Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #46. Today we are reading chapter 46 of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. – Proverbs 18:24
“Monica, phone call. It’s Jonathan,” said her mother sticking her head through the door. “Keep it short.”
“Thank you, Mom. I will.” Placing her pen inside her Biology book she picked up the phone. “Hi, Jonathan.”
“Hi, Monica, I know I just saw you earlier today, but I just wanted to chat with you a bit more—unless you are busy.”
“Not really. I was just studying, but I need to take a break. How are you doing since we last spoke?”
They spoke about the upcoming graduation and the possibility of going online over the next couple of years. Jonathan gave her the info on how the online school worked.“If I can take you out to lunch tomorrow, we can stop off at the library and I can show you how this online thing works further. There’s nothing to it. Janice is thinking of going that route also. With that, you have better management of your time. And it certainly cuts back on the commute back and forth to campus. Most universities and colleges are going this route. Are we on for lunch tomorrow?”
“Hold on, let me ask my Mom.” Monica was back in no time. “It’s fine with her if it’s fine with my Dad.”
“I’m headed out to the church to pick my Dad up, I can ask your Dad then, unless you would rather ask him.”
“You can ask him. I’ll await your call. I have to get back to the books. Give your family my love and if nothing happens I’ll see you tomorrow.”
No sooner had Monica hung up the phone than it rang again. It was Stacy. “Stacy, it’s been a while. What have you been up to?”
“Monica, forgive me for not keeping in touch as I told you I would but college life takes up so much time especially now that I’m getting ready for finals. So, how is everything going?”
“Don’t I know all about it. I’m busy studying every waking moment. For the latest news update, Jonathan asked me out to eat. As you know, we’ve been talking regularly. We went out to the Valentine’s Banquet together. It was a night I will never forget.”
“I’m very happy for you. I told you he would be a good catch.”
“Did you get the sermon tape I sent you on the ‘Pull and Power of Sin’?” asked Monica.
“Yes, I did. I just now listened to it a few days back. I wish I had listened to it earlier. It would have steered me away from some hard things.”
Stacy was quiet. She did not know how to continue.
“Come on, Stacy. This is Monica. You tell me everything. You’re not hiding anything from me, are you? What do you mean by ‘hard things’?”
After a deep sigh, Stacy went on. “Monica, I’m pregnant.”It was Monica’s turn to be quiet. She sat up quickly on her bed where she had been lying down. After she pulled herself together she said, “Stacy, tell me you’re kidding. Are you really?”
“Oh, Monica, I wish I could. I wish I could.” Stacy told her how it all happened trying to hold back the tears. “I don’t know how I let it happened. I just don’t know.”
“Have you told anyone about it?”
“No. You’re the only person I’ve told.”
“What about Robert? Have you said anything to him?
“No. Not yet. I really don’t know how he’ll take it…”
“Well, as the father, he has to take it. I’m sure he knew what he was doing,” Monica said out of frustration, upset that this happened to Stacy. “What are you going to do?”
“I don’t know. One side of me wants to have the baby, and the other side of me wants an abortion.”
“Stacy, you know abortion is wrong!”
“That’s what I am struggling with. I can’t handle a child and go to school at the same time—at least not way down here by myself. My plans for college did not include a baby.” Monica heard her voice starting to break. “It’s easy to stand against something when you’re not directly involved in it, but it’s a different story when you are involved in it. I don’t know how I am going to face my parents.” By this time Stacy was in tears again.
“Stacy, I think you should have the baby and I also think you should tell your parents. You should tell Robert because you shouldn’t have to carry this all by yourself. I’ve known you to be a strong person who will eventually do the right thing.”
“I can’t tell them especially with things the way they are between my Dad and me,” said Stacy.
“What do you mean? You told me you were going to talk with him and get things right.”
“I’m sorry, Monica. I had every intention on doing so, but when I got ready to I just felt so angry. I…I…”
“Stacy, all I know is you need to get things right with your Dad and you’re going to have to tell them about the pregnancy.” Monica’s voice took on a more serious tone. “I think you should look up on the Internet about abortion and pray hard about it before you go that route. I’ll pray with you.”
A knock on her door interrupted their conversation. It was Bro. Montague letting her know he was home and to come on down for supper. She said goodbye to Stacy making her promise to call or email her at least once a day.
She gave her Dad a hug and after the blessing he said to her, “Jonathan asked me if he could take you out for lunch tomorrow. Now, I respect that. He respected me enough to get my permission and he came to me with confidence and humility. I like that. This is good eating, Stella.”
“Thank you,” said his wife.
Monica waited in anticipation for her Dad to tell her his decision but he kept on eating.“Aah, Terrence, I think Monica would like to know your decision,” said Sis. Montague.
“Decision about what?” Bro. Montague placed a puzzled look on his face.
“Stop messing around,” she said with a smile.
“Oh, that. I thought you were on the phone with him when I came home. I figured he was so excited he couldn’t wait for me to tell you. I told Jonathan he could…he could…he could…take you out.”
“Thank you, Dad,” said Monica beaming.
“My rules still stand: no touching, no holding hands, and I want you back at the church by 3:00, young lady. I’ll take you to school and you both can leave from there to lunch and let him take you to the church after that and I’ll take you home. Do not stop by his house or come by here. And keep your cell phone on.”
Monica shared with her parents all that Stacy had shared with her. The news was shocking to them.“This is why we want you home as you go through college. Away from home you can fall into the trap of some fast talking dude who can trick you into thinking he loves you and wants the best for you, and then after he takes advantage of you leaves you for another girl. This makes me so mad. The devil’s got one in.” Bro. Montague shook his head in disbelief. “Monica, you had better tell your mother and me everything you and Jonathan do and where you go before you even go there. It would break my heart if that were to happen to you.”
At family devotions that night, each of them poured out their hearts to God for protection for Stacy and that she would make the right decision. They also prayed for Bro. and Sis. Wilmington that God would strengthen them and prepare them for this disturbing news.
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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.