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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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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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Be Fruitful

This morning, the Holy Spirit guided me back to the beginning, the book of Genesis.

And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
Genesis 1:22

I didn’t know for sure why He took me back to the beginning. Genesis 1, I can nearly recite it. Nothing new there right?

But, there was something new there, revelation.

I saw it…the first recorded words that God gave to man, “Be Fruitful”.

I never saw this command. I never realized the power given to us in those two words. And I never understood why this is where the enemy always comes to fight.

Be Fruitful – Be productive in such a way that yields positive results.

Then it was more than a command, God spoke life into us. He defined what our nature should be. “Be fruitful.”

Fruit has seed that replenishes when it is planted in fertile ground. The seed we plant, is expected to grow and not die.

The enemy will try to fight our nature to be fruitful. He tries to keep us still, stagnant, never producing anything or planting good seed in infertile ground.

Then if the enemy doesn’t keep us still, he will keep us busy being fruitful in the wrong areas of life.

Then I peeked a little further in the Word, and I saw that being fruitful comes with multiplication and growth.

And I saw that if I’m not growing then I’m not being fruitful in the manner that God wants me to be.

I am always fruitful but I don’t always acknowledge what is growing? Trouble or peace? Abundance or debt? Heartache or joy?

What areas are producing ‘fruit’? The areas that I give my time, my effort and my attention.

Quick example… I have an author page on Facebook that stayed at 81 followers for about 2 years. I never cultivated it, worked on it, so there was no fruit. Two weeks ago I placed my link on a post and got a few more followers. Then I made it a goal to hit 200. Not only did I make the goal but I exceeded it and this week’s goal is to make 300.

Okay it sounds good but my church membership has not grown. The nature of being fruitful works, but I didn’t apply it to ministry.

So what if I’m fruitful, state my goal this week, go out into the streets of Richmond VA, and introduce them to Christ? What if I put the effort into souls?

Be fruitful. That’s my command, my nature, and my result.

My thoughts this morning, coffee is already brewed. Now it’s time for me to get up and start the day being fruitful.

Ayoka Boyce, a Fruitful Minister, Blogger, and Lover of Coffee

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Keep Faith Alive!

For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead. ~ James 2:26

I have joined another 5-day challenge. This one is for organizing live events. So far, the information that I am getting is great. The challenge is organized, and designed to make me get ideas out of my head, onto paper and executed with action.

Throughout the day, other members of the group posted their challenges and I was impressed by the creativity.  I began to write out my part of the challenge, and it started to become real. My thoughts turned unto written words. In a few days, those words will be the course of action.

We control the fate of our faith

If you have desires to do more, such as open a business, write a book, travel the world, you are already demonstrating faith. The challenge is to go further than the desire.If we don’t put faith into action, then we are in the same boat as the one who has no desires at all. If we don’t make moves, we will become nothing more than sounding boards with a few good ideas.

  • If we have ‘dead faith’ are we better off than those who have no dreams?
  • Would our lives be worse if we don’t take action after God shows us a glimpse of who we can become?

We are accountable to our words

When I was a child, my mother would often say, “One day, I am going back to school and get a degree.” Eight years ago, I told her that I was holding her accountable. A few calls later, she was enrolled in college. Within a couple of years, we attended her graduation at Jacob Javitz center. Her action resuscitated her faith!

When we work toward our goals, we keep faith alive. Stay focused, continue to work and continue to go forward. .

Enjoy your coffee and power up your day!

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Frustration or Motivation

Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct he should show his works done in the gentleness that wisdom brings ~ James 3:13

I did not have the best sleep last night. I replayed the day in my head because I saw something in my conduct that I was not too proud of.

The church had an afternoon bowling outing yesterday. When it was planned, I started my ‘bragging rights’. It started out in fun. Bowling is an activity that my family has done for years. All was well until I bowled my first frame – and it was nowhere near a strike. Immediately, I felt very real feelings of shame and anger. Why didn’t I knock all of the pins down? Why is everyone else doing so much better than me?

After almost every frame, I walked away from the group. I actually hurt to watch my brothers and sisters get strikes and spares after I would bowl a six and a gutterball. What was supposed to be an afternoon of bonding, I turned into an afternoon of isolation, bitterness, and a very real fear of losing.

Thankfully, the very real God we serve, had a nice chat with me. During one of my ‘walk-aways’ He proposed the question, “Are you going to stay  frustrated that you don’t have the highest score or are you going to get motivated to knock down the pins? I answered that I really wanted to knock down the pins. He told me to go back, get my posture together and knock the pins down.

I went back to the lane. Took deep breaths. My posture was intentional and I walked straight toward the foul line. With my eyes focused on the pins, I rolled the ball with the strength and follow through that was needed to knock down them down.  Boom! They started going down. Had I concentrated on my own game at first,  I could have had a better afternoon.

Our feelings and emotions, if not checked, can quickly overtake us. However, we have the choice to either become frustrated or to become motivated. Frustration will turn us backwards so it can lead us back to a familiar place. Motivation will push us to reach our fullest potential with our eyes being focused on God and not on what another person is doing.

When we see others moving forward, and we are not quite at the pace or the place that we desire to be, remember these three things:

  • A person, contest, etc does not determine your value or potential
  • Your overall success is not wrapped up in the success of failure of a single event or status
  • Another person’s success does not diminish your value or your purpose

Be great and recognize your own value. Enjoy your coffee and Power up Your day.

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

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Half-Dressed

Clothe yourselves with the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil  ~ Ephesians 6:11

Happy Friday! I pray that you all have had an awesome week, full of smiles and progress. For me, it has been an overall good week. However, I have noticed that something is trending again, distractions.

I have gotten much better with time-management. I have been arriving places on time and meeting deadlines. This week, a few things caught me off guard and I found myself becoming distracted.

Normally, I would simply say that I have to do better, but I had to look a little deeper. Almost every day this week, I have been late with the blog. And it is causing me worry (that is a no-no).

A couple of reasons why this blog exists

  1. First, this blog allows me the opportunity for daily bible study and application of the Word of God to my life. For the last two years, I participated in an online bible reading program that allowed me to read the bible in full in one year. Since I have done it two years in a row, I knew that in 2017, I needed to do more.
  2. This blog is a daily reminder to myself, and readers, not to wake up worrying. Did you realize that worry is a part of fear and fear is a Stronghold? Strongholds in our lives must be torn down, or else we will be subject to going in circles for our entire lives.

When I look at the bigger picture, I can understand why the enemy would scheme to get me distracted away from the blog. So if the distractions are working, then I am not wearing the full armor. I have to ask myself:

Am I missing the belt of truth?
Is my breastplate of righteousness in its place?
Are my feet fitted with the gospel of peace?
Has my shield of faith become too heavy for me to carry?
Is the helmet of salvation on my head?
Do I have my only weapon, my sword, with me at all times?

Are you fully dressed today? I see I have to revisit my wardrobe. Going out half-dressed just won’t cut it anymore.

Enjoy your Friday. Stay Productive and stay happy. Enjoy your coffee and Power up your day

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

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Re-Centered

You will keep perfectly peaceful the one whose mind remains focused on you, because he remains in you. ~  Isaiah 26:3

Last night, I had to visit a salon that I had never been to before. I knew the general area where it was, and I used the phone for Navigation. That sounded good except I put the wrong address in the phone and walked into the wrong salon.

Completely embarrassed, I headed back to my car, and drove according to the GPS. This time, the phone sent me in the opposite direction. After 10 minutes of driving, the GPS now said I was 20 minutes away. Then I noticed it was prompting me to ‘re-center’.

I did just that. I re-centered. Pulled the car over, got the correct address, then doubled back in the correct direction. I arrived 45 minutes late and the salon was only one block away from where I originally was.

I had to re-center this morning. I was starting to feel overwhelmed. It is a full plate at work today. As I  was preparing for my next meeting, I realized the time and I still have not posted this blog. And out of nowhere the thought comes, ‘so just don’t blog today’.

Oh, I see what this is now. No, I will just skip going downstairs for a break. I am blogging. This is ministry!

The more I am studying the Word, the more I realize that life is not as random as I thought it was. Everything happens for a reason. Every action and every non-action  has a pending result.

Three questions to ask yourself when you need to re-center

  1. Why do you do this?
  2. What is the purpose God has for you to do it?
  3. Why do you think you are being distracted from completing it?

Just a few thought for this mid-morning. I’ve had my first cup of coffee but I think a second cup will be coming soon. Enjoy your coffee, stay focused and Power up your day

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

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