Whyte House Family Spoken Novels #20: 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 #20. Today we are reading chapter eighteen of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers.” – Ephesians 4:29
Monica busied herself with her tutoring class over the next two weeks. The following Monday, she requested half a day off from her tutoring class so she could go on campus to pick up her books and to familiarize herself with the school set up. While browsing the bookstore shelves she ran into Jonathan.
“Well, hello, Ms. Monica. How are you today?”
“Hi, Jonathan. I’m surprised to see you here,” Monica smiled.
“Let me guess. From the Biology book you just picked up you’re in your first, maybe your second year.” Monica could not believe he was actually taking time to talk with her. He always seemed so business-like.
“Actually, I’m just beginning.”
“What program are you enrolled in?” he asked.
“I’m leaning towards nursing, specializing in pediatrics.”
“So you love working with children?”
Monica nodded. Their eyes had met a few times, and he always acknowledged her with a nod of the head. She, in turn, would nod back with a smile. They had exchanged a few “hellos” at the church. He was the talk of some of the girls in their private conversations.
“That’s a plus for you. Not too many young ladies now- a-days want to be bothered with children. They take up too much of their time they say.”
“I know. I’ve had a few conversations with some at the church and at school.” Then in a light tone Monica added, “How would you know what women like?”
“Well,” said Jonathan glancing around as though he had some secret to disclose, “I had a few girlfriends who let me know up front that they did not want any children because they want to get their degree, then after that they were going to put their degree to use by pursuing their career—whatever it takes—and they did not want any children in the way.” Being almost a half head taller than Monica, he had to lean forward slightly. They both laughed.
“You don’t say,” said Monica.
“No, I’m serious. I dropped them like hot potatoes. Here, let me help you with your books,” he offered.
“Thanks, but no thanks. You have yours to carry.”
“Don’t worry about that,” he said taking her books from her. “I can come back and then you can carry my books.” As he walked away whistling Monica was in awe. Not only was he tall, but he gave off a spirit of confidence. Surprisingly, she felt comfortable talking with him. Did she have a story to tell Stacy.
“All right, I’m all set. By the way, did you drive?” he asked.
“Oh, no. I don’t have a car, not yet anyway. I’ll be calling my Mom to get me. I’ll probably hang out at the library, and do some more reading until she gets here. She should be here in a few minutes.”
“I could take you home…if that’s no problem.” Monica hesitated. That sure would be something, she thought with a smile.
“I don’t want to be a bother. I’m sure you have other things to do.”
“As a matter of fact, I don’t have anything to do, but to head on home and begin cracking my books (if I feel like it), maybe go out to the church and hang out with my Dad.”
“I take it you don’t work?”
“Not yet. I do have a job lined up to begin a month after graduation.”
“Good for you. Well, I best call my mother,” said Monica pulling out her cell phone, “and let her know I am ready. She gets worried if she thinks I am taking too long.”
“Why don’t you tell her I’ll take you home. Please,” he said lowering his head with almost pleading eyes.
While Monica talked with her Mom, Jonathan took a quick up-close survey. He liked what he saw: She seems the same in church as well as out of church.
Monica handed the phone to him. “My mom wants to speak to you.”
“Hello, Mrs. Montague. How are you today?”… “Yes, Ma’am.” … “Yes, Ma’am. I won’t.” … “Thank you, Mrs. Montague. I’ll be knocking at your door in no time.”
“Don’t tell me,” said Monica as he handed the phone to her. “She says to take me straight home. Not to divert to the left or to the right and no hanky-panky.”
“How did you know that?” he said with an almost knowing look and a twinkle in his eyes.
“She’s my mother. I know her. Plus she and Dad said the same thing to my sister on her prom night.”
“Sounds like my mother,” he said. “Well, let’s go. This way.” Taking her by the right elbow, he directed her to his car. Jonathan said, “Nothing fancy, but it gets me from point A to point B with no drama.”
From the ride home, Monica learned that Jonathan would be working for a computer business firm in the next town. It was about a forty-five minute commute one way. Depending on how it worked out physically for him, he planned on commuting each day. He was pursuing a degree in Religion and a minor in Business. He hoped to be a preacher some day and follow in his dad’s footsteps. He loved peace and quiet but knew how to have a good time. He also enjoyed going to New Mt. Zion. His father was giving him a kind of on-the-job training there at the church.
Goodness, I can’t believe we’re here already, thought Monica as they pulled into her driveway.“O.k., Dr. Montague, we’re here,” he said as he tooted his car horn once. “I’ll get the door.”Sis. Montague met them at the door. “Thank you, Jonathan, for seeing her home safely.”
“You’re more than welcome, Mrs. Montague. The pleasure was all mine.” Stepping aside so Monica could go in, he said to her, “I enjoyed your company. If nothing happens, I’ll see you both in church on Wednesday night for Bible study. Thank you again, Mrs. Montague.”
“Love is in the air,” sang Sis. Montague as Monica closed the door behind her.
“Oh, Mom,” she said smiling.
“Twinkle, twinkle in the eyes,” Sis. Montague continued.
“Mom, you ought to stop,” Monica said as they both burst out in laughter.
Giving her daughter a hug on the way to the kitchen she added, “I’m all ears.”
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.