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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

Inspiration, power your day, Saturdays, Weekends

Expiration Date, March 4th…

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted ~ Matthew 5:4

I can remember the events as though it were yesterday. About 7:27 in the morning I received a call from the hospital.  “I’m sorry but your dad has expired.”. I told the caller,  I didn’t understand what he was saying. “Expired?”

What was my father, some bad eggs or some old milk? I didn’t know that when he said my dad had expired, he was saying that he died. Once I realized what had just happened,  my anger turned toward the man from the hospital. I didn’t like anything he was saying so I simply hung up on him. 

Well,  he may have passed away,  but he is not expired. I see him in so many of my ways and habits. I even see his influence on my love of writing and my love for reading.

My dad taught me how to read at the age of 3 years old. I was not reading ‘cat, hat, or  red’ but I could pick up any adult book at that young age and begin to read out loud without stumbling. I had pretty good comprehension of what I was reading and because of him I still have my joy for reading and my passion for writing.

But,  I stayed on punishment.  He was tough… no going outside;  I had to read a book and write a composition.  If he was really angry,  I had to do spelling, definitions and sentences from the dictionary.  Somehow, I kept being a smart mouth! Maybe he saw something in me then. ..

Today,  I won’t mourn. Instead,  I’ll celebrate his life. No more work today,  I’m simply going to find someplace quiet and read. I’ll write tomorrow.

Enjoy your coffee,  spend time wuth loved ones,  and power up your day

Ayoka Boyce ~ Author, Minister, Blogger, Lover of Coffee,  Daddy’s girl


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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!

Join me each morning with Morning Coffee and Daily Inspirations




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Designating Purposed Time

There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1

Will you adapt to your purpose for today? On  most Saturdays, things happen and the day does not quite go as planned.

I’m determined that today will not be that day for me. I’ve been speaking about time management because that is something that must be mastered in my life.  I must master my time every day in order for me to achieve the purpose in my life.

This morning,  I remembered my purpose for today.  I have tasks that must be done today such as laundry, some housework, and other chores.  I also need to pre scheduled posts for social media,  emails, and to do meal prep.  In other words, anything that I can get complete today that will free up this week is what I need to complete.

The Bigger Picture

Okay, everyone has chores to do on Saturday’s but there is a bigger picture to this purpose. If my evenings next week are free,  I can do that one thing that keeps me breathing, writing.I have a book that needs to be completed so that it can be published before June.  I also have a large book event that I am a part of in NYC in August.  If this book isn’t finished, I will feel the consequences in June and August.

Yes, this one weekend week impact the success of the rest of my year.

Everyday we have a purpose.  

What is your purpose for today? Choose to use time for the value that it presents to you. Here are a few tips for planning purposeful weekend activities.

  • If sleeping in is a desire then plan for it. Set a time that you will get up and stick to it
  • Allow extra time for outside activities. It’s unlikely that you can pick up groceries in 30 minutes. Include the cushion so that your schedule doesn’t fall behind
  • Make a list of anything that can be pre-scheduled (meals, social media, blogs)
  • Designate specific time toward your pre-scheduling activities
  • Designate 15 minutes to move. Put on some music and dance! Get your blood flowing and your creativity moving. (This is so much fun to do!)
  • Designate your finish time. You have family and friends that would love to spend time with you. Enjoy the fellowship.

Designate your time today! 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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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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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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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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Enduring Faithfulness

For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. ~ Psalm 117:2

The LORD is awesome!

Last night, for New Year’s Eve service, we  (my church, The Sanctuary RIC) prayed for our families. We prayed for healing and full deliverance for our families and ourselves. I specifically cried out for my sister. She has been ‘away’ for a few months. I also specifically cried out for my cousin. She had a stroke a few days ago.

By the time I got home last night, my cousin was on Facebook. She is talking, typing and doing well! And when the phone rang at 7:15 this morning, my sister was on the other end of the line. “Come get me, I’m free.”

“Wait, what? I’m on the way!”

I read a passage yesterday (I don’t remember the site) that simply said that our prayers are not words to try to convince God to do something for us. He already knows what He has promised to us. When He says that he is faithful, He really is. The last time I saw my sister, she looked near death. This morning she looked happy and healthy. Her life was preserved and I am believing God for her complete freedom.

In every situation, remember the faithfulness of God. He has not forgotten His word and you don’t have to convince Him to love you. He already does.

Happy New Year! 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