Coffee, Devotions, Inspiration, Mindset to Finish, power your day, tuesday

A Mindset to Finish / Part 3

So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have. ~ 2 Corinthians 8:11

Three years ago, I walked/jogged in the Monument Avenue 10K  (6.2 miles) race in Richmond VA. There were two things that I wanted to accomplish that day. The first, that no matter how tired I was, that I would run across the finish line. The second, was that I keep up enough of a pace that I would not be the last person to cross the finish line.

Sounded good, but I was slowing down by the time I reached the halfway mark. And there were a lot of people who started behind me that were easily passing me by. Some were walking, others were running and I was pushing through with everything that I had. It was discouraging. I imagined myself being on the news as the last one to finish.  I wanted out but there was no turning back either.  As much as I wanted to stop the race, the only way back to my parked car was to get across the finish line.

Push through to the finish

When we have a mindset to finish, we push through. Even when it seems like we are slowing down. Especially when it seems like others are prospering further than we are. Push through anyway.  Life is not a group project and we must complete our own individual assignments.  I was ready to quit the race because I was more concerned about other people passing me by.

Defeat begins with the thoughts in our mind.  Therefore, it is necessary to keep our thoughts directed towards the joy of completion.

I made it across the finish line.  About 100 feet away, I broke out into a sprint. The camera’s snapped the picture of me running across! Can you imagine the joy I felt in completing the race? I did not come in last. But at that point, it would not have mattered. I was just thrilled to have finished.

Finish this day well. Enjoy your coffee and power your day with a mindset to finish.

Join me each morning with Morning Coffee and Daily Inspirations

Ayoka Boyce ~ Minister, blogger, author,(10 K finisher) and lover of coffee

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Control the Controllables

My mornings at work are organized. The first thing I do is pull up my to do list. It is full of reports that I must complete daily, weekly and monthly. As I go through my morning, I check off the list as I go, making sure that nothing is missing or broken. As much as possible, all reports are completed before my calendar fills up with meetings and my inbox is filled with emails.

There are reasons why I have to stay organized. I learned some time ago that management may need information from me at any given time. Sometimes I will receive requests for information on data from 6 months or even a year prior. There is little room for error.

But there was a time…

There was a time when I did not use the list. I relied on everything in my head. I thought, ‘I do the same thing daily, I should know this by now.’ I would spend five hours trying to complete the same items that I now complete in two hours. My thoughts were scattered, I was distracted by meetings and inboxes. I would leave my desk, come back and not remember where I left off work.

The best days at work now are when the boss sends me a request for information and I have it back to him within minutes.

I fought against structure

My dad was ‘a list’ person. Every morning and afternoon, there were to do lists on the table of chores and homework that I was expected to complete. I did not realize that back then, he was teaching me structure. I remember how I used to cringe to see those pieces of paper on the kitchen table!
Funny, the things that I tried for so many years to run away from, are the very things that I now crave to have in my life. Organization, time management and structure are all important components that I need in order for me to excel to next level ministry.

I used to believe that to do lists and structure were items to try to control my thoughts and actions. I thought that they took away from my freedom and creativity. I have learned that what structure takes away is random thoughts, wasted time, incomplete projects and feelings of frustration.

I have learned this, structure is part of the path to reaching purpose. Take control of the controllables. Enjoy your coffee and power up your day!

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Press for It!

I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 3:14

As usual, I had a lot of thoughts this morning. One of the things I thought about was my goal for time management.

I was up early because I knew I had several extra projects to take care of at work. I had to be on time and on the ball. I woke up with my daily goal in mind and arrived to work early, just as I needed to be. This was actually the proof that I needed that I really can manage my time.

In prayer, God shared with me that time management, or any other goal, is more than sitting back, reading a book and expecting a great change to instantly occur. Great and permanent changes occur over time. The time management goals that I have will only occur if I press toward them every day and with every task. Then I can look back this time next year and say “I reached the goal of being an excellent time manager!”

My pastor, Bishop Michael B Curtis Jr, continues to teach us to ‘appreciate the process’. Don’t be consumed with chasing the results. Work the process and the results will come.

What are you pressing toward today? Stay focused and be intentional. 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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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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Satisfied

Oh satisfy us in the morning with thy lovingkindness, That we may rejoice and be glad all our days. ~ Psalm 90:14

In my ‘day job’, I work with loan products daily. When a loan is paid off, we appropriately use the term, satisfied. Satisfied is an indication that something was missing. Something needed to be repaidand someone had to do enough.

When the children of Israel walked through the wilderness, God provided for their needs daily. Each morning, manna was provided as a provision to satisfy their hunger. It was enough to sustain them even though they expended energy as they walked.

Whatever is missing in our lives, where ever there is a need to bring us to wholeness, His lovingkindness is enough to satisfy. We never have to ‘wake up worrying’ because He has enough provision for us each day. Seek Him and allow Him to show you how He has made a way to supply your every need.

Shift the mood. Rejoice in His satisfaction. 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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Feeding on His Faithfulness

Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Psalm 37:3

We believe God is faithful when all is well. And we learn that He is faithful when we are in need.

Being in need can spark actions based on emotions. Need money right away, take out a high interest loan…Need attention, seek attention…I’ve been there and every decision that I made out of emotions and needs, turned out to be disastrous. Then I still had to come back, and simply trust in God.

Whenever we find a need to be filled in our lives, we can feed and be fulfilled on His faithfulness. Surely, God is enough. His supply is endless and His process is life-changing.

Should you find yourself in a season of lack or in an uncomfortable place, trust in the Lord. Feed on his faithfulness. Surely, He will fulfill every need.

Enjoy your cup of coffee and power up your day!

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

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He’s a Keeper

I will lift mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.  My help cometh from the Lord, which made Heaven and earth, he will not suffer thy foot to be moved.  He that keeps thee will not slumber. ~ Psalms 121:1 -2

I can humbly say that I was a worrier. I worried about everything; money, bills, where my next meal would come from. I couldn’t turn the thinking part of my mind off.  And it took God taking all of my resources and supply away, in order to get through to me.

I learned that when God says that He will supply, that is exactly what He will do. It may not be when we expect him to show up, but by Him being the God that he is, he will show up on his time and not ours.  When you don’t see immediate results, don’t get mad, just call on His name and he will give you the strength to bear whatever it is you are facing.

God told us in his word to look to the hills not man, because that is where our help would be coming from. He will not let anything that is not like him come to harm or destroy us. He even promised that he would give us the desires of our heart. So when you let God know what it is that you need all you have to do is Work your faith and leave your burdens to him, because he is able.

Lift up a praise and live your life in expectancy! Whatever the situation, He is already there and has the solution before the problem occurs.

Join us each afternoon with Afternoon Tea and Daily Inspirations

Gisselle Baldwin, crocheter, blogger, lover of tea

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