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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 matied.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 afywr 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. 

Words of faith part three

Brad and elizebeth parents had aranged for them to be maried. They had got off to a rocky start.could they made it work?

They fell asleep on Saturday night. Brad woke up. He found that he was beyond the point of falling back to sleep. He tried to get out of bed without waking her up. It failed.

“Hey! Where are you going?” she asked. “I was going to go for a walk. I used to go hear often in vacation as a kid. I gues i want to relive my childhood a bit. “He told her.

“Can i come with you?”she asked. ” of course. “He said.they got up. They got dressed. He beleved that ladies should wear skirts or dresses.she rarely wore dresses ir skirt.she brought one dress.she wore a green t shirt and jeens and flip flops. 

They started to walk outside the cabin. Neither one was sure was sure who took whose hand.they both looked at eachother. They smiled.  

” so you used to come hear as a child”she asked.  “I am prety sure i came hear while i was still in the womb.  It was a favorate place of everyone in my family.”he said.

“It is a beautiful spot.”she said ” it really is. Do you like going in a canoe? “He asked. “I love going out in the  watter. “She said.”want to rent a canoe tomorrow?  He asked. “Sounds great.”she said.

“I though we could play paint ball as well.  “He said. She chuckled.” i get to schoot you with paint?”she asked. “Well you have to get to me first. My evasive tactics are legendary.  ” he said. “We will see about that. “She said. He laughed. ” oh ok!”he said.

“I figured today would be a low key day.  With church in the morning and night i figured that we not do too much.”he said. 

“Yea thats fine.  I assume that we are going to a baptist church?”she asked. “There is a Baptist church not to far from hear. Yes it is independent fundamental Baptist.  “He said. “I assumed as much.”she said.

They walked back to the cabin. “I figured that we would have a light breakfast. Toast and cofee. Tomorrow we can have a bigger breakfast. “He said. “Yea thats fine i understand that we are on a bit of a tight schedule. “She said. “I promise that today will not be indicative of the rest of the week. I do want this to be relaxing week. “He said 

“You dont have a clipboard with a idomized itinerary of what we are doing?”she asked in a playfull tone.”no i dont have a clipboard. Please dont look in the blue bag.no i dobt have a clio bored!”he answered.  She laughed.

” you probably think i am extremly dul!” he said. ” it is not a deal breaker.  “She reaplied. ” ok. ” he said. They both laughed. 

He made the cofee. She made toast. They got ready for church. She put on the only dress she packed with her. It was a black dress with pink and white flowers on it. He wore a suit . 

He took her hand.  They walked to the car. The church was a about 15 minutes away from the campground. The church was a newer church. It had only been around for 15 years. The car parked in the parking lot. 

They walked to the church. “Hello brad. Come without your family? “A man in his thirties asked. “I am my honey moon.”brad said.  “Oh wow.congratulations.  this must be your bride?” he asked. “It is.this is my wife libby elzebeth. “He said. “Im jim noris it is good to meat you”he said. 

They talked to several of the church members before they went to there seats. Some he remembered was from earlier visits,others were new to him.

Libby was laughing. “What?”he asked. “You! You know how many times you introduced me as libby then changed it to elizebeth.  ” she said. 

“I kinda gave you that name. I dont know. You could hate it. “He said. “I like that you came up with a pet naime for me. Its fine. I like it. You can introduce me as libby. ” she said. “Ok!” he said.

“You do know your really silly.  ” she told her.  “Oh ok ” he said. They both laughed. .

The church was not quite what she was used to. Her church had a worship team with a band.they used power point. The church had high tech equipment.  This church did not. They used a piano and organ. The church sang from hymbooks. They did record the messages. She was not use to it. 

She perfered newer music not the old hyims. She found the music time a bit boring. It was quick. The preaching was prety good. 

Afterward they went back to the cabin. He helped her make lunch.  “What did you think of church? “He asked.  “Interesting.  A bit different.  “She said. “I suspected it was. ” he said. “I gues i will have to adjust.  ” she said. ” i know it will be an adjustment.  ” he said. 

They had steak potatoes and vegetables for lunch.after the meal,they decided to take a nap.  

“Your not ashamed of me?” she asked. “No not at all. “He said. “I dont embarrass you?”she asked. “No you dont.do i embariss you?”he asked. “No you are a bit uptight!  “She said. “Me upright no not me! He said. She laughed. He huged her.  She held on to him. 

They went to the same church they did in the morning.  She got used to it a little more. After church they went to the cabin. They roasted marshmellows.

“Ok what are you doing?”she asked.”roasting marshmallow! “He said “you do know your marshmellows is on fire?”she asked.”i love my marshmellows burnt to a crisp. ” he said. “Are you going to put that in a smore?”she asked.  “Of course.  Smores with charred marshmellows are the best.” he said. “I will take your word for it. ” she told her. 

After the marshmellows were roasted, she got out her guitar. “You play the guitar?” he asked. “I do. “She said.

She staetted playing a song he bad never heard before.  She played a song called “mighty to save. “He liked her signing voice.  She had a soft sothing vioce.he found himself transfixed. 

“Your realy a good singer. “He told her. “Thank you.”she said. She played several ccm songs.then she played a cover of street with no naime. Then she played the theme from star trek. “You would know that one! ” he said. “Yes i would.  ” she said. 

“Do you know any hyms?”he asked.she played “i come to the garden alone.  ” he liked just sitting with her. He was quite taken witb her. She caught him smiling. She smiled back. 

They then got ready for bed. “I had a good day today.  ” she told him.”i did too. ” he said.then they went to sleep.  

End of part three. 

Words of faith 

What if the one person who would change your life was the last person you ever expected. What if the love of your life could not be more different. They say birds of a feather flock together . It has also been said that opposite attracts? Could one fall in love with a total opposite? Could you create a life with that person. Could you spend the rest of your life with the person.coukd you be happy? Does it just happen? Is love a choice or does one get zap with the love virus and then they get married and live happily ever after. 

 These are questions that are not easily answered. These are things that are heavily debated. Everyone had different opinions and conclusions on this topic. 

What about aranged mariege. There was a time when mariege were aranged.many times by Perents. Hear is a story of aranged mariege. A story of a buy and a girl brought together by  there Perents. 

Elizabeth was spending time In her Perents garden.she likedto garden. She always had. She wore a blue t shirt and jeans and was barefoot. Her sister came out. “Liz mom and dad want to talk to you. ” Her sister said. She opened the outside door.she walked to the living room. “Hi Lizzy please sit down.”her farther said.

She knew  some thing was up. She had no idea what.she sat down. ” As you know our family believs strongly in the idea  of aranged marriage. “Her mom asked. Yes I do!”she said.she had no idea what they were getting at.Asshe considered it ,it started to come to her. She began to see that she was going on. They had found a husband for her. 

“You see we have found a husband for you. The Perents of a young man has agreed to slow there son to marry you. ” Her mom said. Elizabeth had no idea what she thought of this. As a child she was told that her mate would be chosen  by her Perents. She had accepted it.there was no time table . It was unclear when it would happen.there was always the chance that they would be unable to find a husband. They might not be able to convince the Perents to agree to that. Now they found someone and they have agreed.

Arrangements for the wedding began at once. She was not sure what to think about all of this .She  wanted to give it a chance. She thought that it could be a really good thing. She was close to her Perents.she trusted them. She believed that they had her best interest at heart. She was certain of that. She hoped that they had made a good decision. 

She was told little about her husband to be. She was told that he was a pastor of a church. He was in his mid twenties. She was told that his name was Brad. That was a out it. Her Perents Wanted to her have little Information. That way she could get to know him naturally.

Elizabeth’s family were Christians. They were part of a group that was a little out of the mainstream of Protestant Christianity. . They were part of a branch of penticoastasm called word of faith. It has also been called prosperity gospel. this group has been made popular by Kenneth Hagen,Benny hyin and others. The mane view is that God wants his poeple to be healthy wealthy and wise. If you are not healthy wealthy and wise that you be must be signing. Your sprituel life is based on how prosperous you are. This was not an organized sub denomation.many churches might apply to this group. They went to a church that believed in that view point. 

She was nervous. She was excited too. She did not spend a lot of time thinking about her weeding or mariege,she did not think about it. Now it was not acedemic she was really going to get married. She went to the church and got dressed I. Her weeding dress. It was time. She began to walk to the auditorium. 

She walk down the isle. She saw the man.he had a well groomed beard. He had short brown hair. He was 5.9. she found him to be handsome. She was pleased with his appearance.she did not care a lot about appearance but was happy that he was good looking. It did not really matter but was a plus. She tried to see if she could grasp what he was thinking.she could not. She wished that she was telipathic at least when it came to him. She did not want to read the minds of everyone but wanted to read his mind. That was not possible. 

She smiled at him. He smiled back. He had a warm smile. She was looking forward to actually being able to talk to him. She wanted to be able to interact with them.she wanted to get to know him. She wanted to know who he was. Right now she really did not have a clue who this person was. She wanted to . When she came over to him she offered his hand. He took it. He had warms hands. She squeezed his hand . He squeezed it back.

They went though the vows. At the end the minister pronounced them husband and wife. She Leened In  For the kiss. He kissed her. She found that he was a good kisser. Then the ceremonial part of the wedding was concluded. A reception was to follow the wedding proceeding. He took her hand.

“Hi there. It’s good to finally meet you. I have a voice and face to the name. “She said. ” I know what you mean ! I wondered what you look like. You are very pretty !” He said. He realized that might have been a silly thing to say. She smiled.”thank you. Your quite handsome yourself.”she said. “Thank you!”he said. “It is this to finally meet you!”she said.”I know what you mean. I have so much to tell you. I also have a lot of questions. We will get to  that in due course !” He said. “I know what you mean ! I feel the same way . I have much to tell you. I have a lot of questions.”she said.

Both wanted to be alone together. They wanted to get to know each other. They owed to there family to attend the reception. They would adhere to protocol. They went to the reception area. They would look at each other.she imagined what her life with him would be like. She was not able to get a sense of who he was. He like wise had trouble getting a sense of who she was. It did not feel real yet. After quite a while they said there good byes and were off.they got into the car. 

“Hey you?”she said.”hi Libby hunie I am glad that we can have some alone time.” He said.”  Me too ! Where are we headed?” She asked.”I got a cabin for us. We can do some boating. There is a mini golf course. There is a paint ball place.”he said.”paint ball ooh. I like paint ball. I tend to get carried away.”she said.”duley noted.please don’t go too hard on me!”he said.”no promises but I will try!” She said. They laughed. 

” Do you have any pics of the house?” She asked.”I do.it is a bit modest. ” He said.”is there room for a garden?”she asked.”absolutely! ” He said.”good! I am glad to hear that. “She said. He had old hyms on. She was not a big fan of it.they stoked for gas.”can I take the wheel?”he asked.”sure!”he said. She went Into the driver’s seat. She changed the radio station. She put on a contemporary Christian music station. He was very uncomfortable with the music but did not say anything. 

” So my Perents said you are a pastor?” She asked.”yes I am?” He said.” What kind of church?” She asked.”Baptist why?”he asked.”just curious. ” She said. She never thought that he would be a Baptist minister.She suspected that he was form a traditional Baptist Church. King James Bible,women ware dresses,they sing form hyimbooks and piano and the pastor’s and church members are poor. 

He figured that she would be an independent fundimental Baptist. “What kind of church do you attend?”he asked.” Gadson Christian community Church.” She said.” Oh! ” He said. Gadson was a mega church that believed in a prosperity gospel. The pastor had been a football player who was hired by a religious broadcast comping and decided to start a church. He was well known.For his prosperity gospel and close ties to Todd bentley,Benny him and others linked to property gospel. 

“I was not aware of that. “He said. They both went really quiet. They did not say anything for quite a while. He took the wheel as they got closer. He put a sacred Christian station on. They drove to the cabin..They checked into the room.he did carry her over the threshold but it was not like he planed. She went into the bathroom. She stayed there for a while. Both had no idea what to do. 

End of part one.