Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Gratitude Journal Flip Through #5

Hello  guys,

Today I will be sharing with you a few more pages from my gratitude journal. If you want to have a look at my previous pages, you can click here.

The first prompt for week 17 was "The Things We Take For Granted".
I found this quote online and this prompt got me thinking about the little things we take for granted sometimes in life which are the very things that some others are being deprived of in other parts of the world so it is very important to keep thanking God for the things we have.

The second prompt for week 17 was "Eyesight". 
I decided to put a little picture of my glasses there. I am very grateful that not only do I have eyes- but I also have the ability to see and also when things gets a bit fuzzy, I can use my glasses. I had been putting off wearing glasses for a long time even though I am a bit short sighted and I even managed to go through college without wearing them but I finally got my first pair of glasses last year. I still try not to wear them all the time so I only wear them when I drive and when I absolutely have to in the lecture theatre. I don't have to wear them all the time but I am grateful they are there when I need them :)

The first prompt for week 18 was "The Weather". We had been having a lot of unpredictable weather around this time and so it was really nice to see that some days when we weren't expecting it, we would get sunshine.

The second prompt for week 18 was "Mothers"and if any of you have seen any of my previous flip throughs you might have noticed I had already done this pompt but I decided to do it again because I can never ever stop thanking God for my my mum.

The first prompt for week 19 was "Health". As some of you may know, I do work in a hospital and although our job is to try and nurse patients back to health, it's not always a success and the road to recovery itself can be a painful one. So I am very grateful to God for granting me, my family and loved ones good health so far :)

The second prompt for week 19 was "1 Good Thing". At the time I did this page, I had 2 jumbo cornrow braids with purple extensions and these purple extensions became a great conversation starter especially when I was at work. So many patients and their families loved it and it was so good to see them smile even if it was just because of the purple hair. Even when I went out into town, I was approached by strangers telling me they loved my hair and even though I was very pleased to be receiving compliments from people, I didn't see it as making myself feel good- I saw it as a way to brighten up their day and bring a smile to their faces :)

The first prompt for week 20 was "A Friend 2". I had done a page for a friend before and so when I did this one, I had another friend in mine. I am so grateful for the people I have as friends especially here at university. I have been able to meet so many lovely people who are very encouraging and making my uni experience so much more enjoyable so I'm grateful to God for that.

The second prompt for week 20 was "Clothes On My Back". I have so many clothes in my wardrobe mainly because I haven't really grown very much in height or size from when I was younger and so my old clothes still fit but I keep buying new ones and piling them up. I think I might have to give some of my old clothes away to make room for new ones. I am grateful to God because I have clothes to wear and He has given provision to buy new ones.

That is all for today guys. Please do come back and check if you want to see more pages from my gratitude journal.
Thank you so much for reading.
God bless :)

Sunday, 25 September 2016

My Week #38 In Review (2016)

Fresher's Fayre 2016. Free Popcorn And Milkshake, Free Donuts After Discos, Meeting The Freshers, Officially Moving Into My Uni Room

Views from my friend's office in London./ Walk in the park/ Pizza with the girls/ Move in day and arranging my room/ Getting into journalling again/ I watched a mvie last night called "The Encounter. It is Christian movie and it was really very moving and touching. If you are interested, I would definitely recommend you watch it as I thought it was a really good movie :)

Quote of the week:
Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you have ever been so you can stand taller then you ever were. Don't give up on God

This week was a super busy one for me as it was Fresher's week here at my university. Even though I am not a fresher, I came down to London to take part in some freshers events. I helped out the paediatric soceity at the Fresher's Fayre and also the Afro-Caribbean, Dance and Christian Union soceities. There were so many freebies being handed out and lots of free food as well. We were given free milkshakes from Dip and Flips restaurant and also some free popcorn from Amazon student. There were so many Freshers at the Fayre and so it was really good to see so many new faces.

Another thing I did was week was help out the Christian Union hand out free donuts after the Freshers discos. This was an idea we stole from another university but it was such a huge progress as so many people loved it and were very receptive. It was also an opportunity to be able to have some conversations with some non-Christians about God, Jesus and the Bible so we took this opportunity to tell them about the Gospel. I am going to be doing a separate post later on about my experience with telling others about Jesus so keep an eye out for that if you are interested.

I have also officially moved into my uni room and I will be doing room tour very soon so you can keep an eye out for that too. My parents brought the rest of my stuff down on Friday and I was able to finish setting up my room so I will be able to take some good pictures very soon.

How has your week been?
Please do let me know in the comments below.
Thanks so much for reading.
God bless :)

Thursday, 22 September 2016

My Week #37 In Review (2016)

Last Shift At Work, Re-enrolling For Second Year, Going To London Yet Again, Decorating My Room

Doing more decortations for my room/ I re-enrolled at uni so I am now officially a second year Biomedical Science Student./ Last day at work/ I saw this post on insta and I couldn't be happier to see this queen proudly wear her God-given hair not because she was told not to, but because she knows no one can dim her light :)

Quote Of The Week
"Have you ever been told that you are too much?
And then made yourself less in order to fit in?
If they can't handle you being YOU;
Then it's their loss"

This week, I had my last shift at work for the summer. I had spent most of my summer working and so it was good to know that I was finally going to get a break. I took in some cakes and sweets and even though I am not really going for good, it was still hard to say goodbye to my colleagues. I am going to miss them a lot but hopefully I will be able to see them again soon.

This week, I also re-enrolled for second year and it seemed so surreal because I remember when I enrolled for the first time at university almost a year ago and now I have to accept that I am no longer a Fresher. I also travelled to London on Sunday evening because I will be helping out with events during Fresher's week so I will be staying in my uni room during this time. I have also had the opportunity to add a little bit of colour in my room by bringing my butterfly duvet cover. I will be doing a proper room tour when I move into my room on the 23rd so if you are interested, keep an eye out for that post.

How has your week been?
Please do let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for stopping by.
God bless :)

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

My Weeks #35 And #36 In Review (2016)

God Teaching Me New Lessons Through My Job, Why I Have A Soft Spot For Elderly People, New Month, Forum 2016

Hello guys,
I am so sorry I haven't been able to post as regularly as I normally would over the past few weeks. I have been super busy recently but don't you all worry because I will be updating you guys about everything that I have been up to very soon.
So this post will cover what I did over the last 2 weeks because I missed the weekly post last week.

P.S: This is a very wordy post so you might want to grab a cup of tea or hot chocolate or something :)

It is September already can you all imagine that? Where has the time gone? September has come with so many blessings already and I hope that you guys are enjoying the surprisingly warm weather. It seems Summer doesn't want to leave us just yet. I hope you all have an amazing month.

Last week, I went for a five day camping trip in North Wales that was aimed at equipping young christian students for mission. I had an amazing time and I will hopefully be doing a whole post about that very soon.

"Let the waters rise I will stand as the oceans roar.
Let the earth shake beneath me let the mountains fall.
You are God over the storm and I am yours."

Lesson About Being Slow To Anger
So recently, God has been teaching me so much through my job as a HCA. As some of you may know I have been doing a lot of shifts this summer and if I haven't spent all of my summer working then I have spent a good part of it. The good thing about this is that when God wants to teach us certain things, it doesn't matter where we are as He can always use any situation and anyone.
I had a really busy shift at work a few days ago and it left me feeling exhausted and frustrated at myself and everyone around me too. If any of you work in a hospital environment, you might be able to relate with me on this one.

Sometimes, when things get tough it is very easy for us to get angry easily and not just at others but also at our ourselves. After work that day, I had a mixture of so many feelings including tiredness, anger and frustration. I came home that day and all I wanted to do was just cry. Fortunately, I stumbled upon an article online which was talking about being slow to anger (how appropriate eh?).

After reading this article, I learnt that we should not always expect everyone around us to act in a way that we want them to because they could have a very good reason for acting the way they do which we might not know about. As we know, one of the many attributes of God is that He is slow to anger and we as His children have to try and follow His example. I learnt that being slow to anger does not necessarily mean that we totally ignore what is going on around us. It just means that in every situation- be it good or bad, we still need to act in God's love and not let the anger get control of our thoughts and actions. (James 1:19)

So when you find yourself in tough situations and you see you are getting angry, try and do something that wouldn't lead you to sin- whether it is stepping away for a second or simply not saying anything. In my case, I just went to the restroom for a few minutes and had a good cry before going back. It might sound pathetic as I can be a cry baby sometimes but it did help me calm down. How do you guys react in infuriating situations? Please do let me know in the comments.

My Soft Spot For The Elderly
Another thing I realised these past few weeks is why I love working with elderly people so much. I have looked after elderly people throughout the time I have been working in the hospital but I have also looked after children in the past, teaching them and looking after them and I have to say I absolutely love children but I have always had a soft spot for the elderly. I was speaking to one of my colleagues at work and I love having conversations with him because he always asks me questions that make me think or reflect.

I got reminded of the fact that I did lose my grandparents when I was very young and even though they were such lovely people, they just weren't around long enough and so I feel like I was a bit deprived of the privilege of looking after them. I have a friend whose nan always comes down to visit him from Malaysia and she is so nice and the sweetest person you could ever meet. I wish sometimes that I would have had the opportunity to visit my grandparents often but I trust that God knows best.

I also feel that the whole experience might be the reason why I love looking after the elderly. They need to be shown love and the reassurance that they are cared for. I have so much love to give and besides, they could be my grandparents so I treat them the way I would have wanted mine to be treated.

This doesn't only apply to treating elderly people right, it applies to treating everyone right. We are all God's creation and Jesus loves us all the same. The Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12) is to do unto others as you would like them to do unto you.

I feel like this post is already long enough and so I will leave everything else till later.
How has you week been?
Please do let me know in the comments below.
Thanks a lot for reading.
God bless :)