Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Drawn Together . . .

Did you know that scrapbooking is good for your health?  

"Picking up a craft, such as scrapbooking, knitting or building model airplanes is therapeutic because it diverts your thinking from any stress or problems you may be experiencing. Hobbies, craft projects and the like also give you a sense of accomplishment when you complete something that shows off your creativity or showcases a particular talent."

 Art is therapy.  I've always known this.  I create with paint and paper to calm my nerves and take my mind off of the world around me - even if only for a little while.  I make cards to sooth another's hurt.  I scrapbook to remember both the good and the bad from my life.  In world around me I see beauty in creation woven together by the ultimate Creative One.  When I look back on my artwork I realize that yes I was creating as a form of therapy.

For as long as I can remember fear, worry, anxiety and depression have been a part of my life.  I know what it is to see a tiny baby born too early.  I know the pain of losing a child.  I have experienced a broken heart many times over.  My heavenly Father is continuing to work on me to make me more like Jesus to hold me and to show me He indeed is my Prince of Peace.

"Well, another factor that helps deal with depression, anxiety, anger or stress is to use your talents, passions, talents or hobbies on a regular basis."  Source

There is a sense of depression that follows me most winter days but especially after tragedy . . . tragedy like the small lives taken in Newtown.  I was reading a blog post recently that struck a cord with me because I realize why I can not stop crying.  I know what six looks like . . .

He is my first born.  My first in school.  My six year old.  My heart . . . and I read the news and my heart bleeds.  I want to do something.  Searching to find anything that I can do to help.  A card doesn't seem like enough but really what can I do.

Amber from Damask Love blog is putting together a crafting blog event that will assemble craft/art kits for the kids in Sandy Hook Elementary.  It is not going to change the fact that their world has stopped spinning but it is something.  And from experience I know that art therapy works.

You will find more information about this event on Amber's blog.  I just mailed out a shipment of paper and ink.  Again it is not much but I hope it will ease the pain even for a little while in these tiny hearts.  Let's draw together and let them know they are not alone . . . I can not say I understand this exact pain because I don't. I can not pretend that paper and crayons are going to make everything better.  I can not even heal the hurts of my own precious six year old.  But I know that God can and He uses many different things to heal . . . maybe He will use paper.  

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Elizabeth Mindemann
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  1. Thanks for the information... I really love your blog posts... specially those on Celebrity corporate club

  2. Hi, I hop over from Foodie Friends Friday, drop by to say hello.
    Nice blog and I love craft work and creative food art.
    You boy look cute and adorable.:)

    I'm following you. Greetings from Malaysia.


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