Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #170. Today we are reading chapter 2 of the novel Charmaine” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
The deacons returned to Pastor Gillespie and discreetly relayed his wife’s message to him. He was somewhat taken aback at her refusal. But then again, he wasn’t shocked because shortly after their marriage began, she started displaying signs of disrespect, disobedience, and rebelliousness. He gave her all a wife could ask for: a huge house, that in his opinion, was far too large for just the two of them. He thought that maybe God would bless them with many children to fill the house, but after ten years of marriage, he had to accept the fact that children would not be one of his blessings; his wife expressed no desire to have children. In fact, she always avoided the conversation whenever he tried to bring it up. Sis. Gillespie hired two maids, against his wishes, from a house cleaning service to keep the house clean, plus a full-time gardener for the upkeep of the yard.
She had a Bentley and a BMW which she traded in every year, but for what? To uphold a certain image. She had so many clothes, a room was set aside for that purpose only. She had enough shoes to open up a shoe store, not to mention the jewelry and other accessories to accent her attire. She held a prominent position in the church and was on certain boards in the city. She was head of virtually every ladies’ event at the church. In fact, she insisted on that, and she hosted many social events in the city. Even with all this to keep her busy, she was getting worse in her attitude towards her husband and towards anything new he tried to implement at the church.
As much as Pastor Gillespie hated to admit it, even to himself, his wife was a typical Proverbs 14:1 woman seeking to pluck down their home (Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.) Many times he wanted to quit and end the marriage, but he knew God would not be pleased. He decided to do the mature thing and not make an issue out of it, especially before others. He kept the marriage together for the ministry’s sake and for the glory of God even though he was tempted to take another woman as his wife, from time to time.
Pastor Gillespie forced himself into thinking that with all that was going on with the ladies, she misunderstood his message and so he sent the deacons a third time with the same message. “Tell her to come over for about ten minutes. I want the visiting pastors to meet her.”
When the men arrived at the ladies’ auditorium, Sis. Gillespie was at the podium. She stopped to address both men as they entered without making any attempt to turn off the mic. Any discerning person could tell she was irritated at their presence even though she tried to cover it up with a soft answer.
“Excuse me, ladies. May I help you, gentlemen?”All heads turned to see who these gentlemen were.
“First Lady Gillespie, Pastor Gillespie wants you to come over for about ten minutes so the other pastors can meet you,” the tallest of the deacons, Deacon Wiley, said.
“Didn’t you deliver that message earlier?” she asked. A hush fell over the room.
“Yes ma’am, we did. But he sent us back. He wants you to come now.” Deacon Wiley put an emphasis on the word ‘now.’
“It’ll take a full ten minutes just to get over there. Tell him it will have to wait as my hands are full right now,” Sis. Gillespie replied, trying to make light of the matter.
The ladies exchanged glances as the deacons turned to leave. They all knew that no matter how you feel and no matter what you are doing, when your husband calls, you drop what you are doing and grace him with your presence. The ladies waited almost breathlessly to see what would happen next. Sis. Gillespie went on as though that little scenario did not happen at all. As the planned events for the day proceeded, a few ladies came up to her with comments such as:
“That was really brave of you to not let your husband interrupt what you were doing. That will show him and other men that what we do for God as women is just as important as what they are doing.”
“Isn’t he going to be furious? I know my husband would be.”
“Oooh, you go girl!”
“It is time out for demanding, bossy husbands in the church. I’m glad you stood your ground; many of us would have never done that.”
“You keep it up and we’ll stand behind you.” Sis. Gillespie soaked up all the flattering comments which inflated her ego even more.
Mother Louise had her say also: “With all due respect to you, Sis. Gillespie, don’t you think you answered your husband a little foolishly? Would it have taken anything from you to go see what he wanted?”
“Mother Louise, believe me, whatever he wanted can wait. Plus, if it is that important, he could have buzzed me on my cell.”
Being the insightful and observant lady that she was, Mother Louise asked, “Is your cell phone even on? Where is it anyway? I’m used to seeing it in your hand. I used to think it was attached to your hand,”she said with a smile. “It’s probably tucked away in your office—oh, wait, that was done on purpose, of course.”
Sis. Gillespie did not respond. How Mother Louise knew or guessed correctly at these things was beyond her. But she hit it right on the head. “Mother Louise, I wouldn’t worry about me and Pastor, if I were you. You have lived your married life and I dare say lived it well. Let me live mine now. We’re two different people married to two different men at two different times.”
“Yes, yes, I agree with you,” Mother Louise said adjusting her beige hat with the burgundy feather. “But some things are universal and never change, and one of those things is respecting your husband and going to him when he calls you whether you feel like it or not.”
Sis. Gillespie excused herself. Right now, Mother Louise was not adding to her inflated ego; she was, instead, trying to beat it down to the ground.
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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.