Lot’s Daughters and the Levite’s Wife

Ok, just to warn you, this post is going to be very different from any I have posted before.  No crafts, no tutorials, no life updates.  But I’ve had this stuff on my mind for a week and needed an outlet to talk about it, and this was the best option.

I started going through a Bible study this year that talks about a different woman in the Bible each week.

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The study is for one year, but I didn’t get started right away so I’m a few weeks behind.  Last week, the woman of focus was Lot’s wife.  If you’re not familiar with her story, basically she and her husband and family lived in Sodom, the most degenerate place on earth at the time.  God was going to destroy the city because of their wickedness, but out of His mercy, he sent two angels to get Lot and his family out of the city before He destroyed it.  The men of the city tried to get Lot to turn the angels over to them so they could “know them carnally,” to use the Scripture’s wording.  Lot offered his two daughters to the men instead.  Long story short, the angels got Lot and his family out of the city, but Lot’s wife turned back to look, against direct orders, and turned into a pillar of salt.  And the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were utterly destroyed with fire from heaven.

Yeah, that happened.  The story can be found in Genesis 19, if you want the dirty details.

But then, in my own personal Bible reading, I just happened to be in the book of Judges, chapters 19 and following, which tells the story of the Levite from Ephraim and his wife.  Again, long story short, these two were traveling on their way home and stopped in Gibeah.  They were invited to lodge with another man from Ephraim who lived there.  And, just as in Lot’s story, the men of Gibeah came at night and demanded that the host turn over his guest for their sexually depraved desires.  And, again, the host and Levite instead offered up their daughter and wife, respectively.  The men took the Levite’s wife, had their way with her all night, and left her dead at the door.  Word spread throughout Israel of this tragedy, and they came against Gibeah and destroyed it.

It definitely wasn’t by choice that I was studying these two passages at the same time, but I couldn’t help but be struck by the similarities between the two.  In both cases, the wicked men violently demanded satisfaction to their depraved desires.  In ancient times, hospitality was highly viewed and honored, and instead of giving up their guests and damaging their images/social standing, the hosts in these stories gave up the most innocent and  helpless people available to be ravaged.  People who were given absolutely no choice in the matter.

And in both cases, the ultimate end of the story was complete destruction for the wicked.

And while stories of this exact nature may not seem exactly common at this point in history, or even relevant to the casual observer, how many millions of innocent lives have been slaughtered in the name of  “choice.”  Daily, the most innocent and helpless among us are killed to preserve social standing, out of “convenience,” pressure, fear, etc.  The lives of our unborn are offered up on the altar of selfishness and sin.  And that’s just one of the many ways this country/world has turned their backs on God and His Word.

We thumb our noses at His commands, willfully and gleefully disregard His laws and will, seek our own pleasures and desires instead of seeking Him and His truth.

And I have to wonder, how long until God says, “Enough is enough,” and He rains down the same destruction upon us.

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I was going to talk about something else in this post, too, but I think that’s enough for today.  I’ll save that one for another day.  Thanks for letting me get this off my chest.  I hope it gave you some food for thought at least.

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A New Vision

*le sigh*

 

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Somehow, writing this post kind of feel like a defeat, a surrender.  Throwing in the towel.  Waving the white flag.

And yet, in other ways, it is so freeing and burden-lifting that I just want to jump up and shout for joy.

I have come to the conclusion that making a card every week is no longer giving me the joy and satisfaction that it used to.  I was pretty faithful at making them for about two and a half years, which I think is pretty darn good.  And I had fun at first, I really did.  But, as time passed, the commitment to making them become more of a chore and burden than something I looked forward to.  My creative juices just haven’t been flowing in the papercrafting arena for quite a while, and stuff online just isn’t sparking the inspiration like it used to.

And so, with that realization, I have decided to cease the “weekly” cards (I know, they haven’t been weekly for a good long while!).  I have other crafting interests, which I will get into in a minute, that are taking more of my time now and have rekindled in me the desire to create.  And as a naturally creative person, having something going on that inspires me and makes me want to work with my hands again is like a breath of fresh air compared to my feelings of dread when I thought about making cards.

Maybe dread is too strong a word.  More like, “mild displeasure” or “intense mental grumbling.”

And while I feel slightly like I will be letting my readership down, let’s be real.  I don’t really have a readership.  Six people visited my blog after I posted the last card a couple weeks ago.  I didn’t really start the blog as a way to gain readers, it was more of a way to keep myself accountable to making cards and using up supplies.  So, I’d rather disappoint the very few people that read my blog and change things up to make myself happy than continue with a project I no longer enjoy.

I do still have too many papercrafting supplies, though, so I will be decluttering my stash and just getting rid of a bunch instead of trying to use it.  Including the chipboard letters I was going to use on the alphabet cards I was going to start making.  🙂  Getting rid of stuff I know I will never use will be so much more freeing than continuing to hang onto it like some crazed hoarder.

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And it will make room for other supplies that are taking up space in my office.  🙂

Which brings me to my next subject.  I’m not going to discontinue my blog, just redefine what I’m doing with it.  The blog is called “Geek Girl Creations” after all, not “Geek Girl Cards.”  I’m planning on keeping you up to date on my latest projects and creations, a lot of which will be these guys:

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I’m planning on having a craft booth at a local show this fall trying to sell these lovely ornaments.  But that means that I need to make a whole bundle of them.

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This is my stash so far.  I think I’ve got a looooong way to go.  😉

So I’m going to pop into the blog to showcase my latest creations, be they ornaments for my booth, or other random crafts that I’m working on (I’ve got two projects in the planning stages right now that I’m dying to get to!), or maybe even just to post a pretty, random photograph that I take once in a while.  And yes, if I do make a card for a special occasion or if the inspiration randomly strikes, I will post those, too.  I’m not going to dump ALL of my papercrafting supplies, after all!  🙂

So yeah, new year, new blog.  I’m excited to see where this year takes me/us on this creative journey, and I hope you’ll stick around for the ride!

Blessings.

Well, hello there strangers!

And suddenly, out of nowhere, a wild blog post appears!

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Hey guys!  How’s everybody doing?  Been a while, I know.  This has been just one of the craziest falls in recent history.  I don’t have a card to share with you today, but I thought I’d jump on anyway and give a life update instead in an attempt to explain the lack of posts.

So, where did we leave off?  Oh yeah, I was making costumes for Dragon Con.  Well, D*C was two months ago already, and it was a blast!  My mom and I got all three costumes done in time.

Me and my cousin Hollie as Merlin and Arthur, Applejack, me as Jyn with a sand trooper from Rogue One

Applejack was my most popular at the con itself.  I only ended up giving away 5 of my apple keychains, though, and 4 of them were to one group of girls.  But those girls totally made my day with how they adored the costume, so I wasn’t too disappointed.  I’m glad I didn’t carry the entire bag of apples around with me all day, though!  Guess I have a lot for next time I wear the costume.  ButI do need to fix quite a few of them because the hot glue isn’t holding the leaves on the apples like I hoped it would.  So that’ll be a whole process to fix those and find a better glue.

I was going to do a whole post on how I weathered the costumes, but that seems like kind of a moot point now.  Basically, I used three different kinds and colors of fabric spray paint and a couple different colors of shoe polish rubbed on the clothes to weather them down.  I did wash most of the clothes (I think everything except Jyn’s vest) after getting home, and some of the weathering did come out, so I’ll have to redo some of that before the costumes come out to play again.

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Here’s one before and after of the weathering process:

So, that was the beginning of September.  A couple weeks later, my entire family, along with my Grandma, went on vacation to the Cincinnati area and went to the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum.

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That was a fun week.  Lots of driving, but we definitely made some good memories.  It was fun to go to those places with my brother and grandma, since they had never been there before.  And on the last day before we started heading home, my mom and I went to a museum that had a traveling display called “Star Wars: The Power of Costumes” and they had a TON of the costumes that were actually used in the films on display, as well as original concept art and other stuff.  That was so cool!  I’m sure glad I found that online when we were in the hotel looking for things to do in the area.  🙂   And we were there just in time, too, because it was the last week that the display was going to be at that museum before moving on to its next location!

The other major news of the last couple months is the fact that I moved!  The day after I got back from Dragon Con, my brother, Mom, and I went to a few houses with my brother’s realtor and he found the house he wanted!  So, all that kind of stuff took up time in those couple weeks between Dragon Con and Cincinnati, then after we got home from Ohio it was time to pack!  My craft stuff was actually some of the first stuff to get packed, so I haven’t even had access to it to make a card for the blog.

We moved in a couple weeks ago, and are slowly getting settled.  My mom is planning on coming over tomorrow to help me hang up my art gallery and some other stuff, and then it will really start feeling like home.

And on top of everything else, as if it wasn’t enough, I’m also on jury duty this month.  😛  Like I needed THAT extra stress in my life right now.

It may be a couple more weeks until I finally get everything organized and actually have space on my craft desk and access to my paper crafts to make a card again.  But I tell you what, I am in such a “making” mood right now, I just want to:

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I have so many things I want to do, especially before Christmas, which will be here before we know it!  Can you believe Thanksgiving is in two weeks?!  I don’t even have any new Christmas cards made yet.  But seriously, now that I’m living with one of the few people I sent a card to, I think I really only need 2 cards!  How sad is that?  But I have a few other things I want to work on as well, so for the rest of this year I will hopefully be posting some cards, other paper crafts, and some other fun crafts as well.

I’ve definitely been missing crafting and blogging, so here’s hoping that very soon things will get back on a regular schedule!  Talk to you soon!

My Steampunk Cosplay!

So I know it’s really late and I should be going to bed instead of blogging, but writing this post was on my to do list for the night and by golly, I’m going to get it done!  I had intended to do other things tonight, but then I got sucked into Youtube watching The Hillywood Show’s latest live stream video and the evening kind of got away from me.  To be fair, the craft project I had intended to work on smells bad so I really only want to work on it when I can open windows, and it’s raining tonight.  But if I get this post up, I will only have one thing on my list (besides the not-do-able craft project) that I didn’t get done, so yay for that.

On a side note, and I probably shouldn’t even mention this because that makes it sound like I’m committed to the idea and I’ll probably fail miserably, but I’m thinking that I should make a craft project goal for the week in addition to my card of the week.  I have so many ideas and projects that are either started or conceived in my brain that I want to do, so I should set myself some realistic goals for actually completing some of them.  I had intended to work on my craft goal for this week tonight before the siren call of Youtube and the rain challenged my plans.

Ok, on to why I’m really posting: my steampunk cosplay!!  Yay!  So I already showed you guys my Astrid cosplay from How to Train Your Dragon.  Well, I put together a steampunk costume (again with sewing help from my wonderful mother!) that I debuted at Dragon Con over Labor Day a couple weeks ago.   A few weeks before the con, my very sweet friend Emily of Truelight Images offered to do a photo shoot for me of my costume.  Downtown Sioux Falls offers some wonderful old buildings that were a perfect backdrop for a steampunk shoot, so we met up on a beautiful Tuesday evening and had a super-great time taking pictures.

Without further ado, my costume debut!  Btw, it was really hard to decide which pictures to share!  They are all so cool!

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I think this is my absolutely favorite picture from the whole shoot

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I love how powerful that shot on the right looks!

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I can’t thank Emily enough for all the time she put into these pictures!  From researching poses to taking the pictures to editing, I was just speechless at the effort she put in.  If you are in the Sioux Falls, SD area and need a photographer for family portraits, events, cosplay shoots (which she now says are her favorite kind!), please get in touch with Emily at her business facebook page: Truelight Images.  She will definitely make your shoot something special.

Ok, now I really need to go to bed!  I’m having issues typing and still have two more days of work this week.  Oh, on the plus side, between holiday time off and PTO, I only have 4 full weeks of work left for the year!  Yay me!  So I should have lots of time to work on those craft projects…

Oh, before I forget, I know this was just a bunch of glamour shots of the final product, but if anyone is curious about the process that went into constructing the costume, please comment and let me know!  I’ll put a post together about the process and construction if anyone is interested.

G’night!

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