3 of Chip and Joanna’s Secrets to Success: from The Magnolia Story book


magnolia_story_bookI flipped when I got my pre-ordered copy of The Magnolia Story in the mail. I stayed up late reading it, and finished it in a week! When I read I really read, and when I don’t I really don’t.

Here are the three things The Magnolia Story by Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines (with Mark Dagostino) helped me realize about my circumstances:

our new old car
our new old car
  1. We can rejoice even in seemingly unfortunate circumstances. When Chip got thrown in jail when there was a warrant out for Joanna’s arrest, there was something so great that came out of that. (You’ll have to read the book to find out.) Yes, we are having to spend a ton of money for a new car for me this month, and my old car will rake in $150 at most at a junk yard but,
    1. I get a reliable new-ish car!
    2. I can see how God kept me safe. Both times the battery cable on my old car gave way, I wasn’t driving down the freeway when I very well could have been. Last year, I had just made my purchase at my friend’s cute store, went out to start my car to go home, but it was dead. My mechanic came out right away and long story short, the cable could have easily come undone while I was driving… and you know, a car needs a battery. I just hung out at my friend’s store drinking their tea until he was done fixing my car. The same thing happened this week where the cable didn’t come undone while I was driving, but finally just corroded so that I couldn’t start the car. Second moral of the story: don’t drive your car when your battery cable is corroded!
  2. Consistent, hard work pays off somehow. Hard work is never for nought. Chip is just like those farm boys I grew up with that worked super hard from dawn until dusk, took a quick lunch break, sometimes 10 minutes, and then it was back to the grindstone. Most of what made Magnolia (their company) what it is now is just everyday, fancy-free, unglamorous hard work.
  3. In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. -Proverbs 16:9 It’s interesting to me that Joanna wanted to go into broadcast journalism, or perhaps take over her dad’s auto business someday, but she eventually started her Magnolia vintage and antiques store, started Magnolia Realty with Chip, hosts HGTV’s Fixer Upper remodeling show, and now every month I see her doing something new and exciting. As I get older the more I can see how often I fussed over details of life, striving and worrying, when God always took care of me. Looking back, I can see how something bad had to happen for me to have a realization to get me to the next step, like when I got a C+ in Accounting that made me change my career choices. (If you know me, you know that would be a silly career for me.)

This book was really heart-warming, hilarious, and like a manual of what NOT to do in life and business! But don’t take my word for it!


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