Happy Mother’s Day from Joan

First shared in our 1999 Update, Joan shares about her treasured role as a wife and mother and gives some encouraging advice.

 

Erma Bombeck wrote a fun book to read – Actually all of hers are fun to read.

In her “Motherhood – the second oldest profession” she claims that Motherhood is the biggest on-the-job training program ever.  One of the biggest complaints about motherhood is the lack of training.  Erma claims that motherhood is an art – to be perfected.

Well, I don’t know about that!  I happen to believe that mothers have the greatest training manual in the world –available for both mom and child – God’s Word.

Oftentimes, when I am introduced to someone for the first time, they will ask me, “What do you do?”  Many years ago that tended to be irritating to me.  I guess the irritation worked in me as it did in the oyster shell—because now the “pearl” comes forward in me.  Instead of being irritated, I am proud to answer, “I am Andy’s wife” or “I am Andrea, Sarah, Tim, Mary, and Tommy’s mother.”

This is my title – wife and mother.

Mothers have always been a priority in Premier Designs—and I’d like to pay tribute to all our Jeweler Moms.  You are very special to us.

Your children are your investment!  A Mother’s most important job and the one with the greatest rewards is her work with her children.  Much will be said and written about Mothers these next few days, but no mere words could pay proper tribute to our Mothers.  They are truly investors.

Do you want to experience what the writer of Proverbs 31:28 said?  “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also and he praiseth her.”  Be an investor in the lives of your children.  Invest in them first of all spiritually by teaching them God’s Word from early on.  Take care of their spiritual needs first.  Make sure they know that Jesus loves them.

Secondly, invest in them physically by taking care of their bodies—providing good nourishing meals for them—not McDonald’s every other night!  Encourage them if they are interested in sports activities by attending their games, and, of course, we could all benefit by exercising regularly with our children.

Thirdly, invest in them emotionally.  They need lots of love, hugs, and compliments.  Remember, these “little people” need an investor who sees the opportunity to train her children profitably—not for financial profit, but for the promise of a Godly life bringing glory and honor to our Heavenly Father.

Mary Crowley said it this way:  “A mother is TRUTH with a mop in her hand…BEAUTY with a cake in the oven…WISDOM with a confused bank account, and a MIRACLE OF LOVE with a sick child in her arms.”

How true!  How true!

May I salute all our Premier Moms who are able to reach out to serve others as well as take care of their appointed tasks at home.  I thank you for being there for your children—whether they are grown and establishing their own homes, or whether they are little ones running in the door hollering, “Momma!”  May God bless you with patience and wisdom.  You are precious to Him and to us at Premier.

 

Count it all joy!

Love ya,

Joan

The Personal Touch

Excerpted from a speech given by Joan at the 2007 National Rally

 

Without friends, I would think my life was not complete. Our friends become real treasures. A perfect definition of friendship is this: “Turning complete strangers into friends is what friendship is all about—for all of us.” Isn’t that cool?  We all begin as complete strangers and by keeping it personal, we make lasting friendships. That is the personal touch.

Women need women at all stages of their lives. We all need that personal touch.We need other gals to come alongside and speak our language. We learn from each other while not realizing that or understanding it.

There are several ways for us to build personal relationships into
strong friendships.

  • Foremost is personal contact—enjoying each others company
    face to face.
  • There is the personal phone call. So much is communicated by the voice. I am sure you have all heard volumes in the words spoken. My friends will say, “You sound so tired today.” Or, “Wow, you must have had a wonderful day.” Or, “Is there something going on…I can tell by your voice.” We can hear so much on the phone.
  • There are handwritten words where much is communicated, but not as solidly as hearing the voice personally.

Premier Designs is different and unique. There are several reasons for that. When the Southwest Entrepreneur of the Year award was presented to us they made mention of the different business culture we had built. We were pleased to hear that and gave God the glory for all the commendations we received.

That different culture was easy for us to identify. One of our purposes is to honor God. The Lord is in our business. We believe He raised up Premier Designs for such a time as this. I also am convinced that the difference between Premier and other companies of similar size is that we have a purpose of enriching lives and serving others. That is the real personal touch!

My personal mission in Premier is very simple. I have committed to keep the culture of Premier on a personal level from top to bottom and from side to side. I am asking each one of you to help me to Keep It Personal.

 

New Beginnings for a New Year by Joan

Gems from Joan, originally printed in January 1998 but the message still rings true.

 

“Great is His faithfulness, His mercies are new each day.“

A new beginning!  Promises, resolutions, new commitments.   These words are very prominent around the first days of a New Year.  Life is a series of new beginnings.  We get a new car, a new home, new clothes, new friends, a new baby.  These all suggest a fresh new start.  Newness is a beginning again.  It may be something that never was before, or it may be something that was before, but is now different.  I love the verse found in Lamentations 3:23, “Great is His faithfulness, His mercies are new each day.” Isn’t that a great promise — new every day!

What about your promises?  Lose weight?  Spend more time in the Word?  Cook dinner every day for my family?  Pray for my family every morning and evening?  Be a friend to someone who needs a friend? Eat more vegetables?  Show care for my neighbor?  And how about my Premier family and business?  This can truly be a new beginning, a time to start over afresh.   Can you dream with me?  This is the time to move away from the ordinary.  This is the time to book, and book, and book.  Now is the time to plan on just one more Home Show each month, which will give benefits to one more Hostess, and will enrich the life of one more somebody — can you dream that?  Dreaming can be threatening for some, but I trust it will be exciting, a challenge to move onward and upward, a commitment to build your Premier business, to make it deeper and stronger in 1998.

I dream of our company which shows care and concern for others.  I am committed to keeping that personal touch that I have spoken of so often — just one more phone call, one more note (hand-written), one more word of encouragement, one more smile.

1997 is gone — fading into history.  Let’s look forward, reaching beyond our dreams, into the lives of those we encounter.  Maybe it’s at a Home Show or maybe it’s doing a “one-on-one.”  We all have this fresh, new beginning and I promise to join you.

Andy joins me in wishing you a Happy Premier New Year — May God grant your every desire, as we together serve in the homes of America (just one more).

Serving more in 1998,

I LOVE YOU DEARLY,

Joan

 

Gems from Joan – The Lord Demands Fairness

Our precious Co-Founder and Queen Mother spoke on our Founding Verse, Proverbs 16:11, at our 2000 National Rally.

“The Lord requires fairness in every business deal. He established this principle.” – Proverbs 16:11
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Each year – at the beginning – we share our year’s verse. Usually it is a promise for each of us to cling to. Sometimes it is an admonition for all of us to heed. Many times it is a statement of God’s faithfulness to us as His people and His company, Premier Designs. We have had 14 such verses. I am wondering just how many of you know the original verse upon which Premier was founded. It is found in Proverbs 16:11. “The Lord demands fairness in every business deal. He established this principle.” We believe, for a business to be successful and a blessing to others, that business must be established on the principles that God has laid down. I realize that there are many of you out there today who are involved in Premier and yet you may not even know you are following God’s principles. It is God who sets the Standards.Read More »