APPRAISE YOURSELF-12 reflective questions to help review the past year.

Its about a few hours to another new year,it is about this time, when the year is ending,everyone is preparing for incoming  year. A lot of us have so many things we want to do,and things we want to do-away with,in the new year etc. we all come up with one form of resolutions or another,with so much excitement about it. Suddenly somewhere along the line we lose the zest and excitement to continue the resolutions.In other to plan for the new year,i believe it is important to review and reflect on the year that is about to end and see how you and i have faired in 2014.

An end of the year review is a great exercise that we all need to do.( It is not just meant for companies or businesses alone),as individuals we need to review and reflect to be able to live purposeful and intentional lives.

Earlier this month a question was post to me; what will you do differently in 2015? this question got me thinking and i began to appraise myself on paper as far as the year 2014 was concerned. it was the appraisals,reviews and reflections that gave birth to the following line of thoughts and questions that i believe will help you to see how you did in the old year so as to accurately project and set specific goals for the new year.Based on my personal assessment and review,here are a few questions i believe will also help you to do some reflective exercise.

1.Which area(s) did you thrive in the course of life?

2.Which area(s) did you struggle with?

3.Where and how did God work in your life this year?

4.If you were to describe 2014 in a few words,lets say 4 words,what would they be? 5.What was your most common physical,mental and spiritual state this year e.g (strong,weak,curious,excited,stressed).

6.What was your biggest time waster this year?

7.What were the 2 or 3 books that had the greatest influence on you this year?

8.What topical issue did you enjoy learning about this year?

9.How did your life impact the people closest to you in 2014? family,friends,community. 10.If someone was to write a book about your life this year,what kind of book would it be?

11. Who or what are you most thankful for this year?

12.What was the most important lesson you learned in 2014?.

 As you take some minutes to do this reflective exercise in the few hours left of 2014, you will be able to see those areas where you’ve accomplished somethings,celebrate your accomplishments,you will find areas where you have progressed,and areas where you failed as well,dont get beat up about it, it is for you to aim at getting better.Remember that it can only get better,if you intentionally put effort.

The way of the right-living people glow with light,the longer they live,the brighter they shine. Pro 4:18(MSG).

Here is to a great 2015 of accomplishment,advancement!

 

RUN BABY RUN…Pursuing your life’s purpose.

Every man woman boy or girl old or young on this side of eternity present has been designed by God to fulfil purpose in one form or another, and that can be proven from the beginning of beginnings, Genesis, where the whole dynamics of creation was set in motion.

He gave man authority and dominion to influence the earth realm.God imputed to every man from Adam, the capacity to become his very best but the manifestation didn’t come overnight.There is a process to becoming!

This week I will like to focus my discuss from an old film I watched many years back, now I am not quite sure it was a movie or  the title of a song way back then. well, in any case,  I loved the slogan and did use it in my first book. I will like to use it again to drive home some thoughts running in my head.

As a teenager, In my school days, I remember I was very energetic and athletic, I still have some of that high energy even now in my mid 40’s .For quite a while I was in the top rank of the track and field competition for the school, the school’s inter-house sport was one of my favourite events,something I always looked forward to.

There was this particular year we had our school inter-house sport.

The event is still  very fresh in my memories because of the circumstances that surrounded it. before the D-day of the sporting event, a lot of preparations had gone underway both on the part of the coordinators and all the students involved in the various  sporting categories.

Firstly, before any major inter-house sport takes place, the teachers take the time to find out who is best at doing what game, they take the time to spot out the students with potentials in various sporting categories. it was at that time that I was discovered, among a few of my class- mates, afterwards, we all started practicing during the physical education periods(P.E), anyone who wants to breast the tape at the end of each track event, like me knows that’s the time to take practice / training seriously. The same principle holds for life and the fulfilment of purpose.

Back to my story, so the day of the inter-house sport came and everyone was ready, well I knew I was, the 100 Metre and the 4×400 Metre were my favourite categories.On this particular occasion, I was to take the last lap of the 4×400.  “on your marks, get set…..and there goes the whistle, from the athlete in the first lap representing my team, and the rest of the runners, the race began and there was loud cheering from the crowd.

It was  a combination of shouts of encouragement and bullying, fear and doubts all mixed together, every one of the athletes  was running as they should, in the midst of the shouting and then here comes the last lap, where I was positioned to hit the home run.

 

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There I was, steady and ready to collect the baton and finish the last and final lap, as the smallest among my other peers, it was as if all eyes were on me.

Here comes the baton, and  like a bolt out of the blues, off I went not minding who was next to me, the agitations of the crowd grew louder, and it seems as if everywhere was in an uproar, it was becoming a distraction, but we all kept on, in the midst of the crazy uproar from spectators.

My coordinator always told us at every training to always keep the focus on the finish line, and that was all I was hearing in my head as I kept on running, some few yards to the finish line, some of the other runners fell,it was just me and about three or four others on the race track,( so I saw after the race was over), and tiny little me was in the lead.

The intensity of the crowd grew wild, seeing a petite little girl ahead of other lanky girls. and as I breast the tape, everybody shouted and screamed, so much excitement from our team all of a sudden, the wall from one section of the school building on which some students sat, came crumbling down!!!.

Nobody was injured, to say the least, but the news of that inter-house sport was around for quite a while. many years after, I still recapture the memory and found that there are great life lessons to glean from it.

We are all in the race of life and we all find ourselves, at one point or another where we like to back out or back down. There are few principles that I will share in this story.

DISCOVERY: The capacity to become! has been imputed in every one of us before time began,  as we each grow we find that those innate capacities begin to show, the more attention we pay to those innate abilities the better we are for it, I discovered that I could sprint very well with the help of my physical education instructors, sometimes you can discover it by yourself, or other people can just spot it out, whichever way, Purpose must first be discovered.

DEVELOP: When you find out your purpose or abilities, talents, gifts, you need to refine it, and I must say that refining or developing  your talent is not a “one-off thing” it is something that is a lifetime thing.

Development is a continuous journey of life. you can’t stop at one point and believe you have a mastery of your skills ,NO!.Remember the famous slogan,” the day you stop learning, you start dying”.

DISCIPLINE: Discipline takes the deliberate decision- Think about that for a moment .one of the writers of the new testament, Paul wrote in one of his letters to the people in Corinth, talking about the need for self-discipline.He emphasised in his writing that everyone who runs in a race do so, to obtain a “Prize”.

For your to obtain the prize, there is the need for strict discipline because that is what will deliver the prize at the end of the day. Diligent discipline delivers the reward!  read 1cor 9:24-27.

DETERMINATION: Make up your mind that you will use your abilities, skills for the supreme good of all. It is Important to know that whatever you have been endowed with as skills and abilities is not just for your use alone, but for the benefit of people around you. your circle of influence and as you give yourself in the place of developing and discipline, a time will come when there will be a demand for your skills.

DEMAND: Jesus was talking to his disciples in John 12:23,“…..unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed, but if “DIES” ( emphasis mine), it produces many. “DIES” willingness to go through the discipline required, the willing to sacrifice, burn late night candles.

The willingness to go through the rigours and the challenges that life may throw at you, remember the crowd in my story, some cheer you, some will pull you down, the willingness to stay focus will eventually bring about the demand for your expertise ,one day and as demands meet supply, the cycle continues and there is multiplication.

DIVIDEND: I looked at the word “dividend” and thought it appropriate to drive home my last point on this discuss. The word dividend also means profit, to use it in sports language will mean trophy, the reward for breasting the tape at the finish line.

Apostle Paul says it this way, fighting the good fight, getting to the finish line because that where true success lies. success is discovering why you were born and completing and or fulfilling  that why in the space of time.

Let us, therefore, run with perseverance, diligent, discipline, determination, the race marked out for us…….RUN BABY RUN!

Keep the Focus in view!

 

OBA 2014@Thekingsoracle. all rights reserved.

100 things i am thankful for.

I was inspired and motivated by Paul Sohn’s article, counting my blessings and i began to meditate on the things i am thankful for in my life. The exercise was really tasking,as in having to really sit back and THINK about so many things. it goes to buttress the african adage,” whoever knows how to think well, will know how to thank well. The process of thorough thinking is not a joke, but the thoroughness and benefit afterwards is undeniable. so here are few things i am thankful for. They are not in any order importance its just how  it all flowed to me. I hope this will inspire you as well.tmp_IMG_20141203_064637_1765566088

1.Parents- My dad taught me the value of being a reader at a very young age,with Dale Carnegie’s Power of Positive thinking. my mum forever my intercessor who loved and prayed me through difficulties up to this point.

2.Husband-The best gift God ever gave,after the gift of salvation.My one and only love for life..ADEORIMI.

3.Children-my wonderful wonders of God,who always brings the mother in me. never knew i could handle the call of motherhood,but God is helping one day at a time.

4.Work-Doing the work of life- Sing it,Say it,Write it

5.Shelter& food- To live comfortably and eat whatever i choose.

6.Salvation-The joy of redemption through the sacrifice on calvary.

7.Purpose-To be able to discover and discern my calling in life, and the grace to pursue it against all odds.

8.Desire- God has given me the live for HIM and the desire to propel others to live for HIM as well.

9.Homestay family-Ayotunde Adeusi and Olufunmi Olajoyegbe..these women help shaped me with regards to raising a family and running ministry at same time.

10.Resources-Though not born with a silver spoon,i was brought up to be content in every circumstances and also to manage best the little given.

11.Friends-People who have made great impact from childhood till date.

12.RHEMA CHAPEL ADO-EKITI.The place of my formative yearsof divine assignment and calling.

13.TRIUMPHANT FAMILY CHOIR-The springboard for expression in ministry back in the school days. i will never forget this family.

14.PASTORS-My Father in Lord,who taught me practical and responsible christianity.Dr.I.S James.

15.ROSE OF SHARON DRAMA GROUP-learnt how to be actor, even though most of my acting scenes was singing.

16.KINGDOM MINDED CATALYST.- Seye Oyetade,Rotimi Ale,Gboyega Adegoroye(late).radical christians who challenge my christianity on campus.

17.ADVERSITY- Grateful for the pain and struggles of battling longterm ailment in my university days.

18.MIRACLE-Healing miracle experienced while on campus.

19.LEARNING-The ability to continually grow and learn to live a life of impact impart and influence.

20.HEALTH-The ability to live life and enjoy it without any form of physical limitations.

21.MENTORS-Learning from Heroes and giants who have gone ahead to live significant life of Impact- Yolanda Adams,Shirley Ceasar,John Maxwell,Myles Munroe..and Life coaches,Rev.Sam Adeyemi,Segun fagboyegun.(The list is very long).

22.DAYSTAR LEADERSHIP ACADEMY- To be a part of this phenomenal academy in 2013 was the beginning of my next level of HIGHER IMPACT.it was indeed a september to remember in 2013.

23.WRITING-The ability to articulate my thoughts and insights my books(published and unpublished), and now through my blog

24.ANEVENINGWITHOBA&FRIENDS-To able to have  a platform for expression on  a regular basis.

25.BIBLE-The greatest book of GOD that has made the greatest impact in my life and is still making a world of difference to me.

26.SCHOOL-To study,to learn to love and build relationships of lasting impact till date.

27.PAIN- To understand what it means to go through trials and tribulations, and to embrace the beauty of the furnace afterwards.

28.SOCIAL MEDIA- To be able to use facebook ,Linkedin etc to create rich and mutually supporting relationship with like minds all over the global village.

29.CHURCH-To be a part of the universal church and my local assembly.

30.MY ROOT-celebrating EKITIKETE!

31.UNITED KINGDOM-The opportunity to reconnect with longtime friends, Folashade Ogunremi,Dean achom among others.

32.GOOD HABITS-Learning the art if cultivating the right habits and the right attitude to life……still learning though 🙂

33.AUDIO MESSAGES-Audio messages that have influenced my life.

34.DIVERSITY-Appreciating different perspectives of life.

35.CHRISTIAN MUSIC- The ability to have been influenced and inspired by anointed musicians all over the world.

36. MY PAST.

.37  .CATALYST CONFERENCE- To have attended one of the most influencial christian conferences and be inspired yby kingdom minded catalyst like Tom Hess, Jonathan Cahn,Heidi Baker and Myles Munroe.

38.NESBURG SCHOOL OF BUSINESS&MANAGEMENT.To be able to study at one of the top business school around surrounded bysmart students of varying diversities.

39. MEETING MYLES MUNROE.

40.EXODUS 34:10.

41.GOOD VISION-The ability for clear eyesight

42.GOOGLE.

43.OBA&THEPRIESTLYKINGS-These great family who have help me to grow musically and with whom  i have been able to fulfil the “sing it” part of my calling

44.COLLEAGUES:Those i have been able to share platforms with,worked with.great minds in the music ministry.OLUFUNMI,WALE ADENUGA,NATHANIEL BASSEY,SARAH THOMPSON,MODELE.PITA etc.

45.HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS.Mrs Nwankwo,my english teacher. Miss kemi Bright and Mr Olorunfemi.for their constant encouragement to be the best i can be.

46.LOVE.To love and to know i am loved.

47.TY FATUNGASE- A real and authentic man in GOD.An unwavering supporter of OBA&THE PRIESTLYKINGS.

48.MY MOTHER IN LAW-A rare mother in law.

49.FAMILY- The beauty of family members nuclear and extended.

50.WEAKNESSES-To know that  i am not perfect and accept my vulnerabilities….I am still  a “work in progress”.

51.HAIR-Though i am not my hair,my afro speaks volume. 🙂

52.WATER-To be able to drink cleanwater whenever i want

53.POMEGRANATE- Tasty fruity juice i relish.

54.JOF NIG LIMITED-To be a part of a corporation whose foundation is CHRIST,been given the opportunity to worship GOD corporately.

55.SHOES-The ability to wear those heely stilletoes  and really be fabulous. 🙂

56.AYOTOLA JAGUN-My Sister and friend,to be able to be a part of her life.

57.GAP MINISTRIES-for being instrumental to my next level of grace and expressions in GOD.for teaching simplicity with their lifestyle.

58.MOVIES-For helping me to relax,unwind and be inspired.

59.DAYSTAR TELEVISION NETWORK-Faith based TV.

60.TAYO ODUMOSU- Friend indeed always looking out for my house.

61.BEING ABLE TO LAUGH- To find many things i can smile and laugh about.

62.MONAMATTHEWS-For being instrumental to the advancement of my music outreach.my Bogobiri mummy.

63.Bogobiri- The first place where “AneveningwithOBA&Friends began.

64.Bad Habit- knowing i have areas to improve.

65.Library-The ability to own and keep a library of my own…i probably have more books than clothes now.

66.Prayer- The opportunity to pray for others and to know that i am being prayed for as well.

67.Mentees-To cultivate the next generation of transformational leaders and also to learn from them.

68.Werewere-  To be the vessel through which this great song was birthed and expressed on this side of eternity. and to here of its impact on other people.

69. Albums- “simply divine,”Akoda and many more to come. it such an honor to be the vehicle of change through music.

70.Adewale S. Adeyemi- a strong pillar of love,support and encouragement. so blessed to be the woman chosen to walk this path of life with you my darling husband.

71.Caesarian section- The experience being  a mother through this process.

72. EXCEL 2014

73. Sea of Tiberias- The experience of the boat ride-  unforgetable.

74. Jerusalem- 12 days in the city of Jerusalem-

75.Psalm72-  finding my destiny in scripture.

76. Blue sky

77.Making a divine statement with an african signature

78.Core values- helping me to discern right decisions in life.
79. Delay

80.Being 42 and loving every bit aging gracefully.

81.Being petite- great things comein cute packages.

82.Gifts.

83.Thank you- to be able to say thank you at every given opportunity and appreciate those who say thank you.

84. John C Maxwell- for his leadership influence.

85.Chukwuka Monye- my brother from another mother

86. Sleep- The ability to sleep soundly.

87.First book i published-  Tha trials of faith written in one month to celebrate my fortieth birthday…and the testimony of how it has inspired lives.

88.Hadassah healing foundation- for the opportunity to serve God and humanity alongside other women.

89.Wailing women worldwide-  to be able to meet great women intercessors. I salute these Deborahs of our days.

90.Nature.

91.Online studies

92.Journals,Patchbooks,diaries- To be able to articulate my thoughts, ideas,dreams over the years and watch how they unfold right before my eyes.

93.SACP-Sam Adeyemi Coaching Programme-  This life changing programme, the daily email has been of tremendous blessing.

94.Missions-  To be able to share and care for communal good.

95.Joyce Meyer- learning to know GOD more through her book,”knowing God intimately!.

96.Audio messages

97.My Guitar- been able to write beautiful songs on my guitar.

98.Tailoring- to have learnt a vocation along the line.

99.Today- a new dawn with great opportunities.

100.Being able to write this list of 100 things and to that i have been truly blessed.

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