Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #244. Today we are reading chapter 14 of the novel “I Need Someone to Pray with Me” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
Sunday morning found the young ladies in their respective places at the church serving God in their ministries: Jennifer in the nursery; Kelli with the 4-5 year olds; Simone and Aubrey helping Mother Jamison and a few other ladies with welcome packages as well as serving breakfast to those who came to eat.
As usual, the worship service was uplifting and the young ladies enjoyed great fellowship after the services. Aubrey was discussing the next Saturday’s Restoration meeting with First Lady Ashton. A well-dressed young man approached them.
“Hello, Mrs. Ashton, how are you today?”
“Roger Hawthorne. How are you doing? It’s so good to see you. How is college life?” First Lady Ashton asked.
Aubrey glanced up from the notes she was scribbling down on a notepad when she heard the name ‘Roger Hawthorne.’
I must be dreaming, she almost blurted out. Did I hear the name correctly? Because this well dressed young man before me is not the Roger Hawthorne I know.
“Aubrey, you remember Roger, don’t you? You used to go to high school and this church together,” First Lady Ashton said giving him a motherly hug. “My, you have grown.”
He certainly has, Aubrey thought. “Yes, I believe I remember him,” she said shaking the hand he extended to her.
“Hi, Aubrey. It’s good to see you again, especially since it’s been over three years since we last saw each other.”
Aubrey and First Lady Ashton exchanged a few more words after which First Lady Ashton moved on to greet some other folks. Aubrey could not believe it was actually Roger standing before her.
“He’s a totally new person,” she told her mother and Simone as they drove home. “Not only in the way he dresses, but also in the way he speaks. There has to be a story behind this before and after picture. Mother, do you know anything?”
Mother Jamison chuckled. “I’ll tell you what little I know. He left for college the same year you got married. He went down to Florida A&M. For the first year he came home on major holidays, but the last two years he stayed down in Florida even for the holidays. So I have not seen him for the past two years myself.”
“Well, Florida must have done him some good because he’s certainly different,” Aubrey chuckled.
Mother Jamison smiled. “I didn’t tell you this because you were married, but his mother told me that he was always asking about you. He told her that he always liked you and he was somewhat disappointed when you had gotten married.”
“Are you serious?” Aubrey asked.
Simone laughed from the back seat. “A secret admirer finally surfacing. This is going to be better than a romance novel.”
“You know, Simone, I felt for sure Roger would make a good husband for Aubrey, but Aubrey was not interested in him at all,” Mother Jamison said.
“Yes, girl, I could not stomach him. He was too effeminate back then. Shy. I mean, shy. And he was always grinning. He would not say a word, but he could show those teeth. And, girl, he had a bad case of acne,” Aubrey said.
“Oh, really,” Simone said.
“It was real bad, wasn’t it, Mother?” Aubrey said turning to her mother.
Mother Jamison nodded. “I kept telling Aubrey it would clear up, but she did not want to hear it. Look at him now—not one blemish.”
“He used to be a wimpy looking kid, and he always wore this blue sports jacket to church. It looked three times his size. He was non-verbal, non-forward, and non-appealing, but now he is…”
“Masculine looking,” Simone added.
“Yeah, that’s the word I am searching for,” Aubrey said. “I guess college really does transform a person—not just intellectually, but physically as well.”
“So did you accept his offer?” Simone asked.
“I sure did,” Aubrey said. “I’m going more out of curiosity. Tuesday at six.”
After they settled down in a private booth at Outback Steakhouse, Aubrey could not help but ask the question she had been dying to ask.
“Roger, please don’t take this the wrong way, but the last time I saw you, you were much skinnier, but now you are much bigger. Have you been working out?”
“Like what you see?” Roger said flexing a muscle. “To tell you the truth, I was a little embarrassed at my size. I would stand before the mirror and flex what muscle I thought I had.”
Aubrey giggled. She could just imagine him before the mirror.
“I actually blamed myself for you going off and marrying someone else. I felt if I put some muscles on, I could have any girl I wanted; I went off to college to fulfill that dream. I hung out at the football field and watched them practice. I befriended one of the players and talked him into working with me. He saw that as a personal challenge and he told me, ‘You’re going to look like a new man when I am finished with you.’”
Aubrey smiled. “Well, he’s a great coach.”
“I also got this job at a packing plant loading and unloading trucks; that involved lifting some heavy boxes. I planned it all,” Roger said with a laugh.
“Well, it certainly paid off,” Aubrey said. “Now tell me this: how many girls did you leave behind in Florida panting after the new you?”
Roger burst out laughing. “A string of girls, but I came back to the one I always had my heart set on.”
Aubrey blushed as Roger continued. “Please don’t think I’m being heartless and cold, but I’m kind of glad things didn’t work out between you and your husband because now I have a chance at having a relationship with the girl of my dreams.”
Aubrey pretended to be busy cutting her steak as she did not know what to say. After her tumultuous marriage to Jamaal, she was more cautious about entering into another relationship and especially so soon, but she had to admit to herself: I like the new Roger.
“Roger, you ought to be ashamed of yourself,” she said casually. “And you need to slow your roll. I’m not ready for all of that right now.”
Roger had her laughing the whole time they were out. She enjoyed herself so much she took him up on his offer for another date on Saturday.
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.