Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #197. Today we are reading chapter 29 of the novel Charmaine” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
Mother Louise and Sister Mona were on their way to pick up Sister Gillespie for their weekly meeting.
“Sister, we have to move quickly and be direct with her. We have not a moment to lose,” Mother Louise said.
“Why the urgency?” asked Sister Mona.
“Pastor told me that he proposed to Charmaine and she said yes,” Mother Louise said matter-of-factly. “And since he has not heard anything from Sister Gillespie, he is definitely not wasting any time.”
“Wha-a-at?” exclaimed Sister Mona. “Have they set a wedding date? Tell me everything!”
“No, they haven’t. They haven’t even announced the engagement to the church yet.” She turned the corner and pulled into Regina’s driveway. “Now, wipe that excited look off your face before Gloria suspects something. I’ll tell her in good time.”
Upon arriving at the restaurant, they chose a booth seat. Charmaine attended to them.
“Charmaine, this is Gloria Gillespie,” Mother Louise said as she introduced them. “And Sister Gillespie, this is Charmaine.”
Charmaine greeted Sister Gillespie warmly. “Yes, I’ve seen you here before,” she said. Gillespie, Gillespie, Charmaine thought as she took their order. I wonder if she’s related to Pastor Gillespie somehow.
Sister Gillespie smiled pleasantly enough. “Pleased to meet you again, Charmaine. My sister and I came by a couple of weeks back. You waited on us. Everything was lovely.”
As the ladies enjoyed their meal, Mother Louise got straight to the reason they were there. “Sister Gillespie, we know you’re a smart lady or Pastor would not have married you, but you’re not acting wisely right now.”
“What do you mean, Mother Louise?”
“Here you are married to a very well-known and well-loved man; he has everything going for him; God has richly blessed him and is blessing him now more than ever. As his wife, you had everything a wife could ever want and you are foolishly throwing it away. What would it take for you to admit you acted rashly and immaturely, and to humble yourself, and submit to your husband as the Bible tells you in Ephesians chapter 5: ‘Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.’ And go back to your husband before another woman takes him. You are on the verge of losing the greatest blessing that God has ever given you—your husband.”
“Oh, really,” Sister Gillespie said dryly.
“Yes, really,” Mother Louise continued. “Let me put it to you plainly: You had better cut the crap and let go of your pride or whatever you are holding on to and face reality—you are going to completely lose your husband and soon.”
Sister Gillespie stirred her lemonade impatiently.
“You don’t believe us?” Mother Louise asked. “He told me on yesterday that he’s thinking of asking someone to marry him. He told me who, but as of right now I won’t say who she is.”
Sister Mona glanced at Mother Louise across the table, knowing she was only telling half the truth.
Sister Gillespie stopped stirring her drink and her eyes widened. “Already?” she said in a slow, breathless voice.
“Yes, already. Even though Pastor is a good, godly man, he is still a man, and a man needs a woman, so since you left him over some foolishness, he’s moving quickly. I have no reason to lie to you,” Mother Louise said.
“Sister Zelda said he’s just fooling around with one of those Ethiopian women trying to make me jealous. Whoever she is, he’s just using her,” Sister Gillespie retorted.
“You know you can’t believe everything Zelda Martin says,” Sister Mona said. “She’s nothing but a gossiper and a liar. You’ve even said that to me in private.”
Sister Gillespie looked across the restaurant at Charmaine who was tending to another customer. She thought of telling Mother Louise and Sister Mona that Zelda mentioned Charmaine as the one, but decided not to because, as Sister Mona reminded her, Zelda was a gossiper and a liar and had caused division in the ladies’ ministry before.
“Well, what am I supposed to do, now? Obviously he does not want me anymore…and I don’t think I want him either. I mean who would want a man who can only find fault with his wife, always criticizing me no matter what I do. I can never do anything to please him.”
“Enough whining!” Mother Louise said firmly. Sister Mona smiled and nodded as Mother Louise continued, “The last words your husband said to me just this past week was that he waited long enough and he has not heard from you so he is moving on. That’s when he told me he was thinking of asking this young lady to marry him. Obviously, he was willing to reconcile, but the ball is in your court.” Mother Louise fell quiet so Sister Gillespie could process her last words.
Sister Gillespie swallowed hard. Yes, she was trying to wait her husband out; now she knew she was possibly fighting a losing battle.
As if reading her mind, Sister Mona added, “All may not be lost, but you have to admit you were wrong to disrespect your husband and make up your mind to fight for your marriage.”
Before Sister Gillespie could answer, Mother Louise piped in. “You mentioned he is always correcting you. Sister, you know you are not above reproach. Everybody needs correction sometimes, including me.”
Sister Gillespie swallowed hard again. Mother Louise pulled her Bible out of her pocketbook. Oh, no. I am in for it now, Sister Gillespie thought.
“As you know, marriage between a man and a woman is similar to the relationship between Jesus Christ and us, His bride,” Mother Louise began flipping the pages of the Bible rapidly. “Once we get saved we become a part of the bride of Christ. As His bride, when we disobey Him, He chastises us; He teaches us through the Word of God and through biblical preaching, and His Holy Spirit convicts us of sin.”
Turning to Ephesians 5:22-27, Mother Louise read: “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify it and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” Mother Louise looked at Sister Gillespie. “You’ve read this before; in fact, you’ve even taught this in the women’s ministry at the church.
“Christ sanctifies us and cleanses us by His Word. When this passage speaks of spots and blemishes, it is referring to: disobedience, talking back, complaining, showing disrespect, having a bad attitude, lying, rebelliousness, stubbornness, and so on. He wants us to be clean so that He can proudly claim us as His bride; so that He can brag on us a little, if you will.”
Sister Mona nodded. “Husbands are the same way,” she said. “All good, strong husbands lovingly correct their wives when they are wrong because they want their wives to be free of the bad attitudes and sins that make them look ugly. For you know, Sister Gillespie, we can look very pretty on the outside, but we can get ugly real quick in the eyes of our men when we have nasty attitudes and sin in our lives. On the other hand, husbands also encourage and praise their wives when they are fulfilling their God-given roles.”
Sister Gillespie knew Sister Mona was right. She remembered the many times that Pastor Gillespie had said good things about her from the pulpit even when she did not deserve it.
“Sister Gillespie, you may be wondering why I am being so firm with you about this, or why I am even getting involved in this. I’ll tell you. Sister Mona already knows this, but I almost lost my husband after fifteen years of marriage. I was acting as foolish as you are acting right now. Well, my husband started talking to another sister in the church. That was like a dagger piercing my heart, but I refused to humble myself. My sister got so sick of my whining and moping about the house that she told me my husband was planning on leaving me and getting married to someone else. I found out later that she lied only to get me to move on and stop my constant whining. I got angry, but I would deny it bothered me. My mother did the best thing a mother could do: she invited my husband over, had all four of us, including my father in her bedroom and she and my father lectured us for about an hour.” Mother Louise chuckled. “Then they locked us in the bedroom and told us we were not coming out until we got things right. We were in there for about five hours. First there was silence, then my husband said, ‘Let’s just get it over with,’ and broke out laughing. Then I started to laugh. I was laughing even though I was angry. To make a long story short, we yelled at each other, we blamed each other, and then we hugged and kissed each other and made up, if you know what I mean. Well, we spent the next twenty-nine years together until God took him home to Heaven, and I thank God my mother made us do the right thing.”
Sister Gillespie would never have imagined anything like that happening to Mother Louise. “What’s so funny, Mother Louise?” she asked after Mother Louise started to laugh.
“At one point when my husband and I were yelling at each other, my mother, I guess she had been listening through the door, she shouted at us, ‘You both are doing great. Get it all out of your system. You got a ways to go and the door is still locked.’”
The ladies were so engrossed in their conversation they were unaware of Charmaine’s presence. She had come to refill their glasses and overheard Mother Louise’s last few words.
“After a while we settled down and were talking like sensible folks,” Mother Louise said. “My mother shouted through the door again, ‘Are you all making up now? That’s good. I’ll let you out after a while.’”
“I bet it was good too,” Sister Mona said.
“It sure was,” Mother Louise said laughing even harder.
“I hope I’m not interrupting anything,” Charmaine said as she reached for their empty glasses.
“Oh, no, we were just exchanging stories,” said Sister Mona.
Charmaine cheerfully refilled their glasses then returned to her other customers.
“So, are you ready to humble down and make the necessary changes in your life to get your husband back?” Sister Mona asked, “‘cause I’m afraid Charmaine has stolen his heart.”
“What?!” exclaimed Sister Gillespie.
Mother Louise glared at Sister Mona. “I told you…” she mouthed.
“So, it is Charmaine,” Sister Gillespie said with a humble, broken voice of hurt. She was not angry with Charmaine; she was hurt that her husband would move so quickly to replace her and that Sister Mona and Mother Louise would sit there talking to her while all along knowing that the woman her husband was interested in was serving her lunch.
Sister Gillespie broke down and started crying at the table. Taking a cloth napkin from the table, she walked quietly, respectfully, and humbly towards the door.
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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.