Thursday, April 14, 2016

Grace at Home No. 198

Dear friends, thank you. Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to my question last week about whether Grace at Home is something you think I should continue.

I've been hosting this link party a long time, and I was starting to wonder if I should just let it go--so I asked you, those who visit here. I was a little surprised that every single person who commented told me that they appreciate this party and would be sad to see it go.

Now, I have a confession to make. These days, it's easy for me to get discouraged with blogging. There are so many blogs now, many of them much bigger and a great deal fancier than mine. I WANT to share here in my online home. I love the friends I've made here, and I truly appreciate every person who visits here. But as blogging has turned into a business attracting thousands of entrepreneurs, I've wondered if I still have a place here.

My confession is a lack of faith. I began this blog many years ago with the distinct goal of "imparting grace" to my readers. That was a calling from God, and it hasn't changed. God certainly hasn't changed. Only my faith had wavered. I confess this to you, my friends, and I ask for your prayers. And I urge you, in whatever good work you're called to do: keep the faith. Let's "fix our eyes upon Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith" (Hebrews 12:2). We can encourage one another on the journey!

So now welcome to this week's Grace at Home party, where we celebrate all the ways we make our homes places of grace!

Here are a few posts from last week that caught my eye.

Jessica from LouLou Girls used pallets to build planters for her front porch. They turned out so pretty, and she gives step-by-step instructions for building your own.

Patti from Old Things New figured out a way to pollen-proof her screened porch. I need to do this--I haven't been able to use my screened porch in weeks!

Susan at Quite Simply blessed and challenged me with her thoughts on the ministry of our homes. Love this post!

Those are just a few of my favorites.  A big thank you to everyone who joined last week's party!  I'm so grateful for each person who links up each week. If you've been featured, feel free to grab the "I was featured" button.  I'd be so proud if you displayed it!

Now for this week's party!  Grace at Home is a place for you to share anything related to making your home a place of grace. I invite you to link posts about
  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  Note that if you link a post here, you are giving me permission to share your post, including a photo.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!


  1. Richella, your blog is a lovely place that I enjoy visiting. I am often encouraged and challenged by it. Yes, there are a ton of blogs out there, but as I have decreased the number I subscribe to, yours is one I would never give up. Thank you for being genuine. Thank you for blessing. Have a lovely day!

  2. I'm so glad to see that you decided to continue hosting the link-up! Your link-up is definitely making a difference in the blog-party world. It's so wonderful to be pointed back to the the simplicity, yet necessity of making our homes a place grace. I so enjoy reading what you write and getting to know more about you, too. And I love reading about your relationship with your sons, I have two of my own around the same ages and they are my heart. I also have one in the military! I consider you one of my bloggy friends. Keep up the good work. :o)

  3. Good Morning, I do understand your heart and thoughts about doing these parties, they take up so much time and it can become a job and with so little feed back. I do not enjoy the blogs that have a advertisement and all the pop ups, I understand these ladies are trying to make money or a business out of their blogs. They want a certain look and clientele. But if the joy is not there and you need the time for what we are called to do it is a good idea to rethink the reason we blog. Also we need the wisdom to know that there are season in our life and sometimes they just end. Job completed.
    I did not read your post on this subject as I even can not link up as often. We can not be swayed by others, but to seek Gods wisdom and to ask our husbands opinion on this matter. I do appreciate you and you can still post on different things, just stop the link party then you will find out who really cares if you write and post! I have you on my side bar and I do enjoy your soul care post very much! I do hope you enjoy and take all things in His time... Hugs, Roxy

  4. I love all of the feedback given and your honesty. I've been through much of the same battles. The enemy would love to stop our authenticity in our tracks :)

    Praise for His Victory on your grace to us!

  5. I too enjoy your thoughts and encouragement on your blog. I often look for the smaller link up parties to join up with. My blog is such a little spot in the blogasphere, I keep it more as a diary and journal for myself to look back on. Have a wonderful day and thanks for hosting!!

  6. I made my comments regarding your dilemma last week so I'll just thank you so VERY much for hosting another Grace at Home get-together and hope you know it is appreciated!

  7. Hi Richella, I added my comment last week as well and just want you to know how much I appreciate your hosting this always! Blessings!

  8. Richella,
    Dear friend, I'm thrilled to see you continuing with Imparting Grace for a while longer! Did I mention that I seek out the smaller blogs? I do!
    They are more intimate a group! You get to really know the bloggers who participate!
    Thank you for hosting Grace At Home! each week!

  9. Oh Richella, I too have had those moments of doubt and wondering if what I do matters. My thoughts are: 'if it's only 1 person who is blessed then I have done my job.' I know you have blessed way more than 1 person and no matter how big or small your blog is, you are accomplishing the very thing God purposed for you to do with your slice of the blogasphere.... I love your heart and thank you for being real and Imparting Grace to those of us who visit you each week.

  10. Richella,
    I am so pleased that you will be keeping the party! I think many of us are very disenchanted with the "Big Bloggers" who have turned their blogs into nothing more than a business. The smaller more personal blogs are what many of us crave and yours fits the bill!!
    Thanks so much for hosting each week and sharing your "Grace" with us!!


  11. Richella, I think that every woman who blogs understands what you're saying. I think it's easy to think that 'success' means lots of numbers but I don't think God measures it the same way. I have made friends through my blog and we communicate and encourage each other outside the blog and that has been wonderful. Through your blog, God can connect you to people that He might not otherwise. Keep going! You never know what He has planned!
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

  12. Oh please don't stop hosting the party or stop blogging. I have been following you since I started blogging and I enjoy your posts!

  13. Dear Richella, I am always so blessed when I come by here, but don't participate in the blog hop-simply because I don't feel I have anything to share. I love how you encourage us to be keepers of the hope and fill our nests with grace. Often there are days when I simply don't feel like I've a lot to share and it is tough at times to continue-but I love the family I've made here in blogville.
    Hugs, Noreen

  14. Thank you for hosting Richella.
    Have a lovely weekend ahead.

  15. It would leave a definite hole if you were no longer blogging. Please keep going!!

  16. Richella, thank you so much for the feature, but more than that thank you for articulating exactly my thoughts. My blog is a ministry to encourage others to share hospitality and I have doubted that my voice was worth hearing in light of my simple blog and my lack of desire to become a business. Thank you for encouraging me! God bless!


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