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Seven Days of Happiness – Day 1

I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews ~ Acts 26:2

Happiness is an intentional state of mind. It does not require money, health or stature. When we intend to be happy, we find that it is completely independent of any person or anything that surrounds us.  Happiness is yours if you intentionally choose to have it.

In this passage, Paul coined the words ‘I think myself happy’. He was not a free man. He was as infamous as he was popular. His imprisonment was not like the legal system that we are used to, he wasn’t presumed innocent. Money could not change the situation he was in. Still, he thought himself happy.

When we find ourselves in sticky situations, the enemy will try to make us think that if the outside changes that it will bring us happiness. When bills are overwhelming, we desire a boatload of money to make us happy. When we are feeling lonely, we want to connect with a person to make us happy. While they may provide a temporary lift-me-up, happiness must be brought from the inside out and not the outside in.

Today, I encourage you to think yourself happy. Push your thoughts toward happiness, intentionally.

Enjoy your coffee and power up your day with happy thoughts

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Swimming Underwater

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. ~ Isaiah 43:2

When people find out that I know how to swim, they are usually surprised. I explain that Brooklyn Tech, my high school Alma mater, made swimming a requirement. Every student had to take one semester of swim class. In order to pass the class, we had swim the complete length of the pool. Let me say this, failing this class was NOT an option. If you graduated from Brooklyn Tech, you knew how to swim.

Although I made it across and passed the class, I never could master swimming underwater. The few times that I tried, I floated up to the top. Now, when I dare to go to a pool or beach, there’s no almost no chance of me going under because I don’t want to get all of this hair soaking wet!

Yesterday, I was going over my to do list. I realized that as much as I had already completed, I still had much more to do. I told God that I was “in way over my head”. His reply was simple and profound. “Learn how to swim underwater.”

Water is a strong force. The resistance of water builds your muscle in amazing ways. Water exercises are used for therapy, for weight loss and even strength building. When we are deep in the water, we are actually in position to learn, to grow, and to excel.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the necessary weekly tasks on your plate, I am going to encourage you as God encouraged me. Learn to swim underwater. Before long we will be fantastic ‘swimmers’, going further and faster than we ever thought possible.

Enjoy your coffee and Power up Your day
Ayoka Boyce ~ Minister, Author,Blogger, Lover of Coffee

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Removing The Risk

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:3

I’ve never had any major engine troubles with my car but every couple of months, either a light will go out or a tire has to be replaced. It’s not unusual for me to have to drive on a donut or have to use my high beams at night. Ever so often, something in the car needs to be restored back to optimal condition.

David recognized that ever so often, our soul needs to be restored back to optimal condition. Like the car, we don’t necessarily have major woes, but we find ourselves having to compensate for something that is missing or broken. Sometimes it could be peace, or it could be our self esteem, and sometimes, we simply need a few days off to be restored.

I get fussed at when I ride the donut. What if another tire goes flat or what if the donut gets damaged. And I have a light right now that needs to be replaced. The scary truth is, even though I ‘successfully’ compensate for what is wrong, when I don’t operate the car at full capacity, I am putting other drivers at risk if my backup plans fail.

When the soul need restoration, it’s important to deal with issues immediately. If our soul isn’t operating on full capacity, we pull from our peace and our good-nature to compensate for what is missing. As believers, if our nature isn’t right, then we take the risk of endangering another person’s peace.

I’m thankful for a God who revives our peace and restores our souls. Today, it is okay to allow God to tune us up, and perfect what is within us.

No coffee for me today. Not feeling 100%, I’m resting and supposed to have plenty of fluids, unfortunately, they didn’t mean coffee. So, please enjoy a cup for me and Power up your day!

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Provision or Prison?

So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging…Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. ~ Jonah 1:15,17

I have been debating about doing something for almost a year. This morning I think I’ve just about made up my mind. I’m going to file for chapter 13 bankruptcy where I can pay off my bills through a trustee.

I don’t want to do this.  What I really want is for one of my cousins to win the Mega Million and hit me off for a couple of million dollars. Somehow, I don’t think that will be God’s provision for me.

Was the fish provision or punishment?

Whenever I looked at Jonah and the story of him being in the fish, I always thought that the fish was his punishment. I never thought of the fish being his provision. Jonah never would have survived in the water without protection, and that fish, although it may have been a little uncomfortable, was his protection. It provided him a safe haven to live, and then to go forward and do the work he was sent to do.

I’m Jumping out of the ‘familiar’ boat

It’s familiar for me to live paycheck-to-paycheck. It’s familiar to me to get a few dollars from my mother or another close friend. The stronghold says ‘stay where you are, just keep borrowing and going deeper into debt. The stronghold says you’re never going to be any better anyway so stop trying.  Freedom says just stop the madness.

God has actually already made the provision for me, I just have to leap off of this familiar boat of what I am used to having and what I am used to not having. Worrying about money and not even looking forward to payday is not a pleasant way to live. The real prison is staying in the stronghold.

Just some thoughts that I’m having this morning. I guess the next decision I have to make is whether I’m going to hire a lawyer or tackle the paperwork myself. Decisions,decisions, decisions.

Don’t be afraid of God’s provision, especially if it will loose you from a stronghold. Enjoy your coffee and power up your day.

Ayoka Boyce ~ Minister, Author, Blogger, Lover of Coffee

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Keeping Glad Thoughts

My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD ~ Psalm 104:34

“What a mighty God we serve, What a mighty God we serve”. My song of choice this morning is Lord You’re Mighty, by J.J Hairston & Youthful Praise (awesome song). I hummed it on the elevator and have since been playing it on my headphones. The song is appropriate for my mood of the day. I simply love and trust the mighty God.

I started off this morning worrying. I was worried about my niece going on a field trip to DC today. I was worried about getting to work on time because I had to take her to school early.  I was still thinking about last night’s Home Going Service for Nikki, which hundreds of us attended in person and by live-stream. There was so much on my brain this morning, that I even left my coffee on the kitchen counter.

On my ride to work, God reminded me that He is mighty. Nikki’s family and friends would be okay, He comforts those who mourn. Nikki’s absence from her body means that she is in the presence of the Lord. My niece would be fine on her field trip. I arrived to work on time. And as far as the coffee, my desk drawer is full of Keurig cups. Nothing is missing and nothing is broken.

Knowing that He is mighty, we can dismiss worry and simply meditate on him. Worry is a stronghold of the mind that distracts our thinking. If there is any worry on your mind this morning, I encourage you to replace the thought by reminding yourself of how mighty God is. Be forewarned, meditating on God can lead to worship!

Be Glad in the Lord today. Enjoy your coffee and Power up your Day

Ayoka Boyce ~ Minister, Author, Blogger, Lover of Coffee

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Windows and Seasons

I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. ~ John 9:4

Back in 1996, I worked for NorthWest Airlines. As a Reservation Sales Agent, I had the opportunity to relocate to Honolulu, Hawaii because the reservation office there was short staffed. My friends and family were not shocked that I jumped at the opportunity. I reasoning made perfect sense “The opportunity is here now and it will probably never be like this again. I’m out!”

Within a couple of weeks, my clothes were packed and I was sitting in a hotel room in Honolulu, looking at the ocean. Halfway across the world, in the middle of the Pacific, I was living an opportunity of a lifetime.

Today, as I was riding in the car, I thought about windows and seasons. Depending on the season, the windows in the car or the house will either be opened or closed. It is our responsibility to take full advantage of open windows of opportunities.

Jesus explained that opportunities are not everlasting. He worked within the confines of time and took full advantage of his time in ministry. For three years, he taught, he preached, he healed, he forgave, he gave hope and he loved. When he died, he did so with the purpose of redemption. To his family and friends, the age of 33 may have seemed to early to die. However, within his life on earth, he accomplished everything within the allotted window of opportunity.

17342652_10209210706400964_1689519242651985321_nI dedicate today’s blog to a beautiful young woman, Nicole ‘Nikki’ Hudson. Although we mourn her passing at a young age, we rejoice that she lived a full life. She took advantage of all of the opportunities that life presented to her. Her life was ministry, she was an author, a playwright, producer, photographer, singer, sister, daughter and friend. Those who love her, will say farewell. Our lives were truly made richer because she made use of the opportunities God placed in her life.

Live life to the fullest. Take advantage of today’s open windows of opportunity. Come tomorrow, they may not be guaranteed.

Enjoy your coffee and Power up Your Day
Ayoka Boyce ~ Minister, Author, Blogger, Lover of Coffee

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Teachable Moments

Blessed is the man  who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night ~ Psalm 1:1-2

If I don’t bring breakfast to work, I will usually head down to the cafeteria and grab 2 or 3 boiled eggs. I chop them up, add mayo and prepare a quick egg salad at my desk. Today, I went down late. Breakfast was nearly over and of course, they were out of boiled eggs.

It didn’t help that I was with my co-workers. So with my serious face on I asked for 3 boiled eggs that clearly were not there. the server looked at me like I was nuts. Then I asked (another serious face) “Well why don’t you have any boiled eggs, because you have a pan full of these hard scrambled eggs that ‘no one’ purchased? If you know no one is eating them, why do keep making the scrambled when you can make more boiled eggs?”

I could have eliminated this in 2 ways…

First, I should have brought my own breakfast. at 85 cents an egg, I could have purchased the 18 pack

Second, (this really should be first) Even if I never bring breakfast or lunch, I should not have ‘scoffed’ at the situation.

I had to look up the word ‘scoffer’. I have been quoting Psalm 1 for years, but I have done so with an assumed understanding.

Vocabulary.com –  Scoffersomeone who jeers or mocks or treats something with contempt or calls out in derision

Yes , that was me today, a scoffer. All over an egg. And I let this put me in the same category as ‘being in the counsel of the wicked and standing in the way of sinners’. The egg wasn’t serious. My behavior was concerning.

So, I went back to apologize. The gentleman looked relieved. He wished me a great weekend and I wished him the same. I want to be blessed, but I have come to the realization that sometimes the small behaviors that go unchecked are the things that keep me from receiving the full blessings of God.

I keep asking why am I still at this job. But I see that some of my most teachable moments come from me being at work.

Life is full of teachable moments.   Enjoy your coffee and power up your day!

Ayoka Boyce ~ Minister, Author, Blogger, Lover of Coffee 

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