Mad Skills #134

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“So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” John 16:22   “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  John 16: 33
Be Near Me Lord Jesus
My five-year-old son sang those words of the third verse of “Away in a Manger” with his preschool Sunday School class this morning, and I failed to hold back my tears.  Tears of gratitude for each day I am able to spend with my children, tears of sadness for those parents who lost their dear children, but, most of all, tears of thankfulness for a Savior who was born and died for a sinful world.
I went back and forth about whether to cancel this week’s link up, and in the end I decided to continue as scheduled.  I am not posting today because I am callous to the heartache so many are feeling but because I know there are people who find joy in creating.  That there are those who will find ideas for projects to do with their children.  That there are some who will discover recipes to share with their loved ones.  And I hope in some way it can help.
Here are other ways in which you can help:

If you have participated in a Mad Skills Tutorial Link Party in the past, you have probably gotten one of my emails.  I like to highlight a few of my favorite submissions each week, and email is a great way to do it!
I also like to be able to thank all of you for participating in the party.  It really means so much to me that you do.  Commenting on each project is no longer an option for me, and I (legally) can’t spam you all with unasked for emails.  BUT, if you sign up for the newsletter, I can still say thanks for your hard work AND you get to see the highlights from the weeks’ parties!
Sign up for the email by clicking HERE or using the form in the NEWSLETTER section of my sidebar.
If you are linking up today, you might be featured in this week’s newsletter!
For the Mad Skills party, as usual you can link up a post, old or new, to share with other readers. The only rule for the party is that the post MUST BE A TUTORIAL. The tutorial can be written, pictorial, or a combination of the two, but it should be a project or a process that another crafter would be able to replicate. Any Mad Skill level, from novice to advanced, is welcome!
There is a Mad Skills Tutorial Link Party button that can be found by clicking HEREPlease add to your blog post or update your party pages! You have until midnight (EST) on Thursday to enter your projects!
By participating in this party, you are agreeing to allow me to feature your project in my weekly Mad Skills newsletter.  Each feature will include a link back to your project,  a photo from the tutorial, and a brief explanation of why I loved your project.

I do this because I want to make sure your hard work is rewarded.   If you are not comfortable with this promotion, please do not link up your project.

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