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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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Swimming Underwater

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. ~ Isaiah 43:2

When people find out that I know how to swim, they are usually surprised. I explain that Brooklyn Tech, my high school Alma mater, made swimming a requirement. Every student had to take one semester of swim class. In order to pass the class, we had swim the complete length of the pool. Let me say this, failing this class was NOT an option. If you graduated from Brooklyn Tech, you knew how to swim.

Although I made it across and passed the class, I never could master swimming underwater. The few times that I tried, I floated up to the top. Now, when I dare to go to a pool or beach, there’s no almost no chance of me going under because I don’t want to get all of this hair soaking wet!

Yesterday, I was going over my to do list. I realized that as much as I had already completed, I still had much more to do. I told God that I was “in way over my head”. His reply was simple and profound. “Learn how to swim underwater.”

Water is a strong force. The resistance of water builds your muscle in amazing ways. Water exercises are used for therapy, for weight loss and even strength building. When we are deep in the water, we are actually in position to learn, to grow, and to excel.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the necessary weekly tasks on your plate, I am going to encourage you as God encouraged me. Learn to swim underwater. Before long we will be fantastic ‘swimmers’, going further and faster than we ever thought possible.

Enjoy your coffee and Power up Your day
Ayoka Boyce ~ Minister, Author,Blogger, Lover of Coffee

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This is Where it Went Wrong

And do not give the devil an opportunity [to lead you into sin by holding a grudge, or nurturing anger, or harboring resentment, or cultivating bitterness] ~ Ephesians 4:27 (Amplified Bible)

I can’t rehash this week without taking a good, hard look at myself.

Yesterday afternoon, I knew I needed to run away for a few hours. I had a full tank of gas so I drove 2 hours to Virginia Beach. I arrived at my sister-friend’s house look feeling tired and beat up. I thought that I would writie last night, but all I could do was go into a restless sleep.

This morning, God led me straight to Ephesians 4. Have you ever been ‘told-off’ of ‘read’ or ‘checked’ by someone? Well, I was checked this morning. I am not newbie. I am supposed to be mature in Christ. No matter what was going on at work, I was supposed to know better.

5 things I did wrong this week

By not doing these five things, I gave strength to the strongholds. I didn’t tearnthem down this week.

  1. I gave place to the devil. I let him whisper all kinfs of negativity in my ear and I eagerly listened. I allowed him to play on me feeling self-righteous
  2. I did not take authority over my emotions. I knew better but I allowed myself to sit in anger and pity
  3. I did not resist. I should have stopped it after one day (that is the Word). I let my anger seethe past the maximum amount of time and sure enough I left the door open for the most unimaginable feelings of self doubt, pity and depression.
  4. I did not fortify my faith. I let this tear my faith down. I was supposed to jump in the Word. I should have spent at least one night in bed with Bible and let God minister to me. My weapon was available. Note to self – My weapon is the Word of God not an angry tongue.
  5. I did not go into intercession for this. I went straight into my emotions. I identified the strongholds in my life but what about the strongholds that exist at the job. I know there are issues but I only identified the ones that directly effected me.

Now that I am awake, literally and figuraively, it is back to business. There is work to be done: blogs to write, books to write, strongholds to be torndown. Plus I have to drive back home today, two hours in the rain. I am equipping this body with the Word and a cup of coffee.

Enjoy this beautiful rainy Saturday. Power up your day with the Word (it is always good)  and a good cup of Coffee!

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

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I’ve got Plans

Entrust your work to the Lord, and your planning will succeed. ~ Proverbs 16:3

Would you believe I have working on the blog all morning?  I really have, and it has been a great and productive morning!

Last night, God directed me to write down structure and plans. If you don’t already know, I have a lot on my plate, and there is more coming. I started with restructuring the book that I am currently writing. This morning, I began writing the structure of a project for church and last but not least, the structure for the blog.

Wouldn’t you know, once the structure was written and complete, almost immediately I needed to send via email. Now there are two guest bloggers about to come on board! As for the restructuring of the book, I was asked to share that at 7:30 this morning.

I am learning

This did not come out of the blue. For the last two weeks, my Pastor, Bishop Michael B Curtis Jr, has been directing the church towards structure. To quote him “Structure brings freedom.”

I have been battling with finishing this book. Today, the ideas and words are freely flowing.  This week, I struggled with getting the blogs out. Today, God gave me a better structure and sent help immediately.

Stepping it up

God let me know, it was time to step it up. Winging it, and waiting for ‘inspiration’ will no longer be enough. In order to be successful in this season, there must be order. Funny how so many things come back to time management for me. But I did say that by the end of this year, I would be a time management expert.

What are you planning for this three day weekend? Are you working on a business, book or project? Trust your work in God’s hands, let Him direct your plans to success.

I am two large cups of coffee into this day. (can you tell?) And I just may get a third. I am definetly going outside to enjoy a couple of hours of this beautiful Richmond VA weather today.

Enjoy your coffee and be sure to Power up your day.

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A Good Morning!

Jesus spoke to them: “Good morning! Did you catch anything for breakfast?” They answered, “No.”
He said, “Throw the net off the right side of the boat and see what happens.”
They did what he said. All of a sudden there were so many fish in it, they weren’t strong enough to pull it in. Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Master!”
When Simon Peter realized that it was the Master, he threw on some clothes, for he was stripped for work, and dove into the sea. The other disciples came in by boat for they weren’t far from land, a hundred yards or so, pulling along the net full of fish. When they got out of the boat, they saw a fire laid, with fish and bread cooking on it. ~ John 21 :5-9

What I’m Really Saying is…

I’ve said good morning at least 7 times already today.

It is the usual greeting. I’m sure once I get on my Facebook page, I will day ‘good morning’ at least five more times. And I’m already outside, so I’m sure I’ll be greeting a few strangers as well.

So why is it that today, saying ‘Good Morning’ feels different to me? It is because I want those words to be more than a habit.
The purpose of this blog has always come back to these same four words : Don’t Wake Up Worrying. That means, that no matter how situations may look, let’s expect and have a good morning!

Jesus greets his disciples with a good morning. Notice what else this passage lets us know.

  1. Don’t stop working on your goals because of past disappointments
  2. Be mindful to listen to God’s instructions for your day. He is strategic!
  3. Keep positive people in your circle. When the disciples needed help, the right people were there willing to jump in and fulfill purpose. Are the people around you willing to let your ‘net break’ while you are pulling in the big haul?

Good Morning! Enjoy your coffee and Power up Your Day!ayokaboyce

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

 

 

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Wake up to Purpose

Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, For the help of His countenance ~ Psalm 42:5

The best part of waking up is.. well it’s waking up.

Everyone does not have this joy. I remember when I went through a long bout of depression. For years, I would hope that would die. I despised waking up in the morning. The enemy had my mind in such a stronghold, that I thought that God was punishing me for keeping me alive.

If you are waking up feeling anything like that, recognize it as a trick.  If the enemy of your soul wants you to feel like you do not want to live, it is because he does not want you to live to fulfill your purpose. The enemy will use depression, and anything else,  to try to destroy your hope and your purpose.

This morning, if you feel anything but joy, shake it off. You are blessed to be alive and to have another day to walk toward your purpose. God knows the plans that HE has for you. It is up to us to wake up and embrace His plans for us to prosper to have hope and a future.

Don’t wake up worrying. Praise God through everything. 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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Task Master

But Martha was distracted by her many tasks, and she came up and asked, “Lord, don’t You care that my sister has left me to serve alone? So tell her to give me a hand.” ~ Luke 10:40

It did not take long long for me to get slightly off task today. My plan was to make a quick run to the store and bank, and to be right back in the house.

Well, my mom decided that she would like to ride. So I waited for her to get ready. Then the two stops turned into four stops. Thirty minutes turned into two hours minus the money that I had no intention on spending in Sams Club!

In the midst of that, I had a phone call requesting a ride from one side of town to the other, to wait, then to take back. Had I agreed, it would have taken at least 3 more hours. And I was just reminded of a baby shower that I am supposed to attend this afternoon.

Wait a minute! All I really wanted to do today is write.

Distractions come in many forms.

Distractions come in many forms. If we are not careful, we can get pulled in many directions and never fulfill our purpose for the day. Even tasks can be be a distraction when we try to do them at the wrong time. Martha had the opporunity to sit and learn but she was distracted by everyday tasks.

Distractions have a way of being bold. They demand our attention right then and there. When pulled in so many directions, take the time to stop and hear what God is saying.

Master your tasks. Don’t let them master you.

By the way, when I decided to simply stop everything, I realized I had nearly missed a deadline that I had forgotten about. Thank God, I made it just in time. Now I am a confirmed speaker for an upcoming Virtual Telesummit. The organizer was waiting for me this morning and thought that I had changed my mind.

Refocus and recharge your energy today towards Purpose. Enjoy your tea!

Ayoka Boyce ~ Minister, Author, Blogger, Sipper of Tea

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Pump Your Legs

 But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.  ~ Deuteronomy 30:14

Growing up, Saturday was the designated chore day. There was vaccuuming, dusting and laundry to do. My dad was a man of order and the house stayed spotless.

As a child, I would always question him, “Why do I have to clean up when it is already clean?” Mind  you, I did not ask out of being rude, but it was because I truly did not understand. He would say, “The house stays clean because we work to keep it clean. It doesnt happen by itself.”

Do you remember how cool it was to be on swing?

I equate that effort that my father spoke of, with being on a swing.  Do you remember how it was to swing? When you were young, you would need a push to get started.  As you get older you learned how to position yourself to start without anyone standing behind you push. There was work to get you to the height that you wanted to go. And once you get there, you could stretch out those legs and swing back and forth without any effort! But it only lasted for about a minute.

In order to stay at that level, you would eventually have to pump your legs. Stretch and back, stretch and back. Even if you had smeone pushing you, they would eventually encourage you to take over, “Pump Your Legs!” At a young age you quickly learn that no one is going to push you forever.

Pump your legs!

This weekend, I want to encourage you with one big ‘push’ on the swing. Pump those legs today. Work on your businesses, Reamp those websites, get some wordcount in for your books. Whatever the action, task or chore, pump life into it. Work on dreams and don’t let them fizzle out.

Be Purposeful! 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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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!

Join me each morning with Morning Coffee and Daily Inspirations

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

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The Joy of the Sign

When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. ~ Matthew 2:10

When you finally see it! When the promise arrives.

Since childhood, I have travelled for Christmas. I say that I know Interstate 95 from New York to Richmond VA like the back of my hand.

Anticipation of great things are exciting. For weeks prior to the trip, there was shopping, packing, and planning all of the wonderful things that I would do with my family. It would seem like the actual travel date would never come.

On Christmas Eve, my mom and I, would finally get on the road. With music in the background, we would sing and talk for at least half of the six hour and half hour drive. We just couldn’t wait to get to Richmond to do this or that. Oh, the trip would seem to take forever.

Then finally, we would see the sign. “Richmond International Airport”. The weeks of preparation, the hours of driving were all wrapped up in the promise of the sign. We were arriving at the expected place, at the expected time.

I imagine the greater Joy the wise men felt when they saw the sign of the star. The years of waiting, for the promise, the preparation and the travel, to finally look up, and see that they were finally approaching the destination.

Now that I live in Richmond, I often tell my family that one of things I really miss about living in New York, is the joy and experience of travelling on the road to see them!

To quote my pastor, Bishop Michael B. Curtis, Jr, “The process of getting to your destined place is just as rewarding as the actual arrival.” I realize that I miss the process but I’m certainly grateful to be here with my family.

As many as are travelling on this Christmas Eve, I pray that your travels are safe and full of joy and anticipation. One more day until Christmas! 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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