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Frustration or Motivation

Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct he should show his works done in the gentleness that wisdom brings ~ James 3:13

I did not have the best sleep last night. I replayed the day in my head because I saw something in my conduct that I was not too proud of.

The church had an afternoon bowling outing yesterday. When it was planned, I started my ‘bragging rights’. It started out in fun. Bowling is an activity that my family has done for years. All was well until I bowled my first frame – and it was nowhere near a strike. Immediately, I felt very real feelings of shame and anger. Why didn’t I knock all of the pins down? Why is everyone else doing so much better than me?

After almost every frame, I walked away from the group. I actually hurt to watch my brothers and sisters get strikes and spares after I would bowl a six and a gutterball. What was supposed to be an afternoon of bonding, I turned into an afternoon of isolation, bitterness, and a very real fear of losing.

Thankfully, the very real God we serve, had a nice chat with me. During one of my ‘walk-aways’ He proposed the question, “Are you going to stay  frustrated that you don’t have the highest score or are you going to get motivated to knock down the pins? I answered that I really wanted to knock down the pins. He told me to go back, get my posture together and knock the pins down.

I went back to the lane. Took deep breaths. My posture was intentional and I walked straight toward the foul line. With my eyes focused on the pins, I rolled the ball with the strength and follow through that was needed to knock down them down.  Boom! They started going down. Had I concentrated on my own game at first,  I could have had a better afternoon.

Our feelings and emotions, if not checked, can quickly overtake us. However, we have the choice to either become frustrated or to become motivated. Frustration will turn us backwards so it can lead us back to a familiar place. Motivation will push us to reach our fullest potential with our eyes being focused on God and not on what another person is doing.

When we see others moving forward, and we are not quite at the pace or the place that we desire to be, remember these three things:

  • A person, contest, etc does not determine your value or potential
  • Your overall success is not wrapped up in the success of failure of a single event or status
  • Another person’s success does not diminish your value or your purpose

Be great and recognize your own value. Enjoy your coffee and Power up Your day.

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

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Five Dollar Fill-Up

He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. ~ Psalm 23:3

I gave a friend a ride this week and an Expedition passed us. The friend said, ‘you should get a truck like that’. No way. I had an truck once and the price to fill the tank is more than I am willing to pay. I can drive my car for two days on five dollars worth of gas. 

For two weeks, I was struggling with feelings of ‘not being good enough’ but I was not allowing God to restore me as needed.  I was even so tired that I considered not blogging. And I realized, there is something very wrong that is happening.

 My life has changed but I haven’t. I have been going to Him in my usual way, trying to survive off of a ‘Five dollar fill up’, when I truly need more of Him to be restored. Sort of like expecting the $5.00 of gas that I put in my Versa to have the same impact as putting $5.00 of gas in an Expedition. It just won’t go very far.

As we continue to grow and be elevated, we get uncomfortable. What used to fit, just does not seem to be good enough. If not careful, we spend all of our energy trying to ‘maintain’ our lifestyle instead of allowing God to transition us to new stages and new level s in life.

This Sunday , I am anticipating a true Fill up at the Sanctuary. Allow God to restore you fully on a daily basis. Enjoy your coffee and Power up your day.

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

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Your Voice Matters

I love the Lord, because He has heard My voice and my supplications ~ Psalm 116:1

Have you ever had one of those days, or weeks, where there was so much on your mind and heart that you almost felt like you were going under?

Last week, I had two major life changes and very little rest. I am still adjusting my new normal. I did not feel as though I had anyone to talk to. I really needed someone to ‘talk it out’ with, but I did not reach out.

Then there was this morning.

There is something special about the peace I find early on Sunday Mornings. Everything surrounding me is quiet. I finally had a chance to talk to God  about everyhing that was going on. I had time to ask Him for strength and patience through this. I had time to talk about my concerns and that I did not want things to fail.

The best thing was that He heard me this morning. I have more confidence today than I have had most of last week.

Being Heard

There is so much frustration in the world, because people don’t believe that they are ‘being heard’. If this is you, I encourage you to first talk to God. He hears the words from your mouth and the words from your heart. He can direct your steps to the right people. He can send the help you need. He knows how to make your voice heard and can meet every need you have.

We are still on consecration, so no coffee for me today. Even still, 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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Prove it!

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties ~ Psalm 139:23

Sunday’s tend to be a day of thinking. We reflect on the week prior, and before the day is over, we make plans for the days to come.

Life does not always move at the pace we want it to move. We may not see success as quickly as we would like. As we evaluate our week, there is the task of proof: what was a complete waste of time and what actions were a good investment of time for future success.

There is Proof in the Promise

Remember in the book of Malachi (3:10) , God even tells us to prove His method! Tithing comes with the proof that He pours from the windows of heaven blessings that overflow, planted seeds will grow to harvest, enemies that would come to take from us will be rebuked, those around us will call us blessed and our land and life will be delightful.

Look for the Proof

As we reflect, we may find that some of our best laid plans did not work. Other plans, we may not have executed. We may need to sort through the week, to prove what actions successfully moved us toward our purpose. Evaluate these three questions:

1. What do you need to see to prove progress?
2. Is there a timeline to show your progress?
3. If you have not seen any proof of progress, how will you adjust your actions?

Don’t wake up worrying about what has not been working. Evaluate and seek proof. Enjoy your coffee and power up your day!

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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!

Join me each morning with Morning Coffee and Daily Inspirations

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

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Save it for Tomorrow

Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father, And give attention that you may gain understanding, ~ Proverbs 4:1

Sunday’s are full of inspiration. Radio stations play inspirational mixes in the mornings. Television and cable shows focus on inspiration and empowerment. Churches are full with people seeking a word. And if you check your email, you will likely find a few emails with inspiring tips for the upcoming week.

What speaks to our attention?

With so much coming at me, I know there is no way that I can retain it all. Not wanting to lose all of the value, I now take steps to make sure that I can recall what has been given

  1. I record the messages. I love to have my headphones on when I’m at work. (I think I work better with them). At least once a week, I listen to the Sunday Morning services or the Tuesday Bible Studies. I use the voice recorder on my phone and name the recordings with the date and speaker
  2. I keep notes. I am pretty sure that my pastor can tell when he says something that really hits home with me. I go from being fully attentive to writing frantically trying to capture something that he said. Yes, I have the recordings, but it does not compare to writing down an insprational thought right then and there.

Be inspired every day.

There is so much value that is given to us on Sundays. If we take intentional actions, we can access that value throughout our week.  I no longer expect to ‘get it all‘ on Sunday. Sometimes, my greatest level of understanding just may come on a Thursday afternoon.

What great information did you hear today that you will intentionally keep with you? Recharge your day with intentional actions. Enjoy your tea!

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

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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.

Join me each morning with Morning Coffee and Daily Inspirations

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

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