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Having a New Mind in 2018

The scenario…I was at my last job for eight years. For eight years, I signed into the company system using my same login info, only changing my password during the required times.

I didn’t pay much attention to my login routine, until now. I’m at a new job. And every time that I go to login, I automatically begin typing in my login from my former job. Of course, the login that I used prior just dies not work at my new job.

This morning I realized that there was a lesson in my sign-in issues. Although I’m in a new place, my actions and my mind are still in the old place. Eight years vs one month in the new.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Romans 12:2

There is a transformation that has to take place in my mind. My mind has to be changed on purpose. If not, I’ll be typing in the wrong thing for weeks, or maybe months.

On the surface, it seems like it isn’t a big deal. I can always change what I type. Except each time that I use the wrong login, my mind automatically goes back to my old place, instantly visualizing my old desk and computer. Each time I do this, my mind is in the old season instead of my new season.

What worked in the old place is not designed to work in the new place. When we find ourselves doing the same things, but failing to produce results like we used to, it is possible that God has moved us to a new place but our minds and actions are reflective of the old place.

It is the season of change. We have crossed into a new year. What worked in 2017 will not necessarily work in 2018. In order to access and unlock the full potential of this year, we must transform our minds to be renewed and in tune to what God has for us in this season.

It doesn’t matter if I type in the login to my old job one time or one hundred times. The old way will not work in this new place, period. Old habits won’t work in this new season. Old thought patterns won’t work in this new season. Old interactions won’t work in this new season.

Have you identified your new place or your new season? Are you bringing the old mind with you or will you intentionally transform and renew your mind?

Here’s the same scripture in the Message version of the Bible…

Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Romans 12:‬2 MSG

Let us transform our minds so that God can bring out the very best in us.

  1. Acknowledge the new season. You must first recognize that your old methods are not working.
  2. Seek understanding on what is required of you in the new season. Sometimes dieters will call this ‘reaching a plateau’. Understand and calculate the changes that you must make in order for you to successfully arrive at your new destination.
  3. Control your thoughts! Have you ever told yourself, I’m not going to think about ‘this’ right now? If so, then you successfully controlled your thoughts. Take charge of your mind that you don’t revert back to old methods.

Are you in the Greater Richmond VA area? If so, I extend to you a personal invitation to join me in worship this Sunday at The Sanctuary RIC.

Would you like to know more about Christ? He freely gives us the power to transform our minds and actions. Leave a comment, email, or inbox and I will reach back out to you right away.

Enjoy your coffee and Power up your day

Ayoka Boyce ~ Minister, Author, Blogger, Lover of Coffee with a new mind.

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The Monday Mirror

I don’t know why Monday mornings are associated with the blues. It’s that one day a week that no one seems to look forward to.

Last night, I certainly was not looking forward to today. Not for any particular reason, I’m just used to dreading the day.

Of course, I had to take a good look, deep inside, and ask ‘why don’t I, Ayoka, like Mondays?’ Is it because no one else likes it, or is it something deeper.

It has to be something deep. It’s nationwide plague of millions of people who don’t look forward to this particular day!

Once I realized this, I knew immediately, this is a stronghold. We’ve been so conformed to not like this day, that we set the tone to have a negative week.

And as I looked at my own personal reasons , I didn’t like the answers that I found.

  • I don’t like Mondays because they represent everything that I didn’t accomplish the week before
  • I don’t like Mondays because I start a diet plans and I don’t seem to break through past Wednesdays.
  • I don’t like Mondays because I know I wasted excellent weekend time that I could have been writing or doing some other project besides ‘work’.
  • I don’t like Mondays because I know I should have pushed harder last week to find a new job so I wouldn’t find myself stuck another week.
  • I don’t like Mondays because I’m afraid that this week will turn into a wasted week, much like the weeks before.
  • I don’t like Mondays because even though I feel like every week can be my breakthrough week, something usually breaks my belief so I stop trying.

As I wrote the reasons why I don’t like Mondays, I realized that what I didn’t like was the pattern of my own behaviors.

Mondays are more like the mirror that refuses to lie. How much did I really work to improve since last Monday? Did I really do my best?

And now that I have looked in The Monday Mirror, I can’t, I won’t have the same week as last week.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2

This Monday, I’m taking a new approach to my week. I will seek to know what is God’s will is for me to do this week. This week, I won’t pray as usual, asking Him to bless my plans and my will, but rather I will seek to do the will of my Father.

And I believe that this week will not simply be good, but it will be acceptable and perfect.

Happy Monday. Enjoy your coffee and power up your day, in His will.

Ayoka Boyce ~ Minister, Blogger, #author, Lover of Coffee

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The Run-Walk-Crawl to Victory

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward” – Martin Luther King Jr

Dr. King showed us 3 wise choices… Run, Walk, or Crawl

This morning, as I begin my new week, which is full of hope and possibilities, I am ready to take off running.

It sounds great, except I feel this way almost every Monday. Yet by the end of the week, I’m exhausted, mentally and physically beat, and more discouraged than encouraged. Things get accomplished but not everything, and not usually with ease.

The Holy Spirit gently reminded me this morning that I am not a runner. Just as I move at slower paces in my body, I work best when I operate at slower paces in the Spirit.

Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, And he who hurries with his feet [acting impulsively and proceeding without caution or analyzing the consequences] sins (misses the mark). PROVERBS 19:2 AMP

In other words, If I apply the knowledge and direction that God freely offers, I can make it to the finish line without being overwhelmed, exhausted or mentally/ physically defeated.

Last night, I made my weekly checklist. Today, I begin to execute with His grace and wisdom.

And as for running through this week, I will remember these the lessons from Dr. King…

  1. It’s okay to move at your best speed. I won’t unfairly compare my speed with others. When I go at my best pace, there’s a better likelihood of me reaching my goals.
  • You don’t have to stay at the same speed. I have different levels of energy at different times of the day, evening and week. I will stop expecting to have the same output at 11:30 in the evening as I do at 11:30 in the morning. I’ve tried, it leaves me exhausted with bouts of insomnia. Instead, I will capitalize on my best times and move intently on my slower times.
  • You move to victory, victory doesn’t move to you. Keep moving and make every move toward victory. If not, I will be standing still or going in circles in the wilderness.

The great thing about new mercies, is the opportunity to get it right today. So even though I ran in circles in the wilderness last week, and I didn’t accomplish everything I set out to do, today is a new day.

And in the words of one of my favorite pastors, Bishop Hezekiah Walker, “I do believe I’ll make it”.

Stay on pace! Enjoy your coffee and power up your day. – Ayoka Boyce,  Minister, Author, Blogger, Lover of Coffee

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Renewed Mind. New Year

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will ~ Romans 12:2

When we decide to lose weight, one of the things we must do is change the way we think. There are times where we think we can’t eat healthy food (because we want something fried, sweet or unhealthy) or we don’t have time to exercise.

Changing the way we think about the food we eat and exercise isn’t an easy task but with God we can do all things.  If you begin to crave a candy bar, chips, ice cream or anything unhealthy ask God for help to get through the craving.   Cravings can last up to 30 minutes or longer.

 Remember, all things are possible with God. Power up your day!

Join us each morning with Morning Coffee and Daily Inspirations

Zhivi Williams Health, Wellness & Fitness Accountability Coach, Author, and Motivational Speaker

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