Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #265. Today we are reading chapter 35 of the novel “I Need Someone to Pray with Me” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
Quintin picked Aubrey up on Friday for their lunch date.
“I hope you don’t mind, but I ordered take-out from the Chinese restaurant. We’ll go back to my office and eat in a more relaxed setting,” Quintin said. “I got sweet and sour chicken for you.”
“You did! That’s my favorite. How’d you know?” Aubrey asked.
Quintin shrugged. “I just guessed.”
As Aubrey settled down in Quintin’s office, she took a good look around. It had been several months since she had visited his office, and now that she had some experience in interior design, her mind was already coming up with ways to make the office space more inviting.
“I’m guessing maroon is your favorite color,” Aubrey said as she eyed the curtains, the cushions in the chairs, and the carpet.
“Yes,” said Quintin talking around a mouth-full. “And I’m guessing you think there’s too much of it in this office,” he added with a laugh.
Aubrey smiled. “Well, yes, it is a bit overdone.”
Quintin wiped his lips with a napkin. “If you have some free time over the next two weeks, you can come in and do your thing. I’ll be leaving on Monday for a lawyer’s conference in Ohio; and then my sister will be getting married on Thursday. I’ll be spending the second week at my parent’s beach house.”
“That would be plenty of time to transform this place,” said Aubrey.
Quintin pulled an extra key out of the desk drawer and handed it to her. “My assistant, Sonja, will be around so you can ask her if you have any questions about something.”
“I got you,” Aubrey said. “I’ll fix you up.”
They both ate in silence for a few moments until Aubrey said, “You know, I don’t think I was satisfied with the explanation you gave regarding how being the weaker vessel and prayer and spiritual warfare all tie together.”
“Let’s see,” Quintin said wrinkling his forehead as he tried to remember what he had said before. “Well, the Bible says the husband ought to give honour to the wife as the weaker vessel. Generally speaking, a woman is weaker than the man–”
“Wait a minute now!” Aubrey interrupted. “I know some women who would put some men to shame. I’ve seen some.” Aubrey laughed and Quintin joined in. There was something sexy about her laughter that turned him on.
“You took the words out of my mouth. Yes, some women can handle themselves,” he agreed. “But as I said, generally speaking. Take you and me: you’re…about one hundred and twenty pounds–”
“One twenty-five,” Aubrey said.
“One twenty-five, and I’m one eighty with some muscles,” he said with a smile. “I would come out on top in any physical contest. Transfer that over into the spiritual and emotional realm, and I believe the two are strongly connected. I should be stronger spiritually and emotionally. God has equipped the man to be a fighter, a conqueror, to lead his family in spiritual battle. A husband who does that will take his family a long way spiritually speaking.”
Aubrey’s expression grew serious. I wonder why I never think of those reasons when I think of the kind of man I would like to have in my life.
“Did I say something to offend you?” Quintin asked.
“No,” Aubrey replied. “I was just thinking.”
“I’m kind of ashamed to admit this, but here goes,” she said reluctantly. “I shared with my girlfriends more than once how badly I desired a man in my life and how my life did not feel complete without one. I wanted one for companionship and for the excitement it would bring. Some of my married friends told me that I wanted a man for the wrong reasons. They said that one of the main reasons why I should want a man was for him to help me grow closer to God. The more I talk with you, the more I have to say they are right.”
Quintin nodded as Aubrey continued.
“My former husband did not pray at all. Roger, he did not pray either. They were both kind of crazy and I guess the thrill and the excitement pulled me in. But, both of those relationships ended badly.”
After a few seconds of silence, Quintin asked quietly, “Does that mean there’s an open door for me to fulfill that role in your life?”
“Mmm…maybe,” Aubrey said even though she wanted to shout ‘Yes, please do!’
“You know, Aubrey, you’re a beautiful person with a beautiful smile and a contagious laugh,” Quintin said leaning forward at his desk. “Exactly what are you looking for in the man you wish to marry…if you were to marry again?”
“Let me see…” Aubrey said caught off guard. “Well…he has to be real; he has to be about something and headed in the right direction; he has to have goals, dreams and aspirations; he has to not only look like a man, but act like a man because I do not want to have to deal with another one of me.”
Quintin chuckled. “Anything else?”
“He must have a job because I don’t think a man should have to lean on his wife all the time to pay the bills. He must be a man who’s not afraid to take charge. He must also know how to have fun and know how to make me laugh.” Aubrey sighed. “And I don’t want a man who’s afraid of me either. I want one who’s able to stand up to my mess when I’m not thinking and acting clearly. And he should be a praying man as well.” I think you certainly fit the bill, she added mentally.
“Well, that’s one long list of requirements,” Quintin laughed. And then he added softly, “But I think I can deliver.”
Aubrey smiled inside. Clearing her throat, she asked, “What are you looking for in the woman you wish to marry?”
“She has to be real and not be afraid to share what’s truly in her heart no matter how painful or how embarrassing it may be like you just did. She has to have goals; she has to be willing to follow and respect her husband as a leader and as the head of the house, but at the same time be her own person. She must be a strong woman. I don’t mind a woman getting a little emotional every now and then. We are all human. But she cannot live a roller-coaster life because I won’t be riding with her. She must know how to find her own happiness and joy through God because that is one thing I and no one else is able to deliver.”
He clasped his hands behind his head and leaned back in his office chair waiting for Aubrey to respond.
Tall order, Aubrey thought. “With everything I’ve learned recently, I think I can meet those requirements,” she said.
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.