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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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Is there a plan?

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. ~ Jeremiah 29:11

What is your plan for today?
I wake up with an amazing vision for my day. 98% of the time, that vision fails within the first hour of me getting my day started.

Why? Because 98% of the time, I don’t have a clear plan for my day. I know what I want to do and I know where I want to be, but I don’t usually get there. And know I know why.

I have not been seeking God’s face for His plans for me.  But He showed me something amazing that came from trusting His plan.

On July 16th I started a plan. A couple of days prior, I went to the library, and God gave me a plan for a book. I wrote the plan, I borrowed books to equip me. I posted on social media to keep me accountable.

The plan was to write 30,000 words in 15 days. Only 2,000 words a day, which is a challenge but far from impossible. Last night, I finished with just over 20,000 words.

The plan is working! No, I am not on schedule. I did not make 2000 words everyday. The work is unedited. But in just a few days, God blessed me to go from an idea, to a blank page, to over 20,000 words.

I hear you Lord! I am going to ask Him for more plans for my days. I want to stop wasting so much time and be productive.

And now, my plan is for coffee and seeking God’s wisdom for a daily plan. Enjoy your morning coffee and power up your day.

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

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Seven Days of Happiness – Day 4

 We have different gifts based on the grace that was given to us. So if your gift is prophecy, use your gift in proportion to your faith. ~ Romans 12:5

Yesterday, a co-worker asked me to share my experiences with blogging. In the conversation, she let me know how much she enjoys writing and is now ready to go forward. We were excited, talking about something that we both loved to do. And I was happy to pass on any information that I had to give.

One of the questions she asked was how much time a week do I spend blogging. I had to think about that one. If I am not literally typing, then I am either thinking, observing or studying the industry. What takes 2 minutes to read might have taken 2 hours to type! But it is all for the ministry and the love of writing. Writing is now passionate to me and keeps my mind and heart happy all day.

Today, we are thankful for a passion and desire to live. It is a gift that the enemy often tries to steal from us. Using strongholds of doubt, he works to discourage us from being passionate about life and purpose. The joy of the Lord gives us strength to overcome those strongholds so that we remain on course to live the fulfilling lives God has for us.

Take some time today to pursue your passion. Go after the things that make you smile. Take charge and make your day happy. Enjoy your coffee and Power up your day.

ayokaboyce

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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!

ayokaboyce

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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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Anger is a Stronghold

A fool uttereth all his anger; But a wise man keepeth it back and stilleth it ~ Proverbs 29:11

I have been talking in all the wrong places. I have been in my feelings, and allowing anger to take me out of the character God intends for me. This mood shift started last Wednesday. It was my one year review at work for 2016. It opened the door for old anger. Since then, I have been sharp and fussy. I have literally sat in meetings with the boss and not opened my mouth to say a word to him. Then when someone asks what is wrong, I let all of the anger come out.

I can’t let this go. Anger is a stronghold and I am going to have to deal with this.

I know how to be angry. And I know how to make people angry. My dad taught me well. As much as I miss him, the truth is he was an angry alcoholic. When he drank, he would curse and be verbally abusive. He called me every name in the book and I had to hear it for days, every week. As long as he was drinking, I was a …. (well I won’t repeat it but if you can imagine it, I was called it.) This is how I grew up. I learned that people will target you based on their own issues. I have no idea why my father was so angry with me. but I know that even to this day, I have questions of why I was ever born.

Fast forward 35 years later and I have a boss who reminds me so much of my father that it is driving me crazy. I am having the same arguments that I had as a child. I am listening to someone tell me that my work is never good enough, someone who will intentionally go through weeks of my work in search of an error, all to through it back at me. I work with targeted attacks. As much as I want to walk in and resign, God keeps telling me that I cannot run from this. I have to deal with it or this stronghold will only follow me.

I know this is true. I dealt with this same thing in a past relationship. For years, the man I dated was angry at me. his anger went from verbal abuse to physical abuse. We fought almost daily. One day, he asked me if I was ready to die because he was going to kill me. I walked with black eyes and a swollen mouth. My self-esteem became no-existent. It was when that relationship ended that work started going downhill, and it’s been in that direction ever since.

Now Lord, show me how to tear this stronghold down. No more anger, no more abuse, no more being a victim. I know I am not supposed to be stuck here. Help me to be wise in this.

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

 

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Get Uncomfortable

And the Lord will continually guide you, And satisfy your soul in scorched and dry places,And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail ~ Isaiah 58:11

This Wednesday, I had to revisit 2016. It was my annual review at work.

Let me give you a quick background. 2016 was not a great year at work. There was a real struggle between my boss and me.It was so intense that several VP’s and even Human Resources had to get involved. That the stress caused me to on medical leave for two and a half months.When I did return to work, I went back with the intention to only concern myself with my own actions. I can’t change anyone else’s behavior or their opinions about me.

Since my return, the boss and I actually get along and work has gone on without hiccups.So the last thing I wanted to do was go back there. I was tense, and almost immediately, the same distrustful feelings resurfaced. I had to cast down thoughts and hush the words that I wanted to say. By God’s grace, I didn’t say things like ‘you know that’s not how that happened’ even though I really wanted to. But there comes a time when you just refuse to take the bait.

Again, it was my reminder from God. Stop getting comfortable at that job. I keep thinking about my vested time, health benefits and vested time even though I know it is time to prepare to leave.

Get Uncomfortable

So today, I did something that I almost never do. I called out. It was uncomfortable making that call this morning. I almost changed my mind and went in, even though I was pretty much burned out for the week. But this day is needed. I’m spending time with God, letting Him minister to me. I want clarity for my next career steps so that I don’t make emotional moves. Comfortable is not a great place to stay

On a better note, I did get a raise.

This morning, I am having coffee and accepting that God is making me uncomfortable. I trust Him! Enjoy your coffee, your Friday, and power up your day.

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

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