Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #87. Today we are reading chapter 32 of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop II” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.” – Colossians 3:18
Monica was quiet on the ride home. Two-day drive, she thought. It took us almost three full days to get here. Jonathan did not even have the decency to consult with me before making such an important decision for a major move. She looked back at Mitch and Jerrilyn in the back seat. Mitch would be four-years-old within a week’s time. He was busy looking out the window counting the passing cars. She wondered what else was going through his curious mind. Jerrilyn would be two in another three months. She was asleep.The children are far too young to be uprooted from their home and from…
“Monica, are you alright? You’re extremely quiet.” Jonathan asked. “Didn’t you enjoy meeting Kirby’s family and the church family?”
Monica nodded and forced a smile.
“They have something going on at that church; the excitement there is contagious,” Jonathan said.
“Yeah,” Monica agreed.
“And to think we’ll be a part of it. I’m proud of how God has been using my friend, Kirby. Yes, ma’am, I am,” he said reaching over to place his hand on hers.
Without thinking, Monica moved her hand away from his.
“What’s eating you up now?” Jonathan asked. Monica did not respond to his question. “This trip could not have been that bad. The Ninth Street Baptist Church family has already adopted us as their own…”
“Maybe adopted you,” Monica sighed.
“Especially Sister Millie and Sister Anise, they were just loving on us, treating us like a king and queen…”
Sister Anise was all up in your face, Monica thought.
“Brother Kirby’s wife, Kristy, was so eager to meet you. You and her should have a lot to talk about; you’re about the same age; our children are about the same age. What are their names again? You’re good at remembering things like that.”
Monica reluctantly gave the children’s names and ages: Karl, 6; Dionne, 4; and Lincoln, 3.
“Oh, so now we’re talking,” Jonathan said sarcastically. “You’re not talking happily, but at least you’re talking. What’s on your mind? I know it’s been a tiring weekend, but that can’t be it.”
“Jonathan,” Monica said, forcing her voice to remain calm and measured, “you told Kirby you would be moving out to Oklahoma to join him on staff as assistant pastor and how excited we were, yet, I do not recall you even asking me if I would be willing to move to Oklahoma or how I felt about joining up with Ninth St. Baptist Church or anything like that. Don’t I even have a say in this?”
“Oh! So that’s what you’re mad about?”
“No, I’m not mad,” Monica said looking him directly in the eye. “You just can’t make such an important decision and not talk with me about it. This move will not affect just you; it will affect the whole family.”
Slowing the car down, Jonathan responded, “Look, Monica, I have mentioned to you on and off about going full time in the ministry — whether starting my own church or taking over someone else’s church or joining up with someone else — we’ve both been praying about it. I mentioned to you that I felt a strong urging to quit my job and join up with the staff at New Mt. Zion — I did that. You have been praying with me about branching out on my own — at least I hope you’ve been praying with me. Have you?”
“No need to be sarcastic. And, yes, I have been praying with you, but when I prayed I was not praying about us moving across state lines. Why couldn’t you accept something close to home?” Monica pursed her lips and turned her attention to the wheat fields that streaked past as they drove.
“So that’s it. You don’t want to leave the comforts of home,” Jonathan said. “Monica, we can get a new home. Now, I’m sorry, but I thought you would be happy for me.”
“Well, you can prove how sorry you are by telling Kirby you cannot accept his offer. I mean, it took us almost three days to drive up there and you never once told me you were thinking about accepting his offer. You lied to me the whole trip,” Monica snapped.
“Lied to you?” Jonathan shook his head. “Now, you know I have never lied to you. In between us praying and asking God for a clear
answer, I told you to prepare to possibly stay. Of course, we would come back to get our belongings. I even spoke the whole trip about the possibilities of us joining up with Kirby. God had not given me a definite answer yet.”
“Well, you chose a fine way to go about letting me know you accepted that position, right in front of them at the dinner table.”
“Well, I must say, you responded well,” Jonathan said.
“I don’t need any compliments now,” Monica snapped. “You’re uprooting this whole family including our two little children.” Mitch had fallen off to sleep hugging his stuffed toys. Monica reached back to gently stroke his cheeks and prop his head up straight.
“Monica, you’ve always told me you would stick with me no matter what. Why the sudden change?”
“Not why the sudden change? Why make such an important decision without consulting me to see how I felt about it? This is a major move, and…”
“And I hope you’ll adjust to it just as Sarah did,” Jonathan said.
“Sarah? Who the hell is Sarah?”
“Sarah. Abraham and Sarah,” Jonathan said.
“You better not start another sermon because I’m not in the mood for it.” Monica folded her arms across her chest.
“Well, I’m going to preach it anyway. You can take a cue from the women of the Bible,” Jonathan said. “Remember when God called Abraham, he did not consult with Sarah, his wife. He just got up in obedience to God, got his whole family together and went. Where he was going, he had no idea. At least we know for sure where we are going.”
“Is God going to make you a great nation next because I can tell you for sure you’re not Abraham and I surely am not Sarah!” Monica said sarcastically.
“Well, I know all that, but I have no doubt that God is going to bless us and we already have two children,” Jonathan chuckled.
“Are you going to tell me next He told you to sacrifice our son?” Monica gave him such an angry look he immediately changed to a more serious disposition.
“I’m certain God won’t go that far,” Jonathan said. “But I do know He has called me to love Him more than I love anyone else and to listen to His voice quicker than I listen to anyone else’s.”
“Seems like you listened rather quickly to Kirby Rollins voice!”
“Look, Monica,” Jonathan said raising his voice, “I am going to say one more thing, then it’s up to you, and that is, I am joining up with Kirby Rollins. You can come with me if you want to and enjoy the blessings from it, or you can be stubborn and not come, but I don’t think God is going to bless that. All I know is, I am going to do what I believe God is leading me to do. You may want to consider Mitch and Jerrilyn as you have the rest of the trip to decide which way you’re going.”
After traveling some distance in silence, Monica reached into her purse and pulled out her cellphone.
“Who are you calling now?”Jonathan asked.
“Mom…and maybe Stacy.”
“Oh, no you’re not. Put that phone up right now. They have no choice in this matter.”
“Try to stop me,” Monica said.
Thank you for joining us for this episode of Whyte House Family stories. You may purchase a copy of this novel and any other Christian fiction books read on this podcast from Amazon.com.
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.