Sunday, 28 August 2016

My Week #34 In Review (2016)

My Go Ape Experience, 4 Weeks Till The Start Of Second Year And A Week To Go Till Forum
I love me some BBQ chicken/ Enjoying the sunset on my way back from Bible Study/ On our way to Go Ape/ Getting ready to climb trees at Go Ape/ Tree top adventure/ Filming a new video for my YouTube channel


Quote of the week
"You can't fall if you don't climb. But then there is no joy living your whole life on the ground. Take a risk."

The highlight of my week was definitely experiencing the adventures on the tree tops at Go Ape. I had been working a lot this week and one of my colleagues at work suggested we went to Go Ape which is an outdoor tree top adventure. I had never been to any outdoor activity before so it was a really good thing to experience. I was very excited about it because I knew it was going to be so much fun and even though I am terrified of heights, I decided I was going to try it out anyway. I have to say that I absolutely loved the whole experience and it was so much fun. The whole course involved ladders, nets, zip lines, crossing bridges and so much more. It was £33 for each person and we completed the course in about 3 hours. I was so glad I did it in the end because it was a lot of fun.

We were told this week that we will officially be starting 2nd year on the 26th of September which is less than a month from today. It is all getting really exciting as the new academic year draws nearer. I know some of my friends in older years who have already started so it feels as though I have started too more or less.

I also realised that it is only a week to go till Forum- which is a camping retreat organised by Christian Unions all over the country. Over a thousand students from CUs all over the UK will be attending and I believe it is going to be an amazing experience to meet with God and experience His presence with other young Christians. I still need to get a few things to get ready for the trip as it lasts for 5 days (From the 5th to the 9th of September). I probably will be blogging about the whole experience so keep an eye out for that.

Hope you all had a wonderful week.
Thanks ever so much for stopping by.
God bless :)

Sunday, 21 August 2016

My Week #33 in Review (2016)

Usain Bolt's Triple Triple, Sir Mo Farah- An Absolute Legend, I've Got My House Keys And Moving Some Of My Stuff In.

My favourite photo from the Olympic Games/ Lunch at work/ Cupcakes for my new house mates/ I found a grey hair strand on my brother's head./ Watching the Olympic Games.

My highlight for this week was obviously the Olympic games. It was so amazing to see Usain Bolt defend his titles yet again and win another 3 gold medals. Also, it was even more amazing to see Mo Farah defend his 5000m and 10000m titles. I think Team GB athletes worked so hard and their achievements said it all. I was very much looking forward to this and I enjoyed watching it so much I can't wait for Tokyo 2020. Did any of you watch the Olympic Games?

Also this week, I took some of my stuff to my new room in London in the house I will be living in from next month. I was also able to get my keys for the house and whenever I have the time to go back to London, I will take more stuff with me and also get my room keys. I am now getting very excited for second year and I really want to decorate my room so I have been looking at buying a few bits a bobs to add that special touch. The summer break is almost over and soon I will be back at uni but so far, I have just been working and taking driving lessons so my summer break has been really busy.

How has you summer been so far? 
Have you been able to get up to much? 
Please do let me know in the comments down below.
Thanks for watching.
God bless :)

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Why I Journal: Guest Post #7 By Grace Anne

*Today we have another guest post from the very lovely Grace Anne who is also going to be talking about why she journals. Hope you enjoy reading it.*



For as long as I can remember, I've loved to journal. I have countless diaries from when I was little, recording the most inane of things, from what games my sister and I played to what we ate for dinner. As I've gotten older, I've only grown to love journalling even more. Even though I go through points where I don't do it as much as I wish I could, it's a constant love of mine.

Journalling is one of the most therapeutic things on the planet. When you have a lot on your mind, there's no better way to relieve the stress than to write it all down. I personally find it so much easier to sleep once I've emptied my head. Pouring your thoughts onto the page is the best stress reliever around.

It also really helps to journal if you have a big problem that you need to work out. When you're stressing out over a huge issue, you tend to overcomplicate everything in your mind to the point of being unbearable. Seeing the problem on paper can make everything seem so much simpler. When everything is sitting right in front of you, it can help to make things clearer.

Journalling is also an AMAZING way to store memories. Looking through old journal entries is a great way to remember different points in your life- things that happened, inside jokes, what you were thinking or feeling at a certain time- who you were as a person. I've found that when I'm journalling daily, when I go back and read it, it's almost like reading a book with myself as the main character. It's so easy to see how things were going to play out- it should have been so obvious at the time! But I'm such a memory hoarder, I adore being able to look back at everything.

Honestly, I just love journalling so much. Even though I don't always make enough time for it, it's something that I always come back to. Perhaps it's the writer in me, but I adore it.

*Hope you enjoyed reading Grace Anne's post about why she journals. She blogs over at Totally Graced and her blog is so much fun to read so you can stop by and say hi.
Thanks so much for visiting.
God bless*


Sunday, 14 August 2016

My Week #32 In Review (2016)

Restarting My Exercise Regime, Splits stretches, Nice Shifts And Watching The Olympic Games At Work

My brother's sandwich goodness/ In the process of seasoning some chicken for chicken stew./ About to start work./ Book I am currently reading./ Waiting for my dad to come pick me up from work/ My lunch at work.

This week went by quite quickly I would say and I think it was because I was working for most of it. I was off on Monday and Tuesday and went back to work on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. 
We had really nice shifts this week as we had quite a lot of empty beds so fewer patients to look after which was nice.

This week, I also restarted my exercise regime again with my dance workouts and I have also started doing a lot of stretches so I can be able to get into the splits. So far it's been quite hard but I am not going to give up and hopefully by the end of the year, I will be able to get into my splits :)

The highlight of my week was when I was able to watch Usain Bolt run live on the ward from one of the patient's tvs. I am so excited for the semi-finals and finals tonight. Are any of you watching the Olympic games? Please do let me know in the comments.

17Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: 18Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation

Habakkuk 3:17-18

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

Friday, 12 August 2016

University: First Year Biomed Term Three Review

I got out of my comfort zone and I applied for the post of secretary for the paediatric soceity and I got the position. The committee members went out for a meal at Banana leaf./ Most of my term was spent hunting for houses and so Google Maps became my favourite app of all time./ I managed to teach clinical skills twice this term and the station I taught was the basic life support station making use of that cadaver. I have to find a name for it now/ Sunday afternoon revision sessions./ Student union campaigns and elections were a major event this term and we had to vote for a new SU president, vice and many other positions./ I discovered an African market in Tooting which sells African food./ Anatomy revision./ More anatomy revision./ Last day of exams, I helped plan a birthday surprise party./ I am going to miss my room at halls of accommodation a lot and my amazing view too.

Talent Show Case

One of the major things that happened to me this term was the fact that I got to choreo a dance for the dance soceity act for our talent showcase at uni. If you have been reading my blog for a while you might have noticed that I do love dancing and I took part in all the shows we had this year. Even though I love dancing, I never would have thought that I would be able to choreograph a dance. It was such an amazing experience to be a part of and it did build my confidence as a leader, it also built my organisation and team working skills. The best thing about it is that the dance soceity won the showcase and we won the cash prize of £300 which was nothing short of amazing.

House Hunting
I did do a lot of house hunting this term trying to find a house to stay in next academic year. It was a very stressful process for me and if you want to read my full house hunting story, you can read it here.

End Of Lectures


We finished lectures about a week before our first exam and even though I had been thinking the week was not enough, it was enough for me when the time came. I was a bit scared of the synoptic exam mainly because we had to prepare to write two essays and the questions could be on anything we had been taught for the whole year.  


Exams
The exam I worried about the most was the synoptic exam but God saw me through everything and gave me peace to keep believing and pushing through. 
The day before my synoptic exam, I spoke to one of my friends who had an idea of the questions that came up the previous year and then I went up to my room and revised those bits with my flatmate because I realised if those questions came up again, I probably wouldn't have been able to answer them (not that I expected them to repeat the same questions again.)
To my absolute shock, the next day in the exam, I realised that those same things I had revised came up in one of the questions and I was so speechless. 
God is just so amazing and He indeed answers prayers.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give

 you. I do not give to you as the world 

gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled 

and do not be afraid.

John 14:27



Results
A few weeks ago, they released the general pass/fail marks for our exams and I found out that I had passed. The uni also said that they were going to send out letters with a breakdown of our results. They said they were going to send the letters out at the end of July so we were expecting to receive it sometime at the end of July but the letters didn't come until the first of August. 
Now as some of you may know, I had tried to apply for medicine three times before and I didn't get in so I had decided to do Biomedical Science at St George's because they do offer the transfer to medicine scheme. This means that if we get 67% and above in both first and second year, we can apply to transfer to the second year of the 4 year graduate entry course the university offers. 
So even though I found out I had passed my exams weeks ago, it wasn't enough for me as I had to know if I had met the 67% cut off for this year.
I am very happy to say that my final mark for the whole of first year is over the 67% cut off so I am very well on track for the transfer still.
I am so grateful to God for seeing me through this year as it wasn't easy at all but I did in the end with His help. 
First year is over now so I am very much looking forward to second year :)

Are you at school or uni? Have you gotten results for your final exam? How did they go?
Thanks ever so much for visiting my blog.
God bless :)

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Why I Journal: Guest Post #6 By Amanda Beguerie

*Hello lovely people, today we have another guest post from the amazing Amanda who is going to be talking about why she journals. I hope you all enjoy reading it.*

Journaling has been something that I've done for a long time. Whether I completely realized what I was doing or why, when I was younger, I'm not completely sure. However, I do know that keeping a somewhat-consistent journal has benefited me immensely as I've grown – both physically and spiritually.

So without further adieu, I give you five reasons why I journal.

1) Journaling helps me express myself best.

As an introvert, I think so very much – there’s proof of that on my blog – but when I’m just chatting, I find it difficult to properly say what I'm thinking.

When I'm writing and journaling, I can bring my complex thoughts onto paper or screen at my own pace and share my heart in the way that works best for me.

2) Journaling allows me to see my feelings on paper in order to properly deal with them.

We all have feelings. Some are good for us, and some are not. When I feel myself bombarded with negative feelings, such as stress, depression, or unjust anger, I can identify what they are, where they’re coming from, and how I can work through them.

As a human that doesn't like to verbally admit to her imperfections, I can write things I know are for my eyes only, come to terms with anything in need of dealing with, and actually go through with working through issues that arise.

3) Journaling shows me where I am in my life, so that when I'm a few years older, I can see how much I've grown.

I started journalling when I was eight, and wow, have I grown since then. It’s a little embarrassing to me to see what I wrote and how insignificant things were “note-worthy” to me, but it’s so cool to step into the shoes of my eight-, nine-, and ten-year old selves and remember what it felt like to live then.

As I've gotten older, my journal entries have changed a lot, as have I. For the entire month of November of 2015, I wrote in my journal every night, so it’ll be interesting to look back on that in a few years.

And when my future grand kids ask me, “What was it like to be a teenager in the olden days?” I can pull out my journals and tell so many stories – for my benefit just as much as theirs.

4) I can write as many letters as I want: letters to my future self, letters to my past self, letters to my future husband, letters to things I need to let go of.

Sometimes I just want to say something to someone I can’t mail a physical letter to.

There are some things I really wish my twelve-year-old self knew, but because I can’t get that time back, I can spend time now learning from experiences I had. Lessons learned. Lessons I want to teach my future kids. Things I can’t afford to forget.

Writing letters to my younger self helps me, and it helps me to help others younger than me that ask for advice.

And sometimes, writing letters to things and people that haven’t happened yet help me to get things off my chest. Do I know who I'm going to marry? Nope. Not a clue. Right now, while I'm still in the dark about it, I can write letters – letters that say I'm praying for him, things I myself am learning, and about how I view things now – before he comes into the picture.

These examples, among others, are a great reason to journal – because not all letters that need to be written can actually be sent.

5) Journaling helps me to grow spiritually; when I write about my faith, my struggles, and God’s blessings, I remind myself of the presence of God in my life, how He works in the midst of difficulty, and how I've learned to trust Him.

As I said, I started journaling at age eight. It’s so cool to look back on these past eight years and see how I viewed God, myself, and others. Recently, I found a notebook in which I wrote questions about spiritual matters, and my answers to those questions as I learned them.

It’s amazing to me to look back at how simple those questions seem now, and how baffling they were to me at the time! Spiritual maturity is a process – and looking back at old scrawlings remind me of that. Everyone grows at different speeds and times, and it’s so important that we take the time to spiritually build into other people.

It fascinates to look back on my younger years and see the things I've gone through, and see how God worked in my life then. To see how I felt the peace and presence of God at every stage of my life. To see how He brought me through hardships.

And if journalling allows me to strengthen my own faith, then I'm really going for it!

//

Amanda Beguerie is a sixteen-year-old American girl. She blogs on Tuesdays and Saturdays on her blog, ScatteredJournalpages.com, about faith, the Christian life, and cultural issues. Amanda has a passion for sharing her faith in Jesus with the world, and loves to read, write, and edit books. She is currently homeschooled and enrolled in CollegePlus, pursuing a degree in English. Connect with her on Twitter @amanda_beguerie, on Google+ as +AmandaBeguerie, and on Pinterest @amandabeguerie.

*Hope you enjoyed reading Amanda's guest post. Please do check out her blog and say hi.
Thanks for stopping by.
God bless.*

Sunday, 7 August 2016

My Week #31 In Review (2016)

My Results, My Favourite Patients At Work, Being Confident About My Faith, New Hairstyle, Start Of The Olympic Games And A Weekend In Brighton


My results/ The Cameroonian traditional outfit from the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony were apparently the best. My proud country moment./ My new hairstyles./ Quote of the week./ Me learning how to cornrow./ My brother making me an omelette./ The finished omelette.

This week was a really exciting one for me because so many amazing things happened to me both spiritually, academically and physically too.

First of all, I got a break down of my results on Monday and it is good news. I am very happy with them so I will be doing a separate post talking about my results and what that means for my future medicine application.

I had only one shift this week at work but it was one of  the best shifts I have ever had in a long time. Two of the patients I was looking after were mobile and self caring and they were very funny, chatty and also very supportive and understanding. Throughout the day, we had lots of funny moments and at the end I felt really blessed to have looked after them. Working in the hospital comes with good days and bad days and I have to say that day was definitely one of my good days. Days like that remind me about why I am pursuing my goals.

"Be content with what you have , because God
has said. "Never will I leave you; never will I
forsake you."
Hebrews 13:5

On the same day I had the shift at the hospital, I went to have lunch in the cafeteria and I was reading a book called "Has Science Disproved God?" and when I opened it up, I was kind of concerned about whether it will offend anyone who was sat next to me or if I might get into a conversation with an atheist and embarrass myself not knowing what to say or how to defend my faith. But then I was comforted by this voice that told me to hold the book in a way that displays the title anyway because even if I get into a conversation with an atheist about the title of my book, it will still be an opportunity to tell someone about Jesus. So I listened to this voice (which I believe was the Holy Spirit) and held my book up. Shortly after, an elderly lady came and sat across the table from me and she obviously saw the title and I could tell from the corner of my eye that she was interested. Immediately, she leaned over and then asked "Well has it?".
I wasn't expecting the question and so it took my brain a few seconds to realise she was referring to the title of the book. I tried to choose my words carefully as I wasn't sure if I was dealing with a christian or an atheist here so I just simply said "I don't think so." I was expecting her to ask me why and I was already preparing to defend my faith but in the end, she turned out to be a christian. I am not going to say I am disappointed she was a christian because she gave me even more reason to trust in God and believe in Him when she told me about why she thought God is real.
We had a really nice chat and before she left, she told me to look up this video which she described as mind-blowing so I thought I would share the video with you guys.




"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, 
because it is the power of God that brings
salvation to everyone who believes: first 
to the Jew, then to the Gentiles."
Romans 1:16



I can't believe it's August already as it seems like January was only last month honestly. I had been waiting for this month because of the Olympic games. I'm interested in the field and track events and those are the ones I am really looking forward to. Anyone else watching the Olympic Games?

My family and I spent the weekend in Brighton because we had a church group meeting with others from our church back in Cameroon.
We normally have this meeting once every 3 months and it was a really amazing experience. For most of Saturday, I was stuck looking after the kids which was good and the same time bad. The service on Sunday was amazing. God showed himself to us and proved to us that He is indeed a God that answers prayers. I can't really go into detail about everything that happened to us this weekend but I want to encourage anyone out there who is struggling with their faith or trying to seek answers or who is about to give up on God. Let this be an encouragement to you today that God is real and able to deliver you from every struggle you are facing. When He makes His promises, He will never go back on them. Keep holding onto God, He hears you when you pray and He does answer prayers.

"Then call on me when you are in trouble,
 and 
I will rescue you, and you will give me glory."
Psalm 150:5

Hope you all had a fantastic week.
Thanks for reading.
God bless.

Friday, 5 August 2016

My Inspiration: My War Room (A Prayer Closet)

Hello lovely people,

Today I have a different kind of post but it is one I have always wanted to share for a long time and my inspiration for this was the movie "War Room".
War room is a very inspirational faith based movie about the power of prayer. 

 War Room Movie

This movie was released in theatres in August of last year in the US but it was not allowed in the UK theatres so I had to wait a while before I could watch it. 
I had high expectations for this movie and I have to say that I was not disappointed at all.

War Room follows the story of Elizabeth (who works as a real estate agent) and Tony Jordan- a married couple with a daughter. Their marriage is not in a very good place and is heading in the direction of a divorce when Elizabeth crosses paths with an elderly widow- Miss Clara. She is trying to help Miss Clara sell her house when Miss Clara introduces Elizabeth to what she called her "war room" and where she does her fighting. 

war room stills

Miss Clara's war room used to be a closet which she cleared out and she stuck little notes on the wall which were filled with all her thoughts and worries and things she wanted to talk to God about. She opens Elizabeth's eyes to see that instead of giving up on her marriage, she had to declare war on the real enemy by fighting on her knees and putting everything to God in prayer. 

This movie taught me so many lesson and it also changed my perception on prayer. I am so glad I watched it because I was greatly inspired to create my very own war room.


Unlike Miss Clara's war room, I didn't have a big closet so I just used a little corner in my uni room. This corner is where I kept my fan and the bag for my dirty laundry.

After moving all the stuff out of the way I had a nice little corner which was exactly what I wanted. On the wall, I stuck some prayer requests which always prompted me to keep praying,

Before praying most of the time, I would do my devotions and write in my faith/prayer journal first. This always got me into the spirit of worship and made it easier to get into prayer.
I will do a post soon about how I study my bible as that is something else that I have always wanted to share but just haven't had the time to write a post for it.

These are the lyrics to the song  Hidden by United Pursuit and they are stuck on my wall to remind me that life is a battle and we can only fight best on our knees.


We can't leave Jesus out of the equation and expect things to turn out good and perfect for us. The only reason we are in a mess in the first place is because we refuse to accept the fact that Jesus is the reason and instead of turning away from the world and going back to Him, we reject him even more. It is very obvious that there is a lot of evil and suffering in the world right now but the battle we are fighting is not against flesh and blood. We are fighting against principalities and powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12)

So fight the battle using the most powerful weapon at your disposal which is prayer.
 Pray for your families.
Pray for your friends.
Pray for your loved ones.
Pray for safety and protection.
Pray for your education.
Pray for your marriage.
Pray for mercy.
Above all, pray for peace in our hearts.
Not the kind of peace that the world gives.
But the eternal peace that transcends all understanding.
The kind of peace that comes God- our Jehovah Shalom.

2 Chronicles 7:14King James Version (KJV)

14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Have you guys ever watched the movie War Room?
If so, what did you think of it?
What do you think about having a war room?
Please do leave a comment below.
Thanks for stopping by.
God bless.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Five Ideas To Enliven Your Devotion: Guest Post #5 By Jessica G


*Hello guys, today we have a guest post from the very amazing Jessica and she is going to be giving us some tips about how to enjoy our time spent in the presence of our Heavenly Father. I hope you all enjoy reading it and are inspired just like I was when I read it.*


I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. Proverbs 8:17

God promises that when we seek Him, we’ll find Him; when we knock, the door will be opened to us; and when we ask of Him, we will receive. He wants to help us, to be our guide and friend - and the way to get to know any friend is to spend time with them.
But sometimes it’s hard to set aside time for devotions and worship. Sometimes when we do, it’s not fulfilling, and we question why we’re doing it. I know what it’s like, and I've found a few things have helped me have regular, enjoyable devotions:

1. Have them before getting distracted.
For me that means spending time with God first thing in the morning – before breakfast, before social media, and before exercising (on those mornings when I do it!). Perhaps evenings work better for you, but whatever time you choose, I’d encourage you to set aside that special God-and-you time, and don’t let any distractions get in.

2. Keep a journal. 
I use my journal to write verses I've found, points I've come across and would like to study more, prayers, lessons from the Bible or life, things I'm thankful for, and my thoughts as I read different passages from the Bible. It’s helpful for remembering what you've read and learned, and it’s also encouraging to read back and see how God has led in the past, and the prayers He has answered.

3. Make it personal. 
It’s easy to have the Word of God open in front of us, while our minds are busy making plans, or remembering experiences. Searching for promises applicable to my current situation or trial (as I mentioned here), and looking for lessons relevant to my life in passages I read, makes it more personal. I’d also encourage you to continue reading until you’ve found something you can claim or apply to your situation, something you can own. Another thing that makes the Bible very personal, is to insert your own name into Bible verses where someone or some people are being addressed. I forgot about doing this, until recently I was paging back through my journal, and a sentence leaped off the page, and stayed in my mind for the rest of the day: Be of good cheer, Jessica. Replace my name with yours, and say it to yourself. The Bible is real, personal, and powerful.

4. Change things around if you need to. 
Don’t be discouraged if you get bored with devotions; instead, try changing something. Perhaps you’ve been reading through a book of the Bible - try researching a particular topic, or memorizing a favourite passage, or jump to a different book in the Bible. If I’m feeling low, I turn to Psalms. Many of the Psalms express doubts, and share the questions we all have, but they also offer the assurance that God is there. If you’re still lacking direction, try working through a devotional/study book. A couple of years ago, I was feeling bored with my devotions, and I started working through A Young Woman After God’s Own Heart. It was a real blessing to me, and made me look forward to devotions again.

5. Share what you’ve learned. 
When you find an encouraging promise, pass it on. If there’s been something God has been teaching you, share it! It’s always encouraging to hear other people’s experiences, the lessons they’ve learnt, and the trials God has brought them through. It makes it more real for us when we share, reinforcing the lessons and promises in our mind. Share what you’ve learned, but - don’t learn to share. It’s easy to hunt for a promise, share it on social media, and look super spiritual, but the most important part is your personal relationship with Jesus. Don’t let finding something to share become a priority over letting God speak to you through His Word.
Think of having devotions as spending time with a friend. Talk to God; keep your appointments with Him. You've arranged to meet up, and God’s looking forward to spending that special time with you. If you’re going through a place of drought in your spiritual life, I want to encourage you: you’re not the only one to experience that. Press on, and be reassured, friend, God is waiting to be found by you.


*Hope you enjoyed reading this guest post from Jessica. She blogs over at Apples of Gold and she is an amazing writer so do check out her blog. Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you all have an amazing day and God bless.*