Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #102. Today we are reading chapter 47 of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop II” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:2
One of the biggest events of Ninth Street Baptist Church was the annual ladies conference which was exploding in growth each year. This year’s conference promised to be the best and biggest one yet as ladies from the New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church and other churches across the nation would be attending. Sister Richardson would be this year’s keynote speaker. Monica was chosen as a speaker as well. The conference theme was: Loving Them Makes the Difference, taken from Jude 22: “And of some have compassion, making a difference.”
It was an absolute blessing for Monica to see old friends again: Sister Campbell, Sister Herron, Sister Wilmington, Sherrice, and of course, Sister Montague, and many more who filled up three of Mt. Zion’s large buses. Even Sister Mills came along wearing one of her huge hats. Monica opened up her home to five of the ladies: her mother, Sister Mills, Sherrice, Sister Herron, and Sandy.
“Monica, honey, this is Sandy,” Sister Montague told her daughter. “She knows Pastor Kirby. She’s from this area but now is going to college in Texas. It took some doing, but I managed to persuade her to take a break and come up here with us.”
“Pleasure to meet you, Sandy. I’m sure you are enjoying Texas,” Monica told her. All of the ladies arrived late Thursday evening, and rested on Friday in preparation for the big day on Saturday. Their excitement was contagious.
The meeting commenced with breakfast served at the church. The singing was spirit filled and uplifting. A couple of women even broke out in dance. As all hearts joined in prayer, one could sense an openness as the Holy Spirit moved.
Sister Richardson, who by the end of the day was being addressed as Mother Richardson, brought down the house as she shared with the ladies from her years of experience walking with the Lord and much of it as a pastor’s wife.
“I thought I was going to be a first lady dressed in the finest clothes, having the biggest house on the block with plush furniture, wearing the widest hat with the biggest feathers to each church service, and manicured nails. In other words, I thought I would not dirty my hands doing the sometimes messy work of the ministry.”
“Then one day, my husband brought home two – not one – but two derelicts, two drunkards. Dirty, stinking, and unkempt as they were, he sat them down on my couch. Can you imagine how shocked I was when I walked out my bedroom and saw that sight! My husband, ladies, has an evangelist’s heart; his main aim is to see souls come to Jesus. So, as you share the Word of God with the unsaved, you have to truly love them, because loving them is what will make the difference.
“I took my husband to the bedroom and asked, ‘What is this?’ All he said was: ‘And of some have compassion, making a difference.’ He just quoted his life verse. He then took our soft plush towels out of the closet and let those men bathe in our bathroom — and I had to clean up after each of them. While they were showering, my husband instructed me to fix a fantastic meal like I was serving the president and provide for adequate sleeping space as well.
“Ladies, I was steaming; I was mad. On top of that, while I finished up the meal, he took our money and went to the store and shopped for those men.
“Talk about a humbling experience. I spent all night battling and arguing with God. See, God knew I was a proud person, full of myself, and he sent those two homeless drunkards to humble me down. God made those two men stay with us for a whole week. By the end of the week I was a new person — humble and full of compassion for others. But guess what? Both those men got saved and are still serving God today because we — my husband first — showed them the Gospel by showing them compassion.”
The crowd of women erupted in applause.
“I don’t know if I can top Momma Richardson’s speech, but I can only share with you what I feel God has laid upon my heart to share with you ladies,” Monica said as she launched into her speech.
“Too often after we get saved, we tend to forget that we have not been saved all our lives, and thus we all have a tendency to look down our noses at each other. I’ll share an experience of mine with you as briefly as I can. There was a young, very attractive lady who worked at my husband’s former job and she has given me permission to tell this as a testimony. She had eyes for him. Of course, he told me all about her, so it was no surprise when she and I met up at one of the company’s fancy get-togethers. This lady was all up in my husband’s face. I was tempted to have a hateful attitude towards her, but following a prompting in my spirit, I chose to love on her and pray for her each day. About a month later, my husband preached his first sermon. We didn’t know it at the time, but this lady was sitting in the auditorium, and at the end of the service she asked Jesus to come into her heart and save her. She took heed to the verse which states ‘believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.’ Many times we can win people to Jesus by just loving them and praying for them daily. I will never forget her parting words to me after she accepted the Lord Jesus. She said, ‘Sister Monica, thank you so much for speaking to me, stopping by my house, sharing Jesus with me, and for praying for me.’
“Before I close, I would like for each of us to pray for my very best friend – Stacy. Stacy’s mother, Sister Wilmington, is here with us today. Some of you know of her situation and are already praying for her. A few weeks ago she called me to tell me that someone kidnapped her five-year-old daughter, Trelawny. To date, the police have no clue as to where she might be. My heart is extremely heavy for her. Please, pause right now and pray for her. Pray that God would comfort her heart and her husband’s heart and her eight year old son’s heart. His name is Trevon. Also pray that Trelawny would be found immediately. Shall we pray?”
A resounding “Yes!” rose up from the auditorium of women.
During the two hour long lunch break, Sandy met up with Kirby Rollins in his office.
“I told you it wouldn’t be long before we saw each other again,” Pastor Kirby said to Sandy as he embraced her. Remembering how Brother Cam stumbled upon him and Sister Anise, he hurriedly locked both doors so they could have this time together uninterrupted.
“Does your uncle know you’re here?”
“No, I didn’t let him nor my aunt know I was coming. I believe I saw my aunt in the crowd though,” Sandy said, hugging his neck. “I’m going to call them after the meeting and meet up with them tomorrow. I’ve been dying to see Solomon. I’m thinking of letting him come stay with me in Texas. New Mt. Zion has a great day care center.”
Hmm, Kirby thought. Getting Solomon away from here will prevent people from noticing how much he looks like me.
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.