“Getting the Tangles Out” 1918 & Today!

Hi Friends!

     As we continue to navigate through these pandemic stages of recovery, some of my perspectives about life have been changing.  How about you?  Are you viewing things differently?  My recent closet organizing experience has given me some invaluable insights for GETTING THE TANGLES OUT!     


  In Christ always, 

      Carole     1 Cor. 10:31  


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From the 4th Session of  Revitalize Women’s Retreat – Presented by Carole Brewer

My mom’s cedar chest, in my home since her passing, is full of heirlooms that I decided to completely look through during these stay-at-home days.  Clothing, accessories, old letters, lace, lots of doilies, gloves, hats, and hair.  Yes, hair!  There are several short wrapped locks from baby hair to elderly.  Then, I discovered  two long, very dark swatches from my Spanish-Californian side of the family.  I do remember my grandmother telling me that many women cut off much of their hair during the 1918 flu pandemic fearing that long hair would “sap their strength”.  Maybe the swatches were my great-grandmother’s.  For certain, the woman who relinquished those extravagant locks was my relative.  What an interesting find!

As I laid out the long swatches, I found many antique knots well-incorporated into the antique hair.  Getting the tangles out became an off and on project that lasted for several days.  The largest knots had to be cut out and discarded before a wide-tooth comb could barely get through the rest.

Next, I washed and deep-conditioned the hair letting them hang to dry.  Now more workable, I gently combed, combed, combed, and combed, and combed and combed.  This patience-testing process made me appreciate what wig masters do.

Lastly, I snipped off the fuzzy ends to make my two ancestral pony-tails once again beautiful!  They’re now wrapped in tissue ready for a some theatrical endeavor or just to pass along to the next generation.

So, where’s the spiritual application in my heirloom-refurbishing project?

  1. Being tied up in knots of fear, anger,  jealousy, self-pity, and more will render us barely usable.  These tangles need to be cut out of our lives and discarded.
  1. Without being washed and conditioned in God’s word, we can’t be a part of what Jesus is doing.    John 13:8
  1. Getting the tangles out will take longer than a day and we’ll have to diligently practice to reflect the beauty of our Lord, all with His help!

Hebrews 12:1 tells us:  Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.   

In doing so, we will become simply beautiful!


  1. Name some faith entanglers that interfere with your growth, your passion,     keep you from looking ahead, and keep you from living out God’s word.
  2. In what ways can you glorify God through your struggles?
  3. In what parts of your life do you need God’s new beginning?
  4. How do you plan to take time for resting in His presence this week?


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