Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #26. Today we are reading chapter twenty-six of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.”
— Proverbs 2:6-7
The last Sunday of August, was a memorable one for everyone at New Mt. Zion. It was a kind of send-off Sunday for those entering college. Each student was given a leather briefcase with a check for $1000 along with other goodies, because as Sis. Richardson said, speaking on behalf of the church family: “We love you all. Go out there and make us proud.”
There were nine visitors—all from the witnessing efforts of the members of the church. Tiffany and her Mom, Ron and Rebecca Campbell and others were present. All the visitors were invited to remain after church for some finger foods and just to fellowship with the pastor and other members. “Seeing we don’t have evening services, I’m sure you all don’t mind staying a little bit longer,” Pastor Richardson said.
Stacy and Monica sat with Mrs. Herron and Tiffany. She was so impressed at the natural outpouring of love from everyone for both her and Tiffany. Monica agreed to be her personal shepherd with the help of her mother. She decided to begin that Sunday by giving her a tour of the building. While they were exiting the Fellowship Hall, Jonathan stopped them with a greeting.
“Hello, Monica. Are these members of your family?”
“Yes and no: Yes, they are my sisters in Christ. Tiffany was in my tutoring class for the summer. Both her and her Mom, Mrs. Herron, got saved on last Friday. And they are here today,” Monica answered.
“Man, that’s great!” Turning to Mrs. Herron he continued, “You’re not leaving us already, are you?”
“Not yet. Monica was going to show us around the building.”
“Do you mind if I come along?” he said to Tiffany.
“Yes, I’d love for you to.”
“How old are you anyway? Two? Six?”
Tiffany started to giggle, “I’m a big nine. I may be small for my age, but I’m nine. And how old are you?” she directed the question back to Jonathan.
“If I tell you, promise you won’t tell anyone?”
“O.K., I won’t.”
Jonathan bent down and whispered in Tiffany’s ear to which she broke out in all smiles. “Will you be my big brother? I’ve always wanted a big brother.”
“O.K., little sister. Let’s go. After you ladies.”
Stacy had stayed behind with her mother and father who were sitting at the same table with Mrs. Reynolds. She asked to be excused to go to the ladies’ room. While in the ladies’ room an attractive woman with her daughter who looked to be about ten years old walked in. They exchanged greetings while the girl went to use the restroom. As Stacy was preparing to exit, the woman addressed her.
“Are you Stacy?”
“Yes, I am.”
“Is your Dad’s name Willie Wilmington?”
“Yes, it is. In fact, he’s in the Fellowship Hall. Did you need to speak with him?”
“Oh, no. I’ll give him a call later. By the way, my name is Rochelle. I called your home a while back. I believe you answered the phone.”
Stacy thought for a few seconds before answering. “Yes, I remember. I thought that was a pretty name.”
Rochelle’s daughter had rejoined her mother by then. “This is Lisa. I don’t know if you’ve heard of her before, but she’s your sister.” Stacy was stunned. “My sister?” she said pointing her thumb to her chest.
“Yes. I came today so you could meet her.”
“Ms. Rochelle, I really don’t know who you are. But I must inform you that I do not have a sister, nor do I have a brother. I have some cousins, but no siblings.”
“Well, just ask your Dad and maybe your Mother. I’m surprised you didn’t know. Lisa, say ‘hello’ to your sister and let’s go.” She almost pulled her daughter out the door.
Stacy recovering from the unexpected news, did not know what to think. Making her way back into the Fellowship Hall, she scanned the entire room looking for this Rochelle woman and her daughter. But apparently she had left.
Monica and Jonathan finished off the tour with Mrs. Herron and Tiffany in the parking lot. Mrs. Herron said, “Thank you, so much. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.”
Giving her and Tiffany a hug, Monica promised to stop by on the next day, to check on them. Tiffany was starting school on Monday also. They made plans to meet at 5:00 after her mother came in from work.
“Well, little sister, will I be seeing you again?” Jonathan asked, extending his right hand to Tiffany.
“Sure, big brother,” Tiffany answered with a nod of the head as she returned his handshake. “And I promise I won’t tell anyone your age but only if you don’t tell mine.”
“That’s a deal,” promised Jonathan to which Tiffany flashed an endearing smile. “It’s my pleasure to meet you,” Jonathan said turning his attention to Mrs. Herron and shaking her hand. “You give us a call if you need anything. Don’t worry, Sis. Monica will take good care of you.”
Monica gave Mrs. Herron another hug while Jonathan opened her car door for her. After making sure they were safely on their way, he and Monica headed back inside the church building.
“Oh, goodness!” said Sis. Bettie as she exited the bathroom stall for handicaps. “Lord, have mercy on us all,” she said as she washed her hands. She almost bumped into Stacy who was standing outside the ladies’ restroom door searching for Rochelle.
Stacy sped upstairs quite unaware of Sis. Bettie’s exit from the restroom. She had to get an explanation. She stepped outside to survey the parking lot. She only saw Monica and Jonathan walking toward the building.
“Stacy, you look like you just saw a ghost or something,” Monica exclaimed.
“I may have. Did you all see an attractive woman in a red chiffon dress with a black jacket on and a little girl about ten years old?”
“No, what’s up?”
“Have I got something to tell you, Monica.”
“I’d best leave you two alone then,” said Jonathan.
“Aah, Jonathan, could you please let my parents know I am out here with Monica. They are sitting with your Mom,” Stacy asked.
“I sure will.”
“Well, what’s up?” Monica directed Stacy to the bench under the oak tree.
“You won’t believe this. A lady named Rochelle called our house last week and asked for my Dad. I didn’t think anything about the call.” Monica nodded for her to go on. “Any way, a few minutes ago, I was in the ladies’ room and she came in with a ten year old by the name of Lisa. She told me without batting an eye that Lisa was my sister.”
“That’s what I said too. I told her she must be mistaken because I did not have a sister and neither did I have any brothers.”
“And what did she say to that?”
“She told me to ask my father. She said my mother may know. How can such a great day end with news like this?” Monica shook her head not knowing what to say. “You know, as I think about it, I wonder if this is the ‘secret’ my parents have.”
“The only thing I can tell you, is to tell your parents about what took place. If there is any truth to it, I’m sure they will tell you,” said Monica. The folks had started leaving the church for home by then. “I guess we had better head on down to our parents,”Monica said.
“What were you and Jonathan doing out here all by yourselves?” asked Stacy.
“Oh, nothing. He decided to come along while I gave Mrs. Herron and Tiffany a tour of the building.”
“Monica, you had better open your eyes and realize that this guy really likes you.”
Changing the subject, Monica asked, “Will you call me before you leave tomorrow?”
“I’ll be pulling out at two in the morning with my aunt and uncle. I can’t have your phone ringing that early. I’d wake your whole family up. I’ll call you from my cell phone once I get on the road. I’m going to miss you.”
“Me, too,” said Monica.
Once home, Monica gave her parents a report of the tour she and Jonathan had with Mrs. Herron.
“I sense something brewing,” Bro. Montague said.
“He just seems to pop up out of nowhere,” Monica said.
“Pop up! Girl, your mother and I are going to have a long, long talk with you about men who just ‘pop up’ as you say. Isn’t that right, Stella?” He glanced across at his wife. “Pop up is more than pop up. It’s intentional. Jonathan seems like a serious-minded fellow, but you must let us know every time he talks with you…I mean everytime he pops up,” said Bro. Montague. “See, Monica, just because he goes to church, you still have to be careful.”
During their prayer time before bed, Monica shared with her parents what Stacy had told her. They all agreed not to say anything to anyone about it and just to pray for the Wilmington family.
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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.