Create Kindness

IMG_2649First, she offered a henna pencil, something that was home to her. She gave what was most precious.

There are reasons why she would be weary. She has accepted many apologies.

 

A science experiment and she has remembered the most objects. She takes her small prize, a magnifying glass.

He looks over at it, his fingertip touching the clear edge. She has accepted many apologies.

Five minutes pass, when he returns to his desk, the magnifying glass is sitting on its surface. She nods her head and pushes it towards his hand.

 

Kids create kindness effortlessly. They don’t see the color of skin. They don’t see inequality. They don’t see disability.

And they are willing to forgive, over and over again.

 

When you grow past seven the hand that extends slows.

The willingness to forgive hardens.

IMG_2648God wants our giving hearts to be soft, like the seven year old who continually gives what is most precious.

He longs for us to kneel every time, in love and in forgiveness.

To create Kindness each and every day.

 

How can you create kindness today? 

What changes as we age that makes kindness more difficult? 

#impactwithcrafts

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Last week Amy Sullivan and I revealed the first issue of our quarterly ezine Impact!

Impact with Crafts: Click Here to check it out. 

 

I would love to feature you on About Proximity as you try any of the ideas in our ezine!

Get crafty, get giving, and drop me a note about it! We’ll work together to put into a post.

 

This weekend, I tried the project from More Love Letters.

The World Needs More Love Letters

Now that is a true statement.

At the above website, I clicked on love letter requests. This describes nominated people to receive a love letter bundle. You write a letter, mail it, and they are bundled together to be delivered to the recipient.

 

Such a simple act to a stranger, an act of love.

We choose a girl who is struggling and has been dismissed from school. Nominated by her Mom, she is hurting and scared she’ll never “be” anything, but she’s already good enough. The love of a mother humbles.

I wrote a love letter to a stranger. Ellie included one of her duct tape hearts.

My words were personal. I have struggled with feeling like I’ll never amount to all I know God longs for me to be. The struggle is real, but it is not rooted in truth.

 

This is truth about her. 

This is truth about you.

You will touch the world in a way no one else can. 

 

I will be writing more love letters. I hope you will too. I hope you will try others projects from the ezine too.

Every act of love is gift of hope.

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Impact with Crafts

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The first issue of Impact, a quarterly ezine collaboration from About Proximity and Amy Sullivan.

 

Impact others with crafts!

Make a difference by being creative!

Use your gifts to offer hope! 

 

I can’t wait for you to meet our amazing contributors. Do you like their work? Show them some love by stopping by their blog or following their social media. They all have huge hearts willing to share their work freely.

There is something for every one to try here, even the crafty challenged like myself.

Presenting {our labor of love} Impact with Crafts… this is our cover. I’m having technical difficulties embedding the ezine directly into this blog… so click the link to view.

Here is the direct link. Click over and take look! 

Craft for Impact

On Thursday 8/8…

Amy Sullivan and I will be bringing you a free ezine called Impact.

We hope you love it, because we have more impact ezine’s  in the works! I just love working on projects with Amy, she’s such a big-hearted writing friend.

 

You are going to love the contributors and their awesome make a difference crafts, books and websites.

You might recognize one, our friend Leslie at Pink Stripey Socks!

 

Here is the link to our intro video: {Click Here}

Freeze frame: before I begin my nervous giggling.  And best of all photographic authentication that we met in real life!

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Creating Like the Creator

Guest Post by: Leslie Manlapig of Pink Stripey Socks

It’s 10pm. I’m standing in the middle of the kitchen, carefully pouring colorful beads into an aluminum foil mold.  Then, I nervously place everything into the oven.  Ten minutes later, I pull them out and let them cool.  With great anticipation, I peel the colorful glob out of its mold and reveal this word:  Joy.

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When I was a little girl growing up in church, I always believed that some jobs were “holier” than others.  Pastor, missionary, teacher, and social worker consistently ranked high on my “holy” list.  These were the people that directly served God and his people.

Back then (like now), I was a pretty shy kid who enjoyed writing fantasy stories and doodling.  I never shared my creations with other people.  Oh no.  These were merely silly, frivolous hobbies.  They certainly weren’t the skills that would put me on the “holy” list.

 

Notice a pattern?

I had separated skills and jobs into “God-related” and “non-God related” categories.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve always struggled with this mentality.

 

Lately, God’s been using these verses to slowly change my heart.

 

Colossians 1:20 tells me that all things are reconciled through Christ  

Genesis 1:27 reminds me that we’re made in the image of God

Genesis 1:31 describes God being pleased with all the things that He made

 

These verses remind me that I can’t put things into “God” or “non-God” categories.  Christ came to redeem everything.  Everything belongs to Him.  Everything is being changed and made holy by Him.

These verses also remind me that God is the ultimate creator and that He found pleasure in the act of creating.

 

Madeline L’Engle once said, “When we are writing, or painting, or composing, we are, during the time of creativity, freed from normal restrictions and opened to a wider world, where colors are brighter, sounds clearer, and people more wondrously complex than we normally realize.”

When I create things, I feel excitement, wonder, and most of all, joy.  Creating allows me to see the world in a different way.  The joy that I feel when I’m writing, doodling, or even melting colorful plastic beads in an oven is a gift from God.

 

I create and I feel that joy because I’m made in the image of a wonderful creator.

And there’s nothing silly or frivolous about that.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m a mild-mannered stay-at-home mommy by day and a mad-scientist craft-o-holic at night.  I’m a true-blue “crapter.”  I love giving stuff a second life and turning “junk” into something beautiful, useful, or fun.

Head over for some sweet crapting ideas at Pink Stripey Socks. You can also follow her sweet heart on Facebook and Pinterest.