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,
:::Requ1ne:::

❤️❤️❤️

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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!
:::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:::

 ❤️❤️❤️

GIVEAWAY RESULT


Hey friends,

GIVEAWAY RESULT ANNOUNCEMENT 

Unfortunately, I got only one response to the Giveaway offer in my last post

And although the condition for the offer (leaving a comment on how my blog was discovered) was not met, I have decided to give away the prize anyway. 

Congratulations, Ayo.

 Thank you for subscribing to my blog. 

:::requ1ne:::

❤️❤️❤️

DAY 24- THE SIBLING TAG

Welcome back!


So today I’m thankful for my siblings.



Often, when I remember what growing up was like… I just smile. The playing, acting, eating, singing, sometimes arguing or even fighting together.




Now that we are all grown and mature, let’s just say things are not as they used to be, still we try to have fun as much as our schedules, time and distance permit.


BROTHER TAG @OSESE




1. He (26 moons and 6 dawns)

2. A lot of things…he is jovial, nice, musical, allows me to eat from his plate (even when he is frowning), teaches me a lot of handy stuff around the house, chauffeurs me around town, dashes me money (what more can a little sister ask for 😄) etc

3. He says we look alike…😂😂 [I can’t think of anything else]

4. Random stuff…gisting, hanging out, throwback songs, kid games like Name, Animal, Place or Things (my favorite😅)

5. BC, Egbonsky, Goldenbrother, Smat, Nirankeyz…

6. He doesn’t joke with FOOD, like seriously, dude can like to eat…maybe it’s just a guy thing sha.

7. Plenty memories…primary school days, traveling in the car backseat and singing our lungs out, that late night trip to former Wonderland (Abuja) 


SISTER TAG @OSEBI




1. I (57 moons and 6 dawns)

2. Brainy, Black & Beautiful, mouthed, our family tailor (sorry, fashion designer ☺️), allows me to use her makeup and wear her clothes whenever I like…😉

3. My look-alike in shape, size, height, face (minus the glasses), lots of similarities in thinking (Women rights and feminism topics), life goals (family, career, vacations), creative writing, event planning etc

4. Same as OSESE

5. P, Princo, Cindy

6. She can sleep for Africa…no controversy (sorry babe, couldn’t help it😘)

7. Play acting as little girls, late night convos as adults

Again, I’m thankful for my siblings…their support in times of distress is of immense value. Family is not a right but a privilege…and I do not take mine for granted.

SIBLINGS

Love you bro and sis❤️❤️❤️
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What are you thankful for today?

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Spanish phrase for the day:


Me gusta cocinar- I like to cook

:::requ1ne:::

MELODIOUS MARCH!!!

Hola!

Welcome to MARCH.


The year is pretty fast, isn’t it?

I hope you all are eager to partake of all that God is set to do this season (in your life, nation and globally)…because I AM.

There’s just so much I’m trusting God for right now, and I believe there are endless possibilities awaiting me as each day unfolds.

One of the scriptures I currently find encouraging is,

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will act.” Ps 37:5


I saw this on the blog of someone I admire greatly (Hola doctora!😀), and I decided to adapt it for this post.

1. ❤️Reading:

a) FERVENT (Priscilla Shirer):

“That’s why you and I need to be praying—to keep the truth about our real identity in constant, unbroken focus before us.”
“Truth—God’s standard and viewpoint about us—must come first in our hearts and minds if we want to be effective in
battle against the enemy.”

b) WHEN GOD WHISPERS YOUR NAME (Max Lucado):


“Conflict is inevitable but combat is optional.”
“God forgets the past. Imitate him. Sacrilege is to feel guilt for sins already forgiven.”


“Don’t ask God to do what you want, ask God to do what is right.”
“You’ll never forgive anyone more than God has already forgiven you.”
“To see sin without grace is despair. To see grace without sin is arrogance”

c) LIONESS ARISING (Lisa Bevere):

-The lioness rises to gather strength, greet/groom others, hunt, move the young to safety, confront the enemies that threaten the pride and walk alongside her king.
-The lioness has something which is fierce, wild at the same time beautiful.

d) PASSING IT ON (Myles Munroe):
“Finishing well is more important than starting well.”
“One of the most difficult decisions a leader has, is to surrender the reins of power to another.”
“Knowing when to leave is so essential that it’s better for a leader to leave too early than too late.”

e) INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP (Peter F. Drucker):

– Entrepreneurship is neither a science or an art, it is a practice.
– Innovation is the specific tool for entrepreneurs the means by which they exploit change as an opportunity for a different service or business.
– Not everyone who starts a new venture is an entrepreneur. An Entrepreneur has to have special characteristics over being New Or Small. Your business venture does not have to be small or new to make you an entrepreneur.
– An Entrepreneur doesn’t have to be a business owner, capitalist, or employer.
– People who need certainty are unlikely to make good entrepreneurs.

f) AMERICANAH (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie):

I read the preview copy last year, and bought this recently. Interesting and intriguing read, Chimamanda has a way of putting the obvious in a not-so-obvious way.

I could actually relate with this part, even with Vincentians, it’s never “Sorry” but “Are you okay?”

Nigerians on the other hand, will expect you to tell them “sorry” even when you’re not responsible for their misfortunes.

g) THE BOOK OF ISAIAH :

I recently came across this passage and I thought of my beloved country Nigeria, as I turned it into a prayer:

17 “Those who will rebuild you are coming soon, and those who destroyed you will leave. 18 Look around and see what is happening! Your people are assembling — they are coming home! As surely as I am the living God, you will be proud of your people, as proud as a bride is of her jewels. 19 “Your country was ruined and desolate — but now it will be too small for those who are coming to live there. And those who left you in ruins will be far removed from you. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭49‬:‭17-19‬ GNB)

2. ❤️Playing: Nothing. Once upon a time, it was CANDY CRUSH, but those days are long gone.
3. ❤️Watching: Nothing ATM.  Last watched YELLOW BIRD (last weekend), and in my opinion, it’s booooring….with a CAPITAL B.

4.❤️Listening to: I TESTIFY (by Ada).

Recently discovered it on my playlist and it’s been a recurring song in my spirit. Surely, this month I TESTIFY. 

5.❤️ Working on: learning Spanish (courtesy of Fluencia and Duolingo) and Igbo languages (courtesy of Igbovillagesquare on YouTube). It’s been fun all the way.

6. ❤️Eating: Besides real food, lots of Golden Morn and different kinds of Sausage rolls (Gala, Meaty, Beefie😭😂)


7. ❤️Wanting: Many things….especially a new pair of shoes (maybe silver sandals), a friend’s wedding is coming up this month and there’s nothing to rock my iro and buba with…yet.

8. ❤️Needing: More of God. More of his wisdom. More of his strength. More of his grace.

9. ❤️Loving: The strong, fervent, and godly woman I am becoming.

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10. ❤️ Thinking: of passing the MDCN exams in peace and not in pieces……the workload seems overwhelming, but God dey. 

Over 80 lecture slides already and still counting! 😑😐
11. ❤️Feeling: Blessed to be part of my immediate family. So I ran away from Lagos last weekend, to be with my homeys and how refreshing it was.

The ancient city of Ibadan was welcoming as usual.

IBADAN
The highlight was an evening outing, after a road trip through a part of the city, while singing our favorite hymns and recalling poems/nursery rhymes…of course we took several snap shots (plus a professional studio shoot), followed by a lovely dinner.



And yours sincerely had a big cheese burger that was so yummy….


12. ❤️Celebrating : The publishing of my first book, MY FEGGO DIARIES. It’s basically a memoir about the highs and lows, of my experiences in a Nigerian boarding house.


It is now available for download on Okadabooks app (Googleplay and App Store). I’ll appreciate your reviews and feedbacks.

13. ❤️ Grateful for: The new MONTH.

it is my desire to make MELODY to the Lord with my heart continually, in anticipation of all the testimonies that await me. Like the scripture says,

“addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,”

Ephesians 5:19-20 ESV

I decided to dig out 20 of my favorite hymns (in no particular order) and share with you all. You can look up their verses/tunes on the Internet. I hope you’re blessed by them.

What are some of your favorite hymns?

Have a melodious March,

:::requ1ne::::

Ps: Thanks to all who supported and contributed to my blog challenge, 26 BLESSINGS AND COUNTING. I’ll be completing the skipped days at a latter time, which will be communicated accordingly.

Muchas gracias. ❤️❤️❤️

DAY 20: Currently Loving…

Welcome back.

Thank God for another Monday.

It’s a fresh new week with lots of opportunities to make a difference.

Today I’m thankful for Me.
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We often have several reasons why we admire and appreciate other people.

For instance, I appreciate my mum a lot. She is one of the most caring persons I know. She is always concerned about my welfare even in seemly insignificant matters.

My dad on the other hand, is really good with dates. No Anniversary or Birthday in the family passes him by. He would call to let you know he remembers. And it’s one of the things I admire about him.

Each of my siblings and close friends have something unique about them too. Things I feel I may never measure up to and I’m learning not to compare and contrast all the time.

I appreciate people who are outstanding, caring, organized, intelligent, diligent, disciplined, courageous, confident, and passionate among other sweet things.

I especially admire those who have gone against the tide to become everything God has called them to be; people who have refused to be ordinary and are not afraid to step out and make a difference. These are the kind of people that inspire me.

Sometime last year, I began to reflect on some of the things I admire about myself and I came up with a few:

1. My name.
I believe in the unique meaning of names and how they can influence a person; I know mine isn’t an ordinary one.
The name Eunice is of greek origin and it means “Good Victory” or “Happily victorious“.

I’m literally in love with my own name. I know I can’t be defeated come what may. I’m a WINNER all the time.

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So when people want to call me by my middle (ethnic) name, I’m like, NO, just call me Eunice, thanks!!!

2. Being petite.
What’s there not to love about my figure and stature? I see being petite as an advantage in many ways especially because I’m able to fit into any social setting without necessarily looking out of place.
The major challenge is getting the right size of clothes sometimes and especially, SHOES!!! I use a small 37 and it’s not the easiest to find in a Nigerian market but I’m still thankful!

3. Quiet Nature.
I bet a few of my friends will beg to disagree with this one…especially those who have seen my “other side” haha.
But everyone who has met me really knows how quiet I can be, when I want to, which is most of the time.
I like myself for that.
Silence doesn’t bother me. It never has and it probably never will. I believe it’s a gift and I’m thankful for it.
We live in a world where most people are busy talking and always eager to be heard, with only a few taking the time to actually listen. My quiet nature allows me to be contemplative, observant and retrospective…and I believe those qualities are…well, awesome.😊

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4. Ready student.
Forget the fact that I’m done with medical school. I still feel like a fresher in the school of life. The more I learn, the more things I know I have to learn.
I’m thankful for the privilege to grow and improve upon myself constantly. My philosophy is: To be better today than I was yesterday.

5. Trust in God.
Above everything else, I’m thankful for my relationship with God. The 25th of September, 2005, was a day that changed my life forever. It’s my faith in God that makes all the difference when it comes down to it. I’m glad I was able to make that decision to give my Life to Christ and the sweet fellowship I now enjoy with him is incomparable.
He guides my thoughts, words and choices. Whatever inspiration I have to reach out to others through this platform and in real life, comes from him.

Here’s one of my favorite scriptures:
“I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.”

Psalm 139:14 AMP

So what do you admire about yourself?
And what are you thankful for today?
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Stay fervent,
:::requ1ne:::

DAY 13: TGIM!!!

Welcome back,
It’s the start of another working week.

Image credit: WEB

And I hope you’re EXCITED.

For a lot of people, Mondays are dreaded…it marks the beginning of another stressful week.


Most folks are like, “can I have an extra day to just chill, please?”



Haha
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To be honest, I get that feeling sometimes too.

But today I’m thankful for Mondays and for every day I get to make a difference.

Because what I do matters and sometimes I forget that.

It’s easy to feel pretty overwhelmed by the sheer pressure and stress of work that I’m not mindful about how I’m making the world a better place.

Medicine to me, is more than a Profession,
It’s a Passion to see people live whole, mentally, socially and physically.

The Hippocratic Oath

For me having a medical degree is a Privilege I do not take for granted, and it’s humbling when patients listen to me as I share my medical knowledge with them.

I know I’m no genius, I’m who I am by God’s grace. 

Ultimately, it is God who heals.

I’m especially grateful because what was once a dream, is today a reality.

God brought me from here,

That tiny girl with a timid face
To this point…

The confident doctor with a cute smile


He makes dreams come through. 


I may not always feel like it but I’m committed to not just the Hippocratic oath but God’s word:

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

I’ve been given a trust and I must prove faithful. So help me God.

Again, thank God for Mondays.

Image credit: WEB


In whatever job you do, don’t just leave with a paycheck, leave a legacy.

  • Be Passionate
  • Be Proactive 
  • Be Productive 


For you trusting God for that dream-job or the next phase of your career, don’t stop believing, don’t stop persevering…

And if you already have that dream job, remember you’re there to make a difference. 

So keep your dreams alive, the world needs it.

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What are you thankful for today?

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Stay fervent,
:::requ1ne:::

DAY 9: UNSEEN BATTLES.

Hi Everyone,

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I apologize for the short-break, some minor issues came up but thankfully I got through.
This evening as I walked through my neighborhood, I observed the activities going on around me; there were children returning from school, older folks returning from their workplace, vendors selling their wares, a few bikes carrying passengers and other random scenes on the street. Most of the locals exchanged greetings with one another in a familiar way, and it appeared that I was just another stranger walking by. Then it occurred to me that it’s the same route I’ve been taking for a while now and there would be a few people who are used to seeing my “strange” face by now.
I wasn’t so invincible after all.
It’s not many days ago that one of my neighbors in the compound I live in, accused me of not greeting her regularly, when I approached her for a certain assistance. In my mind I was like “oh”.
Obviously I went into an apology mode immediately because…no time to make compound-enemies😂

Just in case you’re wondering, in Nigeria, respect is something we often demand rather than earn. And for some reason, greeting someone, especially an older person is a cheap way of showing respect. That’s by the way.

The bottomline is, there are people who know we exist even if we don’t know they do. This is not to encourage superstitious beliefs or paranoia, but it’s the truth.

You’re being watched.

Although that’s not always a bad thing.

Anyway today I’m thankful for victory over unseen battles.

It doesn’t make it easy that the Nigerian culture is a morbidly superstitious one, where everyone feels like someone is out to get them.


 I won’t even go into some of the negative mindset we have cultivated or passed on to our kids. Thank God those days of tormenting fears in my life are in the past.
If you’re a Christian familiar with the scriptures, you’ll understand that there are spiritual battles being fought on a daily basis.

The greatest of which is the battle for your soul.



We are constantly in a Spiritual Warfare.
According to the scriptures we are told to,

“Put on all the armour that God gives you, so that you will be able to stand up against the Devil’s evil tricks. For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age.”

Ephesians 6:11-12 GNB
But there are physical battles and dangers too.

And that’s why it’s comforting to know that:

“He will not let you fall; your protector is always awake. The protector of Israel never dozes or sleeps. The LORD will guard you; he is by your side to protect you.”
Psalms 121:3-5 GNB

And here’s a famous scripture,


Psalm 91.

The good news is that God watches over his own.

He protects. He shields. He defends. He fights.

Whether the battle is seen or unseen, physical or spiritual, direct or indirect, I’m assured that:

God watches over me. And I don’t need to watch my back.

I love this song,

What are you thankful for?
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PS: I’ll catch up on all the days I missed at the end of the challenge.
Remain fervent,
:::requ1ne:::

DAY 4: HUMBLE BEGINNINGS!

Welcome back.

Earlier this evening while running an errand, I saw some kids on my street mostly doing what kids know how to do best, playing.

Image credit: Vanguard

I also observed a few of them carrying buckets of water on their heads, because you see, I currently live in a community that lacks running water, so you either fetch from a community bore-hole, or have your own pumping machine.
Anyway, today I took time to Pause and Reflect on my own past, when I was in similar shoes.

 My brother and I often trekked some ten minutes distance from our house most evenings to fetch water from our neighborhood. It wasn’t unusual for me to spill about a quarter of the content on my way home though…but no matter the quantity of water I delivered home, it was worth the effort to my mum.

Fast forward to about 20 years later, and I’ve almost forgotten what it feels like not to have running water 24/7 in the house until recently. Thankfully , I don’t have to do the fetching myself, I just employ the services of some of the locals for a token fee.

Looking back now, I can only smile.



That’s just one part of my story, there are several  twists and turns to it.

Who I am today, is not who I’ve always been.

I’ve come a long way from the young and timid girl who would rather spectate rather than participate in life. I used to be way too laid-back. For those that think I’m slow, you have no idea how “slow” I really was. Over the years, I’ve been privileged to serve and lead different people. And I keep getting better at it. Not only that, I’ve also been able to volunteer a number of times, something I won’t naturally do.

I’ve come a long way from the grumpy, always moody teenager who couldn’t be bothered to smile about anything for any reason. Thank God for the Eunice that now Smiles.



– I’ve come a long way from the young fault-finding and insecure adult who was concerned about whether or not she would find true love in her lifetime or fulfill destiny or even make it to heaven
. I can truly say, I may not have all the answers yet, but I know one who does, GOD.

Oh, I’ve really come a long way

Don’t let me even bore you with how helplessly hopeless I used to be in the kitchen as an undergraduate. 

Semi-cooked beans, burnt noodles and tomato paste stew were my signature brands… 🙈😂
I’m not quite there yet, but a good number of people today can testify without bias of my culinary skills.

Hallelujah Somebody!

Ewedu and Stew…yummilicious!
My journey through Med school was another huge testimony, I don’t even know how, but GOD did it. Technically speaking, I was on the dean’s list twice, and I won’t even lie I didn’t even have a well structured study plan then.


It was God.

There’s so much about me that has changed for the better. I’ve been blessed in more ways than I can even count in the past few years.
Sometimes on reflection, I tend to chide myself for being such a latecomer as per personal achievements, or why I’m just learning some basic lessons about life, but then I say to myself, It’s better late than never.
So today, I’m sincerely thankful to God for where he has brought me from.


He takes all the credit. He deserves all the praise.

I’m Content about where I am now, and Confident about where he is taking me to.

Like the scriptures say,

“I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for.”

Jeremiah 29:11 GNB

and I particularly love this,

Do not let your heart envy sinners [who live godless lives and have no hope of salvation], But [continue to] live in the [reverent, worshipful] fear of the LORD day by day. Surely there is a future [and a reward], And your hope and expectation will not be cut off.”
PROVERBS 23:17-18 AMP

and this, 


So my dear readers, you may not be you where you want to be yet, but thank God you are not where you used to be.

Life is a journey. Enjoy it. 

What are you thankful for today?
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Remain Fervent,
:::requ1ne:::