Whyte House Family Spoken Novels #16: And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop by Daniel Whyte III with his wife Meriqua Whyte.
Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #16. Today we are reading chapter sixteen of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.”
Sis. Wilmington was pulling a large tray of oven fried chicken out of the oven when Stacy
“Hi. Mom. Something sure smells good,” she greeted her mother.
“Thank you, Stacy. I felt so much better after our talk, I decided to prepare something for
tomorrow. Did you have a good time at Monica’s?”
“I sure did. She’s a great friend. Is Dad home yet? I did not see his car.”
“Oh, no, Not yet. By the way, something came in the mail for you today. It’s on the dinner
“Yes!” cried Stacy joyfully after reading the contents of the letter. “Mom, I’ve been accepted at
FAMU. I’m gonna go right up and tell Monica the news. We were just talking about that earlier.
They want me to finish registration right away.”
“I’m so happy for you. Here, have a couple pieces of chicken. There’s some potato salad in the
refrigerator. Take it on up to your room. I’ll check in on you as soon as I’m finished here.”
Stacy and Monica rejoiced for a few minutes, and then Stacy got comfortable in front of her
computer and finalized her registration. “Mom, I’m done,” she called to her mother.
Sis. Wilmington came into her room, looked things over, then gave the O.K., after which she
went to her room for a shower.
Stacy surfed the Internet for a while and looked up some pages on Jacksonville, Florida before
getting ready for bed. Hearing the slam of a car door, she peeked out through the window to see
her dad stepping on the porch. She did not quite know what to expect, so taking Monica’s advice,
she began to pray:
I pray for a peaceful evening and night. Please help mother and father not to argue. I really do
not know what is going on but things have been tense around here lately. And Lord, please let us
all go to church as a family tomorrow. Amen.
Stacy decided to go ahead and get dressed for bed. She could hear her dad pattering around in the
kitchen, no doubt looking for something to eat. She smiled at herself as she pictured her mother’s
expression at seeing more than a couple pieces of chicken missing. As she was climbing into
bed, Bro. Wilmington rapped on her bedroom door before sticking his head in.
“Hello, Stacy, I’m glad you’re up. Sorry I missed you last night and this morning,” he said
strolling over to her bed.
“Hi, Dad. I missed you too.”
Helping her to pull the covers back, he continued, “I hope my big girl does not think she is too
old for me to tuck her in.”
“Oh, no, Dad,” Stacy said giving her Dad a hug followed by an “I love you.”
“I love you, too.” Flicking the light switch to the ‘off ’ position, he jovially said, “Sleep tight.
Don’t let the bed bugs bite.”
“Oh, Dad, I finalized registration tonight. Mom looked over everything and gave the O.K. And
one other thing: Are you going to be in church tomorrow?”
“Sure. I wouldn’t miss it for anything. Good night.” Stacy laid in the bed not knowing what to
expect. Sis. Wilmington had just stepped out of the tub after a nice hot soak, and was slipping
into her baby blue robe with the rainbow across the front when Bro. Wilmington entered the
“Hi, Willie, nice to see you. I did not cook anything, just something for the dinner tomorrow.
There’s some potato salad in the refrigerator and I guess you can have a couple pieces of the
chicken. It’s in the oven.” After a few seconds silence, Sis. Wilmington added, “I can fix it for
you if you want me to.”
“Don’t worry. I already helped myself to it.” Bro. Wilmington undressed and went into the
bathroom to freshen up. After putting on a pair of sweats and a T-shirt he headed out the door.
“Are you coming to bed soon?” asked Sis. Wilmington.
“Maybe. I’m going to relax a little. Maybe catch the late news. You can just go ahead on to
sleep.” Bro. Wilmington, remembering Stacy was in bed, closed the door softly but loud enough
to be heard.
Go ahead on to sleep, thought Sis. Wilmington. Well, I can’t help it if you are still upset. I did
not tell you to do what you did. For all I know you probably have not broken ties with this
Stacy sighed a deep sigh of relief. It seemed as though everything was well. She had only
overheard her father’s last words.
It was two in the morning when Stacy awakened to overhear her parents talking in low but
serious tones. It seemed to be coming from the hall way. They probably did not realize they had
stopped next to her door.
“Willie, you can’t keep this from Stacy any longer. She is eighteen and getting ready to go off to
college. I don’t know about you, but every time I look at her, I feel as though I am deceiving
“Grace, you promised me you would not say a word about this to her.”“Yes. You don’t have to
remind me. And I am tired of waiting. You have to tell her soon or I will…”
“Or you will what?” Deep down he knew she was right and if she pushed the issue he would be
fighting a losing battle. She had always respected his wishes and never really asserted herself,
but if she felt strongly about something she would put up a fight.
“Willie, can’t you see what is happening to us? We are slowly drifting apart. This relationship
secret is coming between us. Lest you have not noticed, the only time we have a disagreement is
when this matter comes up. It’s been too long and it’s time to do something about it. The longer
you keep putting it off, the less I feel I can trust you. I feel like I am deceiving Stacy. You think
about that, but I am not going to lose sleep over this any longer. Good night!”
Bro. Wilmington was at a loss for words. He knew his wife was right. The longer he waited, the
harder it was becoming for him to face up to the truth, and it was not fair to Stacy. He leaned
against the wall for a few minutes. He had often foolishly hoped God would solve it for him even
though he knew what God wanted him to do—confess it to those who needed to know about it.
Stacy shut her eyes quickly when she heard her father’s hand on the doorknob. She fell asleep
wondering what the relationship secret was that she should have known about earlier.
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.