Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #231. Today we are reading chapter 1 of the novel “I Need Someone to Pray with Me” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me.” – Psalm 77:1
Aubrey, Simone, Jennifer, and Kelli met up at the Cherry Blossom Café for their weekly girls night out. The court case was behind them and they rejoiced with Aubrey over her proven innocence in the death of her husband, Jamaal.
“I want to thank each of you for supporting me,” she said. “That really meant a lot.”
“Oh, you’re more than welcome, Aubrey. That’s what friends are for,” Simone said. Jennifer and Kelli smiled and agreed.
“This controlling jealousy thing goes much deeper than what I thought,” Aubrey said. “I ran across this verse in my reading in Proverbs this week that says, ‘Jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.’ Before we got married, I never thought Jamaal was the jealous type. But reading this verse in context, as it is dealing with a man trying to get with another man’s wife, I see where all men have a natural jealous streak in them when it comes down to that, and that’s understandable. Just as God says He is jealous for His children. However, it is a big problem when the husband is imagining things and then becomes abusive. How many people have been hurt by a man or woman who gets jealous over nothing, over imaginations?”
“Even Kelvin said he was shocked to hear how crazy and abusive Jamaal became,” Simone said.
“Remember you told us for some reason your mother was not too thrilled when you and Jamaal decided to get married?” Jennifer asked. “I believe your mother saw it in Jamaal.”
“Yeah, she sure did,” Aubrey agreed. “I thought she was afraid of losing me.”
“She was afraid of losing you, but she saw the bigger picture,” Kelli quickly added. “If I were you, I’d forget it all and begin my life all over again.”
“That’s what I’m trying to do,” Aubrey said wistfully. “But it’s not easy. My emotions run from bitterness to anger to pity to gladness. One day, I am angry at myself, then angry at Jamaal. The next day I’m feeling sorry for myself that I ended up in a messed up marriage. Another day I am glad it’s all over.”
“No offense, Aubrey,” Simone said, “but this abuse thing is one reason why I’m not too eager to marry Kelvin. I like it the way it is now, because if he ever raises a fist at me, it’s adios, never to see me again.”
“That’s easier said than done when you are married,” Aubrey said. “All I know is, my mother would be on my case if I even thought about living with a man I’m not married to.”
The girls paused as the waitress came to take their order. Each had the Cherry Blossom Special: Grilled chicken with cheese, baked potatoes with sour cream, grilled vegetables, and the famous Cherry Blossom cherry shake.
“You know,” Jennifer said, “I don’t know if I ever want to get married. Just this past week on the news a husband ran down his wife with a butcher knife. Apparently, they had been arguing and she left and went to the neighbor’s house for safety. They heard her screaming and pounding on their front door. But by the time they called the police and went to attempt to get the knife from her husband’s hand, he had already dragged her into the yard and killed her. He’s in jail for life and there’s talk of him being sentenced to death.”
“Yes, I heard it on the news, too,” Kelli said. “Anger will make you do and say crazy things. I just don’t see how two people who start out loving each other can end up with that much hatred for each other.”
“I heard a psychologist say once that marriage is a love/hate relationship: one day you love each other and can’t seem to get enough of each other; the next day you hate each other and can’t stand to be around each other,” Jennifer said.
The girls were quiet for a while.
“I don’t think marriage is that bad,” Kelli said quietly.
“Yes, if you marry the right person,” Simone blurted out. “And if you don’t think it’s so bad, why aren’t you and Trevor married?” she said smartly.
“I’m not afraid of the marriage part; I’m just afraid I’ll lose him while he’s off to war. I hear things are getting rough over in Afghanistan, and many soldiers are losing their lives,” Kelli said with a faraway look in her eyes. “I pray everyday for his safety. Almost every time the phone rings, I expect one of his superiors to give me a bad report. All I can do is pray that God will protect him.”
“We’ll pray for his safety too,” Jennifer chimed in. “I’m sure little Justin will want to know his daddy. How’s Justin doing anyway?”
“He’s with his grandparents. They’re spoiling him rotten,” Kelli said with a smile. “Trevor said he has some good news for me: one, he’ll be home within a few weeks on a short leave and wants us to get married. The second piece of news he said he’ll tell me once he gets here. I can’t wait.”
“I bet you can’t,” Aubrey said. “Let’s plan a surprise party for him.”
As the girls ordered black forest cherry cake for dessert, Simone asked, “So how do you plan to move on with your life now, Aubrey?”
“Oh, I’ll just throw myself into my work at Katrina Bervoski’s. My attorney, Quintin Rodney, suggested that I use this experience to help others in a similar situation,” Aubrey said. “But one thing I do know, it will be a while before I even seriously think about seeing another man.”
“Now, that was a wise suggestion by your lawyer. Are you still going to tell me you weren’t even curious about him in the slightest?” Simone said with a grin.
“Come on now, Aubrey. Tell the truth.”
“He seemed like a good man,” Aubrey said with a smile.
“A good man? You let a good and handsome man slip right through your hands,” Simone laughed. “We ought to give you a talking to.”
“What impressed me about him was how he handled my case like nothing else mattered at that time, and I have never met a man who prayed so much. He prayed about the case like he had a stake in it,” Aubrey said.
“See, I told you that you let a good, handsome, and praying man slip right through your hands,” Simone said. Then she added with a giggle, “You’d better go look him up, girlfriend.”
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.