Sunday, 17 September 2017

Our Hope of Glory (For Suicide Prevention Week)

Hello everyone,

So I found out that this past week was Suicide Prevention Week in the US and the very lovely Elissa who blogs over at Letters To Jayna was doing a cool series on her blog about this. She basically got other bloggers each write a post in support of suicide prevention. I had a read of some of these posts and I thought it was such a brilliant way to remind ourselves about some of the things that actually matter. Jessica also wrote an amazing post about this here and I think you guys should definitely read it too. Although this is the very end of the week, I thought I'd join the part too and share my thoughts.

Unlike Elissa, I have never really lost anyone to suicide but I thought it was sad to hear about Elissa losing her friend about a year ago. It only goes to show that some of these issues that we can sometimes overlook like mental health are in fact real and that there are a lot of people out there who are actually struggling. So if there is any one going through rough times right now or anyone who feels they are in a hopeless situation, hopefully this would be one of the many posts that would encourage you to hold on to God who is our hope of glory.

He is not done with you yet
- The fact that you are still alive and still breathing means there is still hope. God is not done with you yet. He still has a purpose for you. He still wants to use you for His glory so please hold on because there is still hope.

He is bigger than the troubles you face
-God is bigger than those those troubles you are facing. You see those mountains that are before you right now? Yeah he can turn those into pebbles in the blink of an eye. He can calm your storms because the wind and waves obey His voice. He is bigger than all those negative thoughts that keep you awake at night so hold on because there is still hope.

He can heal your heart 
-Jesus understands. He has been there too. He has felt pain too. He knows what you are going through and He is the only one who can heal your heart. So draw near to Him even during this rough time. No matter how broken you think you are, He can mend you. No matter how far you think you have fallen, He can lift you up again. Jesus is the answer so hold on to Him because He gives hope.

He loves you
-Jesus loves you. Yes, even the messy state you might be in.You may not be feeling that right now but it is true. He has always loved you and He will never stop loving you. You are very special to Him. He looks upon you with so much love that He keeps you safe in hollow of His hands. Look to Him for strength and let Him fill your heart with His love. Hold on to Him because He gives hope.

Now that you know these truths, don't forget to pass it on to others. Tell someone else about God's love for them. And most importantly, SHOW God's love to others. Ask how your friends are doing, send them a text to let them know you care and that God cares too. Appreciate the friends and family you have around you and always remember them in your prayers. Pray to God for strength to keep going because our strength comes from Him alone. If only we knew how much of a difference these little things made to others, then we would want to do it more often.
You and I matter to Him.
We are all loved by Him.
So take heart my dear.
There is still hope.
You are loved and cared for.

Thanks for reading
Have a lovely day.
God bless :)

"Weeping may endure for a night,
 But joy comes in the morning."
                                       Psalm 30:5b

Sunday, 10 September 2017

My Inspiration: The Couple I Met On The Night Tube

*** Hello everyone. So I was reading some of my old blog posts the other day and I realised that when I first started this blog, I used to write a lot about my thoughts that came from the events I observed in my life. I used to write about how these events somehow pointed me to God or how they taught me something about myself. The past couple of months have been really busy for me and this means I haven't been able to put in as much time into blogging as I would love to. However, I did mention in my previous post that I really do miss blogging and I would like to diversify my content a little bit more. So I am going to be going back to sharing these thoughts and reflections. Today's one is about a couple I saw when I was on the night tube a few days ago.***


I sat across the tube from them.
She was fast asleep.
Her head resting on his shoulder
And his head resting on her head.
Her arms were wrapped around his left arm for support
And his hand rested on her left thigh to let her know he was there.
He looked down and smiled at her as she snored softly.
I bet he thought she looked innocent in her sleep.
I bet he wondered if she was dreaming about him.
I bet in his mind he thought " She's my girl. I'm her man. I protect her. She is safe with me."
He didn't have to say these words.
It was written all over his body language.
I bet she knew she had a love that kept her safe.
What else could one possibly wish for right?

Oh but then 5 minutes went by,
And he fell asleep too.
The one who was supposed to keep watch
And to make sure they didn't miss their stop.
He was now asleep too.
Who then was going to keep watch over them?

I find joy in seeing moments like this
To see that we can take pride in being there for each other.
To see that we can take up the responsibility of looking out for each other.
To see that we can be able to rely and comfort each other.
To see that we can try to keep watch too.
But we only watch in vain if we watch without the Lord.
Our Lord who watches over the city.
He neither slumbers nor sleeps.
And He keeps us away from harm.
I find joy in knowing that His love keeps me safe.

When I got off the tube,
I couldn't help but hope in my heart
That this couple didn't miss their stop.

 "Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain."
Psalm 127:1

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

July And August In Review (2017)

Hello everyone,

So I am finally back after a very long break. The past two months have been extremely busy for me so I thought I would come back and give a little update on what has been going on as I have really missed blogging.

Exam Results

In my last post, I did mention that our pass/fail results had been released and that I had passed my end of year exams. The university finally sent us a breakdown of our results at the end of July and by the special grace of God, I finished my second year with a first. It was not an easy year for me and so it is a very  rewarding when all the hard work pays off. I thank God.

My Summer Vacation Studentship

If you read my last post, you might have also seen that I had started my 8 week summer vacation studentship. I worked in the research lab for 8 weeks carrying out experiments, analysing data from these experiments and also trying to make sense of the data. My project was based on preeclampsia and since I am interested in the area of reproduction, I found this a very exciting project to work on. My supervisor was very nice and patient with me through it all. I absolutely loved working with the team that was made up of 2 Masters students and also 2 research technicians. Everyone was super helpful and that really helped me learn quickly.

I was able to learn new laboratory techniques like tissue culture, ELISAs, Western Blotting, Immunohistochemistry and Bradford Protein Assays. My colleagues were very approachable and I could easily talk to them if I had any questions or doubts. I am going to leave a few photos from some of the experiments and techniques I did and I may hopefully do a video explaining my experience in more detail.


Treated cells to be used for Western Blot analysis/ Cell supernatants on ice/ Treated cells in a 6 welled plate/ Western Blot gel running/ My very colourful ELISA plate :)

Visiting An Art Gallery For The First Time:

Another exciting thing I did during this time was visiting the Tate Modern Art Gallery in London with a friend of mine. Since I have not been able to make the most out of my stay here in London so far, I thought it was a brilliant opportunity for me to explore a little bit more. We came across a few interesting pieces and there were also quite a few I did not understand but I knew that was going to be the case. It was still a really fun thing to do and hopefully, I'll be able to do more exploring in London. Below are a few of my favourite pieces from the gallery.


Food, Food, Food:

If you've read my weekly updates, you might have noticed that I am a bit of a foodie. I love taking photos of food and sharing them on here with you guys and since I have been away for such a long time, I have plenty of foodie pics to share. To celebrate my friend's 20th birthday, we went out for a meal in a buffet restaurant and the food was really good. Here are some foodie pics.

Food from birthday dinner

Food adventures featuring mackerel, new potatoes and salad/ mice meat pasta/ rice, stew and fried plantain and fried rice :)

Book Writing Update

I also finished the first draft of one of my books- Outpourings of A Beloved Heart. I t is a poetry devotional and I am now in the editing process which is really complex. You can check out my most recent writing update video here.

New YouTube Videos

I have also been very active on YouTube as I have suddenly had a lot of ideas. I feel like more and more videos will be coming as I get the chance to film them. At the moment, I am a bit limited as I have to deal with storage space on my phone but I have also been using my tablet to record (not very good video quality but it is better than nothing). If you would like to catch up on the videos, you can click here.

So that is all I have for now guys. I really hope to be able to get back into my normal blogging routine. Through out my 3 years of blogging I have never had such a long break so it did feel like I lost a part of me. I am excited to continue sharing this journey with you guys and to see where God is going to lead me.
Hope you are all well.
Thank you so much for reading.
Have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Sunday, 9 July 2017

My Week #27 In Review (2017)

Start Of My Summer Vacation Studentship, Pass/Fail Results Have Been Released And I Got Food Poisoning

My first day working in the research lab/ New stationery. Yay!!!/ Every single day I go in to work, there's food./ A salad I had at work which later made me ill.

Favourite Quote Of The Week

" In the darkest hours of life, only through the eyes of faith can we see the loving hand of God"
-OurDailyBread

This week, I started my Summer Vacation Studentship. I mentioned a while ago that I had applied to work in the research lab over the summer and had gotten it after a really long struggle. I finally started this studentship on Monday and it has been a whole different experience. I am working with two other Masters students as well and they have been really helpful. I really love the team, the research technicians are helpful and my supervisor is very patient and nice as well. I spent the first few days just shadowing the two Masters students and my supervisor and I also got the chance to set up an experiment. There are a lot of techniques I would have to know and I need to learn them quick so I can start working on my own and generating my own data. At first, I could feel the pressure but I am grateful for the people in the team who have helped me settle in really well. I am looking forward to the next 7 weeks.

We received our pass/fail results on Wednesday and I am very glad to say that I passed my second year of university. We haven't received our breakdowns yet so we would have to wait till the end of this month to get those.

I also got food poisoning from a salad I had at work on Friday. It was a chicken noodle salad and I had this salad the day before (Thursday) and had no problems at all. I realised though that the salad I got on the Friday didn't come with a fork like it normally does so that was a bit dodgy. I should have known. *sigh* It was really awful but anyway, I am glad that this happened on the Friday so I had the weekend to rest and recover from this. I am now feeling a lot better (thank God) and looking forward to starting work in the labs again tomorrow.

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

Sunday, 2 July 2017

My Week #26 In Review (2017)

Driving My Brother To School For The First Time, Entering The Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition, Doing Some HCA Shifts And Back In London

I started watching the TV series "Confessions of A Junior Doctor" and I love it/ My dream car :)/ Waiting for my train after a long shift. Why am I still taking the train when I can drive? / The little things my mum does for me makes me love her more every day/ My brothers cooked for me. I just love my whole family and this week made me even more grateful to have such amazing people in my life.

My Favourite Quote Of The Week
"Take risks in your life. If you win, you can lead; if you lose, you can guide"

I spent this whole week at home and it was nice to be with my family again after the stressful season of exams. I drove my brother to school for the first time and I drove back home on my own as well. That was the first time I had ever done that since I passed my test in May. It felt so weird driving on my own but I did it and I was so happy. I drove quite a bit this week and I have to say, my confidence is growing so praise God for that. Sooner or later I am going to have to get onto the motorway.

I also entered the Manchester Cathedral Poetry competition this week. God has really inspired me to write a lot more poems this year and I just thought I'd put myself out there and see what happens. Considering the fact that there are a lot of really good poets out there, my chances might not be very good but whatever happens, I'll keep writing to give glory to God alone.

I did a few more shifts at work this week and it was really nice working with my colleagues again. The last time I was there was in December and so a lot of things have changed about the ward. There are a lot of new staff now but everyone is still so lovely. I worked four days in a row and I was absolutely exhausted by the end of it but I am so grateful to God for strength.

I am back in London now and I will be starting my Summer Vacation Studentship tomorrow. I am very excited for this so I am hoping and praying it goes well.

My Song Of The Month



Thanks so much for reading.
Hope this second half of the year favours you.
Have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Sunday, 25 June 2017

My Weeks #24 And #25 In Review (2017)

All My Exams Done, End Of Second Year And Back Home For A Week


Sweets as a fuel for revision :)/ A day out in South Wimbledon/ Mcflurry's ice cream celebration./ I fell in love with roasted peanuts which got me through revision sessions./ Studying for my anatomy exam./ Post exam home cooked meal- chicken casserole.

My Quote Of The Week

"Sometimes God has to strip you off everything you can rely on so you will have no other choice but to trust Him"

It's been two weeks since my last post and I am very happy to say that I am now officially done with my second year of university. My first exam was the synoptic essay paper as I explained in the last post and the second exam was based on material we learnt in the last semester. My last exam was an anatomy exam and it was synoptic as well. I am very grateful that I won't be expected to learn anatomy anymore. At least I hope. The anatomy exam was quite tough in my opinion but it is all in the past now.

I am back home for a week and then I will be going back to London to start my summer vacation studentship. This summer is going to be very busy for me but I am really excited to see what it is going to bring.

I hope you all had an amazing week.
Thank you for reading.
Have a lovely day.
God bless

Sunday, 11 June 2017

My Week #23 In Review (2017)

I Voted For The First Time, Booked Some Shifts At Work And My First Exam In 5 Days

Immunology revision/ I voted for the first time/ Reproduction revision/ Revision sessions
My Favourite Quote Of The Week

"The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays"

This week wasn't very eventful. It was filled with endless revision sessions and essay planning. I am preparing for my first exam in a few days. It is going to be an essay synoptic exam so I am expected to know everything we have learnt this year. So far I would say that revision is going well. I've got a few days left to tighten loose ends so I am just trusting and hoping that this one goes well as it is worth so much more than the other two exams I've got.

I called up the hospital and booked a few HCA shifts for the end of June when I finish my exams. My Easter break was very busy and I didn't get the chance to do any shifts at all. I am on the bank rota and so if I don't do any shifts for a period of 6 months, they will take my name off the rota. I'm really blessed to have this job so I'd like to keep it. I'm looking forward to seeing my colleagues again :)

The UK general elections took place on Thursday and I voted for the first time. Like I mentioned in my previous post, I used to be one of those who couldn't be bothered about anything to do with politics. However, I realised that the government, our leaders and those in higher power have such a massive influence in our lives. They can make decisions that could have a huge impact on us and so if I do have the right to vote, then I might as well vote. I believe that God is in control and so we can only wait and see what the future holds for us.

I did another university vlog on the day of the election and if you would like to watch that, you can see the video below.

 

Hope you all had an amazing week.
Thanks for reading.
Have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

My Week #22 In Review (2017)

Christian Union Year In Review Meeting, End Of Lectures  And Searching For New Accommodation


Home cooked meal/ Learning about some types of cancers/ Revision session with my friends/ Journal entry

My quote of the week:
"Sometimes things fall apart so that better things can fall together"

We had a whole week filled with lectures about cancer this week. It was our last week of lectures so that means I have 2 weeks left until exams begin. This means I have to catch up on all my notes and start my revision and essay planning as my first exam is a synoptic essay exam.

The members of the Christian Union committee organised a little event this week where we invited all the church leaders form the local churches in the area. We shared with them all the work we have been doing in the Christian Union for the past year and what we plan to do next year. It was a good opportunity to look back on our year and just talk about all the amazing things God did through the CU at the university. We talked about all our events like the grub crawl, text-a-toastie, missions week, lunch bars and so much more. It was also a brilliant opportunity to encourage the churches to get involved with the CU so we could form amazing relationships with them.

I am currently searching for new accommodation for next year. Some of you may remember my struggle to find a room last year as I had a whole post about it. It was a very stressful period for me and I had to stay back after my exams just to find a room. This time around, I want to move because even though my current room is really good, it is quite expensive and living in London as a student is not cheap at all. I would very much like to save as much money as I can so I will update you guys on my search soon.

How has your week been?
Thanks for reading.
Have a lovely day
God bless :)

Monday, 5 June 2017

My Week #21 In Review (2017)

My 21st Birthday, Really Nice Weather, Text-a-toastie, Birthday Dinner, Microbiology Practical, Talent Showcase And Going Home For The Weekend

It was my 21st birthday on the Monday/ Lectures about viruses/ I got a birthday gift which was a mini African map charm for my key chain :)/ It was a really sunny week/ My own special toastie at our text-a-toastie event/ Making more mind maps

Celebrating a birthday party/ Went out with my friends to an African restaurant (805) to celebrate my birthday. The food was really good/ We were growing bacteria in the lab for our microbiology practical/ I went home for the weekend and my mum had completely redecorated my room. I absolutely loved it/ I went out for a meal with my parents and my siblings. The food was really good at Turtle Bay :)

My Reminder For The Week
"God has a plan for you. It is good and it is perfect. Always remember God's plan"


So this week I turned 21 and I had a really lovely day because the weather was really nice. It is almost exam season now at uni and because everyone was busy, we couldn't do anything on the day of my birthday so we had to celebrate on the Wednesday by going to an African restaurant in Peckam called 805. The food was really amazing and I had a lovely time with my friends. Moments like this remind me about how blessed I am in terms of the friends I've got and also my family :)

We also had a text-a-toastie event on my birthday at the university's halls of accommodation where we encouraged the first years to send in questions about God, Jesus and the Bible and then we would take a toastie to them and answer their questions. It was very nice to be part of the amazing team putting this together as events like this always encourage me.

We also had our last practical of the year this week. It was a microbiology one so we grew a lot of bacteria. We had to grow bacteria from our hands and from our phones and we also grew bacteria from a urine sample and a faecal sample. We did some tests to check for antibiotic resistance and we also did some gram staining so we could try and identify the bacteria under the microscope. We covered a lot of stuff which was fun. I find microbiology quite interesting but I don't think it is something I would want to do every day as my job. At least now I know the amount of bacteria I carry around with me everyday.

We also had the university's talent Showcase this week. I entered as part of an African dance group and I also sang with the Gospel Choir. The Gospel Choir won the Showcase including the £300 cash prize so I thought that was really amazing :)

Finally, I went home for the weekend to spend it with my family. We went out for dinner on Saturday evening and we had an amazing time at church the next day. I had to leave early to come back to London for uni  but the whole week was an amazing one and I am grateful to God for that.

How was your week?
Thanks for reading
Have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

My Week #20 In Review (2017)

Another Clinical Workshop, Handed In My Last Practical Write Up, Applied For The Transfer, Revision In The Dissection Room And I Registered To Vote

My lovely flatmates made a delicious roast dinner/ I handed in my last practical write up of the year/ Fruit pancake and ice cream/ Chicken curry pancakes and rice/ During one of my immunology lectures. The picture shows an immune cell (a macrophage in purple) engulfing bacteria (in green)

My Quote Of The Week

"Jesus gives hope. Jesus is everything so I'm going to stick with Jesus"

This week, we had another clinical workshop. This time, it was all about meningitis. We had different lectures about the cause, symptoms, investigations and we even looked at some other microbiological aspects of it. One of the lecturers kept picking on students to answer questions. He picked on me to answer a question about the symptoms of septic shock and it was kinda scary but I survived.

This week, I also handed in my last practical write up for this year. It is kind of crazy to think that exams are getting really close as each day passes by. Very soon, I will be done with my second year of university. I also finally sent off my application for the transfer to medicine so I just need to try and work hard now to get the required grades (God willing).

My friends and I had a revision session in the dissection room and it was really helpful for me. We haven't had any DR sessions since before Easter and are going to be examined everything we  have learnt from September. It is not surprising to say that I don't remember any of the things we covered at the beginning of the year and so these revision help me remember all the material I might have forgotten.

I also met up with one of my friends from college over the weekend. We met up in Central London and we went to eat at ta really nice pancake restaurant. I had a chicken curry pancake and rice. It was really good and I never thought that I would have loved that combination but I did. It was nice to see my friend again and catch up. Hopefully we will be able to meet up again over the summer.

I also finally registered to vote this time around. I remember how I forgot to register last year and that meant that I could not take part in the Brexit voting. I normally don't bother with anything that has to do with politics but this time around, I am actually making an effort to get involved and know what is actually happening around me.

How has your week been?
Thanks for reading.
Have a lovely day.
God bless