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Be Fruitful

This morning, the Holy Spirit guided me back to the beginning, the book of Genesis.

And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
Genesis 1:22

I didn’t know for sure why He took me back to the beginning. Genesis 1, I can nearly recite it. Nothing new there right?

But, there was something new there, revelation.

I saw it…the first recorded words that God gave to man, “Be Fruitful”.

I never saw this command. I never realized the power given to us in those two words. And I never understood why this is where the enemy always comes to fight.

Be Fruitful – Be productive in such a way that yields positive results.

Then it was more than a command, God spoke life into us. He defined what our nature should be. “Be fruitful.”

Fruit has seed that replenishes when it is planted in fertile ground. The seed we plant, is expected to grow and not die.

The enemy will try to fight our nature to be fruitful. He tries to keep us still, stagnant, never producing anything or planting good seed in infertile ground.

Then if the enemy doesn’t keep us still, he will keep us busy being fruitful in the wrong areas of life.

Then I peeked a little further in the Word, and I saw that being fruitful comes with multiplication and growth.

And I saw that if I’m not growing then I’m not being fruitful in the manner that God wants me to be.

I am always fruitful but I don’t always acknowledge what is growing? Trouble or peace? Abundance or debt? Heartache or joy?

What areas are producing ‘fruit’? The areas that I give my time, my effort and my attention.

Quick example… I have an author page on Facebook that stayed at 81 followers for about 2 years. I never cultivated it, worked on it, so there was no fruit. Two weeks ago I placed my link on a post and got a few more followers. Then I made it a goal to hit 200. Not only did I make the goal but I exceeded it and this week’s goal is to make 300.

Okay it sounds good but my church membership has not grown. The nature of being fruitful works, but I didn’t apply it to ministry.

So what if I’m fruitful, state my goal this week, go out into the streets of Richmond VA, and introduce them to Christ? What if I put the effort into souls?

Be fruitful. That’s my command, my nature, and my result.

My thoughts this morning, coffee is already brewed. Now it’s time for me to get up and start the day being fruitful.

Ayoka Boyce, a Fruitful Minister, Blogger, and Lover of Coffee

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Holding on to the Leaves

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1

Happy 1st day of September. Is it me or did the seasons seem to change overnight? I saw a tree this week and its leaves were already beginning to change colors.

And I wonder..what  if the trees were unwilling to lose their leaves.

What if they rebelled against change and held onto their leaves because they wanted to hold on to their colors which draws the attention of men?

What if they said I will hold on to what I have, in spite of knowing there would not be enough water or moisture to sustain the excess?

What if the trees pushed back their assignment to make provision for squirrels and small animals with the nuts that fall to the ground?

What if they said they wanted to stay the same and did not care if there would be no room for the next period of growth in the springtime?

What if the trees that were designed to change said, I want to be like the evergreen and keep what I have?

What if the trees, did not want to sow their leaves into the ground?

What if the trunk decided it did not want to draw from the nutrients and water provided by the leaves, and decided to try to stand on it’s own strength?

What if they did this year after year, held on to the beauty on the outside while dying on the inside?

Change is inevitable. We must be willing to let go of what no longer belongs to us. We must be willing to go bare for a season in order to have life for the next season. We must recognize that God’s plan for change is to sustain us and not to kill us.

Just a few thoughts as I think of the changes that are happening in my life. I have some leaves that I need to let fall to ground. Pondering with my coffee in hand.

Enjoy your coffee and power up your day

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

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Stop Riding the Brakes

Oh, that my ways were steadfast, so I may keep your statutes. ~ Psalm 119:5

It feels like I spent the last week of my life driving.  I drove I-95 from Richmond VA to Queens NY and back, plus all of the driving in NYC. And when I got back home, I had to do another drive to Washington DC and back. It was a lot, but I appreciated the time on the road because it gave me time to think and reflect on life.

On the way back to Richmond, somewhere in Maryland, I somehow managed to get behind this one driver who insisted on using brakes every few seconds. We were in the left lane and with the flow of traffic, I was stuck. After about two minutes of this, I put on my aggressive hat and managed to safely maneuver from behind him. Of course, there was no one in front him! He had no reason to keep putting his foot on the brake. 

The person who rode his brakes, caused me to have to use my brakes, and the person behind me had to also react accordingly. The truth is, the person in front of me was the leader and had the vision, but because he rode the brakes, he caused us danger. We had no way of knowing if there was traffic, if there was an accident, or if this person was going to come to a complete stop.

It gave me a thought. We cannot regulate our speed through life by putting on brakes. Just like it doesn’t work on the highway, it doesn’t work in life. Riding the brakes is an improper use of the tool. I can slow down and regulate my speed more effectively by easing off of the accelerator, letting go of excess baggage and not taking on too many projects at one time.

We all, in some areas of life, are leaders. We see things that the people behind us cannot see. We can slow down our acceleration and regulate the flow, but we cannot effectively lead by riding our brakes. How many times have I had people to follow my example and I got nervous and slammed on the brakes? How many times have I started a project and rode the brakes, never keeping a consistent speed? Is it any wonder that some would not want to drive behind me if I consistently ride the brakes?

I pray that God reveal to me areas where I have been riding the brakes. Something for me to meditate on while I enjoy my morning coffee.

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

 

Inspiration

Living in the Valley

No one knew that outside of going to church, necessary errands or planned events,  I have been closed up in my bedroom for a little over a month.You would not have known this based on my social activity. I stayed active on social media. Even did a lot of writing for my next book.

I called it quiet time. This wasn’t true because it was everything except quiet. I allowed the enemy to creep in and whisper his lies. ‘Stay in the room because this is where you can work without anyone bothering you.’

The truth – I was isolating myself. There were days that people who live in the same house as me didn’t see me. I even went as far as taking the doorknob out of the door in order to prevent anyone from getting in.

Thursday morning, I shared this with my doctor. She said that I was going back into depression. Hearing those words sent me into a worse spiral. and I retreated to my bed and purposely slept the entire day.

Why am I sharing this…because the enemy would have loved to keep me operating in the spirit of depression. Even worse, I did not recognize that it was there, the changes were subtle and my isolation quickly turned into my normal.

After much praying, (in my room) it didn’t seem to lift. Then last night my nephew asked if I was coming into the living room to play UNO with the family. I declined right away, but the Spirit told me to get out of my room.

UNO turned into smack talking and tons of laughs. I even laughed as I was losing the games. Then we moved into karaoke and turned up the laughs greater.

I didn’t walk back in my room until about 1:30 am. and this time, it was only because it was time for bed. No isolation, I kept my door open and I slept in peace for the first time in weeks. The bedroom, that I had turned into a tomb, transformed back into my bedroom.

I am thankful that God called me out of that place of death. Depression is a dark place but yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. For thou art with me , Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

cropped-more-than-a-conquerorAyoka Boyce – Minister, Author, Blogger, Lover of Coffee

 

 

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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

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Is there a plan?

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. ~ Jeremiah 29:11

What is your plan for today?
I wake up with an amazing vision for my day. 98% of the time, that vision fails within the first hour of me getting my day started.

Why? Because 98% of the time, I don’t have a clear plan for my day. I know what I want to do and I know where I want to be, but I don’t usually get there. And know I know why.

I have not been seeking God’s face for His plans for me.  But He showed me something amazing that came from trusting His plan.

On July 16th I started a plan. A couple of days prior, I went to the library, and God gave me a plan for a book. I wrote the plan, I borrowed books to equip me. I posted on social media to keep me accountable.

The plan was to write 30,000 words in 15 days. Only 2,000 words a day, which is a challenge but far from impossible. Last night, I finished with just over 20,000 words.

The plan is working! No, I am not on schedule. I did not make 2000 words everyday. The work is unedited. But in just a few days, God blessed me to go from an idea, to a blank page, to over 20,000 words.

I hear you Lord! I am going to ask Him for more plans for my days. I want to stop wasting so much time and be productive.

And now, my plan is for coffee and seeking God’s wisdom for a daily plan. Enjoy your morning coffee and power up your day.

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

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Fear, Faced

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind – 1 Timothy 1:7

“I will not abandon my blog” I have been saying this for about two months now. And this blog sat abandoned. Every week I said I will jump in, but I didn’t because I was too afraid to admit that at some point, I needed help, I needed to revise, and I needed a break.

This morning, I had no choice but to face this. I signed up to host a book tour on a separate blog. The tour is for today so I had to log into my wordpress account to post the media kit.

It had been a while since I went anywhere near my blogs, but it did not kill me. Actually, it felt great to push the publish button.

Right after this publishing, I had one more thing to do. I wrestled yesterday with asking for help and I had no choice but to ask for help today. Now that I think of it, it seems ridiculous. The help I needed was to retrieve a telephone number so that I could make a call on behalf of my church. (I had misplaced a business card)

I have behaviors and fears that I learned. As a child, when I made mistakes, I had to face the consequences. (I won’t get into them today, I started typing about it and decided to erase)

Fear faced, Three things accomplished. Two blogs posted. Phone call made. Stronghold tearing down.

If there is something you need to pick back up, writing, blogging, diet, exercise… go for it today. Don’t let fear hold you back.

Time for coffee, and to power up my day.

ayoka-boyce-iwriteAyoka Boyce ~ Minister, Author, Blogger, Lover of Coffee