Sense becca and jim broke up, she kept buisy runing her dad’s bookstore.she decided that she wanted to move closer to jim and hus church. She decided she wanted to marry him. She lived by proverbs 31. She did some reserch. The owner of a christian bookstore near jim wanted to divest his ownership in the store. She contact him.
She wore a gray shirt,green skirt and flip flops. She arived at the store. She walked in. “Bill! “She said. “You must be becca. ” he said. “Yes. Its good to meet you.. ” she said.
“As i said on the phone, i have run this store for 25 years. My son and his family live in Florida. They have been beging me to move closer to them. I do not want to abandon the store. I would like to divest but stay part owner. ” bill said.
He have her a tour. “I have a whole section of bible. While to many christian book store, bibles are an afterthought but not hear. I separate bibles from bible resources. I looked at your stores website and saw that you only carry king james.we do cary other versons. There is a lot of interest in king james in this area. I dont know if you know pastor jim at faith church but he is a big king James guy. ” bill said. “I know him. I see you have a lot of king james. I like that. ” she replied.
“This is our resource section. I screen the books i sell. I avoid any books that promote text critism,higher or lower. My principle is not to sell anything that questions the veracity of the word of God. ” bill said. “That definitely came though on your website. I appreciate that. ” she said.
“I avoid reform writers especialy in commentaries. I do have reform writers in other section. ” bill said.
They came to the music section. “This could be a sticking point. I see your book store only sell sacred music. I do sell ccm. I listen to k love and have it playing in the store. “He said.
“I saw that you sold ccm albums. I dont to radically change your store. I understand that it has a different culture from faithful bookstore. I dont intend to turn it to ours.”he said.
Then they went to his office. “So why the intetest in buying into my store?”bill asked.” well i want to move hear. I would like to be established hear. I see the bookstore as a ministry. I would like to have a ministry hear. ” she said.
“What bring this desire to move hear?” bill asked. “I would like to be closer to my fiancée. “She answered. Jim had no idea that she was hear in town. She ans jim had kept in touch via text and facebook sense her visit.she did not want him to know she was coming . she wanted to surprise him.
He was in his office when he got a text from her. “Where ate you?” she asked. He texted her back. “In my study at the church. ” he answered. He got another text. “Look out your window. ” it said. He was confused. He did as she requested. He saw her car.
He ran out and she hugged her. “What are you doing hear?” jim asked.”i wanted to surprise you. ” becca answered. “Im definitely surprised. “Jim replied. She smiled. “A good kind of suprise?” she asked. “Yes. Very good. ” he said.
“I am really glad to see you. ” he told her. He had a big smile on his face when he told her that. ” want to grab a bite to eat on me?” she asked. “Yes to the first part. As to the seccond i got it. ” he said. “O-k!” she said.
They went to a resturant. “Look jim, i was opposed to breaking off the engagement back then. You needed to sort all this out. You were a bit unstable. You are stable now. You are firmly established in what you believe. You know who you are. I have changed as well. I have done some maturing at least i believe. I have. Sence the last time i spoke to you i have been praying and reeding scripture and i want to resume our engagement. I want to be your wife and helper,partner,suport system.i want this. I am sure of that. ” she told him.
Jim was shocked . “bec i am not opposed to resuming our engagement. In fact i really like the idea. I need you to know that i shaped the church in a way that i felt honored the lord. I left some evenlugical culture in place. I have focused on doctrine ,morals and modesty to the exclusion of orther issues. Music is one of those issues. I dont see the need to alter that. I stil believe dreses or skirts is prefered atire for ladies but i don’t mandate it. ” he said.
“I assumed that was your policy. I. Not going to change your church. I want to be tour helper.i know you.i know you put the policies you did after carefull consideration with a lot of prayer. I trust you. I work to work with you not against you. I like your church, i really do. I want to be a part of it. I believe i have gifts and abilities that can be an aset to the church. ” she said.
“I can’t believe i am saying this but i really like the worship team. They do a good job. ” jim asmitted. “I gathered that. ” she said.
“The isues we faced before still exist. There is rhe issue of your church and your family and myine. I am sure your parents will object. You could be a periah. ” he said.
“Do you not want to be with me?you seam to be trying to push me away. “She said. “I just want to make sure that you understand the full ramifications of your decision. ” he told her.
“I do jim. I see God’s hand on your life. I see him working in faith bible church. I want to be a part of it. Let me!” she pleaded.
Jim thought about it. “Faith church is very different. It is nothing like what your used to. It will require a lot of adjustment. I am not sure you are prepared. ” he told her.
“I am probably not. Thats ok. I will adjust. I will get though it. ” she said. “I do want to marry you. I have wanted to sense the first time i met you. I have to be certain your certain. ” he said. “I understand that. I am totally sure. I am as sure as ruth was when she pledged herself to boez. You know how carefull i am when i speak. I do not say it lightly. I have given it a lot of thought. ” she declared.
“I know you dont do things unless your sure . unless you have put a lot of thought into it. I have always lived and appreciated that about you. Not to go all john macarthur on you but i feel i have to make it hard for you to follow. This decison will affect your entire life. ” he told her.
“I realize that. I never ecpected you to reference john macarthur. I understand the ramification of this. I am committed to this. I do it hapily!” she said.
“Are you totally sure? “He asked. “Yes. I am totaly sure. ” she said with a smile on her face. “I am sorry to grill you. There is biblical presidence Joshua final adress. ” he said.
“I thought that was where you were going with that. Do you want to grill me on my doctrinal stance or can we be engaged again?” she asked.
He considered her words. He thought about it for a minute. She did not like the awkward silence. She knew that was how he did things. This was how he made decisions. She would be patcient and would wait for him.
“Do you want your old engagement ring or a new one?” he asked her.she smiled. “I would like the old one ” she said. “Ok! I know right where it is. When will you be in town again? ” he asked. “Well i am curently working on negotiating to buy part of bill braket’s book store. I will be hear frequently. ” she told him.
“You want to buy a share of bill’s bookstore?” he asked. “I do. I love runing the store om hagervile. I really want to move hear to be closer to you. I want to get more involved in faith church. I like his bookstore. ” she said. “What would you have done if i had said no? “He asked. “That was not an option.” she told him.
“Next time your in town we will get reengaged officially. Your my fiancée again. ” he told her. She smiled. He hugged her. ” i know i can fill in your gaps. I believe i can be a blessing. ” she told him.
“I know you will. ” he said. “I am so happy. ” she said. “What will your parents say? Your dad will hate to lose you at the bookstore. ” he said. “I know. I hate to leave but i am sure i am called hear. I am sure of it. I can’t stay where i am. I mean that figuratively and litetaly. I need to be hear . i need to be with you. ” he said. “Ok. “He said.
They walked out hand in hand. They said there goodbyes. She drove back to hagervile. She had to tell her farther. She had become the head of day to day operations for the store. She would be leaving the store.
“Dad we need to talk. “She told him.”ok. Pumpkin. What is it?” her farther asked. “I reconnected with Jim. He is pastoring a non denominational church in foster. We want to start the engagement. ” she told him.
“Ok. I have always liked jim. I was sad when we left our church and joined the evengelical movement. I felt that the lord has had his hand on his life. I am glad he is pastoring a church. When the engagement was broken off, i suspected that it was not foever. I thought you reconnect. I can suport this. ” he said.
“Thank you daddy but there is more. ” she said. “I knew it. ” he said. “I want to move to be closer to him. I want to be involved in his church. I will need to step away from the bookstore. I want to buy a steak in a bookatore near the church. ” she said.
“I gues i knew you would not stay hear foever. I loved working akongside you. I am excited for you and your new adventure. I am going to miss you. ” he said. She hugged her dad.
“I am pleased that you are continuing the book store tradition. Your not too far away. “He said. “I will visit you and mom as often as i can. ” she said. “You will do fine!” he said.
After a series of back and forth on the phone becca worked out am agreement to buy a share of the bookstore. She would drive to foster to conclude the deal. She could begin the groundwork for there life together. She was excited.she saw the lord at work.
She drove to foster. She had a good meeting with bill. She worked out an agrement with bill and a time table for her to become general manager of the bookstore. She now had direction. She had a plan. She was pleased with all of this. Things were comming together in a way she never planed.
She liked this bookstore.concluding the deal was only part of the reason she came to foster. She got the business side of her trip out of the way. Then she could focus on the orther reason she came to town.
She met up with him at the resturant. She saw him. “How did it go?” he asked. “Great. In a mounth i will oficialy take ovet as managing owner. My dad is sad to see me move but us happy for me. “She said.”congrats. I am happy for you. ” he told her. “Thanks. I am excited as well. It is an exciting new chapter ” she said.
The dinner went well. Becca wanted him to hury up and reperpose. She wanted to once again ware the engagement ring. She wanted him to get on with it. She wanted to know he was really in this. She knew he had this thing about timing. She tried to be patcient. She waited for years. She was not up on being patcient.
“Do you want desert? ” she asked. “Not really. ” she said. What she really wanted was for him to perpose again. She did not want to be distracted by disert. “Are you sure? Thr chese cake is amazing hear. “He said. “Not tonight. “She said. Ok.no desert then. ” he said. She chuckled.
He took care of the bill. She got a little agitated. She did not want to say anything. She wanted him to initiate this. She really hoped that he would not let her drive back to hagervile without getting engaged. She wanted to go home engaged. She waited a little bit longer.
They walked outside. She almost did not hold her hand but she did not want to be like that. She tried to remain calm. It was not easy. The two neared the car.
She was about to open the door when he stoped her. “Wait! “He said. She stoped what she was doing. “Yes.” she said. “I know you dissagreed with my breaking off the engagement. We may never fully agree on this. I am not sure. I was not as strong in my faith back then. I needed time to figure things out. I believe that i am in a stronger place spiritually. I believe i am now ready to be married. Will you marry me?” he asked.
“Yes! Absolutely! ” she said. She huvged him. She did not want to let go. She just wanted to cling to this moment and to him as long as she could. “You ok hunnie? ” he asked. “I was afraid that you were not going to perpose again. I am happy you did. I just want to be close to you. ” she told him. “Sory i waited. ” he said. “Its ok. I am eager to begin our life together and ministry. ” she said.
“I can understand that. ” he said. “I just needed to know you want this as much as i do. ” she said. “Breaking the engagement was gut rencing and awfull. I thought if i left that world i would have to fully leave that world. It killed me breaking up with you. I did not do it hapily. I just did not want you to see my tears. I thought of you constently. I almost called you a hundred times. I never stoped loving you. “He told her.
She hugged him. “You dont know how much i needed to hear that. Dont take this the wrong way but i kinda wanted you to be miserable. I wanted you to desire us to get back together. I never gave up the hope that we would get maried. Now i understand why. ” she said. ” i am glad we are doing this!” she said. ” me too. ” he said.
To be continued.