Praying for the People of Ukraine

Praying for the People of Ukraine

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Never did I think this would happen in my lifetime. Never did I think a country would be invaded again in my lifetime. I’ve lived through a lot from Desert Storm, 911 to the U.S. recession to a global pandemic and all that was so stressful and heartbreaking. Today, more sad news and my heart is breaking once again and it’s for the people of Ukraine.

I actually know of a young woman, Yana, who also is a talented cardmaker that I’ve been following for years who lives there. Me and thousands others reached out to her on IG with prayers and encouraging comments and today she was able to publish a post of how she and her family spent last night. I’m sharing a snippet from her post:

“We spent last night in a bomb shelter. An alarm sounded around midnight advising all to leave homes and hide in anticipation of the bombing. It was rough. Cold. Wet. Dark. Scary. We slept on the floor, fully dressed in our coats, hats, and gloves. We are back home at the moment as I am typing this post. We’ve made arrangements for the night ahead to stay with a friend outside of town. He has a mattress for us to sleep on and the place is warm.”

I cried reading this, who would have thought war would come to their town and disrupt their way of life. I stand with so many who are praying for the country and protection for people like Yana. We often take for granted the lives we have never thinking that one day it all can change forever.

I asked God why but the answer is we’re in the last days. We have to understand that these prophesies in the Bible that were foretold are unfolding right before our eyes. You would think this would shake people up who don’t know The Lord to give their lives over to Him. I can only hope and pray for that to happen.

Bottom line is cities can be destroyed but rebuilt, photos and memorabilia may be destroyed forever but new photos and new memories can be created. But when a life is gone, it’s gone for good. When a soul that isn’t saved leaves the body, it enters a horrible and never-ending darkness. While I pray safety for the people in Ukraine and all over Europe, I’m even more so praying for their salvation.

I hope you will join me in praying for this situation to be rectified and for the safety and salvation of Ukraine and the World.


Last night, I finished making a card and I posted it on social media today. So many of us crafters are sending hope with our cardmaking! Here’s what I posted:

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Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Kim's Studio Art" where she creates and sells Wall Art Printables and "Kim's Handcrafted Cards" on eBay where she creates and sells handmade greeting cards.