Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #198. Today we are reading chapter 30 of the novel Charmaine” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
Mother Louise and Sister Mona glanced at each other as Sister Mona slid out of her seat and hurried out the door after Sister Gillespie.
“Sister Gillespie, wait up!” Sister Mona said.
Charmaine and the other diners turned their heads at the slight disturbance. Charmaine hurried over to Mother Louise who was moving a bit slower due to her age.
“What’s the matter, Mother Louise? Is there something I can help you with?” Charmaine asked.
“Yes and no,” Mother Louise said. “I’ll give you a call later. Right now, let me hurry on out here and help calm Sister Gillespie down.”
Charmaine walked Mother Louise to the door. “I’ll be waiting to hear from you,” she said to Mother Louise as she held the door open for her to go outside.
“Don’t worry, honey. I’ll be giving you a call tonight.”
“Mother Louise, thank you so much for calling,” Charmaine said after answering the phone. “Is everything alright with Sister Gillespie?”
“Yes and no,” Mother Louise said. “Charmaine, you do know who she is, don’t you?”
“Yes, I figured it out. She’s Pastor Gillespie’s former wife,” Charmaine said.
“Yes, and she knows who you are.”
“And what’s that?”
“She now knows her husband asked you to marry him.”
An awkward silence fell between the two ladies before Mother Louise spoke up. “Charmaine, I’m going to give it to you straight, and I hope you won’t see me as being deceitful. It’s an awkward position that we are in. Anyway, Sister Mona and I have been meeting each Saturday with Sister Gillespie and talking with her about how she should carry herself as a wife. We’ve been helping her to see the mistakes she’s made as a wife, and the change she needs to make if she plans on making amends and going back to her husband.”
“I see,” Charmaine nodded.
“Verbally she keeps saying she’s not going back to him, that he’s at fault, and he needs to come to her and apologize to her, but deep down, she’s hurting and she wants him back…”
Oh, dear, Charmaine thought.
“We were trying not to say anything to her about Pastor Gillespie proposing to you, but it slipped out.”
“I see,” Charmaine said. “I’m curious, how did you know Pastor Gillespie asked me to marry him?”
“Oh, he asked my advice before he asked you; he’s like a son to me. Of course, I told him to do as the Lord was leading him, and I assured him that whatever his decision was, we would stand with him.”
“Well, we are in a tight corner, aren’t we?” Charmaine sighed.
“You’re not upset, are you?”
“Oh, no. By right, Sister Gillespie is really his wife, but I will tell you this: I love Pastor Gillespie and I did accept his proposal, but now, we have to figure out what to do.”
“This is a thought: Let’s spend the night in prayer over this. Sister Mona is already praying with us,” Mother Louise said. “If you don’t mind, we’d love for you to join us on tomorrow when we meet with Sister Gillespie. We can pick you up. It might be an uncomfortable meeting, but I think we need to do this.”
“Sure,” Charmaine said with hesitation. “Mother Louise, I’ve had some concerns about some things also, and I need some advice…and prayer.”
Mother Louise listened as Charmaine shared with her what had been on her heart the past few weeks.
“You know, I love Pastor Gillespie and yes, I want to be his wife, but I am concerned about three things: One, in my country, and according to our Ethiopian culture, unmarried women do not marry divorced men. I know I am in America and have spent all my life here, but I was born Ethiopian, and I do not want to do anything that would cause a stir in my community or leave anyone disgruntled.”
“I see,” Mother Louise said.
“Two,” Charmaine continued, “my people have never been accepted in any of the churches around here. Pastor Gillespie has graciously opened the church doors here and has invited us in with open arms. I know that someone is trying to get rid of us, but my marrying Pastor Gillespie, I’m sure, will provide my people with a solid place to worship…and hopefully a riot will not break out from dissenters…”
Mother Louise chuckled. “You don’t have to worry about a riot, Charmaine. Pastor Gillespie will prevent the fire from blazing by putting out the spark. He’ll fight for what he stands for.”
“That’s one thing I noticed about him,” Charmaine said. “I just want to make sure I’m marrying him for the right reasons.”
“What’s the third concern you had? You said you had three.”
“Yes, the third reason is Sister Gillespie. I do not want any contention between us.”
“Sister, all I can say is you pray about it,” Mother Louise said. “I’ll be praying with you too, and you follow your heart. That’s a decision I really cannot make for you.”
Both ladies chatted some more. Mother Louise prayed with her before they bid each other ‘good night’.
Mother Louise shared with Sister Mona all that Charmaine had shared with her on their way to pick her up for the meeting with Sister Gillespie.
“Well, we knew this day was coming. God’s will be done, is all I can say,” Sister Mona said.
The meeting was an uncomfortable one, especially for Sister Gillespie and Charmaine. Charmaine listened as Mother Louise and Sister Mona instructed Sister Gillespie on what it meant to be a biblical wife. Their main focus was First Peter chapter three verses one and two: “Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.”
Sister Gillespie felt embarrassed being given so much strict instruction in front of Charmaine.
“See, ladies, it says here that if a wife acts right, then God gives the assurance that the husband will come around and begin acting right himself…” Mother Louise said.
Charmaine nodded her head.
Why in the world is she nodding her head? She has never been married and definitely not to my husband, Sister Gillespie thought.
“Verse two says a certain fear will fall upon your husband as they take note of your godly behavior,” Mother Louise said.
“And it won’t be easy,” Sister Mona said. “Because your flesh will act up and the ‘me, myself, and I’ attitude will try to push itself forward.”
Charmaine nodded again.
Mother Louise stared at Sister Gillespie to bring her back into focus. “If a wife plans on keeping her husband and thus her marriage intact, she has no choice but to do what the Bible says.”
“Yes, sister,” Sister Mona agreed. “She has to take heed to Proverbs 25:28 which says: ‘He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.’ She has to guard and bring under control her spirit and her attitude and choose to respond in a Godly manner and not cater to the world’s way of doing marriage, her fleshly ideas, nor the devil’s corrupt suggestions.”
This is good stuff, Charmaine thought. This is where I need to be each Saturday.
At the end of the Bible study, the ladies turned their attention to the unresolved issue they were facing. “I know this is uncomfortable for you both,” Mother Louise said. “But we have to face reality. Pastor and Sister Gillespie are divorced. Pastor Gillespie has decided to move on and marry Charmaine; Sister Gillespie desires to get back with her husband. You two can either go your separate ways and pretend you never knew each other and…”
“And,” Charmaine interrupted. “I know what we can do. Forgive me for being so forward, but I have a plan; it’s not complete yet, so I’ll pray more about it throughout this week and I’ll share it with you on next Saturday.”
Mother Louise, Sister Mona, and Sister Gillespie exchanged glances.
“Just trust me,” Charmaine said.
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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.