Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #64. Today we are reading chapter 9 of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop II” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“Rejoice evermore.” – I Thessalonians 5:16
At her father’s advice, Leah turned in the key to her apartment.
“Now, Leah, you’re probably hurt over what Xavier did to you, but you can’t let that keep you from living your life. I don’t want to see you moping around the house. Pray and ask God to give you wisdom,” Bro. Montague said as he drove his daughter to her apartment to retrieve her belongings.
“He’s gonna be calling you, texting you, apologizing and telling you how sorry he is and how it will never happen again. He’ll even send you flowers and other gifts. Those are just things to get you to come back to him,” he continued as they pulled into the parking lot.
A note fell out of the apartment door as Leah pushed it open. It read:
Leah, I am sorry for what I did to you on Sunday evening and for using your apartment to do it. You’re the one for me and always will be. Please give me a call. I love you.
Looking over Leah’s shoulder, her father said, “I told you. I know what this joker’s going to try to pull.”
Leah sighed and nodded as she pushed the door open all the way. She switched the light on, and as the living room flooded with light, she saw a large bouquet of roses and a huge container of chocolates on the living room table. Another note read: “I am truly sorry. I love you. Give me a call.”
Now it was Bro. Montague’s turn to sigh as he watched Leah read the note. “Leah, you don’t need to call him again,” he said. “In fact, you need to change your number. You can keep those roses if you want and enjoy the chocolate, but ignore the notes.”
Leah thought about the note as she rapidly gathered her things. It seems sincere enough. How can he not be sorry? Why spend all that money on these expensive roses and not truly be sorry? Dad doesn’t really know him like I do.
“Dad,” Leah said on their way home. “Maybe he is truly sorry. Maybe I ought to give him another chance…”
“Another chance, Leah? Are you crazy? Obviously you have not been listening to me,” her father said. “He’s sorry all right—sorry he got caught. Jokers like that don’t deserve another chance.”
Leah waited for her dad to continue.
“Let me give it to you straight. I want you to enjoy your life. I want you to find a Christian young man, get married, and have a happy home if that is what you want to do. But I also want you to be friends with a young man who will respect you and who won’t cheat on you. If he is cheating on you now, no telling what he’ll do once you get married; and believe me, that was probably not his first time cheating on you. If Xavier truly respected you, he would have never done what he did, and he would not have been pressuring you to have sex with him. Your mother told me that was what he was doing.”
Leah started to protest, but her Dad continued. “You have a good heart. You’re determined to keep yourself pure until marriage. Xavier knows that and that’s part of the reason why he’s stayed with you for so long. Now when he can’t get what he wants from you and he wants to go mess around, he’ll go to other women who falsely believe the way to get a man is to have sex with him. These women will lower their standards and disrespect themselves to have sex with a man. That is so stupid; and I did not raise you to be stupid.”
Leah’s cell phone rang late that night. It was Xavier. She reached over to answer it but her father’s words slowed her down: You have the power to control and direct the relationship in the way you want it to go. Never give your heart to any man you are not married to until he puts a ring on your finger. Until then, keep your heart to yourself. Men are very good at playing with a woman’s emotions. Respect yourself first by demanding that he respects you.
Her phone kept ringing. She listened as he left a message: “Leah, my girl, please answer the phone. I know you’re listening. I can’t wait to speak with you.” She laid the phone down on the pillow beside her head.
It rang again, and she picked it up. Sighing, she pressed the answer button. I’ll give him a chance to have his say.
“Leah, you’re all I’ve been thinking about. Did you get my gifts?” Xavier said. He sounded more eager than remorseful.
“Yes, I got them,” Leah said flatly, trying to guard her emotions. She didn’t want to let Xavier know how she really felt.
“I can’t stop thinking about you, Leah. I could kick myself for doing what I did. Do you forgive me?” Xavier said. “I’m really sorry.”
He’s gonna be calling you, apologizing and saying how sorry he is. Leah thought back to her dad’s conversation with her in the car.
“Leah, are you there?” Xavier asked.
“Yes, I am. How long have you been seeing this other woman? I mean, how could you?” Leah angrily asked. Tears of hurt and anger welled up in her eyes.
“She’s not important to me. She was just a one time thing. You know I love you, right?”
What if he really does love me? “I asked you a question: how could you? Here I am keeping myself pure for you, being faithful to you and you do this to me.” Leah moved her cellphone away from her mouth as she quickly wiped away the tears and cleared her throat. I have to remain strong and in control, she thought to herself.
“Leah, I love you. You are the one for me, and I mean that.” He’ll come speaking all that romantic jive just to get you back. “Like I said, she’s not important, but you are…”
“You’re just sorry you got caught, you lying cheat,” Leah said raising her voice.
“Give me another chance and I’ll make it up to you. Trust me…” pleaded Xavier.
Leah hung up the phone and rolled over to get some much-needed sleep.
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.