One February evening in 1959, I attended a party for college and career age young people at First Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. There I met a young man who the girls all oohed and aahed over and told me how “hard to get” he was. Later that evening he asked if I had a ride home, and if not, he’d like to take me. I said I’d let him know then left with the girls I’d come with. I figured that was the last of him, but to my surprise he called me a day or so later and asked me out. I accepted and we went to a movie.
We had several more dates, and I discovered just how mismatched we were. He grew up on a farm in Arkansas and went to a high school with less than ten students in the graduating class, and he hadn’t attended college, but had come to Houston to live with an uncle and work. I grew up in Dallas, went to a large high school, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University. In addition we worked for rival utility companies. After three weeks, he told me that he was leaving the next day for a basic training in the army, and I agreed to see him off at the bus station.
He wrote to me weekly, and I wrote back but continued to date other guys. I began to care more and more about him as the weeks and letters went by, but didn’t want to admit it to myself because we were as opposite as two people could be. He returned to Houston in June on furlough and after one date proposed. I said yes without even thinking about it. Then we learned later that both of us had prayed at the same time for the same thing. If we were meant for each other, God would give the answer, and he did.
About Martha: Although Martha’s primary writing experience is in non-fiction, she has been writing fiction for a number of years. She is a retired teacher who enjoys spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Martha is a member of ACFW and writes a weekly devotional for the group.
Her book credits include the novella, Sugar and Grits, Becoming Lucy and Morning for Dove. Also coming in 2010 are Finding Becky and Key to Her Heart in River Walk Christmas anthology. She has also many non-fiction writing credits in compilations by Wayne Holmes, Karen O’Conner, and Debbie White Smith. Martha has contributed devotionals to several anthologies including soon to be released Whispers of Wisdom for Step-Moms from Barbour. Martha served as editor of an eight page monthly newsletter for the writer’s organization, Inspirational Writers Alive! for six years and is the state President. She is also the director for the annual Texas Christian Writer’s Conference.
Martha and her husband live in Houston, Texas where they enjoy spending time with their grandchildren. For more information, visit the author’s Web site at www.MarthaWRogers.com.
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