Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #331. Today we are reading chapter 22 of the novel “All the Bishop’s Children” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“Rosalind, you were always a strong-willed child. Look at all this tension and unrest you’re bringing into this house,” her mother said. “You can’t walk around the house ignoring your husband. That’s not going to help the marriage any. You have to force yourself to talk to him—even if what you say does not make sense to him. Think about how it will affect the children. Why can’t you just put your family and the church ahead of what you want and let God take care of the outcome? Will it kill you to do that?”
“Are you ready to go to Fairhope or not?” Rosalind said, rolling her eyes.
“The only thing it will kill is your pride,” her mother continued. “And that is something we all need to kill everyday.”
“I thought you were going to stay longer,” Rosalind said.
“I was. I wanted to stay for a month, but your attitude is driving me out of here. I don’t see how Dwight can let you keep such a bad attitude going on five days now and not say anything about it. It will only cause a root of bitterness to crop up inside both of you, and believe me; that is something you do not want to take place because, once it happens, it is very hard to get rid of.” Mother sighed as she went on. “You know, the more I think about it, that’s probably why your daddy left. I would use the silent treatment to control him; it did nothing but drive us apart.”
“What did Gretta say about the house?” Rosalind asked impatiently.
There is just no getting through your thick skull, Mother thought. “She said, except for some yard work and a little more fixing up on the two back rooms, everything else is in place. Eli and Eunice are waiting to hear from me as to when to bring my furniture down. I’m going to look at the house first then call them and let them know what they should bring with them. Knowing them, they’ll probably send the furniture down rather than bring it themselves. They are so irresponsible. I tell you, I’m surprised Eli is still married. Eunice—she’s talking about a divorce. I kindly asked her where she was planning on living after the divorce. I think that made her think twice. She’s not coming to mooch off me. That’s why I am telling you; you need to cut the bad attitude and silent treatment mess and talk it out—fight it out if you have to — ”
“Mother, I get the point. Alright?” Rosalind said. “ I think you need to call Gretta and double check everything. Then call Eli and Eunice, and maybe have Dwight call Elijah to oversee the moving of your furniture. Dwight said Elijah has a couple of friends who have a big enough truck that he can borrow to move your things down here in one trip instead of bit by bit.”
“Well, alright,” Mother said. “I guess we’ll be going to church with Dwight tomorrow, right?”
“You can go with him; I’m not going,” Rosalind said.
“Where are you going to go to worship? There’s nothing wrong with you.”
“Don’t worry about me, Mother,” Rosalind said. “I’ll be somewhere tomorrow.” Even if it’s in bed.
On Sunday morning, the two grandmothers, Dwight, and the three oldest children worshiped at Church of the Living God Pillar of Truth Apostolic Church. They left Rosalind in bed because she said she had a migraine headache.
Having the assurance that the family was well on their way, Rosalind got herself dressed, and then the baby dressed. She arrived for worship at Tammi’s house even though things were still tense between them.
“I’m sorry I’m late; I have had a real bad headache since last night,” Rosalind said after she was called to share a word with the women. “I was tempted to stay in bed, but I couldn’t neglect the Lord’s work. I won’t claim it; I’ll claim healing instead. Yes, Lord. I refuse to claim it.”
As she finished her sermonette, Tammi said, “Let’s surround Sister Rosalind as I lay hands on her. We’ll touch and agree as we command that evil spirit that’s causing this headache to leave, that almost caused us to lose out on hearing a blessing from our sister, to flee from her right now.”
After an emotional prayer time, Rosalind took her seat on the front row as Tammi took over the preaching. Rosalind’s ‘Amens’ and ‘Hallelujahs’ were not as loud as they normally were. Her narrowed eyes and wrinkled forehead deceived all into thinking that she was still suffering from a headache, but, in reality, she was trying hard to concentrate on the sermon being delivered as stray thoughts bombarded her mind. I wonder who told Apostle Dunbar of our meeting here?
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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:
- 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.