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… 

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Cheers!
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My Old School Playlist 

Hey guys, 

So I decided to bring back some songs from over a decade ago.

My Playlist is a compilation of all the “hit songs” while I was a fresher on campus.As per the sister-girl that I am, most of the songs are gospel.

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Btw, does anyone remember that once upon a time, Infrared, was the thing for transferring media files from phone to phone?

Before the advent of Bluetooth, that is.

And Technology can only get better.

So here goes:

12. Ara ile (Simi)

This was before Sister Simi became Simi the Star 😅

Just kidding.

I loved this song. 

Though I was not much of a dancer back then, but I always found myself moving to the beats of the song.

It made sense since it was a song about dancing unto the Lord.

11. You’re Alpha & Omega (Israel Houghton)

This song was everywhere.

Almost everyone I knew had it on their phones.

If it was a book, it would definitely have been a best-seller.

God is truly the Alpha and Omega.

10. Only Praise (Infinity)

I miss this crew.

I used to be a big fan of Infinity. The singers of the popular song, “Olori Oko.”

99% of their songs still make me nostalgic till date.m

Infinity songs are a reflection of a part of my teenage years.

So let me confess, I choreographed to this particular song in church. 🙈

9. My redeemer lives (Nicole C. Mullen)

“Who told the sun where to hide in the morning?
And who told the ocean you can only come this far?”

That voice. Chai!

Sister Nicole didn’t come to play at all.
If I had a voice like hers ehn….

8. Heritage (Jahdiel)

This song that year was lit! 🙌

7. Bread of life (Fred Hammond)

This reminds me so much of campus fellowship days.

You’re leading Worship and you’ve not sung Bread of Life, is that one worship?

6. He lives in me (Lebo M.)

This song was a favorite before I even had a phone or knew the meaning of a playlist.

And until recently, I didn’t realize it was a soundtrack from The Lion King.

Let’s just say I had a Disney-deprived childhood. 😁

5. The Land is Green (TY Bello)

We miss your voice, Madam TY Bello.

Please come back.

4. Ijoba Orun (Lara George)

Who would have thought that this song was a remix of an older version?

The lyrics will always be relevant. 

It’s a reminder to believers that heaven is the goal. 

3. Our God is an Awesome God (Michael W. Smith)

Michael W. Smith is one of my favorite gospel artistes till date.

2. Power of your love (Hillsong)

I loved this song so much ehn…it even became one of my plate washing companions.

If you know, you know.

1. Mercy Said No (Cece Winans)

This is an evergreen song that always finds its way back to me.

My once-upon-a-time ringtone.

I even did my own cover of the song (Yoruba version)

The song just ministers to me on another level.

God bless Cece Winans.

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So what songs were your favorites like 10 years ago? Please share.

Cheers!
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Book Review|| Innovation and Entrepreneurship 

Author: Peter F. Drucker

Genre: Business, Non-Fiction


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How I came about the book
A friend of mine mentioned it on Facebook and I decided to look it up online. Luckily, I found a free PDF version and I downloaded it.

Expectations
I’m honestly not a fan of business books. I just assume most of them would be boring and too technical with details for my liking, so I didn’t really know what to expect.

Observations
So it’s pretty much a book for serious minded individuals who want to do well in the business world.

Lessons
The lessons here are mostly about, but not limited to, business principles. There are one or more lessons that can be applied to personal development as well.

On Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is neither a science or an art, it is a practice.

– Not everyone who starts a new venture is an entrepreneur. An entrepreneur doesn’t even have to be a business owner.
– An Entrepreneur has to have special characteristics over being new or small.
– People who need certainty are unlikely to make good entrepreneurs.
– Entrepreneurship is more of behavior rather than personality trait.
– Entrepreneurship is about doing something different rather than doing what has been done better.
– Entrepreneurs see change as healthy and the norm. They search for it, respond to it and exploit it as an opportunity.
– Entrepreneurship is comparatively low risk than standard businesses. It is risky in theory because only few of the so-called entrepreneurs actually know what they are doing.
– Entrepreneurs who start with the idea that they’ll make it big and in a hurry, can be guaranteed failure.
– Successful entrepreneurs, whatever their individual motivation, try to create value and make a contribution.
– The right personality for entrepreneurship needs willingness, to learn, to work hard, to exercise self discipline, and to adapt and apply the right policies and practices. 

On Innovation
– Innovation is the specific tool of the entrepreneur.
– Innovation can be defined as changing the yield of resources i.e. the value and satisfaction of resources, obtained by the consumer.
-There’s no such thing as a resource until man finds a use for something and endows it with economic value.
– Innovation is both conceptual and perceptual.
– Successful innovations begin with a careful analysis of opportunities.
– For an innovation to be successful, it has to be simple but focused. A successful innovation does not try to do too many things at once.
– Everything new runs into trouble and if it’s complicated, it can’t be repaired.
– Unless there’s an immediate application to an innovation, it only remains a brilliant idea. Don’t try to innovate for the future, innovate for the present.
– Innovation depends not only on talent, ingenuity and knowledge, it also requires diligence, persistence and commitment.
– Convergence of knowledge is a tool for innovation. It is only by pulling different kinds of knowledge together that innovation is possible.
– Successful innovators are not risk-focused, they are opportunity-focused.
– Successful innovations exploit change. Change is what always provides opportunity for the new and different.
– A good innovator need not always try to understand why things do not work as they should. He should rather ask, what would convert this incongruity into an opportunity? 

On Unexpected Success
– Learn to take unexpected success seriously. If a new aspect of your business begins to work more than the mainstream, do your best to capitalize on it rather than suppress it.
– Unexpected success is often a limitation on the management’s vision, knowledge and understanding. In reality a product line can have uses that were not originally envisaged.
– Unexpected success is not just an opportunity for innovation, it demands innovation.
– The unexpected success is an opportunity but it makes demands that must be taken seriously. It demands seriousness and support that is equal to the size of the opportunity.

On Unexpected Failure
– Failures, unlike success, cannot be rejected and rarely go unnoticed. But they are seldom seen as symptoms of opportunity.
– One rule of failure is that the assumptions on which a product or service were based may no longer fit reality.
– The unexpected failure doesn’t demand more study or analysis, but it demands that you go out more, look around more, and listen more.
– Failure should always be considered as a symptom of innovative opportunity, and taken seriously as such.

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On Market Research
– A research is often needed to convert a process from potential into reality.
– Need is a source of innovation just as necessity is the mother of invention.
– It is not enough for a need to be felt, it also must be understood. Without understanding a problem, we may never be able to find a lasting solution.
– It is possible to understand the need but have no knowledge to make a difference.
– Any innovative solution has to fit the values of the intended consumers.
– Often old businesses cling to serving the old market the old way, while paying little attention to the new challenge.
– People running a new venture need to spend time outside, in the market place, looking and listening.


On Diligence in Business

– The extraordinary innovator will be effective only if grounded in the master and discipline of the innovation.
– Innovative opportunities come and go as the breeze.
– Being alert to opportunity sets successful innovators apart.
– Bright ideas are the riskiest and least successful source of innovative opportunities. Bright ideas are vague and elusive.
– Innovations which are as the result of a flash of genius rather than hard, organised and purposeful work, cannot be replicated.
– Innovators improve with practice, but only if they practice the right method.

On Business Forecast
– Nothing so powerfully concentrates a manager’s mind on innovation as the knowledge that his present product or service will become obsolete in the foreseeable future.
– All existing products and services have limited life expectancy.

On Business Expectations and Problem-solving
– Problems have to be paid attention to and tackled, but if they are the only things being discussed, opportunities will die of neglect.
– To be successful one must learn to ask those who have succeeded, what they did to succeed.
– What works best in a going, established business, would kill an infant business. A new business shouldn’t be burdened by a compensation load it cannot yet carry.
– It is to be expected that for a long time the new endeavor will show neither profit nor growth, it only absorbs resources.
– A failure to achieve an objective after repeated tries should be viewed as an indication that the objective is wrong or at least defined wrongly.

It is irrational to consider failure a good reason to keep trying again and again

– According to Mathematicians, the probability of success diminishes with each successive try.

On Starting Up
– An innovation is expected to start small but end big.
– Unless a new venture develops into a new business, it will not survive no matter how brilliant its entrepreneurial idea is.
– When a new venture succeeds, more often than not, it’s in a market other than the one it was originally meant to serve.
– Anything genuinely new creates markets that nobody before even imagined.
– A new venture should be willing to experiment.
– A new business must start with the assumption that its product/service may find customers in markets no one thought of.

On Business Financing
– The more successful a new venture is becoming, the more dangerous its lack of financial foresight.
– Profit is a wrong focus for the new venture, and should come rather last, than first.
– Growth in a new venture demands adding financial resources rather than taking out of it.
– If the growing venture shows an unusual “profit” it is a fiction, a bookkeeping attempt to balance the accounts.
– The healthier a new venture and the faster it grows, the more financial feeding it requires.
– A growing venture should know 12 months ahead of time how much cash it will need, when and for what purposes.
– Raising cash in a hurry and in a crisis is never easy and always prohibitively expensive.
– The new venture is almost always under cash pressure, when the opportunities are greatest.
– As a venture grows, private sources of funds (savings, family) become inadequate. Hence capital planning is a survival necessity.
– Financial foresight does not require a great deal of time, but does require a great deal of thought.

On Management Strategies
– It is important to build a top management team before the venture reaches the point where it must have one.
– Management of finance and Management of people (customers, employees) are by far the two most important areas a venture’s management team should be concerned with.
– It is the management’s responsibility to set goals and objectives for specific areas and assign to each member taking primary responsibility for it.
– A growing venture has need for independent, objective outside advice. Sometimes someone who is not a part of the problem can offer better insights to its solution.
– Only when people with performance capacity and the right tools have been assigned to a project, do we have a plan. Until then al we have are good intentions.
– A new venture must prepare itself for the demands and responsibility its own success will make of it.
– An innovator has to run even harder once it has attained a leadership position or else it only creates a market for its contributors.

 Building a managerial team is like preventive medicine.


On Creative Imitation
– Creative imitation describes a strategy that waits until someone else has established something new, then goes on to make it better.
– Creative imitation does not exploit the failure of the pioneers, but on the contrary, their success.
– The creative imitator does not invent a product or service, he perfects it by supplying something that is lacking.
– The creative imitator looks at products or services from the viewpoint of the customer.
– It focuses on the market rather than the product. It satisfies a demand that already exists rather than creating one.

On Avoidable Business Pitfalls
– Beware of man’s typical pride of doing things the hard way.
– Quality is not defined by how hard/how much it costs to make a product.
– Quality in a product is not what the supplier puts in, but what the customer gets out and is willing to pay for it.
– It’s not only criminals who are set in their habits, most businesses are.
– Don’t just explain away failure. Learn to find out why something didn’t work and what you can/should do about it.
– Beware of the arrogance that something new cannot be good unless they themselves thought of it first.
– Beware of Creaming, an attempt to get paid for past contributions.

On Customer Satisfaction and Making Profit
– Businesses are not paid to reform customers, they are paid to satisfy customers.
– A product or service is defined by the customer, not by the producer.
– The best way to get higher profit margins is through lower costs.
– In trying to satisfy everybody you eventually satisfy nobody.
– It is not good enough to offer the same product or the same service at a lower cost. There has to be something that distinguishes it from what already exists.
– It’s better to price what the customer buys than what the manufacturer sells.
– Whatever customers buy has to fit their realities or it’s of no use to them

There are no irrational customers, there are only lazy manufacturers.


On Knowledge Acquisition
– An entrepreneur needs to take responsibility for his/her own continuous learning and relearning.
– An entrepreneur challenges habits and assumptions of schooling.
– The fact is that what individuals learn becomes obsolete a few years after and needs to be replaced or at least refurbished- by new learning, skills and knowledge.

Challenges
It was a very long read. It took every ounce of determination to complete the book.

Who should read this book?
Every “Wannabe” Entrepreneur that needs an advantage in the business world.

Recommendation
For Start ups, Young business owners and those in managerial positions.

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I hope you enjoyed this review.

What other business book(s) have you read? Which do you recommend?

Cheers!

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MAY|| He Loves Me

Hey guys!


Like in previous months, I was burdened with finding an appropriate theme for May and weaving a blog post around it.

Just in case you didn’t know, writing is hardwork and blogging is even harder.

In this age of information overload, it’s not enough to just string a bunch of words together and throw them into the Internet in the name of a blog post.

Your content must not only be relevant to readers, but also creative enough to make you stand apart from the millions of other bloggers around the globe.
Deep within I know I don’t always meet both criteria.

In fact, judging by the huge disparity in my month by month blog stats, I rarely do.

It’s not every time I meet my readers’ expectations, and it’s not every blogpost that every follower can relate to.

Some blogposts are easier to write than others. 

They develop minds of their own and on such rare occasions I just flow along with the inspiration.

I didn’t mean to rant…I guess I just want you to know how grateful I am that you take time to read this blog (whether as a first-timer or a returnee, whether regularly or not).

Blogging is a platform for me to share my thoughts and convictions authentically without the fear of embarrassment.

That is why I do my best to be sincere about the things I share. And it means a lot to me that someone will be interested in reading what I have to say.

Of what use is a writer with no readers? And of what use is a blogger without followers? 

If I were to give a hug for every time someone visits my blog, a thousand hugs will not be sufficient.

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Moving on…
Can I just take a few moments to gush about God’s love for me?

There are times I feel frustrated by the situations around me,

or become disappointed by my many plans that fail,

or I’m simply depressed about how I mess up again and again…

But in the last couple of days, God has reminded me in several ways that I’m loved by him.
And that’s what truly matters.

Not too long ago, I was going about minding my business when God  whispered this thought into my heart:

“Dear Daughter, I have loved you with an everlasting love.”

Wow!

That thought literally blew my mind.

Not that I ever doubted his love for me. But the thought  was reassuring.

What really caught my attention was the word EVERLASTING.

I had to search the scriptures for this particular verse, and fish out different translations:


Jeremiah 31:3b GNB

“…I have always loved you, so I continue to show you my constant love.”

Jeremiah 31:3b AMP

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you.”

Jeremiah 31:3b NLT: I have loved you, (my daughter), with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.”

Jeremiah 31:3b MSG : I’ve never quit loving you and never will. Expect love, love and more love.

And here are some reasons why I know God really, really, deeply loves me:

  • He is patient with me when I’m being irrational 
  • He is kind to me even when I don’t deserve it
  • He forgives me when I sin
  • He instructs me when I need counsel
  • He protects me when I’m in danger
  • He chastises me when I err
  • He provides for me when I’m in need
  • He comforts me when I’m hurting 
  • He strengthens me when I’m weak
  • He heals me when I’m ill

And the list goes on and on…

God’s love is amazing and unconditional. 

The invitation is open, will you accept his love today?

Song on replay: You’re always there (Dr. Paul Eneche)


Currently Reading:

– The Purpose Driven Life (Rick Warren)

– What is your excuse? (John P. Foppe)

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

Meet Sophia, my new muse:

So buying a camera was one of my top goals for this year and I finally got one.

Whoop!

Front view
Back view

I wanted something handy, colorful (my initial choice was pink but didn’t get the one I liked) and not too pricey.
Snapshot by Sophia!


Looking forward to
: My next leave (which is in about 6 weeks). Can’t wait to take some time off work and possibly visit another city. Lokoja haf tire me!

Struggling with: My Fitness goals. I’m not actually here to whine. But I’m really struggling in this area. I want to stay physically healthy and build up more stamina.

I was motivated to start early morning jogging a few weeks back.

Then one weekend, I went on a trip to the mountain top (with my flatmate) that left my feet sore for days…since then I lost the ginger. I hope to resume jogging soon or maybe try something different, dancing perhaps? 😉

Paying more attention to: my personal care…as in good hair, pedicure, manicure etc etc Simple DIY beauty tips will be of help. 

Anyway that’s all for now.

Have a great month y’all.

Cheers!
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APRIL|| DISCOVER

Hey friends, 

It’s EASTER!

And coincidentally (or not) it’s APRIL FOOLS DAY



but we’re not FOOLS and we are not FOOLED.

“He is no fool, who trades what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.” (Jim Elliot)


We know that Christ is risen and for this we rejoice!

His resurrection is not a myth, it is the TRUTH.

I hope you let that truth sink in for a moment.

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So moving into the new month vibes.

The theme|| DISCOVER

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So I put together a customized reverse acronym (whatever it’s actually called):

D- Dig Deeper

I- Inspire more

S- Serve selflessly

C- Communicate sincerely

O- Open up about struggles

V- Verbally affirm others

E- Excel at work and life

R- Rest in God’s promises

I just can’t wait to experience all the goodness God has embedded into the month.

WORD:

“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusted in him.” (Psalm 34:8)

SONG

CURRENTLY READING:

  • School of the Spirit (Robert Liardon)
  • Preparing for marriage (John Piper)
  • The Purpose driven life (Rick Warren)

MEMO TO ME:

In line with the theme, DISCOVER, I’m reminding myself of some important things like:

My Personal Philosophy


My Core Values


My Principles


I am so convinced that:

My likes and dislikes,

My strengths and weaknesses,

My experiences and relationships,

My achievements and failures,

All that I was, 

All that I am,

All that I will be, and

All that I’ll never be…

tell a BEAUTIFUL story. 

So do yours.

Until you believe that, you’ll keep living in other people’s dream world.

So APRIL is a time for me to…

Retreat. Reflect. Refresh.

So I can DISCOVER more of what God has deposited into me, and effectively serve my generation with my unique gifts and skills. 



So help me God.

Cheers,

:::requ1ne:::
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BOOK REVIEW|| LESSONS FROM FERVENT

Author: Priscilla Shirer

Genre: Christian, Non-Fiction

How I came about the book
Similar to the book UNSTOPPABLE, it was from a library of books shared by an amazing sister in our TFSA group.

Expectations
If you’ve watched The Movie, WAR ROOM then you are already familiar with the amazing Priscilla Shirer who acted the main character in the movie.

For some reasons, I’m yet to watch the movie but was pretty excited about reading the book.

And can I just say this? I LOVE(D) THE BOOK.

Every page I turned was loaded.

I’ve read it twice already and look forward to a third read.



Observations
The book was an easy read.
The writing format was personal.
It was as though the author was speaking to me directly.

The crux of the book was PRAYER.
It is not a book that cajoles you to pray.
It is a book that compels you to pray.

“We simply don’t have the luxury of playing nice with prayer, not if we want things to change.”

You don’t even have a choice.

For every page you turn…

You Read.

You Meditate.

You Pray.

Then Repeat.

The enemy starts failing when we start praying!

Lessons
The lessons in this book are just too numerous and it’ll be a great disservice for you to think you can make do with the few snippets I’ll share here:

1- Prayer is the portal that brings the power of heaven down to earth. Fervent prayer is fueled by passion and fed by faith!

2- The battles the enemy wages has a personality to them, an intimate knowledge of who you are and the precise pressure points where you can most easily be taken down.

3- Satan is not God. And he is not God’s counterpart or peer. They’re not even on the same playing field. His influence, authority, and power don’t even touch the fringe of what our Lord is capable of doing. Satan and God are not mates, period.

4- Prayer: It’s how we keep our whole selves engaged and alert, trusting God for the right things, confident He’s giving them, able to sense His direction about what to do and then to take action accordingly.

5- Expect prayer to expose where you’re still resisting God—not only resisting His commands but resisting the manifold blessings and benefits He gives to those who follow him.

6- Instead of convicting you for the purpose of restoration, as God’s Spirit does, Satan condemns you for the purpose of destroying and humiliating you. There’s nothing bad in your life the devil won’t try to make worse!

7- Focus protects your goals and dreams from being consumed in small bites, stolen right out from under your nose in twenty-minute segments of compromise.

8- There is something you can’t see working underneath the surface, controlling and manipulating what you can see. Praying with precision is key. When we pray about the places where we seriously suspect the enemy is at work—that’s how we keep our prayers focused, not only on particular situations but on biblical truths that are consistent with maintaining victory in the midst of them.

9- One of the enemy’s strategies is to make you mourn who you wish you were rather than celebrate who you really are. His primary tools are Insecurity and Self doubt.

10- Prayer is a reminder to yourself, as well as a declaration to the enemy, that you know he’s there. That you’re on to him.

11- Prayer makes us aware of all the resources and strength and protection that God has already placed on our side.

12- Stop at the place where you first recognize the scent of temptation in the air. And before you touch it, remember where it’s been, where it came from and who’s behind it- SATAN!

13- God’s purpose in giving you Sabbath spaces amid your full, productive life is to help you be uninhibited in your devotion, service, and worship of Yahweh.

14- Prayer—fervent, strategic prayer—can change things. Even unchangeable things. Even things as unchangeable as real-life scenes from your past—what you did, what you didn’t do, why you did it, why you didn’t.

15- Expect your fervency to lead you to a place of rest. Because God is the One who’s fighting for you. And He will surely prevail.


Let me just stop here….you all need to get this book!

Challenges

It’s easy to forget the great lessons in the book if you don’t put them to practice immediately. To maximize this book, you can share it with a friend, prayer partner or members of your small Christian group so you each other accountable.

Who should read the book?

Everyone.

Especially, you reading this review.

Yes, YOU.

Trust me when I say your life CANNOT remain the same afterwards.


I’m a living witness.

PS: A lazy christian will not benefit from the book.

Conclusion

FERVENT literally forces your spiritual eyes to open.

You begin to notice things.

Familial Patterns, Self destructive Habits or Carnal Feelings that you might have hitherto taken for granted.

Recommendation

This book is pure Gold and I recommend it for:

Every Sister who wants to make a difference,

Every Daughter who wants to know the truth,

Every Wife who wants to live in peace,

Every Mother who wants to walk in victory,

And,

Every believer with a burden to intercede, both male and female.

And if you are thinking of going on a few days personal retreat, FERVENT is definitely a choice book to take along.

It will also help to make (or buy) Scripture flash cards and keep a Prayer journal while reading this book. You’ll be glad you did.

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I hope you enjoyed this review.

Have you read FERVENT? 

If yes, please share your thoughts. 

Cheers,

:::requ1ne:::
❤️❤️❤️

MARCH|| Favorite Things Tag.

I know I’ve been AWOL for the last few weeks.

Among other happenings, let me just say:

1. Housejob has been HARD!


2. Lokoja heat is really oppressive.

But I’m not here to whine.


Because for this job, I prayed

Also the scripture tells me that

“The LORD is my shepherd; I have EVERYTHING I need.”
Psalms 23:1 GNB

Emphasis on Everything.

God knows I have so many wants, but he so graciously meets my needs…every time.

Without further delay, let’s get into the TAG thingy:

1. EARLY MORNING|| Shower 🚿 or Bubble Bath 🛀 ?
Shower. I’d love one right now.

2. TEMPERATURE|| Sunshine 🌞 or Rain 🌧?
Rain…minus thunder, lightning and flooding.

3. ON A CHILLY DAY|| Coffee ☕️ or Tea ☕️?
Coffee…nothing beats the smell and taste of coffee. And no, I’m not an addict.

4. FOR FUN|| Book 📖 or Tv 📺?
Book…aka Bookworm.
Anywhere. On the couch. On the toilet seat. Under a tree. In the car.
Anytime. While Eating. While chatting.
Paperback or Ebook? Are you kidding me? Ebook ofcourse.

5. TRAVEL|| Road trip 🚘 or Flight ✈️ ?
Flight…it’s an amazing feeling to be up in the clouds and over the ocean…plus there’s something about the flight meals, I just can’t resist them😂

6. ACTIVITIES|| Indoor 🏡 or Outdoor⛷?
Indoor…homebody in the morning, afternoon and night. If I had a choice, I’ll happily work from home.

7. FOOTWEAR|| Heels 👠 or Flats 👟?
Flats…Excuse me, who heels epp 😏??

8. MUSIC|| Rock n Roll 🎧 or Reggae 🎤?
Reggae. Let’s just say I’m my Father’s daughter😉

9. SHOPPING|| Malls 🏤 or Open Stalls 🗽?
Malls…I love to window shop and people-watch, and I dislike the typical Naija market stress and endless bargains, no strength biko. I don’t mind paying an extra penny for my convenience.

10. SWIMMING|| Pool 🏊 or Beach 🏖?
Beach…all the way, baby. I love the freedom the beach offers and oh, those waves are delicious or something like that.

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So I’d have loved to tag a handful of people but I’ll keep it open to everyone who is interested. 
Gracias.

Cheers!
:::requ1ne:::
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FEBRUARY|| P R I O R I T I E S

Hey Friends,

Welcome to F E B R U A R Y.

I know it’s been a couple of days already but…It’s better late than never. 

God is good!
I’m excited because this month is another opportunity for me to start AFRESH with God.
Because our God is a God of new beginnings.

“In the BEGINNING, God created….”

In him, all things are made NEW. Including broken dreams, failed relationships, missed opportunities, deteriorating health and more. 

And yes, I’ve seen all of the above happen in my own LIFE. 
Again thank God for F E B R U A R Y. 

Like a friend mentioned in her blogpost, January was a TRIAL month for a lot of us.

And in another friend’s words, 

“February is the new January.”

My prayer is that everyone reading this will have the faith and courage to start AFRESH with God this month. No matter how impressive or challenging the last month was. 

Because moving forward, we have NO EXCUSE but to do what God would have us do.

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One of the lessons God has reminded me of, in recent times is to learn to define my priorities.

My priorities determine my choices.
And each day that comes, I’m faced with lots of choices. 

Some are quite simple.

Like deciding what to wear to work in the morning, what to eat during the day or what time to go to bed at night.

Others are more complex.

For instance, I recently got another job offer (in the town where my family lives) and it was a tough decision to remain in my current workplace rather than move back home.

Some advantages I considered were:

– The new job offer is in a facility at least 4 times bigger than where I currently work, with hopefully better exposure and even post Housejob opportunities.
– I will have more proximity to my family and loved ones.
– I get to fellowship/serve in my home church, something I would really, really love to do.
– I get to spend less and save more, since I’ll be getting most of my upkeep as regards foodstuff and groceries from home.

A few well-meaning friends counseled me to accept the offer but I had to decline eventually, because I believe I’m here in this particular location for a reason, and I trust God enough to reveal that to me in due time.

Another important lesson I’ve learnt over time is that: 

Every choice has a CONSEQUENCE.

Here’s one Google definition of the word consequence:

– importance or relevance.


synonyms: importance, import, significance, account, moment, momentousness, substance, note, mark, prominence, value, weightiness, weight, concern, interest, gravity, seriousness.


In the long run,

My choices determine my destiny.



That’s definitely something to pause and think about.

If I don’t have the right priorities, I won’t make the right choices.

If I don’t make the right choices, I will face the consequences of my wrong choices.

Simple, right?

Here are some benefits of having clearly stated priorities:
1. To differentiate what is URGENT from what is IMPORTANT.
2. To conserve my physical, emotional, spiritual and mental energy.
3. To effectively manage my time.
4. To be proactive (rather than reactive) about life.
5. To focus on what I’ve been called to do rather than what others are doing.

In recent times God has also reminded me that to consistently make healthy choices, I need a Margin.

A MARGIN is defined as the difference between my LOAD and my LIMITS.

Truth is, we live in a BUSY world. There are lots of things calling for our attention from every direction. 

If we don’t put a margin to what we do on a daily basis, we would quickly exhaust the ENERGY (Physical, Mental, Spiritual and Emotional) that God has bestowed to us.

I CAN DO ALL THINGS, BUT I’M NOT CALLED TO DO EVERYTHING. 

Here are some of the things I believe God would have me do this year

1. Fruitful dieting: I’m not a big FAN of fruits. In the last couple of years, I’ve tried adding fruits to my meal plan but I’ve not been consistent. I’m highly selective (with apples, bananas and coconuts) and some days I’m not just in the mood to buy or eat any fruit. 

I’m hopeful that this year, my story will change for the better. 

2. Book Reviews: I’ve never reviewed a book before despite being an avid reader. I know it’s supposed to be simple but I keep asking myself if I can even try. No more excuses, this year (and hopefully before month end) I’m going for it. 

3. Ambidextrous challenge: Okay so this is a little funny. I know a couple of my colleagues who are left handed writers. Let’s just say I think it’s cool. Since I’m naturally right handed I decided to practice writing with my left hand too. So far, so good, I think I’m doing pretty well. 

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FEBRUARY Highlights:

💡WORD- Ps 1:2

💡WORSHIP

💡Currently Reading:

The book of PSALMS


– School of the Spirit (Roberts Liardon)


– The Purpose driven life (Rick Warren)


– Before You Say “I do” (Anonymous Monk)


– What I would do differently (Sam Adeyemi)


– Marriage Makeover (John & Lisa Bevere)

💡ADVENTURE:

 I’m thankful that my new posting is a bit more flexible. So I got to watch a really nice movie over the weekend. 

Maya the bee


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That’s all for now! 

Cheers to a great FEBRUARY.
:::requ1ne:::
❤️❤️❤️

SUNDAY MUSINGS

#Random

I’ve been so bored in the last few days, despite all the activities going on around me. 
Quick backstory.

My phone fell on the floor about a week ago and the battery was wrecked in the process. 

So I couldn’t use a smartphone for a while.

I became so restless and emotional…that I actually shed a few tears.😥

Don’t judge.

If you have a phone addiction like me…do like this 👆


No IG, No Facebook, No Whatsapp, No Music, No selfies, No e-books…😥😫

Nothing. 

…what an “amebo-less” life that was.

And it was only for a few days o.

Anyway, my SR wouldn’t hear of me not having a phone and my mom had previously threatened to come down when she didn’t hear from me in 48 hours.

After searching my immediate neighborhood for a new battery without luck, I did what any responsible adult would do and bought a new smaller, phone. 

Well, what do you expect of a phone worth N4,500? 


Just Text messages and Phone calls…abi?

The only plus was, it had space for 3 SIM cards. Not that I needed more than one anyway.

I was jejely using my new phone until one fine afternoon, a gentleman asked about my new phone and how much I bought it.

I told him.

Well, let’s just say the convo afterwards left me speechless.

Bottomline was, he thought I was too (what’s the word sef? Extravagant?) to have spent such an amount on an ordinary phone.

Tbh, I wanted an even cheaper phone but that was the best I could get then. Plus I didn’t have the luxury of time to visit more shops.

He then showed me his (alternate) phone. And I think he mentioned how way cheaper it was. 

I was stunned.

In my mind I was like, 

Bros, how is it even your business?


There I was still mourning the use of my old phone.

And this bros wants to add pepper to injury. Chai!

My Money. My Choice.

I eventually didn’t pay too much attention to how it ended, I guess I just ignored him and zoned out of the conversation.

The moral of my story is, why don’t we all learn to mind our business?

But really.

Does it take so much effort to keep our opinions of some things to ourselves?

I’ve come to a conclusion, like Courtesy, minding one’s business is a LIFE SKILL that should be learnt. 

Even the bible says so.

“Make it your aim to live a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to earn your own living, just as we told you before.”

‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭4:11‬ ‭GNB‬‬


It’s annoying when people of all sizes come to tell me 

  • what to wear (including not wearing my eyeglasses all the time-not minding that I wear -5 lenses cos of Myopia, because I look prettier without it😏)
  • where to live (how I should start writing some foreign exams so I can port ASAP👣-  like I’m clueless about my own life😁,
  • what specialty to apply for (and it better not be NeuroCardiothoracic Surgery) because I’m a woman and need more family time🙄) and even 
  • who to marry (I’m always reminded not to marry a short or dark skinned guy😂, so we don’t give birth to charcoal black dwarves. Boo, can you hear them?)

A number of times I’m tempted to just shut these well-meaning but ill-informed people up and say, 

Thanks for your unsolicited advice but you’re NOT welcome. 

I’ll  be lying to say I don’t occasionally chook mouth inside people’s businesses too

Like when I randomly see someone’s wedding gown on Facebook or IG, and I’m like she should have made it longer or fuller or finer...and what not. And I do this a lot actually.🙈

Then I remember, it is really not my busines and I should save my energy for my own FUTURE wedding dress and other matters arising…😉

Gotta run now. A patient is waiting.🏩

:::requ1ne:::

 ❤️❤️❤️

HELLO 2018!

Welcome on board guys, I’m so glad we all crossed over to the new year.

I don’t know about y’all, but this new year has been amazing so far. God is good.
So this post is a kinda review for 2017, (and I literally copied and edited the format from here).

It’s gonna be a “longish” read, so fasten your seat belts and LET’S ROLL!

1. What did you do last year that you had never done before?
Huh…Attended a Driving school.

2. Did you keep your new year resolutions and will you make more this year?

Definitely
.

From saving in a piggy bank (cashed a little above 14k late November), to publishing MY FEGGO DIARIES, to committing some verses of the scripture to memory, took two creative writing courses, among others. 

So I look forward to not only more resolutions, but more goals and growth this year. Amen.



3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes o. I have two new beautiful nieces.

Ehm…no pics to share, sorry.

4. Did anyone you know die?
Sadly, yes.

I wrote this poem in memory of a family friend who died towards the end of last year:

“It’s a very sad night,
For all the lives you touched
You had a heart of gold,
And gave a smile of hope
Because of what you gave,
Our lives were so enriched
And although you’re no more,
The lives you touched remain.”

5. What new place(s) did you visit last year?

Nnewi, Anambra State….well, it was such an EXPERIENCE (one I won’t be forgetting in a hurry). The culture, the lifestyle, the language, the food…everything was so different.

6. What would you like to have this year that you didn’t  last year?

My dream Camera!  📷

Hello Sophia, can’t wait to meet you. 😍😍😍

7. What date in 2017 will remain etched in your memory?

July 13th, 2017. My MDCN induction date.

8. What was your biggest achievement in 2017?


Again, my MDCN induction.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Ehm, Failing out of driving school. 😩

10. Did you suffer any illness or injury?

Yes…a minor RTA leaving behind an annoying scar on my left knee and recurrent tooth pain. I’m thankful I survived though. 

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Well…can’t think of a specific BEST thing atm.

12-13. Skipped.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Easy…MTN Data/Airtime😂

15. What did you really, really get excited about?

Getting a HOUSEJOB. Whoop!💃💃💃

16. What song will always remind you of 2017?

“You’re the reason why I lift my hands, why I lift my voice, why I sing to you…”

17. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?

Definitely happier.

2017 was a good year, but this year started on a “lighter” note.

18. Thinner or Fatter?

5kg Fatter😌😢

19. Richer or Poorer?

Richer. Glory to God, I now earn my pay😎

20. What do you wish you had done more of?

Prayed more. Read more. Loved more. Served God more.

21. What do you wish you had done less of?

Most importantly…Worried less.

22-25. Skipped.

26. What were your favorite TV Programs in 2017?

Let’s see…TINSEL, BATTLE GROUND and JEMEJI. Thanks to AMShowcase, I watched them back to back.😉

27. Skipped.

28. What was the best book you read?

FERVENT (Priscilla Shirer), closely followed by UNSTOPPABLE (Christine Caine), I read both twice last year and I look forward to re-reading them.

29. Greatest musical discovery:

Does Nathaniel Bassey’s Wonderful Wonder count?

30. What did you want and get?

Haha…plenty things, a New pair of glasses. Some New clothes. New shoes. New handbags…and a Wig!😉

31. What did you want and not get?

Top on my list, a Driver’s license.😩

32. Best Movie you watched in 2017?

Well…OMUGWO was the most interesting. 


33. How did you celebrate your last birthday?

In the THEATRE, pulling some Orthopaedic stunts!

34. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2017?


On a scale of 1 to 10, a 6? Tbh, I improved as per my hairdo and make-up💋, even the heavens can testify.😄

35. What kept you sane in 2017?

Music…lots and lots of worship music!

36. Celebrity Figure Crush in 2017:


Nonso Bassey
(“Man’s too hot”)🙆

37. Skipped.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

Quite a number faa. From my FaithRest Fam (Mamma, Dolapo, Ife, Pelumi et al…) to fellow HOs (Comfort, Osas, Ameh et al…)

39. Most Valuable Life Lesson(s) From 2017:

  • (1) If God says it, he will do it. His PROMISE, His TIMING, His METHOD.
  • (2) Life takes TIME.
  • (3) Contentment is the presence of JESUS,  not the absence of challenges. 

40. Quote a song lyrics that sums up your 2017:

WONDERFUL WONDER (Nathaniel Bassey)
“Everywhere I go
I see You right there
In the beauty of nature
You shine all around,
For You are everything
And everything is You,
Precious Jesus
Oh wonderful wonder you are.”

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That’s ALL folks.

I hope we all can journey into this NEW YEAR with greater Joy, Hope and Peace.

Cheers to an Awesome 2018 Experience,

:::requ1ne:::
❤️❤️❤️