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What Good Can Come of This?

“Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?”- Matthew 6:27

“If I had a dollar for every time I (fill in the blank here) I’d be rich,” How many times have we said that?  For me, the blank space would be filled with the word worry.

I used to worry. A LOT. So much so, that if worry was a trade, I’d be a success.  In fact, I wouldn’t consider it a normal day, unless I found something to worry about. And guess what? No coins were added to my bank account as a result.

The only thing worrying ever got me was a trip to the ER. I realized then, worrying was not part of what God had for me. I can hear God saying, ‘why didn’t you just bring this to me in the first place?’ Yet for every time we do something negative or of no value, we continue, and lo and behold we are not edified as a result of it. Jesus said something similar, How many of us can add height to our stature by doing it? (Matt 6:27). In other words, what good can you gain from worrying? I think we all know the answer to that, none.

Worry adds to our stress, anxiety, and the rise of our blood pressure.  Yet nothing good ever comes from doing it. Now that is not to say that we don’t have cares or concerns in this life. We do! It’s a part of living. The welfare of our loved ones, finances, our health- the list goes on. But concerns should prompt us to take them to God in prayer.  The opposite of worry is prayer.

Furthermore, the Word of God instructs us what to do with our concerns. He said to cast them upon Him (1 Pet 5:7).

As a wife and a mother to three, certainly I have plenty to worry about. However, I worry less, because I am learning to let God handle my concerns. I take it to Him. I share my thoughts and feelings about them with Him. I ask Him how to handle situations, His opinion about them, or if I should leave it alone. And you know what?  The things I’d worry about, either never happened, wasn’t as big a deal as I thought or God handled it better than expected.  I found that the weight of stress and worry lifted off of me.  And what good came out of that? Peace that surpassed all understanding (Phil 4:7).

Some days it is a struggle for me to let go of worry. As a reformed worry wort, sometimes old habits die hard, as they say.  The enemy never misses an opportunity to fill my head with worry and doubt. Walking in faith and trusting God is an ever-learning process. So I have to consistently remind myself no good can come from worrying but to take it to Him in prayer.

It’s like being a child bringing our problems to mommy and daddy and taking comfort in the fact that they will fix it. They’ve  got this, and all will be right in the world.  What a relief!  The same it is with God our Father.

Don’t worry.  Take your concerns to Him. He’s got this. He’s got you.

Lavahn Davis ~ Writer, loves God, hubby and kids…. the rest are just fringe benefits

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Success over Fear

I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears. ~ Psalm 34:4

Have you ever heard the phrase “afraid of success”?

It was years before I recognized how deep this fear was rooted in my own beliefs. I was afraid of what would happen if things should be successful. I thought, if I were to tell my story, I would lose family and friends. And if I were to live out my dreams, I would lose some relationships. My fear was that any success would lead to loneliness.

David’s success was meant life or death

King David was the youngest of a large family. In his youth, he was called out of his comfortable place (his intended career) and anointed to be king. While he returned to work, when the time came for him to step onto the road to kingship, he had to trust God, face fear, and be determined to have success.

Sure enough, when he fought against Goliath, he used the strength and knowledge of every life experience that God allowed him to have. He faced the battle and overcame fear.

Forward without fear

No, David did not return to his father’s house. His life and relationships did change. He learned to seek God throughout the course of his life.

Let us keep the mind to seek God today. Give Him the cares of our hearts and allow Him to deliver us from all of our fears.

Don’t wake up worrying about the ‘what ifs’. Seek God with your every fear or concern. Enjoy your coffee and power up your day!

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

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If You Know who He is, Then…

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. ~ Psalm 46:10 

Do you remember when Jesus commanded, “Peace, be still”?

The disciples were on an angry sea.  The ship was violently tossed with waves. Even those on the boat who were experienced seaman,  had come to the conclusion that they would die in this storm.
Then they remembered that Jesus was in the boat with them. He was below deck. When they sought him out they asked out of fear, “Don’t you care that we are about to die in this storm?”
There are days, even situations, that will appear to crash down in our lives. During time of great trial,  sometimes we forget that the Savior is there. He’s still in the boat with us.

This Psalm also gives a directive.

It doesn’t speak to our emotions or feelings.  It does not speak to the situations that surround us.  It simply tells us to “be still and know I am God”. Expect for God to be exalted in every life even that you face. Expect that He will triumph over those people, placeas and things which would seem to destroy you.
Take time this morning to simply “be still and know”. Enjoy quiet time, your coffee and power up your day.

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

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Peace on Purpose

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. ~ Isaiah 26:3

“There is a lot on your plate. how do you balance it all?”

Most of us have been presented this question. We all have a lot on our plates. When we live our lives based on ‘purpose’, this comes with the territory.

Having a lot on the plate does not have to equate to being stressed out. We can have responsibilities without becoming burned out. We can have extra tasks and not become frazzled.

In the midst of all that we do, and all that we plan to do, we have an all powerful and unchanging God who we can always rely on to keep us in perfect peace. Remember to keep your mind stayed on Him. Walk and work with purpose and peace.

Stay peaceful, enjoy your coffee and Power up your day!

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

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