This Weekend: Pack a Bag

pack them all away

Pack Them All Away. (Please) Do not store them upstairs in the attic.


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Other Weekend Activities

Whole-Hearted Living~November 29

On some Thursdays, there are Because of Grace Wholehearted Living Stories:

LLBean first boot design


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:

  • He experienced loss at the early age of 12 years when both of his parents died
  • He experienced rejection in his job as a door-to-door salesman0 invented a boot to withstand the cold, snowy trails.
  • Although Bean’s first “Maine Hunting Shoe” was defective in design and 90% of the orders were returned, he kept improving on his model and did not give up.
  • Bean took his guarantee of quality and workmanship seriously, and although it cost almost all the money he had, he returned the money his customer’s spent and worked to improve the boot’s design. Because of this, Keillor writes, “He quickly garnered a reputation for his personal integrity and orders began to flow.”
  • He took advantage of the technology of the time. When, the U.S. Postal Service begun offering parcel delivery, he opened a factory directly above the post office in Freeport, Maine, where his brother served as the local postmaster.  This streamlined the distribution of his growing product line and also the hunting and fishing licenses he sold. Soon his business was open 24 hours a day in case a hunter or fisherman needed a license or supplies.
  • He did not outsource his R&D and as Bean’s product line grew, he tested every new item personally.

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.

  • He continued to write and edit his catalog until his death at age 94 years.

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.

See the L.L. Bean Anniversary timeline at this link.
Read more about L.L. Bean’s life at this post

Read more Whole-hearted living stories by clicking here

Monday Words for the Soul~November 26~Kindness

“Be kind to yourself today, even if no one else is.”
~Caren Baginski in this post from Kind Over Matter

always wear your crown

Additional posts featuring content from  Kind Over Matter


More Words for the Soul

This Weekend: The discount you never want to take

Today is a day of Big discounts! Deep discounts! Outrageous discounts!

Please remember, friend, never to apply a discount on your spirit-your talents-your place in His arms.
That is a price too great to pay.


romans 8 38


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Other Weekend Activities

Because of Grace there is Thanksgiving~November 22

Happy ThanksgivingThanksgiving Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln

“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.”

Give Thanks PDF from the willotoons blog, which is also a new Blogroll link here at Because of Grace.

The Free Printable “Count Your Blessings Card” described on Ann Voskamp’s blog

Last year’s Thanksgiving post

Happy Thanksgiving!

Blessings Instead

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…

thanks instead

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.
Please trust
your journey.
You have not been forgotten. ~Brave Girls’ Club


Other messages of Blessings

Monday Words for the Soul~November 19

Blessings…Count ‘Em and send praise right back to their Giver!


 7 Gifts in this little mini booklet by Ann Voskamp


Additional Words for the Soul

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