Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #243. Today we are reading chapter 13 of the novel “I Need Someone to Pray with Me” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
On Friday night, Kelvin headed to Corey’s house to attend his party. Music greeted him from a block away. Corey got it going on for sure. He knows how to put it together, Kelvin thought excitedly.
He parked his car as close to the house as possible. Others greeted him as they made their way to the house. Alphonse does not know what he is missing, Kelvin thought as he entered through the front door.
“Hey, Kelvin!” CJ greeted him. “Where’s the Reporter? I thought you two would be together.”
“Oh, he went to Bible study. I waited for him as long as I could,” Kelvin replied.
“Man, I thought he was joking when he told me he was going to Bible study,” CJ said. “He’s serious about being a Christian, isn’t he?”
“What’s it like living with a Christian? You must be on pins and needles all the time,” CJ said laughing.
“No, man. He does his thing and I do my thing. We respect each other,” Kelvin said. “But I do hear him praying for me, so it’s a good thing.”
“Hi, Kelvin,” said Keron, a long time acquaintance. Looking around she said, “I don’t see Simone; did she come with you?”
“Oh, she couldn’t make it tonight.”
“Good for me. Maybe I can have the first dance,” Keron said shoving her arm into Kelvin’s arm. “Come with me and I’ll show you a night to remember.”
And Keron went all out to keep her word to show Kelvin a night to remember so much so that they spent the weekend together.
Saturday’s Restoration Reset meeting went well. Not only were the ladies growing in their faith walk, but they were growing numerically as well. Word was getting around as marriages were being strengthened, relationships were being healed, and self-worth and self-dignity were being restored in the lives of those who had been beaten down by those they loved the most.
“This week, ladies, we will have a special time of sharing and after that we will partake of a special meal prepared by some of our faithful members. We want you to relax, laugh, cry, hug each other. This will be like a mini-conference,” Aubrey told the ladies. “I want ten ladies to volunteer to share their testimony with us as to what the Lord is doing in their relationship.”
After prayer and a praise song, volunteers gave their testimony.
Karen stood up and said, “I first attended this meeting with much reservation thinking what could this lady, Aubrey, who is younger than me tell me about how to handle domestic violence. After I heard her testimony, I felt a kindred spirit, and I marvelled at how God delivered her. This gave me hope that through prayer God would work things out, and He is.”
Claire was next. “One thing Aubrey and her mother shared with us was how to get saved. Well, I got saved by asking Jesus into my heart. Because of that, I have viewed my situation from a different angle. I ask myself: What have I done, or what am I doing that may have contributed to a negative response from my husband? Well, God showed me my part in the matter and thank God I was willing to change, and we still don’t have the ‘perfect’ marriage, but it’s much better.”
Donna shared: “My husband and I finalized our divorce the week after the second meeting. I kept coming anyway. I only wished I had the counseling and sound advice Aubrey, Mother Jamison and First Lady Ashton have been giving out sooner. I believe that would have saved my marriage.”
Kiera said, “I still have a heaviness on my heart and I ask you to continue to pray for me. I am getting ready to finalize our divorce. Right now, my husband has our two children—a four year old and a six year old. He’s using them to control me because he knows I will never turn my back on my children. Pray that I get the right lawyer. The court has appointed me one, but she seems disinterested in the case and just keeps telling me to let my husband have the children. I don’t feel good in my spirit about that.”
“I wish we had videotaped the meeting,” Mother Jamison said as they drove home.
“I’ll never forget it,” Simone said. “Aubrey, God is really using you to make a difference in the lives of those ladies and I thank you for allowing us to be a part of it.”
“You are all welcome,” Aubrey said.
Each of them became engrossed in their own thoughts before Aubrey blurted out, “Guess who called me Wednesday night after church? Simone you were asleep.”
The girls guessed but were unsuccessful.
“Roger,” Aubrey said.
“Roger? Who’s Roger?” Jennifer asked.
“Oh, yeah, I forgot you all do not know Roger. The last time I saw him was just before I got married. He’s a member of Mt. Salem United Methodist. You’ve met his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hawthorne. He’s been away at college in Florida.”
“Sooo?” Simone asked.
“So, he asked me to go out with him. I told him to call me back later today as I would be tied up the rest of the week,” Aubrey replied. “So what do you think?”
“Aubrey, we still do not know who this Roger is,” Kelli said. “Tell him to come to church tomorrow and make his presence known so we can size him up.”
“Yeah, we don’t like surprises,” Simone agreed.
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:
- 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.”
- Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
- 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.”
- 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.”
- 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.”
- 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.