NAKED | Monday Afternoon

Naked (adjective): expressed openly, undisguised

Lately, being completely honest about certain things has been part of my daily routine. Who would’ve thought that saying what’s on your mind could be this hard? The hardest thing ever is knowing you have to tell your best friend something but having no clue where to start, and that’s exactly how I felt.
I’m no saint. I make mistakes, try to learn from them and strive to become who God called me to be. Having a relationship with Him means opening up. Showing him the bumps and bruises of your heart, putting the pain of the past aside and giving him access to your flaws. Though it’s easier to keep your guard up, His love is so deep that it can melt any heart of stone. Which randomly reminds me of my favorite Sister Act 2 song lyric: “Hearts unfold like flowers before Him”
At the end of the day, opening up is a process that won’t only heal you from the inside, tell you a thing or two about yourself but can also bring you closer to God. After keeping all my thoughts and feelings to myself for a while I feel like running back into His arms and starting over was exactly what I needed. Can you believe, for a second there, I thought my sin was too big for the love of Christ? I can now reassure you that nothing is.

 

ESSEN | Home is where…

I went on an exchange with a school in Essen on friday, which was amazing. Since they came to Holland a while a go I already got to know them but surprisingly there was actually a connection. They weren’t just people I met once but the type i’d actually want to talk to on a daily basis.

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This was my view from where I was sitting. I just love how the focus is on the little dots.

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Another picture of my view while we were on our way. Loving that blue color by the way.

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Meet my lovely friend Fabienne who was doing her makeup in the bus.

I can’t tell you that getting in the bus at 6.30 am was easy because if not for the Holy Spirit I would’ve slept off. I used the two hours that it took for us to get there to take some pictures and do my “makeup” (basically just concealing the evidence of all my sleepless nights)

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This picture was actually taken when I got in the bus when we were about to leave but shows you a view that is similar to what I got when I got out of the bus

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I took this during “Who am I.” You can see some pupils in the blurry background who are holding up the signs with the name tags on them.

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I took this picture during the icebreaker as well.

When we got out of the bus we were welcomed by the whole class and prepared ourselves for the debate after the icebreakers and some refreshments. Playing “Who am I” was funny because one of my classmates asked whether he was John Cena while he was actually supposed to guess ‘Albert Einstein.’

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This is one of many pictures I took of one of the pupils because I just love her urban style.

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She was walking in front and telling us about the history of that catholic church and what makes it stand out from the other churches in the center of Essen. 

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You can see the six floor Primark in the blurry background. We all know I had to go in there.

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It’s not a school trip without my classic collection of “Fabienne-while-walking” pictures.

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I took this picture while we were walking to the golden madonna monument in the city center.

After having pizza for breakfast that the school was oh so kind to prepare for us, the pupils gave us tours in the city center of Essen and told us about some of the monuments. The first golden madonna for example. I appreciate the fact that my group knew we would like to see the shops, so we only saw one monument.

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Another one.

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I took this picture in H&M while one of the girls wouldn’t leave the shop without a super cute top she saw.

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The fountain at the Limbecker Platz seems to be a popular spot so we had to go there for that hipster feeling you know. So snapchat worthy.

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This is one of my favorite spontaneous photos! I took this at the fountain (in front of ‘Snipes’) as well.

It’s strange for me to say that spending the day with them was an experience, but that’s the truth. The good kind though. I haven’t felt an instant connection with people in a long time, so feeling like i’ve known a whole group of people for ages while it was my second time of meeting them was very special. It made me very happy and inspired me as well. I haven’t felt so proud of my pictures in a long time!

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I love the fact that I forgot what we were even trying to do but that the picture came out way better than we had imagined.

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That’s my German squad right there!

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Shout out to my girl Fabienne for making me look pretty in a picture!

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Selfie in the bus with Fabienne! Love her lots!

Being in Essen was more than a trip to me. I got to sort some things out and did the things I love to do with amazing human being by my side. What I realized was that God is really the one who gives us our passions. Isn’t it beautiful that He already knew what talent(s) you’d have before you were in your mother’s womb, before you knew you even liked it and during your process of discovering and developing it? I realized that I want to use the passion He has placed in my heart, share it and that i’d like to travel to somewhere new more often. Doing things i’ve never done before might be scary, but what’s better than having your Heavenly Father by your side?

You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (philippians 4:13),

so what’s holding you back?

Lots of love,

Jaimie