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It’s not you, It’s me

Who can discern his errors? Clear thou me from hidden faults. ~ Psalm 19:12

I thought it was a conspiracy against me. This scenario has played out the same for about two weeks… I arrive at work, park car in garage and head to elevator.

Me: Good Morning

Person at elevator : ______(looks up, sees me walking, says nothing)

Elevator arrives we get on and someone is already on the elevator

New person: Good morning

And the person who would not speak to me says good morning to them.

Are you serious? So you can speak to other people at the elevator and not me.  This seemed to been happening daily. Honestly, it felt like people just didn’t want to speak to me. Because it was happening over and over, I switched up the routine. If I saw someone by the elevator, I would slow down my pace, let them get on. This way I could ride by myself.

This morning I arrived right behind the gentleman who sits across from me. I felt safe with him being there so I didn’t slow down.

Me: Good Morning Anthony (alter-ego name)

Anthony: __________ (looks up, sees me walking, says nothing)

Me: Anthony, are you going to act like everyone else and not say good morning back to me?

Anthony: Oh you said something, I didn’t hear you

Me: You couldn’t hear me?

Anthony: Not from where you were standing.

Me: Ohhhh.

So I guess all of those mornings when I spoke, and I was getting irritated, upset, thinking there was a conspiracy, and  that no one in the building wanted to talk to me, was not the way I perceived it. The people never heard me. And instead of simply speaking again, I chose to grumble and mumble on the ride up. I can only imagine how I have looked to the people at the elevator. The one who blogs every morning is coming across as arrogant and callous? Guilty as charged.

Funny, how the perception of a thing can mess up our witness. I never should have let what I thought stop me from being the person who I was.

Now that I know what has really been going on, I can position myself to make sure that the greetings are heard. I am ready to get back to having and receiving ‘good’ mornings.

I will be having humble pie with my coffee this morning.

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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I am Fighting Today

Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses ~ 1 Timothy 6:12

Believe it or not, I almost didn’t blog today….

I have been in my emotions this morning. That usually does not turn out to be a good thing. And that would be why this blog is late this morning. I usually try to find something encouraging to say. My emotions told me there was nothing special to talk about today

Then I had to think a little more…

The truth is, most of us have those moments. The feeling comes and we are ready to give up and walk away from everything. It is not necessarily because anything is wrong but simply because of a mood.  Well, let me call it what it is, a stronghold. For me, that feeling is usually the first steps toward depression.

Now that I have identified what the real fight is, I turn to the scripture, Fight the good fight of faith. We were called to this life of purpose. We fight with faith because our faith is stronger than the strongholds that come against it. Our faith knows to rely on the strength of God’s power even when our spirits are ready to give up.

Fight the good fight

All week, we have talked about having the Mindset to Finish. I encourage you to keep the mindset to finish, to fight the good fight of faith, and to continue to walk in you purpose.

Last day of consecration today; 10 days without coffee. I will be back on tomorrow, but enjoy your coffee and Power up your day through faith.

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

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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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Feverishly Exciting

For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. ~ 1 Corinthians 14:33

Here I go talking about time management again.

First, Happy Friday! It is our unofficial start to the weekend. I woke up this morning with the thought, ‘where did the week go?’ I still have a lot of work to get done today, lot’s of chores for the weekend and I am preparing my home for some major changes that are  happening next week. Plus blogging, writing, ministry work…

I love my purposeful life but at times, I feel overwhelmed and unorganized. I know that if I don’t get balance, sooner or later everything on my plate will fall.

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.  Psalm 90:12

I have said that my schedule is ‘hectic’. Is there anyone else out there living with a hectic schedule?  The root meaning of hectic is ‘feverishly exciting, full of disorganized activity’ (etymonline.com). This sounds like most of my days, running, busy, purposeful but unorganized.  Yesterday, I was on the phone from the time I left work until the time I went to bed. I can’t say that I had a full hour that I was not on the phone! Everything was purposeful but I did not have a timed plan for the work I was doing.

So today, I am purposefully slowing down. As I am running, I am not applying wisdom to my heart. I am determined to master this time management and order in my life. Perhaps by next year 2018, I may be in the place of teaching the art of time. And who knows, there may be a book birthed as well.

In the meantime, I am carefully planning the hours of my weekend so that next week, order and peace will prevail.

Walk in peace! Enjoy your coffee and power up your day!

Join me each morning with Morning Coffee and Daily Inspirations

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

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A Mind to Work

So we built the wall. And all the wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work. ~ Nehemiah 4:6

‘Good’ teams work together.  ‘Great’ teams work together for a common purpose.

Many of us like to work alone, but collaborations are powerful.  Remember the tower of Babel? The people built together with the purpose of reaching heaven. God stopped them saying “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.”

God shows up when there is agreement.

Your group may be small or large. But there is power that comes from being on one accord, working for the same purpose. Power and promise arrived in the upper room when the people were of a like mind (Acts 2:1) . Whether it is to bless (Matthew 18:19) or to halt (Genesis 11:9) we can see that God shows up in when there is agreement.

Check your team

Today’s lunch was all about team building. For ninety minutes, we came together, for the same purpose. We left the meeting as a stronger unit, because we went in with the same purpose.

Take a few minutes to see who you are working with. Whether it is collaboration, project or even work or church, be sure that everyone is working towards purpose.

Work together purposely and enjoy your tea!

Ayoka Boyce ~ Minister, Author, Blogger, Sipper of Tea

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Pressure Points

For there is hope for a tree, When it is cut down, that it will sprout again, And its shoots will not fail. Though its roots grow old in the ground And its stump dies in the dry soil, At the scent of water it will flourish And put forth sprigs like a plant. ~ Job 14:7-9

Last April, I went to the dentist for needed dental work. There was a cracked wisdom tooth which at times caused considerable pain. After examination, the dentist decided on a course of action and contacted insurance to ensure the procedures would be covered. Unfortunately, I did not return to the dentist until this week. Had I stayed on schedule, I would have had a simple procedure. Because I waited, I had to have a painful wisdom tooth extraction.

The Problem

It was easy to ignore the problem. I used ibuprofen to fix my symptoms because I was afraid to literally deal with the ‘root’ of the issue. But the medication was never designed to be the solution.

The Pressure

During the procedure, the dentist kept saying, “this is not pain, it is pressure”. I could not get up from the chair. The problem was never going to be fixed without me having to endure the pressure. The dentist could never fix the issue, if she was not willing to put me under the pressure.

The Lesson

Sometimes, what does not feel good, “the pressure”, is what is needed for true healing.  For example, pressure over our bills can be the trigger that directs our attention to fix our finances and credit.

This morning, I want to encourage everyone who may be experiencing pressure. Situations are not designed to hurt us, but to get us to the root of the problems. Deliverance and healing comes through the root.

Trust God through the pressure and the process. Enjoy your coffee and power up your day.

Join me each morning with Morning Coffee and Daily Inspirations

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

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