Unending circle

It has been dark for a while, a thick cloud rested upon the heads of many people doing their daily tasks; it didn’t even occur to them that the darkness was and still is among them, dwelling above their heads trying to steal what is left. Including myself.

Stop the unending circle

The mist that was in our midst,

has been the mist before our eyes.

For long I’ve been trying to look over it, pretending not to see it. Ignoring its presence until it got hold of my vision.

It has always been out there, but we choose to ignore it when our lives went smoothly. Being aware of anything else makes us like those who cannot see and cannot hear. Does not the Lord say;

Matthew 13:15 For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears, they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.” 

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Insecurities 

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The perfect sundress; California weather and loose hair, the wind dancing gently around her hair treating her like the princess she is. She knows what she wants and she knows how to get it, it’s like a magic trick, you must understand it. Kissed by the sun and praises by the wind, it was clear to me that she’s the woman I need to be.

Don’t mind me using the lipstick you like on her, painting my face with the extras that make me seem beautiful. Kylie Jenner lips and Beyoncé ambition, copy past to realize your vision. My hair is a mess, 4c hair is making me depressed, I look so awful in my African dress. Don’t mind me wearing that perfect sundress. Should I cut my hair or let it loose, so someone else could catch it and make their own image of what looks good?

I stare in the mirror and all I can think about is: “Am I even beautiful ?”

The summer is here which means it’s time to workout because all my weight is slowing you down. Can’t seem to catch up with your vision in life my body isn’t shaped like ‘the genie in a bottle’ to make your wishes come alive. I ran and ran but Continue reading

The End

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Ecclesiastes 3:1:For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die..”

Before there was any time left, I realized; there will never be enough time left. Time itself will go on and on until God himself decides to stop it. A day has only so many hours before the morning sun comes up, before the birds sing and stars disappear. In the beginning God created mankind; Adam and Eve. Adam was the first person God breathed the breath of life into, after he formed him out of the dust from the ground.

Ecclesiastes 12:7: “And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.”

Your wrinkled hands that performed many works before leaving the earth, has left its body behind to be buried underground. It took time to grow and understand things, for some longer than others but God had everything planned out so there was no need to worry.

“You didn’t know what ‘being old’ meant”

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My Diary 

Used to have a diary because I needed a friend. Wrote down what I needed to say, it felt saver on paper because my diary would never answer back or look at me with disappointment.

“You’re ‘sentence’ will be all over the paper..”

Kind of sad but this diary had the only right to ignore me and still give me comfort.

My mom once said there is no one in this world you can trust but your family and close friends. I took that with me since the very day I heard the words flowed from her lips.
It’s personal; something so easy that trees have to die for. Glued together to make it strong so their dead won’t be unnecessary. You’re ‘sentence’ will be all over the paper, the tears you cried marked on the wrinkled spots of the paper. Signed with your very own signature of writing. My Diaries turned into that unfinished business named notebooks. It was a series of stories that never reached the last page, but lingered on the lines of page 105. It was time to leave that chapter behind, a fresh start; a blank paper. I wasted lives of many trees because I wanted a new skin, so badly.

An unpublished creation left in the corner to be passed on to the next generation, to read the pain and the joy of ones past life. But that unfinished business turned out to be the inspiration to a future piece of art, whose  heart has been shattered once. Unfinished + unfinished became one finished piece. It’s amazing what you can gather together from the present to the past.

The things we experienced, stone cold hearts that turned into springs of water became a new cover of accepting who you are. My diary was the closest thing I had to God, that way he could easily read my thoughts.

 

Xo, Gely

Sickness (painted white)

The room was empty, because of the white-painted walls it felt like reaching out for heaven.

Fresh snow that covered the earth with an ice-cold blanket, with the comfort that it held by being so clean with no mistakes yet marked by footprints or skid marks.

Nothing had the chance to ruin it yet.

As I entered the room, it felt like a safe place to start over, to clear my thoughts and feel peace for a silent moment. Time to gather my thoughts and sort things out, but then.

I threw up the words without thinking, let the words slip over my lips without any control over my tongue. At that moment there was no existence of a conscience, I wasn’t aware that the clock was still ticking, minutes passed by and it was already too late to take it back; the words hit the floorboard before I could stop them, packed the room with an intense silence.  I realized then what I did, what I said, and It felt like the clock had stopped ticking after my conscience struck. Nauseating after saying the things that I should have kept to myself.

Sickness (n.);

“The feeling or fact of being affected with nausea or vomiting.”

 

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From a mess to a message

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God is truly great and his timing is perfect. He took something that was important to me, gave it a huge spin and what at that moment seemed like a mess turned into a message:

“Man has nothing on this earth that is theirs, all what is made through the hands of man is fully made out of Gods power. Nothing on this earth belongs to you, instead look at the havens and all its greatness shall be truly yours.”

Inspiration can come from any place at anytime, if you take time to listen or use your imagination. You can use it on writing, singing, dancing, preaching etc. Sometimes that inspiration can turn into another message to help others, I think that’s ‘Gods will’.

“Pen and paper, for my work is not done yet. It isn’t I who is making it. A work in progress, from shatters pieces glued together to finish the broken pieces. He took his time to pick up the pieces. Where has my mind gone to, for I was distracted by the ways of living and focused by a reflection of selfish giving. It wasn’t I who was making it, but he who wants to restore everything.” 

At times you tell yourself: “I don’t think that God is talking to me, maybe I’m not spiritually there yet.” But he is, see; God is talking to you ALL the time! The music you listen to that gives you butterflies and feel the need to praise him. The movies you watch that make you cry Continue reading

Tornadoes

Who am I to say that I am in the light while I am still walking through darkness, change a world in 6 days and do as I want to on my own terms?

God will bring many tornadoes (storms) in our lives, not to destroy us, not to hurt us or send us into the wrong direction. But to test our loyalty and faithfulness and guide us to the right path. You may not understand what he is doing now, but soon you will. These storms were created because of what we did in the past that seemed right at that time, but  sometimes what seems right can be wrong decisions and cause us to stumble.

God will never put you through something you cannot handle, he would never put you in a place that can lead you to internal darkness.

Things happen for a reason and mostly because of the decisions we made in our lives, a long time ago we learned this in bible study.

1 John 1:5-10: This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

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Through The Fog

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James 4:13 – 17; Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

Didn’t see a thing, but I was in peace. 

Didn’t panic for a moment, when I should have been scared.

I knew that he was with me, while I was still in distress

But let me tell you that he took my fear and stress away in the first two sentences.

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Useless Apps

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God has no phone,but I talk to him.He has no Facebook,but He’s still my friend. He doesn’t have a Twitter,but I still follow him.

You know that feeling when you have a new smart phone and you can smell the opportunity to download useless apps to make it full again, just so you can complain afterwards.. Or is that just me?

The apps you download don’t have to be useless, especially not when you want to learn something new or enjoy some wisdom before you step outside your house, when you’re bored or getting tired of your friends (we all have those days). In this generation we have the opportunity to use our smartphones to connect with God, faster and easier.

The top 10 Christian apps that can be useful at anytime.

1. The Bible App

Our famous bible app, this app allows you to read the bible where ever you are, with our without WiFi. Translated in many languages and biblical translations. You can add your favorite bible verse in a picture and share it on all your social media accounts our even with your friends connected to the bible app itself! Read new bible plans that can help you connect to the word of God daily, and don’t forget to turn on your reminder.

2. BiOY ( Bible in One Year)

iconA testimony or a short story followed by encouraging words from the Old testament, new testament & proverbs. A daily experience that’s easy written and beautifully developed for Christians to understand the word and take it with them in their everyday life.

3. Air 1

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4. myKLove 

175x175bb-1Another Christian radio app, including a share wall to communicate with other Christians. Latest events and daily encouraging words from the scriptures. myKLove alowes you to enjoy the music, share your thoughts and help one another.

5. C3 Devotionals 

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6. PureFlix

175x175bb-2Wait what? Yes, the Christian version of Netflix, from old biblical series to movies Like Gods not Dead and Old Fashioned. I don’t remember how I found out about this website/app but It gave me the great excuse to watch movies all day in the weekends.

7. Daily Devotion

Am I the only person who loves beautiful typographic pictures? I guess not because this  app was rated #1 highest crossing app in 18 countries. The first 30 days are free and for a small price you can get new devotionals for another 30 days or even a year.

8. Sith Roth: ISN

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9. SheReadsTruth

Another Bible app, this app gives you the opportunity to connect with different woman all over the world to talk about the word of Jesu, devotionals and not to forget the word itself. If you think the SheReadsTruth app is amazing there is also a HeReadsTruth app for men.

10. Got Questions?

icon175x175Another lovely friend of mine recommended me this app. Got some burning questions that can’t leave your mind? Then Got questions gives you most of the answers to your questions! It’s translated in 17 different languages.

hopefully you got to learn something new, enjoyed some apps or got wisdom out of them. Before you step outside your house, when you were bored or got tired of your friends.

xo , Gely

#8| It’s kind of a funny story

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Leona, the girl with the latest clothes and designer bags, expensive make-up and shiny hair. Everybody thought she had it good, but what did they knew about her ?

Leona lived in a big house with her older brother Eliot and her dad, her dad was a business man and was most of the time out-of-town. Eliot was following their dads foot steps to money and success.

When Leona was 11 her mother passed away, the only woman who had her back when there was an argument at home, or the one that gave her fashion advice and told her bedtime stories. Leona was the kind of girl who loved art and poetry but nobody knew, the superthumbgirl who loved to cook and vintage clothing, but her dad didn’t knew her that way. He wanted his daughter to look fabulous and rich so that he can say that he did it great as a single dad with two kids.

In high school the new kids always thought that she was a mean girl ready to talk trash. But the truth is she wasn’t, because there was more to it. She was kind and lovely, open to help people and ready to learn new things.

Leona always felt bad by wearing what her dad’s stylist bought her, it was too expensive or too red carpet like.

“Can I buy my own clothes and be who I want to be, because this isn’t who I am and you know that’s true” Leona said to her father. “All I want is for you to be happy, for you to look good and beautiful.” Leona knew her dad was trying hard but by changing her things won’t be solved.

This one day at school someone she knew but never had a long conversation with walked up to her, to ask her if is she wanted to hang out, Leona said yes and they had a very good time. “You wear expensive clothes, but you don’t act like a girl who has a lot of money so what is it with you?” Emily asked. “The truth is that I don’t even like these clothes, it makes me feel bad for those who have nothing. With my clothes you could give a homeless person a home, food and a pair of shoes.” And that’s when Emily told her about what was written in the bible:

Matthew 19:21 “Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

“Have you ever gone to church? In church we’re part of something, of someone; we are parts of Christ, he is the head and we are the other parts, we are united.” But being a part of the church also means that you’re committed, just like you’re committed in you’re marriage, you are active in the church and you know your place.

Flashbacks came back from the old days, the days when things were just okay, when Leona’s mom was still alive and the praising hours on Sunday mornings that made the church a home were Christians unite. It was all okay. Leona thought about going again, since her mom died they never went to church anymore.

“Can we go to church again” Leona asked to her father on a Saturday morning. He did not know where this was coming from. Thinking about this in Leona’s father perspective, he has been sacred to return. A man who is emotional, vulnerable and  cries, a man who humiliates himself in a crowed. before he met Leona’s mother he was lost in darkness, Leona’s beloved mother Stephanie gave him the hope and made him see, that life is nothing without God.

But what will his answer be after that question?

It’s kind of a funny story, but you’ll have to wait till next time.


xo, Gely

Lisbon | Wanderlust

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“Enjoy every moment of your life while you’re still young” someone once told me. Many opportunities passed by and I almost let this one slip away too. Thank God I didn’t give up on a 4 days get-away. It was great; not thinking about anything but food and warmth for the next day as I woke up in a city where I could speak the langue of my parents.


x Monday 16:40 – Shiphol Airport 

Ready for take off, my second flight but also the first one without my mom. It was chaos, finding our seats but also not being completely satisfied with the people sitting next to us, everyone decided to switch when the seatbelt sign was off. Lucky for me I got to meet new people while everyone decided to switch.

Lisbon welcomed us with a beautiful sunset, which made it okay to wait another 20 min for our metro tickets to get to our hostel; Sunset Destination in Cais do Sodré. (And for a small group the Lost In Hostel)

As we settled in we had some time to explore the neighborhood and eat some food. The hostel where I stayed in had a beautiful rooftop with a bar, a small swimming pool and a small garden, it was the perfect place after exploring the neighborhood on our first day.

x Tuesday, Gare do Oriente – Teleférico – Castelo de São Jorge

It was 08:30 as we woke up in the morning to have our breakfast before leaving towards The Nations park (Parque das Nações) to enjoy a beautiful ride in the Teleférico cable car and enjoy the beautiful view over the river and the Vasco da Gama bridge. This cable car was intended for tourist purposes. Back to Gare do Oriente where we got out from the metro, we went to the mall; Vasco da Gama. But that wasn’t the end of our first day, now we walked through São Nicolau to get to the Castle of Sao Jorge (Castelo de São Jorge). The view was beautiful once again, it was amazing!

After our visit to the Castle of São Jorge we walked our way back to the hostels via the Praça do comércio, as we walked by the beach. Day 2 was complete but the night was still young full of incomplete  adventures. But what can I say there was a whole week to come with incomplete adventures to be completed.

x Wednesday, The ETI School & the worlds sexiest WC

The teachers thought it was fun for us to visit a graphic school nearby, don’t get more wrong I couldn’t wait to go! As we arrived they didn’t expect the number of students, that were ready to terrorize their classroom. Which meant that there weren’t enough computers for us to work on for our assignment; make a poster from the pictures you took in Bica. 

We went outside in groups to take pictures, in each group there where 2 Portuguese students. But honestly we were with too many students that it didn’t even matter in which group we were in because we ended up being in the same place as everyone els.

It rained for a while and then the teachers, including the one teacher from the ETI school decided to ditch us for some coffee. We should forgive them.. But that meant that we had some spare time before making our poster back at the school with the chaos of not having enough computers. And that’s when we found the world sexiest WC.  At the end of the day we made it, alive and hungry. Although it was messy it was fun to see students from a different country doing the same course as us.

x Thursday, Belém & Musei Coleção 

It was no surprise when we ended up in a museum, the art was beautiful and different from what I’ve already seen. After the museum we were starving and some of us decided to eat,  see the rest of the art exhibits and  other to explore the culture center.

My roomies and I decided to eat at the Este Oeste Pizza Sushi Café and It was good, it was all good. I was hoping for a real Portuguese dish but instead I order something with ham  and bread.

After our visit in Belém we went to the LX Factory in Alcântara. I expected more of it but there was a bookstore and everything was okay again! Almost every book was in Portuguese, some in French and a few in English. I searched the whole book store to find a prefect book for myself and one for my niece, instead of finding something for myself I only found something for my niece and her parents.

After a day of tourism with my fellow classmates we went our separate ways, meaning we decided to wander off with our separate gangs. Ending up in the Portuguese Lidl and once again being amazed by the low prices we did some grocery shopping for our tummy.

Later in the evening, our last night in Lisbon we wanted to make the best of it. After losing some things in Belém and wounds that needed fixing, going to the city and make some crazy photos was the best solution to avoid thinking about leaving the next day.

x Friday,  Aeroporto Humberto Delgado Lisboa 

Sad invisible tears, it was our last day and we had to pack up early and say goodbye to our hostel. But it wasn’t goodbye yet to Lisbon.

Paying a visit to my friends on the other side,  as they also packed their bags and took their time to progress it all. It took us a while to get up and leave as we regretted going late, but we’ll never regret seeing what we saw that very day. It was beautiful, I had never seen such view. It was like one of those moments when you can imagine  yourself dancing with your  husband in a ballroom with your beautiful ball gown dress, dancing around and feeling pretty, being happy and thankful. A view that was so bright and beautiful, so clear we will never regret entering this building; Panteão Nacional. It’s definitely a must-see for everyone!

xo, Gely

North Polar Bear

14712441_531289043737164_3483246604796821504_nThe warm days are over but there is no need to be sad about it, snowflakes are beautiful to enjoying from the inside of your house, in a cozy big sweater and a nice cup of tea or hot chocolate milk. The place you long for after a long day running through the streets. It’s getting colder and your fingers wont handle the cold anymore, but by wearing these fashionable leather gloves you will stay warm and fashionable dressed through the winter days and enjoy the snowflakes outdoors aswell.

North Polar Bear will give you that same cozy feeling when you’re sitting close to your window while enjoying your nice cup of tea or hot chocolate milk indoors. 

This brand came alive by combining minimalist designs approach, focussing on quality basics, with a whimsical interpretation of the seasons. With love for Urban outdoors with an appreciation for hand-made artisanal products; fashionable leather and lifestyle products came alive that combines perfectly with your outfit. 

Make sure you check out this wonderful online store and purchase the latest items for this winter!

“Est. 2016 in East London, North Polar Bear offers luxury leather accessories handmade in England and cold weather wear infused with the spirit of the urban outdoors. All leathers and furs are strictly secondary products of the farming industry.” – North Polar Bear

 

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xo, Gely

The beginning 

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:13: “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.”

I looked at her and for the first time I thought about her little body developing, how each organ will fit in her little body, how her brain must work and how she sees things, thinks about things and how she sleeps. No worries or  care about what others think about her, peaceful and quiet after she had her food and moment to cry for it.

Staring in the eyes of a new born child, while she’s just staring back at you. What is she thinking about or what is she feeling? Pretty she is, in the eyes of her creator, he has a great plan for her future.

Psalm 139:14: “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”

Sometimes I look at my own skin and I am amazed by what I see, God made us with so many details and wrote stories about each one of us; Paulo will be a pastor, Emily will write about Gods love, Jessica will have a Christian tv show, Jon will help teens reconnect. Of course there will be a lot more to read in his book of life, but he thought  about us, he cared and still does. It’s beautiful to think about how small someone or something started out and grew to be someone or something bigger, the progress is something to enjoy. 

It takes time to grow and understand things, for some longer than others but God has everything planned out so there is no need to worry. I thought about the trees and the plants, how they grow and become beautiful, carry fruits for animals, insects and even humans. How humans marry and have children and those children  have children in the future to make the world (the people in it) a little better with the talent that they recieved. 

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:16‬: “Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”

In the beginning there was you and God created you with so much care, he didn’t creat you to fit in or be a slave of the world. He created you with love and patients, talents and freedom to glorify his name and have internal hapinnes. To make those who stumble stand up and follow him, talk about him like your favorite band, stalking him like a crazy fan who wants to know everything and come to him with all your worries and pain like your best friend. God is the one and only that will never forsake you, why would someone who put so much though in creating you leave you in the dust? God is no human he is God, the one God; the alpha and omega. 

Xo, Gely

2# | Summer ’16 – Bucketlist

 

“Every Summer Has It’s Own Story”

  •  BBQ time!
  • SALE (Like every summer)
  • different ice cream flavor
  • Star gazing in the backyard
  • Work hard and earn money
  • Roller Skate Night
  • Find my style
  • Hug a stranger
  • Capture memories
  • Cotton candy at the carnival
  • Give a compliment to a stranger
  • Have a nice conversation with a stranger
  • That galaxy dress from Monki
  • Do something fun with Jaimie
  • Message Bottle
  • Helium balloons
  • Confess your ‘friendship-level’ love
  • Hang out with the oldies
  • Amsterdam
  • T-shirt update
  • Vampire Weekend – Contra (Album)
  • Rotterdam, Church
  • Lauren Daigle – How Can it be
  • Try an item I normally wouldn’t wear

It’s been a great summer, and I got to do most of the things on my summer 16′ bucket list. Lets walk through it.

The first week I immediately got the change to work, at KFC. Yes right I got to enjoy the fresh chicken, delicious burgers and amazing staff members. It was hard at first but worth it, not only got paid for having fun, I also got to bring home some experience and self-knowledge. I had to work almost everyday, but when I had a day off I tried a different Ice cream flavor; Watermelon and watched a movie in the backyard with my little brother (Think like a man) while also looking up to the open sky full of glowing stars, it was beautiful. And not to forget, Cotton candy at the carnival. But that wasn’t all, that was just the beginning.

While working at the KFC I had a nice conversation with a stranger. That worked out well, because I had no idea how I would talk  to a random person in the mall or something. The same work place but a different person; I complimented my colleague on her glasses and it made her really happy. I love what a simple compliment can do to a person. Since we are ‘writing’ about strangers, I got to hug a stranger at my aunts wedding this person was so sweet she just gave me a hug and I hugged her right back, check.

But what were you wearing that day on your aunts wedding? Glad you asked, that galaxy dress from Monki! I bought it the moment I saw the pink sale sticker and I was the happiest girl ever, that cashier even laughed when she saw my face. But the purchases was a month before summer, I just saved it for my aunts special day.

Still on the subject of spending money, I finally got my first salary and started to get really fashionable all of a sudden. Yes, It was then time for the SALE  (like every summer)because who doesn’t want to buy new clothes after working their butt off and feeling good about it. I bought several things, mostly t-shirts, a pair of Skyblue Oldskool Vans and the skirt of my dreams I always wanted. And that’s when I realised I found my style, sort of.

I like vintage clothing and my family sometimes tell me that if I was born in the 80’s I would fit in perfectly. I don’t see myself fitting in completely because my taste changes over the season. I describe my style as Gely, I am unique. There is no other label to give yourself than your own name. Unique might be a cliché because we almost dress the same, we choose our clothes based on Tumblr posts and magazines, but the way we decide to wear it with our own faces, body shapes & personality makes the way we dress (our style) unique.

A couple of scrolls up, you read about my cotton candy at the carnival. On that day I made a friend that I am seriously thankful for, we can talk for hours about God and what he has done in our lives, you know that moment when you are so happy with someone or something in your life that you can just cry tears of happiness? I had that and we confessed our friendship-level love, that I now would like to change in Confess your love to a sisters in Christ. 💕 

Moving on, As you figured I got the chance to hang out with my friends, the oldies. Unfortunately  not all of them because of work and other activities we had planned. So when nobody could hang out and I had another  day off, I starred on my t-shirt update, turning my white t-shirt from the H&M  into a Cry Baby printed shirt.

I think you’re a contra for not believing me when I write to you that this album made me make goofy  dance moves in the kitchen. My favorite track  on the Contra album by Vampire Weekend was ‘Holiday’, this album is really old and I never listened to Vampire Weekend until I heard one of theirs songs as a soundtrack in Paper Towns the movie.

So here we are, at the end of my summer. Ended it with a BBQ, Trying an item I normally wouldn’t wear and visited the church in Rotterdam. I wore a African printed dress, as they draw much attention I intend to avoid anything that turn heads into my direction to understand the colorful spot in a park full of people. Not to forget I captured some moments to look back at this summer as mission accomplished, but unfortunately not enough! (other pictures will be added to this post very soon!)

It was a great summer and I was really happy when I saw how much I did on my bucket list. Unfortunately I didn’t have the change to buy a helium balloon or make a message bottle, which were the 2 thing I really wanted to do at the end of the summer. But there is always next year if it’s Gods will.

I hope you guys also enjoyed your summer and made great memories, lots of love!

 

xo, Gely

Changing it up

Dear readers, 

I love writing, sometimes so much that it feels like I have to make everything perfect. Some pressure that I didn’t understand didn’t let me pick up a pencil or  keyboard to write a story or a very important thought. I believe that writing is a gift God has given to me, and in my speare time I would like to master it and hopfully, he; God can let me write things that even leave me speechless and make others follow him. So I am Changing It Up by maybe deleting some posts, changing some categories, the theme and maybe etc. What do you guys think, please let me know?
Lots of love

Xoxo,

Gely

Of Dirt and Grace (Live from the land)

9320428320513Hillsong United released a new album today, July 15th 2016 named: of Dirt and Grace (Live from land). 

We took Empires, and reimagined the songs on the very streets, hills, seas and mountains where their inspiration walked, talked and first established the Kingdom of Heaven… It’s a Visual Album, and I’d encourage you to see it as you hear it

Joel Houston

 

of Dirt and Grace (Live from the land) is a live recorded version of the album Empires and as bonus tracks 2 songs from the album Zion; Oceans (Where my feet may fail) and Scandal of Grace. And there is also one song from Hillsong Live; I Surrender. The songs on this new album were performed and filmed around various places in Israel and Lebanon to capture where the aforementioned events took place, just like other Biblically historical locations.

Prince of Peace was recorded Live in Israel from A Golan Heights Memorial Of War & By The Shining Lights of The Old City.

I honestly love this new album, Prince of Peace Live brought tears in my eyes just like the very first time I heard the studio version. This album can help people see and feel the meaning behind each song, Empires itself is a beautiful album; calm and encouraging. That they created  a live version of 12 songs from Empires that are so deep and captured in difrent places in Isreal and Lebanon, makes the message behind each song more powerfull.

xo, Gely

Summer ’16 – Bucketlist

Finally it’s summer break, time to do useless things, make memories, earn money and spend it again. To look back on the crazy adventures you made in summer 2016, with a smile on your face!

“Every Summer Has It’s Own Story”

For summer  2016 I made  a list of things that aren’t just standard simple things that I can do, but also things that I normally wouldn’t do or things I barely do.

  • BBQ time!
  • SALE  (Like every summer)
  • different ice cream flavor
  • Star gazing in the backyard
  • Work hard and earn money
  • Roller Skate Night
  • Find my style
  • Hug a stranger
  • Capture memories
  • Cotton candy at the carnival
  • Give a compliment to a stranger
  • Have a nice conversation with a stranger
  • That galaxy dress from Monki
  • Do something fun with Jaimie
  • Message Bottle
  • Helium balloons
  • Confess your ‘friendship-level’ love
  • Hang out with the oldies
  • Amsterdam
  • T-shirt update
  • Vampire Weekend – Contra (Album)
  • Rotterdam, Church
  • Lauren Daigle – How Can it be
  • Try an item I normally wouldn’t wear

 

Let’s get started! Have a nice summer guys.

xo, Gely

Dear Rosy friend

Dear Rosy friend,

It was 5 years ago, I guess when we met. We don’t see each other that much but we talk enough so I know I can call you a friend. I remember the day you told me I was one of your few friends, we don’t meet people by accident. You encourage me to do things out of my little comfort zone, you help me seek God when I don’t feel like praying. You are always there on the other end of the phone supporting me, a sister in Christ that I thank God for most of the time.

Proverbs 17:17: “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

Your like the flowers of the field, smelling like spring and shining like the sun. You make people melt for God’s love, you are the wife someone is praying for. You capture every moment just right, a book that can’t be finished, a story that is already written. You speak like a wise woman, that you became to be in the last moments. God is using you for a great purpose and molding you into a greater person. We’re only humans working to be perfect like the son of our heavenly father.

You always show me the coolest clothes, tell me about the most beautiful songs and encouraging video’s. We plan awesome trips and make master plans to travel for a good prices.  I am really thankful to have a friend like you.

Thank you God for my rosy friend, she smells like the flowers of the field and shines like the sun. Rosy friend, I can’t wait to see you again.

xo, Gely

#2| EO-Jongeren dag ’16

IMG_9544This years theme was This Is Love. No matter if you’re down, feeling lonely or worthless. There is always someone who loves you more than your sins, fears or pain. His name is I Am, the alpha and omega; Our almighty God. He has great things prepared for you, you are never worthless.

This years EOJD was great, I honestly wanted to go because I wanted it to be a new tradition by going every year, though I found myself wanting to go for For King & Country. Besides For King & Country, the Beam-worship band was really good as well, I had a good time. Trinity came with its Spanish lyrics, Planetshakers well, made us shake away our shame to dance like complete fools and  LZ7 ended the night with a bang.

This year I went by train en met up with my step dad and little brother at the train station in Arnhem (it was freakishly hot, I wore black pants and brought a jacket!..), as we headed to the buses to go to EOJD we got these cute bracelets. We didn’t do much this year, I bought this amazing t-shirt with “Enjoy Jesus Christ thou shalt never thirst” on it , got a free bag and signed up to win a trip to somewhere in Africa to volunteer for summer 2017! We also got cotton candy and because I at too much sugary snacks that day, I fell a sleep as soon as my head touched my soft pillow.

To be really honest, I thought last year was more fun but that’s because It was my first time. I was just glad that this year I got to enjoy how many teens were exited to praise the lord, yelling in the over-full train of Christians, that was literally full of Christians I am not exaggerating. I didn’t have the courage to talk to any of them, I really wish I did, maybe next year though. I also hope that some of you went as well and had a really good time, that hopefully you walked out of that stadium with a changed heart!

 

xo, Gely

Meet: Henrietta Harris

Meet Henrietta Harris,

Henrietta is an artist from New Zeeland, she graduated  in 2006 with a bachelor of Fine Arts from Auckland University of Technology. Henrietta uses watercolor and gouache to create beautiful, skilfully hand-drawn hands, faces and brains that seem to float away from each other. Her work appears in shows all over New Zealand, Australia, London and New York, on t-shirts, record covers and in print publications. Most of her work are portraits.

Her clients are: Vanity Fair (France), The Department Store (Auckland), Karen Walker, BITE Magazine, Flying Nun Records, VERAMEAT, Coffee Supreme (New Zealand), Ruby (New Zealand), and many more.

I love her work the first one I saw was as usual on Tumblr. It was a new kind of painting to me; timeless and thought-provoking. It makes me wonder what kind of story was hiding behind the floating body parts and hidden features. Such Beautiful art.

 

 

xo, Gely