STILL I RISE…

Today I’ve got to give you a double dose of “STILL I RISE.” The first dose is by the gospel singer Yolanda Adams. This is one of those songs that I sing on a regular basis in the car. I play it so much until I’m surprised I haven’t burned this cd out. Once you listen to the song you’ll definitely know what I mean. This song is song inspirational and so well sung.
The second dose of “STILL I RISE” is by one of my favorite poets, Maya Angelou. Her poem is just as inspirational as Yolanda Adam’s song. I hope you enjoy both. Make it a great day!!!

Still I Rise

By Maya Angelou
© 1978 by Maya Angelou.

You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?

Why are you beset with gloom?

’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells

Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?

Bowed head and lowered eyes?

Shoulders falling down like teardrops,

Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?

Don’t you take it awful hard

’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines

Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?

Does it come as a surprise

That I dance like I’ve got diamonds

At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame

I rise

Up from a past that’s rooted in pain

I rise

I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,

Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear

I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise

I rise

I rise.

GIVE LOVE A CHANCE…

After the TOTALLY UNNECESSARY VIOLENCE that occurred yesterday in Charlottesville, VA (if you don’t already know about it, google it because I’m not going to give that nonsense any more energy), the 44th President of the United States of America Barack Obama tweeted the following. Hopefully his messages will give rise to the love that this world so desperately craves. I’m also lighting a candle for the victims…

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…”
8:06 PM – Aug 12, 2017

“People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love…”

“…For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela 8:06 PM – Aug 12, 2017

ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING – KEITH HARRELL

Today I’m remembering a friend who died 7 years ago. This is not the first post that I’ve done on Keith Harrell and probably won’t be the last. Keith (aka Dr. Attitude) embodied ATTITUDE. I can’t begin to tell you of the attitude conversations that we had and how everything for him was about attitude. He travelled the world as a motivational speaker, speaking about attitude and also published at least 7 books about the same. Check him out in the video above and tune up your attitude…

LES TWINS

Hey, I’ve got to post this quick. I’ve got a lot going on today but I wanted to share this with you. In case you didn’t watch the recent “World of Dance” competition, I want you to see the full set of dances that the winners (Les Twins) did. They are awesome. I’ll write more about this later.

CLEAN THIS HOUSE

Yesterday I was reading the 60-day sample edition of “Our Daily Bread” and when I turned to day 28 it really stood out. It really reminded me of how many people live their lives (always so busy trying to impress other people). It also reminded me of a song called “Clean This House” by Isaac Carree. I am posting both with the hopes that you get the same spiritual inspiration that I received from them. AND… that you act accordingly.

Clean the Closet
To this day I can still hear my mother telling me to go and clean up my room. Dutifully, I would go to my room to start the process, only to get distracted by reading the comic book that I was supposed to put neatly in the stack. But soon the distraction was interrupted by my mother warning that she would be up in 5 minutes to inspect the room. Unable to effectively clean the room in that time, I would proceed to hide everything I didn’t know what to do with in the closet, make the bed, and then wait for her to come in-hoping that she wouldn’t look in the closet.
This reminds me of what many of us do with our lives. We clean up the outside of our lives hoping that no one will look into the “closet” where we have hidden our sins by rationalization and excuses and by blaming others for our own faults.
The problem is that while looking good on the outside, we remain well aware of the mess on the inside. The psalmist encourages us to submit to the cleansing inspection of God: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24). Let’s invite Him to inspect and cleanse every corner of our lives.
-Joe Stowell-
-Lord, forgive me for looking good on the outside while attempting to hide my faults and failings. I desire for You to cleanse my life so that I may walk with You in full integrity.