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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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!
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GONE TOO SOON!

Over time, I’ve realized that my most profound moments from medical school had little to do with the “books” but everything to do with the “lives” especially of the patients I encountered on the ward.

Today’s post is from an experience I had as a medical student rotating on the pediatric ward.

Enjoy!


I walked into the ward that morning and noticed most of the staff were speaking in hushed tones.
Ward round went on as usual, but everyone seemed a little reserved. Soon, the cat was let out of the bag- one of our patients had passed on!

I was stunned.

Such a young, peaceful and innocent-looking boy, not more than eleven. He had been on the ward for sometime and because his diagnosis wasn’t straight forward, we kept running series of tests.

Then the doctor decided to place him on some steroids and his symptoms seemed to improve, so he was discharged.
However, he soon began to deteriorate rapidly that he had to be re-admitted, eventually leading to his demise.

It was particularly sad for me because that was the first patient I knew as a medical student that passed on.

I remember the day he asked me to pass him a bottle of water from his bedside cabinet. “Miss, Miss…” was how he began his request. After passing him the water, I watched him for a few moments before going back to what I was doing.

If only I knew that was the last time I would be able to interact with him,

Maybe I would have held one of his hands, looked into his eyes and told him not to be afraid.

Maybe I would have sang him a song, written him a poem, or read him a book.

Maybe I would have asked him to tell me about his family, his friends at school, and all of his favorite things.

Maybe I would have assured him that despite his pain, there was a Father in heaven who cared so much about him- spirit, soul and body.

Maybe I would have just taken a few minutes right there, to say a word of prayer for him. 

If only I knew…

But I didn’t.

Because I wasn’t expecting him to die, at least not that soon.

Weak and wasted as he was, we still held on to the hope that he would live.

But death gave no notice of its intentions, it came and left without restrictions.

Three years later, my heart still bleeds when I remember the incident-though I didn’t shed a single tear at that time.

The rest of my sojourn through medical school came with its own heartaches as several other patients I met passed away, but I still can’t get that very first experience out of my head.

As a closing thought, it’s funny how we take the little things for granted, especially with the people that matter to us the most thinking they will always be around.

Truth is, when it comes to those we care about, death is always too soon.

The good news for the believer though, is that death is not the end, there is life after death.

And that for me, is such a comforting thought.

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So when was the first time you saw a patient die? And how did you react to it?

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#TrueLifeStories #WardChronicles #PatientSeries

50 Practical Ways To Stay Motivated In Medical School (A Recap):

Here’s a recap of the 50 Practical Ways you can motivate yourself through medical school. Feel free to check the links at the end. 


1. Discover yourself
2. Learn new skills
3. Take online courses
4. Avoid negative self-talk
5. Volunteer
6. Listen to good music
7. Watch Medical Shows
8. Start your own business
9. Keep a journal


10. Keep the end in mind
11. Find a mentor
12. Medical school is just a phase. It won’t last forever.
13. Quitting is not an option.
14. Cultivate healthy friendships


15. Find what works for you and make it work
16. Remember why you started
17. Expectations from Friends and Family
18. Eat healthy
19. Focus on becoming competent vs just getting good grades
20. Listen to podcasts
21. Don’t lose your Passion
22. Set Priorities And Rewards
23. Don’t sweat the small stuff


24. Faith in God
25. Set simple goals and achieve them
26. Be your greatest cheerleader
27. Learn to unwind
28. Volunteer to teach others
29. Seek help when you need it


30. You are not alone
30. Play Stimulating Games
31. Stay Focused
33. Ask Questions
34. Aim For Excellent Grades
35. Enjoy the learning process
36. Think Medicine, Think Prestige
37. Believe you can make a difference
38. Financial Sacrifices And Future Remunerations


39. Don’t Quit
40. Take it one step at a time
41. Start a Countdown
42. Share Your Story
43. Have a bucket list
44. Contribute on Social Media
45. Sleep well
46. Work It Out
47. Meditate
48. Cheer as others win


49. Reflect
50. Live, Learn, Love. Repeat.

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50 Practical Ways To Stay In Medical School (Part 1)

50 Practical Ways To Stay In Medical School (Part 2)

– 50 Practical Ways To Stay Motivated In Medical School (Part 3)

50 Practical Ways To Stay In Medical School (Part 4)

50 Practical Ways To Stay In Medical School (Part 5)



Cheers,

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DAY 19: FRIENDS, FUN & FELLOWSHIP.

Welcome back.

My FRIENDS forever…

I have met a number of people who say things to suggest that friends and friendships are simply…overrated.

They claim they don’t have friends and don’t need them anyway.
They tend to make several excuses to prove those points. They usually keep busy by focusing on themselves, their families, career, ministry, or one social cause or the other.
I’m talking about those who have been afflicted one way or the other by “supposed” friends. I know that is such a sad experience to have and it often prevents future friendships from budding.

In two of my previous posts, Friends, Friendships & Friendliness (2015) and TRUE FRIENDS MAKE A DIFFERENCE (2016), I think I have made a good case for the importance of having (the right kind of) friends.
I’m happy to say that I still hold on to those beliefs, and I’m yet to have an experience with a friend that has left a sore taste in my mouth (not that I want to).

Today, I’m thankful for the beautiful friends God has blessed me with.

The truth is that I’m not really good at making friends.
Let’s just say I’m a bit awkward in social gatherings. But the few friends that I’ve had and that stayed, are as beautiful as they make them.

My med school days are some of the best highlights of the friendships I’ve had. And I miss that.
Everything from get-togethers to sleep overs, to casual hangouts and being treated to restaurants or with take outs (the jolly days of Chinese and Subway 😰, thankfully our Naija also has KFC franchises all over the country), or just staying home to watch movies or play games or talk about life…which is my most favorite thing to do.😉

I have had friends who made my hair at no cost, took me shopping for groceries or paid for my fares out of their benevolence, when I was wanting financially.

I even had a friend who would make me meals and bring it over when I had nothing to eat; the same friend once babysat me all through the night when I was sick and did all the running around because I had to travel to another island for a VISA biometric capturing, the next day. What a huge relief it was for me.

Towards the end of my stay in SVG, I left the apartment I was living in. Two lovely ladies took me into theirs, housed and fed me for a couple of days. I’m not exaggerating when I say they literally doted on me throughout my stay. It was like being waited upon in a 5-star hotel, with room service. I had such a cozy experience.

From there I moved into another friend’s apartment and stayed with her until I eventually left the island. She also went the extra mile to take good care of me. I have been so blessed with such friends and I will always remember them for good.
I’m especially thankful for friends of the same faith. There’s nothing as wonderful as having sweet fellowship with your christian friends.

I belong to a Small Bible Study Group, made up of a few friends and it’s one of the best experiences I’ve had in my christian walk. It’s such a privilege to study God’s word and discover some deep truths together. More so we hold each other accountable based on what we learn and our lives have been imparted remarkably.

Since returning to Nigeria, my friends have rallied around as much as time, distance and our schedules permit.
Shoutout to,

-My sweetheart, Funbex (who with her husband), hosted me in her lovely home (not minding our marital status difference 😄),

-My wonderful Wanimi, who went out of her way to help my family give me a befitting (surprise) welcome home party,

-My amiable Walopxy, one of my faithful girlfriends who has stayed all these years, checking on my wellbeing every now and then, because she’s caring like that. May the flames of our friendship burn for many years to come!

Drs. Bunmi and Ify, who made my experience at LUTH worthwhile in every way. 

Derayo, our paths have divinely  crossed again. Lord B, it’s a blessing to finally meet you. 

And to, Ibksinging, Wiseguy, and Tdeemc, the gentlemen who on separate occasions, treated me to the Lagos hospitality. 

Of course, Uncle B (my friend from jand😅) who paid me a visit in IB. 

And to the others (Ayoigbala, Barrysome, Dr. DJ, Niyot) who have kept in touch, even though we’ve not visited…I appreciate you in every way. 

For my friends in the Diaspora, Asholly, Ede et al, thank you for checking on me PRN. 😘

Thanks to you all for the all kindness you have shown to me.

What joy it is to have friends walking in purpose and committed to serving God all the days of their lives. That has been my TESTIMONY.

Let me just share a few nuggets with you from my little wealth of experience (I’m by no means a scholastic authority on this subject):

1. Friendship is NOT always about you.
Yes, we must never forget that. Sometimes we are too carried away by our own needs that we are often blind to the needs of others. Sadly, I’ve found myself making this particular mistake more times than I’d like to admit.
It is true that there are benefits to every friendship but if you make the friendship about you ALL the time, you’ll lose out eventually.
It’s not always about what you like, what you want, what you need…it’s about them too.
Selfishness is something that rips friendships apart more than distance or time. One good way to nip it in the bud is to pray for your friends and then check on them, especially when you feel they are acting detached because you don’t know what’s really going on behind the scenes.
It’s cheap emotional blackmail to whine and complain all the time that your friends don’t keep in touch, when you never bother to text, call or visit them either.
There was a time I accused a friend of forgetting to call me on my birthday, and guess what? The said friend had actually been on admission in a hospital. How selfish of me.
If you however have a friend that is only around when they are in need and soon disappears after, please run! run!! run!!!

2. Your FRIENDS are different from you, don’t try to change them.
I’m a chronic phlegmatic, cool as cucumber, hardly ruffled on the outside but acutely sensitive to the atmosphere around me.
Bottomline: I’m an INTROVERT with bold letters.
My point is, I’m wired differently from my next door neighbor, Sally Jones who seems all over the place, the typical extrovert, blasting music from dawn to dusk, laughing hysterically at anything and everything that seems funny, and lives for the FUN of it.
And that’s okay.
A good attempt at self discovery, will help you appreciate the intricate yet complementary differences seen in others.
I love to watch others have fun even when I’m not participating (or particularly enjoying it) and when it’s time to have my own kind of fun (books, animations, writing), which is boring to most of my friends anyway, I simply excuse myself.
It’s NOT okay for your friends to be anything but themselves when they are around you.
Now when it comes to values and principles that you live by (like integrity, honesty, diligence, discipline), ensure your friends have similar values.
If they don’t help to build you, please leave them.

3. When it HURTS, it’s alright to say so.
Here is one we often take for granted. Like any two smooth surfaces in motion experience friction, friends will occasionally rub off each other in ways that unintentionally hurt. The mistake we make is to keep such hurts inside until our hearts get scarred and the next best option is for us to drift apart.
Only God knows how many friends destined for greatness have been cut asunder by the seeds of bitterness.
I’m not suggesting that you go on nagging about every petty thing your friend does wrong, but you can learn how to communicate effectively when you’re not pleased about a situation.
Granted it might sting your friend at first (most friends assume they give their best), but a good friend will appreciate the feedback and you both can confront the issue and adjust accordingly .
By God’s grace, as I keep learning and becoming wiser, although I’m a long way from becoming the kind of friend I want (need) to be, I’ve certainly grown and my friendships have blossomed and gotten richer over the years.

Also remember that there are several categories of friends, old friends, new friends, special friends, casual friends, close friends, distant friends…no one size fits all.

Every friend is there for a reason and will be needed at one season of your life or the other; as the saying goes,

“A friend in need, is a friend indeed.”


Here are some biblical verses about friendships:

Proverbs 13:20

“Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.” (MSG)


Proverbs 18:24 “Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family.” (MSG)


Proverbs 22:24-25


“Don’t hang out with angry people; don’t keep company with hotheads. Bad temper is contagious-don’t get infected. (MSG)


Proverbs 27:10b

“Better a nearby friend than a distant family.” (MSG)

Proverbs 27:17
“You use steel to sharpen steel, and one friend sharpens another.” (MSG)


Ecclesiastes 4:12a
“By yourself you are unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst.” ( MSG)

To my many lovely friends, I say thank you for the beautiful experiences I’ve had. I do not take the bond between us for granted.

Cheers!
So what are you thankful for today?

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Spanish Phrase for the day:

Nostros bebemos leche – We drink milk.

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DAY 15: ANSWERED PRAYERS

Today I’m thankful for answered prayers.🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
Oftentimes I find myself in situations that overwhelm me…financial
challenges, emotional issues, spiritual burdens etc
Sometimes I’m really skeptical about how some things would work out,
for instance, how I’d cope with my return to Nigeria.
Today makes it 2 months since I came back, and I’ve not just been
surviving, God has sustained me.
Here are two scriptures about prayer that I love:
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭4:16‬ ‭KJV‬‬
“But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭13:5-6‬ ‭KJV‬‬
Whether I’m asking for strength to go through a challenge or wisdom
to handle a trying situation, I’m confident that God hears me.
Prayer is not just about asking, it is about seeking God’s will too.
One of the most amazing things I’ve learnt about prayer is that, prayer 
 
not only changes things, it also changes me. 
Prayer creates a spiritual awareness in me.
It increases my sensitivity to God’s word.
It makes me receptive to his instructions and directions.
Prayer also helps to build my faith. Instead of responding to situations
emotionally, I’m able to respond based on God’s word.
There’s so much power released when we pray.
A couple of days ago, I started reading the book FERVENT, by Priscilla Shirer, and I’ve been so blessed already. Let me share a few lessons:
“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.”
 
“Prayer: It is how we keep our whole selves engaged and alert, trusting God for the right things, confident he is giving them, able to sense his direction about what to do and then take action accordingly.”
 
“Prayer is the portal that brings the power of heaven down to earth.”
I know from experience that God is dependable.
 
– We can trust his wisdom,
– We can trust his timing,
– We can trust his process, and
– We can trust in his outcome.
He knows. He sees. He hears. He cares.
God answers prayers. And he expects us to,
Pray at all times.” (1 Thess 5:17 GNB)
So don’t stop.
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What are you thankful for today?
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DAY 3: HE LOVES ME!

Welcome back.


“Jesus loves me this I know, for the bible tells me so…”

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Children all over the world have sung this beautiful song, hundreds of time over the years but the lyrics remain relevant.
Today I’m particularly grateful for God’s love,
I know he loves the entire world but it’s extra sweet to know that he loves me as an individual.
This love is personal.


I didn’t do anything to deserve his love. In fact here’s what the scriptures say:

“It is a difficult thing for someone to die for a righteous person. It may even be that someone might dare to die for a good person. But God has shown us how much he loves us — it was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us!”
Romans 5:7-8 GNB

God’s love is all encompassing.
1- It is Compassionate: He hears my cry, sees my pain and knows my struggles. His love is kind and patient, very considerate of my human weaknesses.
2- It is Consistent: There are no buts or what ifs, it never falters, it never fails. He doesn’t love me less today than he did yesterday, no matter the number of times I fail God, he’s ever ready to forgive and restore me.
3- It is Complete: His love is totally SACRIFICIAL. He gave the best gift of all to mankind, his son Jesus. This kind of love is incomparable, it is AGAPE. No individual can love me this way, no one.

And you know what gives me such confidence, NOTHING can separate me from God’s love.

Absolutely Nothing.

“For I am certain that nothing can separate us from his love: neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers or powers, neither the present nor the future, neither the world above nor the world below — there is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:38-39 GNB

God’s love is BAE,

Before Anything/Anyone Else.


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He loves you too.
If you’ve never experienced what it feels like, the time is NOW.
No matter where else you’ve been searching for true love,
God says, come home.

So what are you thankful for today?

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Enjoy your weekend.

Remain fervent,

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JOYFUL NOVEMBER!

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Hola a todos! 

Tengo Algo Bueno Para ti

Don’t mind my SPANISH, I’ll explain later. 😊😀

I’m sooooo EXCITED and highly EXPECTANT about this Month. I remember this time last year when I did the series: A NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER. 

How time flies.

I’m thankful for the journey so far, all of God’s blessings towards me and every lesson I have learnt along the way.

 

So here are a few things that have recently happened/what-I-look-forward-to in November:

1. Scripture for the MONTH: 2 Kings 20:9a (GNB)

Yes and AMEN, because my God is a Miracle-Worker and a Promise-Keeper. I have every reason to TRUST him for what he says he will do.

I received this clear WORD in my SPIRIT on the first of this Month- GOD CAN AND GOD WILL.



And seeing how amazing he is, just a few weeks ago as I was unpacking an old box, I came across one of my prayer requests over 2 years ago:


It was such a HUGE TESTIMONY, talk about ANSWERED PRAYERS! And for me that was A SIGN that God will certainly make good every promise he made as regards the present and my future.


And that’s why it’s advisable to keep A PRAYER JOURNAL and I’m thankful for my PrayerJournal APP which I need to learn to use more often.

2. Song for the Month: WE SERVE A MIGHTY GOD (Positive Media)

Tbh, the song literally gives vibes to my body. I can’t keep still while it is playing. Btw, a Trinidadian sang it and it’s really beautiful, so Yoruba folks pls just chill. Tenkiu! 😉



3. Currently reading the following Books : 

i. The Complete Book of Questions (Gary Poole). I have answered 500 questions so far. It’s quite an enlightening read, I’ll recommend you read it with other friends. I downloaded the free PDF version. Here are the first five questions:


 and my answers to them:


ii. Me and My Big Mouth! (Joyce Meyer). I borrowed a hard copy from a friend and it’s an eye-opening book too. 


Here are some lessons I’ve gleaned:

” We are instructed to talk to and not to talk about our problems.”
” Extremes are the devil’s playground, if he cannot get a believer to totally ignore the truth, he’ll get him to be one sided and out of balance.”
“Confession is a means of speaking God’s promises into existence.”

“Thankful people are too busy being grateful for what they have, that they have no time to complain about the things they don’t have.”

“Complaining not only robs the joy of the speaker, but it also quenches the hope of the hearers.”

iii. ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING (John MacArthur). This is another deep book about what a Christian should focus on, instead of worrying endlessly. It’s really been a great resource during this phase I’m in. Here are a few lessons from the book:

” Worry is unnecessary. God doesn’t just create life, he sustains it.”

“Worry is unable to accomplish anything. You may worry yourself to death but never to a longer life.”

“To worry is needless because of God’s bounty, senseless because of his promise and useless because of its potency to achieve nothing.”

“Providing and Planning for tomorrow is taking responsibility but worrying about it, is sin.”

“The best way to avoid worrying is through prayer, followed by right thinking and right doing.”

4. Still studying the book of REVELATON with the help of Matthew Henry’s commentary.

I’m now on the 19th chapter. My favorite so far has been:


Have you let the savior in? If not, what are you waiting for? 🙂

5. Adventures: It’s been one adventure or the other in the last few weeks…I attended a mega concert of African worship, TEHILLAH AFRICANA and it was an awesome experience, followed by a Christian Talent Show that turned out unexpectedly as per the final winners, and most recently, I tried Karaoke for the very first time, with my friends. We did the song- The Heart of Worship (Matt Redman). Unfortunately, I can’t upload our video clip. Sorry😅🙈.

Lol…Worshippers in the house!!! 🙌

I’m hopeful that there will be more wonderful adventures this month. 

6. Projects: So this last month, I completed and entered two stories, for National & International prizes respectively. While I’m not counting too much on the outcome, I’m a bit hopeful that one of them at least gets picked. 

– Then I wrote about my Sojourn in SVG (Part 1) here, pls read.


– I’m still working on MY FEGGO DIARIES book. I look forward to getting it published this month. My amazing friend Z (zoehambolu@gmail.com) was kind enough to help with cover design samples for the book. You may contact him for the cover design for your book(s) at a token fee. 😉

According to my Facebook polls, this cover design wins.
I prefer this design though. What do you think?


7. Culinary Skills: My skills have remarkably improved in recent times. Yours sincerely single-handedly made Pizzas for a sale at an event. 

FINAL PRODUCT
The Process…

I recently attempted baking bread for the first time too, but sadly the yeast wasn’t enough, so it flopped badly…solid rock bread 😓. I look forward to investing more of my time this month polishing more of those skills. 

8. SPANISH 101: So yours sincerely has started learning Spanish via YouTube, thanks to a friend’s suggestion. I’m so looooooving it. I didn’t even realize how relatively easy the language is plus a huge BONUS is that my Neighbor is from Cuba. So therefore, I get to practice as often as I want to. Buenos para mí.

SPANISH 101

9. Another friend told me she was taking some free courses at Edx.org and I decided to check it out. I registered for these three courses:Think 101, Behavioral Medicine: A key to better health and Inclusive Leadership Training, and what an amazing experience it’s been. You can sign up for free here
10. A few of us volunteered at a community health fair the other Saturday, and I got to play “The Doctor” for real and no longer Student-doctor. Haha. My Medical School Journey was certainly a dream come true. 


I was able to take a quick selfie

11. BE INSPIRED:
a) Looking for what to listen to? You can subscribe to these Podcasts. 

Your Move With Andy Stanley, and

– Enjoying Everyday Life with Joyce Meyer. 

You’ll be glad you did. 

b) Looking for what to read on BLOGSPHERE? Why not try these:

1.. Omooba’s Blog: Omooba is a wonderful Christian lady who is both an Artist and a Writer. She recently started a new blog. You can check her old blog www.omoobaa.wordpress.com too. She’s refreshingly inspiring. 
2. Lola Opatayo’s Blog: The lady writes dramatic, seat-grabbing fiction like no other. You don’t want to miss out, so visit her blog.

3. Eziaha’s Blog: For Practical Spiritual Truths, Mind-blowing ideas, Awesome Encouragement and daily/weekly Motivation, Coach E’s blog is where to visit. She’s awesome both in WORDS and DEEDS. How do I know this? I know because I’ve had an ENCOUNTER with her…lol.
PS: Do you have a friend or family member who is interested in studying Medicine in the Caribbean? Kindly ask them to visit www.studymedcaribbean.com or like their Facebook page.


PPS: Hopefully, next month will come with a new series December Diary, and the focus will be on how I’m adjusting to life in Nigeria. #Anticipate

 

Thanks for reading,

Stay connected.

 😊

:::requ1ne:::


Between THEN & NOW…

For a while now, the 25th of every month comes with an “unusual” impression in my mind. 

For some reasons, without any prior prompting I begin to feel uneasy and then I check my calendar. 

Lo and behold, it’s the 25th. Good grief.

More often than not, the 25th takes me back…down memory lane.

Of what was…and what could have been. 

If only…

And sometimes, it’s tempting to return to the past, my past.

That part of me that was left behind. 

The tiny, almost lifeless hope that longed for something that seemed beyond reach. 

The dreams I had. The future I had envisioned. The life I had designed by/for myself…

I particularly remember one December morning of the same date, how I sat in front of the TV in tears, with my soul naked and bare, as I tried to numb the pain in my mind with some junk food.

Oh, what pitiful condition I was in that Christmas morning. Of all days. 

I’d been depressed and frustrated for sometime. So I shed tears after tears, with no one to console me. I tried to pray too but that only brought more tears. 

There are days I really want to forget all about it, put a key to the lock and say goodbye FOREVER.

But some memories haunt and others hurt still. Crushed hopes and wasted dreams can hardly be recovered.

And there are days I’m not just sure, if the right thing I did was really the right thing to do…

In all of these, I’ve come to reflect on God’s grace that has brought me thus far between THEN and NOW. 

Here I am still…healing, learning and growing. As I mark yet another 25th on my calendar.

And today, I’m reminded of the lyrics of this song that was my favorite years back:

YOU WILL NEVER WALK ALONE:

Along life’s roads 

There will be sunshine and rain,

Roses and thorns,

Laughter and pain,

And ‘cross the miles,

You will face mountains so steep,

Deserts so long and valleys so deep.

Sometimes the Journey is gentle,

Sometimes the cold winds blow,

But I want you to remember, 

I want you to know…

You’ll never walk alone, 

As long as you have faith,

Jesus will be right beside you all the way…

And you may feel you’re far from home,

But home is where he is,

And he’ll be there down every road,

You’ll never walk alone.

~POINT OF GRACE~

I’m rest assured that through this Journey, I will never WALK ALONE. 

And I’m also reminded of this part of the scriptures that I love so much:

Psalm 25:1-5 (GNB)

“To you, O Lord I offer my prayer;

in you, my God, I trust. Save me from the shame of defeat; don’t let my enemies gloat over me!

Defeat does not come to those who trust in you, but to those who are quick to rebel against you.

Teach me your ways, O Lord; make them known to me.

Teach me to live according to your truth, for you are my God who saves me. I always trust in you.”

I know that as I continue to trust God with my PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE, I won’t be defeated. And like the Psalmist, my enemies will not gloat over me. But I will rejoice over them instead. Amen.

Thank you for reading,

:::requ1ne:::

You Make Me Brave…

Hello July!

Thank you for coming so soon. I don’t know if anyone else thinks this year has been pretty fast, ‘cos it has for me. Some events from last year still feel like yesterday.

So this morning, yours sincerely didn’t feel like doing anything…for no particular reason. I was just like…

But I knew I needed to cook ‘cos I’ve been feeding on hotdogs and bread for the past couple of days *face-palm*

I’m usually not lazy about cooking, so today was an exception. Thankfully, by divine providence, there was a positive turn of events with an issue a couple of us have been trusting God about.

In no time, I was in a jolly cooking mood. 

And with some help from a friend, I came up with these yummy delicacies…all local Nigerian dishes.

Local Nigerian dishes…
So to the main post.

Since this is the 7th month of the year, here are 7 things  I’m especially thankful for:

  • I’m thankful for the gift of life. It’s a super privilege to be alive and kicking. To breathe in fresh air every single moment. Each new day is an opportunity to live right and serve God. I’m grateful for the amazing gift of righteousness too. The life of God in me makes all the difference. 
  • I’m thankful for God’s goodness and grace. His love is so amazing. His mercies are all encompassing. He is a father and a friend. No matter how many times I fail or fall, he is always ready to pick me up and give me a fresh start. He instructs. He directs. He guides. He cares. He provides. He protects. He defends. He corrects. He forgives. He listens. Psalm 23 captures all of these so perfectly:
The 23rd Psalm.
  • I’m thankful for my journey through medical school. The last 3.5 years of my life have been the most amazing. I had my struggles and fears, but I was victorious through all of them. It’s my childhood-dream come true. I’m now in a position to take care of other people’s health and it’s a huge responsibility. I’m so grateful for all I was able to learn, which is a whole LOT. I’ve shared some parts of the journey here.
CLASS OF 2016.
  • I’m thankful for sound health. Both Physical and Mental. There’s nothing as beautiful as being hale and hearty. As a newbie Doctor I understand what it means for patients to be on their sick beds. It’s quite disheartening. I’m so thankful for divine health and divine healing. 
  • I’m thankful for friends and family. I’m grateful to everyone that has contributed to my journey in life so far..my parents, siblings, extended family and my entire bunch of friends. It’s amazing to have such constant support over the years.
  • I’m thankful for all the challenges in 2016. It has been a year of many lessons and of personal growth- intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally. I’m grateful for every single experience I’ve had, including my mistakes. I believe God is using all of these to mould me into the person he wants me to become.
  • I’m thankful for the FUTURE. I know it’s so bright and beautiful. Last month, I wrote about some of my concerns about the future hereI’m content in knowing that his promises for me are sure and steadfast. 

Two Saturdays ago, I went for a swim with a friend. It was the first time I stepped into the water. At first it was a little scary, I didn’t feel bold. But with my friend’s encouragement, I was able to step in, submerge and even float in the water.

Following that experience, I have the assurance that I can step into the future knowing that…He (God) makes me brave, he called me out beyond the shores into the waves and no fear can hinder the promises he made. 

I really love the song YOU MAKE ME BRAVE by AMANDA COOK.

PS: Lyrics to the song here.

Finally, 

Check-out my FABULOUS new look.

I put on the hair last Saturday (thanks to angel_debby).


The process was both physically and mentally exhausting, but I’m in a phase where God is using about everything I do to teach me PATIENCE. Here’s one bible verse that comes to mind- Hebrews 6:12.

I’m thankful I endured the process to obtain this amazing-gorgeous-look. 😀😅

Thank you for reading,

:::requ1ne:::