SEPTEMBER||S H O W E R S 🌧🌧🌧

Cocoa Building, Ibadan

Hey People,

Welcome to September.

The ninth month of the year and naturally speaking , the ninth month is a time to bring forth that which was conceived.

Supernaturally, it is the season of visitation and manifestation, where expectations are divinely brought to pass.

September is a month of FRUITFULNESS, INCREASE and ABUNDANCE.

And that’s why I’m so excited about the theme:
  

||S H O W E R S||

Which I got from the title of the popular hymn,

Showers of Blessings 

So this particular line stood out

“Mercy-drops round us are falling,
But for the SHOWERS we plead.”

Then God gave me this understanding,

For everything we obtain by God’s mercies,
We can obtain even MORE through his blessings!

And y’all know the conditions for his blessings? TRUST and OBEDIENCE. And in my christian journey, I have come to understand that they both go hand in hand.
It’s who we trust (totally) that we obey completely. The question is, how much am I (are we) willing to TRUST God? Because that’s what this month is about…

SHOWERS (Surplus, Abundance, Provision, Saturation, Sprinkling, Spraying, Engulfing, Flooding, Overwhelming...I could go on) of Blessings, through Trust and Obedience!!

So help me (us) God. Amen.

Let’s jump right into the September train, shall we?

❤️WORD

I believe strongly in the efficacy of God’s word and that there is a WORD for every season.
So this word right here came as NEEDED…

“He has set the right time for everything. He has given us a desire to know the future, but never gives us the satisfaction of fully understanding what he does.”
Ecclesiastes 3:11 GNB

❤️WORSHIP

Equally amazing is this song,

Wonderful Wonder (Nathaniel Bassey)

which is also befitting for this season because my God is AWESOME like that.

❤️Currently Reading:

1. Innovation And Entrepreneurship (Peter F. Drucker)

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 something that already exists.

2.  Concerning Spiritual Gifts (Kenneth E. Hagin)

The fruit of the Holy Spirit is for HOLINESS, whereas the baptism of the Holy Spirit is for POWER.

3. Out Of Control And Loving It (Lisa Bevere)

Don’t be upset because you see other people’s blessings as a deduction from God’s ability to bless you. It did not come from your account but his, and he is unlimited.

4. The Power Of A Praying Wife (Stormie Omartian)

A wife can’t put pressure on her husband to be something, but she can pray for him to become it.

5. The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People (Stephen Covey)

If our feelings control our actions, it’s because we’ve abdicated our responsibility and empowered them to do so.

6. A Novel: The Witness (Dee Henderson) 


It’s a Christian Fiction with just enough suspense to keep me interested. I’ve deliberately slowed down on turning the pages except during my “free time” so that I can get MORE important things (like drafting this blog post) done. I remember those days when I would stay up all night to finish reading novels. [Singing: I’ve been changed, healed, freed, delivered…😅]

7. The book of JEREMIAH (I’m on Chapter 25)

❤️Still learning:
– Spanish [via Duolingo and Memrise]
– Igbo [via Ife Igbo Learner and Igbo Basic app]

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Here are a few things I’ve been up to lately, asides sitting home and getting fat (the scale says I now weigh 55kg😫😱, and to think I was around 50 kg this time last year):

On Managing Distractions
Some weeks back while reviewing my schedule and trying to re-organize my priorities, I discovered how easily distracted I  am in between tasks. One moment I’m trying to complete a task, the next moment I’m flipping through my emails. Needless to say, lots of tasks take double/triple the time required to complete them. I’m learning to sit through what I’m doing at the moment before getting started on another, it’s a painfully slow process, but I’ll get there soon by God’s grace. 

From “To-Do Lists” to “Done Lists” and “Not-To-Do Lists”
Also, I’m gradually shifting away from having To-Do-Lists at the start of each day, to making Done-Lists (never knew that existed until recently) at the end of the day.
I also came across the idea of a Not-To-Do List recently, and discovered I mentally had such in place already (just added the last one, because checking emails are forever a distraction *sighs*)

Photo credit: WEB

–  Skills Acquisition: Ankara crafts and designs
It’s been a long summer of learning how to make different accessories with the Ankara fabric and it’s almost a wrap. I’ll come up with pictures when the class is over. 

– I recently went to see the Banana Island Ghost Movie with my homeys. 

Photo Credit: WEB

I’d give it a rating of 2.5/5 ⭐️⭐️ There were a few comic scenes and some not too funny ones. 


Most importantly it was a lovely evening hanging out with my folks and I had an overfill of popcorn, soda and hotdog [no wonder I’m getting FATTER!😩🙄]

I’m FREE: After a few episodes of late night panic attacks following the home-theft incident I wrote about here,

Image credit: WEB
I can finally sing, I’m free! Because here is what God’s word says:

“You need not fear any dangers at night or sudden attacks during the day”
Psalms 91:5 GNB

– Lastly, The Job search is still on. My dream job is yet to locate me😉. So y’all should keep me in your prayers! Thank you!

Inspiration from around the web

– 7 important life lessons in my late twenties

Define your busy

5 Proven Methods for gaining self discipline

– On Parenting
Cheers,
:::requ1ne:::
❤️❤️❤️

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SEPTEMBER…

Hello Folks.
Welcome to September.

I don’t know about you guys but if you ask me, I think year 2016 deserves an award for its exceptional speed which in my humble opinion, is comparable only to that of…


Usain Bolt…haha😅

Pls where did January-August fly to? 🙄

Anyway, I’m thankful to God for life. Although the year is closing in, there are still many opportunities to learn, grow and achieve. And for that I’m also thankful. 
So here’s what’s up for the month:
Because I’m still in the transition phase between Medical School and “Real Life”, there’s a lot of believing to be done, so I’m keying into:

1. This SCRIPTURE 1 Cor 2:9

2. And this SONG- In Jesus’ name. 

3. I’m currently READING:

I. AWAKEN THE GIANT WITHIN (Anthony Robbins): This book is…I can’t even drop it, until I finish it. Tbh, it’s one of the most bulky books I’ve read in my life, content-wise. I recently learnt about writing a list of my top-most values (in order of priority) and I came up with this:

Then I told myself “No wonder you’re like this…” As nice as the list looks from a distance, on closer inspection, I really need to do better…the issue of COMFORT as the first priority can be a stumbling block if I’m to make a difference in the future.

II. TROPHY CHILD (Ted Cummingham): it’s an insightful book recommended for Parents and Parents-to-be…it’s never too EARLY/LATE to learn that having a “child-centered” home does more harm than good eventually. Biblically, a good marriage is primarily about the husband and wife, and then the Children (Genesis 2:24).

I recently completed: 

III. WHEN GOD WRITES YOUR LOVE STORY (Eric & Leslie Ludy) and the book was: 

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! 

Here are some of the highlights for me:

  • “If God is preparing you to make an impact on this world for his kingdom, chances are he will take you through a period of loneliness.” It’s a hard pill to swallow.
  • “If you don’t allow God to give you a strong backbone and prepare you to stand apart from the crowd, you are prone to compromise.” Noted.
  • Don’t despise loneliness. Instead allow it to chase you into the ready arms of your king. If you turn to him instead of trying to fill the void with other things, you will find that he is ready to meet your every need.” 
  • “Every day you are single can be a chance to love your future spouse by preparing for your life together. Don’t waste this season, but let God help you cultivate every opportunity to become the man or woman they are dreaming of.” Hmmmn…
  • “Family is our rehearsal for relationships.” Haha…this one got me.😂
  • “Guys the way you treat your mom, is how you will treat your wives.” Ditto ladies.
  • “Godly teammates provide an outside perspective to a relationship.” Get older, wiser and experienced mentors for Accountability before/during your relationship

I just started:

IV. US (Daniel L. Tocchini): At a glance it’s a book against “the spirit of selfishness” in Marriage and I hope to gain lots of insight from it.
You can read about the variety of books in my library here

4. I’m still studying the BOOK OF PROVERBS with the help of Matthew Henry’s Commentary and I’m loving it.

5. PROJECTS:

I’m presently working on two writing projects:

I. SOJOURN IN SVG: This will be featured on the blog (later this year or early next year, by God’s grace). It’s a MEMOIR that depicts what it’s like to leave one’s home-country and live in a foreign land.

II. TWO MINUTES: This is a fictional piece that I hope to submit for an International Essay Writing Contest. It’s my second attempt at working on something SO BIG, and the 2000-word target is a little overwhelming. I’m taking it one step at a time, and we’ll see how it goes. 

6. Late ANNOUNCEMENT: I got MY FEGGO DIARIES (Prologue) published on Okadabooks.com last month, and I hope I can get the rest of the book published by December. You still have access to MY FEGGO DIARIES on the blog, pending its publication. Please if you have the Okadabooks app, you can download and read the book for FREE. 

7. ADVENTURES: Guess who visited the SVG PM’s official residence last weekend? Yours’ sincerely. Thanks to the Church who organized the event…it was FUN. And here are a few pictures:




And who knows what other adventure this month will bring?

8. NIGERIA is on my mind. It’s been 2 years and 4 months since I last visited my home-country. And while I won’t necessarily say I’m homesick, I must say I’m looking forward to returning home SOON…and I hope it will be as exciting as I’ve envisaged it.

Ibadan, Nigeria. (Photocredit: Nairaland)
9. I need practical suggestions about the art of MEDITATION. I’ve tried it a couple of times but I’ve not been consistent. I used the app SmilingMind and recently HeadSpace but the outcome has been less than desired. Any ideas please?

That’s all for now.

First Sunday in September, representing Naija!

I hope you all have an exciting SEPTEMBER. 
Thank you for reading,

:::requ1ne:::