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Seven Days of Happiness – Day 3

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. ~ 2 Pet 3:18

Growing up in church, I remember there being a time set aside specifically for testimonies. People would stand, give glory to God, then tell how He kept them and brought them through a tough situation with victory. As a child, I sat back and listened. As a teenager, I would struggle with this, I did not want to get up. I did not have a spectacular story or testimony. As an adult, give me a few moments, and I will give my testimony with joy.

Ten years ago, if someone would have told me I would be alive today, in Richmond VA, in ministry, writing and blogging…I would have laughed them out of the door. Five years ago, if someone would have told me that Jesus would be my everything and I would be happy…I would have slammed the door in their face. I am here today because of His grace and mercy. I don’t even have to talk about the enemy, I myself have self-sabotaged and walked a path of destruction on purpose.

Today we celebrate happiness because God has blessed us to grow in grace. We know more today than we knew a year ago. With growth, God continues to open new opportunities for us. His supply for us is bountiful.

My testimony today would wrap up like this: “I am happy today, because I am growing in grace. The more I get to know of Him, the more I want to know. I am daily surprised with blessings. I am always reminded of His love for me. He comforts me as he pushes me to go forward.”

Do you have a testimony of how you have grown in grace? Share your happiness today by telling someone how God has raised you up. It will bless others and you as well. Enjoy your coffee and Power up your day.

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



Coffee, Devotions, Inspiration, power your day, Throwback Thursday, Thursday

The Throwback Challenge

Never give back evil for evil, or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, giving blessing, knowing that you are called to this so that you might inherit blessing. ~ 1 Pet 3:9

Social media is fun on Thursday’s. I love seeing the throwback pictures of friends and family.

But, I don’t usually post any of myself, unless it is very old. Why? Because any pictures that I have within the last 10 years shows major fluctuations in my weight. My throwback pictures are a roller coaster ride of curves, ups and downs!

Hidden Feelings

Now what I am really saying is, when I do think to post a throwback, I can only see the negative in me. I don’t look deeper than the picture. When I wanted to participate, I related it to having to go back and live in a negative space. I would have nothing positive to say and only give off negative vibes.

The truth is, God has brought me a long way over the last ten years. He has delivered me from negative and abusive relationships. He has allowed me to work in ministry. He has given me the voice to write and published. The throwbacks are a sign of His faithfulness toward me.

Life may have been negative back then, but we don’t have to live in that negativity.  

The Throwback Challenge

This seems to be the year of self-improvement. Everywhere I look, people are being intentional to move past negative behaviors and to go forward into their purpose. Today, I challenge you, and me, to throwback negative behaviors, throwback negative thoughts and throwback negative self-talk. Share with others, something that God has brought you through or brought you to. Give a testimony to help someone else overcome.

Let’s throwback everything negative to where it came from! Enjoy your coffee and power up your day!

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