Live For The Present Moment

Enjoying life to its fullest
Creating a vitality of simplicity of life
That can bring a memory for the rest of our life
As we live for the present
And forgetting the past behind

Sing and dance with an open arms
As if nobody is watching around
And lift your hands high with whole charms
Value every second in your life
Align and prepare your self for what has to come

Never let knowledge to depart from you
Make it as a weapon for you to grow mature
Because there are things in life we can’t control
Nourish it well and above all else put God first
Acknowledging that we live for the present moment of time

© 2019 Leonie M.

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The Shadow of You and Me





Remembering all the good things
That moment that we have spent
That you and I have shared
Memories that will always remain
In my heart as well as yours
That we called to cherish all through eternity
We may seem apart from each other
But will never forget the shadow of you and me .

Wander Through The Historical City of Maastricht, the Netherlands

The City Of Maastricht

Brief History

Maastricht is the capital city of the province, Limburg and its located in the southeast of the Netherlands. Maastricht is the oldest city in the Netherlands.

The historical Maastricht have many things to offer to its visitors around the globe. An example are the following: Sint Servaas Bridge, Vrijthof, the cruise on the Maas river, a wide variety of shops, smooth pavement, cafes, restaurant, theatres, museums, lovely squares, and parks, but not only these diversion that makes the city living but also the people who live in the city which keeps life simply more easy-going. This town is the place for food chains and known too for its culinary.

Things to See Around the Town

Maastricht City Hall

The City Hall of Maastricht

The city hall of Maastricht is standing in the heart of the centre of the town. This building was considered as the oldest in the city and well kept by the developer.

Wednesday and Friday, the city hall is always packed with vendors on market days, and it is also the busiest days of the week. You can purchase anything you need at a reasonable price. When buying stuff of any kind during the market day are a lot cheaper compared to an average working day.

Restaurants promenade at the corner of the market square

Though the fact that the main streets are mostly populated with recognizable high street stores, the combination of paved roads and exceptionally well kept old buildings make the city of Maastricht centre an incredibly classy looking place.

Cruise on the Maas ( River)

Rederij Stiphout

4-Sluitzentocht

If you love touring on the river, I guess this is exciting to experience.

This great Cruise arranges a large number of scheduled cruises that sail agreement to a fixed timetable, such as the ‘Cruise on the Maas,’ the ‘ 4 – Sluitzentocht’, ( the 4- Locks Voyage ) including the passage of the ” Stop van Ternaaien.” With the heights difference of 15 meters, and the memorable day trips to any landing place you wish to visit in the area that includes in their list of the programs. To mention – they offer more than just boat trips and great propositions to fill in your daily schedule.

Sint Servaas Bridge

The Sint Servaas Bridge

One of the ravishing historical attraction of Maastricht is Sint Servaas Bridge, with the old and reindustrialized layout.

History reveals that Saint Servaas bridge is an arched stone footbridge across the Meuse River in Maastricht. That keeps alive the memory of Servatius, the first bishop of Maastricht, and it has been called the advanced bridge in the Netherlands.

The bridge made of limestone, and in its current configuration, it is 160m long and 9m wide. Its seven arches each span approximately 12 m and are supported by seven piers. A separate steel drawbridge with a span of 54.5 L connects the east end of the flyover to the east bank of the river. History says that the Romans built a wooden bridge across the Meuse to what is now called Maastricht, in approximately AD50, and the Latin phrase for a crossing of the Meuse, (“mosaic trajectum,”), the Dutch given name of the city. For many years the bridge survives, but it collapsed in the year 1275 from the weight of massive procession, killing 400 people. It’s a replacement, the existing deck, was built between 1280 and 1298 -centuries. The bridge constructed in honour of Saint Servatius around this time.

Vrijthof

Vrijthof Square

Henceforth about Vrijtof is the most popular and considered as the centre of a beating heart known in the city of Maastricht. In here you find beautiful monuments, the fascinating squares, and lovely charming little streets. From the city walls to defensive reinforcement to remains of the distant Roman past and stately Basilica, and from a characterful part, through a former favela area, to one of the most expensive and exclusive shopping streets in the city. Be enthralled by the personal stories of a local who brings the past and present alive.

Sint Servaas Church

The Vrijthof, most always hosted an essential festival at numerous events at the full length of the year, as well as in autumn and winter celebration. Conceivably one the best appearances of the city that merely to appreciate; The Vrijthof that countenance the extensive St. Servaas Church and The Markt which lineament the Town Hall in the town.

Sint Janskerk Maastricht

As a frequent visitor, there is another significant aspect of the city; they connect significant masses of importance to the supremacy of life, public well-being, and social solidarity. For groups, they have many options for a day, afternoon and evening programs, including a lunch, dinner or moonlight cruises.

Thank you so much for reading.

© 2019 Leonie M.

The glittering and trendy city: Antwerp, Belgium

Jewelry Shop

Antwerp is known as a diamond capital of Belgium since 1447, and it is a sturdy diamond center in the world. Known to as one of the large cities in Belgium. It also considered as world number one diamond trader since the beginning of the 15th-century. It had sprung, and the town became Europe’s main trading center in the 16th-century, and it remained the most paramount diamond center till these days.

Astonishingly 86% of the rough cuts diamonds are travels to bring in to Antwerp. That makes Belgium famous one diamonds export products. The city has about one thousand six hundred diamonds traders, and they’re close to each other.

Depending on what you are looking and do in the area; either stroll, shopping, wander or discover the historical center. There is plenty of faux and glamorous space to be seen as well beautiful corners that are home to a few best designer shopping in Europe.

The atmosphere in Antwerp is sophisticated and rational with an aesthetic life twist.

Antwerp’s Interesting places to see:

Antwerp’s Central Station

While strolling via the Central Station, you will reach the Antwerp diamond district ” Diamond Square Mile.” A hued mix of distinctive nationalities that makes its way through the avenue, negotiating from one enterprise to another. It is one of the bustling and engrossing places to wander. Throughout this walk, you will sense that you are in the area of a world diamond center.

Now, Central Station, as mention earlier, this is one attraction of Antwerp, with its historical background and with its impressive architecture designs. This splendid construction on the Astridplein consists of fortifying platform ceiling and a rock station building.The rostrum ceiling was designed dating back 1895 to 1899 by Clement van Bogaert, the roof is 43 meters high, 186 meters long and 66 meters wide. The central station was constructed in 1899 to 1905 by Louis Delacenserie in energetic style.

On August 11, 1905, the station was open to the public, and in 1975 it became a well-guarded masterpiece and from 1986 was assiduously revamped. In 2000 to 2009, the rail line hall was binary in space, including platforms on two subterranean levels. The central station had been voted several times as one of the most appealing in the world, among others by The Telegraph, Newsweek and Mashable.

Stadfeestzaal Shopping Center

One of the most and well-visited shopping center in the city is the Stadfeestzaal, it is situated in the center of Meir. In this shopping center have forty different stores that operate beneath one roof. Perfect for experience for a day out. You can find anything depending on what you are looking, from the latest trends in fashion and retail in a fascinating location. You can enjoy a refreshment in the catering business. This place is ideal on rainy days as well on a summer season.

Antwerp’s City Hall

Another place is the city hall of Antwerp, consider as one of the eye-catchers on the Market Square, with its remarkable building. The city hall named as UNESCO World Heritage in 1999. This hall has a significant cultural influence. Since the sixteenth century, the building has a rich history. There is much admiration for the architecture of this city hall. The Resurgence veneer, dazzling galleries and diverse works of art. The flags hang on the facade are the 28 countries who are members of the European Union, and some flags are countries that have the consulate in Antwerp.

Peter Paul Rubens House

Also, visit and discover the soul home of Peter Paul Rubens, a brilliant and multifaceted artist, where he used to live with his family, friends, colleagues, assistants and his paintings. Wander around his exquisite garden and indulge or revel in the southern ornate of the stately gallery. His palace has inspired many artists and art lovers worldwide for four hundred years and even until to these days.

Antwerp’s Main Shopping Street

Meir is the main shopping street with its distinguished and busy walking and shopping avenue of Antwerp. With its astounding building dated back in 18th to 19th-centuries, you will find many sizable international retail conglomerates.

Thanks a lot for reading.

© 2019 Leonie M.

God Answers Prayers

Have you experience from an answered prayers? Then this article is for you.

Some circumstances can go wrong in our lives; we intend to give up and quickly get discouraged. There are moments we’re searching for people to trust and to keep our company and then relate any terrible issues we are experiencing in our daily life. However, none of it satisfies us, yes they can help us by listening to it and giving a piece of limited advice, but it is temporary.

In the realm of life, there is no one better to give us a satisfying comfort than God. He controls the universe, and He knows everything that is happening around us. So often, we believe and have faith in God, but when crises arise amid our lives, we easily steep away. Moreover, when God is not there to rescue us, then we become angry, and our belief and faith towards Him drastically change to bitter.

The good news is that even we utter arrogantly towards God; still, He is ever ready to forgive us for what we’ve done wrong. He has blessed every one of us without knowing it because we are busy with what we think that needed the most in this life. Also, tried to do it on our way, yet, again when it doesn’t work, the idea had planned we blame God. There it begins that our thoughts poison us with non-limitations. We are asking why where was God when we needed Him the most!

The avenue in reaching God is through prayer and offer Him your heart. Also, at the same time accepting your Lord and Saviour. Put your trust, faith, hope and love towards God. He is God that can do anything beyond imagination. When you put God to work on your behalf, then everything is going to be perfect, and all you need to do is to give Him thanks and praise. After all, God has the final say.

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have an eternal life.

So quit on doubting, do not think about the disadvantage because when you do, then you are inviting obstacles in your life. So instead of considering having not enough, swift it to God rain down favor from the heaven of abundance over your life. It may seem impossible for you, but God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. When He promises He does it. An example: in the time of Moses, he leads the Israelite people in the desert for forty years to go to the “Promised Land”. The people were thirsty at that time, and they keep on complaining with Moses. Fast forward! God performs many miracles through Moses, to strike the stone to produces water in it, without any source, lake or stream, but upon hitting the stone water came out, so the people have something to drink. Now, maybe you’re telling your self that it is not going to happen, please don’t believe the enemies lies. Instead, keep thanking God for what His about to do in your life. Pray as you haven’t prayed before.

Our part is to pray with our hearts clear towards Him and above all love God. In 1 Corinthians 13:2 – If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that can move a mountain, but does not have love, I am nothing.

So focus for what you have prayed for and expect it like you have already received it; and when you do not depend on someone else, hoping that will going to help you, thinking as your Savior. God will release His favor into your life in an abundance way. Again, maybe you have prayed for someone you loved dearly for a long time who had suffered from any disease and you long for a healing. Stir your faith and expect that God will free it from that illness.

Mark 5:25-34  Jesus healed the woman :

25. And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood for twelve years,

26. And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

27. When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.

28. For she said If I can touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.

29. And straightway, her bleeding immediately stops, and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.

30. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?

31. And his disciples said unto him, Thou sees the multitude thronging thee, and say thou, Who touched me?

32. And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.

33. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet before him, and told him all the truth.

34. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace and be whole of thy plague.

God never gives any illness to anyone of us; it is the enemy or Devil who inflicted sickness. The Devil attacks those whom he pleases; like Job in the Old Testament. To remember that Jesus was tempted by the Devil too. However, Our Creator is bigger than any barrier that comes along the path of anybody of us. Stay in faith, hope, trust and love; expect for answers to your prayers.

Thank you for reading!

© 2019 Leonie M.

Pray And Ask Big

When God sets a plan into our lives, He did not just put it just for us to live, survive, and to sustain but instead, He put more than enough for us to reach and meet out our needs, because He is God of abundance and we read this in the scriptures if you read your bible. An example of this is when Christ Jesus multiplied the five loaves of bread and two fishes to feed the massive number of people, and after that, there are still twelve baskets full of leftovers. What interesting is that they know and have counted the people more than a thousand gathers together?! And Christ Jesus knew how many people in the crowd that day. However, with God’s mercy with them, He had given more than enough.

In the Old Testament, David said my cups run over. He had an abundance more than he needs it. It is essential for us that we should thank God that the supply of our need met and we should be grateful that we have enough, but don’t settle there because that is not your destiny, it is good that we have enough. But God wants you to have more than enough so that you can be a blessing to those who are around you. It is where the Israelite missed it; they have been to slavery for so many years and had been conditioned to barely not enough.

It took me a couple of years to understand these principles until a dream came to mind. John 3: 16 -For God so love the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall have eternal life. Mark 11:24 – Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. These scriptures became my principles in life.

Take heed and dare ask God for big and be bold but not on the slave mentality. God created the universe for us to enjoy and have a healthy life to its fullest, His grace and love for us has no boundaries, and even when we make mistakes He is ever ready to accept our faults for as long we acknowledge Him as our God and repent for the sins, we have committed. How good is that? That we serve a forgiving God!

Many reasons that take so long to receive what you prayed for it is because God wants your faith to grow. On the other hand, the negativity that you planted in your heart the so-called what if not going to happen. You quickly get discouraged, especially when you wanted it so badly you want it to arrive at the right moment. In Proverbs 3:5-6; Trust in the Lord, with all your heart and lean not on your understanding; (6) in all your ways, submit to Him, and He will make your path straight. So let God your vindicator.

God has something more significant for you that He had stored, ask Him and remind and remember His promises; whatever circumstances you have and are facing in all walk of life. In Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God, will be with you wherever you go. Psalm 37: 4 – Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 50:15 – And call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me. Ask God and pray with boldness about your dream and your purpose; again remind Him his promises; pray as a child does, after all, we are His children.

Experience An Abundance In Life.

Thanks for reading and God bless everyone!

© Leonie M.

Put Your Dream Into Reality

I have a dream that it would make it impossible to attain
Then I stood up in front of the mirror

And heard a voice whispering into my ear
It says continue to dream

For in a dream you continue to live and have hope
So don’t let your hope dies otherwise your dream will die too

So put your vision into reality!

© Leonie M.