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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.

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Seven Days of Happiness – Day 3

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. ~ 2 Pet 3:18

Growing up in church, I remember there being a time set aside specifically for testimonies. People would stand, give glory to God, then tell how He kept them and brought them through a tough situation with victory. As a child, I sat back and listened. As a teenager, I would struggle with this, I did not want to get up. I did not have a spectacular story or testimony. As an adult, give me a few moments, and I will give my testimony with joy.

Ten years ago, if someone would have told me I would be alive today, in Richmond VA, in ministry, writing and blogging…I would have laughed them out of the door. Five years ago, if someone would have told me that Jesus would be my everything and I would be happy…I would have slammed the door in their face. I am here today because of His grace and mercy. I don’t even have to talk about the enemy, I myself have self-sabotaged and walked a path of destruction on purpose.

Today we celebrate happiness because God has blessed us to grow in grace. We know more today than we knew a year ago. With growth, God continues to open new opportunities for us. His supply for us is bountiful.

My testimony today would wrap up like this: “I am happy today, because I am growing in grace. The more I get to know of Him, the more I want to know. I am daily surprised with blessings. I am always reminded of His love for me. He comforts me as he pushes me to go forward.”

Do you have a testimony of how you have grown in grace? Share your happiness today by telling someone how God has raised you up. It will bless others and you as well. Enjoy your coffee and Power up your day.

Ayoka 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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Seven Days of Happiness – Day 1

I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews ~ Acts 26:2

Happiness is an intentional state of mind. It does not require money, health or stature. When we intend to be happy, we find that it is completely independent of any person or anything that surrounds us.  Happiness is yours if you intentionally choose to have it.

In this passage, Paul coined the words ‘I think myself happy’. He was not a free man. He was as infamous as he was popular. His imprisonment was not like the legal system that we are used to, he wasn’t presumed innocent. Money could not change the situation he was in. Still, he thought himself happy.

When we find ourselves in sticky situations, the enemy will try to make us think that if the outside changes that it will bring us happiness. When bills are overwhelming, we desire a boatload of money to make us happy. When we are feeling lonely, we want to connect with a person to make us happy. While they may provide a temporary lift-me-up, happiness must be brought from the inside out and not the outside in.

Today, I encourage you to think yourself happy. Push your thoughts toward happiness, intentionally.

Enjoy your coffee and power up your day with happy thoughts

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