Friends, I'm so grateful to greet you today. . . and I can't help but think what a difference a week makes.
If you follow me on Instagram (and I'd love to see you there!), you might have seen this picture:
This is a 17th century bronze cross from Kyiv. It was given to me a number of years ago and is one of my prize possessions. It takes on new significance for me now.
I hardly know how to pray for all that’s going on in the world today. In the face of senseless violence and destruction I feel terribly helpless. But I trust that God is good, so I ask for help, especially for the most vulnerable. Be with them, Lord. And I ask that God will show us the way—the way to help, the way to respond to need, the way to think clearly and act faithfully.
Father have mercy. Jesus have mercy. Spirit have mercy.
And then this weekend I was stunned—although not surprised—by the news that one of my oldest blogging friends, Paula Skulina of Sweet Pea, died. I'm sure many of you knew Paula. You may have seen some of her projects featured here, since she was a regular participant in the Grace at Home party. I first "met" her online more than 10 years ago, and then we met at a Haven conference, where I found her to be just as kind and generous in real life as I knew her to be online. Here's a wonderful photo of Paula, from back before her cancer diagnosis:
Please join me in praying for Paula's husband Dave and Paula's mother, who is now battling cancer herself.
I am grateful for this blogging community, where we support one another in countless ways.
Here are a few highlights from last week's Grace at Home gathering.
Are you ready to decorate your home for Spring? Carol from Blue Sky at Home can help you create a springy entry in 11 easy steps.
If you're feeling crafty, you might like to visit Denise at My Home of All Seasons, who will show you how to make this spring wreath.
Looking forward to Spring Break with your kids? Dave and Jamie from PhotoJeepers have some road trip ideas for you.
Amanda at VeraVise Outdoor Living has Spring Break inspiration to share as well.
If you're like me, you've noticed a real jump in food prices. I'm making a concerted effort not to waste food, so I was glad to see this post from Melynda of Scratch Made Food for Hungry People. I had no idea you could freeze celery!
Lisa from Lisa Notes on Seeing God. I especially appreciated her recent post on not being understood.
Thank you to everyone who joined last week! Now for this week's party. Here at the Grace at Home party, you can link up any post you've written that demonstrates how you're filling your space with truth, goodness, and beauty. I invite you to link posts about
- DIY projects
- homemaking tips
- soul care
Whatever you do to make your home or sphere of influence 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!