Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #105. Today we are reading chapter 50 of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop II” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. – Matthew 7:1-2
Sister Montague gave Monica a call the day after she returned home from the conference.
“It was a blessing,” Sister Montague said. “I will never forget it. I only wish I could have stayed longer and spent more time with my grandkids.”
“I wish you all could have stayed longer too, Mom,” Monica agreed. “You never finished telling me about Leah.”
“Oh, yes. Well, her and Anthony are finally planning on getting married. The date is set for about four months from today. She didn’t want me to say anything; she wanted to surprise you with the invitation. But it’s finally in the mail. You should be receiving it in a day or two.”
“I was wondering what was taking them so long to tie the knot,” Monica said laughing.
“Oh, there’s a story behind that. I won’t go into details, but Xavier tried to come back into her life after almost three years. He turned up at the church, all dressed up, and tried to persuade her to come back, saying he was a new man and all. Then, he turned up at her job and tried to persuade her to come back. He caused a scene once when Leah and Anthony went out to eat. Apparently, he followed them to the restaurant and ended up punching Anthony over something.”
“Really? My goodness, that’s no new man to me,” Monica said.
“I know it. To this day she’s still embarrassed about it. She was confused. She kept telling me if Xavier did not really love her why would he be fighting so hard for her, why would he come back? Your father and I had to sit her down and firmly talk some sense into her before she made the biggest mistake of her life. We had to tell her Xavier is the jealous type and if he’s acting this crazy now, he is going to act even crazier after they get married. Pastor Richardson even had to counsel her. Her and Anthony were planning on getting married earlier, but this craziness by Xavier halted those plans. I tell you, the drama that happens in our lives never ceases,” Sister Montague said.
“I can’t believe she never said a word to me,” Monica said. “She always told me everything was going well.”
“She was too embarrassed to tell you,” her mother said. “Plus, you were still adjusting to your new life as pastor’s wife and she did not want to burden you with her problems.”
“Well, I’m going to give her a talking to because that’s what sisters are for,” Monica said with a laugh. “You can plan on us, at least me and the children, staying for at least two weeks if not longer after the wedding.”
“Hold a second, Monica. Your dad says to tell you ‘hello’.”
“Mom, you tell Dad to get on this phone; he knows I want to talk with him,” Monica chuckled.
Trelawny was still missing after one month and the police had no leads on her disappearance. Monica called Stacy to share the conference events with her.
“I did get the invitation. Now, I wish I had come,” Stacy said. “Even Robert thought it would have been good for me and Trevon to get away for a while. I tell you what, Monica, it seems everywhere I go, I see Trelawny’s face.”
“I can imagine,” Monica said.
“One good thing that’s coming out of this,” Stacy said, “is that Robert and I are praying more. There’s nothing like trouble to keep you on your knees.”
“You are right,” Monica agreed. “But you know in a sense, that’s a shame. I mean, we know we ought to pray at all times, but we refuse to and God has to bring some trouble in our lives to get us to pray.”
The two friends talked and encouraged each other and made plans at least for Stacy and Trevon to come down for a short vacation.
“All three of you need to get out of New York for a while. You all can spend some time with us, maybe ride down with us for Leah’s wedding, spend time with your parents — it will be refreshing for both of you.”
As soon as Monica received her wedding invitation, she gave Leah a call.
“About time, Leah. What have you been waiting on?” Monica kidded her sister. “And why haven’t you been calling me?”
“Oh, please forgive, me but I’ve been in a state of confusion this past year.” Leah shared with her all she went through with Xavier coming back in her life; doubts as to whether or not she wanted to get married at all; then Anthony getting very sick. “Setback after setback,” Leah said with a sigh.
After giving Leah Stacy’s address, the sisters said goodbye, and promised to stay in touch with each other more than they had in the past.
Kristy Rollins said nothing to her husband about the anonymous message left on their answering machine. But Tuesday morning before he left, she stopped him.
“Kirby, listen to this,” she said pressing the play button for him to hear the message. “I didn’t want to disturb you about it on yesterday as you are always so busy.” Kristy watched him closely for any unusual reactions.
“You didn’t tell me you were counseling Sandy on Saturday. I mean, if you had this all scheduled, why didn’t you tell me?” Kristy asked firmly. “And, couldn’t the counseling have waited until after the conference, even until Sunday after church? I have not seen her in church since Brother Cam and Mitzie left. What’s going on, Kirby?”
“Kristy, I’m in a hurry. Can this wait until later?”
“No, we talk now or I’ll put my own interpretation into the message,” Kristy said. “What’s wrong with her getting counseling with the pastor at the church she is going to now?”
“Look, Kristy, she still considers me her pastor. Is there anything wrong with that?”
“She came off the bus with the ladies from New Mt. Zion church. Sister Montague introduced us all, or was trying to anyway. Did you know she had moved to Texas?”
“Yes,” Kirby answered hurriedly.
“And you never said anything to me knowing I treated her like a daughter. She used to babysit our children, Kirby, until they decided to leave the church,” Kristy said. “What’s going on? You used to be more open and share things with me.”
“Kristy,” her husband said giving her a hug. “Yes, Sandy did move to Texas to get a change of pace and to go on to college. Yes, as her former pastor, she came to me for some counseling. She wanted to find out if she should take the baby to Texas with her or leave the baby here with her aunt and uncle. I told her it would be wise to take the baby with her if she could find a trustworthy babysitter. She told me New Mt. Zion had a day care center so that would not be a problem. I told her to go for it. Now, is your mind at ease?”
Kristy allowed him to kiss her on the cheeks and although she nodded her head, she was still very unsettled in her spirit. If everything was as innocent as he portrayed it to be, why would someone leave such a message, making it seem as though there was something more going on? And why wouldn’t he just tell her he had met with her for counseling on his own on Saturday?
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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.