Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #174. Today we are reading chapter 6 of the novel Charmaine” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
Pastor Gillespie sighed. Well, that took care of that, he thought. Deep down, he was hoping that his wife would have humbled herself and done the right thing. He sat in front of his computer to record all that had just taken place in case any issues came up in the future. He also recorded the meeting he had with his deacons before settling down for a peaceful evening. He prayed that God would protect his wife and help her to make the right decision and return home. He turned over in his mind the best way to present the matter to the church or even if he should say anything at all about it.
Even though Monday was his day off, Pastor Gillespie felt compelled to stop by the church. He was surprised to see Mother Louise there. “Mother Louise, what are you doing here so bright and early?” Pastor Gillespie said reaching out to give her a hug. “I thought you’d be in the bed resting up from this past week.”
“I’m just stopping by to encourage my son in the Lord,” Mother Louise said with a smile. For her to be almost one hundred years old, she was energetic and lively. Her long walk with the Lord had given her an overflowing well of wisdom from which Pastor Gillespie often made withdrawals.
“Me? Resting up! My secret is to take a little rest every day. How’s my pastor-son doing?” she said, returning his hug.
“Quite well, Mother.”
“And how’s the first lady doing?” Mother Louise was concerned, especially after Sis. Gillespie’s rather smug attitude and response toward her husband during the conference.
“I hope she’s alright,” Pastor replied, leading her into his office.
“You hope she’s alright?” Mother Louise questioned, closing the door. “Now what happened between last week and today?”
“I tell you, Mother, it’s been a tough week; I need your godly advice. Promise me you’ll give it to me straight,” Pastor said sitting down at his desk.
“Do I ever hold back?” Mother Louise said as she made herself comfortable on his plush couch. “I tell you, Pastor, you ought to give me this couch. It’s enough to put you to sleep. Anyway, I’m all ears. What’s going on between you and the first lady?”
Pastor Gillespie told her all that had taken place over the past few days and throughout their marriage, some of which she was already aware of. “I tell you, Mother, she has been the typical Proverbs 14:1 woman where the Bible says ‘Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.’ Throughout our marriage, she has been trying to pluck down the house little by little. In fact, a lot of people don’t know this, but she is one of the main reasons why I left my last church. The people saw how she disrespected me and how she was rebellious towards me, and she reaped what she sowed by the folks, especially the women, turning against her. The women began to disrespect her and a couple of them had set out to try to take me from her. But, Mother, let me say this, in fairness to her, one area of our marriage that she did not fail in was in the bedroom. She was always willing to take care of my needs in that area. No matter how mad she might get, she never denied me sex.”
“Well, that’s good to hear, but sex can’t keep a marriage together,” Mother Louise said. “She needs to get herself together in those other areas because that is what is causing the problems here,” she continued shaking her head.
“I wanted her to become a truly virtuous woman and to be a biblical example before other ladies. She had what I thought were the makings of virtuousness—she seemed to have a teachable spirit. I bought her all the books I could find on being a godly woman. She attended just about every woman’s conference there was. But all seemed in vain, Mother Louise, she got worse. She had all the material blessings she could want. She had no need of anything.”
Mother Louise nodded.
“It had gotten to the point, Mother, where I was ashamed to take her some places with me. As you know, I have always spoken well of her before the church. No man wants the negative things about his wife out in public — but I can only cover for her so long. I did all I could to keep the marriage together.”
“I know you did,” Mother Louise said.
“I am not perfect and I don’t expect her to be perfect; but to live in rebellion day-in and day-out. Come on now.”
“Like I said, I hope she’s all right wherever she is.”
After a few minutes, Mother Louise said thoughtfully, “You know, Pastor, I know you love your wife and you always will, but I hate to tell you this: I saw this coming for quite awhile now. I was hoping it would not come to this.” She was shaking her head as she spoke. “When you sent for her at the meeting, and she responded with such disrespect in everyone’s hearing, I told her she ought to be ashamed of herself.”
“You did?” Pastor Gillespie leaned forward in his chair.
“I sure did. I told her she was setting a bad example before the other ladies who all look up to her. I also told her that when a husband calls for his wife, the wife ought to drop what she’s doing to find out what he needs especially in front of guests. She brushed off what I said, and said something about you being a bother to her and that you can help her be more of a help meet by staying out of her way, or something like that.”
“I am not surprised, Mother Louise. That rebellious attitude she displayed has been a pattern—it’s almost predictable. And you know what, Mother? The devil has her so blinded that she can’t even see how it’s slowly pulling her down.”
“You know, Pastor Gillespie, some people just have to learn things the hard way,” Mother Louise responded.
“I was hoping she would just read the Bible and do as it says, but I guess she is one of those who has to learn the hard way, like you said.” Pastor Gillespie sighed deeply. “I’ll pray for her and that’s all I can do right now. One thing is for certain, I won’t go searching for her,” Pastor said.
“I agree with that. She needs to be the one who comes back. But I’ll pray for her, too, Pastor. My heart goes out to her. In the meantime, you have a large church to run and people depend on you to lead them forward. You must go on.”
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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.