Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #274. Today we are reading chapter 4 of the novel “I Know What Prayer Can Do” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
Jennifer tossed and turned in her bed all night. Unable to go to sleep, she sat up and prayed. “Dear God, I don’t know what to do. I need Your help. I have no more money to give to Mr. Francia. I can’t believe they are back. It seemed like only yesterday when it all happened—the worst tragedy of my life and a nightmare I have had to live with for the past nine months, and will probably have to live with for the rest of my life.” She reached into her bedside table drawer and pulled out the contract she had signed with Diego Francia. It read:
Diego D. Francia
Business Management Contractor
Diego D. Francia and Jennifer L. Livingston have entered into a contractual agreement whereby J. Livingston, by her signature, has agreed to pay on the 15th (and no later than the 20th) of each month, $1,500.00 to D. Francia toward medical care for D. Francia’s son, Luis Francia. Money is to be received by direct deposit or by bank money order only. No personal check. If J. Livingston changes current telephone number or relocates, she must notify D. Francia immediately. This contract is binding for the duration of the victim’s (Luis) illness and must be signed and dated by all parties involved.
Diego D. Francia Jennifer L. Livingston
Jennifer sat on her bed and read the contract for a third time. She stared at her signature, then at Mr. Francia’s signature, then at the date. Almost nine months ago. “This contract is binding for the duration of the victim’s (Luis) illness,” she read quietly. She thought about her first encounter with the Francias.
As she was wrapping up the last year in her studies to become a pediatrician, she decided to begin babysitting to help supplement her tuition and living expenses. Diego Francia and his wife, Romina Francia, had requested her services one evening.
“This is Luis, our two-year-old son,” Romina Francia said introducing her son to Jennifer. “Luis is a very quiet boy.”
Luis seemed oblivious to Jennifer’s presence as he remained in his mother’s arms with his head laying on her shoulder. His eyes flicked about intermittently. Jennifer reached out to take him from his mother.
Jennifer had never entered a Spanish home before and was very interested as Romina gave her a tour of their residence. While they waited on Mr. Francia to come pick his wife up to take her out to dinner and to take care of some personal business, Jennifer and Mrs. Francia engaged in conversation. She found out that the Francias were originally from Spain and had been living in the United States for some years. Mr. Francia was an entrepreneur. “Or so he thinks,” his wife chuckled. Romina Francia was a homemaker and had a likeable personality. She and her husband spent their time between Spain and the United States. Diego Francia tooted his car horn as he pulled up in the driveway.
“That’s my husband. You’ll meet him when we return. He’s running late as usual,” Mrs. Francia said as she hurried out the door. “And don’t forget: keep Luis in your sight at all times.”
The Francias’ home was very beautiful and had been built in the Spanish colonial revival style. The furniture was colorful, and the walls were decorated with Spanish artwork. Aubrey would love this décor, Jennifer thought with a smile as she surveyed the living room.
“Well, your mother is right,” Jennifer said to Luis as she looked down at him sitting still in her lap. “You are a very quiet little boy. I’m used to two-year-olds being extremely energetic.” Jennifer tickled him, but Luis did not even wiggle one inch. “I guess you’re not ticklish,” she said. “Well, let’s find your toys then, or some picture books.” Jennifer set him on the floor intent on taking his hands to have him walk with her to his room, but Luis just plopped himself on the ground.
Strange, she thought. “Come on. Let’s go get your toys,” she said, but Luis just sat there. Jennifer knelt on the floor next to him. She lifted his face toward hers. “So what do you want to do? Just sit here?” Luis’ eyes seemed out of focus as she waited for a response from him. She waved her hands before his eyes. “I’m right here, Luis.” Luis’ gaze was fixed, but not on her. “I am sure your mother would let me know if you had a vision problem. Are you sleepy?” Jennifer picked him up and they went to his room.
After about two hours of reading to Luis, playing with him, getting him fed, and giving him a bath, Jennifer lay him down in his bed. She gently patted him on the back to help him go off to sleep. Jennifer stood back and took note of what she eventually concluded was his bedtime ritual. Luis moaned while beating his head on his pillow. I have never seen anything like this before, she thought as she resumed patting his back. After about thirty minutes Luis fell off to sleep. Jennifer sat in the chair next to his bed so she could keep an eye on him as she read her textbooks. Every now and then he would moan, beat his head on his pillow, then fall silent.
After she was sure Luis was sound asleep, Jennifer left to get herself a glass of water. “Oh, my goodness!” Jennifer exclaimed upon returning to the room.
That evening that had started out so well marked the beginning of a year-long nightmare for Jennifer.
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.