked out. Then Kelly came.
He felt like he was being watched.both by his Dad and by those in the back. He found it uncomfortable. He tried to not show it. It felt like time had literally stoped.
He shock her hand. There eyies met.”you gave me s lot to think about!”she said .”I am glad!”he said
Kelly avoided phrases like I enjoyed your message. She did not like empty words. She really did find the message thought provoking and challenging.she wanted him to know that. She wanted him to know that his message was used by the Lord.
She sensed that the Lord was preparing him for service. She sensed that the Lord had a plan for his life perhaps beyond what he himself was aware of.
“I hope that the Lord did use me to speak to hearts. “Nick told her. She agreed.she shock the hand of the elder Brandon . she left .she went I. Her car and drove off.
Nick played basket balm with his dad and brother. Then he did some bible study.
That night he had difficulty falling asleep that night. He thought about Kelly. He began to suspect that she would factor in his life. He was not sure how but he sensed she was.he was not ready to tell anyone.
She had no clue about any of this.she found him interesting. She saw him as humble,wise and godly. She did not see anything beyond that. She had no idea what was going on behind the scenes.  This was a begining . of what was unclear.
End of chapter.