Previously on holding hands.
While visiting a penticoastal church bible colege student derek carlson meats lexsi graves. At the service the pastor prophesied that they should be married.
She embraced it whole heartily. He had doubts. After a series of indisiveness , lexsi tells him to take some time and decide if he wants this or not. He decides that he does.
He is now ready to begin a new chapter in there relationship. She is woried that he might still have doubts. She is not sure if she should hold back a bit. She really does not want to.
The sunday after they got back together, she went to his house a litle bit before the evening service was to begin. She wore a purple top and black skirt and flip flops. He came out to meet him. He wore a black suit and tie.
His presence always made her smile.today was no different. From the first time she met him,she thought that he was very handsome.
He hugged her. He gave her a light peck on the cheak. “Hi hunie !” she said. “Hey lex! ” he said. ” how was church thus morning?” she asked. “Doing good. I went though exodus for survey class. Morning service dad preached on psalm 22. How was your church? ” he asked. “It was good. The pastor preached on the holy spirit. No penticoastal jokes dere!” she said.
“I would never. Well i might but i will refrain.” he said. “It was realy good.you should listen to it. Its on the web site. ” she said. ” mayby i will. ” he said. She chuckled.
“Ready to walk over to the church?” he asked. “Sure!” she said. He took her hand. ” so your preaching tonight?” she asked. “That is corect. I just have to decide what i am preaching on. Im kidding. I had it all writen on Wednesday. ” he said.
“You usualy have surmon ideas on note cards dont you. You just have to decide which one to go with dont you?” she asked. “You have caught on to my methods? Yes its true. Sometimes i merge several ides into one. ” he said.
“I am excited to hear you preach tonight. ” she said. ” thanks. I always look forward to being able to preach the word. ” he told her.
No one at his church besides his immediate family knew that they had been on a break. They had noticed that they acted differently then they had before.
Now they were back. They enjoyed each other. It was clear and evident. There love for eachother led to love for others. Tonight they were happy. This was clear.
Derrek preached on being restored to a relationship with God folowing a setback. He started with the fall of Adam and eve. He discussed david’s fall and he discussed the return of the captives under Nehemiah and ezra. He discused Romans 8 and first john two. He discused the eternal esate. He discused how we should strive to be closer to the lord as we look froward to one day having christlikeness.
Lexi was taking notes as fast as she could. There was so much hear. She was writing notes copying what he said as well as fast as she could. She also wrote some of her thoughts. She would relisten to it off the website.
The last two weeks had been hard on her. It took a toll on her. Tonight this surmon reminded her why she wanted to marry him. This confirned in her mind his call to ministry and her call to be his wife. Her ministry was inter twined with his.
She knew he worked hard on this. This was on his heart. God has imparted on him wisdom. He was sensitive to the things of the lord. He had Godly wisdom. He felt a burden to impart this to others.
After the service, she went to him. “I realy liked your message. ” she told him. “Praise the lord. It is something i feel strongly about. ” he told her. “I can tell. ” she said.
He talked to various people in the church. Then after everyone had left. He and lexi walked back to his parents house. They sat on the porch as was there custom.
“So what is our time table? ” she asked. “Well i am a jr in college. So are you. This is early november. We probably should complete our college traning. I am thinking the very earliest would be after graduation. The earliest is a year and seven mouths. Somewhere after that. ” he said.
“Ok. Thats sounds reasonable. ” she responded. “Are you ok with that?” he asked. “Well i want to mary you tomorrow. I know we have to have a time of courting. I agree. We need to get to know eachother. We need to go through marriage counseling. Yes. That sounds reasonable. I just wanted to find out where you are. “She said.
“What would your time table look like?” he asked. ” realistically yes. I think sometime after graduation. I would like it be not too long after graduation. I understand it might need to be a bit later. That is a reasonable time frame. I would not want it much beyond two years from now. That i gues is a preference. ” she said.
“I understand that. I definently do. I agree with that. I dont want it to go beyond two years from now. ” he said.
“So what is your time frame for ministry?” she said. “Right now i am an unoficial asistent pastor,youth pastor etc. My dad is mentoting me. I want to start churches. I am not sure if i want to pastor an excisting one first or find an unreached area and start a church. Dad started a church from scratch then did it two more times. I hold a lisence to preach that is renewed every year. I want to become ordained. In independent Baptist you go before an ordination council that consist of pastors curent or retired. The church votes on it baised on thr recommendation of the council. I might want to start a church on behath of gospel baptist. A kind of missionary pastor. We could do it independently as well. ” he said.
“It sounds like you have given it a lot of thought. Would you want to get maried before becoming a pastor? ” he asked. “That is what i am thinking. If not they would be close together. I am open to pastoring an excisting churcg first but i feel called specifically to church planting. I gues my next phase of ministry is getting maried. ” he said.
“Thats sound reasonable. ” she told her. “What are your thoughts on time table of ministry?” he asked. “I agree with you. That is a sound plan. I am glad i know your thinking on this. I am pleased that you have it well planned out. ” she said.
“Are you ok with being a baptist pastor’s wife?” he asked. “I think i am. I think i have the gifts talents and abilities to be an efective pastor’s wife. I sing, i played several instruments including the piano. I have been told i have the gifts of encouragement. I like to desiple. As for being a baptist pastor’s wife i am not sure about that. I have to pratice staying still during a church service. That might take some work. ” she admitted.
He chuckled. ” i dont think i have ever seen you sit still. ” he said.”no you probably have not. I will work on that. ” she said. “Can i watch you work on that?” he asked.
She gently poked him. “Your one to talk dere. You dont dance or raise your hands but you nevet sit still. “She remarked. ” true. ” he said.
“You think i can be a good Baptist pastor’s wife?” she asked. He smiled.”absolutely. You will be an amazing pastor’s wife. ” he said. She smiled. “Thanks. I will definently aspire to that with the help of the holy sprit. ” she said. “I know you will. I have full confidence in that. The lord has begun a good work in you. He will complete it on the day of christ. ” he said.
“I know he will do the same for you. ” she said. ” thank you lex. ” he answered.
He walked her to her car. “Hey i have clases tomorrow morning. You want to stop by hear tomorrow morning before clases?” he asked. “Yea. Sounds great. I will see you then.” she said. He kissed her on the cheak. They hugged. He watched her leave.
Derek and lexi get more involved in each others world.