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Not Alone Today Podcast is a podcast for young adults and teenagers — a platform where their everyday questions are responded to biblically and practically. The hosts, Joseph and Anu Ola are the hosts of Alive Mentorship Group — an online mentoring platform where young adults learn practical life lessons across geographical barriers as Joseph and Anu share unreservedly from their life experiences.

Not Alone Today Podcast Joseph and Anu Ola

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Not Alone Today Podcast is a podcast for young adults and teenagers — a platform where their everyday questions are responded to biblically and practically. The hosts, Joseph and Anu Ola are the hosts of Alive Mentorship Group — an online mentoring platform where young adults learn practical life lessons across geographical barriers as Joseph and Anu share unreservedly from their life experiences.

    S4E03 - On Being Misunderstood (& Pioneering)

    S4E03 - On Being Misunderstood (& Pioneering)

    In today's episode, we respond to Chika's question sent in from Lagos, Nigeria. Here's her question:

    "What do you do when you try to work out your relationship with other people and it seems like the more you try to 'express' who you are, they keep misunderstanding?"

    We discussed a few possibilities for Chika's consideration including but not limited to:

    ✥ The possibility that God may be teaching Chika some patience

    ✥ The possibility that Chika may be surrounding herself with the wrong inner circle

    ✥ The possible flaws in Chika's attempt to "express who she is"

    ✥ The possibility that Chika may be unpacking the gift of 'not fitting in', which is often a prerequisite for a call into PIONEERING one form of ministry or the other.

    For more on the last point, we mentioned the works of Jonny Baker who has written a lot of insightful materials on the gift of not fitting and pioneer practice as a whole. 

    You can click on any of the links to listen . . . and please, remember to share.

    ✥ Joseph's Website — https://www.josephkolawole.org/notalonetoday/

    ✥ Other Podcast Platforms — https://pod.link/1537774506

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    • 23 min
    S4E02 - Help! My Husband Lies to Me

    S4E02 - Help! My Husband Lies to Me

    In today's episode, we respond to Betty's question sent in from East Africa. Her main question goes thus:

    "Pastor, I need your help. I've been married to a man I believe is God's will for my life for a couple of years. However, I have observed in recent times that my husband lies to me and hardly apologises! There are so many decisions we make as a family but sometimes he goes against them and, in turn, lies to me instead. I am so fed up. I feel it's not healthy for me, especially as we are currently expecting our first child. To be fair to him, he had previously confessed to me that while he was growing up, he never felt loved because both his parents passed on while he was still very young. However, the fact that he lacked any significant parental love while growing up seems to be affecting him in marriage. It also meant that he didn't grow up with a model of what a man does to his wife. Sometimes, when I am feeling down and in need of his support and encouragement, he doesn't know what to do. Yet, I feel like I need him sometimes to show me that he's concerned or understands how I feel, but he doesn't seem to care about it. As for me, I grew up around both my parents, so I am here battling in my mind about how I think "he's supposed to do this and that" or "this should come naturally to him" but those things are not happening. I am confused and need your help."

    We discussed this in the episode, among other things, an exposition on 1 Peter 2 and 3 while also offering some practical insights into Betty's question.

    You can click on any of the links to listen . . . and please, remember to share.

    ✥ Joseph's Website — https://www.josephkolawole.org/notalonetoday/

    ✥ Other Podcast Platforms — https://pod.link/1537774506

    FOR MORE RESOURCES FROM JOSEPH & ANU OLA


    https://linktr.ee/josephola
    https://josephola.disha.page/

    • 30 min
    S4E01 - Am I Ready for a Relationship?

    S4E01 - Am I Ready for a Relationship?

    In today's episode, we respond to Helen's questions. Her main question goes thus:

    "What can you say about a single lady who is waiting and working because she is not sure that it is time for her to get into a marital relationship yet? She is willing to walk according to divine timing; she is working on discovering herself, acquiring useful skills, working on her character flaws, maximizing her God-given potential, and receiving training on 'the art of authentic ministry.' Meanwhile, as she is doing all these things, proposals keep coming from Christian brothers; what should she do? I believe that some people see this kind of 'waiting' as being 'seemingly foolish' while some would tag it 'a fear of commitment' or 'fear of being vulnerable in a marital relationship'; perhaps, some would even call it 'pride.' Is this so, sir? What if such a person feels so strong about this inner perception of hers (to take her time and do all these preparations BEFORE getting into a relationship)?"

    We discussed this in the episode.

    Meanwhile, her other question came up in her mind while reading Echoes: Life Lessons from an Online Village (Joseph and Anu Ola's latest book). Helen wanted to know if Anu's fears prior to consenting to the beginning of her relationship with Joseph played a part in her waiting for almost 4 weeks before responding positively to Joseph's marriage proposal. To this, we pointed her to previous episodes where the reasoning behind this was already well discussed. See the following past episodes:

    S1E03 - Pre-Courtship, Courtship, and Pre-Wedding FEARS

    S3E01 - Being Sure of Who to Marry

    S1E27 - Becoming the Right Person While Waiting for the Right Person

    S1E28 - The Audacity of Marrying on a 'God Said' Basis

    Our response to Helen's questions welcomes us to Season 4 of the Not Alone Today podcast. You can click on any of the links to listen . . . and please, remember to share.

    ✥ Joseph's Website — https://www.josephkolawole.org/notalonetoday/

    ✥ Other Podcast Platforms — https://pod.link/1537774506

    ALSO MENTIONED

    ✥ Echoes: Life Lessons from an Online Village (Volume 1) - http://viewbook.at/echoes

    FOR MORE RESOURCES FROM JOSEPH & ANU OLA


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    https://josephola.disha.page/

    • 26 min
    S3E05 - Would You Ever Combine Your Income With Your Spouse’s?

    S3E05 - Would You Ever Combine Your Income With Your Spouse’s?

    "What are your thoughts on how young moms can manage money in their marital context?" 

    That's the summary of today's question. It is the concluding part of Tunde's question which we began responding to in our previous episode (S3E04) on balancing the roles of a wife, young mom and career person with one's spirituality. Here's Tunde's question once again:

    "3 ladies who just got married have been struggling with balancing their spiritual life with child care, marriage and career. They wish they could get back the experience of their pre-marital days when they were able to maintain consistent spiritual growth by engaging in spiritual disciplines which they no longer seem to have time for. They all had their first child within their first year of marriage—just like Anu—and so I will like to ask her, how did she manage in those first few years of her married life? Secondly, how can these young mums also manage money concerns in their marriage?" 

    Joseph and Anu reflected on the question and Anu shared various tips that worked for her (and continue to work for her). She drew her approach from Proverbs 14:8 (see also Proverbs 13:16) and also explains why, in her own context, she chose to pull all her income into a common purse with Joseph (while acknowledging that the same approach may not work for everyone).

    Click on any of the links to listen . . . and please, remember to share.

    ✥ Joseph's Website — https://www.josephkolawole.org/notalonetoday/

    ✥ Other Podcast Platforms — https://pod.link/1537774506

    BIBLE REFERENCES

    ✥ Proverbs 14:8 NKJV - "The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, But the folly of fools is deceit."

    ✥ Proverbs 13:16 NIV - "All who are prudent act with knowledge, but fools expose their folly." 

    FOR MORE RESOURCES FROM JOSEPH & ANU OLA


    S3E04 - https://www.josephkolawole.org/notalonetoday/episode/38126580/s3e04-being-a-mom-and-being-you-finding-the-balance
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    • 30 min
    S3E04 - Being a Mom and Being ‘You’: Finding the Balance

    S3E04 - Being a Mom and Being ‘You’: Finding the Balance

    "How can a young mom balance spirituality, childcare, marriage and her career?" That's this week's question in a nutshell.

    Today's question comes in from Tunde who sends a voice note to ask a question based on his recent interactions with 3 of his friends (all ladies) who share some things in common. In summary, here's his question: 

    "3 ladies who just got married have been struggling with balancing their spiritual life with child care, marriage and career. They wish they could get back the experience of their pre-marital days when they were able to maintain consistent spiritual growth by engaging in spiritual disciplines which they no longer seem to have time for. They all had their first child within their first year of marriage—just like Anu—and so I will like to ask her, how did she manage in those first few years of her married life? Secondly, how can these young mums also manage money concerns in their marriage?" 

    Joseph and Anu reflected on the question and Anu shared various tips that worked for her (and continue to work for her). 

    Click on any of the links to listen . . . and please, remember to share.

    ✥ Joseph's Website — https://www.josephkolawole.org/notalonetoday/

    ✥ Other Podcast Platforms — https://pod.link/1537774506

    BIBLE VERSES REFERENCED IN THE EPISODE

    ✥ Ecclesiastes 7:10 NIV - "Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions." 

    ✥ Habakkuk 2:1-3 NIV - "1 I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint. 2 Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. 3 For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay."

    FOR MORE RESOURCES FROM JOSEPH & ANU OLA


    Are You Called to Write? (My Story): 7 indicators to discern if you are called to write - https://www.josephkolawole.org/post/are-you-called-to-write
    https://linktr.ee/josephola
    https://josephola.disha.page/

    • 27 min
    S3E03 - A Question on Writing and Publishing

    S3E03 - A Question on Writing and Publishing

    THE QUESTION: Today's question comes in from a listener who asks, "Do you ever worry about whether someone—or many people in fact—might have written about what you have in mind to write about?" Joseph and Anu reflected on this from their writing and publishing experience.

    Click on any of the links to listen . . . and please, remember to share.

    ✥ Joseph's Website — https://www.josephkolawole.org/notalonetoday/

    ✥ Other Podcast Platforms — https://pod.link/1537774506

    FOR MORE RESOURCES FROM JOSEPH & ANU OLA


    Are You Called to Write? (My Story): 7 indicators to discern if you are called to write - https://www.josephkolawole.org/post/are-you-called-to-write
    https://linktr.ee/josephola
    https://josephola.disha.page/

    • 15 min

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