Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #91. Today we are reading chapter 36 of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop II” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?” – Psalm 77:13
Pastor Richardson and the New Mt. Zion Church family were elated at the new ministry opportunity God had opened up for Jonathan and Monica. Words of encouragement, financial support, and other gifts poured in from the church family.
“This is why I don’t want to leave,” Monica tearfully said to Jonathan on their last night in their old home. “This is tearing me up inside.”
Jonathan hugged her and kissed her on the forehead. “This is hard for me, too, Monica, but I have to look ahead to greater service for the Lord and the greater blessings God has for us—not just for me, but for our family.” Wiping away a tear from her cheek, he continued, “This is where I met you; this is where our first two children were born; this is where I preached my first sermon; and this is where I matured as a young Christian. My Dad always told me as a child, to embrace change and never cling to the past; to always look ahead and move forward. I am just glad you can move forward with me. I love you so much.”
The move to Oklahoma went much smoother than expected. After a three week stay in the church’s guest house, they moved into their own home. “It’s a mansion,” Monica told Stacy. She still had her reservations about moving, but she felt better once she got settled into her beautiful new place.
“We have some stubborn people at our church,” Kristy Rollins said jokingly. She had Monica and the children over to her house while the moving company unloaded the furniture at the Reynolds’ house. “We told them to leave you all alone for about a month so you can get settled in, but trust me, some of the ladies are still going to stop by.”
Monica appreciated Kristy Rollins’ friendly spirit. “I’ve been where you are, Monica. I had to leave familiar ground to join Kirby in planting this church. No sooner had I settled in, and it took me a while to settle down, but no sooner had I settled down and began to feel comfortable being a pastor’s wife, Kirby felt led of the Lord to move to a new building. It was just across town, but it was a move nonetheless. Give it time and you’ll feel at home. Don’t hesitate to call me if you need anything.”
Monica felt as though she had a friend for life and they conversed as though they had known each other for a long time. Even though Kristy Rollins and Monica hit it off immediately, and the Rollins’
young children, Karl, Dionne, and Lincoln, fell in love with her, Monica wondered why she had an uneasy feeling about Kirby Rollins. Maybe in my subconscious mind I am blaming him for uprooting our family, she kept thinking. But something just does not sit well in my spirit about him.
Monica slid the casserole into the oven. She placed the last of the dishes into the dish washer. She glanced at the plaque above the kitchen sink which read, Prayer Changes Things. An old saying, but so true, she thought. Even though she had not done much of the physical moving, she felt exhausted as she was three months away from giving birth to their third child.
“Well, Mitch,” she said to her four-year-old son as she took a seat beside him at the kitchen table, “I thought I wouldn’t have enough to fill up my days as a stay-at-home Mom, but I was wrong.” She frowned as she remembered what brought that about.
“Monica, I know you have big dreams of opening up your own practice some day, but I want you to put that on hold for right now,” Jonathan said to her one evening after supper.
“What are you trying to say?” Monica asked a little surprised.
“I want you to stay home after the baby is born.” Monica was eight months pregnant with Mitch then.
“Stay home? You want me to just throw my degree to the side and stay home? I can’t do that.”
“Sure you can,” Jonathan said.
“I know I’m not hearing you right,” Monica said in disbelief. “I have worked hard for that medical degree. You know how hard I have worked for it. I can’t just throw it away like that. This is what I have always wanted to do. I can’t let it go to waste.”
“Who says it will be going to waste? You–”
“I don’t want to hear it. You just don’t think I can balance being a practicing doctor and a wife and mother all at the same time, do you?” Monica asked. She was getting irritated now, noticing that stern look he sometimes showed on his face whenever they were having a serious conversation in which they did not immediately see eye to eye.
“Monica, I believe you can juggle all three with ease. It’s just that while I was growing up both my parents were always involved in the ministry. My mother was hardly home to welcome me back from school or–”
“Wait a minute. Let’s get something straight now: we will not be producing a blueprint of how you grew up. Your mother and I are two different people; you and I are two different people from our parents. This will not be the Reynolds’ Family two.”
“And neither will it be the Montague Family two,” Jonathan chuckled. “All I am saying is, as a child, I felt like I was neglected not knowing whether or not at least my mother would be available whenever I needed her.”
“Well, both my parents worked and I didn’t feel that way,” Monica said. “I never once felt neglected. I hope you’re not thinking for one minute that I will be neglecting any children we have. Are you?”
“No, Monica. I know how good you are with children. I just want you to be there for our children twenty-four/seven.”
“What about the extra income we’ll be losing?”
“You got it right—extra income. I make enough for us to live comfortably—not extravagantly, but comfortably. On top of that, as you know, God will provide whatever we need.”
Monica pressed her lips tightly together. She was not in the mood to argue. Later that evening she placed a call to her mother.
“What’s so wrong with me working while we raise our children? What’s the use of having a degree if I can’t use it? There is nothing anti-Bible about a wife and a mother working outside the home, is there?”
“True,” her mother said. “But there is something anti-Bible when a wife goes against her husband’s wishes and has a bad attitude about it. If Jonathan does not want you to work and would rather you stay home with the children then it’s best for you to submit and God will bless you for doing so. Like I shared with you when you were getting married, when you obey Jonathan you are obeying God. I know you don’t want to hear that, and I didn’t want to hear it when I was a young wife, and most women don’t want to hear it, however, it is true and it works.”
Monica could not argue with those words. She could not help but smile at her mother’s next words: “Don’t worry. You’ll be applying your doctoring skills taking care of your children’s cuts, bruises and illnesses, including Jonathan’s; he’ll be the biggest baby when it comes to being sick. You’ll be doctoring enough.”
“That’s my mother for you,” Monica said snapping out of her thoughts.
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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.