Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #59. Today we are reading chapter 4 of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop II” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (I Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Pastor Richardson was in the midst of prayer when Brother Montague and Brother Reynolds walked into Sis. Richardson’s hospital room.
“Hey, Brother Montague and Brother Reynolds. Brother Montague, how’s your daughter doing?”
Bro. Montague gave him a quick update. He said, “The doctor told us that she is still unconscious, but they expect her to come out of it soon.” Bro. Montague was startled at the tubes and machines hooked up to Sis. Richardson. Things seemed more serious than Pastor Richardson had led them to believe. But then he had a knack for causing situations to seem less intimidating than what they really were.
“Praise the Lord for the good news regarding Monica,” Pastor Richardson said. “Sis. Richardson is not doing well at all. The doctor is talking about a C-Section quite soon. She has a little under four weeks to go. Her blood pressure keeps fluctuating. This is affecting the baby.” The brothers could tell he was trying hard to hold himself together. “She wants so badly to carry the baby to full-term and to give birth naturally. Brothers, I’m just praying for God’s will. I don’t think He brought us this far to leave us.”
The nurse came in to check the monitors. She replaced the IV, checked the heart monitor and Sis. Richardson’s blood pressure. She also checked the sonogram and other machines hooked up to monitor the baby’s movements and position in the womb. All were within acceptable range, however on the lower end.
The men discussed church business, and after prayer, Bro. Reynolds left to take his family home. Jonathan had not made it to the hospital yet, but was on his way. Bro. Montague left to pick something up for his family to eat. Pastor declined the offer for a meal. “You know I’ve been meaning to go on a personal fast. I think now is the time to begin. I just covet your prayers.”
After everyone left, Pastor Richardson took his wife’s hands in his. He remembered when they first met. She was the student assistant to the Dean of Students at the seminary which they both attended. He had stopped by the office to discuss some financial issues he was having that could possibly hinder him from graduating with his Doctorate in Theology. Each student, no matter his major, was required in his last year to take a two-week-long evangelistic trip overseas to do mission work. Sis. Richardson, or Wanda, was to take that trip for extra credit towards her Masters degree in Early Childhood Education. Seeing he did not have a scheduled appointment with the Dean, he had to wait for him to get off the phone. While waiting, he got to talking with Wanda. They got to know each other better while on the trip, and their relationship continued after they returned. She even helped him with his dissertation paper.
With God’s blessings and the blessings of both their parents and friends, they were married a few months after graduation. He started a church while she worked as a school teacher for a few years before joining him full-time in the ministry. They experienced life’s ups and downs, but God blessed them to have a thriving church with people who loved them. After twenty years, God was fulfilling the last desire of their hearts—to have a child.
Pastor Richardson wondered what God was up to as he prayed: “Dear Father, I really do not think you brought us this far to leave us; frankly, I do not know what You are up to. Strengthen the church family. Oh, God, please bring my wife and child out of this safely. You know how long we have faithfully prayed for a child of our own. Make me strong throughout this time so I can be a pillar for the church family. Lord, You say for us to cast all our cares upon You because You care for us. I cast all my cares upon You even now because I know You care for me. In Jesus Christ’s name, I pray. Amen.”
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Now, dear listener, please know that God—the divine Author of all things—wants to write a great story with your life as well. But first you must give Him the pen by trusting Him with the life He gave you and surrendering your heart to Jesus Christ as Savior. Here is how:
1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
May God bless you until next time.