Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Before & After

Full appreciation can only be realized by those who experienced the before of something.  Perhaps even having to be involved in the transformation itself to fully appreciate the scope of the change involved.  Before and After pictures help but still, moving that brush of paint and realizing the effort involved all adds to the experience of what just happened.

Isn't it the same way with us and the transformative properties of the living in Jesus?  Those who knew us well when we were as we were can more genuinely appreciate the differences made in the changing of us.  Before & After pictures do not quite translate into the tender heart that a Jesus calling reaps on the Believer over time, with the kneading of the Holy Spirit as the fruits of the Spirit are cultivated and nurtured in the lives of the Christians.  

Just a thought.

Saturday, September 20, 2014


My Pink earrings and necklace had gone missing. The ring was there but the rest had vanished. I thought it odd that they would not be in the same place but I couldn’t find them, and then we were moving, so might they be gone forever, left behind someplace at the Oakhurst house. I hoped not, but wondered that it might be so.

They were a precious treasure as we had picked them out together on our last Acappella cruise to the Bahamas with a stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico. They weren’t super expensive but a splurge, a gift from my husband on our cruise shopping. I’d never been big on jewelry and these had a daintiness about them and were pink, my favorite. Those who know I’m a Premier Designs jewelry lady now will find that humorous, but it is the truth.

The good news is I found them, safe in a ziplock bag, inside a purse tucked away for the move, cushioned amongst those types of things that are small and precious and worthy of a safe place. I find us all like that really, as far as God is concerned and how He looks at us and cares for us.

Since I had discovered their location, I did not worry about actually unpacking them until today. I found that they were indeed in the baggie but had become intertwined with some other, less delicate pieces. My instinct was to reach for them directly but with their tangles I knew my action might damage or break them. And so, I removed the other pieces, one by one from the jumble and there at last were my delicate pink necklace and earrings, safe and sound and pristine. Patience prevailed with mission accomplished.

And isn’t it like that sometimes with the tangles of life? We ask God for relief and yet we see Him working on other things, other people, delaying our request for His favor. Until one day we look up and see His hand has been at work on our behalf the whole time, sometimes gently removing from our tangled mess the things that have us pinned down and twisted about. And we are whole, and His.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Oliver North Weighs In

Ollie knows history.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Credit Expansion

“There is no means of avoiding a final collapse of a boom brought about by credit expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as a result of a voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved.” Ludwig von Mises

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Time Passing

Time is passing quickly these days. Just when something we've looked forward to comes to fruition, we miss the time already passed. It pains me to be so far from family, it surely does.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

I haven't been able to get Adele singing Rolling in the Deep at the Grammys on Sunday out of my head. I think the reason is that I keep hearing the message a different, and very powerful way. I hear 'You could have had it all.' and Jesus is the speaker. Maybe I should not ignore the message of that thought, so I'm not. Peace.