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Fear, Faced

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind – 1 Timothy 1:7

“I will not abandon my blog” I have been saying this for about two months now. And this blog sat abandoned. Every week I said I will jump in, but I didn’t because I was too afraid to admit that at some point, I needed help, I needed to revise, and I needed a break.

This morning, I had no choice but to face this. I signed up to host a book tour on a separate blog. The tour is for today so I had to log into my wordpress account to post the media kit.

It had been a while since I went anywhere near my blogs, but it did not kill me. Actually, it felt great to push the publish button.

Right after this publishing, I had one more thing to do. I wrestled yesterday with asking for help and I had no choice but to ask for help today. Now that I think of it, it seems ridiculous. The help I needed was to retrieve a telephone number so that I could make a call on behalf of my church. (I had misplaced a business card)

I have behaviors and fears that I learned. As a child, when I made mistakes, I had to face the consequences. (I won’t get into them today, I started typing about it and decided to erase)

Fear faced, Three things accomplished. Two blogs posted. Phone call made. Stronghold tearing down.

If there is something you need to pick back up, writing, blogging, diet, exercise… go for it today. Don’t let fear hold you back.

Time for coffee, and to power up my day.

ayoka-boyce-iwriteAyoka Boyce ~ Minister, Author, Blogger, Lover of Coffee

 

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Seven Days of Happiness – Day 2

I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. ~ Psalm 34:4

Freed from Fear

In spite of what my family thinks, I am not fear-free. They think that my willingness to try new ideas, ride the tallest coasters or pick up and travel at a moment’s notice makes me fear-free. It really just makes me daring.

Real fears go much deeper. As many of us do, I tend to fear the consequences if my life loses stability. What if I lose employment, will bills be paid? What if there is bad weather or a fire should come, will my home be lost? There are countless things in life that the mere thought of them can keep us bound in fear. Being bound in strongholds of fear is not the life that God has for us.

David was at a place of fear. His fear was so great that he changed his behavior and those who sought his life thought that he had lost his mind. It could have been his fate to be locked away or even still be put to death. God did not only spare his life, but He made it so that David did not have to continue hiding in fear. God delivered David, kept him in his right mind, and he never again had to go back to that place of fear.

When God frees you from fear, you can move forward into purpose, pursue goals, and step into successful endeavors. Being freed from fear means that even if things go off track, God has already prepared a way of deliverance for you.

Today we are happy because by seeking God, He will hear us and deliver us from all of these fears!

Walk forward in happiness because God frees us from the stronghold of fear! Enjoy your coffee this morning and power up your day.

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

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Get Over the Hump

The angel of the Lord appeared to him and told him, “The Lord is with you, you valiant warrior!” But Gideon replied, “Right… Sir, if the Lord is with us, then why has all of this happened to us? And where are all of his miraculous works that our ancestors recounted to us when they said, ‘The Lord brought us up from Egypt, didn’t he?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us over to Midian!” ~ Judges 6: 12-13

When my father was alive, there was this one line that he would say often, “Ayoka, I’m going to be here just long enough to get you ‘over the hump’.” He would usually say it when he wanted to make a point, like telling me to save money or to study. When he passed away (I was 19) I took on the thought the he must have believed I was ready. He thought I was over the hump.

I did not think so. I was terrified. I believed I was too young to take on the responsibility of being on my own. He was supposed to stay around to pay the mortgage and household bills. He was still supposed to be here to give me money every week so that my needs would be taken care of. He was not supposed to leave, I still needed my college tuition paid! Did he really leave me like this and think I was over the hump?

I really had doubts that I was equipped to get through the rest of my life. I was young and spoiled. For a while, I forgot that even though my dad was gone, my Father (God) was still with me.

Remember the story of Gideon

Gideon was chosen to lead Israel in battle. The angel found him threshing wheat but addressed him as a ‘Valiant Warrior’. I can imagine Gideon saying ‘Who me? No, I’m not ready for this.’ Actually, his words sound familiar… “God abandoned us here in Midian. How can I be the one to deliver Israel? I am still the youngest!”

God gave Gideon instructions. He had to tear down the idols and strongholds from his father’s house. He was afraid, but he did it anyway. When he initially counted an army of 32,000 soldiers to fight with him, he found that only 300 men were commissioned be God to go with him.
Gideon had fears and questions about his abilities but it was never about what he could do on his own. His father, God, was with him to fight the battle and get him over the hump!

The one thing to remember about any trial that we face – they come to make us strong. Our Father will get us over the hump! Happy hump day! Enjoy your coffee and Power up your Day.

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

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Who, me?

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” Ex:3:11

Has God ever called you to do something and you’re like, “Who, me? Are you talking to me? You cannot really be asking me to do this…. But God?  I don’t know. Me? Really. Me. For real?”

Recently my sister-friend asked if I could help her out and contribute to a project.  I was hesitant. I knew that I should say yes. that I needed to say yes. Otherwise it would be a missed opportunity and I would live to regret it. I knew that the proposition was God ordained even without her telling me that it was (she later shared with me that God indeed had instructed her to ask me.) And the minute that I said okay (and I was shaking in my boots when I did) thoughts of inadequacy and doubt surfaced. “Is she sure? Is this for me? what if I mess this up? What if I end up looking like a fool? Can I do this? I haven’t done on anything like this in like…..ever!”

On and on, these thoughts rolled around my mind like a rock. It was then I was reminded of Moses when God had called him to lead his people out of Egypt to the Promise Land. Moses sat there and listed all the reasons why God had gotten the wrong man for the job. And God promised Moses that He would be there each step of the way. Moments of doubt and insecurity can creep in when we feel that we are less than what the task God is calling us to do. We feel that because we lack certain credentials or experience in the matter, surely we are not qualified. But God doesn’t operate like that. He doesn’t want us to rely on “chariots” or own abilities because the glory wouldn’t go to Him.

We would never know how big God really is if we weren’t painfully aware of our shortcomings.  I told this same bestie of mine that by doing this I will be ‘jumping off the cliff’. To which she replied, Jump! There is a scene in this Indiana Jones movie where Indiana is standing at the edge of a cliff. He has to get to the other side. Problem is there no bridge-that he can see. The thing of it is, the bridge will only appear if he believes that the bridge is there even if he can’t see it. But first, he has to step out.  He closes his eyes, raises his foot, and takes a step. When he opens his eyes he finds that he is standing on a solid surface. The bridge appeared because he believed it was there. If he doubted, he would’ve went tumbling down into the ravine. See what just happened there?  We spend so much of our time wondering if we are good enough when all we have to do is trust in the One who is.

We are often plagued by our insecurities wondering if we are up for the task. God had to point out to Moses it wasn’t about his ability. It was about what Moses could do through God (Phil 4:13). HE is all Moses needed.  I’m not comfortable doing this new thing. And I guess that’s the point of it too. God has to move me out of my comfort zone just as He had to move Moses out of his. And just like Moses, I listed every reason why He couldn’t possibly be talking to me.  He’s moving me to a place where I am learning to put my trust in Him. And that’s no easy feat.

Is God calling you to something else? Are you on the edge of a cliff that leads to your divine purpose? What un-comfort zone is God moving you to? Take a deep breath, close your eyes, and trust His Word. Take that next step. The bridge will appear.

Enjoy your coffee, grab a hold of God’s hand and jump!

Lavahn Davis ~ Writer, loves God, hubby and kids…. the rest are just fringe benefits

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Fear-Free Living // Part 3

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord . “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. ~ Jeremiah 29:11

Circumstances in life can sometimes leave us feeling uncertain and fearful about the future.

I recall a time when the Lord spoke these words to me: “Colette, I have a plan for your life and I INTEND to fulfill that plan.” My heart clung to His every word. I knew that He wanted me to understand His heart and His intentions for me and that He was inviting me to trust Him and remain in His love.

In any successful human friendship or relationship, there must be a foundation of trust and love and the same is true in our relationship with God. When we are grounded in His love for us, fear doesn’t stand a chance!

Having an understanding of the heart of the Father towards us individually changes everything.

Knowing that:

  1. He loves you
  2. Nothing can ever change His love for you
  3. He’s on your side and will help you succeed
  4. He causes your heart to rest in assurance that you will see the promise, the goal, and the dream fulfilled

1 John 4:18 says that perfect love expels fear…the two cannot work together. We will either take a position of trust and abide in the love of the Father or one of fear, worry and self-reliance….but it’ll never be both.

My Prayer For You:
Father, I come before you today praying for those reading this post.  Lord, please give them a deeper understanding of you and your love for them. Take them on a journey revealing to them how to live a life free from fear and helping them to know that you have a plan for them and that you intend to fulfill it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Friends, embrace a life of freedom – free from all fear!

Colette Oliver ~ Mom, Minister, Writer

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Fear-Free Living // Part 1

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. ~ Psalms 23:4

When was the last time you did something that was outside of your norm? Has it been a while? Maybe you are like I was, satisfied with the way things have always been. In a world that’s ever changing, we can find ourselves paralyzed to the future that we’re destined for because of fear.

Fear is crippling and has hindered so many from being able to move forward. The good news is that fear doesn’t have to have the final word over any area of your life!

Camouflaged Fear

Over the past few years, the Lord has unmasked many hidden fears in my own life: The fear of going alone, the fear of rejection, the fear of not being good enough, the fear of speaking up or speaking out…..the list goes on.

I figured that all of these things were “just the way I was” but the Lord revealed to me that these things were rooted in fear and had been strategically camouflaged with an attempt to hinder me from fully becoming who He created me to be, from taking the next step, from walking by faith. God identified these things and called them out for what they really were.

Ending the reign of fear

I’ve made a commitment to not allow fear to reign in my life and have found freedom on so many levels!

Today, I encourage you to allow God to call out those camouflaged areas of fear in your life, so that you’re able to experience the fullness that He has for you.

Join me tomorrow morning for coffee as I share more on this life-changing topic. ☕

Colette Oliver ~ Minister, Mom, Writer 

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