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On some Thursdays, there are Because of Grace Wholehearted Living Stories:
It’s no surprise to readers of this blog that I love shoes. So I giggled with glee when I read about a story of success built upward, literally, from the soles of the feet.
November is the birth month of Leon Leonwood Bean, American inventor, author and founder of the L.L. Bean. Garrison Keillor writes the story of his life which is worthwhile reading at this link.
Leon Bean’s story demonstrates whole-hearted living because:
Bean insisted on this practice: “Sell good merchandise at a reasonable profit, treat your customers like human beings, and they will always come back for more.” Even during the Depression his stores made a profit.
Staying with what he knew, designing to solve a problem and then consistently refining and improving this product has kept L.L. Bean a successful company for 100 years. Bean’s legacy outlived his life.
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“Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do hereby appoint and set apart the last Thursday in November next as a day which I desire to be observed by all my fellow-citizens, wherever they may be then, as a day of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the Universe. And I do further recommend to my fellow-citizens aforesaid, that on the occasion they do reverently humble themselves in the dust, and from thence offer up penitent and fervent prayers and supplications to the great Disposer of events for a return of the inestimable blessings of peace, union, and harmony throughout the land which it has pleased Him to assign as a dwelling-place for ourselves and for our posterity throughout all generations.”
The Free Printable “Count Your Blessings Card” described on Ann Voskamp’s blog
On this Thanksgiving Eve…I’m thinking of the blessings received in spite of, instead of…
instead of the “to-do” list I gave God,
instead of how I was sure it needed to go,
instead of who, what, when, where, or why…
It is amazing, when we look back on what we thought we knew for absolutely sure that we wanted — even things we grieved over because they never happened. It is amazing how blessed we were that those things never happened or because we never “got” the things we thought for sure that we wanted.
Think back. Think back and find those things. Think about what has happened
Think about where you are now, and what you have learned, and who you have become, and where you are headed, due largely in part to those things NOT happening that you were sure that wanted to happen.
Even if those thoughts are painful, and you are still wishing, be patient. You are in the middle point of here to there. If things haven’t worked out, they aren’t done working out yet. You will soon see, beautiful friend, if you have not already,
that everything somehow just works out. It always has, and it always will. Trust this.
Please don’t worry anymore.
Please be at peace.
You have not been forgotten. ~Brave Girls’ Club