Days of Gratitude and Prayer

Hello,

If you are my friend on Facebook, you probably have seen that I have been posting something I call “days of gratitude and prayer” towards the release of my new book, “Donut.” I was tempted to create a spiced-up concept and tag it DOGAP or something, create an elaborate daily blog post and call you to pray along everyday, but I have had my hands full for a while plus clinical postings and examinations in front of me.

But, I felt it good to share the three posts I have put up on Facebook here and to formally request that you pray along with me. I hope to update this blog as new prompts arise in my heart.

On November 6, 2014, I wrote:

Join me to appreciate God and pray towards the release of “Donut” in this exercise called “Days of gratitude and prayer.” Spare ten to fifteen minutes of today to intercede for this project:

Appreciate God for the fact that He chooses to be involved in the daily affairs of man, revealing to them what life really is. And, through this book, He has given a word to young people at this time – a word that, if heeded, will transform their lives.Psalm 68:11

Pray that He prepares the heart of young people as we prepare to release the book to them. A prepared heart to receive the message, we seek. Matthew 7:24-26

On November 9, 2014, I wrote:

I Appreciate God for the great people He has brought my way, to help me through this publishing process. Editors, Encouragers, Critique partners and Beta readers. There’s a list in heaven, and your name is there!

Rick Joyner said if we try to get God to come to a meeting than we try to get people to come, we would have more people than we can handle… So, pray that God who has been actively involved in this process would come to our meetings (the day of the launch and many campaigns) to meet with the young people that would be present.

There’s nothing as sweet as eating your donut (we will find out soon, how to do that)! Have a great sunday!

Today, I wrote:

Appreciate God for the gift of inspiration. We all have minds, and mouths and preferences of what we would rather write as authors. But I have learnt that it is best to obey God. Donut is a product of a struggle between “ought to” and “want to.” The former won. And I’m glad I lost.

Pray for continual grace to obey. Writing the book is just the first step in the process… That all those involved in this project will do more of listen.

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Please join the team: PRAY. GIVE. GO.

More to come soon.

Cheers,

Toluwanimi

When writers dream

When writers dream, they dream of a world where letters fill the page in meaningful arrangement. They dream of book signings, encouraging feedback and testimonies from their readers. They dream of a continuous stream of inspiration.

Then they wake up.

At times, some of these dreams come true.

There are days when I sit at my computer and not want words to write. Like when the inspiration for Donut came. It was as if someone poured the words into my heart and reminded me of relevant scriptures that explained the theme. The personal experiences I shared flowed naturally and fit the existing thought fabric. The first draft was complete in nine days, and ten months later, I am still sure these were inspired words waiting to transform lives of young people, one reader at a time.

There are other days, when I stare at the bank page [computer screen mostly] – nothing to write.

My writing mentors have warned of the danger of losing the writing muscle while publishing. Unlike traditionally published works, I have to keep working to make sure the book comes out well, because I am self-publishing – see to the editing, design, printing etc. I also want to take the advice of people that have gone ahead of me – to write daily as a means of learning.

There are other days, when I stare at the bank page [computer screen mostly] – nothing to write.

However, sandwiched between pursuing publication and medical school [with its numerous attaching responsibilities], I find it difficult to keep up the daily writing practice. I find it easy to miss the muse – the whispered lessons of daily life that I usually note.

Sometimes, I am too busy to journal. Or just too tired.

When I finally get to sit at my table to type, I do not “boot” as my colleagues would say. The thoughts do not flow. The words hang at the fringes of my mind, refusing to come onto my hands. The blank screen smiles [or scowls] at me. The imaginary friends in my head refuse to talk and my word count remains zero.

This can be depressing…

Good news! I have learnt to relax and not despair.

While waiting, I can read a book that helps me hone my craft or improve my grammar – or just for the feel of literature. I can read the articles on the blogs I follow more intentionally. I can check up on my writing “friends” and celebrate their project progresses while anticipating my book’s publication.

I can learn more about young people by relating and studying. I can continue to enjoy school and my commitments in the University Fellowship.

I can pray too. And listen to God and learn.

He reminds me of my primary assignment – to be an instructed scribe [Matt 13:52] and a listener to the daily lessons of life [Isaiah 50:4-5].

Maybe one of these “non-writing” practices will stimulate me to write.

Maybe not.

Anyway, while it is good to maintain a disciplined writing routine, there is so much to learn when you do not write.

From daily life.

I will practice, I will blog, I will publish… but I will also learn to live. And pay attention to God per time.

Who else is publishing presently? What have you learnt from the journey? Share in the comments section and do well to check on the Donut project.

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P.S.: Support the Donut project. My new interactive non-fiction book on the secrets to a fulfilled life, Donut, releases soon. You can pray, give or go. [details on the www.eatyourdonut.wordpress.com blog, or request for the Motif by emailing joshuababrinde@gmail.com]

Cheers,

Babarinde Joshua Toluwanimi

A reminder

On November 22, 2014, after ten years of conscious learning and growing in the faith, I penned the first words of Donut. Nine days later, I completed the first draft, and God seemed to be leading me to publication. It’s not my first creative work, but will be my first published work. I realized I could not do it alone, so like Nehemiah, I shared the vision to a few friends who have lent helping hands.

Since then, work has been on to see that the book gets published before 2014 ends [by His grace]. Through ups and downs, thick and thin, God has enabled us pull through and retain our vision: to see this book that highlights the secrets to a fulfilled life, delivered to young people in schools, churches, youth groups/camps FREE.

It’s eleven months now.

Time has passed, but the project remains strong in the hearts of those who have bought into it. We want this book to be powerful in its message, to be of standard quality and to reach the intended audience at record time.

This blog is to remind you not to forget to raise us up in prayers as you go about your daily life endeavours that:

-God will fulfill His word by raising up financial support for quality publishing and packaging of the book and also for the series of events in our coming book tour schedule [The Core Campaign]

-God will make the hearts of the young people that read this book receptive to the message that the power of God might cause transformation in their lives.

-God will continue to guide us in the process of publishing and the planning of the Campaigns, that we will listen to His voice per time for best output.

We believe that when people willing support a divinely led vision, it becomes a reality. Exodus 36:7.

You will find updates about the book, campaigns and more on http://www.eatyourdonut.wordpress.com. If you do not know about The motif and want to be a part of it, request for The Motif by replying this email. State “Motif” in subject box.

Also, a new website will open soon.

Thank you for your support.

Toluwanimi

A tale of love: part three

the final installment of the three part series on the exploration of “delight”

Hello friend (surprised I said friend?). Here is the final installment for the three-part series on the exploration of what “delight” means. Read through carefully and let the words strike a chord in your heart.

in case you missed the first two parts, just click here (part one) and here (part two).

Shoot to part Three 

Jonathan takes the spear [20:33]

Jonathan was willing to risk his life for David. If not for his martial art experience in ducking, he would have been pinned by his jealous father’s javelin. But question is: in matters relating to the welfare of your friends, can you risk your life for them?

 

Jonathan could do anything for David [20:4]

How could he? Because their hearts knit up. In this we see David’s desire became Jonathan’s desire. That is what delighting in someone can do! When God’s desire becomes your desire and your desire resembles His, you know that you are delighting in Him.

 

One thing about David [20:41]

As they prepared to part ways, we seem these friends kissed one another and wept together but David more so.

Delight resonates in the hearts of the receiver. The Davids in your life are touched by your sheer delight in them. Your spouse loves you greatly and deepens his or her commitment to you. Your friends are eternally grateful and seek ways to repay you. God’s heart is touched and he showers more providence. It is a principle that no one resists love or delight.

Go in peace

And aren’t you happy when there in peace and blessedness in your life? That is what it means by the phrase “May the peace of God rule your hearts and minds…” 

This article is by no means complete, but I have chosen to share this article with you – I hope you will mull over it and let these words sink into your whole being, producing the fruit that God desires and that will make you happy: fulfillment.

You can study more about this theme: “delight in God”, and let it be your life.

Happy new week,

Toluwanimi

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P.S.: Donut, the young adult interactive non-fiction book I am working on is now in the press. Yay! Dream coming true! Please do pray along and check the blog (eatyourdonut.wordpress.com) for updates on the progress of the book. I hope to reach 1000 teenagers (for a start) with the timely message of secrets to a fulfilled life after it is released in the Core Campaign. Show your support – request for the motif by sending an email to joshuababarinde@gmail.com.

You can Pray. Give. Go.

God bless you.

The Burglar

Hello.

My friend made this flash animated short and I would like to share it with you. He says on his facebook page that he’s sorry, it’s got no audio and the animation is not ‘there’ yet – still working. But I think he’s going to do just fine for us here. I know he’s learning fast and will soon pull through greater things.

Are you ready?

 

Make a decision,

Toluwanimi

 

NB: If you want to be a part of my new book project, please email joshuababarinde@gmail.com requesting “The Motif”.

No big promises

Hello.

One of the first things I heard about inspirational writing is that you “write for an audience of one.” Write as though your reader is sitting across your desk. That way, you actively and specifically address an individual rather than just the public. It helps to release deeper creativity and words that are more impactful.

However, it can be quite depressing if you are not sure that even that one reader is paying attention. Seeing “zero likes” or “no comment” on your blog posts is enough to make you miserable the rest of the day. Moreover, it becomes easy to whine.

When I started writing “Donut,” I had fears and such questions like, “who will listen?” or “what impact will these words make?”

Now, eight months later, there are no big promises or fat checks yet. The work is not done, but I am grateful for the little blessings I get from time to time.

People are beginning to ask about Donut: that means I am saying something and people are listening. Only one or two people may mention it per week, or it may even be just a passing comment. They may not give towards it yet, but I know my message is clear.

… there are no big promises or fat checks yet… but I am grateful for the little blessings…

People want to get involved. They are asking, “What can I do?” Though, the responses are few and sparsely spread, I have figured that it is never about me, but it is God doing His work. Rather than whine, I will allow Him to lead me through uncharted territory to destiny.

Please support the Donut project by requesting for The Motif. Email me on joshuababarinde@gmail.com. This blog first appeared on my book’s blog http://www.eatyourdonut.wordpress.com. Click here to learn more.

Cheers,

Toluwanimi

Milestone update

Hello.

Recently, as I checked through a project-funding website, I observed that the highest funding was available for people who wanted to do any stuff other than Christian projects.

Here is a sample of my findings from the website’s homepage: I will keep the details covert, but this is a real! [Donation in dollars]

  • A Phone mount [more like a phone holder] project got 253 backers and a 4 digit monetary donation
  • A movie theatre project got 53 backers and a 5 digit donation.
  • A geographical magazine project got 1467 backers and a 5 digit monetary goal.
  • A music album project got 807 backers and 5 digit support.
  • A video game got 18,520 backers and got an outstanding 6 digit funding!
  • A gospel book project got 9 backers and a 3 digit donation – less than the budgeted cost.
  • Even an art book whose budget was originally 4 digit got a 5 digit monetary support. I couldn’t stay too long on the page because the pictures were of semi-nude females. What an art book – but people loved it and supported it!

[tip – 6 digit support is like 600,000 dollars]

I discovered that more people supported projects that had to do with things that appeal to the natural everyday life, like phone jackets, music album, cinema, leisure, food and business.

Only very few had it in mind to back up the Gospel’s Propagation. Maybe they postponed it or were sceptical of authenticity. Or maybe the gospel didn’t provide an instant gratification. Or what?

I flipped through the succeeding pages of the website and other categories of project, thinking I would get better results, but before long, I discovered the best way to spot anything that had to do with Christ was to check the least funded and least backed project – I found one with as many as only 4 backers.

I wish it wasn’t true, but it is strikingly true.

I know, this is not a surprising discovery, but it’s sad. I’ve been involved in fund raising for programmes before. The top notch companies prefer to heavily support dance programmes, night clubs, and parties; but educative magazines, gospel events and charity causes receive little attention. Some proposals never go beyond the receptionist.

“But why is this,” I thought.

I could not get an answer other than ‘these people know what they cherish and they support it’. And for that, I do not blame them. You really do not expect an organization that does not believe in God or does not care about spirituality to support a crusade or a gospel event.

But here comes my point: what are the Christians doing? The Christians that the Lord has blessed with this resources, where are they?

Even churches prefer to embark on a business project, a bus purchase or a school rather than give to missions [yes! a church]. People pay to use buses for events. Students pay school fees, you know. There is a return for the investment. A visible return.

But in missions, there is a reward that far outweighs the transient one we so much reach for. But it’s invisible. You don’t get to see the joy in the boy who goes to school because you paid his school fees. You don’t get to see that one teenage pregnancy that was avoided by getting a free book on God’s gospel of hope to that little girl. You don’t get to see the exponential effect of the many silent services we render to God. But they are all recorded in heaven.

Anyway, this is the thought that crossed my mind as I wrote this piece. It gnaws at my heart, tugs me daily and says to me: when do we begin to support the Lord’s cause so His work be done.

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#supportDonut

Freely contact me on joshuababarinde@gmail.com or learn more about the book by visiting http://www.eatyourdonut.wordpress.com

 

Cheers,

Toluwanimi

What to expect…

God gives the Word. Great is the company of those that publish it.

I Believe this with passion… the Lord will make the publishers of His word great. And He will send more passionate labourers into this publishing business… Anyway, peep into the “Donut” book specifications.

As I near publication, I seek ways to make this better…

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Cheers,

Toluwanmimi

“Donut” Muse: Reading Culture

Hello.

I remember when I was in primary school, I had to beg for books to read from rich friends in my class… all the Enid Blyton books; famous five, secret seven, R.L. Stines, Goosebumps… all the local books too [Tunde on the run, Eze goes to school etc.]. I practically consumed every book that passed by my nose…

I remember when I was in secondary school; the wife of the then state governor invited us for a reading programme. We were encouraged to read because “readers are leaders.”

I read and read and read… and It really paid off: It taught me proper diction, vocabulary and grammar, it gave me knowledge of the world out there even when my parents kept us at home… it exposed me to broad and sharp ways of thinking outside the box… and helped me weigh matters more objectively. Reading has formed me greatly… no doubt about that.

From the day I met my cousins, they all had books in hand, and the first place we visited after my arrival was the library and they picked 20 books [comics included]! No wonder their minds are sharp. They think wide and broad… they are star bound!

booksSomething has to be done about the reading culture of Nigerian young people. We do not read! Simple as that. From the word go, parents have not persuaded their children to read. They have not encouraged them with book gifts. It is not doing good!

Ask a Nigerian schoolchild to tell you about meteors or asteroids or types of snakes or the currency/independence history in Nigeria. He probably does not know. Alternatively, will tell you he has not been taught in class.

I remember the after exam periods, instead of playing rough and getting injured, I move to the library and read… of the first woman to fly over the English Channel, of Dinosaurs etc.

In the absence of real experiences, books suffice [I knew about differing time zones, planes and cloud types before I actually saw them in reality].

It even affects the spiritual: young people now know next to nothing about God’s word. They do not even know the number of books in the Bible and their classifications… they do not know the commonest Bible stories of my time… They cannot even open the Bible without looking at the content…

However, I am looking forward to the release of “Donut” and to see to it that teenagers READ the book! There’s a great transformation awaiting them within the pages of the book…

Let there be a revival of the reading culture.

#Donut #Readingculture #Campaign

Cheers,

Toluwanimi