Musings 1.5|| Memo To Me


Sitting to my right was an enthusiastic dancer, and to my left, a young mushy couple. 

Worship was good but there was hardly room for me to dance or stretch my legs.

Stealing a glance backwards, I spotted an empty seat close to the edge.

If only…

Then the word of the Lord came unto me saying:

“Dear daughter, If you don’t like your seat, change it.”

I contemplated for no more than a few seconds.

And the rest of the service was bliss. 

Cheers!

:::requ1ne:::

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Dear October|| Last Moments

Hey bro,


You can’t imagine how excited I am to be writing to you.

This letter is a feeble attempt to capture all the challenges, lessons and memories, of my 30 days of existence. 

By the time you are old enough to understand its importance, I’ll be long gone. Now, don’t cry dear.

There are many things I would love to share with you, that time and space won’t allow. 

These few nuggets from my limited experience however, should guide you in having a smoother ride in your journey through life:

Don’t let life happen to you. I can’t overemphasize this. Take the bull by the horns and happen to life.

Pray as if your life depends on it, because trust me, it does. A prayerless existence is a powerless existence. 

– We live in a cynical world, where hopelessness and discouragement rule. If you don’t want to be a victim like many others, dare to believe. To believe is to live.

Live thankful. Show gratitude for the little things. It’s a sure path to increase.

If God says it, he means it. So you better believe it and receive it.

Let praise be your weapon. For everytime the enemy tries to harass you, let a praise song be your come-back. 

Distraction is a subtle tool of the enemy. The more he gets your attention, the farther you move away from God’s purpose for your life.

Happiness is a choice. If you choose happiness, it will choose you too. 

Getting tired is valid, because life gets hard. But staying tired is a choice because God is always ready to strengthen you, even at your lowest.

 
***

Allow me to share snippets of my last moments with you:

1. Last meal: Boiled yam with egg sauce

2. Last drink: Dubic malt

3. Last hangout: Sleepover at Deby’s

4. Last song I danced to: Hallelujah by Funbi

5. Last sermon: Doubtlessly Anointed (Pastor Move)

6. Last game I played: Ehm…Duolingo?

7. Last article I wrote: Musings 1.4|| The best place to be 

8. Last book I read: Firebrand by Debola Deji-Kurumi 

9. Last chore I did: Laundry

10. Last friend I chatted with: Peter aka SPO

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I pray that the Lord guides your steps in all you do.
May testimonies abound in your life everyday. 
You will do far greater exploits than any of your predecessors.

Cheers to a beautiful existence!

Your Big Sister,
😍😍😍

September.

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Musings 1.4|| The best place to be.

Today, I was in Church for the first time since a couple of Sundays. 

One Sunday, I was on a road trip.

For two Sundays in a row, I was at work. 

For the next few Sundays, I had to catch-up with chores

Or was just too lazy to leave my house. 

I attend a church where they “sing and dance” too much

No matter how overwhelmed you were before service,

You can’t leave feeling the same.

An atmosphere of joyful worshippers,

Testimonies of God’s faithfulness,

And a Sermon that builds your Faith.

These and more, are reasons I’m glad I was in church today.

Old picture but present mood.

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Musings 1.3|| “Not today, Satan!”

A couple of weeks ago, my old phone fell and broke its screen,

Normally, I would have been devastated 
But I reminded myself that “God sees”

There has been a power outage in my neighborhood for 2 days,
My initial response would have been despair

But I remind myself that “God knows”

Today, I boiled tomatoes to prepare stew, but burnt the entire pot instead,

It hurt so much that I wanted to stay in bed and cry

The devil whispered that God doesn’t care enough about me

I simply asked satan to “Get behind me.”


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Musings 1.2||Thankful

Thank God It’s Friday.
And it’s more than a cliché.

I’m especially thankful today…

For the good times,
and the not-so-good ones.

For the stress of my job,

and the strength to face it.

For answered prayers and 

Unanswered ones.

For friends that stick closer than siblings,
And a family that cares in such an amazing way.

It’s a good day to be thankful.

T.G.I.F

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Musings 1.1|| Rotten Eggs

After making purchases at the local market today, I got home to discover some of the eggs I got were spoilt.

Eggs have a shelf life, after which, if not consumed would go bad. 

Skills also have a shelf life. 

Unlike eggs, they don’t get rotten, they become extinct.

Here’s to getting back my writing Mojo!

Better days ahead.

:::requ1ne:::

      

Musings 1.0|| Hello

Hello there!

It’s been a while, I know.

I really missed this space but life has been happening lately, behind the scenes.

Mostly work, work and more work!

It became so overwhelming at some point that I had to take a break.

This Adulting life no be beans o!

I almost miss the days when I had no job sef. 

But hey, 

We don’t complain, right?

Because…


I would have loved to chill here a little more, but the emergency paediatric unit can be such a marketplace on some days.

My body needs some rest in advance. Lol.

Much love to the paediatricians out there, thank you for all you do!

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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:::
❤️❤️❤️

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!
:::requ1ne:::

     ❤️❤️❤️

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!

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