Set Goals

May 31, 2017 | A Devotion.

  

Leading Scripture: “Write the vision and make it plain.” Habakkuk 2:3

On this rainy morning, alone with myself 😁 I picked up my daily devotional and was amazed at how timely the topic is – ‘Set Goals For Your Life’. It’s not as though I don’t do this but the sincerity of the message, ministered deep into my soul, owing to the fact that my current situation needs me to be really sincere and real with myself, if I really want to grow and develop. 

Only when you’re clear about your personal goals, can you measure your personal growth – was the first sentence.

You see, I realized there has to be clarity before measurement. If you’re not clear about what you want how will you measure your progress. Let’s continue 

Here are eight proven principles that will help you to establish the right goals for your life:

  1. Begin with Prayer; otherwise the ladder you’re climbing may be leaning against a wrong wall. “Many are the plans of a man’s heart, but…..The Lord’s purpose…..prevails” – (Proverbs 19:21 NIV). 
  2. Think on paper. God told Habakkuk, “Write the vision and make it plain.” Writing your goals down gives them a sense of permanency, plus it energizes you. 
  3. Set deadlines. “The vision is yet for an appointed time.” – (Habakkuk 2:3 NKJV). Without a definite beginning and ending, it’s easy to procrastinate and get nowhere. 
  4. List the steps you need to take. Then keep the list before you at all times, it will show you the path to follow. 
  5. Prioritize the steps in order of importance. What do you need first? What can you do later? An organized plan is always better than trying to carry stuff around in your head.
  6. Take action – NOW. “Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but wise, making the most of every opportunity” – (Ephesians 5:15-16 NIV). A mediocre plan that’s implemented always beats a brilliant plan that isn’t. 
  7. Do something each day to move you forward. For example, read systematically through the Bible in a year…. Call a specific number of clients every week…. Engage in physical activity everyday. 
  8. Have goals you’re willing to devote your life to. The Psalmist said, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” – (Psalm 90:12 NIV). 

Source: The Word For Today Devotional. 

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I know it can be quite difficult. Looking at step 3. Whew! I actually set deadlines but sometimes fall into the procrastination trap, either I’m not feeling fully motivated to carry out that task or I’m constrained. And I end up not doing it at all. I had to sincerely ask God for help and by the leading of the Holy Spirit ,I started taking tiny little consistent steps! And gradually I came out of that trap, lol! 

Also, prioritizing our steps is very vital, this helps us to the the necessary things right. Some decisions or plans are not vital at a particular point in time. Know the timing for each.


Commit your time to seeing the best out of you. 


Truth is the place of intercession can never go wrong when it comes to our plans. I make plans everyday, some don’t work out immediately but do later, others take effect quickly. Above all, one prayer I do say is “Lord, help me not to fall apart when my plans don’t actualize immediately, help me to stick to your plan.” We all need to take those plans to God. 

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What other steps have you done to implement your plans? Can’t wait to here them… 

Best regards, 

Amara 💝

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Democracy Day

May 27, 2017 | Our Nigeria.

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Nigeria 💝

Today, May 29th is the official date for celebrating democracy in Nigeria.

This is a historical day because there was a switch from Military rule by the then military ruler Gen. Abdusalam Abubakar over to Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, which marked the end of an almost 30 years of military regime since 1966 – though a taste of democracy intercepted between 1979 and 1983 – and birthing a new democratic system if governance.

 Nigerians look forward to celebrating this day; some not necessarily because of its significance, but because it’s a holiday a time to relax from work. Any holiday in Nigeria isn’t taken likely, trust me, because any reason to have party jollof isn’t taken for granted. Like me, currently heading for an ‘owanbe‘. Others, look out for its significance, weighing how far we come as a country and where we are headed.

Facts

  • Our 18th Of Democracy

The very first Democracy Day was held on 29th of May 1999 and as such, this year’s celebration will mark 18 years of uninterrupted democracy. This is a great feat as the first democratic government which commenced after Nigeria became a republic on 1 October 1963 lasted only about 3 years and the second time, which was a brief stint of democracy between 1979 and 1983 with Alh. Shehu Shagari, lasted just about 3 and half years as well. It can be said with hope and confidence that democracy has come to stay.

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  • President Muhammadu Buhari will be two years in office. 

Our Head of state of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, was sworn in two years ago on this day, after winning one of the most intense, savage elections ever held in the country. So this year, the nation will not only mark his office reign, but also take a stock of how well His governance has been over the past years. 


Hmm… 

What strategies and policies have been implemented, the level of accountability, is the country generating revenue, has the corruption level dropped, are foreign investors returning, are economic activities blooming, are favorable laws been enacted for the good of the citizens, do Nigerians have Human Rights, are jobs been created, can the woman selling tomatoes by the roadside still send her child to school, are we still focusing all our ‘energy’on crude oil or exploiting other forms of interest; like in agriculture and solid minerals, is entrepreneurship well funded, are our leaders putting the people first……….. Is the country advancing?! These and many more questions are what Nigerians want to know, how can they benefit from the developments made. 

Now,

Listening to the acting president, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, I must commend this government, how far they’ve come and are ready to go for the development of our nation. He spoke about their focus on agriculture and solid materials, job creations and curbing corruption practices.

I realized that alot has been allocated, and how can one get involved? We should arise today and find out where there’s a need and solve it. Money has been given for this project, instead of us sitting and wishing, or cursing get involved. Look for a sector we can invest our ideas and time in, we might not have the needed funds, but our start-ups can solve a problem.

Happy Democracy Day.

E ku enjoyment (Happy Merrying),

Amara 💝.

My Child

May 27, 2017 | A Poem 

My child

I didn’t know,

I’ve never really known,

What it feels like to truly love,

Until I met you.

My child

On your first motion,

My loins leaped for joy,

The wonders of a being in me,

An experience too great to explain.

My child,

On your first earth day,
With closed eyes,
I felt your gaze,

So innocent and true.

My child,

On your first look,

Our hearts intertwined,

Souls connected,

One without network failure.

My child,

On your first crawl,

The feelings in your eyes,

You showed pain,

but still you crawled.

My child,

When you cry,

My heart melts,

My bosom wonders,

Weep not, child.

My child,

The sound of your laughter,

Brings a million dollars,

Nations embrace peace,

And the innocent gain freedom.

My child,

Your smile,

Oh, when you smile,

Nations merry,

Souls are lifted.

Beautiful gifts 😍

My child,

On your first walk,

You conquered our fears,

And in your excitement,

I realized consistency is a gateway for success.

My child,

On your epic fall,

I felt pain;  you felt pain,

But in your tears,

I saw strength.

My child,

Before you I never existed,

I was just but a woman,

A wife, a friend, a colleague,

After you I’m more.

My child,

Loving you is divine,

My womb’s fruit,

I cherish you.
My child,

Like fresh green in spring,

Like the early rays of sunlight,

Like water to a dry tongue,

Like sweet music to the soul,

Like soothing words to a wounded heart,
Like fine wine in a new bottle,

Like sanity to the oppressed,

Like peace to a troubled mind,

You are God’s gift to me.

 

Happy Children’s Day

Play day! Yay!

I pray for all the children in the world, that the light of their understanding be opened. They will shine as light, will grow in wisdom, grace and beauty of the Lord.

For our mothers, and fathers thank you for not giving up on us. For taking the responsibility of leading us into being who we are in Christ.

 Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it”

Is there a child you’d rather not have, whom you feel has brought disgrace, worry and stress upon your home. Keep praying, keep believing, keep hoping, keep meditating and confessing God’s promises upon that child. Don’t stop encouraging that child no matter the age! I’m hopeful the Lord will give a change of heart and it would be for a testimony!

 James 5: 16b “….the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

Cheers,

Amara 💝

Five Days with Poju Oyemade 

May 27, 2017 | Day Three 


“If you spend your life trying to be like, or to please someone else, you would only live out a fraction of your full potential. You would quench the Spirit within and loose your sense of identity and vision.
The giant steps of faith that lead to exploits requires that you to some degree go through an uncharted course that can be emotionally unsettling #quantumleap” – Poju Oyemade
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Personal Notes

Why live another man’s life? Why live a fake life, trying to put up what you’re not so the world can dance to your tunes. Truth is it won’t last for long. It would get to a point where suffocation begins…

Learn to embrace your uniqueness, there’s nothing as sweet as this! You’re in your own lane living life the way God has planned for you. Truth is we’re on the other side. We barely know how the other person made it through…. Some might actually be living false lives just to put on a show and that is what you want to “die put”, that’s what you wanna follow.

You’ll never live your full potentials when you’re living a false life.

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What situations lured you into keeping up with a life not truly yours? Trying to fit in? Don’t forget – You’re a special. If you’re livibg a lie, how would others realize how unique you are? Don’t be timid. Is it the past, or background that’s restricting you? It happens! Break off that hold, and soar.

It’s always a pleasure to hear from you. You can contact through the email – amarachiic@gmail.com

With joy,

Amara 💝

Another Phase : The Beginning of the End 

May 2, 2017 | Musings

🎵🎼Count the weeks as days (count the weeks as days) 

Count the months as weeks (months as weeks, weeks as days…) 

Count the weeks as days, in a moment we’ll be going home🎵🎼

This throwback song from college days lingered in my head as the month of March approached. Time indeed flies, hey wait for me! I vividly remember orientation camp days and all the activities that followed. How come it’s over?!

Dear Naija Corper, 

What’s next? 

Some of us have looked forward to this day from the very first day we entered while some others are hoping it continues, either ways this phase has gradually come to a conclusion and it’s time we face reality. How prepared are we to face what comes after? 

The question of what next, comes into play, no more “allawee”, free accommodation (for some people) etc…. As the NYSC phase is ending, I would love us to have these tips

1. Get prepared.

The population of Corp members entering into the economic market is likened to a bucket of sand so what are you doing to be outstanding! Get yourself ready, equip yourself with skills, re strategize, package your CV. Don’t wait for it to always happen. Make it happen, create it. 

Allawee Pension Fund should be created 😂😂😂

2. Be empowered 
By this I mean stay informed. Outside sending out your CVs, empower yourself. There are free seminars and workshop programs that are organized these days. Keep abreast with the happenings around you. Don’t just fall back at home and wait till you’re told there’s a vacancy before you apply, move around. Be informed. 

3. Improve 

There’s always room for improvement. If the jobs are not coming yet, take free online courses to keep your mind and brain updated any course in your line of interest would be preferable . Or you can engage yourself in learning skills. Thanks to the SAED program which created a platform for acquiring these useful skills. You can volunteer for a job placement or as a care giver. In the long run, you’d be grateful you did. 

As another phase approaches, seize it with positivity and determination ready to conquer whatever challenges and fears come along. This phase is a road one must be willing to go on with courage, persistence and consistency. 

Never give up! You made it through NYSC…. 

See you at the top!

Cheers…. 

@amarachukukere 

#TheFemaleGang

May 2, 2017 | A Poem


My friends😍 ~ @damilolaonafuwa

You are great, you are grand

A valuable treasure that the world acknowledges….
You are strong, you are powerful

made to bear nations and countless generations…

despite the obstacles and challenges, you hold on, knowing fully well you’ll receive the glory in the long run…

Even when you’re weak, you still find strength to move on…

No wonder you’re specially made from Adam’s bones…

You are beautiful, you are lovely

Yes! Not just the shape of your hip bone, or face, nor the texture of skin, but it lies within you, in the tenderness of your heart, warmth of your smile, sincerity of your tears,  sound of your laughter: its in your mind and being, others are just a mere icing on the cake that will soon fade away with each waking year of breath you take…

@Ucheugo

You are amiable, you are gracious

Your heart glows like a sunflower at the slightest ray of sunlight,

you love and longed to be loved, though you get hurt by the thorns of betrayal, you’re still a prisoner of hope….

You are smart, you are intelligent

your mind is busy like a ticking clock, your senses always active…

seeking solutions, solving problems and giving answers like a FBI agent

You are divine, you are godly

specially designed by God only…

a priestess, a queen to reign abundantly…

You are gifted, you are unique

possessing awesome qualities the world is still yet to understand…

always aiming to succeed, to mentor, to teach…
Embrace your uniqueness, your strength, your personality, your beauty and power…..

Comparison and vain competition will only lead to destruction…. 

Happy international Women’s Day 

Cheers

With love, 

Amara 💝