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PEARLS BEFORE SWINE

In pictures,posts,quotes,reflections on January 31, 2013 by MagicShines Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

PEARLS BEFORE SWINE

This picture is silly to me, it really makes me laugh. It makes me wonder, would you ever let a wild hog or even a farmer’s pig play in a pile of your most expensive suits or roll around with all your finest jewelry? Probably not. These animals, although to some may be seen as cute, love to roll around in mud. Now there is nothing wrong with a little mud from Mother Nature, it’s just the fact of having your nice clothes & jewelry covered in mud that makes it sound dirty. Personally, I’m not materialistic & if you’re anything like me you might feel as though this might not apply to you. Think otherwise. I’m just using this piggy thing as a metaphor. Think of your time, your energy, your struggle, your pain, your love, your passion, your goals.. why would you want to share any of this with someone who can make those beautiful things seem wrong or dirty? Why put yourself in a predicament where any or all of those priceless things may be taken away from you?!?!? Sometimes we need to think of who we are surrounding ourselves with and/or what type of situations & predicaments we are putting ourselves through. Whoever/whatever they are… is it worth yourself?

(The following wise words were passed on to me from Marcel G. … thank you!)

“SHOULD WE WEAR OUR MOST EXPENSIVE OUTFIT TO A MUD FIGHT? WHY THEN DO WE CONTINUE TO PLACE OURSELVES IN JOBS, SITUATIONS, AND RELATIONSHIPS THAT RUIN OUR PEACE, HEALTH, & SELF-VALUE? SHOULD WE LEAVE OUR MOST VALUABLE POSSESSION UNGUARDED IN A PUBLIC LOCATION? WHY THEN DO WE PLACE OUR MINDS AND BODIES IN THE REACH OF THOSE PERSONS AND SITUATIONS WITH A DEMONSTRATED HISTORY OF ABUSE OR NEGLECT? WE ARE, TO OURSELVES, THE MOST VALUABLE POSSESSION WE HAVE. YET WE WASTE OUR TIME, ENERGY, & SOMETIMES OUR LIVES IN WORTHLESS SITUATIONS AMONG PEOPLE WHO ARE UNWORTHY. WE MUST VALUE OUR IDEAS, OUR ENERGY, OUR TIME, & OUR LIFE TO SUCH AN INFINITE DEGREE THAT WE BECOME UNWILLING TO WASTE WHO WE ARE. IF WE PUT ON OUR BEST & GO TO A MUD FIGHT, WE CAN EXPECT TO GET DIRTY. IF WE PLACE OUR HEAD IN THE LION’S MOUTH, WE SHOULD EXPECT TO GET EATEN. SAY THIS TO YOURSELF, I AM VERY VALUABLE TO ME.” -ANONYMOUS.

“Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.” -Matthew 7:6 (NLT)

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The Key to your Heart!

In pictures,posts on March 25, 2012 by MagicShines Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

The Key to your Heart!

(The inspiration for this post came from Marcel G. He had read “Spiritual Reflection” but said instead of looking in the mirror before leaving his house, he makes sure to never leave without his keys.)

We all know that it takes the matching key to open the matching lock. If you need to get inside your house then you unlock the front door with the house key. The same goes for a car, office, diary, locker, treasure chest, p.o. box, or anything else you need to access. So how do you get inside your own heart and mind? How do you REALLY get inside of your soul? Who holds the key to your own spirit? God. That’s right! To know yourself is to know God. In Matthew 16:25-26 (NLT) it says, “If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for God’s sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?” This is a powerful verse. It makes me think, how can you ever really know yourself if you don’t know God? Have you ever had that feeling of being lost? I don’t mean lost as in not having the right address, but more like not knowing who you are anymore. Sometimes in life we forget who we are or just lose ourselves completely. Have you ever lost or misplaced a key? Not a good feeling, right? We start panicking and try to look everywhere, even back-tracing our steps. We worry and stress about opening that lock without having the key. Then when you find it you get this calm feeling. (Big sigh!) You are then relieved. So just imagine what it must feel like to not have the key to your own heart. What do you do in a situation like that? Some people start looking any and everywhere: their job/career, streets (crime), sex, drugs & alcohol, school (education), casinos (gambling) and much more. Then what happens? They either become workaholics, thugs, promiscuous people, junkies, overly-stressed students, money-chasers, etc. Whether all you care about is your career or your next hit of crack, you still can’t deny the fact that you are lost. You can be a successful executive with billions in your bank account or a homeless drug addict living in an alley, but if you don’t seek God then it doesn’t matter who you are because you won’t even know yourself. It’s like having no soul. Whether you are a billionaire or a homeless person you will still be empty inside. Money, sex, drugs, education, success.. all these things might make you feel better but NONE can make you feel complete. Only God can. Being rich is not the key to everlasting joy. God is. Once you seek God, you will find yourself. God will make you whole again. There is no empty feeling with God. His love is not temporary, it is FOREVER! Do you know who you are, do you really know yourself? Do you feel whole & complete? No matter what you go through, do you stay strong & grounded? Now don’t you want to open your spirit? God unlocks our soul to that everlasting joy we deserve. Are you seeking God for the key?

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Spiritual Reflection

In pictures,posts,reflections on March 16, 2012 by MagicShines Tagged: , , , , , ,

Spiritual Reflection (by Valeria G.)

What is one of the things we do on a daily basis or before we leave the house? Well i can think of a few but the one that i almost never forget to do is look in the mirror. Come on, we all do it! Whether you’re brushing your teeth or fixing your hair or shaving your beard or putting on your make-up. You don’t even have to be vain or superficial. Looking in the mirror doesn’t necessarily make you “conceited”. I mean really, how many people can say they have never seen a reflection of themselves? Even mother nature has a reflection in the water! So with that being said, it only makes me wonder.. How many of us see our own spiritual reflection and how often do we check it? The mirror tells us the truth. It doesn’t lie and only shows us what is real. If you have a stain on your shirt the mirror will show you. If you have spinach in between your teeth, the mirror will reflect that as well. So just as we want to make sure that we look presentable, we should have that same desire to look into our spiritual mirror to see if what it shows is presentable to God. Sometimes it takes me a long time to get ready. I hit the snooze button on my alarm because I’m still sleepy, shower, pick out some clothes to wear and then put them on. I then look in the mirror to make sure I like what i see. If i can take a long time just to get ready then i should take time to dedicate to God as well. It is part of my growing relationship with my higher power. Whether it’s through meditation or through prayer or reading the bible or singing songs that praise God or writing in a journal of faith or going to church or whatever it is that makes me have a stronger relationship with God. As long as it makes me like what i see when looking through a spiritual mirror. That way i know my spiritual reflection is presentable to God. So the next time you see yourself in the mirror, ask yourself what does your reflection look like in God’s mirror?

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NOT OF THIS WORLD.

In pictures,posts,reflections on March 14, 2012 by MagicShines Tagged: , , , , , , ,

NOT OF THIS WORLD.

We all live here but that doesn’t mean we need to be from here. Now I’m not just talking about LA. That’s just one city out of all the many places in the world. I’m referring to this whole world in general. God has showed me the light. So in the most darkest of places i know i can count on God to shine his great glory on me. Lately, the enemy has been trying to steal my shine. What the enemy fails to realize is that God’s grace is more than amazing. It is miraculous. It is powerful. It is loving. And it is life-changing. Despite all the negativity going on, i keep my faith in God. Instead of crying about stuff or getting angry and lashing out, i just pray. Is that it? Yes! That’s all we need. When you accept God with all your heart he enlightens your mind. He blesses us in ways no one else can. God doesn’t make you happy just some of the time, God gives you everlasting JOY!!! So even when it feels like your world is falling apart somehow you still keep your composure. And that is thanks to the higher power and you believing in him and putting all your trust in him along with all your faith. GOD IS LOVE!!!! So just because we are living in this world often described as “cold, harsh, ruthless, crazy, bad, and scary” doesn’t mean we have to be the same way. God is fearless. God defeats the enemy and so can you when you learn to be “NOT OF THIS WORLD”.

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God’s Work

In pictures on March 11, 2012 by MagicShines Tagged: , ,

God's Work

Just a small fraction of all creation.