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Unlikly couples part seven 

Previusly on unlikly couple.

Craig wallice,a young pastor on a fluke visited a Methodist church. He met a young pastor. They seemed to hit it off. 

They had a series of up and down. She wanted a break for a while. She ended up visiting him at his parent’s church. 

Craig was tired but he had a good weekend. He thought that the weekend had gone really well. He wanted his parents and his church to have a good weekend.  It seemed that that happened.   

He went to bed that night. He had slept in his old bed room. It did not look like it did when he lived there. He was exhausted.  He fell asleep verry easily. He was out till morning. 

The next day he had coffe. He had breakfast with his family. “We posted a bunch of pictures on the church’s face book page. ” his mom said. She showed him a few.  He saw a group picture of church members. There was one of one of the extended wallice family.  There was a picture of the family with becky in the picture. There was a picture of craig and Becky.  

“Sadie! Are you in rush to get home? I was wondering if we could stop and see bec. ” he sugested. “No i am not in a rush to get home. ” she said.  “I would like to take you and her out for dinner. ” he said. “Yea. Thats fine. ” she said.

After breakfast, Craig got ready to leave his childhood home. Sadie packed up as well. They packed up the car then visited a bit. 

“It was good to have the whole family under one ruff again. ” his dad said.”it was good to be back. ” craig said. “Good things are happening at your church as well. I praise the lord for that. ” his dad said.  “Thanks dad. That meens a lot. ” craig told him. He hugged his dad.

He hugged his mom. “I realy missed you. ” his mom said. “I missed you mom. ” he said .he said goodby to his brothers and sisters as well. Then they headed out.  They got in the car and drove off. 

They arived at Becky’s home. The car drove in. She watched them drive in. She came out of the house. 

“Hi there!” becky said. He hugged her.  “I was hoping i could take you and sadie out for lunch. ” he suggested.  “Yes. That would be great. ” she said. “Awsome.” he responded. 

She got ready to leave. They got into the car. “I thought the church celebration went really well.” becky said.  “It really did. My parents realy seemed to enjoy it. ” he said. “It seems like a good church. ” becky said. “It is. It has grown from what it was when it first started. At first it was our family and one other family and a couple kids. ” sadie said. “So did you model your church after your dads?” becky asked.

“In many ways yes. I used the church as a guide. I tried to put my own touches on the church i started.  I did modify a few things. ” he said. 

“The church i pastor has been around for a long time. My predecessor was kind of old fashioned.  I had to slowly change things. I have kept it mostly the same as it was under pastor frank.” she said 

They parked and went inside.  They sat down. “So are you the seccond oldest?” becky asked sadie. “Yes. They waited a while before having a seccond kid. ” sadie said.

“I kinda wore my parents out. ” craig said.” i was a much calmer babby. “Sadie said. “She was a prety easy baby.  Baby three merissa. She was very colicky. ” he said. “Do you have siblings?” sadie asked. 

“Yes i have one older brother and three sisters. “She answered. “Do you get to see them much?”sadie asked. “Not too much.  We are not too close. “She said. “Im sory to hear that. “He said.”i was a bit of a problem child i gues. ” she said. “It seams like you have moved pass that. “Sadie said. “I have definently tried to. Old wounds take a long time to heel.”she said. 

“So are you two close?”she asked. “I think i am his favorate!”sadie said. “We are very close. I dont have a favorate sibling. Mayby gracie. “He said. “Gracie is a year old. She does not count. ” sadie said. They laughed. Aftter a time they headed back to the car. They drove back to her house.

They got out for a minute. “It was so good to meet you sadie.”becky said. “Same hear. I am glad we got to talk. ” sadie said. “We have to doa girls day out some time. I would love to talk to you one on one. “Becky suggested. “You dont want me around? “He asked. “It would be fun to get to get know eachother without you. Lord wiling you will be my sister in law some day. ” becky said.  “I will give you my number. Thats sounds like fun. I look froward to getting to know you. ” sadie said. 

Sadie said her goodbyes to becky. She got in the car. She figured that they wanted a few minutes to themselves.  “I am so glad you came yesterday. That was a great surprise! ” he told her.”i wanted to see you. I love being with you..i was afraid once we started talking. About what we are,that we would stop enjoying eachother.  So far so good. “She said. 

“I love you. Iove your silyness. Your bubbly personality. Everything.  Your amazing reverend becky. ” he said. He hugged her. She held on to him. “I love you. Your qirks and all. Pastor Wallace ” she said. He laughed. 

He headed to the drivers seat. He waved as he pulled out of her driveway. He headed out.

“So what do you think of her?”he asked.”i like her. She seems nice”sadie said. ” some times i think i am out of my mind to even think about such a relationship.  We are so different. Yet we mesh together so well.”he said. 

“You do mesh together well. Your similar in manny ways. It is easier to spot your diffetences. Your more simar then you think.  “Sadie said. “I could see that. ” he said

“So do we think we can work out our differences.  Do you think we can make this work?” he asked. “To be honest i think you two will chose to. I think you will find a way.  I dont think either of you could really live with the alternative. “She said. 

“I am trying to be carefull. I know that i can’t trust my heart. I know. The fact that she is a minister is problematic.  I know we have a lot to work out. A lot of it seems insurmountable.  “He said. 

“You have grown up fast. You saw the things in your life that you need to improve on and you have made those changes with the lords help. Mayby this is not a time to run away. You two can work on this.  With every relationship the thought is to wall away at the first sign of trouble. Mayby this is not the time for that.  You may have to down the road. I realy beleve that as i said you will do whatever it takes to make it work. “She said. 

“This is so unlike me. ” he said. “Mayby. Your ready for a relationship.  You were doing the work of the lord.you were not looking.  She showed up well you showed up. You two are cute together. ” she told her. 

“You realy think so?” he asked. “I do. You two have something . thats clear. You two mesh.you conpliment each other. You have that thing. That spark. “She said.

“Its weird i did not feel lonley. I waa fulfilled.  I did not feel a void. I felr fine. I was content. Now that i have met her i can’t go back. I do feel that void. ” he said.

She smirked.  “You were doing what you were suposed to be doing. You were abounding in the work of the lord. Remember dad always says wait on the lord. His timing is always best. Mayby this is that time. ” she said. 

“Perhaps it is. I had not thought of it that way. ” he told her. “I know you would find someone eventually. “She said. 

He dropped her up.they said there goodbyes. Then he headed home. When he got home he called becky. “Hi hunnie! I made it back.” he said. That was the first time he ever called her hunnie. “Good. How was the trip back?” she asked. “It went good. No incidence. No wild life. ” he said. 

“I had a realy good weekend with you. I love spending time with you. “She told him. “I love spending time with you bec. I was so glad that you came. I am so glad your in my life. “He said.

“No one has ever said that to me before.  I burn a bot of bridges. I am not that lovable. “She said.  “I meen it bec. Your very important to me. ” he said “your important to me too. ” she told him. 

He took a nap for a while. He got up. He did some church work.  He called the chairman of deacon bored. He worked on his surmon. He checked his facebook. He saw a relationship request from becky. He confirmed. A notification came up. Craig wallice and rebecca granger are in a relationship.  

His mom and sisters had tagged them in several pics. He saw a pic of him and her at thr church. There were several of them at the felowship hall. There were some of him with his family.  Sadie took some of them at bec’s place. 

He saw that becky had become face book friends with sadie,his mom and his sisters merissa and alesha. She was becoming more a part of his world.  He stared at the pics. They looked like a husband and wife. They had not realy talked about mariege. It had come up but not a firm plan. 

How would it work? Could it. Would they both continue pastoring. Where would they live. If one had to give up pastoring.  Who would it be? Could she pastor a church near him. What would his church feel about his wife being a pastor of a mainline denomination church? So manny questions.  So few answers. 

There was time to figure all that out. He was surprised that he was thinking about it. That was interesting to him. She thought about it as well. 

End of part seven.

Next up becky and craig ponder there futute together.  They learn more about each other. 


Word from the Lord part 13 

What Derrek and Katie did not know was that they were being watched. “It’s funny.i seam to recall another ministerial student siting at another parsnege steps. With a young lady.”the older pastor Carlson commented. “I have no idea what your talking about dad.”Bryan Carlson said. 

“I never thought I would say this but I believe that God is going to use those two for his glory. “Anna Carlson said. ” I was sceptical when I heard that she was penticoastal . I must confess I am beginning to suspect that the Lord has a plan for there lives. ” The older pastor Carlson said. “They are a sweet couple.i am excited for them. “The older Mrs Carlson said. 

“I probably should be getting back. “Katie said.”yea. It is getting late. I am going to miss you. “Derrek said. “Lord wiling it won’t be that long before we see each other again. “She told him.”I know that. Look kaetels I am not sure about the whole word thing but I don’t think that it is implosible that you were created for me. I would like to think that I could have been created for you.”he said. 

Katie started to smile in a way she had never smiled before. She hugged him.”I definitely believe that you were created with me in mind. I have no doubts about that. “She replied to his comment.”I am glad you feel that way.”Derrek said. 

They held hands as they went inside. “I am going to be heading back. Thank you so much for inviting me. “Katie told her future mother in law. Anna hugged her.”I am so glad you came! “Anna told her. “Katie said goodbye to various family members.. then Derrek walked her to her car.

He opened the door for her. “Your really starting to accept the possibility of us are you not? “She asked. “Yes I am hunie.i really am.”he told her.”I can tell.”she said. She hugged him. “Have a great night. “He told her.”you too”she said. 

He started to walk away. She stopped him. She stopped him.”hey Derrek! “She said. He stopped. ” I love you! “She told him.he turned around. ” I love you too” he said. She drove off. He went inside. 

He walked inside. “I am really glad that your grandma and I got to meet Katie.”his grandfather told Derrek. “I am glad you got to meet you. “He said. “We really like her.” His grandmother said. 

“We are expecting a wearing invite any time now !”Nancy said.”no pressure “Denise said. “OK!”Derrek said. Derek was happy with everyone’s reaction. He was quite encouragd by all of this. 

That night he told the Lord that he was ready to dedicate himself and Katie and whatever children they might have to the Lord. By faith  he would accept Katie as his wife. He was nervous but he would trust that this was the Lord will for his life. He was ready for the next step. He was ready to ask katie’s farther for permission to date her. 

Katie had seen a difference in Derrek. He was more relaxed. She had not seen him like this. She loved meeting her family. It seemed right. She was happy that night. She eagerly anticipated the future. 

The next day Katie got up. Her phone went off. “Hello. “She said.”Katie. It’s Nancy.Denise and I are going to get away. A kind of girls day out. Would you like to join us? It is a lot of fun but I have to earn you that we get a little silly. “Nancy said.” I would love to ” Katie said. ” Great is 11:00 OK?” She asked. 

Derrek came to breakfast. “You ok Rick?”Bryan asked. “I am a little nervous. “He said. “Why is that? “Anna asked.” I am going to call kaetels dad and ask him for permission to date her ?” Derrek said. ” I remember calling Nancy’s dad.i was very nervous to say the least. “Robert said. 

“Just be relaxed and respectful. I am sure it will be fine. “His dad said. ” You probably should not refer to her as kaetels when you called her dad.”Sarah said.”I should probably call her Katelyn. ” Derrek said. ” I think that is safe.”his dad said. ” 

“What do I call kaetels dad? Normally I would call him pastor graves. Katie told me that he does not like to be called pastor graves. I consider it a sign of respect but he takes it the opposite. Almost as a sign of disrespectful.” Derrek said. 

” What do people at church call him?” Rob asked. “Pastor Mike. I find that very disrespectful. “Derrek said. “If that is what he prefers,I think it is OK to refer to him that way. You need to set aside your values for this occasion.” Nancy said. ” I agree.”Derrek said.

” The key is to show genuine respect. “His farther said. “I will do that. I do feel that it is important to honor him. I will endeavour to do that. “He said.”that is important!”his dad said.” If you honor him in your heart the way the Bible says you will have no trouble communicating that.out of the abdundence of the heart the mouth speaks. “Robert said. “I know that.”he said. 

“So do I call it datingor courtship. What if I accidently use an ice silver terms? To some the word dating caries the connotation of world dating.to others it is just a word. Some view courtship as the biblical method ,others do not.”Derrek said.

 Courtship is probably a safe term. You plan on involving both sets of Perents any ways?”Nancy commented. “Absolutely!”Derrek , answered. ” Your over thinking this. You don’t want to sound fake or that it is scripted.you have to sound genuine. You have to be genuine.”Rebecca said. “Don’t treat this like an obligation. It should not be. Perental involvement is part of God’s plan.its positive.”Derek said.

“We noticed that you have been. A bit skidish about you and Katie. You seamed to be staying your feet. You tended to want to slow things down . Now your rushing right In full speed. What changed?” His dad asked.

“She had elevated a lot of my fears.i feel like I have been able to see her character. I have come to see that she can be trusted. During devotions and prayer I feel free to proceed. “Derrek said.

“Your mom and I are definitely supportive of you moving forward. I think it is time to Persue it “pastor Bryan Carlson said.” Thanks dad.that means a lot.” Derrek said. ” “We are excited for you.”Anna said. “Thank you.i am too”Derrek said. 

“Derrek does Katie know that your going to talk to her father?” Nancy asked.” No I have not. I wanted to surprise you. It will participate her christmast time. Well asumung he says yes. “Derrek said.” I think she will be surprised and thrilled.” Anna Carlson. Said. 

Katie had no idea what to expect in her interaction with with Derek’s family. She had no real prior experience with the independent fundimental Baptist movement. She had known some Baptist but they were more evangelical. When she and Derrek first met ,he presented the I.f.b as strict and rigid. She figured that he was trying to discourage her from Persuing him. At the very least to curb the enthusiasm. She had no idea how they would react. 

Nancy had really tried to welcome her. Nancy and Katie would become very close.they would keep in touch on the phone and on social media. They often referred to each other eas best friends. The friendship would bring Derek and Rob closer as well.

Derrek and Rob had had a report.derrrk liked Rob. He admired him.he looked up to him. They had not been very close. Rob was quite a bit older then Derrek.they did not have a lot in common. Derek did follow in Rob’s footsteps in Manny ways. There views are very similar. They still did not seam to click. Rob still saw Derrek that hyper kid that zapped him with a laser gun while he was trying to do trigonometry homework. Derrek never got pass Rob having no interest in him when 

Jason was almost exactly like Rob. Jason always had time for Derrek. Jason not only put up with derrek’s youthfully furvolities but sometimes joined in. Nancy and Katie encouraged the two to become closer.botg wives Insisted they interact. They did open up with each other. 

Denese,Nancy and Katie became a kind of three amogos or three sturges if you asked there husband’s. They looked forward to spending time together.denese and Nancy arrived a little before 11:00. Katie went out to meet them. “Good morning ! “Katie said.”morning!”they said. 

At the restaurant. ” I am surprised you too are friends!” Katie remarked.”oh we are. It friends!” Nancy said I. A sarcastic tone. “Not at all. “Denese said.”they did not know what to make of Tom and denese at first. My in laws were glad that Tom was active in church. I was new to the family. I did not know Tim well. I did not have the same bagege that the rest of the family did. We just hit it off from minute one.”Nancy said.

“I knew a very different Tom then his family did.When went,he was very active in our church. I had no idea he went though a sprituel droubt as he called it. I had a totally different view of Tom. I was so nervous about meeting Nancy but we bit it off. Nancy helped bring both Tom and I back into the fold.”denese said.

“I appreciate the kindness both of you have shown me. I really feel welcome. “Katie said.”I am really excited to see you becoming part of our family.”Nancy said.”I am glad I won’t be outnumbered any more.” Denese said. 

“Get to know Anna she is amazing lady. ” Nancy said.” She really is. ” Denese said.”I can see that. I really like her.”Katie said. “,I can tell that she really likes you.”Nancy said. “I am going to marry into a special family am I not?”Katie asked. ” You really are. I am excited for you.”denese said. 

“I am probably getting too far ahead of myself. We are not even officially dating.i can’t help but be excited.”Katie said.nancy tried not to react. She wished that she could say something. She was shown to secrecy. 

“I would not be woried about that. The way he looks at you. I know that it will all work out for you. ” Denese said. ” I think so too. ” Katie said. “You are his kaetels.”Nancy said. ” You know about his Nick name. “She asked.”yes. It comes with the territory. “Denese said.”Tom gave you a nickname?” Katie asked.”yes he did.nessy.” she answered. “Like the lockness monster ? “Katie said.”I don’t think that was his Intention but yes.it had grown on me.”denese said.

“Rob calls me many.its OK.”Nancy said.”,it could be worse.”Katie said.they laughed.” Do you mind being called kaetels?”Nancy asked.”,it’s fine.i kinda like it.”Katie said. They laughed.

Derrek was really nervous. He made the call frombis father’s den. He took a breath and then made the call. He heard the phone ringing.katie’s mom answered the phone. “Hello”Mrs .Graves said.” Hello is pastor Mike there?” Derek asked.” Yes he is. May I ask whose calling?”she asked.”this is Derrek Carlson. I am a firend of Katelyn. ” He answered.”,oh hi. I will go get him.” Valerie graves said.

Micheal Allen graves or pastor Mike as he was called wasin his office. Valerie came into his study. Dear. You have a call .It’s Derrek he is a friend of Katelyn. “She said. “Thanks Val”he said. Pastor Mike took the phone.”hello this is pastor Mike.”he said. ” Hi I am Derrek Carlson”he said.”hi. Katelyn told me a lot about you. “He said.”I am calling to ask your permission to formerly court your daughter. “Derrek said.

  • Derrek waited with batted breath. The pastor smiled and squeezed his wife hand.” From everything I have heard about you I do not see any reason why you cannot court my daughter. You have my permission.”pastor Mike said.”I look forward to meeting you in person. “Derek told him.”as do I!”the pastor said. “I would like to surprise her.coukd you not mention that we talked?”he asked.”I won’t mention it to her. I totally understand. I know that she will be very happy and surprised.she has told her mom and I slot about you. She is  very excited about the prospect of a relationship with you.”hesaid. “I am excited as well. Your daughter means a great deal to me.”Derrek said.”I can tell. “The pastor said.
  • After a  while, the phone conversation was concluded. “Did he ask you permission to court Katelyn?”,Valerie asked.” He did. I said yes.,”he said.,”I thought you did. “She said.”,he seams very polite. “,Mike said.
  • “So are you are prepared when he asked permission to propose mariege?”Val asked.” Well no. I am not ready for my little girl to get married but I think they will make a good couple. “He said.” I am supportive of this as well,”she said. 
  • When Derrek turned off the phone,his heart started to return to his chest. He could breath a again . It was like time had stopped. Now time had resumed.he serviced. 
  • He went back to the living room. “Did you talk to katie’s dad? ” Rob asked. “I did. He said yes. “Derek replied. “Congratulations. I am really happy for you. ” His farther said. “” His farther said. ” Can you wait until Christmas to tell her?”his mom asked.”that is my plan. I think I can wait until then” Derrek said.
  • End of part 23. 

Word from the lord part 12 

Derrek was the court son of Bryan and Anna Carlson. Both of them were from berry traditional Baptist backgrounds. Bryan’s farther was a pastor. So was Anna’s farther.her grandfather was a missionary. Derrek grew up in this world. It was in Manny’s way all he knew.

 Some have characterized the independent fundimental Baptist as engaging in a kind of second degree separation. They tend to seperate from those who made not separated. They favor the King James version of the Bible to the exclusion of others. They rejct contemporary Christian music. They prefer hyms. Derek was saved when he was young. He came to agree to the view of the I.f .

 Tom never liked the strict nature of the I.f.b. he never doubted that Bible but questioned the I.f.b. he attended an I.f.b college but did not graduate. He floated form denomination to denomination until landing at a penticoadtal church where he ends up meeting his future wife. his relationship with his parents became straned for a time. He reconciled with them. He apologized for his earlier rebellion. Tom and Derek had always been close. They did not want to discourage that but feared him influencing Derrek.

 Derek grew in the lord. The lord had his hand on his lord. Derek was able to stay close with Tom and with he lord. Tom was proud of his brother. Derrek had devote himself to serving the Lord. He had not told anyone but he had wanted to be married. He was content to wait. When he first met Katie,he took no stock in it whatsoever. 

Katie had enjoyed spending time with the Carlson women on Thanksgiving.she was afaid of Edna Derek grandmother. Even that day they had become close. They would continue to be close.they corusoo red frequently on the phone and on line.

She became close with Nancy as well. Nancy,Katie and denese formed a kind of in law club. They looked froward to seeing each other. She was close with Anna the lady that would be her mother in law. “,I really appreciate you inviting me ” Katie said to her. ” I M so glad you came. I know you miss your family. I want you to know that you are a part of our family. We are blessed to have you hear. I mean that!” She said.

” That means a lot to me. I think so much of Derrek!” She said.” I can tell! You need a lot to him. I can tell. He may not be able to say it yet but he does feel that way. ” She said to Katie. ” I know how he feels. ” Katie said. 

The football game ended. His grandfather went over to him. ” So Derrek do you think that you will marry Katie? ” His grandfather asked. ” I do sir!” He answered. “I thought as much. ” The older man said.” I do need to tell you that she is penticoastal. We have discussed it at length. She is open to embracing independent fundimental Baptist. She has been. A huge encouragment to me!” He said. 

” I was not aware of that. Thomas did you have a hand in this?” His grandfather asked. “They did meet at my church. That was the extent of my participation.” He told his grandfather. “Anna and I have been very impressed with her . We see no reason not to support this. ” Pastor Carlson said. 

“Your certain you can trust her?” Everit Carlson asked. ” I trust her implicitly. I have no doubt that she will be a help not a hinderence in my journey. I know she will be an asset in my future ministry. “Derrek said. “I will give her a chance!  ” The older gentleman said. ” I appreciate that!” He answered. 

The guys walked into the house. Derrek heard the sound of laughter. Derek went over to mom , sister in law’s and Katie. She was not aware that he was there at first. There there eyes Met. He smiled at her in a way he had not previously. She smiled back. Things like this contract confirmed in her mind that they should be married. 

Katie got up and went over to him. Derek went over to her. He gave her a great big hug.he was not expecting that. He was usually very scremish about physical affection. Even earlier in the day they had not engaged in physical contact. It was different now.

He held on to her for a few seconds. In the rare times they engaged in PC she initiated. She wispered in his ear. “Are you supposed to do that hear?” She asked. ” No not at all!” He said with a big grin on his face. 

” I understand your penticoastal?” Everit Carlson asked.”yes sir I am!” She answered. “Are you alright with being married to an independent fundimental Baptist who wants to start I.f.b churches?” He asked. “Yes I am. Derek made it very clear from the beginning . I understand that and respect that. I have come to appreciate the I.v.p.” she said.

“Do you see yourself changing your views on. Speaking in tongues?” The older Carlson asked. ” To be honest I don’t. It could happen I suppose. I have told Derrek that. I have also pledged not to attempt to alter his views!” She said.” I was curious of your views on this!” The elder pastor Carlson said.

Super consisted of turkey sandwiches. Then Derek and Katie went over to the porch. This was a tradition for them. He took her hand. He put his arm around her. “I hope they did not grill you too bad?” He asked. “No it was not too bad. I understand where they are coming from. Besides your time will come. You still have to meet my family!” She said.

“I know. Will pastor graves go easy on me!”he asked. ” It will be fine. Provided you don’t refer to him as pastor graves. ” She said. “I will keep that in mind.” He said. ” I really like your family. ” Katie said. “I think they really like you. ” He said. “I hope so! I tend to shake things up. I tend to come in like a hurricane!” She said. ” Perhaps we will balance each other out. Kathy you will make me more outgoing and I will make you less so!” He said. “No promises on that!” She replied. He laughed.

“When I first met you, I did not take the whole prophetic words seriously. I totaly dismissed it and rejected it. I wanted to run for you as far as I could. “He said.” I am not surprised. You seemed pretty nervous. “She said. “That did not concern you?”he asked. , I figured you would come around eventually. If noti could always bring you to the alter at gun point. “She said.” I have no comment on that one!” He said. 

 “I had no plans to see you again. I figured that would be the end of it . “He told her. “What changed? “She asked. “I am not sure. Curiosity perhaps. I think I wondered if maybe there might be validity to what you said. I am not really sure. ” She said.

“You suspected that there could be validity? ” Katie asked. ” I began to. It was a very slow process. I tried to explain. It away In my mind. I can be obstinate. “He said. “I can see that. I still love you. ” She said.   He chuckled.

“For a long time there was a battle going on in side me. On the one hand I struggled with the whole word thing. How can. I as an independent fundimental Baptist possibly believe that the lord would use such a vehicle to Advance his will. I really wanted to dive right in. These two views were diametrically opposed to each other. At times it drove me  batty. Sometimes I went back and forth. ” He said. “I have seen some of those Paturns. ” She said. 

 “I loved Seeing you interacting with my family today. It seemed natural. Right.you are part of my family. You are my family.i am not sure I fully realized before today.” He told her. ” She feared herself on his shoulder. 

“I want you to can trust me. I committed to the lord a few years ago.i also committed to who the lord had for me. When I met you I Just knew. You can. Trust me. I know your afraid I will be some kind of leader of the opposition . Part of the consequences of eves action was that there wouldbe constent warfare in the home. I believe that God can heel that. I understand some of the objections you have. I am mindful of that. I hope that we can work on it and though it. ” She said.

“We are going to disagree alot. I guess I am worried that we won’t be able to sort it out. ” He said. “We do disagree on a few things. I respect that you are the spiritual leader of the family. I pledge not to under mine you especially in public. You will be a pastor ,an undershepared. I see my role as your wife as your partner, helper ,suporter and encouragement. I see a public and private role. I believe any disagreement should be  handled in private. We have things to work out. None of them are deal breakers. “He said. 

“I agree with that. Then you will commit to keeping private things private?” He asked. ” I do my life!” She said. ” Marying me means marying into independent fundimental Baptist. That includes our theology customs and history. Are you OK with that ?” He asked. 

“It will take some getting used to.waring dresses or skirts will take some getting used to. No public tongues is another. As long as I can practice it in private it will be fine. I am glad that I can still listen to k love in private. I have switched to KJV . That won’t be a problem. ” She said.

“I had no idea you had switched to kjv!” He said to her. ” I wanted to try it out on my own. ” She said. ” Understanible. As I have said I intend to starting.f.b churches. That means hym singing at home. I might listen to CCM with you on occasion.” He said. ” You will?” She asked. ” I will give it a try. ” He said ” ok! Will you explore my world. Have our world’s merged into one?” She asked. ” Yes. I will!” He said.

“I want to get to know you wharts and all. You have to let me in. I know your private but you can’t be secretive with me. ” She said. ” I will try to be open with you!” He said. ” Try?” She asked. ” I will open up more!” He said. ” OK! ” She said.

” I find it hard to open up. ” He told her. ” I don’t get that. Why are you so private? ” She asked. ” I am not sure. Perhaps because I come from a big family. I am a pastor’s kid and grandkid. I have been the quiet one I. The family.” He said. 

“Your not as confident as you would like people to think. ” She said. “That’s true I guess.” Derrek said. “I knew that. I don’t get it. Your smart ,godly thoughtfully and I sughtfull. ” She said. ” I am still trying to figure you out. You are a complete mystery to me miss Katelyn Madison graves. ” He said.

“How so?” She asked. “Your a life long penticoastal. Your dad and grand kid are penticoastal ministers. Why do you suddenly agree to marry into a Baptist family?” He asked. ” It’s God’s will. That is my reason. ” She said. ” How can you be so sure?” He asked. ” My sprit confirmed it when I first met you. It keeps confirming it. ” She said. “What if you got the wrong person ? What if a guy sitting next to me was the ricepient? ” He asked. “You are ridiculous!”she said. ” I suspected you had a silly side deep down!” She said. ” Not that deep down!” He said. “Now Im scared. ” She said. ” You should be . ” He said.they laughed. 

End of part 12 


Word from the Lord part 11

Katie was nervous and exited . she walked to the door. Derek saw her comming and opened the door to greet her. She smiled when she saw him.
Derrek had already had a busy morning. Rob and Nancy and there kids arrived the day before. Derrek did not get to bed the night before until 11:30. He had lost track of time. He had got up fairly early. His grandparents arrived at 7:00. They lived an hour away. Tom,Denise and there family came around 9:00.between the full house as well as preparations for the meal,the house was a mad house.it was a controlled chaos though.
Despite the chaos,Bryan and Anna Carlson loved it. They both  looked forward to having the family under one rooth again. They loved the sound of activity. They loved being parents and grand parents.
Everyone was catching up. Edna Carlson,The grandmother  saw a car pulling up. “Someone is hear” she said. Derrek had lost track of time. “Oh that’s Katie!”Derek said. “Who is Katie?”his brother Robert asked. His face got beet red .
“She is well I gues my girlfriend. “Derrek answered. “I was unaware that you were seing anyone. “Robert said. ” I was unaware of that myself. I am pleased to hear that. I was starting to suspect that you might have been called to singleness. “His grandfather said. “I felt that the Lord had someone in mind but I did not want to rush it.”he said. He was really nervous.
Derrek went to answer the door. He smiled.she responded with a smile of her own. “Hey kaetels come on in. ” he said.
He opened the door for her. He followed her inside. The house was a buz of activity. It was present sounds. She took off her coat. Derek put it on the coat rack. They walked to the living room. Both were really nervous.
“Grampa,grandma this is katie.” Derek said. Pastor everit Carlson was a long time pastor who pastored several churches over the years. He had retired several times .now he had come out of retirement again to pastor a church.
“This is my grandparents,pastor everit and Edna Carlson. “Derek said.”it’s good to meet you. ” katie said. “It is good to meet you.” Edna said. Katie guesed that everit was probably in his 70s. Perhaps in his mid to late 70s. He was six feet talk. He was not obese but not thin either. He looked imposing. At least to katie. Edna was roughly around the same age as her husband. She seemed very friendly.
Derek then introduced her to his older brother. “This is my oldest brother Robert and his wife Nancy.”he Said. Rob did indeed ware his signature cardigan. He then introduced her to Rob ‘s wife Nancy.
Katie found that she was a bit overwhelmed. There were so many people. She tried to keep her whist about her. She was sure that she could get though this. These would be her in laws after all. She could adjust.
“I was unaware that Derek was seing someone. ” Edna commented.”how long have you been together?” his grandfather asked. “Sense September well infirmormily at first. ” katie said.”I see. Then it is serious? ” Edna aske. They looked at each other. “That was what I thought. ” Edna said.”I gues I knew it would happen eventually. ” Rob said.
“I take it that it has been a while sense Derek has dated someone. “Katie commented. “A very long time. “Tom said. “There is a family joke that he was called to be single.”Rob said. Derek face was as red as it could possibly get. “I never believed that. I was certain that he would someone or someone would find him. ” Anna said. “I thought that as well. ” Edna said.
Dinner was served promptly at noon time. Anna had everyone come to the dining area. Anna put the baby in her high chair everyone sat down.
“Dad will you give the blessing?” Bryan asked. He had Everyone join hands. Derek took Katie ‘s hand.
Katie smiled as she took his hand.at his other side was his brother Peter. She took rebeka’s hand. His grand farther thanked the Lord for his goodness and thanked him for the food.
“How are things going at western bible college? “Pastor Bryan Carlson asked. ” very good. We are having one of our biggest freshman class . we have an increase in the pastoral program as well. Are things going well at fundamental bible colege?” Rob asked. “They are. We have a good size freshman class this year. We have quite a few transfer students as well. ” Derrek said.
” so why dud you chose fundamental Baptist over western ?”katie asked Derrek. ” he was afraid I would be harder on him then the other students. ” Rob said. “He would have. ” Tom said. “I did consider it. I liked the school hear.going to fbc,I could live at home,I could keep my job . I was active in the church and there was the Christian service reqyirement as well. I could keep teaching Sunday school and apprentice under my dad. It made sense to stay hear. ” Derrek said.
“I really wanted him took come to w,b,c but u understood. ” Rob said. “We are very pleased how the Lord is working in your life. “Nancy said.”just stay from Tom at least when it cones to theology. ” Rob said. “I believe the fundamentals of the faith. “Tom said. “” your fine Tom.” Rob said.”I love you too Rob.” Tom said.
“Are you a student Katie?” Edna asked. “Yes I am but not at f.b.c! ” katie answered. “Oh!” Edna said. Tom decided to bail her out by changing the subject. She was quite appreciative.
After everyone helped clear the table, Sarah and Rebecca did the dishes. The guys took out the trash.then they went outside to play flag football. Kathy felt a little out if place. She saw Denise and Nancy talking so she decided to sit next to them.
This was a world she knew nothing about. She felt Like a foreigner. Could she ever belong in this world?
“Can I join you?” katie asked. ” please do” Denise said. Nancy went over and gave her a hug. “Welcome to the family. ” Nancy said. “I am not quite part of the family yet. ” Katie said. “You are part of the family. You definitely fit in. ” Nancy said. ” thank you. ” katie said.
“So your very different. Are you two friends?” katie asked Denise abd Nancy. ” yes we are. The first time I met her, I picked her abd rib up from the airport. Tom told me how struct she was. I was so nervous.”Denise said.
“Rob warned me that Denise would probably become slain in the Sprint several times when we met. ” Nancy said.
” we hit it off almost immediately. Poor Rob did not get a word in edgewise. ” Nancy said .” do you think I wik fit in with the family ?” katie asked. “Absolutely! We are hear for you. ” Nancy said. “Thank you I appreciate that. ” katie said.
Anna came over. ” is dad playing ?” Denise asked. “Yes. I try to tell him that he is not as young as he use to be. The boys have promised to go easy on him.” Anna said . ” they do tend to get into the game. ” Denise said. ” this is a Carlson family thanksgiving tradition. Sence we dint have a television our family improvised. We play it in real life. ” Anna said. ” maybe you should suggest fuzeball!” katie said. ” we have. At least we convinced grandpa to just watch. ” Denise said. “Agreed” Edna said.
“Bryan is starting to realise that he is getting older. ” Anna said .”so us everit. I keep reminding him. He us 77. He is in good heath though. The Lord is good to us.” Edna said.
“I think that the Carlson family is ready for another wedding. ” Denise said. “I agree. No pressure. I am excited about the prospect of another wedding. You will have plenty of prospects for flower girls. ” Nancy said. “I see that. ” she said.
“Have you two disused marriage?” Edna asked. “A little bit. We don’t have a time table or anything. We have talked about it. We both have a couple if years left before we graduate. I would assume sometime after that. ” katie said.
” do you feel called to be a pastor’s wife?” Edna asked. ” I had not really thought about it before I met Derrek. I was open to it. I am excited about it. Derrek has a passion for church planting. It has rubed off on me. I have caught his vision. I am excited to be a partner in this. I do play the piano. I have other gifts and abilities I feel will be an asset to the team.” she said.
“It has been a passion of his for a few years now. “Anna said. ” I think we will make a good team. ” katie said. ” so where Are you a student at?” Edna Said. Katie knew she would have to answer this question eventually. ” I attend a Pentecostal college” she said in a hesitant tone.
“Oh! How did you two meet?” Edna asked. “They met at our church.Tom had been begging Derek to visits .they met at a Saturday night service. ” Denise said.
Katie was really nervous. She wanted Derek grandparents to support this. ” your Pentecostal?” Edna asked. “Yes I am. Derrek is committed to independent fundamental Baptist.  He has made that clear. I believe that he is to be the spiritual leader if the family and I would be fully behind him . ” katie said.
Katie feared that she lost Derek’s grandparents. She feared she could lose the support of Derek’s parents. She believed In honoring ones patents. If his parents did not want them to be together then they should not.
“Katie has demonstrated sprituel growth and good character . we we’re a bit surprised when they began to socialize but we are both very supportive of them. ” Anna Carlson said.
Katie was shocked. Katie was not expecting Derek’s mom to go out on a limb for her.  She hoped that his grandparents would support it.
“So you really like katie?” his grandfather asked Derek.” I do sir!” he said. ” I thought so. ” his grandfather said.  “So which one of us gets to be your best man? ” Rob asked. “I have no ideas . maybe I will let you two figure it out or a game of darts or something. Or I will ask Pete !” he said. They laughed.
Derek had not really took the word serious at first. He figured that katie would fade away as part of his life.that had not been how it was.without his fully being aware if it she had become part of his life. He became more accustomed to get being part of his life. He looked forward to seing her. The anniversary of Jason “s death had been a turning point for him. She forced him to face his loss. He needed to face it . as he was playing football he realized that he was going to Marry her. Not only that he realized that he wanted to.
End of part 11 .

Word from the Lord part ten.

Derek and Katie ‘s relationship had grown by leaps and bounds. Both had become more relient on each other. They grew closer and closer to each other. They began to try to figure out work school and church activities in addition to there relationship.
The fall was becoming winter. Thankgiving was soon approaching . the Carlson were beginning to plan  For the thanksgiving holiday.
” ok grandpa and Grammy Carlson is a go. Rob and Nancy are also a go. ” Anna the mom said. “Rob and  Nancy a red coming?”Derek asked.”yes. I heard from to. Directly. “His dad said. With or without cardigans?” derrek asked.”I did not ask. ” his dad answered. “The cardigans make him look distinguished. ” Anna said. Everyone knew not to contradict there mom. They all knew that he was faithfully serving the Lord.
“Tom and Denise are coming.” Rebecca said. “I am working on searing arrangements. It would be easier if I could seperate Derek and “kaetels” I assume that this is not a possibility ” his 15 year old sister Sarah remarked.
“Wait! You invited kaetels?”Derek asked.  ” she told me that she is not going home for thanksgiving. I figured that you would have invited her. ” his mom said. “I did not want to invite her without permission . I thought maybe you wanted to keep this in the family. ” Derek said.
“Do you not want to invite her? ” Anna asked. “I had not really thought about it. I don’t have an opinion on it either way. “Derrek said.”go invite her!” his dad said.”now?”derrek asked. “Call her before she makes other plans. ” his dad said.
” ok!” Derek said . he took out his phone. He found her name on His call list and pressed the call number. After a few seconds she answered. “Hey kaetels mom wanted me to invite you to thanksgiving with us. Can you come?” he asked.
“Yes!”she Said in a very excited tone. “Great!” Derek said. “Tell her thank you for me. I am feeling kind I of home sick . I am really gratefull. ” Katie said. “Great. I will let mom know. She Sarah and rebbeca are putting together seating arrangements. I hope that we will be seated next to each other but no promises.” he said. “Be extra nice to Sarah until then. ” Katie said. ” I am ways nice. ” Derek said . “would s he agree if I asked her?”Katie asked. ” please don’t!” he said.
After he hung up with her,he gave everyone the news. “Kaetels is in. She was really excited. She was really appreciated. I think she is prety bummed about not being able to go see her y during thanksgiving .” Derek said.
Katie lived five states away from her parents and siblings. It was impractical to go home for thanksgiving only to travail again a month later. She decided to stay hear during thanksgiving and then would go home for Christmast. She felt that it was the right decision but it was still hard. She felt uncharacteristically home sick. She was thrilled when Derek’s family invited her to spend thanksgiving with them.
Derek had mixed feelings about Katie being there. There relationship was new. He was not sure if this was appropriate thus early on. He was not sure how he felt about it.
Katie was so happy about the invitation. She knew that she would see her family on chtistmast but it seemed so far away. She had no idea what to do on thanksgiving before the invitation. Now she had plans. She was excited to get to know his family more and him.
Derek was reluctant to have her come for thanksgiving. He was not ready for her to join his family during holiday gatherings. This meant that she was becoming more of a part of a family. He was not ready for that. This was happening way too fast. He wanted this to slow down a bit. Next year it seemed totally reasonable for her to come for thanksgiving. He would probably press for it. This year was just too soon.
His family was ok with it. They were even pushing it. He decided to go with it. He was a bit nervous about this. Derek was cautious a by ways. He tended to be reserved . it might just be nerves. This was a big change. He might just need time to ajust. It seems things were not going to slow down any time soon.
Derek knew that life moved fast. He knew life was constently moving. Life was about change.Derek knew that he was growing up. He was entering further into adulthood. It was good even though it was hard. Such Is life.
The invitation for Katie to come to the Carlson family thanksgiving had rattled him a bit. He was not sure why at least at first. He soon realise the problem. When he first met Katie, he had dismissed the whole notion of them as a couple. He could not stay away from her.something about her was attractive to him. There was a magnetic force  drawing him to her. He dismissed it at first. Now it hit him. It was becoming more and more real. Could he fully embrace her.
Katie had always been family focused. She was very close to her parents and siblings . when she neared graduation from high school,she was reluctant to go to a college several states away.she even considered attending a community college in her home town. Even though she decided to go to sprit of fire,she was still a home body. She did want to be home during the holiday season.
She had dreaded thanksgiving.now she was excited. It could not come fast enough. Katie woke up ready and Waring to go .she planed o. Coming around 10:30 am. She was excited and nervous all at the sane time. It was a but nerve wracking. She will be around the whole Carlson clan including Derek’s grand parents. She was eagerly anticipating it as well.
She got up that thanksgiving morning. She showered ,got dressed and braided her hair. She then got ready to leave. She got more and more nervous as the time for her to leave got closer. She went to her car. She considered not playing  k love on the way to Derek’s family home.it calmed her.she kept it on. She arrived . there were several cars.
She took a deep breath. She decided to go into the house. She hoped it would go good.
As she walked to the door,she realized that she would never imagine that she would be hear a year ago. Hear she was the daughter of a penticoastal minister and a student a Pentecostal bible school going to her boyfriends family house.that boyfriend a fundimentist ministerial student and the son of a Baptist pastor. She was good with it. She walked to the door. Derek opened the door and welcomed her.
End of part ten

Word from the Lord part nine

It was columbus’ day. While the holiday has become a day without any real meaning. It was hard for the Carlson family. It was the anniversary of one of the hardest days for there family. There were no classes that day. No classes in a way made it worse. He would almost prefer having classes so he would stay busy.
Derek focused on school work. At least he tried to focus on school way. His mind kept wondering. He could not concentrate. He tried everything but nothing worked. He had no idea what to do about it.
It was almost no use trying. He dared not be idle. If he was idle,Everything would flood back. He tried to force himself to focus. He could not.
All of his supresed emotions came back in a fury. He decided to give up trying to focus. His thoughts went in a thousand different directions . try as he did he was not accomplishing anything.
He felt like he had to stay busy. He did not want to have to feel today. He wanted to move on. It seemed he could not.
Then the phone rang .he was not sure he wanted to even look at the phone. He knew who it was by the ringtone. It was the hymm “Pentecostal power”.  He knew it was the girl he called kaetels .he decided to answer the phone.
“Hi Katie!” he said. She could tell that he did not want to talk. “Look I am worried about you dare bear. “She said. “Why?” he asked. “As I was reading the bible and praying . the holly sprit has been laying on my heart to call you. I don’t know why. he has not quit. Are you ok?”she asked . “yea I’m fine!” he answered.
“The holy Sprint made it abudently clear that I need to call you. I am certain that something is up. Your tone is off. You are aloof. What’s up dare? ” she asked. ” I am a little off. I do admit that . I’m ok. Its nothing. ” he said .
“Dare it’s more then being a little off. I know that. What’s wrong? Please tell me?” she said. “I am having trouble concentrating!”he said.
“What’s causing this ?” Katie asked.”a bunch of things. ” he said.she could tell that he did not want to talk about it. She suspected deep down that he really did want to talk about it. He was itching to discus it but he held back for whatever reason.
“Derrek what’s going on? I know something is bothering you. The holly sprit would not stop prompting me to call you. Your going to have to tell me eventually. I am hear for you. I am your best friend. ” she said.
“Ok! Today makes five years sense my brother Jason was killed in a car accident. For some reason this year is proving harder then then the last few years. I am not sure why. “He said.
“Your mom mentioned Jason. I did not want to pry. I am so sorry Derek. Why don’t I come over!” she said. “Oh I’m ok. I can deal with this. “He said. “You don’t have to. ” she said.
“I would prefer to be alone today. Besides I am really not very chatty. ” he said . “you don’t have to face this alone. My job is to be there for you.let me do my job. We don’t have to talk . we can just sit in silence. I will just be there if you need me. Please let me come over. ” she said.
“I don’t know Kate.I am really not up for visitors. I am a wreck. I would rather you not see me this way. ” he said.
“We have to accept each other as we are warts and all. That’s how it goes. We have to take the good and bad. I am coming over unless you really don’t want me to. ” she said.
“You can come over!” Derek said. “I will be right over.  We don’t have to talk or anything. I just don’t want you to be alone. ” she said .”ok . I. See you in a bit kaetels.” Derek said.
She hoped that it really was ok that she was coming over. She did not want to intrude . she wanted him to know that he could rely on her. She cared for him deeply.
The car arrived at her home. She parked the car. She got out and walked up his steps. He was there to meet her. He opened the door. She hugged him. He held on to her for a few seconds.
They went over to a porch swing. “Mayby I am not as ok as I thought.”Derek admired.”I knew that. ” she told him .she put her arm around him. They did not really engage in physical contact before today.
“You miss him?” she asked . “I do . Jason was a believer. I know he is with the Lord. He and I were very close. He was away at bible college when he died. He was killed in a hit and run. The driver was drunk. Jayse died at the scene. I thought I was over it. Today it has really hit me. I am not sure why!”he said.
“Well your getting older. Your nearing graduation. You are getting closer to venturing out on your own. He does not get to see the person you have become. Your bound to feel that loss. ” she told him.
“I gues I can see that. ” Derek responded. “Christians do not norn as those who have not hope but they do mourn. You miss him. That’s normal. ” she said.
“I know!” he said.”were you too close?” Katie asked. “We were. I was 16 when he died. I was 14 when he went off to bible college. My oldest brother is president of a smal independent bible college. He is very strict and conservative. He is a nice guy but a bit dull. My dad is very conservative but is a lot if fun as well. Mom is every funny as well. Rob is to the right of my dad and the apostle James. Jason was a little less moderate then rob but more conservative then Tom. He could relate to both of them. He encouraged me to go to bible college. At the time I was not interested. Theast thing he ever Said to me was that I had the gift of preaching. I had to use it. Its funny I had forgotten about that. “He said.
She rested her head on his shoulder. “What would Jason have thought of us?” she asked. “Another Pentecostal? What is this? This is the Pentecostal invasion of the family. He would complain but he would like you. He liked Tom’s wife. I wish you could have met him. ” he said.
He started to cry . he faught back the tears. He was very private. He wanted to show strength at all times. “Stop dare! Stop trying to be strong. I am not everyone else. I’m your Katie. Don’t be brave around. Me! This is why I am hear. I am hear to be your help!” she said.
He gave in.  The tears flooded she hugged him. He was not big on physical contact especially this early in there relationship. Right now he did not care. He held on her with all his might. She reciprocated. He allowed all to flow out that  he had been holding back for so long. He decided to throw qoation to the wind. He stoped holding back.
They held on to each either for an extended period of time. “I have held that in for a long time!” he said.”I knew that. Don’t do that! You try to be strong but that’s not really you. Be yourself around me. If you don’t I will kick your but!” she said .”ok!” he Saud. He laughed.
She took her hand. “I want to know you Derek Richard Carlson. You have to let me in. ” she told him.”ok!” he said.
“You say ok but do you really mean it? “She asked. “Will you kick my but if I don’t? ” he asked. “Yes I will.why are you so reluctant to let me get to know you? People say I have the gift of encoregement?I would hate to have this gift and not be able to not use it to encourage my husband.  Let me !”she said.
He wrapped his arms around her. “I want to trust you.I see nothing that would leed me to think I could int. In the short time I have known you you have always proven to be dependable. I do fully trust you.” he said.
“I love you. I am in your side. I am hear for you. ” She said.he started to cry again. “I gues I have been in Shock for a really long time. I had no idea how to express it. ” he said She hugged him. “Your not alone any more. I am not going any where. ” she said.
He wanted to trust her. He was scared. He knew that being married came with responsibilities. Being single ,you only had to be concerned with your own spiritual condition.  A married Christian man had to care for the spritutuel condition of his wife and if he had children , of them as well.
He realized just them that spiritual leadership of the family made him nervous. He had wanted to be married for a while now. He figured it was stil years away. He was slowly coming to the conclusion that katelyn was probably going to be his futur wife . that fact hit him as he was in her arms.
“What?” she asked.”I’m afraid! I gues I have viewed marriage as a concept . I believed it would happen. I do love you. I am just overwhelmed.” he said.
” I can understand that hunnie.it’s a big thing . it’s understandable . it is a big adjustment. ” She said.”I sm sorry I am all over the place today. I probably don’t make a lick of sense. “He said. “Your fine . stop being nervous around me. I won’t judge you. ” she said.
They spent most of the day together. She figured that his family would want some time together as a family. She decided that she would head back to her place before supper.
She went inside to use the bathroom. As she was heading back outside,she saw Derek’s mom. “Can you stay for supper tonight?” she asked “I was not planing to. I figured I would be heading back soon. ” Katie told her.
“Please stay!  Anna Carlson said. “Are you sure? I really don’t want to impose! If you need time as a family I totally understand. ” Katie said.she hugged her.”you are part of our family!  Anna said.
That night Derek’s father gave a blessing before they ate. “Today farther we are crushed but not destroyed. We morn but not as those without hope. You give ans take away but your name is stil blessed. We trust you even when we cannot see. We rejoice in the God of our salvation. We thank for this food as we’ll. Amen ” he said. Then they eat.
End of part nine

Word from the Lord part eight

Katie went to her classes.she then went home changed and headed to Derek’s house. She was nervous about going. She had no idea how to handle all of this. She deeply cared for him. She really liked him. She knew he cared about her. She knew that he was not ready to jump in into this.
Derek went to works then went he for a bit. He changed and got ready to go to class. ” oh Katie is coming to supper tonight. “His dad said.”oh! She is?” Derek asked. “Is that ok?”his mom asked. “Oh yes definitely. ” Derek said. .
It was weird he thought. His family was jumping into all of this. They seemed to be more accepting of this then he was. He found that a bit particular. He kind of forgot about it throughout the afternoon. He remembered as he was heading home.
He tried not to be nervous. He could tell that he was nervous. He was getting more and more nervous. He decided to stay calm. He parked. He saw that Katie was already there.
Katie came to the house. She went inside. “Hi come on in. ” pastor Carlson said.she came in. “I am so glad you could make it!” Anna Carlson said. “Thank you for inviting me. ” Katie said. “We were happy to do it.” the pastor said.
They Sat down. “We are glad that you could come. “Pastor Carlson said. “We have been looking forward to this for a while. We suspect the first of many. ” Anna said.
Derek came in. “Hi !” Katie said. “Hi katels !” he said. He greated his parents and his siblings.
” how was classes?”his dad asked Derek. “Good we had a quiz in old testament servey I got a 98 witch I am very happy about. ” he said. “He told me that he is a very good student but Said he has to worked at it?” She asked.
“Very true but he does work hard. He has really done what he needed to do. He is s good student. “The pastor said.
“I understand that you are putting him to work. You are mentoring him. He goes on visitation and has preached?”she asked. “He has been a real a set.he goes in visitation with me. He has helped me pass put John and rommans.he has Sat in on comite meetings. He has done preaching. He is teaching an adult Sunday school class I am keeping him buisy. “The pastor said.
“I am excited to hear him preach. “She said . “so Are you going to be coming to church Wednesday abd Sunday night?” Anna asked. “For now . probably some day I will switch to hear. I will miss my church.I really enjoy it. I do want to put in more of a presence at gospel Baptist church. ” Katie said.
“You anticipate switching to our church full time?” Anna asked.”Derek and I have not really discuss it but yes. I am thinking that is what I will do. ” Katie said.
“You ok with becoming an independent fundamental Baptist?”Anna Carlson asked. “Oh absolutely. I have committed to that definitely. ” Katie said. “You have no reservations about that?” his sister Rebecca asked. “None! “Katie said.
“We wondered how that would work. ” Anna Carlson said. ” Derek told me the day we met that he was called to start churches in the independent fundamental Baptist tradition. I respect that. ” She said.
“Your not going to try to turn him into a Pentecostal?” his sister Sarah asked. ” no I don’t want to do that. I believe in speaking in tongues. I have not changed my views on it. I respect his and I respect His ministry and any he has in the future. ” Katie said.
Derek was not surprised by this information . he was surprised to hear her say it especially to his family.he knew she was sincere. He knew that she had every intention of doing what she say
It was so surreal. It did not feel real. It was not that long ago that they had met. Neither one knew that that the other had existed.now that had all changed.
“How many years do You have at your college?.Rebecca asked.” two more !” she said. “Same as Derek!”Sarah said. They all laughed. 
After dinner,they were in the living room. Anna was feeding the baby upstairs . Katie and Derek Sat with his farther. ” I gues You probably were not expecting Derek to meet a Pentecostal girl?” Katie asked . “to be honest no. From everything we have seen we believe you two are a good fit. ” the pastor said.
“I definitely think so. ” Katie said .Anna came back stairs. ” the baby is asleep for now!” Anna said. ” do you have brothers and sisters ?” the pastor asked. “I  an older brother an two older sisters. I have three younger brothers and two younger sisters. ” Katie said.
“You have a big family too. ” Sarah said .” my husband and I came from smaller families. I have an older brother and two younger sisters. Denis has two brothers. ” Anna said .” do you want a big family?” Rebecca asked. “I do. ” She said.
Derek was little emberised.he wanted a big family himself . he was afraid his family would think that this was all little nuty. He thought it was a little nuty. He was oppen to it. He thought there was a good chance he would marry her. He stil thought it was just odd how it was coming together.  He never expected any of this.
After a while she decided that she should go. ” I a so glad we got to do This. We will do this again definitely.” Anna said. “I am glad we got to do this as well. Thank you so much for inviting me ” Katie said. “Happy to do it. ” pastor Carlson said. Anna hugged Katie . Anna hugged rebbeca and Sarah.she shock the pastor’s hand
Derek and Katie  had not engaged in any physical contact. No hand holding , no hugging nothing. He opened the door for her. They walked outside.
“So I really thought your name was Katherine . I had no idea that your full name is katelin. It seams that no one calls you Katie at your school.” he said. ” I thought it was cute. I want to be Katie to you ” she said.
“Everyone calls you Katie at church !” he said “that’s fine . I will be Katie in Baptist world.” she said .”ok. ” He said.
“I like this world. I like your world. I really like your family. I can do this. ” she said. “Well you have a good night . ” he said. “Thank you. ” she said .
End of part eight