.A LITTLE BIT OF THIS AND THAT.

– mish mash of psychedelic ideals

.THE PRECIOUS PEARL. October 19, 2009

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pearlIn the midst of my preparation for last week’s story – The Precious Pearl, i got curious. if you know me well or long enough, musing is part of my genetic make up and i like to wonder about things. i don’t always ask questions (i think) but i sure do muse internally, until the absorption propels me to find out why.

in this case, the question “where do pearls come from?” kept popping inside my head till i could not wait any longer. i had to know WHERE. and HOW. (okay, i know GOD made them but they had to form somehow, didn’t they? ) and the HOW blew me away.

Pearls come from way down under the ocean. People use to swim way down under the ocean to find oysters at the bottom of the sea. Then they brought these oysters up on the land.

The pearl itself actually begins as an irritant. Sand, a pebble, or a pesky parasitic organism gets inside the oyster’s shell. To reduce the irritation, the oyster coats the intruder with layers of a solid, slick material called nacre.

The oyster’s mantle tissue secretes the two main components of nacre: thin layers of the mineral aragonite and a gluelike substance called conchiolin, which cements the layers together. Because the aragonite is translucent, light interacts with the overlapping layers to give the finished pearl its lustrous appearance. Pearl molluscs also coat the inside of their own shells with nacre, so some shells picked up at a seashore are shiny and iridescent inside.

The layers of nacre smooth the shell surface and help defend the soft tissues against parasites and damaging debris by entombing them in successive layers of nacre, forming either a blister pearl attached to the interior of the shell, or a free pearl within the mantle tissues. The process is called is encystation and it continues as long as the mollusk lives.

If you have read the story from Matthew 13:45-46, the merchant sold all he had to purchase the precious pearl. Jesus gave up everything on the cross for us. He had to have us, the moment He saw us. We are that precious pearl.

i was rock bottom when Jesus found me. He saved me from the depths and gave me new ground to walk on. He put my feet back on the ground. i’m pretty sure i’m not the only one. And like the pearl, we began as an irritant. When Jesus died for us on the cross and we accepted Him as Lord and Savior, our life is hidden in Him. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God – Colossians 3:3

Now hidden in Him, He has coated us with nacre. nacre is strong, resilient and iridescent. the layers of nacre smoothen out the shell surface. Surrounding us with His glory, His being smoothens out our rough edges. No longer i, but Christ in me. Layer after layer. Besides being refined by Him, He protects us from danger and harm (parasites and damaging debris). This continues, as long as we live. What does the pearl look like now? no longer its’ initial irritable self, it is now beautiful. Reflecting light every which way you turn. It is fabulous, all round. We shine in the light of His glory. Precious, of great price, because of Him.

i will never read this story the same again.

xoxo

REFERENCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nacre

 

.FIRE-STARTER. October 16, 2009

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“it only takes a spark to get a fire burning.”

a line famous enough to evoke a revolution, inspire a song.

i was first burned by fire when i was 5. a cousin’s fag grazed my right cheek. and i didn’t even cry. too much baby fats on my face, i guess. hah.

selah –

i love to play games. fun games! not ice-breaker games. i used to hide in the toilet or act sick to skip those. honestly. but i don’t do that anymore. as far as i can recall :)

let’s play a game. what do you think of when you hear “FIRE”?

when i hear FIRE – i think: destroy, damage, pain, hurt, fear, loss, anxiety, separation,  anguish, anger, distraught, doom, gloom.

fires aren’t any much of a good thing, basically.

in my world, i read – “it only takes a thought to set the fire raging.”

be very wary what you think. a negative thought infects your entire system and like a spark, sets a fire raging. a fire burns within you. now, what did we say fire reminds us of again?

GAME PLAY #2 : What vanquishes fire?

WATER. i think you’re getting there.

say it aloud: “RIVERS OF LIVING WATER”

okay, now let me put it together for you! yeah, i do love putting pieces together. imaginary puzzles are fine, just not real ones.

when a spark comes along, threatening to burn our house down, we pray in the spirit to release rivers of living water into our situation to put out the spark, even before the fire has any chance to manifest.

oh, and wet grounds make impossible grounds for sparks to ignite while dry grounds give sparks optimum level of opportunity to be ignited.

whoa. i want my ground to be SOAKED. IN THE SPIRIT.

xoxo

 

YOU

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just keep feeding and resting. believing. reminding. and trusting.

the light at the end of the tunnel is soon.

is now.

it is often closer than you think.

don’t give up, press on.

press on.

xoxo

 

.THE FINAL DEDICATION. September 30, 2009

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AND HIS GLORY APPEARS.

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i first heard this song more than a month back when a friend of mine had it on repeat mode and i fell in love. instantly. beautiful melody, beautiful song, beautiful savior.

 

Is your hut on fire? September 29, 2009

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I heard a story about a man who was out on his boat when he encountered a terrible storm. His boat capsized and he ended up on a deserted island all by himself. Weeks went by and he was so miserable, so distraught. He didn’t think he would ever be found. He prayed every day, but it seemed like the heavens were silent. He tried to make the most of it. He even built a little thatched roof hut for shelter and became quite good at fishing and gathering food.


Time passed and there were no signs of his situation changing. In fact, one day just when he thought it couldn’t possibly get any worse, he was out trying to find food and came back to find the little hut he had built was on fire. He just sat there, stunned, watching the only thing he had left going up in flames. It was like pouring salt on his wounds. He fell to his knees and said, “God, I give up. I asked You to help me, but one bad thing after another keeps happening.”


Well, about an hour later, the Coast Guard showed up to rescue him. The man couldn’t believe it! He was thrilled. He said, “How in the world did you find me?” They said, “We saw the smoke coming from that huge fire you built.”


Friend, sometimes what looks like a disappointment to us is really God positioning us to go to a new level. Maybe you feel like this man, hit by the storms of life alone on an island with your hut on fire. But instead of getting negative and bitter, recognize that God still has a good plan for your life. He’s working behind the scenes. He’s taking those disappointments and discouragements, and He’s using them to launch you into freedom. Even when you don’t understand what’s happening in your circumstances, understand that God is using them for your good. He has a plan to bless and prosper you and bring you out better and stronger than ever before!


– posted by Joel Osteen 28SEPT09

 

יהוה September 28, 2009

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let Jesus be light, and there was.