Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #323. Today we are reading chapter 14 of the novel “All the Bishop’s Children” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“What?” Dwight said after his wife told him about the conversation she had with her mother. “I have no problems with her coming to live with us. She allowed us to stay with her when we just got married and that was a great help to us. My problem is I told you not to make any big decisions without my input.”
“She’s my mother. I couldn’t just turn my back on her,” Rosalind said. “The way she was talking, I had to give her an answer right then lest she had a nervous breakdown. I believe Alzheimer’s is setting in. I don’t even believe she knows what she is saying half the time.”
“It’s not a matter of turning your back on her. It’s a matter of respecting me as your husband. Now, would there have been anything wrong with you telling her you needed to check with me? And remember, this is not our house, yet. This is still Mama Tess’s house, and even though she’s given us free access to everything we still have to show her some respect and not abuse our stay here.”
“That’s what I was trying to tell you the other day and a few other times before then. It would be nice to have our own place,” Rosalind said quietly. “Then we would not be having this conversation.”
“Well, right now we don’t. And it will be a while before we get our own place because I need to be with Mama Tess. She does not have much strength in her body. I really don’t think she has many more years before her.”
“Mother does not have much strength in her body, either,” Rosalind said.
“Come to think of it, they would be good company for each other,” Dwight said. “They both can enjoy their grandchildren together. Where will we put her? All three bedrooms are being used right now. In all my years, I have never seen Mama Tess turn anyone away, but what if she says, no, this time; after all she is getting on up in years; she may not want too many people around her all the time. Then what are you going to do then?”
Rosalind sighed. “I’m sure Mama Tess will accommodate her. She’s a kind-hearted person and would give you the very shirt off her back. I’ll go ask her now. Anyway, Mother staying with us is a temporary situation. She did mention going back to Alabama to live with family. Sounds like that is going to be a permanent situation.”
Stopping in the doorway on her way to Mama Tess’s room, Rosalind said, “You know we could add on another room or two; we have the yard space to do so. That room could be our guest room. Your brother sleeps on the sofa whenever he comes to visit. I’ll ask Mama Tess about that, too.”
“Lest you have forgotten, New York’s not just a skip, hop, and jump away,” Dwight said. “Just to go pick her up will take some planning, and I’m sure she plans on bringing down some, if not all, her furniture.”
“Don’t you think I know that. Your brother can drive her down on one of his trips to visit. We can bring her things down little by little. We have roughly three weeks before your brother visits again. I’m sure Mother would want to come down with him then and stay with us for however long. That should be enough time to get her room added on, and if it’s not ready, knowing how slow you move to get things done, she can use the children’s room. They’re still small enough to sleep in here with us. We’ll just get an extra bed. DJ can sleep on the couch or we can make him a pallet on the floor in the living room.”
“We’re probably going to have to go with her to Alabama to get her housing secured; but I’ll be talking with her more on that. Well, let me go talk with Mama Tess,” Rosalind said walking off.
“I tell you the truth,” Dwight muttered. “You’re always doing things without consulting me first. One day, your mouth is going to get your behind in trouble.”
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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.