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The disabled part two

Tim was the son of a pastor. He was being mentored by his dad. He and his dad were sharing in the pastoral duties.  They also shared in the preaching.  They traded off preaching.  On a week that he was preaching,  he met a new family. 

This included ali. She was sweet.  She seemed really nice.  She had caught his eye.  He had no idea if it was a momentary thing. He had no idea if something would come of all this. 

Ali liked tim. He seemed nice. At this point they were just checking out churches. One could not base a decision over what church to attend based on how cute the pastor’s son was. 

She knew that her parents would take Manny things into account before deciding on what church to attend.  Ali knew that even if they ended up going there, that hardly ment that they would persue a relationship. 

She had to remember that there were circumstances she had to consider . she had special needs.  That might impact things between her and tim.

For all she knew , tim might have just been friendly.  It might not have ment anything. Even if it did meen anything, it might be a momentary thing. He might lose interest. She decided to dial her enthusiasm back a bit.

She chided herself.  She sonetimes let her imagination run wild. She certently did that in this instance. 

She tried to keep her feelings to herself.  She tried to not think what she found herself thinking. She tried to move beyound it. 

The mid week service arived. Tonight his dad was conducting the service. Tim tried to not think about ali. For all he knew, she would not be there. He had no information either way.  

After a light dinner,  everyone in yhe family headed over to the church. He helped his dad get ready for the service.  

The swrvice began at six thirty.  People usualy started to flood in from ten off six to right before the church service started.  Sometimes after the service started at times. Tim saw people start to come in.

Tim and his dad greated people as they came in. Then after a time, ali and her family came in. He had wondered if he would see them again. He thoughts there was a good chance that they would come back. He had no evidence definitively rather or not they would come back. 

Hear they were. They had come back. No assurance that they would become full time attenders or members but this was a good start. This was a good first step. 

His dad went over and greated them. He shock there hands.  “Welcome back. It is good to see you. ” his dad said. “It is good to be hear.” ali’s dad said. They engaged in smal talk for a bit. Then the pastor went back to getting ready for the service.

Tim then went over to greet them. “Hi. How is everyone tonight ” tim asked.his dad shock his hand. “We are doing well.how are you tim?” her dad asked. “Doing good. ” he said.

“Thats good. So do you work as well as go to school?” rick larson asked Tim. “Yes i do. I work as an overnight manager at the shop and go gricery store. ” he said.

“You must keep prety buisy?” mrs larson said. “I do. I dont mind.  I like to keep buisy. ” tim said. ” do you fibd time to sleep? ” ali asked. “Not as much sleep as i like but i make it work. ” he said. “We know what that is like. ” ashly said.

“Do you work as well as attend clases?” tim asked ali. “Yes. I work at the public library.  I work three daysys a week so it work.  I can do homework at the same time. ” she said. “You have plenty of reaerch material. ” tim remarked. “Oh i do. “She said. 

After a few minutes he sat down.the service started.  He realy wanted to get to know her more. The more he talked to her, the more he wanted to get to know her more.  He felt a connection to her. He had no idea if she felt that connection.  It might be all in his head. 

They had just met. It might just be first encounter feelings.he had no idea. He knew he did feel something.  He had a feeling it was not a transitory thing but was something that would endure and build on. He realy hoped that that was the case.  

It was still way too early. He probably should not alow his mind to go there. He did never the less. He let his mind wonder. He wondered, could this be the future Mrs watters. He tried to not keep thinking things like that. He still did despite his attempts not to. 

The service started.  His dad started the service off with announcement then he opened in prayer. Ali was glad that they had come back. She was glad to see him.she was glad that she got to talk to him.

She noticed that his dad’s preaching style was very simular to tim. She wondered if tim patterned his preaching after his dad. They seem to have verry similar personalities.  She liked the elder watters preaching,  she really liked Tim’s.  Both did really well.

She was one who paid attention to detail during surmons. She waa an avid note taker. He was preaching on the life of abraham.he preached on the battle of the kings . this was when Abraham rescued lot. She was really focused on the message. 

She felt that she liked the message. She felt that she would be spritualy fed at this church. She knew that her parents had not yet made a final decision rather or not they would attend hear. It seemed promising that they would.  She suspected that this might become there permanent church home. She was starting to hope it would be. 

During the prayer time the men and women split up.  The ladies stayed in the sanctuary.  The men went down in the basement. The two groups split into smaller prayer groups from there.

Tim joined his dad, rick larson and a few others. He liked rick. He seemed like a nice guy. He thought like he would be a great farther in law. That was thoughts for another time. 

After the prayer time,he talked to rick larson. “So, are you adjusting to livng in the area?” he asked rick. “So far. So far i have not had time to notice the area but so fat so good. What i have seen of the area,i like. We lived on a good street. It semms qiet. ” he said. 

“That end of morisville is fairly qiet.”the pastor said. “That seems to be true.”rick said. ” you picked a good neighborhood. ” tim told him. ” thats what i have gathered.” rick said. 

Aftet a while,they went upstairs. The pastor closed the service in prayer. The service was adjurned. Alli realized that she needed a “break” she was going to seek out her mom for help. Tim headed for her. 

Shr tried to keep away from him. At least until she had had her “medicine” . she was able to wisper to her mom. They left the room.

He really hoped to be able to be able to talk yo het before she left.after a few minutes she came back in. She seemed different.  “Hey! How are you?” she asked. “Really good. You?” he asked.”i am doing well.  ” he said.

“Did you have clases today? ” she asked. “This morning.i try to have a light shedule on wendsday becuase the service. ” he said. “Makes sense.  “She said. “Did you have clases today?” he asked. “I have two.  I get out at three. I had plenty of time. ” she said.  “Thats good. ” he said. 

She said her goodbyes. They left. He did really like het. The more he talked to her, the more he liked her. He hoped that she felt the same way. He suspected she did.

They went home form church. She did like him. Right now it was a sinple crush and she knew it. She also knew that it could change. 

She went to see her sister. ” ash! Do you anything i am marriage material? ” ali asked. Ashly saw the hurt in her eyes. Ashly gave her a great big hug. “Of course you are. You will make a great wife!” ashly said. 

“Will anyone give me a chance? ” ali asked. “It might not be as big of an issue as you think it is. Tim seems like a really good guy.  ” Ashley said.” what if he cant get passed it?” she asked. “Give him a chance. You never know until you try. It is a risk. You have to decide what is a bigger risk. What do you fear more.  Risking embarrassment, heartbreak or risking tim slipping away.  What if someone else gets to him? Are you ok with that?” ashley said.

“I wont be able to keep this from him forever.  ” ali said. “He will find out eventually. That is unavoidible. ” ashley said. ” yea. I know your right.” she said. 

Alison was not sure what to do next. She would consider both options. She hoped that he and her did have a chance. She had her doubts. She really wanted it to work out for them. She really did. She was not certin.

If he rejected her,would she be ok with that? She really had bo idea. A part of her really wanted to avoid him. She wanted to run away..she really did not want to do that. She had no idea what she would do. Only time would tell. 

Next up

Ali conaiders rather or not to pursue a relationship with tim. Tim likes her with every time he spends with her. He has no clue about her secreet. 

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The disabled

Tim was the son of the pastor. Tim was being mentored by his farther. He was kind of an asistent pastor. He did some of the preaching. He sat in on deacon’s meetings and he shared in other pastoral duties.  The church liked him and he loved the people at the church. It worked out well. 

He and his dad were taking turns preaching though the book of john. They were both enjoying it quite a bitt. This Sunday was her turn. 

A new family came in to the church that sunday. A husband wife and young adult children. Tim went over. “Hi welcome to gospel Baptist church.i’m tim Walters.  I am the co pastor. My dad is sr pastor but i am in traning to be pastor. I am officiating this week.  ” he said. 

“I am rick larson. This is my wife sandra. This is my daughters ally and ashly. My other daughter are on there own.” he said. “It is really good to meet you. There is a welcome card in the buliton. Please fill it out and get it back to me. “He said. 

Aly and tim’s eyes met. He was trying to in pastor mode right now.  He felt tied to her somehow. He smilled at her and she smiled back. After talking to them for a bit he went up to the podium. 

He got ready to oppen the service to order. He stood up. He gave anouncements then opened the service in prayer. He led the song service. 

She was transfixed by him. She watched him closely. She liked the way he spoke. 

He preached on john four. He preached on the women at the well. He preached on that God wants all to be saved. He preached that the gospel is available to all. He preached that the gospel is for all who believe regard of ethicity or past. He did out bring out true sprit. 

There was a dinner after. Tim sat near the new family. He wanted to get to know ally.  “So what brings you to oir church?” tim.asked rick the larson family patriarch.  “My job. I am an emergency room doctor at Morrison general hospital. We moved from blake. I am taking over the e.r department.  ” he said. 

“I hope i dont need your services any time soon. “Tim said. “I hope not but if you will, i will do my best. From what i have seen, i have a really good team. ” rick said. 

Ally laughed. He liked her laugh. “So are you in college ally?” he asked. “Yes i am taking clases in early childhood education. I am working at the college book store. ” ally said. 

“I am im college as well.i am majoring in english literature.  ” ashly her sister said. Tim knew that as a co pastor,  he should get to know the whole family. He realy wanted to get to know ally. He decided to be friendly.  Ashly seemed very nice.  He was interested in ally. 

“Oh mom i think it is time for my ‘medication’ ” ally said.  “Oh yea i think your right. If you will excuse us.” sandra said. The two got up from the table. 

He was curious what medication she was on. It was none of his bussiness. He respected her privicy. 

She was fairly tall. She was 5.8 . she wore a pink and white dress with flower patterns.  She wore sandles. She and her mom left the room. 

After a few minutes ,she came back to the fellowship hall. They sat down. She was different.  She did not seem as confident as she had been before. He did not understand it. 

“So you probably keep prety buisy. ” tim said. “Yes i do. I like keeping buisy though. I imagine you keep buisy as well. ” she remarked. “Yes i do. I like to keep buisy as well. ” he said. 

“I tell him that it is to give him a taste of what full time ministry is like.  He has done well with it. He has proven good at managing his time. ” his farther the pastor said. “Both ali and ash have done well managing there time. We are proud of them.” ali’s dad said. 

Tim could tell that her parents loved ali and ashly. They were very suportive. Tim always apreciated his parents suport as he traned for ministry. He came to suspect that her parents were just as suportive. He had a feeling that they were a close knit family.  He was glad of that. 

The fastivities at the church was dying down. People started to leave.the hospitality committee started to begin the process of geting the fellowship hall cleaned up. 

“It was really good to meet you. I hope you will give our church a chance. We have a really good group. ” tim said. 

“It was good to meet you. I am glad we got to visit your church today. ” rick said. “It was good to meet you ali.i hope things go well for you with your studies. ” he said. “Thank you. I hope the same for you. ” ali said. Ashly said goodbye to her as well.

In the car. “So what did everyone think of the church?” the father asked.  “I liked it. The people are verry friendly. The preaching seems very sound. ” ali said. 

“The preaching was verry good. I had a good first impreson. ” her mom said.  “So what did you think of the preacher?” ashly asked. Ali blushed a bit. ” he seems really qualified.  He knows his stuff. He seemw very mature for his age. He has a wisdom beyound his years. ” ali said. 

The whole family gave her a bizare look. “What? ” she asked. They laughed. “Does someone have a crush on our pastor in traning?” the farther remarked. Everyone except for ali chuckled. ” why would you say that? He seems like a fine person but that does not meen anything. ” she said. “Ok. ” her dad said. They all laughed.

At home, her mom talked to her privately. “You do kind of like the pastor”s son?” her mom asked. “I bearly know him but he seams nice.  “She said. “You think something could happen between you two?” her mom asked. 

“I doubt it.  I am sure he is at a verry different sprituel level then i am. ” she said. “I am sure he. Strugles like everyone else.  ” her mom said.  “He seems to be sprituely mature.  There is not just that. There is the other issues as well. “She said. 

“You cant use that as an excuse. It is a medical condition.  It is no different then being blind or deaf or lame. ” sandra said.

“It is different.  There is a stigma attached to it. Could he love an invilid?” she asked. “Hunnie! Your hardly an invilid! It may not be as big of a deal as you think it is. ” she tried to assure her daughter. ” i just dont know mom. ” she remarked. 

At his house, tim got grilled by his family. “So ! How do you like the new family?” hia sister marissa asked. “They seem nice. I think that they would make a fine addition to our church.  ” he said.

“Especially a certen member of said family.” his sister Anita commented.  “I am not sure i know what your talking about.  ” tim said. “I think you like alli , i think her name is. ” phil said. 

“I dont know her. We bearly said two words to each other. Having said that i would not minf getting to know her. I will say that. ” he said. 

“I think you like her more then your admiting?” marissa said. “Oh! I am not sure about that. ” he said. His siblings were prery sure. 

Later on in the day he talked to his mom. “I do kind of like her but we did just meet. I should not rush it. I am not sure there is anything there. ” he said. 

“You do want there to be. Your not sure there is. ” she said. “That is true.” he said. “Just see what hapends.” she said.”its posible that i might never see her again. They may decide not to come back.  If that hapends this could all be mute anyways. “He said. “Perhaps. You never know.”she said. “I guess not. “He said.

“Dont assume any way.do take it slow. Dont get so negative.  You dont know whats going to happen so don’t jump the gun either way. “She said. He knew she was right.

That night he headed back to the church. He got ready for the service. His family arived then other church memebers started to arive. He really hoped ali and her family would come.

After a while,he saw ali and her family come in. He tried to hide his excitement. He went over to her. “Hi welcome back. I am glad your hear. “Tim said. “Thanks. I am glad we could make it. ” ali said. 

“So you like this area?” tim asked.”so far. “She said.”well i got to get ready. Agin i am.glad your hear.” he said.

Ashly wispered to ali,”ali and tim siting in a tree”. Ali gave her a dirty look. Ashly laughed. 

Tim opened the service in prayer.  After announcements and hyim singing,he preached on james. His theme was on faith without works. 

She enjoyed his mesege. He got to say goodnight to her but she had to leave. They did not say long. He did get to say good night. He really hoped that they would make this church there home. He had no idea if they would. 

End of part one. 

Next up ali and her family show up for the mid

The proposal part four

Lilly woke up the day before thinking how mundane her life was. Now she woke up,her life was verry different. She was groggy at first. She started to remember. She looked to make sure he was stil there. He was.

“The clock struck midnight and we are stil hear my love!” he told her. She kissed him. ” are you always going to be like this? Romamtic?”she asked.

“I have never thought about myself as romantic. I dont know. I am going to try to be. I want to be. ” he admitted. 

She held on to him. “I am glad your stil hear. I am glad this is not a dream. .i obviously did not think it was but it is still nice to know it is real.” she said. 

“I know what you meen. I woke up and i looked for you. You were still hear. ” he said. She kissed him.”i am still hear!” she said. “Im glad. I truely am.” he told her. 

They got up and had a light breakfast of toast and butter. They had cofee. They showered and got dressed.  They got ready to leave. 

She wore a purple dress and sadles. She braided her hair into a pony tail. She came out.”your verry pretty.  You look nice . ” he said.”you look very handsome yourself. Thank you. ” she said. They hugged and kissed.  

“I did pack my king james bible. I use the bible in common english.” she said. “why am i not suprised? “He said. She laughed. They hand hands and walked to the car. 

He was sutch a gentlemen.  He opened the car door for her.she smilled and thanked him. She got into the car. He held her hand while he drove. The church was only ten minutes from the hotel. 

The car parked in the church parking lot. The two walked out of the car. They walked to the church hand in hand. The usher opened the door for him. The two came in. 

“Hi. I remember you. How are you? Alex right?” the usher said. “Yes. Your ted correct? ” he said. The older man was thriled he remembered his name.lilly soon realized that alex had a really good memory.  She came to apreciate it. 

“This is my wife lilly. ” he said. He said it proudly. Lilly took note of that.he gave them a buliton. They went to a pew. 

“Your from that big family. You live back east. ” the man who sat next to them said. “Yes that true. My family is back home. This is my wife lilly. ” he said.

“Hi i am Richard. This is my wife sandy and my kids, jeremy, Jessica and janessa. “He said. “It is good to meet you. ” she said.

She loved how he was proud when he introduced her. She hoped she lived up to that. He was hoping he could live up to her love for him. 

While she could not understand why he was so crazy for her, he was aslo perplexed.  He could not understand  why she loved him. She did not understand how sweet she was. She did not realize how loving she was. She was so encouraging to him. 

The church people were very friendly.it was a smal church. The music was tradional. Old hyims. At Lilly’s church, the new music director started to introduce new praise and worship and contempeary music. Lilly listened to contenpeary christian music and enjoyed it. She grew up with the old hyims. She knew the words to manny of them. 

She liked the preaching. The pastor seemed eloquint. It gave her a lot to think about. He preached on the importence of prayer. He mentioned key events of prayer. Moses intervention as well as jesus’ lesons on prayer amoung others. She did like the message.  She found it insightful. 

The church had a dinner. They invited them to stay. They agreed. “So i understand your newlyweds? ” the pastor asked. “Yes we are. ” alex asked.” we got maried yesterday.  ” she said. “Congradulations” the pastor wife said. They thanked them. 

“So what are your plans?” a lady asked. “We are going to see the sights. Nearby areas. ” he said. “There is a lot to see in the area. This is a great area. ” the pastor said. “I have never been been in this area. I am excited to see it ” lilly said. “This is a great area for a honymoon. ” the pastor’s wife said. “I realy like it so far. ” lilly said. 

She loved being with other people with him. She loved seing how he interacts with other people. He wanted her in his world.  She could tell that that was the case.  

They left the church and went to the hotel.  “I liked that church. The people were really nice.  I would like more contemporary music.  I know!  Everything else was good. ” she said.

“I always like visiting that church ! I always looked forward to it whenever we came hear for vacation.  ” he said.”everyone was lovely.  ” she said.”we fundies aren’t so bad!” he said. She chuckled. “You got to work on the music though!” she said. 

“These are the great hyims of the faith. It is part of a ritch christian heritage.  ” he said. “Why cant we have new music? Why cant christians of every generation make there faith there own? Why does music only have to be hyims? ” she asked. “Contenpearmpeary christian music is trying to put Christian lyricks to wordly music. It is offering strange fire. ” he said. 

“John wesly used popular songs of the day.  I dont think that you can prove that the rock beat is evil from scriptire. ” she said.

He parked the car into the lot. He turned off the engine. He opened the door for her. She stepped out. They walked inside hand and hand. She smiled at him.

“I gues we are not going to agree on this one?” he remarked. “We will work on it. Thats ok. We dont have to agree on everything. ” she said. He smiled. “No we dont. ” he said. They went inside the hotel. 

She kicked off her sandles. “Can we lay down? ” she asked. “Sure! ” he said. They went to the bed. She held on to him. He played with her hair. 

“How are you feeling?” he asked. “Ok. Like i said it comes and goes. It flares up if i exert myself. ” she said. He patted her back. “I hate seing you in pain. ” he said. “I get by. ” she said.

He admired her stregth. He liked her resolve.  He appreciated how she handled things. She never complained.  She never winned. He tried to be there for her. 

She loved how responsive he was to her. He really did care. He would do anything for her. She came to know that. 

He always seem to know when she was in pain. Even when she tried to hide it, he knew. He was always there for her. He tried to anticipate her needs before she even knew she had them at times. He usualy did. 

They had a light dinner before the evening service. They went to a different church. It was near the hotel but not as close as the other church was. 

They pulled into the church. “Methodist? ” she asked.”dont get too excited hun. Its a free Methodist.  It is staffed by a pastor who went to the same school i did. ” he said.

She chuckled.  “I am guesing the pastor is a man?” she asked.  “Yes! I wont go there right now! ” he said. She chuckled. “Ok!” she said. 

They walked inside the church. They were greated by an usher. They went inside. “Hello. Is your family hear?” the pastor asked. “Not this time. This is my wife lilly. ” he said.

“You and leah did not get maried?” he asked. Lilly tried not to gulp. She was suprised by that questione. “No. God closed that door. He opened this door. ” he said. “It is good to meet you lilly.” he said. 

The church was much similar to what she was used to. The pastor wore the traduotional vestiments. She liked the church. 

After they headed back to the hotel. They went to the hotel restaurant.  They had a bigger dinner. 

“It is going to take a long time to adjust to people who know you and Leah.  I know i should not be jellous. ” she said. 

“In a short amount of time people will know alex and lilly. ” he said. “I know.”she said. “I know that it wont be easy at first. A lot of people were used to myself and my former fiancée as a couple.  Like i said yesterday , i am so sorry i did not wait for you. I know that you and i are ment to be. I have no doubt in my mind the lord brought us together.  Give it time. That wil pass. I am sorry that there will be some awkdwardness. It is unfair. ” he told her.   

“Ok. I am sure you are right. I did not get meen to ruin dinner.  ” she said. “You can always come to me with concerns. You did not. I want you to feel sicure in our marriage and with me. ” he said.

She smilled. “I do. I just felt i needed to bring it up. ” she told him. “I understand.  ” he said.

They went back to there room.  “Whats the plan for tomorrow? ” she asked.  “I thought that we would drive around. See some sights. ” he said. “Cool i love road trips. I assume this includes the largest ball of twine in ohio?”she asked. “Yes. I really want to see this.  ” he said.”ok i wont deprive you of your life long ambition. I am kind of looking froward to it myself.not as much as you are. I am looking froward to it. ” she said. 

“We will see other stuf as well. Probaby things that will be more of intetest to you. ” he said. She chuckled.”oh ok. ” she said.

After a while they decided to turn in for the night.  He kissed her goodnight.  They held eaqch other.  They fell asleep. 

End of part four.

Next up

Alex and lilly go on a mini road trip looking around the area near the hotel. 

Words of faith part four

Brad and elizebeth fell asleep in each others arms. They had had a long day. They had tired themselves out.

They woke up the next morning. He looked over to see if she was awake. “Good morning! ” he said.  She smiled. She kissed him.he chuckled like e a school girl. 

“So brad do you eags and backon this morning. Well ! Libby i dont know. I usualy like a light breakfast but i do on ocasion like to have a bigger breakfast. Sense we are on vacation i think that would be nice. ” she said pretending to be him. 

“Were you mocking me ?” he asked. “Yes i was.  I love you babe. Everytime i ask your opinion, i get my full thought process. I am curious what you say if i asked you if you needed to use the facility.  ” she said.

“Well i dont always share my full thought process. There are occasions i find it prudent to explane why i have made a decision. I dont always. I can give a simple answer. “He said.

She lightly hit him with a pillow. “You goofball! ” she said. “To answer your questione. Backon and eags sounds great. ” he said. 

She laughed. “Oh ok. ” she got up. She threw on a bathrobe.  She went to the small magshift kitchin. He had packed a small frying pan. She put it on a cookstove. She greased the pan. She put the backon and eags in the pan. 

He went to the kitchen. He was taken with her. She was attractive but there was more.she was cute. She was silly but she was not imature. She was fun.she was not careless.  She was someone that you wanted to be around. At least he did. 

He kissed her neck while she was cooking.  She gigled. “Your distracting me! I am going to burn the backon. ” she said. “Ok i will stop distracting you. ” he said. 

“I am not sure i believe you. “She said.  “I will back away. I will stay over hear. No temptation. ” he said. “Well i dont want that. Come over hear. I want you close just not distracting. “She said. 

“Ok!” he said.  He came to her. She looked at him. She liked to think that this was there future. She already enjoyed being with him. He was fun. He was quirky.  His humer was dry. It was dead pan. It was also fun. She was starting to get use to his idiosyncrasies. She was not sure if she liked it but was getting used to it. 

He set the table. She put the eags and backon on the table. They held hands as he prayed for the meal. They started to eat. 

“Do i realy do that.  Answer a question with every posibility? “He asked. “Yea you do. Sory babe. I have been maried to you for two days and i have noticed a paturn. ” she said.

“Oh ok. I will work on it. ” he said.  “You don’t have to totaly change your habits. It is nice to have constants. ” she said.

“So do you find it endearing? ” he asked.  “Well! I dont know that i would go that far. It is a constent. “She said. He chuckled. 

“I can accept that. ” he said. She laughed.  After dinner they cleared the table. They washed the first dishess they had dirtied. They then dried off the dishess. 

He read the bible after.  He read in the book of mark. She decided to read mark one as well. After a while they talked it over. 

“Do you really believe that God wants bekevers to be materialy prosperous?” he asked.”why would he not want that. We are kids of the kingdoms. We are joint hairs. He owns a cattle on a thousand hills. Are we not entitled to that? ” she asked.

“In galatiens, we are told that the child of a nobleman is hair to everything.  As a child , he is placed under tutors, teachers, governess etc. We are joint hair’s but as romans 8 says we also are joiny heirs in christ’s suffering. I refer to it as your best life later. In heaven we will be joiny heirs in all christ has. That is not for believers hear in the nasty now and now on earth.  ” he said. 

“You make it sound like there is no advantage to being a belever right now?” she remarked.

“There is. We have the holy sprit who indwell us. We have his help, his comfort,  his interceding. now God may provide material blesing. Many times, material blesing can hinder serving God. Parents not wanting there child to go on the misson field buy him a new car hoping to dissuade him from going for example. ” he said.

“Material blesings canot always be bad. ” she said. “No. It is about focus. It is about priorities. What is it you tresure?Is it the person of the lord jedus Christ or some benefit?  The five thousand fed by our lord did not want him, they did not even want miracles.  They were only interested in being fed. By the end of hid discourse, Manny that had folowed our lord stopped following.  Taking us off our focus is dangerous. ” he said. 

She pondered his words.he had chalenged her thinking. She was not ready to give up her views on prosperity. 

They went to the shower facilites that were on the other side of the campground. They went back to the cabin and got ready for there day. They got dressed. 

They decided to rent a conoe first. Libby was excited. She loved going out on the watter.  It was a lovley day. The sun was out.there was not even so much as one cloud. 

They walked hand in hand to the boat yard. They went to the office and rented a conoe. They were given the paddles by the attendent. They put on the life jackets. They got inside and lunched the boat. 

“I love being out on the watter. It is so peaceful.  ” she said. ” it is a good day for it. ” he said. “Its really is. ” she said. 

She kissed him. “Sorry!  I just always wanted to do that. I wanted to kiss my husband on the lake. I have luterily been planning my wedding sense i was four. Perhaps before. I definently remember planing it at four.” she declared. 

“I bet you played weddings with stuffed animal.” he commented.  ” all the time. My first husband was edie the bear. ” she said. “I hope you prefer me over edie! ” he said. “I dont know.”she said. He laughed. 

They ended up being in the lake for quite a while. They ended up going back to the cabin for a while. They eat sandwiches. They got ready for paint ball. 

They put on black cloths neither one cared about. “I feel like a secret agent.”she said. ” your the cutest secret agent i know. “He said.”be carefull. Looks can be deceiving. ” she declared.  “Oh no. I will definently keep that in mind. “He assured her. She laughed. ” good idea ” she responded.

They joined up with a team that was asembling. They decided to be on different teams.  

They were engaging in a kind of capture the flag like game. Brad and his  unit moved out. He had never wanted to be in the military. If the draft was reinsated, he would serve. That had not happened. He enjoyed paint ball. He liked the adrenaline that came with it. 

There mission was to capture the other team’s flag. They moved out and advanced towards enemy territory.  The staff flaged the two teritories. While he had no interest in real war, he was fine with pretending. 

He kept going with the three other people on his team. They saw a unit wearing the arm band of the other faction. They opened fire. Brad ducked the impact. Brad hit back at the ‘enemy’. 

They then advanced. Brad was stil in the game. Outof no where ,libby hit him. He was down. She gigled. “You got me!” he said. ” i did. ” she said.

They played several other rounds. After a while they were both tires out. The other players told them they enjoyed playing with them. 

“Good game. ” one of the players said.”you too tim.” brad said. “So are you maried?”a player named amy asked. “We are.” brad said smiling. “Newlyweds? ” Tim asked.  They smiled and said yes. 

They said there goodbyes.  “That was fun.” she said. “It definently was. Would you do it again?” he asked. “Absolutly.” he answered. They walked hand in hand and went back to the cabin. 

They changed cloths . they laid down for a bit. They just relaxed. “Do you think we will get out of the hony moon stage?” Libby asked. “I hope not. I love this. I love our bantering. I love the comrady. Our partnership. I hope that that does not change. ” he said. “I know what you meen. I love it too. I never not want to feel like this. I dont want to have unreel expectations. I dont know how to not lose it. I know it hapends. ” libby said.

He played with her hair. “I dont know what i am doing. I dont know how to not lose it. I gues we have to work at it. It will take hard work.” he said.”your right.” she said. 

She rested her head on his soulders. She nuzled up to him. She loved to be in his arms..she loved to be held by him. 

He grilled hot dogs on the grill. They eat on a picnic table near the cabin.libby knew that she was falling for him. She was shocked. She was not expecting any of this. The first night she felt trapped. She did not feel that way any more. Was this real? Was this all emotion? Was there substence? She hoped that there was. She had no idea if this would or could last.she knew she wanted it too. 

“What was your first impreson of me?”she asked.  “I thought that you seemed shy ,a bit reserve. ” he said.”i could see that. Were you disipointed when you found out that i was from a different doctrinal background then you are?” she asked.

She saw pain in his face as he answered.  “A little bit at furst. I was surprised. When you went into the bathroom , i felt that the lord had brought us together.  I had no idea what to do. I did not know how to talk to you. That was when i felt that you were suposed to be my wife. That was when i wanted to embrace you. ” he told her. 

“So what was your first impresson of me?” he asked her. “You seemed serious. You seemed somber, sober. You also seemed nice. You were kind of cute. ” she said.

“Only kinda?” he asked.  She laughed. “Well…” she answered. ” were you disappointed that i am a independent fundimental Baptist?  “He asked. 

“I was at first.  Thus i went to the bathroom. When i calmed down, i realized that i had not given you a chance. I really wanted to. Then i came out. ” she said. 

“I am glad you did. ” he said. “I was woried that you would be mad at me.you were so gentle. That was when i decided to really give you a chance. ” she said. He hugged her and they kissed.

“Are you going to play your guitar tonight? ” he asked. “Do you want me to?” she asked. “I do. ” he said. “I only know mosty ccm and secular. ” she said. “Thats fine.” he said. 

She took out her gutar. “Any request?” she asked. “How about the one you played last night? Mighty to save i think it is. ” he said. “Ok!” she said.

She played mighty to save. He sung along . she played oceans by hilsong.she played “oh how he loves”.she played forgiven by crowder. She played the clasic magesty. He loved her singing voice.  

They roasted mush mellows. Brad chared hers off course.  She teased him incessantly about it.

They went inside and put on a star trek episode on her lap top. They cudled while watching.  He played with her hair. She smiled. She was starting to love there life together.  

After a time they decided to go to sleep. They had been maried for a couple of days but things were happening.  Both were becoming more used to eachother. 

End of part four. 

Next up

Brad shows Libby pictures of the house. Then they go on a small road trip. 

The proposal part three

Lilly’s  day did not go as planned. She never thought she would be maried today. Now she found she was in another sate. She was a maried women. In the car she stared at her ring a bit. She took it all in. It was so sureel. 

The car parked. They got out of the car. They walked hand in hand to the hotel. “So! Does this all end at midnight? Do i go back to scrubing floors and dodging insults by my step sisters. ” she asked.

“So if your Cinderella, does that i am prince charming? ” he asked.  “You wish! I am thinking one of the mice.” she said. “Really? One of the mice?” he asked. “Just kidding!” she said. He chuckled. 

She was so funy. She had an infectious laugh. She was very playfull. She liked to tease and joke around.  

He held the door for her. They walked in. They walked in. They went to the front desk.  “Reservation for Granger.”he said. “Yes. I have you right hear. ” he said. He gave her the room key.

They walked to the car. “I did not not get the honey moon suite  . i just got a rugular room. ” he said. “I dont care about that.  A room is a room. ” she said.

She was not materialistic at all. She wanted to be provided for but that was it. That was all she cared about . he soon learn that she loved suprises but she did not have elaborate taste. She liked to be noticed appreciated and thought of. Mony was not the issue, time was. She discovered early on that alex knew that. They learned early on how to relate to eachother. 

“I am a bit of a cheap scape. I do want this to be special though. ” he said. “I am a main line church minister. My car runs on prayer and chicken wire. I am used to austerity. I am a cheap scape too. I am fine with that.  This is special.  ” she told her. 

They opened up the trunk. They pulled up the suit cases. They brought stuff inside the hotel. They went into the elevator.  

She observed that he was usually calm. He was reserve. He was easy going. He was often at ease.  When they entered the elavator his whole body langrege changed as did his continence.  He was tense. She came to suspect that he did not like elevators.  

She squeezed his hand. “You ok hunnie? ” she asked. “I hate elavators!” he said. She held on to him. 

The door opened.  Almost imidietly he calmed down.  He went back to the alex she had gotten use to. He was calm and surene again. 

They walked to the room. He slid the key card in. The door opened.  “Woa woa. Hold on!” he said. “What? ” she asked. “I got to carry you over the threshold!” he said. She chuckled. 

“Procede!” she declared. He picked her her and caried her inside. He gently laid her on the bed inside.  He then picked up the bags and brought them inside.  He closed the door.

“Hello mrs. Granger!  Excuse me pastor granger. Paster lilly!” he said. She laughed.  “Lilly granger i love it. “She said.  “It has a nice ring to it. ” he said. “It really does.  ” she said.  

She kicked off her flip flops and sat on the bed. “So how are you going to explain this to your parents? “She asked. “I have no idea. I will think of something.  ” he said.

She chuckled. “I am sure you will. It will be fun to watch. ” she said. “I am sure it will be. ” he answered.  They both laughed. 

“They probably wont understand.  I think in time they will accept it. I think they will like you. “He said. “They wont think i am trying to turn there little alex into a liberal? “She asked.

“They might at first. Give them time. I know you will become an important part of the extended family. ” he said.”i will give them time. My dad is going to love you. Mom grew up i.f.b but she is little more moderate then he is. My being a united Methodist empowers her. He feels outnumbered at family dinners. He will be happy to have an ally. He will be thrilled that i maried a fundy. Your personalities are very similar. You two are going to get along famously.  ” she said. 

“I look forward to meeting him and your mom too. ” he told her. ” they are great people. Word of warning when we visit dont eat for a week trust me. You canot leave there house without gwning weight or feeling bloated. They tend to go overbored if they have people over for dinner. They make there guest eat every bite. ” she said. “I will keep that in mind. ” he told her. 

“If you miss a detail of there stories, dont worry you will hear it again and  again.  “She said ” oh ok! I know how that is. I can relate. ” he said. 

He sat down on the bed.  She hugged him. He held on to her. She cried a bit. He held on to her. “Im sory. I dont know why i am weepy all of a suden. I am a flood of emotions right now.  I think body,  mind, sprit, sub conscious is trying to sort this out. “She said.

“Thats fine.  I want to help you in any way i can. ” he said. “I know that. I hold back alot. I dont wear my heart on my sleve. I supress alot. You cwn only supress so much. Eventualy the dam burst i gues.  ” she said.

“You dont have to supress around me.i want to get to know you. ” he said. “Ok. I am glad to hear that. ” she said. “I meen it.” he said. “I know that. I go though phases. Hot, cold happy sad and everywhere in between in a matter of secconds. ” she said 

“I will figure it out. I will ajust accordingly.  ” he told her. ” i gues figuring eachother out is part of being a couple.  “She remarked. ” it is. I know we will figure it out and develop a rhythm.  ” he told her. “I am sure we will. ” she said. 

They were both tried.  It had been a long drive. They just rested in the bed room. They got acquainted as well. 

“Are you hungery?”he asked. “I am kind of hungry. ” she said.”the resturant is oppen 24-7. Do you want to eat in or out?” he asked. ” i would perfer in. I dont want to get dressed again and go out. ” she said. 

“Thats fine. What do you want?” he asked. ” what are you having?” she asked.  “Beckon cheseburger and fries and chips. ” he said. “I will do chiken tenders with a smal salid. “She said.”sure!” he said. 

He picked up the phone and called the kitchen.  ” yes i would like room service. I am in room 110.” he said.  She asked him what he wanted.  “Yes ittem 117 and 114. On 114 a smal salid as well. ” he said.

“The order is in. ” he said. “Thank you hunnie.” she said.  “Of course. No problem.  ” he said. ”

“I stil cant beleve i am in ohio. Im maried. On my honey moon. I am in shock.  ” she said. “I know exactly what you meen?”he said. “I might need you to pinch me. Make sure im not dreaming. I dont meen that literily.” she told her. He laughed. “Oh man! Thats no fun!” he said. She laughed.  

After a while the food arived. The waiter brought in the tray. He paid the man. He gave him a recipt. Then he left. The door closed.

She wore a tank top and shorts. He wore a t shirt and pajama pants. They sat down at a table. He asked her to pray for the meal. She did. They held hands during the prayer. 

He devored his hamburger. “You know if he eat slower,you will feel more full” she said in a teasing tone.”my mom and sisters tell me that all the time.” he admitted. ” i am sure they do.” she told him. 

“How are the tenders?”he asked.”excellent. Your going to have to tell me what you like and dont like. I know you like meat. You like lasagna?”she asked. “I love it!” he said.”you will love myine. We will have left overs for years but you will love it. “She told him.

“I cant wait to try it. ” she said. “I will make you te meat one. I make a vegiterian one but i am thiking i wl stear clear of that in your case.” he said. “That might be wise. “He said.

“I usualy make both for church functions.  ” she said. “I cant wait to try it.”he said. “I will need a list of what you like. I will need to know what you dislike with a passion. ” she said. 

“There is a lot of food that is not my favorate but i will eat it. ” he said. “Thats good to know.  I will warn you if i know you tolerate it,i might make it more often.” she said. “Thanks for the warning.”he said.”consider yourself warned.”she said. They laughed. “I take it your a picky eater.”she remarked.”a bit. Are you going to try to make me less so.”he asked.”oh there is no try. I will succeed. ” she said. They laughed. 

She finished most of her salid. “Wants some of it?” she asked. “Sure! ” he said. He eat some of hers. He ended up finishing hers. They threw away the trash afterwards. 

“I am now officially full. ” she said. “I know exactly what you mean. ” he said. She hugged him. She held on to him for a minute.  He held her tightly. He squeezed her tightly. 

The pain from the stabing came back .”you ok?”he asked.”yea im ok. It comes and goes.”she said. He held on to her. He held her tightly.

They decided to get into bed. He held her. She placed her head near his shoulders.  “So there is a smal baptist church. They meet at 9:00 for Sunday school with the morning service at 10:45. “He said. “Yea thats fine. I am used to being up fairly early on sunday. ” she said. 

“I am too. “He said. “I will be up in plenty of time.” she said. “Oh ok!” he said. 

They talked for a bit then decided to turn in for the night. He turned the light off. She kinda went though the days events.  When she went to bed the night before,she did not anticipate anything much of consequence happening.  She wrote in her journal that she expected a quet and boring day.  Of course that is not what happened.  

She was glad that the day went the way he did. She eventually fell asleep. She slept until norning. 

End of part three.

Next up.

Lilly and kent go to church.  

The return of jimmy carter

George w bush narowly defeated vice president al gore. His first year was tumultuous.  Following attacks on the twin towers, the pentagon and a thawted third attack, the us waged a war on terror. He invaded Afghanistan.  Using the war on terror as a pretext he invaded iraq and overthrew sadem housane.  The war in iraq although scesfull at first went sour and so did the popurity of the president. 

With the unpopularity of the war, the democraric party hopped to capitalize on it. The problem was manny of the up and comers voted for the use of force against iraq. Many wanted someone who had stood against the war in iraq from the beginning. 

In his book,”dude wheres my country”,micheal more sugested running oprah winfrey against w. Winfrey had no interest in runing.  While more kept trying to get Oprah to run. He qietly looked for an alternative.  A friend of his sugested a name that blew his mind.  More lived the idea.  He seemed to be someone who fit the bill. 

More started a movement to draft a man who once had served as president. Jimmy carter served as president from 1977 to 1981. Carter lost to ronald reagen. Carter had focused his post presidency on humiterian and diplomatic work.he had been called a great x president.  

Carter was reluctant to run. Draft carter movement grew in populerity. Former national secuity advisor zivignew brasinski joined the bandwagon. Even henry kissenger joined the fray. Al gore said he should run.

Carter feared it might hurt his legacy. A legacy he worked so hard to build up folowering the defeat in 1980. If he lost he would lose his effectiveness as a global satesman and demicratic party elder. The dnc started urging him to run. 

On april 17, 2003, jimmy carter declared that he was indeed runing for president.  Former vermont governor Howard deen droped out. He endorsed carter. Bill clinton endorsed carter. Clinton pledged the clinton machine to his disposal. 

Dnc chair terry mcalife tried to clear the field . senator john kery wanted to run. He was angery at carter. The demicratic party did not want a masive primary fight.  Kery tried to get the number two slot but the president did not want to tie his hands.

In his book, the triumphent return,  carter said that he had already decided on a short list of vp before he entered.  He wanted either new mexico governor bill richardson, x indiana rep lee hamilton, new Hampshire senator jeen shaheen or wasington senator marea cantwell. He was leening towards richardson.

Kerry who considered by gore in 2000. Manny democrats were mad that kerry voted for the Iraq war. Carter did not want to pick someone who voted for iraq war. He did not want to alienate thr howard deen wing of the party. He feared deen or someone like him might go third party and bush might win by default.

Kerry suspected that carter might just be toying with a run. Kerry thought if he pushed carter, he might drop out.the party tried to qietly convince kerry not to enter the race. Kerry tried to hoped for sec of sate. Carter said that he would consider him for sec of sate. 

In a private meeting, kerry assured kerry that he was running. He asdured him that he was in it to win it. Kerry decided to anounce that he was not running. Kerry knew that he was probably never going to be president.   

Kerry went into a slump. He felt like the legs were kicked out from under him. Kerry beleved he could have gotten the nomination. He believed that even with iraq hqnging around his neck, he could still have won. Kerry knew he was not going to be vp.  The best he could hope for was posibly a cabinent post . 

Senator john Edwards was called bi clinton number two. He had been considered a serious contender. Carter got the endirsement of former governor jim hunt and curent governor mike easly. Edwards hoped for runing mate but he had been eliminated from consideration. Edwards decided to not run for president. Carter promised to do everything he could to get Edwards relected to thr senate.

Dick gaphardt,former house minority leader wanted to run. He had formed an exploratory comitee. He moved closer to runing even as carter got in. Gaphardt decided not to run against carter. He droped out. 

Joe Lieberman had unseated moderate to liberal republican lowel weiker in 1988. He had been an obscure senator. He comdemed bill clinton for his actions but denonced inoeachment. Gore chose him as a runing mate hoping to distence himself from the clinton scandle. Liberman refused to denounce the war in iraq. His platform was fightibg the war on terror better. On April 29th he formerly anounced hid canadacy.

Carter opponents for the nomination were liberman, former congreswomen and ambassador to new zealand carole mosley braun congressman dennis kucinich, and former alasca senator mikr graval. Liberman was careful in his attacks on carter.  He confined it to policy. Carter pushed Liberman to the right. Carter looked like a responsible centrist. A pro carter pac ran an add comparing Liberman with w. The add labeled liberman diet bush. 

While carter feared opposition within the democratic party, the nostly token opposition banefited him. The debates made him look presidential. He looked like a centrist.  President bush apearently told carl rove that “his goose was cooked.” 

Carter won iowa, new Hampshire and was able to wrap up the nomination in record time. By April he had enough deligates to sicure the nomination. He could focus on the general election. 

Carter worked to gain control of the democratic party apparatus.  Carter assembled an elete campagn staff. His v.p canidates tried out on sunday shows and cable tv.

Pols in may of 2004 showed carter with a 60-40 lead over president bush.  No one thought that would hold. Carter aides said that pold would tighten. The war in Iraq continued to sour.  Republican started to fear a landslide defeat for the president.  They also feared it could adversly affect the downticket.  

Some in the republican party qietly looked at replqcing bush on the ticket. There was some presue for him to bow out. Some hoped w might sack dick chaney. Many urged him to offer the vice presidential slot to colin powel. Powel was considering endorsing carter. He had made it clear he would probably not serve as secretary of sate in the second term. Bush made it clear that chaney would be his ruining mate not matter what. 

Brent  scowcroft the former national secuity advisor to george h.w bush endorsed carter. Henry kisinger endorsed carter and along with zibignew brasinki chared the foregn policy arm of the campagn. X new jersy governor tom keen who chared the 911 commission endorsed carter. Christine tod Whitman who had served as e.p.a admibistrator to president george w bush endorsed carter. She headed up carter’s efort to attract miderate and disaffected republican and independents. 

Republican party elders and doners looked into a replacement for the president.  Names like senate mojority leader bill frist, newt gungrich, dan qayle,rudy gulianie, condiliza rice or john Mccain.  Someonr even sugested revruting the elder george bush to run. It was decifed to let bush run. A carter victory would only be a minor setback.  Carter would not be eligible to run in 2008. If bush lost the party could go though a rebuild process.

Senator linkon chafe of road island switched parties to independent.  The republican mojority of 52 seats was ruduced to 51. Senator chuck hagel of nebrasca endorsed carter but continued to caucuses with the republicsns. Ohio governor bob taft endorsed carter.  Taft pledged to do all he could to deliver ohio for carter.

Bush saw his grasp on power sliping away. He was desprate for a way to change the naririve. He made a suprise visit to bagdad. He met with the interem government.  On the same day Iranian president hotamie made a suprise visit to  pyongyang .he met with kim jong ill in what was dubed the kiss seen round the world. Bush”s visit was not even an after thought.  While the visit between the two leaders was a photo op with no agrements it looked bad. New york times front page headline said the axis strikes back. 

During the summer, former president ronald reagen died. This brought attention to the reagen carter election of 1980. While bush was catefull not to politicize the funeral the contrast between the carter and Reagan presidentcy were made. Bush was benefiting indirectly from all of the attention made to the 40th president.

A plane was flying in restricted airspace. The capital and surpreme court building was put on lock down. F-15 were dispatched.  The plane refused to turn back and did not respond. The plane was schot down. There were no survors. As it turns out the plane was transporting kyintucky governor eaenie fkecher to dc for the reagen furneral.  The plane malfunctioned.  The bush administration looked like they had an itchy trigger finger. 

Of course conspiracy theories abounded.  An imqury chared by mitch mcconnel and paul e patten determined that because there was no radio contact while ill advised it was a resonible response. It was publicity president bush did not want.

Carter had rulled out Washington senator marea cantwell. He wanted to consider a female canidate. Jeen shaheen of new hampshire was elected to the senate after the use of force resolution against Iraq was passed. She defeated republican senator bob smith in the 02 midterms.  

He added denis kukinich to hos list of vp nominies and dick gaphardt. Top ades urged him not to pick either. Both were eliminated from considerations. Marcy kaptur of Ohio was vetted but eliminated from consideration.  The short list was whittled down to four.  

This was lee Hamilton of indiana, tenisee governor phil bredeson, Jeen shaheen or bill richardson. Sources have said that richardson was his dream canidate from day one of his decision to run.  

Richardson was hispanic. He had been a congresman. As a congresman he worked as a back chanel and an as hawk representative for president clinton. He had been nominated three times for a nobel peace prize.  He served as un ambassador and then served as energy secretary.  Despite a black mark on his record during an enugy crises, he had redemed himself by becoming a popular governor in new mecico.

If carter won the presidentcy in 04, and was viewed as sucesfull richardson would be a shoe in for the democraric nominstion. This could be a demicratic readuregence not seen sense the time of franklin roosivelt. 

richardson was not void of controversy.  There had been scandals over the years. Nothing too savere.  As enurgy secretary, vermont demictatic senator pat lahy said in a hearing that richardson would never get confirmed to any opounted posistion. There was fears that lahy words might become an add. 

Bredeson was risky. He was not well known outside of tenisee. He was new as governor. It seemed like a regonal ticket. Bredeson did not bring much to the ticket. 

Shaheen might help him in the northeast.  He was leeding in new england except for maine first congressional district and new hampshire. Most believed carter would dominate the north east if not sweep it especialy new england. 

Lee Hamilton looked like a satesman. A catter hamilton ticket would look like adults in the room contrasting the two cowboys in bush and chaney. He was pushed to pick hamilton. Carter incisted on richardson. 

Richardson was reluctent to accept. He was in hie first term as governor. He was pushed by democraric party insiders. He accepted. His pic created buzz. 

The 2004 democratic platform was to work with alies and made the world safe and us respected.  The slogin was safe at home,respected around the world. Carter advocated focusing on targering terorist commandand control and curbing there capibilities.he wanted to focis on terorist groups. He would work tp streghen iraqi home government as he called it.

The convention included democrats and republicans who endorsed carter. Dr. Kisinger gave a key note explaning why we need jimmy carter in the white house. Richardson spoke of minority building the future of the us. It was a hopefull convention. 

Carter curbed much talk of the stolen 2000 election. He said ,that is sosteptember 10th. Carter much to chagrin of some let liberman adress the convention.  Liberman gave a passionate defense of carter and democratic party view of foregn policy. 

Carter led bush after the convention 70 percent to his twenty.  The republican convention was held in September.  The republican attempted a morning again in America convention. It was heldin new york city.  They tried to lunk reagen to bush. This led to an angry response from ron Reagan jr. Aganst the wishes of nancy reagen, ron jr went on any network that would have him advocating for carter.

Bush got the bump he hoped for. After the convention bush and carter were tied . bush tried to look presidential.

The relect bush team try a no drama w strategy.  Bush was photographed being president. Bush tried to potrsy hinself as hard working for the American people.

Carter tried to look like a satesman.he also focused in on his work for habitat for humanity. He reached out to younger voters who were babies or not aluve during his administration.  

Adds criticizing his administration failed. Bush looked meen. He looked petty. Bush changed his strategy. He tried to look calm and resonible. Carter advocated a patcent bill of rights.  Bush convinced speaker livingston and leader frist to pass it. He signed it neutralizing it as a campagn issue. 

The first debate carter was calm, cool and collected.  Bush was on the defensive. Most agree carter won. Richardson performance against fick chany was viwed as lackluster.  Carter is considered to have won the second debate. Bush canceled the third debate and did forums with just him and perspective voters.

On election day, most believed carter had it in the bag. Early in the night carter swept new england and the nottheast. He won georgia, tenisee Alabama.  

Bush took florida, Texas, Oklahoma,  lousiana, Virginia, west va, Indiana. Carter took north Carolina.  Carter swept the west coast.  He took won predictable west coast states like Washington,  oregon and California.  He also wom Nevada,  and Colorado. Bush won the plane states. Carter took michigan, Wisconsin,  pensivania and Iowa with little difficulty.  He won ohio. 

In the end he swept the west and east coast. He made inroads in the south. He did well in the mid west.  He was declared the 44th president at one am.  It was prery clear erlier that he had won.

President bush promised a smouth transistion. He dispatched vp chaney, defense sectratery rumsfeld and condaleza rice to brief carter personaly the next day. Bush asked president elect carter to apount a liasion who would be an emded with bush whitehouse who would act as his reprsentive. He chose former senator chuck robb for that job.

Bush and carter worked closely on the transistion. Bush wrote in his post presidential book that he despiritly wanted a second term but once he lost he was eager to return to private life. 

Could carter have a sucesfull second term? Time would tell.

Notes

I know i will take flack for Ohio gov taft endorsement.taft barly wo. Relection and was unpopular.  His endorsement would stil be a huge deal.

Creating alternative 2014 election.

Alternative history also known as speculative fiction is taking actual events and coming up with a different outcome.  A what if syinerio. Popular one are what if america lost the revolutionary war or what if the south won the cival war. Other syinerios are what if the south won the battle of getysburg or what if normandy invasion failed? Elections are interesting esprcialy congressional.  

The 2014 election was a major event in modern u.s history. It was the last election of the berak obama presidentcy. It was the first election sence the 2013 government shitdown and the 2012 sequester.  There was the rise of isis and an ebola oitbreak and fear. The tea party was heading into its third election. The establishment in the republican party had tried to reassert itself and had succeeded.  

In the real world the republicans gained nine seats. There was three more then they needed to take power. The republican did not lose a single seat. They held on to open seats.  The denocrats only got one new member. That of gary peaters who replaced longtime senator Carl levin of Michigan.  Mitch mconel servived a primary and general election challenge.  Pat roberts of kanas who seemed to be vanerable ended up not being in jeopardy.  Republican kept control of Georgia.  

In alternative history election results are tricky. It is irational to flip every results.  It is unlikly for democrat neils mitchel to upset jim risch in idaho. Probably cam cavaso was not going to win in hawaie. It is best to find probible divation in results. 

Some are very easy to alter.  The easiest is in alasca. In the real time line, dan sulivan beat mqrk begitch 48 to 45. It took recounts begore begitch conceded.  It is quite reasonable that behitch could have won. It would mostlikly be close. Without altering other events begitch wining is concevible. A land slide would not unless Obama had been popular,won Alaska in 12 or mit romney won and was unpopular. I perfer to stick closer to the real events. 

Another easy race to alter is north caeolina. Tom tilis beat kay hegen 48 to 47. Her wining by the same margin is quite conceivable.  Tilis was speaker of the sate house. Even though nc was a purple satw that slightly leened gop, the house acted like it was a deep red sate. Tilis won a close primary chalenge by dr. Grieg branon. Tilis was establishment anf disliked by tea party and glen beck who for the most part endorsed brenon. Had brenon won might have changed the race.  I am keeping things bascaly the same for this template. 

Although Arkansas was real close,mark pryor could have beat tom cotten. Cotten was an architect of the 2013 shutdown along witg ted cruz and mike lee. Arkansas is the hone of bill Clinton and once a democratic stronhold.  In 2008 pryor won unopposed even as arkanas was the bigest win for john mccain. 

It is not hard to imagine mark udal holding on to his srat against Gardner.  In my post i put udal against ken buck. In the real time line the gop holding to stop buck from runing recruted gardner. Buck ran for gardners house seat. Buck ran unsuccessfuly against Michael bannet in 2010. 

While mitch mconel loss to allison lundegrin grimes is possible.  While the sate goes republican in presidential elections, democrats do well in sate wide races. Although mconel pulled though well,it could have gone the orther way. 

Kanas is an interesting one.  Orignally it was a theee eay race between roberts fred duvaul and independent grieg orman. Duval droped out. Orman was the opposition candidate. Orman lost. There are a milion places you could take this. I chose to keep the situation the same up until the results. Moatlikly he would side with the democrats. One canot be totaly sure. 

Montana was a bit of a odd series of occurrences. Long time democratic senator conrad burns accrpted a post ad ambassador to china. There was talk of x governor bryan switzer challenging him. Burns took the job probably conident that it would stay in democratic hands. Swizler decided not to run. Lt governor john walsh was appointed to the seat.  Walsh was implicated in a plagerism scandle. Republican congresman Steve danes ran. The denocrats picked amanda carpenter.

Danes won with little dificulty. I decided to keep burns in the race.instead of danes i picked denny rheburg as a kind of sacrificial canidate. There are manny angles you could persue. 

In gerogia saxby chamblis decided not to run. Multiple republicans ran. Into the end david perdue got the nod. He run with 50 percent of the vote avoiding a runoff with michelle nun daughter of x senator sam nun. I had Michele nun wining with filthy percent of the vote. This seams the most likly alternate to the real time line.  

There are mutiple others. Nun and perdue go to runoff.  Nun and another runing.  Her in a runoff with someone else etc. One i find interesting but did not explore was what if the losiana runoff produced a 51-50 split then nun won georgia ruboff. That would create a 50-50 split .joe biden would break the tie and democrats would rule the senate.  

Loisiana is another intetesting race. In the real race, mary landru was forced into a runof with bill casidy. Casidy won. I chose to keep close to the real events. I had landru win the runoff. 

One could go in orther directions. Lundru could have got 51 percent. She could have faced rob mandes. Mandes was tea party guy but had little suport in lousiana or with republican establishment. 

Iowa could have gone difetently. Senator tom harken could have stayed in the race.  Bruce braily could have won. He was viwed as a favorite until high profile gaffs. In a wave election ernst though impressive would have faced a tough road. Ernst might not have gotten the nomination. 

In the south Carolina special election,tim scot easily won. Had jim demint not left the senate there would be no special election. Had the democrats mounted a serious opisition it could have gone differently. In a wave election, if denocrat vincent sheheen had won the governors race, a canidate could have riden on his coatales. I chose to leave this race as it was in the real timeline. 

Texas,i left the same. I could have had steve stockman beating cornine but i did not. I decided not to have the democrats mount a serious chalenge to him. If wendy davis beat abot in the governors race, there could have been a coat tale. 

Tenisee was a ho hum race in the real universe. Lamer alexander easily won a third term. I saw no reason to alter it. 

In va, mark warnet eaked out a win against ed gilaspe. In this tine line i had Warner win another landslide.  I considered having someone other then gilaspe but decided to keep it as is. I could have had gilaspe win but in a dem wave year it made little sense that blue va would go red. 

In west va ,jay Rockefeller decided not to run. He did it almost imidietly after the 2012 election. This gave republican shelly more capitato time to prepare. The dems chose netali tennet. This could have been competitive but was not reallt. 

Given that west va is a denocratic machine sate ,she could have won.i decided to have tennet win. 

Wyoming,  mike enzi beat liz chaney for the nomination then went on to win the election. I could have chaney won. I decided not to. I decided to keep it as is. 

In a paralel sitution,the results would be fliped. In Minnesota having all franken lose to mike mcfeddon in a dem year made no sense. Having tom udal lose im new hanpshire in my universe made little sense. I considered an upset in oregon. Have monica whitby win in oregon. It seemed ilogical for whitby to win. 

I am not totaly happy with my decision to have scot brown beat shaheen. I kind of wanted to have one surprise. Mayby if someone else chalenged shaheen i might be more happy. 

South decota was a fascinating race. It was an open seat. Former governor mike rounds apeared to be a shoe in to replace democrat tim jonson. Then lary presser steped in as an independent.  Rick weylan a throw away canidate got traction. In my template,  rick wrhland pullef off a victory.  I could have had presser win. Presler said he would join the democrats if elected. 

Oklihoma special election i kept the same. Had coburn not decided to quit there would be no race. I decided not to change it. Had dan borren or x gov brad henry ran it might have turned diffferently. That is too speculative for me. 

I realy think Nebraska  could have gone difetently.  In the real time line ben suess got 60 percent or so. If the democrats were having a good year. Nebraska could have been in play. Sues was a problimetic canidate. Sues could have lost to shane osborn. Osborn could have facef domina. I think that is a resonable flip in an alternative time line. 

I believe jef seasons would win in probly other alternative time line. I just dont see him losing. Jim risch is another one i just dont see losing in 2014.  Chris coons,cory booker, ed marky are senators that i just dont see losing. 

Alternative or specutive history is not an exact science. We are speculating.  This is a guess. There is no way to test these theories.  I dont have acess to a timet from sliders. I love alternative history. It is fun to engage in this kind of speculation.  At least i find it fun. 

The perposal part two. 

Lilly could not beleve all that just happened.one minute she was getting out bed. Then she went for a walk.then she was maried and all her way to her honey moon. It was very sureel. She was happy with her decison. It felt crazy but she was content even excited by the future.

“We are off!”he said in an exciting tone.”cool!”she said. “I have a thousand questions! “Alex told her.”i have a thousand for you.”she answered.”i want to know everything there is to know about you?” he commented. “I want to know everything rverywthing there is to know about you. We have the time.”she said. 

“Look. I am sory i did not wait for you.i suspected my former fiancée was not the one but i tried to push it. I was afraid to be alone.”he said.”you could not have known. I apteciate the sentiment i really do. I have not dated in a while. I am a bit of a workaholic. I wanted to be maried. I figured i would get around to it eventually. “She said. They both laughed. 

“You have not dated in a while?” alex asked. “I think the last time was in colege. Between church and civic events i am really buisy.  It would be difficult to date a parishioner.  The only male under forty is a bit odd. I dont want to date anyone that i know is my civic work because they are unsaved.  It was not a prority. I wanted to be maried but i did not see an urgentcy. Perhaps i figured it would sort itself out. It has. I just did not think it will work itself out in this manor. ” she told him.

“Did you grow up hear?” he asked.”no i grew in pensivania. I went to a seminary not far hear. I was sent to pastor hear. I was glad it was close. I have become rather attached to this area. I was pleased to be assigned hear.i like this town. I love the church and the people. Did you grow up hear? “She asked.

“I did. I grew up in nearby deen. I went to bible colege in Connecticut then came back hear.  I am attending the same church i attended as a kid. I have wanted to be in full time ministry sense i was young. Did you want to be a pastor at a young age?”he asked. 

“Hardly. I grew up in a strict independent fundamental baptist church. I wanted nothing to do with it. I went to colege first as a english major.  One of the teacher was a Methodist minister as well. I went to her church. She took me under her wing.  She encouged me to persue the ministry.  The rest i gues is history. “She said. 

” i see.” he said.  “My parents were a bit detresed that i was training to be a minister and that i was attending a united Methodist church. They were glad i was involved in the church. I never really stoped believing. I was stuborn. I was rebelous. I have finaly put away those childish things.took a while.  My parents say they dont totaly agree with my decison but they see a change in me. We have become a lot closer. ” she said.

“Even if you agree on everything, it is not always easy between parents and children. ” he said. “Are you and your parents close?” she asked. “We are. We are very sinilar in beliefs and how we do things. Sometimes things just seam off. It might just be me. My siblings seem closer. Maybe everyone feel that way ” he said. 

She saw a deference in him as he spoke of his relationship with his family.  She came to realize that he felt isolated from his family. She never quite understood it or why or how the chasism came to be. She was determined to make him always feel like he mattered to her. She wanted him to know he was her family. He was invalible to her. The sadness in his eyes afected her.she never wanted him to feel that way in this new family.  She wanted him to never question his significance with  her. 

“So did you parents help him you though the aftermath of your stabing?”he asked. “They were great. I could not have goten though it without them. I gues i should tell you the story. “She said.

“If you dont want to ,its ok.” he said. “No its fine. A guy who was drunk was trying to attack his x girlfriend. He got the wrong house.  Lukily my neighbor heard ne screming. He was a vet. He schot the man and probably saved my life. I was pro gun control. Not so much now. It was a hard recovery.  The physical and emotional scars renain” she said. He squeezed her hand. 

“Were you a good student?” he asked. “4.0” she said. “I was not a particuly good student in high school.At bible colege i was an A, b student.never got a single c. My school is probably not as hard as you went. I had to work hard but i was pleased.  “He told her. 

“You seem like a very inteligent person. “She said.  “Thank you thats meens alot. I like to learn.  ” he said. “That is evident. ” she answered.  

“So where is that third tatoo?”he asked.she chuckled. “Your stil on that? It is on my thigh. It is a dolphin.  I like dolphin.  I have a stufed dolphin i had as a kid.yes i packed it. “She said.

She showed him one of one shoulder. It was winie the poo.the other was in greek. “I love theology?”he said. “You read greek?”she asked. “A little. I took biblical greek in bible colege. Your a thology nerd?” he asked. She chuckled.”a little! I know about the old testament baning of tatoos.” she said. “I was not going to bring it up” he assured her. ” it was a bit of a contradiction i gues. I dont tell a lot of people i have it. I put it there so i could conceil it. ” she said.  “Your something else! ” he said lauthing.

She loved the way he looked at her. She feared that that would change. Hia fascination with her would wein abait.he would lose that wounder. Onw day she would become mundane to him. She accepted the fact that it would.  It never did. She took notice of that. She was thankfull for that.

After a time they had made it from new hanpshire to Massachusetts.  Then they made it into new york. “Are you ready to stop for something to eat?”he asked. “Yea i am getting kind of hunger!”she answered. “Great!”he said.

They stoped at a resturant off the interstate.  He parked. His phone went off. “Its my mom,i should probably take this!”he told her. “Go for it!”she said. He presed the button. “Hi mom!”he said.

“Dad and i stoped by your house but you were not there. “She said. “I decided to go to Ohio any ways. I am in new york right now.”he said. She smirked but tried to stay silent.. She was enjoying seing him swet. 

“You ok?we are woried about you. “She said. “I am fine mom. “He tried to assure her. “Ok drive carefully. Drink plenty of cofee. Take break if you need to. No land speed records.”she said. “Driking cofee has never been a problem for me. I will. Be carefull. “He said. She said her i love you. He echoed it. He hung up.

She smirked. “Seing you skirm is prety cute. “She said. “She is concerned. I am her oldest. “He said.”dont do anything rash like mary a complete stranger. “She said. “You have never been a stranger. ” he told her. She kissed him. 

They excited the car and went to the resturant. She felt pain.from time to time she experienced pain. The doctor said it would continue. “You ok hunnie?”he asked. “Im fine.just mild discomfort.i have grown used to it.”she said. 

He huggef her. “You don have to be strong. Not around me. You done have to put up a brave front. No fear. I do it too. I understand.its ok. I have got you”he said. She embraced him. Her last boyfriend resented that she had no interest in physical contact. She recisted him at every turn.  With alex she found she craved afection. After a while she was ok. 

“So is there a pool at the hotel?”he asked.”yes.”he said.  He was skidish about the answer. “You dont like swiming?”she asked.”i akmost drowned when i was seven. Ever sence then i have been very skidish about it.”he said.”im sory. We. Can stay towards the shalow end. Please swim with me.”she pleaded.”alright. I will give it a chance.”he said. “We can get get though it together. “She said. 

“It was my fault.  I lost a trinket,a neclace i made in sunday school. I got above my head. I could not get out . i was rescued.  It left an lasting fear.” he said. “Understandible. We can face this fear together. “She said. “Ok!”he said.

“So what is around where we will be?”she said. “There is the bigest ball of yarn excibit 20 minutes from the hotel. “He said.”no! You planed on seing a ball of yarn on your honey moon?”she asked. “”We can skip it if you like?”he asked. “Oh no.i have to see this.i will get our picture taken with it. “She said.”i was just curious. It may not have been the finest decision. “He said.”i am excited to see it. I am going to tease you about it insesently but i am excited about it.”she said.

“There is plenty of tourest stuf around hear. More interesting then the ball of yarn. “He said. “I an sure it will be fine. ” she said.”if you have ideas or things you want to do or see,tell me. I kinow had this planed out. I want this to he something you wil both enjoy and cherish.  “He told her. 

“I know it will be. “She said. This was already something she would always tresue. It was almost magical.  She was astonished by it. 

The meal was great. “Do you want desert?”he asked.”i don want to blow the budget! “She said. He showed her his first meal budet on his phone.”we are good.”he said “i an impresed and terified all at the same time. ” he said.they decided to have chese cake.she thanked him. He paid then they left. 

They stopped at a gass station. “Hey i go this!”she said.”i budgited gass mony!”he said.”i am sure you did. There is no such thing as myine and yours.its ours. I got this.”she said.”please tell me thats a debit card!”he said.”yes i dont believe in credit cards! “She said.”few!” he said. She paid for the gass at the pump. “You are really cute. Odd but cute!”she said.”thank you,i think! “He said.

“Hey can i drive for a bit?”she asked. ,of course! “He said as he gave her the keys.”can i put the radio on?after several hours of the same hym cd i am ready for something different! “She said. “Oh ok!” he said 

She found a station that played contemporary christian music.she sang along. “Your not a fan of ccm are you?” she asked.  “No im not. I perfer the old hymms. “He said. “Are you strict?”she asked.

“Some would see some are my stances as strict i supose. I try to base my views on biblical principles. I believe the bible is the word of God.where the bible is rigid i have to be. Its how you go about it. I try to hold the truth in love. I try to be happy about it. On music i will try to keep an open mind. Where on bible versons i have to hold to king james.on salvation i have to hold to salvation by grace though faith alone. On other things i dont have to be as rigid on. ” he said 

“I do believe in salvation by grace though faith alone. I believe jesus is the only way to salvation. ” she declared. “I was prety sure you did. ” he said. 

“I do enjoy klove and the music on it.i would like to continue to listen to it.” she said. “We will work on this. I think that we can work this out. It will require some ajustment on both of us. We will make it work. ” he said.”i know we will. ” she said. 

They switched off driving. Eventualy they arived at the hotel. They went inside to check in. 

To be continued. 

The proposal part one 

The last post was an intro.  A prologue.  I am calling this one part one.

Saterday morning ,alex got up early.he had trouble sleeping. He knew he had to get some sleep. Lord wiling he would be on the road most of the day. He did finally get to sleep. He got up.

He called his best friend bryan. “Hwy bri what are you up to?”he asked. “I was going to a wedding. .”he said. “Want to go for a drive with me? “He asked. 

He picked up bryan. He came into the pasinger side. “Ok you do realize this is the nutiest thing i have ever heard of.”he said.”i know. I have a peace about not marying april. I dont have a peace about being single. ” he said. 

“I cant beleve i am going along with this. “He said. “Thank you by the way. If this works i will need a witness. “Alex said. ” your welcome. I think.  “He said. He started the car and headed out. 

That morning,lilly got up. She had cofee then read in the bible. After that she decided to go for a walk. She commonly went for walks .she like to clear her head.  

“So how does this work. Are you just going to drive around until you find her?”bryan asked. “Yea. “He said.”how will you know the right one?”he asked.”she will say yes.”alex answered. “What if no one says yes?”bryan asked. “I beleve the right one will.” alex said.”what if she does not?”bryan asked. ” i dont know!” he said.

They did some drivng. He pointed out one.”no thats not her!”he said. He saw another. He said no. He came upon several. He did not feel free to ask them. 

Lily was listening to conptempary christian music station on her phone. She liked to have music on while she walked. 

Alex saw her walking. “Oh my! Thats her!” alex said. “Your sure?”bryan asked.”yea im sure. “He said.he stoped. He roled down the window. Bryan was really nervous.  This could end badly. 

“Hi. ” alex said. Lilly gave a nervous  hello back to her. “Will you mary me?”alex asked. Bryan tried not to visibly cringe. “Excuse me?” she asked.

“Will you mary me?” he asked again. She thought it over. “Is this a real perposal? This is not some radio station prank or something?” she remarked. “No its a real perposal. ” he said.

“Are you a christian?” she asked. “Yes i am a graduate of a bible colege. I am baptist. I am born again. ” he said “oh! I am a united Methodist minister. ” she said. “Oh!” he said. “You still want to mary me?” she asked.”i do. “He answered. 

“I have tatoos. Only three. ” she said. “Thats fine. ” he said. “I was stabed a few years ago. I have some scars. ” she said. “Im so sory to hear that. That is not going to brother me. ” he told her. 

“You realy want to do this?” she asked.”yes i do!” he said. “Yes. The answer is yes. “She said. “Excellent! ” He said.  “Do you want to get maried today?” she asked. “No time like the pressent. ” he said. 

Bryan opened the car door. “I will let you take my seat. ” he said. She wore a green shirt ,gray pants and shoes that revealed that her feet were otherwise bare. Both there heart were racing. 

She got in. “I’m lilly by the way. ” she said. “Im alex. It is so good to meet you. ” he said. “Likewise. ” she said. He huged her. “I assume your thinking justice of the peace?” she asked. “We can hold a church wedding later on. “He suggested.  “Of course. “She said. She ofered him her hand and she took it. 

He started the car. “I should probly tell you that i was engaged. My then fiancée broke off the engagement.  This is not a rebound thing. This has a biblical precedent.  When eliazer found rebecca. ” he said. “Actualy we are not sure that eliazer was the servent who found rebecca. It could have been. I am glad you told me. That does not brother me. “She said. 

“I have a ring from the engagement. If you want a different one later,thats fine. “He said. He showed her the ring.”no. I like this one. “She said. “Ok.”he said. 

“I had a hotel booked in ohio. I stil have the reservations.  ” he said. “Let me call my lay leader. I will have her cover my servives for the next ten days.  ” she said. “Sounds good. Will she mind?”he asked. “No i never take time off. ” she said 

“Hi terry its lilly. Can you cover the next two Sundays and the Tuesday.  I will be out of town. You can. thanks.  No everythings fine. I will explane when i get back.  Thanks. God bless.” she said. 

 “We all set?” he asked. “We are. Lets go get maried!”she said. “Ok!”she said Bryan was shocked by all this. Was this realy hapening? Was his best friend really marying a complete stranger? 

They started to head for the town hall. “You have three tatoos?” he asked. “Yea. One on each arm. T shirt cover it. The third well i will tell you later. ” she said.he chuckled. “I dont have tatoos!” he told her. “Why am i not surprised? ” she said.  

They arived at the town hall. They paid for the mariege lisence. Then they went to see the town clerk who could oficiate marieges. 

“Do you Alex take lilly to be your lawfully wedded wife ?”the clerk asked. “I do.” he answered.”do you lilly take akex to be your lawfully wedded husbend?” the clerk said. “I do”she said. 

“Do you akex promise to love honor and cherish her, ritcher or for pooerer in sickness or in heath till death you part?”he asked. He answered in the afirmitive. 

“Do you promise to love honor and obey in suckness and in health,for richer or poorer till death do you part?” she said yes. 

After the rings were presented. They said there vows. The clerk prononcef them husband and wife.  He told them they could kiss.  He kissed her. 

It felt so sureel. He was shocked. He could not believe that he was really hear. Yet he was. She could hardly beleve all this. One minute she was alone. Then she was maried. She was happy. She knew that she would no longer be alone. 

After they left hand in hand. They walked to the car.  “Congrats mr and mrs granger. ” bryan said. “Lilly granger that has a nice ring to it.”she said ” it definently does.  Are you going to hytginate your name?”he asked. “No i just want to be lilly granger”she said.”dont you meen reverend lilly granger?”he asked.”that too!”she answered. 

They got in. “I have a house. I got land from my grand farther.  ” he said. “I have an apartments. I like it but i would like to move to your place. I have a piano whitch wont be fun to move!  “She said. “We will find a way to move it! ” he assured her. “Ok! Thabks hunie. You play?”he asked. “I do. Mom is a nusic teacher so did not have much of a choice. ” he said. “I know that feeling w. My gram was a music teacher. “She said. 

“I am going to drop off bryan. Then we can go to your house and you can pack!”he said.”i will try to paxk light! “She said.”i have plenty of room. “He said.”do we have time to drop by your place. I want to start making place to change everything!”she remarkes.”yea. Sure. I would love to show it to you.”he told her. “Great!”she said.

“You really going to change everything? “Bryan asked.  “I wont know till i have seen it.”she answered.  They all laughed.”i am very flexible!”he said. “You may not regret saying that al!”bryan said.

They arived at byans house. Bryan said a prayer for them. “Look you two are heading into what may be the most difucult but wonderful days. Dont ever lose the wounder of the lord.”bryan said. Alex and byan hugged.  

Alex got back in. ” want to stop at your place first?”he asked. “Sure sounds good.”she answered. They drove to her apartment.

They went inside.  She took a picture of them at her house. She looked at it. He put his arm around her. “We are going to have quite the stories to tell our kids. “She told him. “Indeed we are.”he said.”you want kids right?”she asked.”i do at least two of each.”he said.”sounds good to me.”she said. 

She went into her bedroom. She took off het shoes and put on flip flops. She packed quickly. She hoped she had everything.  She and him louded the car. “I think i have everything. I never really packed on the fly before.”she said. 

“Ready?”he asked.”hold on. I just want to take all this in for a munute.”she said.”ok sure!”he said.she wraped her arms around him.he reciprocated. He extended his arms around her. Neither one wanted to let go.  “Welcome to my family my love!” he told her. “Welcome to my heart! ” she answered. They kept on embracing each orther. 

“Ok now i am ready.”she said.”ok. Off to my house. Our house.”he said.she smiled. They got inside. The car drove off.  

Theyy drove to his house. “Can i put a garden hear?”she asked. “Of course. This is your place too now. “He said.”i know just where i want to put it. “She said. He showed her inside.she loved it.she already had a milion idears of what she wanted to change. Thrn after a while they got ready to leave.  

He prayed for there drive. Then the car left. “Our jouney begins!”he said.”yes indeed. ” she said. They drone off. 

To be continued.  

The proposal 

Alex beleved from a young age that God wanted him to be in full time christian service.  He wanted to be married. He beleved that the Lord wanted him to be maried. 

He had met who he beleved was perfect. April’s farther had been friends with his father when they were at bible college. Both sets of pattents had pushed for the relationship.  

After they grauduated,he purposed marriege and she accepted. Both families were beyound excited. He had brought a house from mony from his great grandfarthers inheritance. He was still open to whatever the lord had for them to do.he was busy at his local church.  It was an independent fundimental baptist church. 

The time had come. The wedding was sheduled a week later. He noticed something was off. April became more dispondent,more reserve. He asked her about it. She incisted that she was fine. He was not sure. He stil thought that something was up.

All atempts to talk to her failed. He tried to be playful with her but he got nothing back. He was convinced that something was up. He hoped that it could all be worked out. He was not sure. 

He was starting to have doubts about her. He wanted to be maried.he did not want to leave her. He did not want to break up the engagement. 

The Saturday before the weading was to take place, his phone went off.it was april. He answered it. “Hi april.”he said.”um we need to talk. Can i drop by. “She asked. “Yea of course.  ” he answered.  

She pulled in. He went outside to meet her. They had a rule against being alone together inside. He went outside.she excited her car. 

“Whats up? “He asked. “I cant go though with the wedding.  I just cant do it. ” she said.

He was shocked. “What’s going on?”he asked. “I like you. I felt presured by my parents.  This was my dad and your dad’s dream ,not myne. I cannot go though with this.  I am sory to put you though this.  I dont want to be maried to you.”she said.

“Your sure about this? “He asked. “Yes i am totaly sure. I am at peace with my decison. “She said.

“I wish you told me a week before the event. I wish you had talked to me about this. I respect you and your decison. I wish you well. ” he said. 

He shock her hand. She headed to the car.  He did not watch her leave.he went back inside. He closed the door. 

He spent time in prayer. It made no sense. He was sure he was suposed to be married. It was not going to happen. He had no idea why. He did not know what to do now. He was confused and directionless. Everything he had been doing was in preparation for something that was now not going to happen. 

He prayed and read scripture.  He tried to stay stil and calm. He was composed enough to inform his parents.  He dialed the number. “Hello!” his dad said. 

“Dad. Hi. ” he said. “You ok son? You dont sound so good. ” his farther remarked. “Dad. April has called off the wedding.  ” he said. “Well have you tried to change her mind. Perhaps this is just pre wedding jitters. It hapends. ” his dad commented. 

“I feel this is for the best. I am not sure that this union was part of the lord’s perfect will. I believe that this break up might be part of his plan. ” he said.

“You should at least try. Talk to her.things might change. ” his farther said. “I am at peace with this. I am ok with the wedding not happening. ” alex said.

“You can stil save this. You might be able to change her mind. ” he said “a double minded man or women in this case is unstable in all there ways. There ie more going on.i firmly believe that this is not suposed to happen.  I believe i could convince her to resume the wedding preparation.  I am not sure this is what should happen. I do not want to get ahead of the lord. It is unwise to try to open a door that HE had locked.  ” alex told his farther.

“Well. I trust you. I am sad he happened like this. “He said.”yea. I am too. “He admited. After a while he hung up.

Alex went for a walk. He tried to gather his thoughts. He camr home and flew a drone he helped build with his younger brother. He tried to keep busy. 

The next day he did not want to go to church. He knew he should.  He did end up going.hr taught sunday school. He kept to the lesson her had prepared.  He could tell word had gotten out. 

At the sumer service the pastor made an anouncement. “As you know next week we were going to have a wedding.  Surfice it to say the weading has been postponed indefinently. The familes have requested that we keep this private. It was not for reason of sin . please give these families privicy on this “the pastor said. 

Alex wanted to dart out immediately after the service. Once the pastor gave his may the lord bless ,he interpreted this as permission to leave. He got up.

He got the “we are praying for you”and the “if you need anything “.je thanked them. He wanted to just move on. He tried to be cordial even though he did not want to be. He felt like a periah. He felt isolated alone.  He was alone serounded by freinds and family. Although it was not due to sin,he feared people would stil think it was.  

In another church just a few streets away was a young lady. She was the pastor. She had been stabeda few years elier and stil had pain form it.she tried to ignore it. She got though the service.she was well liked by her congregation. She liked them.she felt like something was missing but did not quite know what.

That week, alex tried to focus on work.he worked at a grocery store. He was a front end shift leader. He decided to take the week off as planed. 

That week he tried to stay grounded.going to mid week service was hard. He wanted to be there and knew that he should attend. He felt awkward there. He felt out of place. 

He stil had the reservations for the motel out of sate. He decided to go anyways. He had the moby saved up. It would be good to get away. That friday morning. He was reading in thw bible thw story of Gods rejection of saul. Samuel told saul that he woukd find a man after Gods own heart to replace him. It hit him like a ton of bricks. 

“Oh my! This is the nutiest idea i have ever heard”he thought.  Yet he was really considering it. He decided that he would be maried this saterday. Now he just had to find a wife. 

To be continued.