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Wearing Two Faces

Be angry, yet do not sin. Do not let the sun set while you are still angry, and do not give the Devil an opportunity to work.~ Ephesians 4:26 – 27
A couple of weeks ago, I was presented with this question, ‘Who would I be the LEAST likely to invite to church, a family member or a co-worker?’ Hands down, for me I am least likely to ever invite a co-worker with me to church.

I invited two people to a women’s event a couple of years back. One other time, a coworker came by for a Christmas program because she worked with the praise dancer. Other than that, I can’t say that even I think much about my coworkers outside of my working hours. Certainly not enough that I would invite them to church.

But It gets worse

No one here has ever pulled me to the side and asked about coming with me to church. I had to evaluate, am I not showing the love of Christ when I get to work?

Truthfully,  they usually see me in an almost daily battle with my boss. And can I really say that I am approachable when I make sure to keep headphones in for the majority of the day? They get to witness me not smiling, frustrated over the work, unhappy about being there, and dissatisfied. When I occasionally share a Social Media picture of me, they are surprised to see me happy…

Work is the only place where my guard is up 99% of the time. There has been a strong battle here, which started right around the time I first became a minister. This morning, I wonder, just how strategic the attack has been at work?  Has the enemy been setting me up every day, intentionally irritating me, so that my reaction would stink to my coworkers? Who is really going to follow an irritated, standoffish, minister to church?

Looks like I have work to do and an attitude to fix. I am going to start off on a new note by actually offering coffee. Which, believe it or not, has been the one thing that I am not ever willing to share while I am here.

Ministry is all around us. Enjoy your coffee and Power up your day.

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

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Fear-Free Living // Part 1

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. ~ Psalms 23:4

When was the last time you did something that was outside of your norm? Has it been a while? Maybe you are like I was, satisfied with the way things have always been. In a world that’s ever changing, we can find ourselves paralyzed to the future that we’re destined for because of fear.

Fear is crippling and has hindered so many from being able to move forward. The good news is that fear doesn’t have to have the final word over any area of your life!

Camouflaged Fear

Over the past few years, the Lord has unmasked many hidden fears in my own life: The fear of going alone, the fear of rejection, the fear of not being good enough, the fear of speaking up or speaking out…..the list goes on.

I figured that all of these things were “just the way I was” but the Lord revealed to me that these things were rooted in fear and had been strategically camouflaged with an attempt to hinder me from fully becoming who He created me to be, from taking the next step, from walking by faith. God identified these things and called them out for what they really were.

Ending the reign of fear

I’ve made a commitment to not allow fear to reign in my life and have found freedom on so many levels!

Today, I encourage you to allow God to call out those camouflaged areas of fear in your life, so that you’re able to experience the fullness that He has for you.

Join me tomorrow morning for coffee as I share more on this life-changing topic. ☕

Colette Oliver ~ Minister, Mom, 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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Where did the Time go?

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

The last Friday of 2016. Where did the time go?

I’ve been asking myself this questions since just before Christmas.  Where did the time go? The end of the year seemed to appear out of nowhere. One more day and we are moving on to a New Year.

Time is our precious commodity. The scripture is a reminder for us to apply our days with wisdom. And where time-management may be an issue, pray for wisdom in this area.

I don’t want to get through half of 2017 and say ‘where did the time go!’ To quote my pastor, Bishop Michael B. Curtis Jr, “when we don’t plan our time, we give room to the enemy to distract us from our resource of time.”

This morning, I am not just thinking of how to be a better time manager, but I am praying for his instruction and for wisdom throughout 2017.

Enjoy your cup of 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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Feeding on His Faithfulness

Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Psalm 37:3

We believe God is faithful when all is well. And we learn that He is faithful when we are in need.

Being in need can spark actions based on emotions. Need money right away, take out a high interest loan…Need attention, seek attention…I’ve been there and every decision that I made out of emotions and needs, turned out to be disastrous. Then I still had to come back, and simply trust in God.

Whenever we find a need to be filled in our lives, we can feed and be fulfilled on His faithfulness. Surely, God is enough. His supply is endless and His process is life-changing.

Should you find yourself in a season of lack or in an uncomfortable place, trust in the Lord. Feed on his faithfulness. Surely, He will fulfill every need.

Enjoy your cup of 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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The Birth of Promise

And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. ~ Luke 2:7

Here Mary, the young virgin, has carried the child of promise. But now that he is born, she has to resort to laying him in a manger.

Both Mary and Joseph received angelic visitation, promising that this child was the redeemer, the savior. He would be the one that the entire nation had hoped and prayed for. Surely, God would have made provision for the promise to be birthed, someone would have a large room, clean and ready for the birth of a king!sunrise-1886334_1920

In spite of the humble birth, Mary cared for her promise! She used everything that she had to care for her newborn.

When a promise is birthed, it does not always look the way we expect it to look. When we have nurtured and cared for the gifts that God places inside of us, we naturally have great expectation: best selling books, filled auditoriums, people flocking to our businesses.

Encourage yourself this morning by reflecting on what God has promised you. What looks like a humble birth of your promise, may very well be the beginning of great ministry.

Enjoy your cup of coffee and power up your day being confident in promise.

Join me each morning with Morning Coffee and Daily Inspirations

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

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