Book Review|| When God whispers your name 

Author: Max Lucado

Genre: Christian, Non-Fiction

How I came about this book?
A friend shared it among a library of other amazing e-books.


Expectations
This was one of the first books written by Max Lucado that I read.
So I didn’t know what to expect based on the title alone.

Lessons & Reflections
There were so many points to pick from this book, but I’ve highlighted a few practical lessons:

||On Discipleship and Transformation

– The sign of a true disciple is not a long face. And a solemn christian isn’t neccessarily a good christian. Jesus’ faith made him likeable and not detestable.

– Christ became like us, so we can become like him.



Because of calvary, we are free to choose.

– God looks for more ways to get us home than to keep us out.

– God forgets the past. Imitate him. Sacrilege is to feel guilt for sins already forgiven.

– The Holyspirit is the presence of God in our lives, carrying out the work of Jesus.

– The holy spirit helps us in three dimensions: Inwardly via the fruits of the spirit, Upwardly via intercession and Outwardly via manifestations of his gifts

– The Holyspirit is at the centre stage of any evangelical gathering. He helps both the preacher to teach and the listener to be converted.

– The first miracle recorded of Jesus was that he turned water into wine. What a happy guy he was! Jesus lived as a likeable and approachable person. We all can emulate him.

– Christianity is not a do-it-yourself curriculum that majors in our part and minors in God’s part.

– The problem of sin can’t be fixed by a new policy or government, it can only be solved by God. The society may renovate but only God can recreate.

– Confession is telling God you did the thing he saw you do.

– The holiness of God illuminates the sinfulness of man.

– We have been bought by the blood of Christ and we can never be sold again.

||On Passion and Making impact

– Jesus purpose was not to show off but to show up.

– Changing direction in life is not tragic, but losing passion is

– For every hero in spotlights, there are dozens in the shadows.

– Heroes do not always know when they are heroic. Historic moments are hardly acknowledged when they happen.

||On Faith and Trust

– Don’t ask God to do what you want, ask God to do what is right.

– Faith in the future begets power in the present.

– Even though you may not understand how God works, you know he does. God is doing a good work in you and he’ll be finished when Jesus comes again.

– There is more to life than meets the eye. Faith is trusting what the eye can’t see.

– Faith is the grit in the soul that puts the dare inside our dreams.

– God doesn’t help those who help themselves, he helps those who ask for help.

– God isn’t just near us, above us or around us, he is in us.

– When we stand still, we get out of God’s way. If you don’t know what to do, it’s best to just sit tight and let him do his thing.

– Grumbling about tomorrow will never change it. Grumbling never pays the bills or makes things better.

– It’s not enough to invite God into my heart, I must invite him into my circumstances.

– God wants us to know that when the world goes wild, he stays calm.

– When we are in a tight corner, God’s job is to fight while our job is to trust. How? By praying and waiting. Nothing more is necessary, nothing more is needed.

– Only in asking do we receive and only in seeking do we find.

||On Greed, Affluence and Giving

– Greed is the practice of measuring our lives by our possesions. Greed equates a person’s worth to a person’s purse. It is not defined by what something costs, it’s measured by what it costs you.
If anything costs your faith or family, the price is too high.

– The rich fool’s sin wasn’t that he planned for his future. His sin was that his plans didn’t include God.

– God’s foremost rule of finance: we own NOTHING.

– We can choose to go without a dollar before we take a dishonest one.

– Jesus doesn’t criticize affluence, he criticizes arrogance.

– God hasn’t kept the future a secret. One look at the cemetery should remind us, everyone dies. One visit to a funeral should remind us, nobody takes anything along.

– When you give, you’re making a confession that God owns it all anyway.

– You don’t give for God’s sake; he doesn’t need your money. You give for your sake. Though the gift is to God, the benefit is yours.

||On Anger, Revenge and Forgiveness

– Anger is a malignant tumor of the spirit.

– Just like the cricket, anger has a way of increasing it’s volume until it’s the only sound we hear. The louder it gets the more desperate we become.

– Revenge is natural, not spiritual. Getting even is the rule of the jungle, giving grace is the rule of the kingdom. Judgement is God’s job. To assume otherwise is to assume that he can’t do it. Revenge is irreverent.

– When we focus on the betrayal of others, we ignore the loyalty of God.

– To forgive someone is to admit our limitations. We know in part but God knows the full picture.

– Forgiveness is not saying the person who hurt you is right but stating that God is fair and he will do what is right.

– Conflict is inevitable but combat is optional.

– You’ll never forgive anyone more than God has already forgiven you.

– If God can tolerate our mistakes, we must learn to tolerate the mistakes of others.

– To see sin without grace is despair. To see grace without sin is arrogance.

– Our greatest need is forgiveness, so God sent us a savior.

||On Choices and Growth

– We can’t choose our ancestors but we can choose our mentors. Your parents may have given you genes but God gives you grace. You can’t alter your past but you can alter your reaction to it.

– The past does not have to be your prison. You have a say in your life. You have a choice in the path you take.

– Growth is the goal of a christian. When a christian stops growing, help is needed.

– You deepen your prayer life by praying and not by preparing to pray. Better to pray awkwardly than not to pray at all.

– It’s hard to be affirming when you’re affirmation-starved. It’s hard to be forgiving when you feel guilty. It’s hard to be thoughtful when you’re full of worries.

– Real change is an inside job and the heart of the matter is always the matter of the heart.

– You can’t fix an inside problem from the outside. You don’t silence life’s alarms by pretending they aren’t screaming.

– Alarms serve a purpose. They signal a problem. Sometimes it’s out there. Most times it’s in here. So before you peek outside take a good look on the inside.

||On Contentment and Longing for home

– The only ultimate disaster that can befall us, is to feel ourselves to be home on earth. As long as we are aliens, we cannot forget our true homeland.

– Unhappiness on earth cultivates a hunger for heaven. By gracing us with a deep dissatisfaction, God holds our attention.

– We are not happy here because we are not supposed to be happy here, we are not home yet. We are not made for this place, but there’s a place made for us.

– Rest on this earth is false rest. Beware of those who urge you to find happiness here; you won’t find it.

– Those moments of reflective happiness are appetizers for the dish that is to come.

– Anything anyone imagines about heaven is inadequate. No one has come close.

– Lower your expectations of earth. This is not heaven, so don’t expect it to be.

– Contentment is a difficult virtue because nothing on earth can satisfy our deepest longing. We long to see God and our hearts will only be at peace when we see him.

– We can’t be satisfied on earth, not because we are greedy but because we are hungry for something only God can satisfy. Longing is part of life. It’s only natural to long for home while on a journey.

– We often forfeit our patience for eagerness as we demand in this world only what the next world can give.

– When it comes to heaven, one view of the peak will justify the pain of the path.

There’s power in a name. It can either hurt or heal the bearer. Especially when the name comes from the lips of God. He has saved a special name for each of us…because the future is so promising that it demands a new title.

Challenges

Like I mentioned earlier, the title of this book doesn’t do much justice to its content, or maybe it’s just me that feels that way.

Conclusion
Reading this book was fascinating because it reminded me of many truths I had already known. I really love Max Lucado’s style of writing. It’s so beautiful.

Recommendations
You need to read this book if you haven’t. That’s all I’ve got to say 😄
Cheers!
:::requ1ne:::
❤️❤️❤️

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AUGUST||Consistency

Hey Lovelies,

Welcome to the 8th month already.

What a ride this year has been!

Through the ups and downs, twists and turns, bends and curves, God’s mercies kept me.

I never would have made it this far without his help, his protection, provision, strength, grace, wisdom, joy, peace and more. And I honestly do not take any of these for granted.

I’m also thankful for starting another chapter in my Housejob journey. I am now in my final posting- Paediatrics

How time flies!

This time last year, I was still trusting God to bring a job my way. At some point I became frustrated as I felt things were not moving fast enough.


I now know better. While I was waiting, God not only prepared a job for me, he also prepared me for the job.

No time is wasted while we are waiting, instead God takes his time to train us. 

Waiting time is NOT Wasting time.

I’ve also learnt that for every HAPPENING season, there is a preceding SILENT season. If we learn to maximize the silent seasons, we will build enough strength to face the challenges that arise in the happening season.

A key ingredient in maximizing any season is CONSISTENCY.

To be consistent means to be reliable, dependable, and stable, no matter the circumstances.

Many of us fail to make significant progress in our journey because we start out well but become weary along the way. It is true that life happens and sometimes we lose our passion and zeal.

The scripture encourages us to NOT become tired of doing good; because the time will come when we will reap the harvest.

Galatians 6:9

There is always a harvest to everything we sow, whether in thought or in deed. It may take weeks, months or years, but every seed will come to fruition. It’s only a matter of time.

Life takes time.


As Christians, more than being consistent, we are called to be FAITHFUL.

Faithfulness is a fruit of the spirit. It means steadfastness, constancy, or allegiance; it also means carefulness in keeping what we are entrusted with. (GotQuestions.org)

Faithfulness is a unique characteristic of God.

“If we are not faithful,
he remains faithful,
because he CANNOT be false to himself.”

2 Timothy 2:13 GNT

Likewise, as his sons and daughters, we are to emulate this character.

There are several areas of our lives where faithfulness is expected of us, but I’ll highlight just three:

1. Devotion:

God expects us to be faithful in our devotion to him. We are to seek not only his gifts, but his person.
Our love for God shouldn’t just be when things are rosy, but also during trying times.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”
Matthew 22:37 GNB

2. Service:

Whether in ministry, our secular jobs or even in the home, we are called to faithfulness. Ultimately, our service is to God and NOT man.

“Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”
1 Corinthians 4:2 NIV

3. Relationships:

We all know how demanding any relationship can be, but we can’t afford to misuse the relationships God brings our way.
More than what we can gain, we must be ready to invest into them.

“Friends love through all kinds of weather, and families stick together in all kinds of trouble.”
Proverbs 17:17 MSG

Here’s one of my favorite hymns and it’s a reminder of God’s faithfulness when life gets tough:

Begone! Unbelief.

I hope it blesses someone.

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AUGUST Highlights:

❤️Scripture:
“Whoever is faithful in small matters will be faithful in large ones; whoever is dishonest in small matters will be dishonest in large ones.”

Luke 16:10 GNT

❤️Song:

❤️Currently reading:

1. Friends, Partners and Lovers (Kevin A. Thompson)

2. Money won’t make you rich (Sunday Adelaja)

3. Five Points (John Piper)

4. I’ll have what she is having (Bobbie Houston)

5. Fire-brand (Debola-Deji Kurumi)

Have you read any of these books?

❤️Fitfam Journey:

Recently, I was narrating to a colleague about my fitfam journey frustration, and she was like “Why not try walking?”
That’s why I got this app. 

So help me, Jehovah.

❤️Blog crushing:

In the last couple of weeks, Mamma’s blog has been my go-to for inspiration, motivation, “ginger” and lots of humor!


So much love and respect for her person. Her faith-life is contagious!

Please follow her blog already, if you haven’t. You’ll be blessed, I promise.

That’s all for now.

Know any medical school graduate preparing for Housejob in Nigeria? 

You can help them by recommending this series: HouseJob Chronicles.

PPS: A special Birthday shoutout to my mentor-sister-friend and fellow-blogger!

Dr. Tamie of Tamie’s Alcove. 

We have too many things in common: Jesus, Medicine, Blogging, Books, Introvertism, Spanish etc etc. 

And we haven’t even met.😅

Thank you for being you! 

Can’t wait to finally meet you. 😉

Cheers!
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Housejob Chronicles: Dear House Officer On Call.

One interesting yet often stressful aspect of housejob, is being on call.

To be on call simply means that on week days, you’re on duty from evening (4pm) till the next morning (8 am) while on weekends (or PUBLIC holidays), you’re on duty from 8 a.m to 8 a.m the next day (24 hours).

As the house officer on call, you’re the doctor-in-charge of all newly admitted patients, as well as other patients on your ward that may have one complain or the other.

In most hospitals, the house officer works with a registrar and a senior registrar.

The houseofficer is the 1st on call, the reg is 2nd on call, the senior reg is 3rd on call, while the consultant is 4th on call.

As a newbie house officer, you may find your first few calls a little overwhelming. 

In this post, I’ll be sharing a few guidelines to help you maximize your call period.

Enjoy!
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1. Sleep while you can, you’ll be glad you did.
Sleep is important for a person to function optimally and doctors are no exception.

Because call hours are so unpredictable, it’s necessary to grab any opportunity you have to sleep, so that you can function relatively well the next day. 

Unlike nurses who run shifts, you have to resume work by 8 am like your other colleagues who were not on call.

2. Be prepared, for everything and for anything.
From a multiparous woman with PPH, to a 10-day old baby running a temperature of 40c.

Each Call is pretty unpredictable. Be PREPARED.

3. Maximize your time and energy.
Don’t waste time chatting on social media or with colleagues when you should be working or resting. 

As you lay your bed, so you lie on it. Every minute counts.

4. Don’t just work HARD, work SMART.
Not everything that is URGENT is important and vice-versa. 

Your seniors will be like:
Get that consent form signed NOW! 

Collect the blood sample NOW!! 

Check the blood pressure NOW!!!

You have to learn how to prioritize and apply common sense.

Make sure you do all you’re supposed to do but don’t allow anyone to place unnecessary PRESSURE on you.

5. Pay the price.

Medicine is a journey and the journey is worth it. It will stretch you, but it won’t tear you apart.

To your knowledge, add passion, to your passion add skill, to your skill, add diligence and to your diligence add empathy.

#ScrubShoesSelfie
 

If you pay the price, you’ll get the prize. 

Personal fulfillment. 

Job satisfaction. 

Gratitude from your patients and their relatives.

Don’t be that lazy houseofficer who just wants to get paid without doing much. 

In the longrun, Hard work pays!

6. Give your best no matter what.
You can be short on sleep or food but you don’t have to be short-tempered.

Sometimes all your patients need is REASSURANCE. 

Be kind. Be cheerful.

The patient didn’t ask to be sick, but you chose this profession.

7. Have Some Coping mechanisms.

You can read this post I wrote about my coping mechanisms for house job.  

The call food at our center can be so annoying, so being on call gives me an opportunity to binge on all kinds of small treats. Chocolates. Coconut chips. Biscuits. And lots and lots of soda! 😂

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Selfie at work

 

So find a way to make your call fun, aside work. Listen to some music. Read a novel. Take selfies. Whatever rocks your boat!

8. It’s NOT a must that you do every call.
Sometimes life happens and you don’t have the will-power, physical stamina or you’re just being lazy, it doesn’t matter.

You can trade your call or better still, sell it *winks* just because you CANNOT come and die.

My goal at the end of every call is to have a THANKFUL Soul and a JOYFUL Spirit, no matter how TIRED my body is.

Medicine is a Call-To-Serve and I’m grateful for this PRIVILEGE, because that’s what it really is.

Squaddies❤️
Cheers!

:::requ1ne:::

Book Review|| How to achieve more with less

Author: Celestine Chua

Genre: Motivational, Personal Development

How I came about this book
I stumbled on Celestine Chua’s blog over a year ago, subscribed to it and got access to this free e-book.

Expectations

I found the title quite irresistible, so I knew I would love the content.

It was also the first time I was reading about the Pareto Principle, which I found really enlightening.

The Pareto Principle

Lessons & Reflections

– Conventional wisdom is NOT to put all your eggs in one basket. 

80/20 wisdom is to choose a basket carefully, load all your eggs into it and then watch it like a hawk (Richard Koch)

Because GOD can be trusted.
– 80% of the effects in a situation come from 20% of the causes. This is known as the Pareto Principle.


– High value tasks lead to high value results. Some tasks have more value than others.

– Being effective is more important than being efficient.

– We don’t need to do more, to be more. We have to understand that more often than not, less is MORE.

– When we cut back on the things that aren’t as important, we can focus on the things that are truly important.

– Not all low value tasks are unimportant (eg brushing one’s teeth, doing laundry) because not doing them will lead to a negative downside in the long run.

– Being effective means to use our limited energy, limited time and limited resources to make MAXIMUM impact. This helps us to focus on the habits and goals that make the most difference.

– In a perfect world with unlimited energy, time and resources, the 80/20 principle won’t matter.

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A Practical example by the author.

Say you are a student and you want to do well in school. Looking at the 4 possible paths:
1. Low Effort, Low Reward: Study at the last minute.

2. High Effort, Low Reward: Attend all lectures but don’t pay attention. Go to
classes unprepared. Plan a full timetable to study but not focus when studying.

3. High Effort, High Reward: Attend all lectures and pay attention. Study every
day. Do every assessment book on Earth. Memorize the solutions and answers.

4. Low Effort, High Reward: Attend key lectures. Understand the key principles of the topics. Identify likely questions that will be tested by examining trends in past papers and talking to professors. Study using mind maps and study techniques for maximum retention.

Out of the four paths, the fourth one will give you the best ROI.

How to achieve more with less

Similarly for every goal, there are always 4 possible paths you can take, one of which is the 80/20 path.

Challenges
The book was too short…aargh!

Recommendations
Everyone on a journey to personal development and excellence should read this book.

Cheers!
:::requ1ne:::
❤️❤️❤️

HouseJob Chronicles: 5 Ways NOT To Take Things Personal.

Hello People,

I had an experience at work the other day, interesting in retrospect, but very emotional for me at the time. I was hurt by some stuff one of my “Ogas at the top” said, and I ended in tears.

It was so embarrassing…long story short, I came out of the experience a better me.

In this post, I’d like to share a few tips with you about how NOT to take things personal as a House Officer, especially if you work (or plan to work) in Nigeria.

Enjoy!

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1. Offenses will come.
Offenses are a part of life we all can’t do without. On a daily basis, we offend people and people offend us.

Unfortunately, even in the work-environment where everyone is expected to be cordial, people step on one another’s toes all the time.

As a House Officer, patients will annoy you, your colleagues will make you angry, and your seniors will frustrate you.

The way some patients view medical interns…🙄

Sadly, a lot of Nigerian doctors still see BULLYING as a necessary evil, and unless there’s a change in such mindset, House Officers will continue to be at the receiving end.

It’s in your own best interest to develop a thick skin against such scenarios, because they will surely come.

2. Keep Moving On.
No matter how bad a day seems, that day will pass.

Days will turn into weeks, weeks into months, and before you know it, your housejob experience is over.

If you want to survive as a House Officer unscathed, learn to move on quickly!

3. Be Considerate.
Eventually, what goes around comes around.

As a newbie doctor, maybe it’s time to change the narrative.

Be the difference you want to see.

To your patients show empathy. You have no idea what some of them are passing through.

To your colleagues show comradeship. You’re together in the struggle.

To your seniors show loyalty. They were once in your shoes.

It takes a little kindness to make a BIG difference.

In all, do your best and give the quality of care, treatment and respect you want others to give you.

4. Know your elastic limit.

When all is said and done, it is NOT every nonsense that you should allow.

I’m yet to walk out of a ward round, because God has REALLY helped me.

And I hope the day never comes because if it so happens…hehe

Like I say to anyone who cares to listen, I’m the only doctor in my family…I cannot come and die.

For your own sanity, speak up when you MUST.

If a colleague wants to take advantage of you, call such person to order.
If a patient tries to disrespect you, set him/her straight.
And if your seniors verbally or physically abuse you, to an extent that is unhealthy to your self-esteem, please report them to the appropriate quarters.

You’re a doctor, not a door-mat!

5. Laugh out Loud
When all is said and done, someone may just be having a bad day and looking for a channel to vent.

DO NOT become the scapegoat.

Try to to give your best at ALL times. Be timely. Be proactive. Don’t be lazy. Don’t be rude. Know your limits.

Refuse to be a casualty in another person’s mood instability.

And when you’ve done all you can, and someone still wants to make you angry or sad, just LAUGH OUT LOUD.

Image Credit: iStock
Laugh so hard that it confuses your “Tormentor.”

A little humor can really go a long way!

Remember, you’re STRONGER than you think.

Source: WEB

For me, whenever I start to feel overwhelmed by the sheer stress of the job, the Holyspirit gently reminds me that…

So I don’t complain, I give thanks.

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I screen grabbed this from a friend’s status the other day. Truly this job Issa calling! 

Last, last, all of us will be ALRIGHT. 

….
Cheers!

:::requ1ne:::

    ❤️❤️❤️

JULY|| Trusting God

Welcome to July, Friends.

Can you even believe we are halfway done with 2018 already? And what a year it’s been.
Of a truth, God is faithful in keeping his promises.

As we anticipate the unfolding of the latter half of this year, may we be strengthened to accomplish our goals, overcome every limitation and meaningfully contribute to our societies and generation at large.

A recurring truth for me this season, has been…


Looking back to the first half of this year alone, if not for God’s mercies, I would have been consumed. 

And if I didn’t trust in his promises, I would have made some foolish decisions- out of fear, lust, impatience, or anger. 

In my walk with him, I’m learning that…

If God can be TRUSTED, then God must be OBEYED.

I love this verse from the popular hymn – Trust and Obey;

“But we never can prove 

The delights of His love,

Until all on the altar we lay; 

For the favor He shows, 

And the joy He bestows,

Are for them who will trust and obey.”



So what are you trusting God for this Season?

  • A Job?

Are you just interested in a well-paying job or you’re MORE concerned about God ordering your steps to the right place, even if the pay is not so great?

  • Your Marriage?

Are you extending grace, forgiveness and patience to your spouse?
Are you keeping a healthy boundary with members of the opposite sex? Do you seek godly counsel when you’re faced with challenges?

  • Financial provision?

Are you applying wisdom in spending? Do you practice delayed gratification? Do you have a savings/investment plan? How much of a cheerful giver are you?

I don’t know what your unique situation is, but I know that if we trust God fully, obedience will be easy.

There can be no sincere OBEDIENCE without genuine TRUST and LOVE is the foundation of TRUST. 


To take it a step further,

The quality of our trust often determines the promptness of our obedience.


I was in a bible-study recently, and the teacher made a statement that shook me.

Delayed Obedience is NOT Obedience.

And therein lies the challenge. For some of us, we don’t necessarily have a problem with obeying God, we just want to take our time to do what he asks of us.

But God wants us to obey him as a matter of URGENCY, because the King’s business demands haste.

The truth is, God knows what we don’t know. He alone knows how to strategically bring our past, present and future together in his perfect timing. Hence we must NEVER hesitate to obey.

So if God gives me a business idea, I need to let go of my fears and proceed with it ASAP, because someone somewhere, my community and an entire generation might just be awaiting the uniqueness of the service I have to offer.

Let me also add that,

Partial Obedience is NOT Obedience.

So if God says I should forgive someone, I must forgive the person completely. Kingdom matters must be taken as a matter of precision. 

Whenever we fail to fully obey God, it shows we still don’t trust him enough to completely do what he says.

As much as our obedience is ultimately NOT about us, but about God, we must also realize that obeying God is ALWAYS in our best interest.

Obedience is the only way to fully enjoy God’s blessings. It may be difficult at first, but it’s always worth it in the end.


It feels like a sermon, right? I hope you were blessed, because I was!

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Highlights for this month:

  • ❤️Worship
  • ❤️Word


Zechariah 4:6-7 GNB


“The angel told me to give Zerubbabel this message from the LORD: “You will succeed, not by military might or by your own strength, but by my spirit. Obstacles as great as mountains will disappear before you. You will rebuild the Temple, and as you put the last stone in place, the people will shout, ‘Beautiful, beautiful!’ ””

This “word” is making me literally jump in my spirit💃💃💃

  • ❤️Reading

1. I’ll have what she’s having (Bobbie Houston)

2. Money won’t make you rich (Sunday Adelaja)

3. Friends, Partners and Lovers (Kevin A Thompson)

4. Fire brand (Debola-Deji Kurumi)

  • ❤️Currently Loving Me

In recent times, I’ve had time to reflect on the course of my life.

I’m thankful for my journey, because it has been no ordinary one.

As I look back to about a decade back, I can see the intricate workings of an all sovereign God behind the scenes…

Throwback of destiny!!!!😂😂😂

Thankful for the near-misses and the mistakes, for every time I fell and got up again.

Thankful for every risk I have taken, and for every accomplishment I’ve had.

Thankful for every delay, frustration and disappointment, they ultimately drew me closer to God.

Thankful for every answered prayer, breakthrough and miraculous intervention.

Thankful for every divinely orchestrated relationship, for friends of life and destiny.

Thankful for every day growth even in the midst of challenges.

Thankful because my path has been like a shining light that shines brighter and brighter unto the perfect day 🙌

I certainly don’t look like all I’ve been through…Hehe

Cuteness overload 😍

Indeed, the God of my journey NEVER disappoints, NEVER!!!

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I just want to encourage you, make it a priority this July to… 

Photo credit: WEB

Cheers!
:::requ1ne:::
❤️❤️❤️

Book Review|| What I would do differently

Author: Sam Adeyemi

Genre: Motivation, Christian, Non-Fiction

||How I came about the book?

Sam Adeyemi
is one of the most celebrated Pastors in Nigeria and someone I personally admire. A friend shared this free e-book with me over a year ago, and I got to read it some months back.

||Expectations
Going by the title I didn’t know exactly what to expect, but I knew the book would be loaded.

||Observations
If you want a very easy-to-read book, here is one. Sam Adeyemi is known to be a man of few words and he doesn’t disappoint with this. Basically the book contains practical lessons based on his own experiences.

||Lessons & Reflections
As an extremely short book, I’m tempted to summarize the entire content here, but I promise, I won’t.

On Failure
– Your potential for success increases each time you fail. Therefore if you will truly succeed, you must not be afraid to fail.

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On Perspective
– To move forward in life, you must make conscious effort to focus on what is working, not on the things that are not working.

On Attitude and The Law Of Attraction
– Our emotions create magnetic fields around us, they have the power to attract and the power to repel.

– If your attitude is negative, you will repel miracles and you will attract problems. Beware of what you attract.

On Joy
– It is not because things are bad that you are sad, it is because you are sad that things are bad. Break free from sadness and sign into joy willingly, and your life will never remain the same.

On Success and God’s Timing
– Success is not a day’s job it is a daily job. It is NOT a destination, it is a journey.

– There is no amount of heat that can make a block of ice to melt instantly. In the same way, you MUST give your goals and dreams time to come into fulfillment. Life takes time.

“There is no amount of worrying that you will do today that will make God do today, what he has decided to do tomorrow.”

– God doesn’t want to give you a promotion that will destroy you. Do you have the capacity to manage what you are asking God to give you?

On Financial Principles
– Don’t spend money that is not yours. Don’t spend the money that you don’t have.

On Temptation
– A Temptation is for you to have something within your reach and not have the permission to take it.

– Wisdom is knowing what the consequence of an action will be before you take that action.

On Discipline
– Discipline is the hallmark of success, without it you are a lousy failure regardless of your position.

On Opportunity and Location
– There is no place on earth without opportunity. Wherever People are, there you will find opportunities. Opportunities arise as a result of needs.

– Your location doesn’t change who you are, your mindset does. If you don’t have values, you won’t add value.

– When we develop the capacity to meet needs, we develop the capacity to create wealth, no matter where we find ourselves.

On Balance
– When we are deprived of something in our past, we tend to over value the importance of that thing in our present.

– True success comes with a balance. If you succeed in one area and fail in other areas, then you have not truly succeeded.

On Uniqueness and Inter-personal relationships
– God does not have a duplicating machine. He fashioned everyone of us differently. Your way of seeing things is NOT the only way of seeing things.

You were created by design. Your personality, traits and temperaments were deliberately designed by God.

– We never succeed in building relationships when we try to force people to become exactly like us. One of us is enough.

– We get better when we work as a team because another person’s weakness is often our area of strength. And vice versa.

– You can accept other people the way they are, even if you don’t agree with them.

On Health
– You need your body to achieve your goals. No matter how lofty your dreams are, if your health breaks down, it will become your preoccupation; and you won’t be able to achieve anything else.

On Knowledge
– Knowledge in itself does not confer power. It is the intelligent application of knowledge that brings benefits to our lives.

||Who should read this book?
Every individual aspiring for success, this book is as simple as it could get.

||Challenges
This book was really short, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but I wish there was a little extra because I really enjoyed it.

||Recommendation
For every young person who is willing to pay the price, so that they can embrace all that God has in store for their future.

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Have you read this book? Please share your thoughts.

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My Sick-Leave Story + 10 Things You Can Do While You’re Sick.

Hey guys,

You know that moment  your body is like “that’s it, I’m not doing again.” 

Then it totally shuts down.

Without warning. Well maybe a few warnings you ignored, because you were too BUSY taking care of other things except yourself.

I’m not here to reprimand you. 

I’m actually here to offer some perspective and encouragement when you find yourself in that situation. 

Feeling sick can be frustrating, but we must learn to make the most of every moment in life, including moments of illness.

||MY SICK-LEAVE STORY

So yours truly went on her much anticipated 1-week leave and I actually traveled out of Lokoja, whoop!

It was a breath of fresh air to spend some days with my cousin’s family in the lovely town of Benin-city.

On getting back, I looked forward to maximizing the remaining days of my leave. But this life ehn…

BENIN-CITY
Long story short, my body broke down. insert *real tears

And guess who the culprit was?

MALARIA!

If you’re a Nigerian living in Nigeria, you can appreciate the following facts:

Fact #1:

Malaria can do you STRONG thing. 

If you’re not familiar with what Malaria is, please read this


Naija mosquitoes are NOT your friends.

After trying to shake off the sickness for a day, I borrowed myself sense and went to purchase an antimalarial drug from a drugstore. When the chemist told me that COARTEM was N1800, I was like “For ordinary malaria?” 😳😑

Fact #2:

Treating Malaria is expensive. 

Prevention is indeed CHEAPER than cure.

Prior to completing the course of my treatment however, I was low-key depressed because of the limitations Malaria had imposed on me. I was indoors and in bed most of the time, and having a poor appetite did not help.

I know this sounds childish but I was also angry at God for allowing me to fall sick while I was supposed to be on my leave flexing. Then this realization dawned on me:

 I can be SICK and CHEERFUL. A sick body is NO EXCUSE for a foul mood.

I repented and decided to look on the bright side. So I have come up with some creative ways to stay SANE while sick.
[PS: This post is NOT meant for those with critical illnesses that need the maximum support to get by.]

1. BE THANKFUL.
 


Among other things, you can be thankful for life, access to healthcare facilities and for medications that work.

2. HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR.
I know that sickness is no fun, but it takes a cheerful spirit to  find humor in unusual situations. The scripture says “a merry heart doeth good like medicine.” Proverbs 17:22a

3. REFLECT.
A compulsory bedrest is a time to get some perspective about life. Mentally RESET. Dump any emotional baggage you’re holding on to. Forgive those who have hurt you. Let God do a deep cleansing in you.

4. KEEP A JOURNAL.
Being on the sick bed can also be a great opportunity to chronicle your life’s journey. It’s fun, and relatively stress free. 

5. LISTEN TO MUSIC.
While whatever meds you’re on is providing healing for your body, let some inspiring songs lift your soul from the dumps.

6. READ A BOOK.
Whether for recreational or motivational purposes, reading a book is a wonderful way to momentarily forget how sick you are and live in a different world. 

7. ASK FOR HELP.
Many of us hate to be burdensome while sick. But the scripture encourages us “to bear one another’s burdens and fulfill the law of Christ.” (GALATIANS 6:2) Allow others to help you through your trying time, and learn to do the same when there’s an opportunity.

8. REACH OUT TO OTHERS.
Now that you have the time, make that phone call you’ve been postponing, get in touch with that friend you’ve been too busy to contact. You can be sick and still be a BLESSING.

9. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR HEALTH.
Some of us live in denial for so long that we ignore the warning signals of an illness, and when we eventually crumble we blame everyone except ourselves. A time of sickness is a reminder that you should take care of your body so that your body can take care of you.

10. PRAY.
I saved the best for the last. If you’re a believer, by all means pray for the restoration of your health. 

Healing is the children’s bread. That is, you have a right to good health because you’re a child of God.

In the scriptures, there is provision for divine healing as well as divine health, and  I’ve benefitted from both. 

You have no excuse not to pray while you’re sick. 

Sickness is a moment of vulnerability and also a reminder that, of yourself, you’re not strong enough.

Here’s a Promise God gave to me at the beginning of this year,

[I] will keep you safe from all hidden dangers and from all deadly diseases. PS 90:3 GNB

With that, what more ASSURANCE do I need? So when satan tries to suggest all forms of weird diseases to me, I literally chase him away with that verse. 

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I HOPE YOU FIND THE TIPS HELPFUL. So how do you stay sane while you’re sick?

Cheers,
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HouseJob Chronicles: An Internal Medicine Resident’s Profile

My passion keeps me going. I remind myself that I signed up for this business of saving lives and that things will not always be bad. For every patient we lose, many more are saved.

– Dr. Dennis Palma

Q1. Why Internal Medicine?

Dr. Palma: Well, it started with my medical school experience. Internal Medicine was my first posting. I admired the team work among the doctors. I also liked the way they applied their knowledge to make the correct diagnosis.

In my work as a medical officer, following my service year (NYSC), I found the motivation from my senior colleagues very helpful.
Although O and G was also a specialty of interest, I signed up for Internal Medicine as soon as there was a reaidency opening.

Q2. What does a fulfilled day look like for you?

Dr. Palma: A fulfilled day for me, means that I have contributed immensely to patient care, especially those in life threatening conditions.


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Q3. What keeps you going on tough days?

Dr. Palma: My passion keeps me going. I remind myself that I signed up for this business of saving lives and that things will not always be bad. For every patient we lose, many more are saved.

Q4. Do you have a favorite mantra? Please share. 

Dr. Palma: If you wait for things to happen nothing will happen.” You have to be proactive in life to get anything you want.


Q5. What’s the most life-changing lesson you’ve learnt as a doctor?

Dr. Palma: Several. A particular lesson that comes to mind is to show more empathy towards patients and their relatives.
When my dad passed on at a teaching hospital some years back, I was able to understand how patient’s relatives are treated, the physical and psychological stress, the impolite and condescending attitude from health workers, and the enormous financial implications of healthcare.


Q6. If not medicine, what?

Dr. Palma: I wanted to be a medical doctor from childhood.
At some point in secondary school, I considered Engineering because most of my classmates wanted either Medicine or Engineering but becoming a doctor was a dream come true.

Q7. What are your favorite activities outside work?

Dr. Palma: I enjoy watching football and hanging out with friends. I also enjoy movies and reading novels.


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Q8. How do you keep your work-life balance?

Dr. Palma: There is no balance at the moment. Work takes a large aspect of my time, even my weekends are not entirely free.

Still I try to keep in touch with a few friends outside the medical circle.

Q9. What are the attributes of a good doctor?

Dr Palma: A good doctor should have a good relationship with other members of the healthcare team. He should be humble because a lot of responsibility is demanded of him. A good doctor should be able to convert medical knowledge into practice and learn to show empathy towards patients.

Q10. What advice will you give to a Naija House Officer?

Dr. Palma: Learn all you can from your senior colleagues and show them respect. The more you know, the more outstanding you’ll be. It’s important to have a professional goal at the start of your career and work towards it. Show empathy towards patients. When all is said and done, it’s all about the patient. 

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Dr. Dennis Palma, is a graduate of University of Maiduguri Medical School. He’s presently a Senior Resident at Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, and is interested in Endocrinology.

Cheers!

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Book Review|| School of the Spirit

Author: Roberts Liardon

Genre: Christian, Non-Fiction

How I came about the book

I was gifted a hardcopy by a sister from my campus fellowship more than eight years ago (and only got to complete it this year 🙈).

Expectations

Somehow I expected the book to be “deep” (with lots of biblical rhema and theological stuff), so I was surprised by how easy to understand it was.

Observations
A very candid, eye-opening and practical read.

PS: If you don’t want to hear the truth don’t read this book!

Lessons

(If given the chance, I’ll share every single lesson I highlighted. But no spoilers, okay?)

⁃ The Spiritual life is a COMMAND and not a suggestion.

⁃ Lessons won’t do you any good unless they are acted upon.

⁃ Majority of us christians lead substandard spiritual lives. We rely more on our senses and feelings than the Holy Spirit’s leading.

⁃ All things begin with GOD. In the beginning, God created…So God should always take the priority in all things.

⁃ The price for a life in the spirit, is OBEDIENCE. You must be willing to pay this price day and night. You either receive God’s instructions or reject them!

⁃ Sin and Glory do not mix. Sin must give way for God’s glory to be manifest.

⁃ No sin can be hidden from God. It’s foolishness to try to do so.

⁃ If you are not growing in the spirit, you’re sliding back. There’s no neutral ground.

⁃ God wants us to live, but we must continually choose life everyday.

⁃ To live below what God expects of us is to be disrespectful of him. To not make use of the provision he has made available for us is to be disrespectful of him.

⁃ A strong spirit is not a gift, it’s something you have to discipline yourself to build.

⁃ The outward anointing is good but strength of character is better.

⁃ Joseph and Samson were both called of God, anointed of God and known of God. Sadly that’s where the similarities ended, because one developed his spirit while the other didn’t.

⁃ When there’s a strong anointing and a weak spirit, you have a schizophrenic Christian life.

⁃ Your body has no conscience, it only has wants. The body mainly craves for three things: Sex, Food and Comfort.

⁃ Anointing does not resist the devil. You can be anointed and still fall into temptation.

⁃ You need a strong spirit to control a weak flesh. If you don’t tell your body what to do, your body will tell you what to do.

⁃ The ANOINTING demonstrates the great power of God through us, while our CHARACTER demonstrates the transforming power of God in us.

⁃ Whatever degree you go into God’s word is the degree to which it will provide you with strength and understanding. If you go in shallow, you’ll live superficially. If you go in deep, you’ll live like a STRONG christian.

⁃ It is whatever is in you that manifests when pressure comes. If there’s no word in your heart, you are going to sin against the Lord.

⁃ The word cleanses, regenerates, renews, strengthens and builds.

⁃ If you think you’re too busy to pray, remember the devil is also busy, seeking whom to devour.

⁃ We were created to be led. If God’s Spirit isn’t leading you, something/someone else is. You never stop following, you just change guides.

⁃ God never leads you into anything that is second-rate, he always want what is the best for his children at all times.

⁃ God never has a PLAN B. With God you can put all your eggs in one basket.

⁃ We are responsible for developing our spirits to the point where we can hear God for ourselves.

⁃ If you want to be supernatural, you must learn to be led.

⁃ God is not a violater of the human will. He respects it. The devil however loves to violate the human will and that’s why he takes men captive.

⁃ Your will is the door you decide to close or open. It is your ability to choose.

⁃ The goal of the enemy in the battle for your soul is your will.

⁃ God always tells us what to do but gives us the freedom to obey or disobey.

⁃ You don’t need to be educated to be a great tool in the hands of God. Education is only a means to an end, it is not the goal. Christ is.

⁃ You don’t need to be more EDUCATED to be more OBEDIENT. The opposite is true for many people.

⁃ Imaginations are good but can become monsters, if they are not submitted to God.

⁃ If we are not free from the past, we cannot live in the present or reach for the future.

⁃ A carnal Christian is a person who has a born again experience but is not living it. A person who is born again but lives in the flesh does not scare the devil.

⁃ If you meditate on God’s word long enough you’ll notice a change in your thinking pattern.

⁃ Your body is the vessel through which the gospel is carried to the nations.

⁃ Your body is your responsibility, what it does or does not do, is your responsibility.

⁃ If you leave your body to itself, it’ll do what it wants, when it wants, with whom it wants without feeling guilty.

⁃ The first requirement to being led by the Holyspirit is spiritual hunger. It makes all the difference.

⁃ There has to be a deep yearning for more of God deep down in your spirit regardless of whether he ever does a miracle or not.

⁃ If you do not hunger after the things of God, when the things of God do come, you won’t recognize them.

⁃ Hunger causes you to go to the furthest point to get satisfied.

⁃ People who are hungry don’t ask where the food came from. They just eat.

⁃ Just as Physical hunger recognizes physical food, Spiritual hunger knows spiritual food.

⁃ Spiritually hungry people are spiritually aggressive people. If you are not aggressive enough, then you’re not hungry enough.

⁃ Christianity was born of the spirit and operates on spiritual principles- principles that transcend the laws of the natural universe.

⁃ A person who lives in the spirt knows spiritual principles and uses spiritual weapons.

⁃ To walk in the spirit means to take authority over situations. When you’re caught between a rock and a hard place, don’t touch it in the natural, learn to touch it first in the spirit.

⁃ When you operate in the world of the spirit you can control natural circumstances for the glory of God.

⁃ Your future depends on your knowledge and ability to be operate in the spirit on behalf of your family, career, society and church.

⁃ In the realm of the spirit everything hinges on FAITH in God.

⁃ You never get to the point where you have too much faith. You can always use more.

⁃ Religion is the enemy of faith. It is having a form of godliness but denying its true power. Religion chokes faith by trusting in the seen rather than the unseen.

⁃ Faith is expectancy. It’s released by our words and actions. Faith does you no good unless it’s used.

⁃ The person who lives by faith radiates expectancy, you hear it in their voice; you see it in their countenance; you sense it in their presence. The faith of the believer has a tinge of excitement to it.

⁃ It is the nature of a believer to believe. To live is to believe, to believe is to live.

⁃ We don’t need to be mature or deep in the spirit when we approach God; we only have to be real.

– Buddha was. Mohammed was. But Jesus is. He lives even NOW.

⁃ God’s word speaks to us in the present. The Bible is a living book.

⁃ Carnality and Spirituality are realms of life. You can’t get rid of either one, but the one must dominate the other.

⁃ If you live by the flesh, the natural laws of the universe will have power over you. Facts will direct your decisions, Fear will influence what you do, Feelings will dictate how you react to circumstances.

⁃ Walking in the spirit is a CHOICE, a conscious decision- not an anointing.

⁃ Living in the spirit doesn’t mean you become weird or spooky. You simply become spiritually minded.

⁃ The more spiritual you are, the more relatable you should be. Spirituality is attractive. The Holy Spirit draws people. His presence attracts them.

⁃ Praying in tongues strengthens your spirit. But you don’t have to pray loud for you to pray strong.

⁃ You can’t live in the realm of the spirit without encountering devils, but the devil is no match for a believer who walks in the spirit.

⁃ Just because you’re jumping for joy now doesn’t mean you won’t have war tomorrow.

⁃ Like Prayer, Praise is a WEAPON of warfare.

⁃ We are not in an imaginary world, the world of the spirit is REAL.

⁃ With the Holyspirit, the proof usually comes after the fact.

⁃ God never shows you anything for your entertainment. Everything he tells/shows you is for a purpose.

⁃ However God deals with you, be confident that he does deal with you and rejoice in it.

⁃ When God shows you danger, he does it in a sense of warning- not a sense of fright. You will never be left without a sense of his security and peace.

⁃ It is better to follow God’s written word than to wait for a prophetic word. When you can hear God by yourself, you don’t need someone else to tell you what God said.

⁃ The Holyspirit flows to the degree we let him. He is a gentle spirit.

⁃ Never make a decision on a fleece, else you’ll get fleeced.

⁃ Obedience carries a high price tag. It requires that you deny yourself daily.

⁃ Life in the spirit is an EVERYDAY ADVENTURE that gives you power, protection and authority.

⁃ The world needs the message of truth. Every child of God must play his or her part in spreading it.

⁃ To live a life outside the spirit is to live a mediocre life.

Challenges
Like I earlier stated, this is a very practical book that forces you out of your comfort zone. The lessons are of a lifetime and I need to keep coming back to them, so I won’t forget.

Who should read this book?
Everyone who didn’t come to this LIFE to play (pun intended).

Recommendations
To the new believer curious about life in the spiritual realm.
To the growing believer willing to pay the price for obedience.
To the mature believer who wants to deepen his/her walk with God.

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Have you read this book? Please share your experience.

Cheers!

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