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Mindset to Finish – Knowing the Purpose

Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride. Ecclesiastes 7:8

It is the first day of February and I am already thinking about the end of the month. January was a great start to 2017. The momentum is still here, but there is much to get done.

I am starting two things today. The first, I am beginning a 10 day consecration with my church family. The second, I am starting a stretch with a goal of writing 3,000 words a day. Neither of these are impossible to complete. And difficulty will only come in if I don’t begin with knowing the purpose.

What is the purpose?

The purpose of the 3000 words a day, it is not to finish the book. The purpose of the 3000 a day is to instill commitment, structure and discipline into a book that is purposed to minister to every reader.

The purpose of the consecration is not to ‘get through it’. The purpose is to expose and break down the strongholds in my life that have continued to block me from my purpose.

The mindset to finish

There is a purpose to everyday we live and every task we begin. When we know the purpose of anything, then we know the value of it. Let’s develop the mindset to finish and accomplish the goals and tasks of each day.

As for me, I am letting go of my coffee and tea for the next ten days. Enjoy a cup for me and recharge your day.

Ayoka Boyce ~ Minister, Author, Blogger

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A Mind to Work

So we built the wall. And all the wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work. ~ Nehemiah 4:6

‘Good’ teams work together.  ‘Great’ teams work together for a common purpose.

Many of us like to work alone, but collaborations are powerful.  Remember the tower of Babel? The people built together with the purpose of reaching heaven. God stopped them saying “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.”

God shows up when there is agreement.

Your group may be small or large. But there is power that comes from being on one accord, working for the same purpose. Power and promise arrived in the upper room when the people were of a like mind (Acts 2:1) . Whether it is to bless (Matthew 18:19) or to halt (Genesis 11:9) we can see that God shows up in when there is agreement.

Check your team

Today’s lunch was all about team building. For ninety minutes, we came together, for the same purpose. We left the meeting as a stronger unit, because we went in with the same purpose.

Take a few minutes to see who you are working with. Whether it is collaboration, project or even work or church, be sure that everyone is working towards purpose.

Work together purposely and enjoy your tea!

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

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What is ‘Controlling’ You

Direct my steps by Your word, And let no iniquity have dominion over me ~ Psalm 119:133

Controls.

We use that word a lot at my job. Controls are the steps that we have in place to keep us from going off track. Having controls in place keeps deadlines from being missed and it keeps the integrity of our work intact.

In my line of work, I can easily go through four to five audits every year. The one thing that each auditor will do, is search for the controls to verify that they are working. The controls are in place to keep our work from failing.

Controls at work,  and in our personal lives,  keep us from being distracted away from fulfilling purpose. Controls will combat the ‘what if’ and the ‘just in case’.

Here are three controls that we can use daily.

1. Stay alert to immediately recognize a distraction. (It’s never a coincidence that someone will call , text or inbox me when I am writing). Be prepared so that the distraction does not have any power.  I don’t feel guilty anymore that I don’t respond to calls while I’m writing.  

2. Fight to stick to your schedule.You put a schedule in place, so execute it.  If you say you are going to exercise at 5am. Get up and do it. If you designated a time for praying, do it. Be accountable to what you put in place.  This is maturity.

3. Keep records. Start keeping a journal of your accomplishments. Imagine starting off your day by looking at all you accomplished the day before. That is motivation!

Don’t lose the controls. Recharge your day and enjoy your tea!

Ayoka Boyce ~ Minister, blogger, author, sipper of tea

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I Won’t Complain

Bless our God, O peoples, give Him grateful thanks and make the voice of His praise be heard, ~ Psalm 66:8

Are you a praiser or a complainer?

My mother’s favorite song is “I won’t complain”, the version by the late Rev. Paul Jones. The words of the song explain that in every situation, God is still good. His goodness and mercy will counteract and overpower any negative situation that comes against us.

Whether we have good days or bad days, we still have a right and a responsibility to praise God. Should we offer Him our complaints more than our praise? The songwriter says that if he should count them, he would find that his good days will always outweigh his bad days.

With God, our good moments and hours throughout the day will always outweigh the bad. Take a few moments away to give God thanks, and let the voice of His praise be heard.

By the way, the song is pretty awesome. Click here to listen and recharge your day with thanks. Enjoy your tea!

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

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Where is Lunch?

And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. ~ Mark 6:31

Where are you having lunch today? Are you eating at your desk?

Many of us have done this at one time or another,  work through lunch, or if not working, simply eat at the desk. I can honestly say that I did not get any more work done by staying glued to my chair for 8 hours.

Every so often, I used to take my breaks with the smokers. (no one in my department smokes now). I was amazed how they could keep productivity AND take a couple of breaks through the day. I didn’t smoke, but I did enjoy the quick 5 or 6 minutes of being outside.

Even when your day gets busy, take a few minutes away. Your moments of clarity may come while you are resting and eating lunch. Here are a couple of articles on taking a lunch break…

Why You Should Never Eat Lunch at Your Desk, by Lisa Evans lets us know that our brains deserve the chance to rest and refuel. It’s okay to turn things off for a few minutes. The office won’t fall apart in 20 minutes. Breathe!

The Science of Why you Shouldn’t Eat at your Desk , by Jessica Hullinger lets us know that sitting at our desks through lunch can affect our creativity. That is a non-negotiable for this author! Walk away and come back with fresh eyes.

Rest, recharge your day, and enjoy your tea!

Ayoka Boyce ~ Minister, Blogger, sipper of tea

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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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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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