Thankful in All Things

4th-reader-quote“The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts…nevertheless, set
aside a day of thanksgiving.”
— H.W. Westermayer

In America’s earliest permanent settlers, the Pilgrims, were people who were inspired by profound religious beliefs to overcome incredible odds. Before their voyage, the congregation, who had fled England for Holland, set aside a day of worship and thanksgiving to prepare for the journey. The day was described as being filled “with the joy of grief.”n our society today, the figure of Santa Claus dominates Christmas and the Easter Bunny has become the figure at Easter. And now, some people even refer to Thanksgiving Day as “Turkey Day.” It seems likely accurate as I believe most people give more attention to the preparation and consumption of turkey on Thanksgiving than they do the expression of thanks.

The Pilgrims traveled to the New World on one of the most difficult journeys thought possible. In spite of drastic and unforeseen weather changes, fierce storms, and icebound shores, the Pilgrims pressed trusting that the Lord. And when they arrived, they immediately set aside a day of worship and thanksgiving.

Their suffering did not end when they arrived at Plymouth Rock in December 1620. They faced a harsh winter which claimed the lives of half their colony. And when spring arrived, they once again stopped and gave thanks to God.

They planted and reaped their first harvest, giving hope of survival and God’s blessing. It was a time of great thanksgiving to God and this is the day that we commemorate on our November holiday. It’s amazing to me that they expressed thanks before, during and after some of the most difficult circumstances. wjbryan-quoteThe Bible echoes this – to be thankful in everything, at all times, continually.

There are 138 passages of Scripture that deal with the subject of thanksgiving throughout the entire Bible. Two of my favorites are:

1 Chronicles 16:34: “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever.”

Psalm 95:2-3: “Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.”

As we enter this Thanksgiving season, let us thank God for America and the Pilgrims and those who built our nation on Biblical principles. Let us never forget that this country was built on Biblical truth set forth in the Old and New Testaments. May we give thanks unto the Lord for He is good and His mercy endureth forever. Always remember, trust in the Lord.

Grateful to God,

His blessings overflow,

Andy Horner

 

 

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 »

Remembering Premier’s Legacy

 

From the May 16, 2013 Premier Designs Legacy Museum Grand Opening & Dedicationmuseum-5

In 1985, after much prayer, Joan and I, along with God’s direction, founded Premier Designs, Inc. Together, we wrote out our Philosophy, Purpose and Reasons for Existence on our kitchen table as seen in the museum. Our desire was to merely finance the company, hire others to run it and stay in the background. God had a different plan. It became clear, after only a few months, that we needed to become more active in the daily operations, and then in 1990, we became official leaders of Premier. This turned out to be a time of renewal that God has used to bless Premier.Read More »

Premier allows me to live God’s plan and support cancer patients

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I was invited to a Jewelry Show earlier this year and didn’t really want to go, but I decided to help support my friend and stopped by. I was surprised when I found myself having a great time, and as I listened to my captivating Jeweler, I felt God telling me that I would soon be selling Premier jewelry, and it would be a great way to honor my friend Mary Holm, and continue her legacy. Mary was my radiant, magnetic Jeweler, who passed away from breast cancer in April of 2013. Mary wished for a foundation to help support other breast cancer patients and their families. Her father initially started a foundation in her name but after the first year the support and growth subsided. Life happened.

I went home and immediately asked my husband what he thought about me doing Premier. I figured if he said no then that would be it. He didn’t bat an eye. He was very supportive, as he believes Premier is a solid company. Looking back, I find it funny that I questioned God’s plan, but He worked it all out and the ride has been amazing.

Looking back, I find it funny that I questioned God’s plan, but He worked it all out and the ride has been amazing.

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