Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #215. Today we are reading chapter 9 of the novel “The Unspoken Prayer Request” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
Aubrey received her first paycheck a week after starting work at Katrina Bervoski Interior Design Company. She called Jamaal on the way home.
“Jamaal, come celebrate with me. Let’s go out to eat.” Aubrey had thought of celebrating with Simone, Jennifer and Kelli, but decided to go out with her husband instead. “I’m on my way to pick you up. We can go to Piccadilly’s or wherever you like.”
“I had plans to hang out with my boys tonight, Aubrey,” Jamaal said.
“Oh, come on. It’s not gonna last all night. You can go out afterwards. Plus, we don’t do this often,” Aubrey pleaded. Aubrey thought she heard giggling in the background.
“Hold on,” she heard Jamaal whisper.
“Are you talking to me? Sounds like you have company,” Aubrey said straining her ears to listen.
“No, no. Just telling you to hold on a minute so I can turn this volume down.”
“Jamaal, I don’t hear any noise in the background. Are you drinking again?”
“No. I’ll be ready when you get here, or I could meet you…”
“No, I’ll come and pick you up. We can ride together. Isn’t that what married people are supposed to do?”
Jamaal reluctantly gave in and he, surprisingly, was having a good time until one of Aubrey’s old friends approached their table. Lawrence and Aubrey had had a liking for each other during a part of their college years. Lawrence never seemed to understand the concept of one woman at a time, so she gave him up—reluctantly. He knew how to play the gentleman role to get the attention of the ladies, then show them the time of their life once he got their attention, and keep them wanting more. Lawrence was very forward and oftentimes embarrassed her, but Aubrey had loved his crazy ways. She was just not willing to share him with other women.
“Aubrey, my girl,” he said as he approached their table with his winning smile. “Jamaal, my man, you don’t mind me giving my former girlfriend a hug, do you?” Not waiting for an answer, he reached down and gave Aubrey a hug—too long a hug for Jamaal. Aubrey shrugged her shoulders, raised her eyebrows and gave her husband a ‘don’t ask me’ look. She could see the jealousy and anger raging in Jamaal’s eyes.
“Okay, brother, that’s my wife now,” he said trying to make light of it. “What’s been happening, Lawrence?”
“I’ve been around, man. I’ve been around.” Lawrence still had not accepted that Aubrey had ‘run off’ and married Jamaal. In Lawrence’s words to Simone, “Aubrey is wife material, and that is what I want.” He and Jamaal had a few ‘run-ins’ because Lawrence refused to leave Aubrey alone especially after she and Jamaal announced their engagement, and even after they got married. This had caused no small stir in their marriage. In a tone of voice that Aubrey knew not to argue with, Jamaal had told her shortly after they got married, “I want you to change your cell number. I do not want him calling you.”
Lawrence was the last person Aubrey wanted to see on a night like this.
“Who’s your lady friend?” Aubrey asked, glancing over at a table whose lone occupant was a rather stunning-looking young woman. Aubrey assumed they were together because surely Lawrence would not be here alone. She also hoped her statement would cut his visit short.
“She seems kind of lonely,” Jamaal piped in looking in the direction Aubrey indicated.
The young lady was looking across at them. Aubrey waved and signaled for her to come join them.
“She’s just a friend,” Lawrence said a little annoyed that he had lost control of the situation.
“Hi!” Aubrey said once the young lady got to their table. “My name is Aubrey. This is my husband, Jamaal. We’re friends of Lawrence.”
Lisa, as she introduced herself, had a friendly disposition. They chatted for a few minutes before Lawrence and Lisa went back to their table.
“So what do you plan on doing with your money?” Jamaal asked Aubrey on the way home.
“I am going to put it in savings towards starting my own interior design business. Remember I shared that with you,” Aubrey said. “I have no need for it now. But first I’ll give my ten percent in church like Mother reminded me to do.”
“What? You really don’t believe all that stuff, do you?” Jamaal exclaimed. “God does not really need your little ten percent. I mean, He’s letting you have ninety percent already, so what’s a measly ten percent? I keep all of it and I ain’t hurtin’ for nothing. Plus God never came through for me when I needed Him the most.”
It took a while for Aubrey to figure out what he meant. “Are you referring to your brother’s death?”
“I told you never to bring that up, didn’t I? My mother put lying thoughts in your mind; she did not do her part either.”
Aubrey decided to leave it alone and wait until Jamaal got ready to talk. She was not surprised at his words though. God and church had never been on his mind, neither in his vocabulary, since shortly after they got married.
“I’m going to let you keep it, but understand that all the money that comes in my house is mine—technically speaking,” Jamaal said firmly.
Aubrey looked at him. She sensed there was something else he had on his mind. “Go ahead, Jamaal. What else is on your mind?”
“Who says anything is on my mind?”
Aubrey smiled. “You’re clenching and unclenching your fists. You always do that when something is bothering you.”
“What’s with you and Lawrence?” Jamaal blurted out. “He was hugging you tighter than even you and I hug.”
You and I don’t even hug, Aubrey thought to herself. She sensed Jamaal’s jealousy rising again.
“You could have pushed him off you,” he said.
“How was I supposed to know he was going to hug me? Jamaal, I have not had any contact with Lawrence since we’ve been married. That’s almost two years now. His being at the restaurant is just as surprising to me as it is to you,” Aubrey retorted. “You act as though I knew he was going to be there.”
“Do you really expect me to believe all that mumble-jumble?” Jamaal snapped at her. “You knew he was going to be there. After all, you chose the time and place.”
“Jamaal nothing. I saw the way he looked at you and the way he hugged you.”
Aubrey pulled into their driveway. Jamaal was out of the car and in the house before she had time to lock the car door. He did not even bother to leave the front door open for her. Aubrey sighed. How can a great day turn out like this? This is why I hate going out with him. He’s always reading into everything. If a man looked at her, Jamaal took it to mean that the man was sending some kind of signal to her. If a man said ‘hello,’ even to both of them in passing and she responded with a friendly ‘hello,’ he swore she knew the man and this was some signal between the two of them.
I could have gone out with Simone and the girls tonight and ended the night on a better note than this, Aubrey thought. Well, I may as well go on to bed.
Jamaal was in the game room, as usual, drowning out, or perhaps feeding his jealousy with noise. She would find out later which he was doing. Aubrey was getting ready to shower when she heard the front door slam. He was gone. She breathed a sigh of relief.
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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.