Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #181. Today we are reading chapter 13 of the novel Charmaine” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
Mother Louise and Sis. Mona were ringing the doorbell at Regina’s house, where Sis. Gillespie was staying, at exactly eleven o’clock on Saturday morning. Regina welcomed them into her home.
“It’s good to see you again, Mother Louise and Sis. Mona,” Regina said, giving them both a hug. She had met them at one of the ladies’ retreats at the church about a couple years ago before she stopped attending.
“It’s good to see you too,” Mother Louise said. “We stopped by to visit with Sis. Gillespie. She’s expecting us.”
Regina led them to the sunroom at the back of the house where Sis. Gillespie was waiting for them. Regina said goodbye as she had some business to tend to outside the home.
“Mother Louise and Sis. Mona, I know you’re here to try to talk me into going back to my husband, but my decision is final—I am not going back,” Sis. Gillespie said, pulling on the cord to slide the drapes open to let in more sunlight. It was a beautiful sunshiny day.
“Why not?” Sis. Mona asked. “We all miss you.”
“If he wants me back then let him come and beg me to return. It’s immature and boyish of him to send you two after me. Tell him to man-up and do the dirty work himself.”
“Oh, he did not send us over here. In fact, he does not even know we are here,” Sis. Mona quickly replied.
“Oh, well, maybe you ought to leave the matter alone then, and let him fix it—if he has any heart at all. After all, he’s the one who’s wrong,” Sis. Gillespie said adamantly.
“How so?” Mother Louise asked, giving Sis. Gillespie a knowing look.
Sis. Gillespie hated that look. It was as though Mother Louise was peering deep into her soul and could see beyond her lies, exaggerations and insecurities, and now, her hurt and pain which she was trying to hide.
“Come on now, Sis. Gillespie, you can’t be married for ten years to someone, go your separate ways, and not miss that person,” Mother Louise said.
“Only if that person has your heart…” Sis. Gillespie replied flippantly.
“Does your husband have your heart?” Mother Louise asked.
Sis. Gillespie wanted to deny it, but Mother Louise had her number. She managed to force a smile. “I don’t know,” she said. “But I’ll admit that I do not feel overjoyed about the separation.”
Mother Louise and Sis. Mona exchanged a glance. That was a start: acknowledging that the separation was not ideal.
“If you don’t mind,” Sis. Mona said, “me and Mother Louise would like to come by once a week and just have a little Bible study with you to encourage you in your walk with the Lord. This will help you greatly at this time whether you get back with your husband or not…”
“Well, what about him? Who’s talking with him?” Sis. Gillespie asked. “And I don’t appreciate you ladies making it seem like I am the one to blame—like I am the only one needing encouragement.”
“We won’t worry about your husband,” Mother Louise said with a smile ignoring her last statement. “God is dealing with him. God will do a better job dealing with him than me, you, Sis. Mona and the whole church put together.”
The ladies agreed to meet again the following Saturday at the same time. As soon as Mother Louise and Sis. Mona left, Sis. Gillespie placed a call to Sis. Zelda.
“Sis. Zelda, did you know Mother Louise and Sis. Mona came over to try and convince me to crawl back to my husband?”
“You don’t say. Your husband probably put them up to it,” Sis. Zelda said. “He’ll soon realize how wrong he is—people are leaving the church because of what he did. No one wants to sit under a divorced pastor. After enough people leave, he’ll come apologizing. If I were you, I would not listen to what Mother Louise and Sis. Mona are telling you. Like I said, your husband probably put them up to it.
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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.