Sunday, 29 May 2016

My Week #21 In Review (2016)

Leading Worship At Christian Union, Literal House Hunting, Paediatric Soceity Committee Dinner, Birthday BBQ And  2 Weeks Till Exams?

My Week 21 in my Filofax

At Banana leaf sri lankan restaurant/ Mutton rice biryani/ Crabs/ 2 more weeks till exam/ Viewing a house/ Food from home/ Chapel in Sutton/ At a BBQ

Quite a few things happened this week.
I got to lead praise and worship at the Christian Union meeting for the first time. I got to pick the songs, make the PowerPoint slides and practise with one of the other students who played the guitar for us. I led with my friend and it was nice.

We also started house hunting this week. It's almost the end of the year and so we are looking for a house we are going to move into in September. I am going to be living with 3 of my other friends and so we have been looking for 4 bedroom houses around uni. We booked a couple of viewings and went to see some houses. Some of them didn't really take our fancy and others were really nice but their available dates were in either June or July which is way too early for us to move in. We don't want to leave it too late as well because houses will become more expensive closer to September. We are hoping we find one hopefully before we go home for Summer.

I also had dinner with the other students from the Paediatric soceity. I am the secretary of the soceity and this was a good way for us to get to know the other students and bond with them.

One of the ladies at church was having a birthday barbecue and we went to her house to celebrate. It was a lovely time and we had so much food.

My first exam in on the 16th of June and we are still having lectures so it is a bit annoying. Revision is alright so far but I really do need to go over material from Semester 1 as we are going to have a synoptic exam as well.

My favourite quote of the week is taken from the song "Flawless" by MercyMe.
 "No matter the bumps,
No matter the bruises,
No matter the scars,
Still the truth is the cross has made you flawless"
Hope you all had amazing week.
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Thanks for visiting.
  God bless

Sunday, 22 May 2016

My Week #20 In Review (2016)

Ecoli Practical Part 2, Teaching Dance Soceity,  I'm On The Paediatric Soceity Committee, Tooting Show DVD Premiere, Home For The Weekend And 20th Birthday

My Week 20 in my Filofax

Waiting for our electrophoresis gel to finishing running/ Chicken casserole/ Our bacteria grew so we had to count all the colonies./ At a Christian Union Event./ There was lots of food and sweets./ My birthday cake./ Food at birthday dinner

This week was a very eventful one and I was able to do quite a lot of things. 
We had the second part of our Ecoli practical and we grew bacteria in agar plates after inserting an ampicillin resistance gene into their plasmids. It was a fun but stressful practical. Now I need to get started on the write up which is due in 2 weeks.

I also taught my afrobeat dance routine during a dance soceity class. It was my first time ever teaching a dance class and the turn out was great. It was a whole new experience and it was so much fun.

I went to the Paediatric soceity annual general meeting and we could run for positions and give speeches so the members of the soceity would vote for us to get on the committee. I hesitated at first but then I thought I would just give it a go and I am the new Secretary of the Paediatric soceity. I am so happy I get to be part of the committee for this wonderful soceity because I have been able to get a lot of wonderful experience from it and I am so excited to share with others. 

We also had the premiere of the Tooting Show DVD. It was weird at first watching myself dance and sing but I really loved it. I also didn't want to get the DVD at first but I have decided to buy it. It's something to show my friends and family :)

I went home for the weekend because my birthday was on Sunday. It was so nice to see my family again as I realised how much I missed them. I turned 20 on Sunday and it was such an amazing time celebrating with my friends and family. I received so much love it was unbelievable. I am so grateful for all my loved ones because they have been such blessings to me.

My favourite quote from this week is from the song Though You Slay Me by Shane and Shane.

"Though you slay me,
Yet I will worship
Though you take from me
I will bless your name
Though you ruin me
Still I will praise you
I'll sing a song to the one who's all I need"
-Shane & Shane

Hope you all had an amazing week.
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Thanks for stopping by.
God bless.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

My Inspiration: The Parable Of The Persistent Widow

Hello everyone, today I chose one of the pages from my Faith journal to share with you with an encouraging message I have learnt recently.

One of my favourite Bible stories is that of the persistent widow in Luke 18:1-18. This woman had been wronged and she wanted justice so she went to the only person who she knew could grant her justice- the judge of that town. The Bible describes the judge as a man who neither feared God nor man and he did not care about what people thought. Despite the judge coming across as not a very approachable person, this widow kept going to him with the same plea over and over again. At first, he just ignored her but this did not make her give up. She kept going to him until he finally gave in and granted her wish just because of her persistence.

A dictionary definition of the word "persist" is "to continue in an opinion or course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition." 
This same word comes up again in Romans 12:12 in one of Paul's letters and it urges us to rejoice in hope, be patient in affliction and to also be persistent in prayer. 
As children of God, prayer is a very important part of our spiritual lives not just because we get to pour out our hearts to God and ask Him for all the things we want or think we need, but it is also an opportunity to listen to what God has to say to us.
We can never be able to communicate like this with our heavenly Father if we do not make praying a habit. Unlike the judge from Jesus' parable, our heavenly Father is a good Father, very approachable, loving, merciful and He knows what we want even before we say a word. So why hesitate to talk to Him?

This was a parable Jesus told his disciples to illustrate to them about their need for constant prayer and to show them that they must never give up. 
We all have burdens and we all go through trials and temptations. It is all part of the Christian journey. Jesus never said it was going to be easy but that it was all going to be worth it. 
So in times of happiness and joy, pray.
In times of sorrow and pain, pray.
When you feel like God is silent, pray.
When you feel exhausted, anxious, depressed or tired, pray about it.
. Let us be encouraged today that we serve a prayer-answering God who cares about us and He cares about our needs so keep praying even in the days of adversity because He is for us and He will surely answer us according to His riches in glory.

"Pray in the spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere." 
Ephesians 6:18

Have a lovely day.
God bless 

Sunday, 15 May 2016

My Week #19 In Review (2016)

Different Type Of Tutorial, Small Group Meeting, CU Talk And Youth BBQ

My Week 19 in my Filofax

In Wembley for youth evangelism event/ I had the best chicken stir fry ever from the hospital canteen./ Dinner at a friend's house. Made Fried plantain for us./ Also had Jollof rice./ Desert- yummy brownies and ice cream/ Going through endocrinology notes.

This week, we had a different type of tutorial session. We have tutorials once a week where we discuss answers to a set of data analysis questions that are normally given the week before. They have recently changed this system and we no longer have data analysis questions but more patient related scenarios and we have to discuss in our group about the scenario. I really prefer these type of tutorials to the ones we had before as they are a lot more interesting and enjoyable.

I also had a meeting with my small group with other students from our Christian Union and I was greatly encouraged by all the things we talked and prayed about. I always look forward to these meetings :)

We also had a very inspiring talk from one of the doctors at St George's Hospital and she was talking about trusting God with your future. I really needed it and it was very encouraging.

Also, my uni mum had a Youth Missions weekend at her church in Wembley on Friday and Saturday. On the Firday, we had a praise and worship session with other young Christians some of whom were all the way from the US and their testimonies were such a blessing to us. On Saturday, we had an evangelism session and then a barbecue. It was a lot of fun and I am so glad I went.
Lessons Learnt This Week 
The first thing I learnt this week is actually from a quote I found online at the very beginning of the week.
"There comes a point when you just have to decide that your dream is what you want and then go after it. When God gave your dream to you, He also gave you everything you needed to make it a reality."
-Tara C. Pray

I need to keep reminding myself of this quote everyday and work towards my dreams and goals and to learn not to second guess myself or doubt my abilities. God is in control and His perfect will shall always prevail.

The second thing I wanted to share actually happened a few weeks ago. I lost my earphones during dance rehearsals and I was really sad about it because I always like listening to music whenever I am on my way to uni or back. So I had to adjust to life without earphones for awhile and I felt quite handicapped. So I was telling my friend about my predicament and he said something jokingly which actually got me thinking a lot. He said that not having my earphones now would actually give me the opportunity to be aware of my surroundings and the people and things happening around me. He went further to explain that one time he was walking back home after uni and heard a man playing peek a boo with his son in their garden which he thought was very precious. He said he would never have been able to hear and witness this precious moment if he had been lost in his own little world of music. Sometimes we just like to drown out the world and be lost in our own little world of music but we do miss the little things happening around us and it is these little things that are extraordinary.

So that was my week in a nutshell.
How has your week been?
Please do let me know in the comments.
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Thanks for stopping by.
God bless :)

Friday, 13 May 2016

The Gallery Of God #2 (A Photo Journal)

Hello lovely people,

Today I will be sharing with you another post from my series called "The Gallery Of God".
This is basically where I share all the photos I have been taking over the past few weeks on my phone- all of which portray the amazing handiwork of our Creator. Hope you enjoy having a look at the photos.

"Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. "But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith! 

This photo was taken while I was on the train on my way back from Holland Park in London. 
The sea and the clouds go very well together :)

This photo was taken on my way back from Bible study one Tuesday evening.

Our neighbours have got lots of flowers in their little gardens at the front of their houses and I always admire them every time I walk past. This one is one of my favourites. I love the fact that its leaves are a mix of green and brownish stripes. It's so beautiful.

This was taken on my way to town from uni in front somewhere around St George's hospital. The red ones always stand out to me.

And here's a mixture of all the other colours as well :)

I am a sucker for pink and so I instantly fell in love with this one when I saw it in front of our neighbour's garden.

I thought this one was very pretty as well.

More pink flowers for me :)

Last but not the least- is this one which was taken on my way back from uni with my friends. We had just finished the first Christian Union meeting of the term and we were going back to halls and we noticed this beautiful sunset which is a typical evening in London. I thought it was beautiful and worth sharing.

Thanks so much for reading guys.
Which photo is your favourite?
Please do let me know in the comments.
God bless :)

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Gratitude Journal Flip Through #4

Hello lovely people,

Today I will be letting you all have another look inside my gratitude journal.
I started a gratitude journal challenge at the beginning of the year and the challenge is to use gratitude prompts to journal about the things I am grateful for each week.
You can view my previous pages here.

The first prompt for week 13 was "A Challenge You Have Overcome".
This prompt got me thinking about the many challenges that I have come across over the last couple of years and how I have been able to deal with them. I am very grateful for the strength to endure and keep going and also for how all these challenges have made me who I am today. I believe the challenges made me a better person so I am grateful for them.

The second prompt for week 13 was "Worship".
I just love this prompt so much because I think worship is a very important exercise as a child of God. When we just take some time out to acknowledge God for His character and who He is, we begin to understand more about the type of God He is and how His love for us never fails.

The first prompt for week 14 was "A Talent You Have".
I like to believe that I do have many talents and gifts some of which I am yet to discover.
One thing I know God has blessed me with is the ability to dance. If you have been reading my weekly updates, you might have noticed that my passion for dance has increased since I started university. This is because SGUL has so many dance shows every year which students take part in to raise money for different charities. I love dancing and I think it is fun especially when it is done to raise money to help others.
In case it is not very clear from the picture I drew, my favourite type of dance is afrobeats. It brings out the African in me I would never like to get rid of.

The seond prompt for week 14 was "Food On The Table".
I am so grateful for daily bread God has provided for us. Life as a student can be really hard sometimes especially trying to fend for myself and managing money but I have never starved and I am grateful to God for that.

The first prompt for week 15 was "Things You Like About Spring".
I remember being very excited about for Spring and it finally here.
I love Spring because you start to notice the beautiful flowers, the warmth, the green leaves and the sun starts showing it's face more frequently which is always a good thing.

The second prompt for week 15 was "Self Care".
Working in the hospital as a  healthcare assistant looking after patients has made me come to appreciate greatly the ability to take care of myself. There are so many out there who neglect themselves and sometimes not willingly, but because they don't have the ability to.
So I am grateful for self care.

The first prompt for week 16 was "Simple Things In Life".
While searching for quotes to use for this page, I found another one shown below.

 I am someone who loves to appreciate the simple things in life because I believe it is all these simple things that add up to an extraordinary life and sometimes we expect too many extraordinary things that we fail to notice these simple things.
Finally, the second prompt for week 16 was "Bills".
Paying bills can be something that we never look forward to but I came to understand that they are payment for the good things that we received. If we have a good house which provides us warmth and resources withing it that are all to our comfort, then we should be grateful for these good things that we are able to enjoy from paying these bills.

What are you grateful for this month?
Please do let me know in the comments below.
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Thanks for stopping by.
God bless :)

Sunday, 8 May 2016

My Week #18 in Review (2016)

Last Set Of Rehearsals For The Talent Showcase, Lab Practical With Ecoli Bacteria, Text A Toastie Christian Union Event And  We Won The Talent Showcase

It's been a sunny week :)/ My crochet kit finally arrived./ I started working on my second crochet project./ At dance rehearsals for the Talent Showcase./ Out with Gospel Choir Squad. I had cheese burger and it was really good. The chocolate milk shake was good too.

Favourite Quote Of The Week:
Total reliance and dependence on God gives full control over any trial

The weather this week has been really good. I didn't do have to carry my thick coat around which was really nice.

On Wednesday, I had the first of a 2 part lab practical which involves E Coli bacteria. This practical is very important because after the 2nd part we will have to do a write up which will count for a lot of our practical marks this semester. I am in the second group which means I will have the second practical in 2 weeks so I still have a bit of time to prepare.

This week, the Christian Union organised an event called "Text A Toastie" which was basically a way to evangelise. The point of the event was for anyone to text in questions about God, religion, Christianity, Jesus, Faith and anything and then one of the CU members would go to their room to answer their questions along with a toastie of their choice. I helped in making the toasties. At the beginning, things were a bit slow and we had a few rounds of prayers before texts came flooding in. It was such a lovely time as people asked some really important questions. Unfortunately I couldn't stay till the end as I had dance rehearsals.

Speaking of dance rehearsals, we had our last set of rehearsals this week for the SGUL talent showcase. Everyone worked really hard and to crown it all, we won the Talent Showcase. The dance soceity won the £300 cash prize which was so amazing. We didn't think that the judges were going to favour us but they did and the crowd was amazing too and very supportive. I'm sad it's all over but then again, I always feel like this after every show. I can't wait for Fashion Show 2016 so I can do it all again but for now, I shall focus all my energy on passing my final exams :)

Hope you all had a lovely week.
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Thanks for stopping by.
God bless.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016


Hello lovely people,

Today, as you can tell from the title of this post is going to be a blogiversary giveaway. Yayyy!!!
I absolutely cannot believe it has been 2 years already since I started this blog and trust me, it hasn't been easy. I am just so thankful that I kept going and because of that, I have met so many lovely people over these past two years. I  have made lovely blogger friends and have become more creative and not even having reservations about sharing my creativity.
When my first ever post went up on May 7th 2014, I had no idea how it was going to turn out but I just kept going and God did the rest. I am so thankful for all you lovely readers who visit, comment and even follow in one way or the other. Like I always say- you guys are the reason why I keep going.
I have decided to celebrate my little blog turning 2 years old with a small giveaway. 
There will be two winners because the blog is turning 2 so there are 2 prizes to be won.

The first winner will be getting this pocket size black and red Filofax Petal and all these lovely stationery bits that will come with it. You will get some washi tape samples, stickers and embellishments.

The planner comes with a dashboard which I made and it has an inspirational quote on it.

There are also a couple of sticky tabs and sticky notes that will be included in the planner.
Note that the inserts are outdated but you can always get new Filofax inserts and use it as your planner, your wallet, a journal or even as a place to store your old inserts.

The second winner will be getting this gorgeous A6 size journal and the stationery bits that come with it. I will include the washi tape samples, sticky tabs and stickers.

This is what the journal looks like on the inside with lined paper with floral design on the corner.

So if you would like to get a chance to win any of the prizes above, here are a few things you should know.
  • This giveaway is open internationally so anyone can enter.
  • It will run until Monday 6th June 2016 and will end at 12am GMT (London).
  • The winners will be picked randomly by Rafflecopter. 
  • First winner gets the Filofax set and the second winner gets the journal set.
  •  After winners have been announced, they will have 48 hours to contact me with their details or I will have to choose another winner.
  • Winner will be announced in a blog post on Wednesday the 8th of June.
  • If you are under 18, please make sure you get permission from an adult before entering this giveaway.
  • This is not a sponsored giveaway. All the prizes were bought with my own money.  
If you would like to enter the giveaway for a chance to win either of the above prizes, you can do so below.
                                                            A Rafflecopter Giveaway

Many thanks to everyone who has been supportive over the past 2 years. I love you all.
All the best for the giveaway.
God bless :)

Sunday, 1 May 2016

My Week #17 In Review (2015)

First Week Showcase Rehearsals, Back To Full Day Lectures And, Life Lessons, Visit To The Pond and It's Snowing In April?

My Week 17 in my Filofax

New washi tape I bought./Food after a long evening of rehearsals./Visit to Tooting Common Pond. More photos coming soon./ Learning about the skin and it's appendages. We had a histology practical about the skin./ Photos of the skin through the microscope. The one is blue is the skin of the scalp under the microscope and the brownish rod-like thingy is a hair follicle. I thought it was really pretty./ A photo of the skin of the finger under the microscope./ Me after a dance rehearsal. I was so exhausted.

This week was filled with so many lessons and adventures.
Rehearsals for the Talent Showcase started and I had to teach 8 other girls my dance routine. I was a bit nervous showing the other choreos the routine especially since it was what I came up with. The other choreos and the girls love the routine so we have been working hard during rehearsals to get it right. The show is this Friday so we have only a few days to keep practising the routine.
The Gospel Choir is also going to be performing and so I have been practising with them as well.

I had the opportunity to give a tour to international students who came for their medicine interviews. It was one of the jobs I signed up for as a student ambassador and something new to me as I had never given tours before. I really did love the experience though. Looking at the nervous faces of the applicants brought back so many memories back to December 2013 when I had my own interview at this very university. I enjoyed giving the tour and I think they loved it too because they kept asking a lot of questions. I think that is a good sign and shows they are interested in what you are saying.

I also went out for a run with my friend and we went to Tooting Common Pond where we found lots of ducks, swans and so many dogs at the park. It was a nice place to visit but it was quite far away so maybe we would choose a closer destination next time. If there will be a next time that is.

The weather this week was a bit of a funny one. We had days when it was really nice but other days, it was either raining, hailing or snowing. I have even managed to catch a cold as I never seem to escape a cold period without getting one.

This week hit me hard with so many life lessons and I just found myself in situations where God was just showing me stuff in so many different ways.

Lessons Learnt This Week: 

I learnt about the power of the tongue. Our words can influence others in either a positive or negative way so we should really be careful about the type of things we say to others. They might take it to heart and their perception of you is going to start changing which is never a good thing.

Ephesians 4:29  
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (NIV)

I also learnt that it is very important to trust God. It is very easy for us to trust Him to show us the way when we see that the road ahead is clear. But what about when the road becomes narrow, rough and we are not sure where we are going? Should we still trust God? Of course we should. God is calling us to keep trusting Him even when there is no reason to. He is the way, the truth and the light and He will lead us to our final destinations if we keep focusing on Him.

I also learnt that it is very important to appreciate and be grateful for the little things in life especially the people around you that always show support and are there for you.

It is finally May and I am so excited. I have no idea where the other months went though. It was January like yesterday and now we are almost halfway through 2016. This means though that Summer is around the corner and I can't wait to be done with exams and just enjoy my Summer holidays.

Song Of The Month

Hidden by United Pursuit.
"Now I am hidden
In the safety of your love.
I trust your heart and your intentions.
Trust you completely.
I'm listening intently.
You'll guide me through these many shadows."

Hope your month of May is going well so far.
Thanks for visiting.
God bless.