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Pencil Tip


On September 10, 2020, Anna unintentionally drove a pencil tip into her finger. She was using a mechanical pencil and had pushed out too much lead. The incident happened when she tried to push the excess back into the holder. I tried to remove it but only succeeded in taking out a tiny portion. I could feel the hard piece but it was lodged in a way that the tweezers couldn’t reach it. We flushed with water, treated with methylated spirit, and took a break.

It hurt every time she put pressure on it, especially when she tried to write. My husband talked about the possibility of an incision at a hospital to get it out. The thought of it made her more afraid and really sad. She had cried a lot already. It’s clear that parents have to tell their kids about the risks associated with this type of pencil and how to use it safely.

The Culprit


Before we went to bed that night, I prayed for her, and asked God to remove the pencil tip from her hand and take all the pain away. I shared with her my experience with appendicitis some years back, the divine surgery that happened in my dream, how I woke up completely healed, and went to Church for thanksgiving instead of going to the hospital for my 6 A.M. surgical appointment. God healed me back then… and I told her God has the best medical team and their tools are amazing. You don’t feel the pain at all.


I asked her to say a prayer too before going to sleep. The next day, she woke up and went about her business. She later rushed into the office pressing that finger with her thumb to show us there was no pain. She was radiant and has been so happy since. It was a big relief for her and for me. I was really concerned and a bit upset that I couldn’t help her completely. You know they always come to you with expectation that you can solve every single problem they have, and most times you can. I’m so glad I could connect her to the source of all help.

Thank God for answered prayers.


More tales from Anna – Edge of the Frame


Rome wasn’t built in a day, but these days it seems we all want to do just that or better – how about building it in a minute? Like Mister Maker.

Ambition is good but every now and then, I see the need to calm down, assess the situation and push some things out into the future.

Guess what!!! There’s something called TOMORROW 💃💃🕺🏼🕺🏼and you probably will still be here then. So why kill yourself prematurely by trying to get too many things done TODAY? Notice I said ‘too many’. MANY is fine but TOO MANY isn’t. And our bodies and other indicators signal us when we’re getting to TOO MANY.

A good indicator for me is REST. Once I stack up the activities and I can’t seem to find room for sufficient rest to enable me retain my residence permit or the integrity of my earth suit, i.e., my body, I reassess and push some things to the future – tomorrow, next week, next month, next year – these are some of the available options.

So whenever you begin to feel like you are overwhelmed and you’re losing control, check well. You’ll find a thing or two that can wait till tomorrow. It’s not procrastination; it’s prioritisation for survival. There has to be order and balance in your life. That’s the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed.

I wish you a long and full life – rich with beneficial and fulfilling accomplishments and lived out in perfect health and vitality.

Now if you haven’t watched the studio viral video of my single, titled ‘My Whole Life’, here’s the direct link.

My Whole Life by Anietie Bature

Your Best

I just watched a video of a young and extremely talented doctor/singer who passed away after an accident.

I’m thinking – he was all that yet his life came to an end after it took a turn for even greater heights.

What happens to dreams, desires, and ambitions when a life comes to an end? Death often means the end – case closed, nothing more to be done; but in some cases dreams outlive the dreamers in diverse ways such that their lives keep speaking and having an impact even when they are no more – people’s memories of the person, people buying into their vision and running with it, the lives they touched, books they wrote, and so on.

While there is life, there is hope. While I’m here, I’ll give each day my best and be sure to leave a legacy. ‘There goes another dream’, you may say; but we must not stop dreaming, thinking and imagining. Albert Einstein said ‘Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions’. So I’ll keep dreaming.

How about you? How are you living today? Are you truly living or just wasting time? Are you making a difference in anybody’s life? Are you making each day count?

Here’s a toast to your success and to fulfillment in life. May all your good dreams come true, and if you feel overwhelmed already, there’s help. Call on God. Access Code: JESUS. He asked us to cast  our cares on Him because He cares for us. If you haven’t done so already, this is a good time. And if you’ve pursued and accomplished so many things and yet you find yourself searching for meaning, it’s a good time to call. Make that call.

Tough Choices

Have you ever heard about your counterpart in another company earning so much more than you do? Have you ever had your salary slashed because your employer happened upon hard times and decided that this was the best way to keep his Company afloat, while still demanding as much work output from you? Have you found yourself discussing with friends about how well some other person is doing? – someone who moved to another Country, another establishment, or someone who started their own Company.

Speaking of starting your own Company. This seems to be the way to go for a lot of people; some because they have the drive and passion for it; others – pure necessity. When so many people graduate from the University and there are so few job opportunities available, how long will it take before hunger and other critical needs come knocking on the door of the lives of these graduates?

Oh! One would have thought it’s graduates alone, but we can’t forget the rise in unemployment rate that is evinced by the ever increasing number of able bodied intellectuals who wake up each day and do not quite know what to do because they were told by someone that their expertise is no longer required. Hmn! They too are faced with critical needs, and necessity knocks hard on their doors.

But they say necessity is the mother of invention. So we hope that out of this unpleasant reality, something new and extremely beneficial will come out. An idea, a concept… a solution, a cure, a breakthrough, a new recipe… something good that the world will be pleased to pay for… something that will enrich the life of the inventor. Something!

So if you are in this group, my prayer for you is that your mind will function as it was designed to; that your creativity will be revived; that what seemed like death and darkness will give way to the brightness of your rising and that Kings will be drawn to that light… with the associated benefits that come with royal visitations.

And for you whose employer has made a call that has turned what you once considered as gainful employment to a nightmare or a mild version of slavery, know that you have options. First, you could hang in there and hope that things get better – but know that it could get worse, so while you hope for the best, prepare for the worst. Secondly, you could jump ship – get another job somewhere else with a better deal for you. On that I wonder… when last did you update your CV? Also, you could venture out on your own or with a few trusted friends to implement or execute a well thought through and prayed through business plan. But know that the business terrain comes with its own challenges and can be tough, especially at start up.

Whatever your case may be, remember that where there is a will, there is a way. Don’t be stuck on methods. Be willing to change your strategy or your approach if that’s what is required to help you achieve your desired reality. Never give up!

Best wishes.

May your tomorrow be so much better than today.

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Priority Check

It’s so easy to get carried away with the activity and forget the reason for it.

A man says to his wife, ‘how can you say I don’t care about you and the kids any more? I spend so much time working hard so I can provide for you. I have given you everything you need – this house, the cars, the vacations…. What more do you want from me?’

It’s also easy to become overly sucked into religious activities. You can very easily slip into that state where you find that you are spending so much time and energy on the work of God but are neglecting your personal relationship with the God of the work. I remember a song from back in the days that said ‘do you really love the Lord? Or you’re just busy for Him’.


Every now and then, we need to stop and think about what we are doing and why we are doing it. What’s the reason? What’s the cause? What exactly are we trying to achieve? Then after answering these questions, go further to check if we are still on course and that we haven’t lost hold of our reason.

As different things compete for our resources, attention and affection, the need to evaluate the priorities in our lives from time to time becomes more critical.

Well, today’s a good day for a priority  check.


Paying Attention?

My daughter is at that phase where she doesn’t pay attention long enough. She easily gets distracted with information in a nearby print out, a Barbie doll, a thought that comes to her mind, or something else. This new trait shows up particularly during homework and it can be very upsetting because in our ever so busy world, we have to make time for the things that are important to us and that often means putting aside some other thing.
Having made the sacrifice, I always want to come away with a sense of achievement, knowing I have imparted some knowledge, gotten to know her a little better, or just enjoyed quality time with her. I really do not like to discover that despite my efforts, she had stopped paying attention somewhere along the line.
While driving home the other day, I thought about this new development and my relationship with God came to mind. I wondered if I was also making God’s attempts to communicate with me a frustrating experience because I wasn’t paying attention. Was I getting distracted by my concerns and challenges while He was trying to tell me the solution? Was I rushing through my prayer time, and making it a one-sided conversation, so that I could quickly go off and continue trying hard to solve my problems my way? Was I spending countless hours trying to find a solution online when I could have received direction from Him?
Wait a minute! Before you think I am the only one on trial here…. You should check yourself too. Are you paying attention?
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First Impressions

The carpenter arrived with the pieces that were to be put together to make the beds. Nathan perceived the recently coated wood from an adjoining room and blurted out, ‘what’s that awful smell?’ I immediately thought ‘o oh… where are they going to sleep this night?’
He followed the scent to his room where he found the beautiful bed. Next thing he said was ‘Wow! This is so beautiful. I love it, I love it. I like our new bed and it smells…’ he bent to sniff it, ‘…it smells new’.
A few minutes before, he called it awful, but after seeing how beautiful it was, he gave it a more positive name – new. It was interesting to see how his opinion changed because of the additional information he gained from seeing it… makes me wonder how quickly we write off people and opportunities just because our first impression of them wasn’t quite pleasant.
Also, there’s the part where we write off certain events as insignificant and nothing to worry about only to find out later that we should have taken them more seriously. Hmn….
There might be a lot to gain if we are not so quick to judge….
Think about it.
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Extra Milers

This weekend something interesting happened. We were at a hotel in Eket and for the fun of it, my husband was assessing them. From how quickly we were checked in, to how polite the staff were, to the speed with which they prepared the food we ordered, to the presentation and taste of the food they served…. He just went on.
Oh! Did I mention the part where he took off 0.5 stars each time they didn’t measure up? He would go… ‘that’s minus 0.5 stars for them’. Then at the time the first match of the Barclay’s English Premier League was to air, the staff responsible for changing channels went out and no other hotel staff had the training to help out all the football fans residing in the hotel. You could feel the frustration in the air.
Well, the last straw was when the Travel & Tours Desk told us their two drivers were unavailable. One was out of town, the other planned to show up sometime after the time for our scheduled appointment. At this point, we began to wonder if the problem was systemic or it had to do with the people.
Fortunately, we found another hotel staff to engage on the taxi matter. This guy went the extra mile and got us a taxi. So my husband came to the conclusion – Even when there are systemic flaws, people who go the extra mile to solve problems and meet needs could redeem the reputation of their establishments/organizations.
Are you an extra miler?
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Residence Permit

I remember my days on Campus. It was like being in a free world to some extent. There weren’t any serious rules to abide by so you could almost say we were free to do whatever we wanted. People buried themselves in diverse passions they only then had the liberty to – parties, business, music, fellowship, etc.
Sometimes we would carry on as if those things were more important than our studies, but as we neared the end of each semester, the awareness of our primary purpose in school would become more evident and in fellowship you would hear the secretary announce: ‘Welcome to the Fellowship of Christian Students… Remember, you must first be a student to be a member of this fellowship, so read your books and pass your exams. No matter how zealous you are, if you fail and are withdrawn, you cease to be a member of this fellowship…. God bless you all’.
I thought about this the other day and wondered at how it translates to life as a whole. We pursue several ambitions each day and sometimes we get lost in our pursuits and neglect our health and overall wellbeing. The interesting thing is this – if we are to continue being here for our families and other loved ones, if we’re to keep doing those things we love to do, if we’re to realize our dreams and enjoy the fruits of our labour, we must stay alive. That’s the only way our participation in activities on the earth can continue.
Every now and then, we should assess our lives as a whole and ensure we’re not neglecting our health by the way we carry on from day to day. Where we discover lapses, we should make the necessary adjustments to ensure we keep our bodies in good health. Our bodies are our PERP -Planet Earth Residence Permit.

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