Thursday, September 15

Grace at Home No. 482

Hello, friends.

How glad I am to welcome you today. You might have noticed that there was no Grace at Home gathering last week, and here's why:

These are just three in a long line of Visitor name tags I received last week at Duke Hospital, where my husband was a patient from September 2 through September 11. It's really a miracle that he's alive and well, and he's expected to recover fully. But what a scare we've been through.

You know, the world is full of so much bad that it's easy to forget that God really does care about us. And, of course, none of us understands everything that happens. But I believe that God is at work in ways that we'll never know about. I wonder how many times God has protected each of us and we were never even aware of the danger we were in? 

Research has shown that human minds consistently display a negativity bias: we give more weight to negative events than to positive ones. We remember the bad things that happen, but often we don't even notice the good—for instance, that we and our loved ones have made it safely through another day. 

I'm hoping to become one who searches for evidences of grace rather than gloom, someone who notices the myriad ways that God has provided, protected, and otherwise displayed his great love for me. 

I believe that God continually displays his love for all of us, which is why I am privileged to host the Grace at Home party, where we celebrate all the ways we make our homes and spheres of influence places of grace and beauty. It's my custom to feature posts from the previous week's party, but our last party had just gotten started before my husband's accident, so this week I don't have any features to share. I'm sorry about that, but I'm so glad to welcome you today!

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
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • 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!

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  1. Richella, I know that was a heart wrenching time for all of you. Praise God for His care over your husband. Thanks so much for hosting, dear one!

  2. Glory to God! So thankful your husband is on his way to being fully recovered! Thank you for hosting!

  3. Oh, wow, Richella. How scary. I'm thankful your husband is on the mend now. I've often wondered if one of the things we'll do in heaven is hear some of the behind-the-scenes scenarios of how God kept us safe when we weren't aware of danger or provided for us in ways we didn't know at the time.

  4. I am so sorry you all went through such a scare like that Richella and I'm so happy that a full recovery is underway! I often wonder how people get through such awful times if they don't have their faith to fall back on. At times when faith is tested so profoundly is the exact moment that we need to grasp it and hang on tight. Your words show me that you've done exactly that and I am adding my prayer of thanks to yours. Take care and please keep us posted.

  5. Wow! We just never know what a day will bring! So glad your husband will make a full recovery. Blessings to you and your whole family as you recover from this trial.

  6. I knew something wasn't right, so glad you are home and on the road to health and happiness. Take care.

  7. Richella,
    Glad to hear that your husband is doing better now...What a scare!!
    Thanks again for hosting this charming party every week! I know how much time goes into doing so and I want you to know that it I truly appreciate it!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

  8. Richella,
    I'm so glad your husband is ok and doing better! I will be praying for continued healing.
    Sending hugs your way ! xo LisaS

  9. Richella, so blessed that your husband is recovery and no permanent damage. Your reflections are very thoughtful and so true.

  10. I am so glad to hear that your husband is on the mend Richella and I am sorry you went through that. Life is often scary & unexpected and you're right God is Good. 🙏🏼💛. Stay well my friend. XO- MaryJo

  11. Wow, that is so scary! I'm glad to hear he's getting better. Your words are inspiring - so much to be thankful for!

  12. Trusting for continued healing for your husband and grateful for your challenge to look for the blessings behind everything!

  13. So happy to hear he is on the mend - there is always something to be thankful for!

  14. Praising the Lord with you, Richella, for the care He gave your hubby! So thankful that he will recover completely... but, how scary those things can be, right? But, HE is good, all the time! I glad we can believe in His promises and faithfulness, because He is such a good Father, Comforter, and Savior!

  15. Thank God that your husband is ok!

  16. Wow what a week for you and your family. I am so happy to hear that your husband is doing okay. God was definitely watching over you all.

  17. Dear Richella ... praying for you and your husband right now even as we speak. May the Lord bless you both with peace and rest as you recover.

  18. Oh my goodness, how scary. But thankful that he received the medical treatment he needs. Lifting him and you entire family in prayer. Hugs!

  19. I am happy to hear that your husband is well, and that everything is going to be okay. Sending prayers. My thoughts are with you, and your family. Hugs, and God bless!

  20. Richella, I'm so thankful to God that your husband is expected to fully recover. All glory to Him! We had a similar experience a few years ago. Praying for recovery to come quickly with a minimum of discomfort. But more importantly that God will continue to receive much glory for it all.

  21. Yikes!! So glad he's on the road to recovery. Fingers crossed for a speedy one!


  22. So glad that your husband is on the mend after such a scary situation, Richella!

  23. I'm so glad your husband got the help he needed!

  24. I'm so sorry your husband had an accident but so glad he's recovering. I am in the area and go to Duke for my Rheumatoid Arthritis infusions every 6 weeks. Anyway, I love what you said and it's so true that our brains tend to focus on the negative. In fact, it's been something I really struggle with because of my disease. I started my blog (in 2012) to focus on my small victories to try to flip that negative script into a positive one. To help me focus on my small victories and encourage others to also. It's definitely changed my life and mindset. (My other mantra is to Give it to God when I'm overwhelmed with things). Thanks for hosting the party as always!

  25. I understand totally! I fell last week on my left leg ~ and already had a left knee that trying to avoid knee replacement with knee compression brace & steroid shots. My knee swelled up and heard it crunching more ~ so thought I'd let it go down a little before calling ortho. Went in a week ago today to get x-rays & shot (and have knee drained) and told him left thigh hurt a little too. When he saw x-rays, he said I had bigger problems than my knee b/c I'd fractured my hip! He wanted me admitted immediately to hospital and had full hip replacement last Friday! (texted my daughters and they said "hip?? not knee?) So with a walker, but better every day (except couldn't get steroid shot for knee or have it drained until hip specialist says it's ok). Even walked around grocery store with Hubby today!

  26. Richella, I hope your husband is on the mend. I know how scary this can be. My hubby fainted and fell three years ago. They did tests and found out it was from his heart. We are still dealing with adjusting meds and finding more answers. May the Lord grant you peace as you walk this path. And praying for complete healing for your hubby.

    Blessings, Jocelyn


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