Monday, 31 October 2016

My Week #43 In Review (2016)

Start Of Fashion Show Rehearsals And My Daniel Fast, Teaching Afrobeats Routine At Dance Soc, Hosting On My Boarding School Snapchat, Handing In My Practical Write Up

Start of my Daniel Fast with some granola, bananas and raisins/ Giving out free doughnuts are Halloween Disco/ Cracking on with my SSP essay. I'm almost done with my first draft/ Another Daniel fast inspired recipe of stuffed peppers with couscous and black beans/ I managed to scratch my eyelid while practising one of my dances/ Having quinoa salad at Nando's.

 Favourite Quote of the week 
"Life can leave you so bitter but you must believe that it gets better"
-Jessica Reedy

This week, the Fashion show rehearsals started and I am in 3 main dances and 1 open medley dance. Last year I was only in 2 main dances and then an opening and closing medley. I am in quite a few hip hop dances which are new to me as I am used dancing to Afrobeats and street but I am looking forward to this new experience. Some of you may remember that I am co-choreographing the African dance for Fashion show this year so I had to teach the boys their part of the dance which is a whole new experience for me but I am loving it.

This week, I also started my Daniel Fast and I will be doing it for 12 days so my fast will end on Friday. This is a whole new experience for me as well as it is actually the first time I am doing the Daniel fast. I want to make fasting a part of my lifestyle and not just when something goes wrong and when asked to so I decided to start with this. I love opportunities like this which help me work on my relationship with God plus there are so many other benefits that come with it as well. If you want to find out more about the Daniel fast, what it is, why it is beneficial and some recipes, you can click here. 

This week, I also taught my third afrobeat dance class at dance soceity and although the attendance wasn't as great as the last time, it was still fun to teach :)
I hosted again on my boarding school snapchat account and it was really fun to do it again. The last time I hosted was in June and I made lots of new friends so it was nice to go back and talk to all the people on there like my old friends from school.

I finally handed in my Aspirin practical write up. Some of you might remember I did a lab practical a few weeks ago where I had to take aspirin and then pass urine in order to measure it's concentration in my urine. Well the write up for that was due in on Wednesday and it is finally over and done with. Now the next deadline is for the first draft of my SSP1 essay which is due on Friday. I will be going home next Friday so it will be fun to see my family again after a good couple of weeks. 

Second year is hectic guys but I am getting there slowly but surely by God's special grace. 
How was your week guys?
Please do let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading.
God bless :)  

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

My Week #42 In Review (2016)

My Paracetamol Practical, Keeping Up With The Work, Accidents In My Home Country And My First Time Attending Festival Of Life

During my Scenario Based Learning Tutorial/ On the coach to the Festival of Life at Excel London Hall/ A ministration from the choir at the Festival Of Life./ Accidents that happened in my home country/ Walking to uni on Sunday afternoon and almost blinded by the rays of sunshine. Could not capture the brightness with the photo. This just reminded me of the glory of God. A manifestation of His holy presence :)

Bible Verse Of The Week

"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land"

2 Chronicles 7:14 

This week, I started writing my essay for my SSP1 project and so far, I can say that I have finished writing the introduction and the first topic in my main body. There are three different areas I will be talking about in my main body and I have finished writing about one of them so I need to read about the other 2 and write about them. The first draft of the project is due on the 4th of November which is not very far away.

I received some tragic news about what happened in my home country- Cameroon this week. There was a train accident that took the lives of so many people and 2 other minor accidents that happened but thankfully no one was killed. It broke my heart to see all that happen in just one day and I pray that God comforts the hearts of all those who have lost their loved ones. This experience just reminded me of the importance of praying for the land we live in and the land we call our home. The verse in 2 chronicles says that if we- the children of God who are called by His name humble ourselves and pray and turn from our sin, God will hear our prayer and forgive us and heal our land.

On a slightly happier note, I had a paracetamol practical this week and unlike my aspirin practical a few weeks ago where student volunteers had to take the aspirin and measure the amount excreted in their urine, this practical involved using real life patient serum samples and measuring the concentration of paracetamol in them. I really did enjoy this practical and it was nice to see that by following the instructions correctly, we can actually come up with good data from the experiments. For the first time in a while, I actually enjoyed my lab practical so that was a good feeling for me.

Finally, I got to attend the Festival of Life in excel London this weekend. I had been waiting for this for ages and was so glad I decided to go in the end. It was a night filled with singing, choirs, drama, praise, worship, praying and dancing. The service finished at about 5am but the praise and worship session was so good my friend and I didn't want to leave. We ended up staying there till about 5:30 but we had to leave to go catch our coach back home. I finally got home at about 6:30am but it was a fun-filled night and I thank God so much for the experience.

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

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

2016 Christian Book Haul

Hello guys,

Today I have got another book haul and I will be sharing with you some of the books that I have already read or that are on my "to read" list. I decided to read more Christian books as I feel like one of the ways of getting to know God is by finding out more about Him. Below are a list of the books currently in my collection alongside a little description of what they are about. You can check out my previous book hauls and book reviews here.

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The first book is called "When God said Remember" by Mark Finley and it is based on one of the ten commandments God gave Moses on Mt Sinai which says "Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy". It is talking about how we view the "Sabbath" in our world today and why Christians go to church on a Sunday (the first day of the week) instead of the 7th day of the week like it used to be before the birth of the church. It is also answers important questions like "Who changed the day of the Sabbath?" and "Does the Sabbath have any significance anymore?". I haven't read this book yet but I am looking forward to reading it because I feel that these questions are important questions.
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The second book is called "The glorious church" by Watchman Nee. This one talks about how God views the church as a whole which includes all those who believe in Him. It uses 3 examples of significant representations of the church in the Bible and how He uses us to fulfill His purpose here on earth. I love the sound of that and I can't wait to read this one too.
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The third book is called "Overcoming fear with your faith" by Andrew Lloyd Adeleke. I struggle sometimes with fear and insecurities and doubts about God's protection and Him being there for me. What I fail to understand sometimes is that God has given us weapons to tackle this problem which is His word and it brings about our unshakeable faith in Him. This book talks about how to overcome this feeling of fear with the faith that we have in God. I haven't read it yet but I will defintely do a review of this one.
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The fourth book is called "Destiny Hidden In Dark Places" by Muyiwa Olumoroti and yes I know this one sounds a bit scary but this book talks about how to get ourselves out of "dark places" back unto the right path that God has chosen for us. For He knows the plans that He has for us, they are plans of good and not of evil and so this book will hopefully enlighten and encourage you that your dark places are only a stepping stone into your destiny. I am looking forward to reading this one too.
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And finally, I have this book which I am currently reading called "Secrets of a prayer warrior" by Derek Prince. This book is such an amazing read. It talks all about prayer, the types of prayers, the conditions for prayer, how to discover God's will and so many more important things. I will review this book when I finish reading it and I think I will start up a Bible study series on my YouTube channel too so we can go through this book together.

If you would like to be part of this then do check out my YouTube channel. Below is a video showing the above books in more detail so you can read the synopsis at the back of the books as well.

What do you think of these books?
Please do let me know in the comments below.
Thank you so much for reading guys.
Have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Sunday, 16 October 2016

My Week #41 (2016)

Learning The Fashion Show Audition Dance Routine, Meeting My SSP1 Supervisor And Fashion Show Auditions

The amazing Allie who blogs over at Spreading My Joy is doing a featured Friday series so I will be linking this post to her blog. You guys can check out her blog.

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Nandos with my friends/ Having soup for lunch/ I had the most amazing pulled pork barbecue wrap ever./ I found myself being the last one to leave the computer room. Says a lot about how long I had been in there for./ Learning the audition routine for Fashion Show.

My Quote of the Week
Keep Believing

This week was quite a busy one for me as I had to balance out my time between learning and teaching the audition piece for our fashion show auditions and also keep on top of my uni work. After learning the routine on Sunday my friends and I went to Nandos which was really good as I hadn't been there in a while. Fashion Show auditions was on Tuesday and Thursday. There were so many good dancers and it was really heartbreaking to only be able to choose some people out of the many. It was a very fun and exciting experience though and I definitely learned a lot from being on the other side. We have also been working on our routine for the African dance since that is the dance I will be choreographing and it has been going well so far.

I finally had a meeting with my SSP1 supervisor about the essay I am writing. She is also my personal tutor and so it has made things a lot easier for me as I already know her. I sent her a plan for my essay and I started doing some research already which is really exciting. I will be writing about how fetal cells interact with maternal immune cells to prevent them from getting rejected by the mother's body even though fetal cells are semi foreign cells. I think it is a very interesting topic and I am very excited to start writing my essay.

How was your week?
Please do let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading.
Thank you :)

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Faith Journal Flip Through #10

Hello lovely people,

It has been a really long time since I last did a flip through of my faith journal. It is not that I haven't been using it, it is just the fact that I haven't had the time to take photos, edit them and write a blog post. I have however been very active on my YouTube channel sharing loads of flip throughs from all my journals so if you would rather watch videos than look at pictures, then be sure to check out my YouTube channel here.
You can have a look at previous flip through posts from my faith journal here.

In today's flip through, I chose the pages where I wrote out a lot of verses and quotes that I had learned from while reading through the 2 books of Timothy and Hebrews during my bible study. I will be writing about the lessons I learned and how these verses inspired me.

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The first lesson I learned is from the verse 1 Timothy 4:8. This verse was talking about the importance of starving our flesh and feeding our spirit instead. When we feel thirsty, we would try to get some water to drink and when we are hungry, we would most likely try and find something to eat but most of the time we tend to feed in too much to our physical desires that we forget about our spiritual desires. Just as it is important to train our physical bodies to be fit and healthy, it is also more important not to starve our spirit. The Bible says that God is spirit and those who worship Him must do so in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). Starving our flesh just means not letting our desires of the flesh control our actions and our thoughts but instead seeking to strengthen our relationship with God by seeking Him in prayer, reading His word, singing praises and worship, living for Him and most importantly surrendering all to Him because we can never do it all on our own. We all have desires; some good and others bad but anything that tries to keep us away from the will of God is not worth it. This verse greatly reminded me about the fact that while it is good to keep our physical bodies fit and healthy, it is most important to be spiritually fit. 

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The next lesson I learned were from the verses 1 Timothy 5:22 and 1 Timothy 6:11. These verses seem to be like a list of "rules" or things that we should or shouldn't do because we are children of God but I see them as ways to be different, to be unique and to stand out from the crowd. The bible says that we are all ambassadors of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20) and we have been called by Him to proclaim His word to those who do not know Him and let them know about the love of God. There are many different ways of telling others about Christ and one of them is through our actions. Jesus said in Matthew 5:14 that we are the light of the world and that a city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. If we as His children are a city set on a hill, then all eyes will be on us. I have come to realise that recently, the people I know at uni who know I am christian tend to point out little things I do saying "Oh but you are christian" or "She wouldn't do that. She is Christian". I don't know if that happens to you guys but while some people might find that really annoying, I find it a real pleasure to be able to proclaim my faith proudly among my friends and this will spark up conversations that will help me to be able to tell them about Jesus. I am in no way perfect but I keep relying on God's grace and mercy to keep living according to His will and I feel this is something that every Christian should do.

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The next verse I learned from is 2 Timothy 2:12-13. The reason why I wrote this verse down in the first place was because I didn't understand it properly and I wanted to ask my friend what she thought of it. After speaking to her, I was greatly enlightened and looked at it from a different angle which made me learn 2 things. The very first thing I learned from this verse is that God is always with us through our moments of joy, pain, happiness, sorrow, trials and temptations. He never leaves us, He is always there to comfort us and He has even promised us a greater reward in Heaven. This verse also says that if we deny Him, He will deny us as we can't have access to all His glorious promises and blessings if we do not trust Him completely.

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The second thing I learned from this verse is that if we are unfaithful to Him, He will still remain faithful to us because nothing we do can make Him love us any less. He knows our hearts and He knows our weaknesses but He is faithful by nature and so whatever we do or say, He will always be there for us. We matter to Him and He loves us with an unconditional love. So be encouraged by reading this that no matter what you are going through, you are never alone.

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The last lesson I learned was from the verse Hebrews 6:18. This verse was just placing emphasis on the last one about God's nature of faithfulness. It states that it is "impossible" for God to lie and so since everything He says is true, we can safely place all our trust in Him and be confident in the faith we have in Him because it is His word. He has promised that if we trust Him and surrender all to Him, He will reveal Himself to us and show us great and mighty things. He has promised us so many things including a place in Heaven and the hope that He will come back some day and take us away from the bondage and evil of this world. I am always encouraged when I think about how amazing that day will be. We do not know when it will be but one thing we know for sure is that we can trust that He will do what is good and perfect for us. 

That's all for now guys but do stick around because in my next flip through post, I will be sharing my pages from Christmas 2015. 
What did you think about these lessons I learned?
What important lesson have you learned recently?
Please do let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading.
God bless :)

Sunday, 9 October 2016

My Week #40 In Review (2016)

Our Special Study Project Title Allocations, Lecturer Singing Happy Birthday, Performing At The Afro-Carribean Soceity Meet And Greet, Watching Fashion Show Video From Last Year

I went back to halls of accommodation to visit my friend and her view from her window was just breathtaking. We were both on the first floor last year but this year she is on the fourth floor which means better views./ She also cooked pasta and chicken teriyaki which was really good :)/ I went to the auditions for Diwali show- which is another show to raise money for charity here at my uni but because the rehearsals for this show clashes with that for fashion show, I could only do this audition for fun as I am choreographing the African dance for Fashion show./ One of our lecturers showing us a dance video to help us learn anatomy/ I couldn't find a spoon to eat my yoghurt so I used a straw instead./ Watching the fashion show video from last year. it brought back so many memories.

Quote of the week:
"Have courage for the great sorrows of life; and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily tasks, go to sleep in peace. God is awake."
-Victor Hugo

This week, we finally got allocated our titles for our special study project and I got one of my top choice which i was really pleased about. My project will be based around reproductive cell biology and there are two possible titles I can choose but I will know for certain which one I will be taking after I meet with my supervisor on Tuesday. My supervisor also happens to be my personal tutor which I think is a good thing as she can get to know me more.

We have a new lecturer teaching us this semester and we have had a lot of lectures with him so far. At the beginning, I wasn't to fond of his teaching style but I have slowly but surely warmed up to him over the past 2 weeks. He is very funny and even went as far as singing happy birthday to one of the students on her birthday before the start of the lecture. Now I wish he teaches us on my birthday so he can sing me happy birthday :D

This week, we also had our Afro Carribean soceity meet and greet which so many freshers had been waiting for. I choreographed a short afrobeat routine for this meet and greet and performed it with my friend. I was really nervous before the performance but I am glad I did it because it was fun and everyone loved it. It was nice to eat, dance, sing and just spend time with the freshers and older years.

We also got to finally watch the fashion show video from last year. The crew from last year didn't have the time or opportunity to get together to watch the video of the show which took place in November 2015. It was nice to finally watch it and just bring back some really fin memories.

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

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

My Week #39 In Review (2016)

Start Of Lectures, Grub Crawl, Teaching A Dance Fitness Session, Aspirin Practical, Choosing My Special Study Project Titles And Strength To Keep Trusting God

Cooking chicken for the grub crawl/ The food we made for the grub crawl was fried rice, chicken and fried plantains/ Grub crawl desert/ During my aspirin practical/ Trying to decide whether or not to go to the library due to the rain/ Thai noodle soup for lunch :)

Bible Verse Of The Week
"The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."
Deuteronomy 31:8

This week, I started lectures on Monday and we just delved straight into it just like they did for us at the start of Semester 2. We had 6 lectures on the first day and 3 of them were proper lectures. The work load has been very manageable so far and I enjoyed the first week.

I also taught a dance fitness class this week for the first time for the dance soceity. The dance soceity at my uni had asked me to teach a class before but that was for the routine I choreographed at our winning performance for the Talent showcase back in May. The fitness session I taught this week was an afrobeats dance session and even though I was a bit nervous about it at the beginning, it ended up being really brilliant and a lot of fun. I am definitely looking forward to teaching more in the future.

One of my highlights for this week was an aspirin practical we had. In this practical, student volunteers had to take aspirin tablets and then measure the concentration of aspirin metabolites in their urine. I was one of the volunteers and this meant that I had to pass urine every 30 minutes. It was alright at the start and I managed to do it at the start and also after 30 minutes but I struggled after an hour so I had to drink some more water to get my kidneys to work better haha. It was a very awkward experience at the time but now that I look back on it, it was really hilarious. I am just glad I have gotten that practical over and done with.

This semester, we will be doing a special study project which will involve writing an essay of about 2500-3000 words. We had a list of titles to pick from this week and we had to choose our top 6 from those titles. I have my eyes on a few ones that interest me so I am hoping I get one of those. We will find out which topic we have been allocated to in a few days time.

Another thing that happened to me this week that really taught me a lot is the thing that actually prompted my verse of the week above. I had an experience this week that really shook me and brought back a lot of doubts and worries in my head. I feel like lately I have been having a lot of situations where I find myself thinking the worst and doubting God's protection over my family and myself. I had the opportunity to speak to someone at my church and I am so grateful for them and my mum who took time out to encourage and make me understand that anything or anyone that wants to make me doubt God's abilities would be telling lies. I was greatly reminded this week that God is for us and He will never leave or forsake us even in our darkest moments. So we don't have any reason to be afraid or discouraged because Jesus will always be by our side if we trust Him.

What important lessons have you learnt recently?
Please do let me know in the comments below.
Thanks so much for reading.
God bless :)