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Provision or Prison?

So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging…Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. ~ Jonah 1:15,17

I have been debating about doing something for almost a year. This morning I think I’ve just about made up my mind. I’m going to file for chapter 13 bankruptcy where I can pay off my bills through a trustee.

I don’t want to do this.  What I really want is for one of my cousins to win the Mega Million and hit me off for a couple of million dollars. Somehow, I don’t think that will be God’s provision for me.

Was the fish provision or punishment?

Whenever I looked at Jonah and the story of him being in the fish, I always thought that the fish was his punishment. I never thought of the fish being his provision. Jonah never would have survived in the water without protection, and that fish, although it may have been a little uncomfortable, was his protection. It provided him a safe haven to live, and then to go forward and do the work he was sent to do.

I’m Jumping out of the ‘familiar’ boat

It’s familiar for me to live paycheck-to-paycheck. It’s familiar to me to get a few dollars from my mother or another close friend. The stronghold says ‘stay where you are, just keep borrowing and going deeper into debt. The stronghold says you’re never going to be any better anyway so stop trying.  Freedom says just stop the madness.

God has actually already made the provision for me, I just have to leap off of this familiar boat of what I am used to having and what I am used to not having. Worrying about money and not even looking forward to payday is not a pleasant way to live. The real prison is staying in the stronghold.

Just some thoughts that I’m having this morning. I guess the next decision I have to make is whether I’m going to hire a lawyer or tackle the paperwork myself. Decisions,decisions, decisions.

Don’t be afraid of God’s provision, especially if it will loose you from a stronghold. Enjoy your coffee and power up your day.

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

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Keeping Glad Thoughts

My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD ~ Psalm 104:34

“What a mighty God we serve, What a mighty God we serve”. My song of choice this morning is Lord You’re Mighty, by J.J Hairston & Youthful Praise (awesome song). I hummed it on the elevator and have since been playing it on my headphones. The song is appropriate for my mood of the day. I simply love and trust the mighty God.

I started off this morning worrying. I was worried about my niece going on a field trip to DC today. I was worried about getting to work on time because I had to take her to school early.  I was still thinking about last night’s Home Going Service for Nikki, which hundreds of us attended in person and by live-stream. There was so much on my brain this morning, that I even left my coffee on the kitchen counter.

On my ride to work, God reminded me that He is mighty. Nikki’s family and friends would be okay, He comforts those who mourn. Nikki’s absence from her body means that she is in the presence of the Lord. My niece would be fine on her field trip. I arrived to work on time. And as far as the coffee, my desk drawer is full of Keurig cups. Nothing is missing and nothing is broken.

Knowing that He is mighty, we can dismiss worry and simply meditate on him. Worry is a stronghold of the mind that distracts our thinking. If there is any worry on your mind this morning, I encourage you to replace the thought by reminding yourself of how mighty God is. Be forewarned, meditating on God can lead to worship!

Be Glad in the Lord today. Enjoy your coffee and Power up your Day

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

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Living in the Moment

Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble -Matthew 6:34

We live in the age of “moving on to the next thing”. Everything is about what’s happening next. Who is the next rising star? What is the next fashion trend? When you go to the store in the winter to try to shop for a sweater, you find yourself surrounded with next summer’s bathing suits (An absolute annoyance as my body is still in winter mode).

So it is little wonder that I find myself living in the fast forward lane to life. On to the next day and mentally listing all the things I have to do or what’s on the agenda because what I do today effectively has an impact on tomorrow. But hardly do I stay on the path of today. By days end, I find that I hadn’t really been present. I hadn’t lived in the present. How many of us do that?

Don’t feel bad, God said in Matthew 6:34 for us not to worry about what tomorrow will bring. Now He wasn’t talking about not preparing for tomorrow. That’s different.  Careful planning is a necessity of life because it alleviates unnecessary worry. We are to prepare what needs to be done for the next day, and then leave it there.

Oftentimes, I prepare for the next day, and I’m still in the next day not paying any attention to what’s going on in front of me.  In time, before you know it, the kids will have grown, precious moments will have been missed, and loved ones will have transition from this life to the next, and what do we famously say? ‘Where has all the time gone?’ Or ‘Time is moving so fast.’ Yea it goes by quick. And if you are not diligent enough to be present in the present, you will miss it.

God by His grace gave us right now, this moment. Today. Live in it! I’ve gotten in the habit of asking God to keep my mind to focus on the now, and He is faithful. Besides, God is so Awesome. He already knows what we need before we even ask him. (Matt 6:8) and He leaves no stone unturned (Phil 1:6).  He even fulfills needs that may have slipped my mind.  He’s that good. It’s also an awesome thing to be present in His presence.

Don’t let worries creep into your quiet moments with Him. He’s already in tomorrow and He has taken care all of the details (Matt 6:31).  Don’t let today pass you by.

Enjoy your coffee, and live in the moment

Lavahn Davis ~ Writer, loves God, hubby and kids…. the rest are just fringe benefits

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What Good Can Come of This?

“Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?”- Matthew 6:27

“If I had a dollar for every time I (fill in the blank here) I’d be rich,” How many times have we said that?  For me, the blank space would be filled with the word worry.

I used to worry. A LOT. So much so, that if worry was a trade, I’d be a success.  In fact, I wouldn’t consider it a normal day, unless I found something to worry about. And guess what? No coins were added to my bank account as a result.

The only thing worrying ever got me was a trip to the ER. I realized then, worrying was not part of what God had for me. I can hear God saying, ‘why didn’t you just bring this to me in the first place?’ Yet for every time we do something negative or of no value, we continue, and lo and behold we are not edified as a result of it. Jesus said something similar, How many of us can add height to our stature by doing it? (Matt 6:27). In other words, what good can you gain from worrying? I think we all know the answer to that, none.

Worry adds to our stress, anxiety, and the rise of our blood pressure.  Yet nothing good ever comes from doing it. Now that is not to say that we don’t have cares or concerns in this life. We do! It’s a part of living. The welfare of our loved ones, finances, our health- the list goes on. But concerns should prompt us to take them to God in prayer.  The opposite of worry is prayer.

Furthermore, the Word of God instructs us what to do with our concerns. He said to cast them upon Him (1 Pet 5:7).

As a wife and a mother to three, certainly I have plenty to worry about. However, I worry less, because I am learning to let God handle my concerns. I take it to Him. I share my thoughts and feelings about them with Him. I ask Him how to handle situations, His opinion about them, or if I should leave it alone. And you know what?  The things I’d worry about, either never happened, wasn’t as big a deal as I thought or God handled it better than expected.  I found that the weight of stress and worry lifted off of me.  And what good came out of that? Peace that surpassed all understanding (Phil 4:7).

Some days it is a struggle for me to let go of worry. As a reformed worry wort, sometimes old habits die hard, as they say.  The enemy never misses an opportunity to fill my head with worry and doubt. Walking in faith and trusting God is an ever-learning process. So I have to consistently remind myself no good can come from worrying but to take it to Him in prayer.

It’s like being a child bringing our problems to mommy and daddy and taking comfort in the fact that they will fix it. They’ve  got this, and all will be right in the world.  What a relief!  The same it is with God our Father.

Don’t worry.  Take your concerns to Him. He’s got this. He’s got you.

Lavahn Davis ~ Writer, loves God, hubby and kids…. the rest are just fringe benefits

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