1. Wake Up!!
Decide to have a good day.
This is the day the Lord hath made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
2. Dress Up!!
The best way to dress up is to put on a smile.
A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.
Man looks at outward appearance,
but the Lord looks at the heart.”
I Samuel 16:7
3. Shut Up!!
Say nice things and learn to listen.
God gave us two ears and one mouth,
so he must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking.
“He who guards his lips guards his soul.”
4. Stand Up!!
… for what you believe in.
Stand for nothing or you will fall for anything.
‘Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time,
we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good…”
5. Look Up!!
… to the Lord.
I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me”.
6. Reach Up!!
… for something higher.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and lean not unto your own understanding.
in all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.”
7. Lift Up!!
… your Prayers.
“Do not worry about anything; instead
PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING.”
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After years of setbacks and negative distractions, I have finally done something I wanted to do for a long time; publish a book of poetry. 🙂 My first venture into the publishing arena is called “God is in Control“. In it you will find poems that will uplift you and caress your soul and let you know that those troubles you’re going through will not last forever. The enemy doesn’t want you to succeed, but with God you WILL succeed.
God is in Control
I hope this book meets your expectations and helps you in some way. Share it with a friend or co-worker. We all need encouragement from time to time and this resource is the perfect solution. I appreciate any and all support you can give. This will help me get past my current situation so I can provide a better life for my daughter Ashleigh. Help me so I can help many others.
Thank you and may God bless each and every one of my readers and followers.
Joseph R. Mays
Author: God is in Control
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Happy Birthday to a man who helped to shape the course of the civil rights. He preached non-violence and respect for one another. He wanted us to work together in brotherhood no matter what race, creed or color we are. He wants us to judge each other by the content of our character and not on skin color or religious preferences. He stood for unity for ALL races and ALL mankind.
If he were here today, he would be grinning ear to ear with pride at our newly elected President, Barack Obama. I am sure he is in heaven smiling down with tears of pride and joy streaming down his cheek. America finally did it and the world is rejoicing. We can change. America demonstrated that in November 2008 on Election Day and will take it to the next level tomorrow at he Inauguration Ceremony.
Go out today and ask yourself “What difference can I make in my world today?” Shake someone’s hand, share a smile 🙂 and have a good time. Temporarily forget about bills, traffic and other things that bother us and take in this moment in history. The celebration of a life now passed, but not forgotten and the beginning of a new era/chapter in American history.
Happy BirthdayDr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King, I honor you on this day for the victories you accomplished to make my life better today. Thank you very much. I know you paid the ultimate sacrifice, but I am here to tell you that it was NOT in vain. Your purpose was well served and I will honor your name and heritage until the day I die.
Thank you for your part in shaping American/African-American history.
Joseph R. Mays
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On Friday January 9, 2009, First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Upper Marlboro, Maryland hosted a very popular icon in the gospel world. First Baptist Church of Glenarden is led by Pastor John K. Jenkins, Sr. and First Lady Trina Jenkins. They hosted a revival January 7-9, 2009. Bishop TD Jakes, the world renowned minister was the headliner for the night along with Mary Mary. It was a special night for all those who attended this service. The overflow areas were full. It was truly “standing room only”. Singing, presentation of the gospel and a preview of Bishop TD Jakes movie “Not Easily Broken” were some of the events that took place. The Holy Ghost was definitely present in the church as everyone prayed for peace, betterment and forgiveness of sins. Traffic was stopped from entering the road to the church as their capacity had been reached. I was lucky enough to be on the last busload of people to get in. I had to be there. I would not have missed it for anything in the world. 🙂 CeCe Winans sang on Wednesday. She has a popular single called “Waging War”. Bishop Alfred A. Owens, Jr. and Co-Pastor Susie C. Owens from Greater Mount Calvary Holy Baptist Church co-ministered in show of cross-denominational unity. God is there for you whether you are Jewish, Christian, Baptist, Catholic or Protestant to name a few. We are ALL God’s children. Judge not lest ye be judged by the ultimate judge; God The Father.
TD Jakes charismatic style mixed in with humor every now and then makes him very popular among his followers. He operates The Potter’s House which has a following of approximately 10,000 worshipers and is broadcast on cable on Sundays. They are based out of Dallas, Texas and welcome everyone to come and worship with them when they are in the Dallas area. I first saw him several years ago on TV. He was preaching about faith and used a wheelbarrow full of mustard seeds as his prop. He took one seed and held it up and said that if you have faith the size of a grain of mustard seed you can still make it. God just wants us to believe in him.
Pastor John K. Jenkins, Sr. and First Lady Trina Jenkins welcome you to First Baptist Church of Glenarden for worship services.
Yours in spiritual uplifting, 🙂
Joseph R. Mays
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone out there. I hope all is well in the world today. Let us all appreciate what this day means to millions of people the world over. I am not excluding those that share different religious beliefs. May your day be a happy one as well. Let’s all come together in peace and harmony on this day and on into the future. Let us look at what we can do together to make this world a better place.
Jesus is my reason for the season and he will look after my needs now and on into the future. I look forward to a prosperous and successful 2009.
Yours in love, peace, hope and prosperity now and into the future,
Joseph R. Mays
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