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Having a New Mind in 2018

The scenario…I was at my last job for eight years. For eight years, I signed into the company system using my same login info, only changing my password during the required times.

I didn’t pay much attention to my login routine, until now. I’m at a new job. And every time that I go to login, I automatically begin typing in my login from my former job. Of course, the login that I used prior just dies not work at my new job.

This morning I realized that there was a lesson in my sign-in issues. Although I’m in a new place, my actions and my mind are still in the old place. Eight years vs one month in the new.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Romans 12:2

There is a transformation that has to take place in my mind. My mind has to be changed on purpose. If not, I’ll be typing in the wrong thing for weeks, or maybe months.

On the surface, it seems like it isn’t a big deal. I can always change what I type. Except each time that I use the wrong login, my mind automatically goes back to my old place, instantly visualizing my old desk and computer. Each time I do this, my mind is in the old season instead of my new season.

What worked in the old place is not designed to work in the new place. When we find ourselves doing the same things, but failing to produce results like we used to, it is possible that God has moved us to a new place but our minds and actions are reflective of the old place.

It is the season of change. We have crossed into a new year. What worked in 2017 will not necessarily work in 2018. In order to access and unlock the full potential of this year, we must transform our minds to be renewed and in tune to what God has for us in this season.

It doesn’t matter if I type in the login to my old job one time or one hundred times. The old way will not work in this new place, period. Old habits won’t work in this new season. Old thought patterns won’t work in this new season. Old interactions won’t work in this new season.

Have you identified your new place or your new season? Are you bringing the old mind with you or will you intentionally transform and renew your mind?

Here’s the same scripture in the Message version of the Bible…

Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Romans 12:‬2 MSG

Let us transform our minds so that God can bring out the very best in us.

  1. Acknowledge the new season. You must first recognize that your old methods are not working.
  2. Seek understanding on what is required of you in the new season. Sometimes dieters will call this ‘reaching a plateau’. Understand and calculate the changes that you must make in order for you to successfully arrive at your new destination.
  3. Control your thoughts! Have you ever told yourself, I’m not going to think about ‘this’ right now? If so, then you successfully controlled your thoughts. Take charge of your mind that you don’t revert back to old methods.

Are you in the Greater Richmond VA area? If so, I extend to you a personal invitation to join me in worship this Sunday at The Sanctuary RIC.

Would you like to know more about Christ? He freely gives us the power to transform our minds and actions. Leave a comment, email, or inbox and I will reach back out to you right away.

Enjoy your coffee and Power up your day

Ayoka Boyce ~ Minister, Author, Blogger, Lover of Coffee with a new mind.

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Do you have Unclaimed Possessions?

I woke up yesterday morning to a surprise text message. There was a direct deposit made into my bank account. This money came from my former job at the bank.

I have not received money from them since July!

I had an unclaimed possession from my former job. I was not aware of it, and if I had never received it, I would have been none the wiser. I’m thankful to God for His intervention of grace.

In that case, I didn’t know there was anything there for me. However, there are many things that I know ‘rightfully’ belong to me, yet I’ve never, or rarely have made action to claim some of those things.

For example, I have an unclaimed possession of good health. Now, I understand that being my size, I am on the express road to major health issues. But, I also know that I have a promised possession in Christ is that I’m already healed. However, I have not (1) sought God’s plan for my specific deliverance (2) remotely prepared my mind to make lifestyle changes. I walk in disobedience to healthy actions and disbelief of any real consequences. Therefore, my good health remains an unclaimed possession.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Isaiah 53:5 KJV

We have the right of possession of good health. We are already healed from diseases and sickness, but it is our job to possess the healing. So if, in the future, I should say that my blood glucose is high and I have type 2 diabetes, then remind me that I didn’t possess my good health when I had the opportunity to do so.

For ye shall pass over Jordan to go in to possess the land which the Lord your God giveth you, and ye shall possess it, and dwell therein.
Deuteronomy 11:31 KJV

Remember the Israelites, the generation who took their exodus from Egypt to take their possession. They had the fulfilled promise from God and they knew that the land belonged to them. Yet all but two of that first generation never possessed the inheritance because of disobedience to God’s commandments and disbelief of God’s provision and of consequences to their action.

I have another unclaimed possession example. I still have not picked up the final check from my father’s inheritance ( since 1991). I have been pushed and challenged to simply provide his death certificate. Yet, for years, I’ve walked in disobedience to do it and in disbelief that it will be significantly life-changing. It really shouldn’t be any surprise that I’m not living with my full inheritance because I have settled to live in the wilderness of unclaimed possessions.

Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun. But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised.
Numbers 14:30‭-‬31 KJV

The unexpected money was His grace, this inheritance money is still an unclaimed possession. If I continue , I’ll never receive what is mine, I’ll die in the wilderness, and someone else will get to claim what belonged to me.

When we are not obedient to instructions, we walk away from possessions that are rightfully ours. I’m challenging myself to claim every good possession that is rightfully mine, peace, prosperity, prosperous health, wealth that comes from within, blessings pouring out from Windows of heaven… there are so many. It’s time to me to get my head back in the book (The Bible), so that I can stop walking in disbelief and disobedience and begin putting claim on what has been provided for me.

We aren’t on diets, we are possessing our health. We aren’t just giving away money to church, we are possessing our harvest. We aren’t just reading the Word from habit, we are possessing our faith. We aren’t just keeping our thoughts on God, we are possessing our peace…

By the way, there is unlimited coffee at my new job. I know, I can’t drink it all, but wouldn’t it be something if we consumed the Word of God as anxiously as we would consume our coffee?

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

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My News from Last Week

Happy Monday!

Do you want the good news first, or the bad news first? Well, I’ll just go ahead and get the ‘bad’ news out of the way.

I am no longer employed. I had to turn in my resignation last week, or else the job was going to process me as terminated as of today. I’ve been in leave and I needed to secure another position on the company within 60 days. Today is day 60.

So that is the bad news. You may be thinking, ‘ Oh no, what is Ayoka going to do?’ And that brings me to the good news…

The good news is that I am no longer there. I had a toxic relationship with my manager. I am now officially free from him.

I am also free to apply myself for new and better positions without feeling guilty or unsure of myself.

I am leaving the job with over 8 years of mortgage banking, analyst, and management experience. My Office skills are exceptional. And I also worked for and earned my Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt. I did not have any of those things when I walked in the door 8 years ago.

I’m leaving the job as a published author of 4 books. Had I not been there, I would not have been co-workers with best selling author BLUNT, who introduced me to bring an author. She read a Christmas play that I had written for church and told me that I was an author. She then guided me through the process of being published.

Last but not least, I’m leaving the job with hope. The last 2 and a half years there, I felt hopeless. I didn’t see things getting better, and they didn’t. Today, I rejoice in hope.

I’m back to the basics. Applying for jobs, going to interviews and even being turned down. (I was turned down for one just last week) Still, I completely trust God. I would have been miserable on that job. The lady who interviewed me even told me she couldn’t see me staying there working for the wages offered. But, my resume sure looks better than it did eight years ago!

So here’s my Monday Motivation. Just in case you may find yourself in a situation similar to this.

  1. You are headed in the right direction. If you were going full speed in the wrong direction, wouldn’t you want someone to help you get on the correct path? Trust God, He directs your path.
  2. Starting over does not mean that you have to start from the beginning. You are simply starting fresh with more experience and knowledge.
  3. Speak well, with confidence. Your past doesn’t break you, it makes you. Don’t discount your experiences or yourself.
  4. David encouraged himself in the Lord. He was king, he had the promises of God and still, he knew that he had to encourage himself and not let his present situation make him depressed. If David knew to do it, then follow his example. Encourage yourself daily, throughout the day, with God’s Word because He speaks well of you.

And David was greatly distressed;….. but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. ~ 1 Samuel 30:6

I pray this encourages you. Now I’m off to start my day with Prayer, Coffee and Applications. Enjoy your coffee and power up your day.

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

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The Monday Mirror

I don’t know why Monday mornings are associated with the blues. It’s that one day a week that no one seems to look forward to.

Last night, I certainly was not looking forward to today. Not for any particular reason, I’m just used to dreading the day.

Of course, I had to take a good look, deep inside, and ask ‘why don’t I, Ayoka, like Mondays?’ Is it because no one else likes it, or is it something deeper.

It has to be something deep. It’s nationwide plague of millions of people who don’t look forward to this particular day!

Once I realized this, I knew immediately, this is a stronghold. We’ve been so conformed to not like this day, that we set the tone to have a negative week.

And as I looked at my own personal reasons , I didn’t like the answers that I found.

  • I don’t like Mondays because they represent everything that I didn’t accomplish the week before
  • I don’t like Mondays because I start a diet plans and I don’t seem to break through past Wednesdays.
  • I don’t like Mondays because I know I wasted excellent weekend time that I could have been writing or doing some other project besides ‘work’.
  • I don’t like Mondays because I know I should have pushed harder last week to find a new job so I wouldn’t find myself stuck another week.
  • I don’t like Mondays because I’m afraid that this week will turn into a wasted week, much like the weeks before.
  • I don’t like Mondays because even though I feel like every week can be my breakthrough week, something usually breaks my belief so I stop trying.

As I wrote the reasons why I don’t like Mondays, I realized that what I didn’t like was the pattern of my own behaviors.

Mondays are more like the mirror that refuses to lie. How much did I really work to improve since last Monday? Did I really do my best?

And now that I have looked in The Monday Mirror, I can’t, I won’t have the same week as last week.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2

This Monday, I’m taking a new approach to my week. I will seek to know what is God’s will is for me to do this week. This week, I won’t pray as usual, asking Him to bless my plans and my will, but rather I will seek to do the will of my Father.

And I believe that this week will not simply be good, but it will be acceptable and perfect.

Happy Monday. Enjoy your coffee and power up your day, in His will.

Ayoka Boyce ~ Minister, Blogger, #author, Lover of Coffee

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Where did I put my Faith?

If you follow my blogs, or follow me on social media, then you know that I misplace things often. Keys, notebooks, etc can go missing for weeks and then pop back up in the strangest places.

What I noticed today is that I misplace the things that I use most often. It’s frustrating to look for keys that I know I ‘just’ had in my hands and literally cannot get my hands back on them.

Today, I’m looking for my Faith. I know I just had it. It was in strong operation yesterday when I read the Word and prayed in church. This morning, I need that same confidence.

They say when you lose something, retrace your steps. So what happened between yesterday and today? I left church, had dinner, watched a little television. I know I didn’t leave my Faith at church, I had it with me on the drive home. I completely believed God would show me the way out of this storm.

Did I misplace my Faith when I got home? Is it hiding around here? Maybe it got buried underneath the mail that has bills that I don’t have the money to pay. Or I could have dropped it outside by the car, which is behind in payments. Then again, it could have gotten lost in my phone when I was pressing the ignore button to phone calls I didn’t have the heart to answer.

It’s Monday, and I need to find my Faith. I literally just had it yesterday. Not just a feeling, I had the substance in my hand as I worshipped and hoped. I had the evidence of everything being worked out even before I could see it. Now the substance I seem to hold is an empty purse, a broken spirit.

They say you always find what is lost in the last place you look (duh). So I looked in my Word. I don’t remember leaving it there but I remember finding it there before.

I looked for my Faith in the 4th chapter of 2nd Kings. I found the woman who was moments away from losing everything. She cried to the prophet Elisha and he showed her a strategic plan to immediately get out of debt.

I read it and said, wow, this lady could be me. Hurting and at the end of her rope. No one to turn to and no where to go. There was no escaping or hiding from her situation, she had to face it.

I believe that her cries were not from defeat. If she was defeated, she would have already given up. Her cries mustered up strength that she didn’t realize was there. It didn’t matter how bad the situation appeared to be. It did not matter that time had pretty much run out for her and her sons. There was still faith for fuel.

That’s where I am this morning. I found a reserve of faith that I didn’t realize I had. It didn’t let me give up today. Instead, I activated what I had and I looked in the Word for my missing faith.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6 KJV

That was my reminder. God wants me to have faith. He doesn’t want me to misplace it, or simply not use it. He is pleased when I believe in Him. He is pleased with me when I diligently seek him.

So today, I’m working. Just like the woman in 2nd Kings, giving up isn’t an option. If you happen to see tears on me, I’m pulling on my strength. And when you see me in my Word, know that I have found my Faith. It’s in the last place I looked. And it is in excellent working order.

Enjoy your coffee and power up your day through faith.

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

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Lost, Again

Well, I lost my keys this week, again.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that I’ve lost my keys. And to be even more transparent, I lost my ‘spare set’ of keys a couple of months ago. Those have yet to be found.

I didn’t worry ,at first, because I sort of had an idea of where the keys were. I compromised and drove my mother’s car instead of mine. It worked because her gas  tank was full and all was well until yesterday when we both needed to use her car.

So I earnestly looked for the keys again.  I went to where I thought the keys should be and they weren’t there. I moved things, re-sorted things and still, the keys were not found.

Now, I started to worry. Could I have tossed them in the trash? I was on a coffee binge on Wednesday and cleaned out my closet, I prayed the keys didn’t get caught up in those clothes.

My mother allowed me to use her car again, she rescheduled her appointment. But her tone let me know that my grace had run out. It was either find my keys or pay for a locksmith to make a new key for my car. Unfortunately, this wouldn’t have been the first time I had to do that. I really do have a tendency to lose my keys.

By evening time, I still didn’t locate the keys. There was an event I wanted to go to attend, but I didn’t want to ask to use her car. This was ridiculous. My car was sitting in the driveway for days just waiting to be driven.

Here’s the thing. My panic turned into anger. I went back through all of those clothes and literally threw things all over. I smacked a printer and it hit the floor. I banged things. Stomped around and was just about ready to curse those keys. I was ready to turn the entire house upside down. I WANTED MY KEYS!!!!!

But God…

“Go look in your pocketbook.”

I heard the Holy Spirit a few times earlier . Look in your pocketbook. I had looked several times prior, but I didn’t see the keys. I didn’t understand why in the world I was being told to look there again. It was a purse with my wallet case a couple of pens and some loose change.

“Take everything out”.

My pocketbook was in my mother’s car. By now, it was dark outside so I used the flashlight in my phone. Dumped the bag, no keys.

“Move your wallet.”

My wallet sits inside of a small black case. It’s like a purse inside of my purse. I unzipped it, took out my wallet and my keys were sitting right there. I couldn’t believe it. They were always in the right place but still they were lost.

Or imagine a woman who has ten coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and scour the house, looking in every nook and cranny until she finds it? And when she finds it you can be sure she’ll call her friends and neighbors: ‘Celebrate with me! I found my lost coin!’ Count on it—that’s the kind of party God’s angels throw every time one lost soul turns to God.” Luke 15:8‭-‬10 MSG

I came back in the house, embarrassed by my behavior but happy for my prize. “I found my keys ma, they were in my pocketbook this entire time.”

This morning, Mom has her car. She is already out and about. And The Holy Spirit reminded me of how my behavior was last night. I was ready to do anything to find what was lost and recover what belonged to me.

There were times when I was in the right place yet still lost. There were times this year when I was physically in the building, but not one person there could find me in the place where my mind was.

I’ve seen my world turned upside down, just like I did to the room, just to recover and save me from the hidden places of my mind. I’ve been rescued more than once from places of sin and even places of depression.

God asked me last night, when will I be obedient and put my keys on a hook? Or am I willing to continue to lose the things that have been given to me?

Just like for my soul, am I willing to continue cycles of being lost, having to be rescued? Or will I be obedient and keep my mind on Him, follow His precepts and walk under the Blessing?

Then I had to look further. What about people who are lost? Are people as important to me as those keys? Am I willing to keep going out, witnessing and doing ministry until people have been recovered to the Kingdom? How many people do I encounter daily that are lost, but in my sight? Am I willing to put in the effort for what and who really matters?

Just some morning thoughts. I have my keys. And after my coffee I’m sure I’ll be hitting the road soon enough, in my own car. Oh wait, I still have to clean that mess I made… make that two cups (and some water).

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

 

 

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The Run-Walk-Crawl to Victory

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward” – Martin Luther King Jr

Dr. King showed us 3 wise choices… Run, Walk, or Crawl

This morning, as I begin my new week, which is full of hope and possibilities, I am ready to take off running.

It sounds great, except I feel this way almost every Monday. Yet by the end of the week, I’m exhausted, mentally and physically beat, and more discouraged than encouraged. Things get accomplished but not everything, and not usually with ease.

The Holy Spirit gently reminded me this morning that I am not a runner. Just as I move at slower paces in my body, I work best when I operate at slower paces in the Spirit.

Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, And he who hurries with his feet [acting impulsively and proceeding without caution or analyzing the consequences] sins (misses the mark). PROVERBS 19:2 AMP

In other words, If I apply the knowledge and direction that God freely offers, I can make it to the finish line without being overwhelmed, exhausted or mentally/ physically defeated.

Last night, I made my weekly checklist. Today, I begin to execute with His grace and wisdom.

And as for running through this week, I will remember these the lessons from Dr. King…

  1. It’s okay to move at your best speed. I won’t unfairly compare my speed with others. When I go at my best pace, there’s a better likelihood of me reaching my goals.
  • You don’t have to stay at the same speed. I have different levels of energy at different times of the day, evening and week. I will stop expecting to have the same output at 11:30 in the evening as I do at 11:30 in the morning. I’ve tried, it leaves me exhausted with bouts of insomnia. Instead, I will capitalize on my best times and move intently on my slower times.
  • You move to victory, victory doesn’t move to you. Keep moving and make every move toward victory. If not, I will be standing still or going in circles in the wilderness.

The great thing about new mercies, is the opportunity to get it right today. So even though I ran in circles in the wilderness last week, and I didn’t accomplish everything I set out to do, today is a new day.

And in the words of one of my favorite pastors, Bishop Hezekiah Walker, “I do believe I’ll make it”.

Stay on pace! Enjoy your coffee and power up your day. – Ayoka Boyce,  Minister, Author, Blogger, Lover of Coffee

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