Whale Tales

James Bartley (1870–1909) is said to have been swallowed whole by a sperm whale. His ship mates found him a few days later in the stomach of that sperm whale (which, it is said, died of constipation!).

Some say this is impossible but it has happened before…

Now the Lord had prepared and appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. (Jonah 1:17, AMP)

Was ‘the great fish’ in the Book of Jonah a whale?

Does it matter?


It does matter that we believe God’s Word for what it is, the truth.

Some people don’t care to believe that Jonah existed, but he is mentioned in 2 kings 14:25 and Jesus spoke of him in Matthew 12:39-41. In short, Jesus said that no sign shall be given but that of Jonah, three days and nights in the belly of a sea monster… and he added that someone (himself) greater than Jonah is here.

Prayer – Lord, we have decided to take you at your word. Just as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so Jesus is the sign to all nations now. Praise his name! Amen


Do you ever watch those makeover shows where they reveal the house bit by bit? That’s one of the ways God reveals his secrets.

He said to them, To you it has been given to [come progressively to] know (to recognize and understand more strongly and clearly) the mysteries and secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that, [though] looking, they may not see; and hearing, they may not comprehend.(Luke 8:10, AMP)

But it seems that Jesus couldn’t keep a secret at all!

Jesus answered him, I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in a synagogue and in the temple [area], where the Jews [habitually] congregate (assemble); and I have spoken nothing secretly. (John 18:20, AMP)

My friend is cautious about food, or rather the preparation of it.

My friend is cautious about food, or rather the preparation of it. These are her words:

“Oh ya. I never ‘maul’ the food. Latex gloves. I buy the big box at the drug store and I wear them when I prepare food. I mean, who wants to eat a salad, thinking about how every piece was ‘man handled?’ Latex gloves and spray bleach. I’m ready, baby!”

How well do you protect your food? I mean, we could talk about raw beef versus cooked here. Or we could get down to real truth. How well do we protect our food, our nourishment?

Jesus said to them, My food (nourishment) is to do the will (pleasure) of Him Who sent Me and to accomplish and completely finish His work. (John 4:34, AMP)

Prayer – Lord, thanks for reminding us that your Word is more than words. Amen

Consider it all Joy


There are days when we wonder how we can rejoice. March 22 was my husband’s birthday and I find it to still be a touchy kind of day. Yet in spite of things like death, loneliness and despair, God tells us to:

Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations.

Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.

But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4, Amp)

Am I there yet? Absolutely not and maybe not ever. Still I strive toward the goal.

I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward. (Philippians 3:14, AMP)

Prayer – Lord, let every day, every circumstance, bring us ever so slightly toward what you call us to be. Amen