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.

Cheers!
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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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JUNE|| Gratitude List

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to JUNE.

Looking back on the first half of the year, there are many reasons to be thankful.
In this post, I’ve highlighted (in no particular order) ten things I’m especially grateful for.

Enjoy!

1. Mobile Banking

Thanks to Mobile Banking. Now I can carry out several transactions from the comfort of my bedroom. Life has never been easier.

2. Tabs Diclofenac

Once upon a time, whenever my cycle started, it was as if the world was coming to an end.


Apart from the severe cramps and heavy bleeding, I would vomit, stool and get depressed. And that happened every month.

While pain has some benefits, e.g. it shows that a person is still alive and responsive to stimuli, menstrual pain (dysmenorrhea) is something no woman should experience. It can be very traumatic.

Thanks to analgesics like Diclofenac, I can now go about my daily activities with little or no stress.

3. Inspiration

I’m thankful for every idea that keeps me awake and the inspiration to be creative.

From Blog ideas to Novel ideas to Investment/Business ideas, and every goal I’m working towards.

I do not take any of these for granted.

4. Sophia.

My new muse. 



What a joy she is!

5. Angie’s Ice-cream




This is one of the best treats in this hot Lokoja town.

6. My Mamma


#WomanCrushEveryday

Fine Woman! Extraordinary Mother!

I admire her strength, her courage, and her faith.

That woman inspires me to be MORE and do MORE!

7. Books! Books!! Books!!!


It’s no longer news that I’m a Bibliophile.

I really enjoy reading.

There’s so much to learn, unlearn and relearn.

I’m thankful for every book that has informed and transformed me, no matter how little.

8. Budding Friendships

In recent times, there have been doors of new friendship opportunities opening to me.

I’m so glad to connect to people around me with similar interests, values and beliefs.

In a diversely opinionated generation like ours, the importance of godly friendships cannot be overemphasized.

9. Online Bible-study (OBS)

It’s such a privilege to have people from different walks of life, background and location, come together to fellowship and study God’s word via social media.

It is one of the really remarkable things happening to me in this season of my life.

10. The Scriptures.

Thank God for the gift of his written word.

For the many instructions, promises, encouragement, examples, corrections and wisdom the bible provides.

For the progress of my journey of faith through consistent studying and application of God’s truth.

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In addition to my Gratitude list, here are a few other highlights for this month:

a. Theme Song: Great is thy faithfulness!

b. Theme Scripture: Lamentations 3:25-27 GNB

“The LORD is good to everyone who trusts in him, So it is best for us to wait in patience — to wait for him to save us — And it is best to learn this patience in our youth.”

c. Currently Reading: 

– Money won’t make you Rich (Sunday Adelaja)

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

– What’s your Excuse? (John P. Foppe)

d. Back-to-the-Grind

So JOHESU strike has been called off and work resumes fully in a few days.

I won’t get into the petty details of the whole thing but I’m glad that I’m going back to the business of patient care, gathering knowledge and skill acquisition.

e. Fruitful Diet Challenge: 

Deliberate consumption of fruits, is one of my major goals for this year but I’ve been slacking a lot…

I’m gonna try to be a little more intentional this month.

“More fruits, Less junk.”

So help me God.

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Have a pleasant month y’all.

Cheers!
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