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Lost, Again

Well, I lost my keys this week, again.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that I’ve lost my keys. And to be even more transparent, I lost my ‘spare set’ of keys a couple of months ago. Those have yet to be found.

I didn’t worry ,at first, because I sort of had an idea of where the keys were. I compromised and drove my mother’s car instead of mine. It worked because her gas  tank was full and all was well until yesterday when we both needed to use her car.

So I earnestly looked for the keys again.  I went to where I thought the keys should be and they weren’t there. I moved things, re-sorted things and still, the keys were not found.

Now, I started to worry. Could I have tossed them in the trash? I was on a coffee binge on Wednesday and cleaned out my closet, I prayed the keys didn’t get caught up in those clothes.

My mother allowed me to use her car again, she rescheduled her appointment. But her tone let me know that my grace had run out. It was either find my keys or pay for a locksmith to make a new key for my car. Unfortunately, this wouldn’t have been the first time I had to do that. I really do have a tendency to lose my keys.

By evening time, I still didn’t locate the keys. There was an event I wanted to go to attend, but I didn’t want to ask to use her car. This was ridiculous. My car was sitting in the driveway for days just waiting to be driven.

Here’s the thing. My panic turned into anger. I went back through all of those clothes and literally threw things all over. I smacked a printer and it hit the floor. I banged things. Stomped around and was just about ready to curse those keys. I was ready to turn the entire house upside down. I WANTED MY KEYS!!!!!

But God…

“Go look in your pocketbook.”

I heard the Holy Spirit a few times earlier . Look in your pocketbook. I had looked several times prior, but I didn’t see the keys. I didn’t understand why in the world I was being told to look there again. It was a purse with my wallet case a couple of pens and some loose change.

“Take everything out”.

My pocketbook was in my mother’s car. By now, it was dark outside so I used the flashlight in my phone. Dumped the bag, no keys.

“Move your wallet.”

My wallet sits inside of a small black case. It’s like a purse inside of my purse. I unzipped it, took out my wallet and my keys were sitting right there. I couldn’t believe it. They were always in the right place but still they were lost.

Or imagine a woman who has ten coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and scour the house, looking in every nook and cranny until she finds it? And when she finds it you can be sure she’ll call her friends and neighbors: ‘Celebrate with me! I found my lost coin!’ Count on it—that’s the kind of party God’s angels throw every time one lost soul turns to God.” Luke 15:8‭-‬10 MSG

I came back in the house, embarrassed by my behavior but happy for my prize. “I found my keys ma, they were in my pocketbook this entire time.”

This morning, Mom has her car. She is already out and about. And The Holy Spirit reminded me of how my behavior was last night. I was ready to do anything to find what was lost and recover what belonged to me.

There were times when I was in the right place yet still lost. There were times this year when I was physically in the building, but not one person there could find me in the place where my mind was.

I’ve seen my world turned upside down, just like I did to the room, just to recover and save me from the hidden places of my mind. I’ve been rescued more than once from places of sin and even places of depression.

God asked me last night, when will I be obedient and put my keys on a hook? Or am I willing to continue to lose the things that have been given to me?

Just like for my soul, am I willing to continue cycles of being lost, having to be rescued? Or will I be obedient and keep my mind on Him, follow His precepts and walk under the Blessing?

Then I had to look further. What about people who are lost? Are people as important to me as those keys? Am I willing to keep going out, witnessing and doing ministry until people have been recovered to the Kingdom? How many people do I encounter daily that are lost, but in my sight? Am I willing to put in the effort for what and who really matters?

Just some morning thoughts. I have my keys. And after my coffee I’m sure I’ll be hitting the road soon enough, in my own car. Oh wait, I still have to clean that mess I made… make that two cups (and some water).

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

 

 

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Who is my Distraction?

Make me know Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. Psalm 25:4

The race that many began on Monday has already fizzled out for many. Diets have been abandoned , plans tossed aside and ideas with great intentions and potential have yet to be implemented. It can easily become disappointing to look back and see half of the week has passed without much personal progress.

I thought back on all of the distractions that I had since Monday. Admittedly, I am rather disappointed in everything that I have yet to get done. And this morning, I asked God, what is the purpose of the distractions?

I asked Him this as I drove in minor frustration because other drivers seemed to be in my way

I asked Him because the project I wanted to finish last night did not get touched

I asked Him because my to do list is getting backed up and I don’t want to be overwhelmed again

What is the point of the distraction?

I saw myself in the mirror. I was fussing at other drivers. God said, “none of these drivers are thinking about you or what time you have to be at work. you should have left on time.”

And I thought, ‘well I would have been on time but’… then I saw myself again. No excuses. I caused my own distractions.

Lord, teach me to do better!

Accountability

We can spend the rest of our lives blaming distractions. We can continue to rehearse our past and never move into our future. Or, we can look closer at the distractions. What is God showing us?

Is He showing us how to be better time managers?

Is He teaching us to be accountable for making good food choices for our health?

Is He saying that we should limit our social media scrolling and work more on purposeful work?

Just some purposeful thinking this morning.

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Post Your Wins

I recall the old days; I meditate on all you have done; I reflect on your accomplishments. ~ Psalm 143:5

The administrator of a Facebook group asked us to ‘post our wins, no matter how small’. To start the conversation, she posted a comment on one thing that she accomplished that week. Someone followed with a accomplishment, then another. I took notice of ‘no matter how small’. Well, I did my daily blogs, I went to work every day…hmmm I had a couple of successful coaching sessions. Oh, and the magazine this published week!

The Purpose of the Post

This was not a bragging post. It was designed for the group members to focus on the positive so that we would continue to move forward.

In our last leadership meeting, our pastor Bishop Michael Curtis Jr., presented us with the Power of Positive Thinking (Barbara Frederickson, UNC). To quote the study,

“feelings of positive emotions helps you to identify more possibilities and options in your life”
and
“extra possibilities and options seem to translate into action”

Get Unstuck

When we don’t see large wins, it becomes easy to dismiss our smaller accomplishments. But acknowledging what God has allowed you to complete this week may be what is needed to push you towards your purpose.

Don’t wake up worrying about what you did not see accomplished. Think positive, celebrate your wins and continue to move on Purpose!

Join me each morning with Morning Coffee and Daily Inspirations

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

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A Great Ending

Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.~ Ecclesiastes 7:8

When I lived in NY, I attended Love Fellowship Temple, pastored by Bishop Hezekiah Walker. One of the ministries that I served on was the church choir. During one rehearsal, (there were many) I recall him having us go through the end of a song over and over. We were dragging at the end of the song, just to get it finished. He taught us how to put just as much energy into the end of a song because the end is just as important as the beginning and the middle.

Remember all of the lessons learned, the people met and the people released, the dreams pursued, and the businesses started.  Remember every experience where God has kept us. To sum it up, We came out of 2016 better.

Yesterday, I recorded a video on FaceBook Live, titled “What if?” It was a reflection of 2016 and of life questions.

Today, I am going to move with intention. I don’t want to rush through the day, just to get to the evening celebration. I want to intentionally enjoy this day that God has blessed me to see. The beginning was good, but truly, the end of 2016 is better!

Check out the video here!

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Happy New Year Eve! Enjoy your cup of coffee and power up your day!

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

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A Year Crowned with Goodness

You crown the year with Your goodness, And Your paths drip with abundance. ~ Psalm 65:11

What a year! 2016 has been filled with emotions, hard truths, ups and downs. From our personal lives, to our cities and even national and worldwide, there have been changes.

My relationship with God changed this year. He did not change, but he allowed my situations to change me. My faith in Him has increased. I look for His hand now. I pray and seek His face now more than ever. Where I saw Him as a distant God, I now know Him to be the mender of my broken heart.

This year was crowned, or ‘surrounded’ by his goodness. And by His grace, so shall 2017. Don’t go into the New Year with worry. Trust in His goodness and that the path He leads you on, will be abundant with purpose.

Let’s go into the New Year strong. Enjoy your cup of coffee and power up your day!

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

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This is What I Know

I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread. ~ Psalm 37:25

If I had to describe this year in one word it would be “Uncomfortable.”

By no means do I mean this in a negative way. As I reflect on 2016, I can say that I have been in some uncomfortable positions. I can go down the list, finances, relationships, family, health, work…you name it. Every uncomfortable place had a purpose in my life.

My 2016 lesson: If I am comfortable, I am most likely not in the right position!

No matter how uncomfortable things may feel we know that God does not forsake the righteous nor will he have us in the position of lack. He does use situations to shift us into purpose.

Remember what you know. Trust God without worrying. Enjoy your cup of coffee and power up your day!

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

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