Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #214. Today we are reading chapter 8 of the novel “The Unspoken Prayer Request” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
Aubrey and Mother Jamison enjoyed a pleasant Sunday meal together. Mother Jamison spent the night at her daughter’s house. It was around two o’ clock in the afternoon on Monday as Mother Jamison was preparing to leave when the phone rang. It was Katrina Bervoski Interior Design Company. They wanted Aubrey to begin work on Wednesday.
“Yes!” Aubrey shouted. “Mother, this is the job interview I went in for over three weeks ago. I thought for sure they had hired someone else. Now, I won’t have to sit here moping all day. With the experience I’ll get there, after about a year, if not sooner, I’ll be launching out on my own.”
“See, God still answers prayer,” her mother said rejoicing with her.
That night Jamaal called to ‘check up on her.’ She told him the good news. “That’s good,” he replied in a monotone, nonchalant voice. “Mo’ money in my pocket,” he said. Yeah, right, Aubrey thought, rolling her eyes.
Starting on Wednesday would give her time to heal and to find the appropriate make-up to cover any remaining scars. She called her friend, Simone, to share the good news with her. “Come with me on Tuesday to buy some make-up.” Simone knew nothing of the abuse that had been taking place. However, as they drove to the store, Aubrey felt obligated to explain the still lingering scar on her forehead.
“Goodness, Aubrey, why do you stay in the marriage? I told Kelvin if he ever hits me I’d get a gun and blow his brains out. Of course we’re not married, but I served notice upfront. And I mean that thing,” Simone said without a smile.
“Please do not give me any ideas,” Aubrey said with a smile. “You two are not married so it’s a different ballgame. You can both walk out on each other any time. For me, it’s not that easy. Something takes place when you get married.”
“Really?” Simone asked skeptically.
“Mother says some kind of bond takes place when two people take the marriage vow. I’ve thought about leaving and just getting a divorce, but it has not been easy to follow through. I walked out twice before, but something kept pulling me back. Mother says it’s that vow I made on our wedding day.”
Simone nodded her head.
“Plus,” continued Aubrey, “it’s just not in my heart to get a divorce. I just believe marriage is for keeps.”
“Yes, if you can keep your life in the process,” Simone said. “But, seriously, Aubrey, call me if you need anything. And I mean it.”
Aubrey’s first day on the job went well. She enjoyed herself tremendously. Jamaal had turned up early Wednesday morning to ‘take her to work,’ even though she had her own car. “Just want to make sure you got there safely,” he told her.
Yeah, right, Aubrey thought. Of course, she knew differently.
That following Sunday, Aubrey was in church. She left Jamaal asleep in the game room. They hardly ever slept together anymore. He was upset when she returned even though she did let him know the previous night that she would be going to the church around the corner. In his words, he was going to “let it go,” but added, “You don’t go anywhere unless I know where you are going, what time you are going, who you are going with, and when I should expect you back—even if it is to church.”
Aubrey thought of letting the whole thing go, but she quietly said, “Let’s be fair, Jamaal. Don’t you think you should give me the same respect by letting me know where you go also? I mean you take off for a whole day or two at a time and I don’t hear from you until I see you. How can I get in touch with you if there is an emergency?”
“As I told you before, I am the HNIC in here. That means…”
“I know what it means,” Aubrey said. “Here, I picked up something to eat,” she said, placing the 8-piece Church’s Chicken meal on the counter. “I’ll fix some vegetables to go with it.”
“You could have just picked up some of their fried okra and corn on the cob to go with it,” Jamaal said digging in the bag.
Can’t you be grateful for anything, Aubrey thought as she picked a thigh and a leg out of the bag.
“So, how was church?” Jamaal asked. Aubrey almost choked on her food.
“Fine,” she said. She did not detect any sincerity in Jamaal’s voice but gave him the benefit of the doubt.
“What did the minister preach on?” asked Jamaal.
“Loving others as God loves us,” Aubrey said. “If you’ll excuse me, I need to call my mother before she calls me and asks if I was in church today.”
“Sure, go ahead. Just know that I love you as God loves you,” he shouted after her.
“Yeah, right,” Aubrey mumbled as she headed towards the bedroom. She wondered how long this peace would last.
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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.