Inspiration

Living in the Valley

No one knew that outside of going to church, necessary errands or planned events,  I have been closed up in my bedroom for a little over a month.You would not have known this based on my social activity. I stayed active on social media. Even did a lot of writing for my next book.

I called it quiet time. This wasn’t true because it was everything except quiet. I allowed the enemy to creep in and whisper his lies. ‘Stay in the room because this is where you can work without anyone bothering you.’

The truth – I was isolating myself. There were days that people who live in the same house as me didn’t see me. I even went as far as taking the doorknob out of the door in order to prevent anyone from getting in.

Thursday morning, I shared this with my doctor. She said that I was going back into depression. Hearing those words sent me into a worse spiral. and I retreated to my bed and purposely slept the entire day.

Why am I sharing this…because the enemy would have loved to keep me operating in the spirit of depression. Even worse, I did not recognize that it was there, the changes were subtle and my isolation quickly turned into my normal.

After much praying, (in my room) it didn’t seem to lift. Then last night my nephew asked if I was coming into the living room to play UNO with the family. I declined right away, but the Spirit told me to get out of my room.

UNO turned into smack talking and tons of laughs. I even laughed as I was losing the games. Then we moved into karaoke and turned up the laughs greater.

I didn’t walk back in my room until about 1:30 am. and this time, it was only because it was time for bed. No isolation, I kept my door open and I slept in peace for the first time in weeks. The bedroom, that I had turned into a tomb, transformed back into my bedroom.

I am thankful that God called me out of that place of death. Depression is a dark place but yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. For thou art with me , Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

cropped-more-than-a-conquerorAyoka Boyce – Minister, Author, Blogger, Lover of Coffee

 

 

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Close The Door

Just yesterday, I spoke about having a plan and structure. I failed to say that following the plan is key to making it all work.

I didn’t follow the plan this morning. And I confessed it in an email to my July Writing Challenge Group. This is the email…

Good Morning Writers,

I had a late start this morning, and it was completely avoidable.

Instead of going to prayer and going to my word, I picked up the phone and went straight into Facebook. I started chatting and liking posts… Right after this, the phone rings and my cousin has an ’emergency’ but he really only wanted a ride. While I’m driving through Richmond, alerts on my phone were going non-stop.

And I had the revelation why. I literally forgot to begin my day with God. The moment I picked up the phone and chose social media over Him, I allowed access to distractions, irritation and turmoil.

Lord, close the door! I am beginning this day over. I want this day to fall in line with God;s will.

I share this because as writers, we must develop and stick to the routines. If we don’t stick to routines then we allow access to distractions.

As we finish up this challenge, identify where you can ‘close the door’ so that you can concentrate on writing and accomplish your plan for the day.

Happy Writing!
Ayoka “Author Serene” Boyce

I’m playing catch up, but the door has finally closed. I thank God for giving me the revelation of what I have been doing to block my own blessings.

Enjoy your coffee and power up your day with God first

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

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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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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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Chipping Down this Wall

On the seventh day they were up at the crack of dawn and marched around the city as before—only this time they marched around it seven times. ~ Joshua 6:15

I hate writer’s block. Some say it is real, others say it isn’t. Whatever this is, I have had it for the last couple of weeks.

I’ve been able to write short things, a few social media posts, some notes here and there. But that it was not the way I wanted to write. See, I really love it when the ‘flow’ comes, when I start writing one thing and what begins slow, turns into my fingers flying across the keys. Words are rushing to keep up with my thoughts. And even though I am sitting still behind a keyboard, when I am finished writing, I am literally and figuratively out of breath.

Of course, life is not all about the easy way. Neither is it about having things go only our way. When things get difficult, that is when we have the best opportunities to grow.

Joshua

We know the story, there was a wall that had to come down. Nothing was easy about the thought of that task. My mind imagines that if I were there, looking at this huge wall surrounding a great city, I would have asked the Lord, ‘How in the world am I supposed to take this wall down?’

I can further imagine God replying back me, ‘By taking one step at a time!’

Well, I was not writing the way I wanted to, but I did take a few steps in the right direction.  I had a writing course and learned new writing techniques and I took a stab at mind-mapping. That opened my eyes to a more in-depth level of doing that one thing I love to do. Had it not been for the block, I would never have taken the class. I would have taken it for granted that the words were just supposed to flow.

So here is my motivation for the day

  1. It’s okay to be ‘stopped at a red light’. Sometimes the direction we are to go in requires us to take a moment. It is only for a moment. The light will turn green again.
  2. Slower paces will still take you to your destination. Seriously, my dad was the slowest driver, but he NEVER had a ticket, an accident, an incident and he always arrived prior to on-time.
  3. Put on some music and enjoy the ride. Whatever your purpose is, whatever dream you are pursuing, enjoy the ride. In the midst of everything that you do, keep your joy and your enthusiasm for the journey.

In other words, take it one step at time! Enjoy your coffee and power up your day

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

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4 Things I learned from Holy Week 2017

Good Afternoon and Happy Monday
I have not blogged in over a week. No excuses, I got busy, did not plan well and I dropped the ball. But I did learn some things and I am jumping back in so I can share the lessons God taught me this past week.

1. Do not abandon the assignment

I started a theme, Seven Days of Happiness. I finished up to day 4. Things got really busy, I was tired and I let it slip. It went from 1 day, to 2 days… Funny thing, I was not very happy for those days. I honestly believe that had I continued the series, I would have grasped a hold to the happiness (It is a choice and a push to maintain happiness but it is well worth it.)

Jesus was busy. He multi-tasked. Even while he was hanging from the cross, He still ministered. The assignment was never abandoned. In fact, you find him consistently reminding his disciples that he had an assignment to die.

When life, family, friends, etc deter your focus away, remind them of your assignment. It will keep everything in focus.

And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. Mark 8:31

2. The enemy will go after your heart, don’t fall for the emotional tricks

If you didn’t know, I am single, and I am okay with it. However, I did kind of meet someone and have been enjoying his company. I assumed that he knew that I was a minister, but when I mentioned it, apparently he didn’t know. The next morning, I got my walking papers by inbox (You are wonderful, but….)
No I didn’t cry or lose any sleep, but it was enough to irritate me for a few hours. I did not want to blog, post, or think about ministry. The enemy (not the person) used the occasion to go after my heart and question myself. Once I recognized real trick, I picked myself up (got intentionally happy) and went back to doing what I do. Later that afternoon, I had the opportunity to minister for the first time via a Spoken Word event and it was awesome. That evening, I did a Live Facebook of my book A Love Conversation. It had been a while since I read it myself. And at the end of the book, I remembered the purpose of the ministry God gave to me.

Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. John 14:1

3. Ministry is everywhere – We need it and we give it

How many of us give and give, but rarely sit back to receive? That is me. always on the move, always have to be doing ‘something’. Who has time to be ministered to when I have so much to do?

I started reading a book ‘Jonesing – Pseudo Love’, by Keys. I read the first chapter and had to close it. The words immediately brought me to a place that I know I still need healed from. The character in this book starts off telling about a strained relationship with her mother. That is me most of the time. Our relationship is good but strained. This weekend, we got into the nastiest argument. When I left, I slammed the door so hard, I think I was trying to make the entire house crumble. It was ugly, and all of my anger kept going back to childhood. This occurred the day after I tried to read the book.

I really must sit down and read the book, and once and for all get over these issues. Geesh, let it go already Ayoka.

Yes, the incident is over and we both apologized. (She admitted that she really did start it lol).  But I really have to take Jesus’s lead. I may have to prepare myself, but I have to deal with the past, and let God minister to what is broken.

Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. John 12:3

4. Seek the Full picture for the Greatest understanding

The coolest thing happened on Friday.
So, I have been in church since childhood. I have read the gospels more times that I can think to number. But this year, for good Friday, I had a different experience.

Friday Morning, God instructed me to do a ‘timeline’ of Good Friday. I have never done so much study in such a short amount of time! Through the entire day, I searched all four Gospels. With the help of Google, posts were put so that the reader could follow the timeline. (At 12 noon EST, the post of the sun going dark and the next post was at 3pm EST when it is almost time for him to die. ) I don’t think I have ever felt the pain and the pull of Good Friday as I did this time.

There was ministry in that timeline. I can’t really describe but I invite you to read it here

And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. Luke 24:45

I am back. My prayer is that we don’t forget the passion and purpose of our assignments. Don’t abandon the ministry that God has given you to do. Enjoy your coffee and power up your day.

Ayoka ~ Minister, Blogger, Author, 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.

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