Whale of a Tale 20 Apr 20

21 Apr

Working Dates: Sunday, April 19, 2020 to Tuesday, April 21, 2020

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From the Lectionary Readings for 3 Easter on 26 Apr 20: Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19

Psalm 116:1 I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications.

Christy Johnston (19 Apr 20): The Holy Spirit recently reminded me of my own physical labor with my second daughter, Sophie, and how there are some valuable lessons that can be applied spiritually from my experience (don’t worry – I won’t get graphic). From start to finish, my labor with her lasted three days. You read that right – THREE DAYS. Looking back, I realize I played into some distractions that essentially caused my labor to last longer than it should have.[1]

Matthew Laney (21 Apr 20): God provided a large fish to swallow up Jonah; and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. Then Jonah prayed… – Jonah 1:17-2:1 (NRSV)

When Light Came In (20 Apr 20): With each intrusive thought, is my response moving me toward the life I want? Am I caring for myself?

Psalm 116:2 Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.

When Light Came In (20 Apr 20): The life we’re building didn’t stop when quarantine started.

Matthew Laney (21 Apr 20): Jonah was in a time-out.

Marchaé Grair (19 Apr 20): I was in a severely emotionally abusive relationship. My abuser constantly made me question reality by lying to me to convince me that what I experienced never happened.

Psalm 116:3 The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.

When Light Came In (18 Apr 20): Feelings don’t make people do things, choices do.

Marchaé Grair (19 Apr 20): As an emotional abuse survivor, I know a healthy amount of skepticism can be lifesaving. If I hadn’t started to question my ex’s stories, I wouldn’t have realized how they were manipulating me. When I demanded proof for things I hadn’t seen, it ultimately rescued me from a relationship that was destroying my emotional health.

Rev Whitney Rice (19 Apr 20): Thomas spoke that hunger in this moment—I need to see and feel his resurrected body or I will never leave this room.

When Light Came In (18 Apr 20): This concept has changed my whole perspective while coparenting with a toxic ex. I used to struggle, grieve and have guilt and sympathy when he professed his love for the kids and his sadness over me leaving.

Brat (in “Knock, Knock” 17 Apr 20): [Sob.] I just went back to Phil’s blog.  Yesterday I had posted in every Holy Week comment box.  I was deeply moved by every one of his pieces.  My heart had been bare and vulnerable as I reached back to honestly engage, and today every single comment is gone as if I had never said a thing.  It feels like cosmic gaslighting.  It feels like the [spiritual] beast tried to swallow my voice again by just perpetuating the dysfunctional Silence.  Now I understand why last evening Sophia smelled gas, so we prayed against the spirit of gaslighting.

Matthew Laney (21 Apr 20): Time Out

Michelle Holderman: The time for extensive healing is upon you. Let the tears fall and let them express what you could never fully convey with your words. For I AM sending tears in this time as a great release.

Brat: It’s not like Phil’s my husband.  Jesus is.  The Church was supposed to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

Marchaé Grair (19 Apr 20): As headlines about COVID-19 appear with rapid fire and officials give varying guidance, I’m hesitant to judge people who find themselves skeptical of leaders, questioning if the newest advice will be irrelevant an hour later. After years of a gaslighting administration, I think nationwide skepticism should be expected.

Brat: And the United Church of Christ has been gaslighting me for years.  Deflecting and projecting to the administration is a diversionary tactic.

When Light Came In (20 Apr 20): With each opportunity to respond to that toxic person, will I respond (or choose silence) in a way that supports the life I’m creating?

Rev Whitney Rice (19 Apr 20): Jesus comes to them, finds them where they are, enters their secret hideaway of fear and despair, and bids them peace.[2]

Brat (in “Who?” 31 Mar 20): The Arc Speak, gaslighting, stonewalling, talking over my head as if I don’t exist, and not coming to me directly, continues.  There is nowhere for the buck to stop.  There’s no income.  The priests and bishops literally turned their backs on me.  There is no way to hold anyone accountable.  There is no closure.  This simply remains a perpetual open wound…

Steve Shultz (20 Apr 20): More and more people, institutions and sometimes ministries are being exposed for the corruption that they are overseeing.

Rev Whitney Rice (19 Apr 20): Our old lives have died.  They are never coming back.

Brat (19 Apr 20): Anyone who knows me and has been reading me for any length of time knows that I have been working at the library for the past thirteen years.  The pandemic caused the libraries to close and I have been laid off.  I had to apply for unemployment, but the State insists that I make a resume and apply for full-time work for as long as I am applying for unemployment benefits.  It doesn’t matter that we are on lockdown and no one is hiring.  It doesn’t matter that I expect the City to hire me back once the threat of death has cleared.  If I have to work full-time (or even look for work full-time), then that will take me away from my calling.  I won’t be able to write.  Is that what the holy remnant wants?

Steve Shultz (20 Apr 20): This is a time to “stay close to the Lord” and to “stay pure before Him”. Where you are able, abandon more things of the world in favor of the things of the Kingdom of God.

Matthew Laney (21 Apr 20): A professional prophet ought to know the impossibility of running from an omniscient, omnipresent boss. God kicked up a mighty storm against Jonah’s escape vessel, and when the sailors got wind that Jonah’s defiance was the cause, they wisely tossed him overboard.

Brat: Don’t push off on to God what should be the UCC’s responsibility of owning up to her defiance in the first place.  Are you feeling the storm against your own escape vessel?  God did send the prophet to you and she did not abdicate her calling and mission.  There is a thirteen-year daily log of evidence.

Lance Wallnau (18 Apr 20): Real Evidence

Christy Johnston (19 Apr 20): If you are in spiritual labor right now, and you can relate to the intensity of pressure in the spirit, you need to be VERY strategic and intentional about who you allow to come in close at this moment. Labor and birthing, even in the spirit, are both an intimate time and a vulnerable time. If you have a crowd of people that have full access to your life, you are going to need to close the door to all but one or two strategic cheerleaders at this moment. You cannot have people degrading you and laughing at you as you go through the contractions of birth. You need cheerleaders in the delivery room, not fear-mongers, mockers and distractors. There will even be those who may appear good, but want to ride on your delivery.

Matthew Laney (21 Apr 20): He was supposed to convert a city chock-full of notorious heathens, but decided it was mission impossible. So he got on the first ship sailing in the opposite direction.

Brat: Bringing up the Jonah story yet AGAIN is a power play so the Church doesn’t have to look at her own notorious heathenness.

Betty King (21 Apr 20): For the sake of power, or whatever it is that they desire, some have become motivated to ignore or even cut off the true voice of God where it would stop them from having what they want.

Victoria Boyson: Self-will will frighten us into the arms of our enemy, but the furnace of affliction will turn our ashes into a rod of IRON, a weapon of mass destruction to our enemies. Nebuchadnezzer was furious with the three Hebrew boys, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, when they refused to bow down to his false God (Daniel 3), but it was their TRUST in God and LOVE for Him that made it impossible for them to consider saving their own lives at the risk of turning from Him. It wasn’t courage or gallantry that held them fast, but a relationship of love that made their faith unbreakable.[3]

Rev Whitney Rice (19 Apr 20): People who can show those scars as evidence that God is at work in the places of death and fear.

Johnny Enlow (20 Apr 20): What is unique about this Great Awakening is that for the first time the global underbelly and satanic cult of death of society is being revealed to the masses. The “ground zero” multi-generational cult of death is being exposed and brought down. My wife Elizabeth and I were speaking just last night as to how many Scriptures read differently now in the light of present exposures. She was in Psalm 10 and that chapter seemed to address a very unique severe type of evil that seemed unimaginable but resonated today. Evil and even deep evil has always existed, but it seems for the first time it is not just known by sufferers in a few nations run by despots, but is becoming known by the masses.

Betty King (21 Apr 20): In this time of lockdown, many have asked questions of Jesus. At the same time, however, throughout the Body of Christ, there have been miraculous breakthroughs, people have been saved, and the creation is thankful for the break it has been given. His promises are still being fulfilled. Jesus is saying that we should let the signs we see bring hope. He’s saying to His Church, “I’ve got this.” The circumstances of the world are affecting many, and some are not responding in Christ but from their own points of view, but remember, Jesus has this.

Matthew Laney (21 Apr 20): COVID-19 has sent us to our rooms for a time-out. Maybe we will get religion too – meaning we face how we’ve ignored the Creator, how we’ve run amok, how we’ve caused storms, how we’ve been drowning in disobedience and insanity.

Psalm 116:4 Then I called on the name of the LORD: “O LORD, I pray, save my life!”

James W. Goll: Prayer and intercession influence and help determine the destinies of individuals and the direction of nations. Every prayer counts! What goes up must come down!

Steve Shultz: AND the exciting part is YOU get to co-labor with His promises over your life.

Christy Johnston (19 Apr 20): Are you feeling a sudden and intense pressure in the spirit and don’t know why? Are you wondering why it feels as though you have been placed in a pressure cooker of sorts? Are you feeling worn out and ready to give up, wondering if you heard rightly from God for this season? And if so, why does it seem as though everything is upside down?

Johnny Enlow (20 Apr 20): The whole world is finding out that some of their favorite Hollywood “stars”, their “philanthropic” billionaires, their state-of-the-art social media purveyors, their “charitable” foundations for children, institutions allegedly for healthcare, even “religious” organizations and leaders, their “heroes” – are evil, abusers and even murderers of the worst kind. It’s a rude awakening! Evil doesn’t just look like a deranged Muslim terrorist. Evil dresses itself up, smiles at you, shakes your hand, says nice words to your face, and parades as your helper.[4]

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: How is it possible that such a low spiritual perception – when evil has the upper hand – is indicative of the Redemption? Either it is Divine Will, regardless of our logic and reality, or, specifically when the world will be at a very low ebb, G‑d will come with His infinite power and bring the Redemption, as the verse says, “For Myself I will do it.” (Isaiah 48:11)

Psalm 116:12 What shall I return to the LORD for all his bounty to me?

Dr. Steven Gundry (18 Apr 20): Finally, please feel free to reply at any time with your questions, concerns, product reviews, stories, or even ideas for upcoming newsletters…

Brat (19 Apr 20): Hello!  Since you said to reply anytime, I am sharing my blog with you.  Thank you.

“Knock, Knock”: https://wordpress.com/post/truthinus.wordpress.com/1612

Psalm 92:10 NKJV “But my horn You have exalted like a wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil.”

Dr. Steven Gundry (18 Apr 20): I look forward to getting to know you!

Proverbs 18: 16 A gift opens the way
and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.

Yekutiel Green: When a person meditates on the greatness of G d, he applies his intellectual faculties to thinking deeply and profoundly on what is essentially beyond human comprehension. This meditation on the greatness of G d can cause a level of ecstasy which transcends human understanding.

Kim Potter (21 Apr 20): On the drive home, I knew something had to be done. We MUST CHANGE THE ATMOSPHERE. I know you may be thinking, “How can we do that?” I’m glad you asked!

Rev Whitney Rice (19 Apr 20): When we’re asking ourselves, “How can resurrection be real?”  Jesus shows up and says, touch these wounds, feel this reality of how badly we were hurt, and then see—see!  We are alive!

Dr. Steven Gundry (19 Apr 20): To contact us, please do not reply to this message but use our Contact Form  instead.

Brat (20 Apr 20): That’s a different tone to their first contact.  And I sent them my blog.

Foursquare Leader Weekly (20 Apr 20): Adjust your focus

Victoria Boyson: When the enemy throws your failures up in your face, when he’s relentless with his accusations, you remind Him that in spite of it all, GOD LOVES YOU!!

Gundry MD: Do you have questions or concerns? We’re here to help. Our expert customer service team is available via phone or email to address any concerns you may have regarding products, orders, or how the Gundry MD approach to wellness can work for you.

Brat (20 Apr 20): “Knock, Knock”: https://wordpress.com/post/truthinus.wordpress.com/1612

Charisma (20 Apr 20): What now?

Rev Whitney Rice (19 Apr 20): We choose now, by our faith, whether we will offer new life to the world, resurrected life.

Rabbi Moshe Alshich of Tzfat-Safed: The ‘omer’ (a volume measure) of barley we reap is a blessing bestowed on the land; it is not the natural fruit of our labor.

Brat: I’m finding that out.

Matthew Laney (21 Apr 20): Enter big fish: twofer life raft and time-out chamber. Suddenly, Jonah got religion and prayed real hard.

Kim Potter (21 Apr 20): So, how do we change this atmosphere? The thing I know that changes atmospheres, every single time, is praise. Praise and worship change atmospheres!

GundryMD: Thank you for contacting GundryMD. We’ve received your email and one of our customer service specialists will respond within the next 24-72 hours.

Betty King (21 Apr 20): “Hold On to the Truth You Know”[5]

GundryMD: Auto response: Outreach

Brat (20 Apr 20): It was the Elijah List who shared the “Leaky Gut Syndrome” video with me.  I saw that as prophetic for the Church, too.

Kim Potter (21 Apr 20): I had to go to Lowe’s because I had a leak that needed fixing. While I was out, I ran into a farmer’s market to grab some vegetables. The way people were behaving shocked me! The atmosphere all over town disturbed me. It was filled with fear, anxiety and chaos. You could feel it and you couldn’t get away from it. My house is not like that. It is filled with peace and His presence, so this was a culture shock to me.[6]

Brat: To the untrained ear, who would know that this Arc Speak is also a form of gaslighting?

Matthew Laney (21 Apr 20): Prayer
Holy One, we pray to you from the belly of a pandemic. We don’t know how we will come out of this, but we pray we too will be converted.

When Light Came In (18 Apr 20): I look at the feelings bucket and allow myself to empathize, sympathize and pray for him (from a distance). I look at the distortions bucket and I allow myself to be annoyed or pissed off for a moment, then name the distortion, and reject it like an object Heimliched out of me.

Revelation 3:16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

Matthew Laney (21 Apr 20): The fish vomited Jonah onto a beach. It wasn’t a pleasant way to exit. However, there were two ways out of that fish and I think God chose the better part. Regardless, Jonah was converted and did a bang-up job converting those notorious heathens.

Steve Shultz: Yes, God still has a plan for delivering your promises…even at this moment in time.

Christy Johnston (19 Apr 20): If any of this relates to you, then be encouraged; you are not going crazy and you have not missed God. You have, in fact, gone into labor to birth a new gift that God has prepared for you, and you are not alone. Many people are in this time of birthing right now. I saw a vision of multitudes across the Body of Christ who were heavily pregnant (I saw both men and women – as odd as that may sound). They were pregnant with new mantles, visions, strategies and destiny.

Helen Cobanov (20 Apr 20): God is opening our eyes. Yes, twenty-twenty (2020) vision means to see with clarity! He is showing us great things and shifting our perspective. He is using this opportunity, and everything that the enemy is trying to do, to help us to SEE as He sees. He is drawing us out of DARKNESS and into His wonderful LIGHT. He is shining a light on the enemy’s plans, exposing the enemy and his wicked schemes!

Rev Whitney Rice (19 Apr 20): People who know they have been wounded but healed.

When Light Came In (20 Apr 20): With each body memory, am I using the skills I’ve learned to cope and heal? Am I responding in ways that support the life I desire?

Rev Whitney Rice (19 Apr 20): And the reality of those wounds healed by the reality of God’s love is the proof of resurrection we will offer the world.

Psalm 116:13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD,

Helen Cobanov (20 Apr 20): Then I suddenly saw people running back into INTIMACY with the Father. As they did, His finger touched their hearts, reigniting a spark. I saw eyes light up as people remembered and came back to their first love. I saw dead weights, distractions, wrong agendas, thoughts and attitudes fall to the ground like stones, as the Lord breathed life upon hearts and lives, fanning into flame His promises, purpose and plans for them.

Rev Whitney Rice (19 Apr 20): Because it’s not just Jesus who was resurrected.  He brings us along with him.  That’s the whole point.

Psalm 116:14 I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people.

[… Continued in “Hornet’s Nest” …]

 

 

[1] Christy Johnston (19 Apr 20): https://www.elijahlist.com/words/textonly.html?ID=23547

[2] Rev Whitney Rice (19 Apr 20): http://www.roofcrashersandhemgrabbers.com/normal-dies-resurrection-comes/#more-1985

[3] Victoria Boyson: https://boyson.org/articles/onestonesthrow/onestonesthrow.html

[4] Johnny Enlow (20 Apr 20): https://www.elijahlist.com/words/textonly.html?ID=23558

[5] Betty King (21 Apr 20): https://www.elijahlist.com/words/textonly.html?ID=23551

[6] Kim Potter: https://www.elijahlist.com/words/textonly.html?ID=23552

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