EuroTrip 2018 – Red Lights District Amsterdam Anecdote!

Hi my loves!

Hope whereever you are reading me from, you are having a nice time.

Alright, this post is to bounce on from the previous post about my EuroTrip and would be a continuation of my Amsterdam experience.

I would be briefly (hopefully not too long) giving my anecdotes about Amsterdam.

So the first one is about my Red Light District Experience. Before you reading this post begins to imagine things, let me clarify. It’s about my experience visiting the red light district and nothing more haha.

I have never been around such “milieu” so I was not too sure what to expect. All I knew about red lights based on what my friends had told me prior to getting to Amsterdam and for sure, I knew it was that it is an area for prostitutes. But it was rated among the top places to go to when in Amsterdam so out of curiosity and in the company of my friends, we made our way to the famous “Red Lights” . I had never seen such a place before.

Everywhere was reddish and overcrowded. Of course this isn’t a picture taken by me. I just got this online because rule #1 – You don’t take pictures at the red light. I wish I had known this before hand…

While walking with my friends, my friend (Mia) had her phone out and was taking snaps of the girls on display.

Just as on the picture above until the young on display opened her door and aggressively bounced on my friend. She called her all sorts of names (bitch, fuckx bitch, stupid to name a few) and then asked her if she didn’t have respect for their work. She made my friend delete all videos and pictures she had taken and flung her phone. I was so not ready for that to happen and I was in so much shock that I just watched. We ended up apologising endlessly in hope that she doesn’t get physical.

At last, she told us to leave and insulted us again once more repeating we should have respect.

That word “respect” baffled me. Had I just heard a “prostitute” asking us to show respect. I was in complete disbelieve. Not that they do not deserve respect as human beings but asking me to show respect for their profession was not something I was ready to hear.

That whole evening, we debated upon whether or not prostitutes deserve respect with my friends.

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Personally, I do believe respect is a strong word. I think those who deserve respect are those who respect themselves. Selling your body in my opinion shows disrespect towards your own self, because you are lessening the value of who you are and it speaks volume about your character.

However, my friend (Ben) responded saying it would be totally be foolish to assume all prostitutes are morally corrupt individuals and hence do not deserve respect. He added, that “it’s supposed to be the world’s oldest profession and I see no problem with prostitutes who aren’t being coerced into sex by pimps.

Mia said added to this that “unfortunately, many prostitutes are basically slaves who have been sold into the sex trade. They are putting their lives in danger as the only means of survival.

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Regrettably, no matter how old the profession is, and the varying reasons behind prostitution, I would not agree to these ways and would therefore not be in support in any way.

Before I continue, I have to remind you that prostitution in Amsterdam is legal so a place like “The Red Lights” even have cobs walking around in search of their own pleasures.

Again, for me there’s no two way to go about this than having my answer from a biblical stance point (note how I do not refer to religion in anyway. – no matter the religion you follow, I know this is condemned by God).

Prostitution is in the same bundle as sexual immorality and if you read my previous post you will understand better (click here).

Proverbs 5: 3-14 God forbids involvement with prostitutes. And he does in so many other verses of the bible.

In Thessalonians 4: 3 it says, “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality.

To sum up as a final opinion and building up on what I have said above, I believe they deserve to be treated as any other human being but having to respect their profession like the lady asked us at The Red Lights is not something I would do. Why would you want to be respected when you are on public display like a commodity/possession and selling/exposing your nakedness.

For sure God looks at the hearts and him alone can judge them however, my faith in Him because He forbids any involvement with prostitutes because He knows how detrimental it is.

God’s desire is that we stay pure and use our bodies as tools for His use and glory (Romans 6:13)

And before you think God doesn’t forgive prostitution, He does because prostitutes aren’t beyond God’s scope of forgiveness. Remember the story of Rahab (Joshua 2:1, 6:17-25). Anyone has the opportunity to receive salvation and eternal life from God, to be cleansed of all their unrighteousness and be given a brand new life. All you need to do is to repent and believe in God.

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come

I will love to have your own thoughts. Let me know what you think about respecting prostitutes and prostitution as a job.

See you in the next post!!!

EuroTrip – Part 2

19’s Observations.

EuroTrip 2018 – Part 1 – Amsterdam

Hi guys,

Greetings from Exeter, United Kingdom. Yes for once, it’s not London… Its about 2.00 AM and I am still awake because I woke up from a late nap two hours ago (That’s how you know Uni has messed up your cycle)…

At the start of the year, I promised to post once every month but unfortunately, that has not been the case because of priorities and more importantly because, I tend to write when I feel inspired to and not as a sort of routine.

Anyway, tonight I felt like sharing a post on my Easter break EuroTrip!

Background

In my plans for 2018, I had promised myself that I was going to live for me and be happy, treat myself if I wanted to (of course considering bank account’s status) and not let things happening around me get to me and steal my joy. I decided that safety was longer an option or a word in my life and I was open to adventures. I was ready to get out of my comfort zone and do things I have always thought of doing but was defeated by fear or guts.

I really love travelling but at first I would not be bothered to plan these trips or I felt as though I needed approval (from my parents) before going on crazy trips. If it was not a family vacation which was booked by my parents, I would not bother myself with planing and organising (i.e. visa application, flight bookings, hotel/apartment reservations, attractions and sight seeing plan..).

I would literally give up as soon as the desire to travel somewhere comes because I could not imagine myself doing all the paperwork by myself and simply booking a visa appointment. But this was because I left home at the age of sixteen and before that pretty much everything was done for me. All I had to do in the past was to show up (chuckles).

Making these changes allowed me to travel in April to four countries in Europe. I started planning this since January and by April 1st I was on my way for the first destination – Amsterdam!!!

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I went with couple of friends from University and we lodged at IBIS Hotels in the city centre, which was pretty close to everything. Of course, it was the city centre. The same evening once we got there, we settled in an went out to have dinner.

One thing I did not know about Amsterdam is how expensive it is. Just to have a decent warm meal, you should plan around 25 Euros (just for the main). But trust us students to find the cheap spots and chinese!

The following day started off with visiting museums with one of my friends who equally loves Arts and Exhibitions. On our way we noticed that just at every corner, there were Tulips. And then a bit of research and quick chats around, and we realised that Amsterdam is popular for their Tulips gardens and museums and we were right by it.

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We visited Rijiks which is the museum of modern arts and Stedelijk Museums. The Van Gogh museum is also pretty popular but you need to book it way in advance as tickets sell out quite fast. Visiting the museums took us almost the whole morning till about early afternoon (1.00pm). There are so many pictures I took but I will just show a few.

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Managed to get this picture from the Rijiks museum. This is one of my favourite pictures I tool for the entire trip.

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I am that one friend with creative weird poses so I would take 10 000 pictures on the same spot but with different poses. Shout of to my friend a.k.a photographerofthetrip for her patience.

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I love this picture not only because of the position of the cubes and the wall paper but also because it shows my skin tone in its realest everyday state without any lighting, or make up. I really do love my dark skin and I cannot imagine myself a different skin tone.

Next from my time is Amsterdam was visit the canals and just admiring the beauty of the city with it’s numerous bikes (Guys, I think you would never see the number of bicycles I saw in Amsterdam anywhere else. It’s insane. They have parkings (up to 1000 spaces) for bikes).

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As courageous as I am, I found myself asking the boat driver if I could take the picture on her seat driving the boat and she nicely said Yes! So I did. If you wish to visit the city by boat through its canals, just look for the popular cruises called “Hop and Hoff”

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The craziest part about Amsterdam was to go on a swing on a rooftop on top of a tower which is 100 metres from the ground (my old self would have never done that, never). I was so scared and definitely screamed but I am happy I did it. It just reminded me about the common fact that “most of the times, for a lot of people including myself, we let our fears get to us so much that we don’t even realise the strength that lies in us”. We are quick to give up, to say no, to not try and that, actually makes us miss our ‘blessings’ in so many ways.

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The rooftop swing A’DAM Lookout and it is so beautiful in there. I loved my journey to get to the place and experience the swing. First, a cruise, then, building itself which has a lot of fancy things (overpriced for the shops) but really good spot for pictures.

And here we go:

 

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There was so much to visit in Amsterdam and it cannot be contained in just one post and there are so many more pictures and anecdotes I wish to tell you guys about but I guess that would be for another time. I would do a sub post on my recommendations and the things to do while in Amsterdam.

To sum up, this was the mood in which I left Amsterdam for the next stop – Frankfurt.

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Till next time guys.

Much love xx

19 Observations.

NO LONGER A SLAVE TO FEAR

Sexual sin is not like any kind of sin. Typical sins and different from sexual sins because sexual immorality is sin against yourself and own body. And your body is the temple of the Lord, so once you temper with your body, you also temper with the temple of the Lord in you where the Holy Spirit is to dwell in. And if there’s anything in this life as Christians, is that we need the Holy Spirit to dwell in us and never leave us.

Sex is a spiritual thing and not just physical because the act ties souls and is meant for those who have vowed to be tied by marriage.

Society nowadays has created million excuses to normalise our actions and disregard the fact that as unwedded couples (to whom it may concern), to give yourself to a man whom you’re not married to, in the name of “this is the man I will marry or I see our relationship leading to potentially marriage”.

Sex is something that once started, you don’t want to quit. Because it feels good in the moment and you just can’t stop. Even when we pray that we want cleansing, to stop and not give in, we fall back again. Because it’s that one pleasure you want to grant to your selfish self.

But what about God’s will. What about your purpose and His will in your life?

Many at times, some people try to shame others for not being sexually active because at a certain age, you should no longer be a virgin. It’s a “pseudo” crime not to be a part. Society wants to shame those who save themselves and leave them as “not cool”, “lame”, “nerdy”. When the point is really about honouring your body.

Meanwhile the reverse should be the norm in accordance with the holy scriptures. Not judging anyone who is down that path however, I do believe that no one should be put to shame or made uncomfortable in any way because they have made that decision to hold on to their temple and honour their body and God.

With confidence and pride, do not feel ashamed that you have honoured God with your body. Never feel that you need to belong. Remember Psalm 84:10: Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

I picked this particular verse to talk to you who is feeling ashamed, you to on whom mockeries have been placed for apparently not belonging; think about who you serve, who you want to please, and where exactly you want to belong. Clearly not the world, clearly not those friends who make you feel ashamed. You do not have to. Just allow God to use you as a device to bless other people, to spread light and the truth. 

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Some people would say, well, that’s because she is not even in a relationship, and so, she can’t feel that temptation.

Well, my response to this is, you don’t have to be in a relationship to feel tempted. In thoughts, in your surrounding, anything can actually trigger you. You can even wake up from your sleep and be horny but does that mean you start giving yourself? So that point is invalid.Sexual sin is not any kind of sin. It’s a sin against your body and that’s even worst than any other sin.

And if you’re one of those who do not think or believe the bible adresses virginity or keeping yourself for marriage, then have a read through these verses.

Once more, this is in no way carrying judgement on anyone. This was simply to a way of giving my view points as I have been having a lot of conversations recently around relationships, marriage, sex and how these different things are addressed in the WORD.

That said, I am in no way perfect. Be active and that’s your decision but do not (try to) label someone and say “he/she is missing out or shame your friends” because xyz… All I know is that the WORD is the truth and we all know this truth.

For those of you whose arguments are: “Ahhh, even God knows the flesh is weak” or “we are all humans” or “shit happens you know” …

Indeed, shit happens! However, I strongly believe that no one wants to stay in “shitty” situations. In fact, I do believe that situations we just classify as “well, shit happens, or that the flesh is weak” are cycles the devil wants to keep you in and until you decide to stop listening to these lies of enemy, until you make a firm decision of getting out of these cycles, then you kind of remain trapped in there.

God says come to me and ask for forgiveness for when the Lord has said it’s over, He moves on and never brings your past life, He makes you a new person in Him again. Do not let guilt or shame distance you from his presence. Just come to him and He’ll give you peace.

Meditate these verses.

“Do not deny yourselves to each other, unless you first agree to do so for a while in order to spend your time in prayer; but then resume normal marital relations. In this way you will be kept from giving in to Satan’s temptation because of your lack of self-control.”

1 Corinthians 7:5 GNB

“Someone else will say, “Food is for the stomach, and the stomach is for food.” Yes; but God will put an end to both. The body is not to be used for sexual immorality, but to serve the Lord; and the Lord provides for the body.”

1 Corinthians 6:13 GNB

“But because there is so much immorality, every man should have his own wife, and every woman should have her own husband.”

1 Corinthians 7:2 GNB

“That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united with his wife, and they become one.”

Genesis 2:24 GNB

“Each of you men should know how to live with his wife in a holy and honourable way,”

1 Thessalonians 4:4 GNB

“You may be sure that no one who is immoral, indecent, or greedy (for greed is a form of idolatry) will ever receive a share in the Kingdom of Christ and of God.”

Ephesians 5:5 GNB

“Avoid immorality. Any other sin a man commits does not affect his body; but the man who is guilty of sexual immorality sins against his own body. Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and who was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourselves but to God; he bought you for a price. So use your bodies for God’s glory.”

1 Corinthians 6:18-20 GNB

“Avoid immorality. Any other sin a man commits does not affect his body; but the man who is guilty of sexual immorality sins against his own body.”

1 Corinthians 6:18 GNB

“What human nature does is quite plain. It shows itself in immoral, filthy, and indecent actions;”

Galatians 5:19 GNB

“‘And for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and unite with his wife, and the two will become one.’ So they are no longer two, but one. No human being then must separate what God has joined together.””

Mark 10:7-9 GNB

“Each of you men should know how to live with his wife in a holy and honourable way, not with a lustful desire, like the heathen who do not know God. In this matter, then, no man should do wrong to his fellow-Christian or take advantage of him. We have told you this before, and we strongly warned you that the Lord will punish those who do that. God did not call us to live in immorality, but in holiness.”

1 Thessalonians 4:4-7 GNB

“He reflects the brightness of God’s glory and is the exact likeness of God’s own being, sustaining the universe with his powerful word. After achieving forgiveness for human sins, he sat down in heaven at the right-hand side of God, the Supreme Power. The Son was made greater than the angels, just as the name that God gave him is greater than theirs.”

Hebrews 1:3-4 GNB

“But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these are the things that make a person ritually unclean. For from his heart come the evil ideas which lead him to kill, commit adultery, and do other immoral things; to rob, lie, and slander others. These are the things that make a person unclean. But to eat without washing your hands as they say you should — this doesn’t make a person unclean.”

Matthew 15:18-20 GNB

This is the WORD of the Lord !!!! You choose what you do but do not interfere or speak about another’s choice or way of life. Hold yourself accountable for your own actions.

Thanks for reading!

Laurianne.

Your mind, your will and your emotions

Have confidence that the Lord makes you to lie down in green pastures, which means that He is taking you to a place of rest and stillness in Him: “Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10).”

If you are always running around and don’t have quiet time with the Lord, then how can you receive restoration in your mind, will, and emotions? Modern life can drain you dry if you let it. That is why so many people are emotional wrecks. They are running on empty. But God promises to restore us.

Once you receive rest and restoration in the Lord, then you can walk with Him as He leads you in paths of righteousness. He shows you how to think right, believe right, and live right.

Even though your circumstances may make you feel like you are walking through the valley of the shadow of death, you will not fear because you know the Lord is with you. God’s goodness toward you will be so visible that even your enemies will see His handiwork upon your life. They will see God’s grace abounding toward you.

What is God’s grace? Grace is everything God is and God has made available to you. In old movies about royalty, you see people addressing the King or Queen as “Your Grace” as they bow down. Jesus is “Your Grace.” He gave His very life for you. In Him, you have a new identity as the beloved of God.

“The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need. He lets me rest in fields of green grass and leads me to quiet pools of fresh water. He gives me new strength. He guides me in the right paths, as he has promised.”

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In Jesus, you have forgiveness of sin and victory over sin. In Him, you have peace and joy because He left you with both. In Him, you have love and with His love, you are empowered to love your neighbor as yourself. When you consider this, then you see that material things cannot compare with the riches of His grace! Because Jesus is your Shepherd, then you indeed shall not want when you meditate on all you have in Him.

With love

19’s Observations!

Happy New Year 2018

Hi guys!

I know this is coming up a little late but I want to take time to wish each and everyone of you following my blog and reading my posts Happy New Year.

I was away for the summer and of course spending time with family did not really permit me to write a post and returning to the UK … Oh if you’re familiar with the UK system, then you know it’s ‘January Exams’ time. So here are the reasons for the late wishes.

Anyway, this year, I plan a lot of consistency for this blog. More exciting and useful posts and amazing surprises. I will be posting at the end of every week and of  course, if I am inspired to write something, I’ll do so immediately like it has been the case this past year.  That would be my only commitment to this blog for 2018 which is worth sharing with you guys.

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Once more, Happy New Year!