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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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 salesman 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

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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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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


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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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A Word from The Sponsor~November 18

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You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us [this offering of yours] will result in thanksgiving to God. This service you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.
~2 Corinthians 9:11,12*


On your feet now — applaud God! Bring a gift of laughter, sing yourselves into his presence. Know this: God is God, and God, God. He made us; we didn’t make him. We’re His people, His well-tended sheep. Enter with the password: “Thank you!” Make yourselves at home, talking praise. Thank him. Worship him. For God is sheer beauty, all-generous in love, loyal always and ever ~Psalm 100 MSG


in this post by Shaun Groves

This is the 100th “Words from The Sponsor” post! Thank you!

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This Weekend~November 16~Identify Unknown Blessings


They are there, you know.

Your brain contains more than 100 billion nerve cells. Each individual cell is connected with 10,000 other neurons. In any 24-hour time span, our bodies will blink 23,040 times. Our hearts will beat 100,000 times. Our lungs will breathe 23,000 times. And how many times will we praise and show gratitude for these?

These are just a few unknown blessings…which, are, now…known!

What unknown blessings would you like to share?


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The Math of Blessings

Next Thursday is Thanksgiving. Let’s continue to engage in Thanks-Living


More than 50 times in the New Testament we’re commanded to do different tasks for “one another” and “each other.” The Bible says, “Make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification” (Romans 14:19 NIV). Rick Warren in this post with a title I love:  Your Faith Will Help Me and My Faith Will Help You

Mid-Week Question of the Week~November 14~Blessings

What if our blessings, and our healing, sometimes comes through tears?

and returning to this post from the past


More Questions to Consider

Preparing for Blessings

A simple request from Jerilynn came last winter to speak on Blessings. Such an timely topic at Thanksgiving. The simplicity of the one word title extends to the simplicity of the practice.


…to receive, experience, and, especially, to bestow to others.

Bestowing Blessings.

In preparing to speak, I’m preparing my supply list.

What would you include?

~A picture that says so much:


~A link to We Love Gratitude, a web journalling site begun by Crystal Belle

~A free App from Ann Voskamp called One Thousand Gifts at this link or search “One Thousand Gifts” on your iPhone’s Entertainment tab

~A quote to consider: “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” ~Cynthia Ozick

~An important point for me to remember: Counting Blessings counters our fear manifesting as the “fear of not having enough” and the “fear of not being enough.”

~A verse to read, re-read, and memorize through tears:

What would you include?

Monday Words for the Soul~November 12

Here is a grace-filled To-Do List:

Grace-filled To Do List

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A Word from The Sponsor~November 11

Please pause at 11:11 am today to remember the sacrifices of so many Veterans. We live freely on the borrowed wings of their service.

2 Corinthians 4:18

This picture was first seen on Renee Swope’s website


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Grief and the Holidays

If you are in the area, I will speak at the end on “The Future’s Market…Smart Investments”
(it may not be what you think…) :)


Mid-Week Question of the Week~November 7~Hearing

Did you hear God’s voice today?

Did you hear God's voice today?

Would love to receive your comments…  :)


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A Word from The Sponsor~November 4

Philippians 4


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This Weekend~November 2~Adventurous Imprints

it is impossible to walk on the beach without making an imprint...

It is impossible to walk on the beach without making an imprint in the sand and taking some of it with us. Life is very much the same.

Today is sparkling with the impression made by an adventurer.

Daniel Boone, who was born on this day in 1734, was a figure of imagination and adventurousness. His love of hunting grew in the hills of North Carolina. He went on long hunting and exploring expeditions and he crossed the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky. He would carve his name in tree trunks as imprints where he hunted. He was captured by Indians and learned from them as an adopted son. He fought in both the French and Indian war and the Revolutionary War.

He took books with him and educated himself during these hunting trips. Ironically, in books about Daniel Boone his life was embellished and exaggerated and I remember hearing stories where he wrestled bears and shot bad guys right in the heart. Both James Fenimore Cooper in The Last of the Mohicans and the poet Lord Byron in his poem Don Juan included characters who referenced Boone’s adventuresome life. A group called the Sons of Daniel Boone was the precursor of the Boy Scouts of America.

My favorite quote from Daniel Boone: “I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.”

I admit to being lost and being confused for several weeks at the end of just one week! Perhaps, it is good today to consider the imprints and impacts we make in the intertwining of our tasks and actions with the lives of others. We may askew the hunting rifle but we are frontierpeople just the same.


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