Joyce Morley Ball

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Dr. Joyce Morley Ball was brought up with certain values, including the importance of education, and the need for Black/African American people to own land.  She persisted despite heartbreaking repairs needed to her home, and never lost her faith.  In time, she won out.  In her book, Seeds for the Harvest of a Lifetime, she sets out the principles by which she leads her life.  

When did you decide to write your book Seeds for the Harvest of a Lifetime? What motivated you to write it?

I decided to write my book, Seeds for the Harvest of a Lifetime, after many years of sharing life and relationship information contained in the book during my speaking engagements, and as I taught my graduate classes as a professor in the area of Counseling and Human Development. I had maintained copious notes of my teachings and speaking engagements over the years. I always knew what I would title my book. After developing an outline for my book, which contained the chapters of my book, I then related the chapters to my favorite tried, tested, and true Bible scriptures, in order to have my readers to spiritually connect to the information shared within my book. There is a Bible scripture at the beginning and the end of each of the twelve chapters.

The educator in me knew that it was more than reading that makes the content and essence of a book last within the mind and heart of readers; it’s also the comprehension, the self-practice, and life implementation of the information contained within the book. Hence, I added homework assignments at the end of each of the twelve chapters.

What is your target audience?

My target audience for my books are all readers, male and female, as well as persons of all ages. I write to share and provide information for self-awareness, self-assessment, self-growth and self-enhancement of my readers, by positively impacting their lives, educationally, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually.

What is the central message of your book?

The central messages of Seeds for the Harvest of a Lifetime are those of hope and faith. These messages are directly related to increasing self-awareness and self-esteem, improving relationships, as well as increasing and solidifying spirituality.

What do you most want people to take away from the book?

I want readers to take away from Seeds for the Harvest of a Lifetime practical tools on how to accept themselves and love themselves unconditionally, while forgiving themselves and others. Further, I would like for readers to recognize their inner power to withstand life’s valleys and pitfalls by gaining and maintaining faith in God, believing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, eventually returning to their hill status. Finally, I want readers to take away the importance of effectively communicating with others throughout their life journey.

Who is your main role model, and why?

My mother was, and still is, my main role model. She only had an eighth grade education, but she was brilliant and a math genius. She had fourteen children with only one husband and no twins (I am number 14), and no matter what took place in her life, even after the death of my father, her faith never wavered.

My mother was, and still is, my main role model. She only had an eighth grade education, but she was brilliant and a math genius. She had fourteen children with only one husband and no twins (I am number 14), and no matter what took place in her life, even after the death of my father, her faith never wavered.

My mother was a forgiver, no matter how wrongly she was treated. She loved unconditionally, worked tirelessly, and she helped others without expectations from them. She didn’t hold grudges, she rendered the most powerful prayers for loved ones and strangers alike, and her children were her major focus. If ever there was a virtuous woman, it was Mrs. Lucille Morley – my mother.

Who or what is your main inspiration, and why?

My three daughters and my four grandchildren are my main inspirations! They are all extensions of me, including my past, my present, and my future. They inspire me to continue forward, in spite of life’s set-asides. We accept and love each other unconditionally and we allow each other to grow and remain in their own skin and walk in their own shoes.

Please give 2-3 examples of how you have used the principles in your book, and what effects they have had.

I deal with the same principle of life’s hills and valleys on a daily basis, as I teach others to do in my book, Seeds for the Harvest of a Lifetime, I also know how to no longer fall into the my life valleys head first, but instead feet first, allowing me to see my way out, as I walk out of the valleys. I appreciate every hill, because I know that at some point, I will have another valley experience.

I am providing two examples:  

A. Chapter 1 –“The Foundation”—This chapter possesses many principles by which I continue to live. The essence of my ‘Foundation’ is quite evident in the teachings from my mother, who laid the ‘Foundation’ for my life. The values, beliefs, and attitudes of my ‘Foundation’ that I put forth each and every day relate to my belief and faith in God, the importance of family, love and respect for self, family, and others, daily prayer, education, and the importance of the land, have remained with me until today.

The principle of valuing the land as an African-American has allowed me to not only purchase property, but to research the history of the property and maintain the property, not allowing money to get in the way of me holding onto my property. I have stood with white men with large amounts of money, as I bid on property, not afraid to compete with them. Because of my ‘Foundation,’ I came to understand the importance of owning property, which was a right denied to African-Americans.  And when we had the opportunity to do so, the property was either taken away from us or we sold it prematurely.

Because of my ‘Foundation,’ I am aware of gentrification. Although I have been harassed by buyers to sell property that I own, my values and my beliefs espoused in Chapter 1 of Seeds for the Harvest of a Lifetime have helped me to be able to understand the cultural implications, and not sell. My ‘Foundation’ will not allow me to sell my property, at any cost!

Finally, as an aspect of my ‘Foundation,’ My mother taught us the value of an education. She would say, ‘As a Black person, they (white America) can take everything from you. But, if you get an education, it’s the only thing they (white America) can’t take away from you.’ My three daughters and I have all attained one of the highest educational degrees: we all have earned doctorate degrees!

B. For over seven years, I dealt with malady after malady with my home in which I had resided for over twenty years. I had finally gotten it to at least ninety percent of where I wanted it to be with remodeling. I spent thousands of dollars on remodeling, with new carpet, hardwood flooring, refurbished walls, etc. I first started noticing small twelve-inch sinkholes on the property; two on either side of the house, front and back.

Eventually, the sinkholes became eight to twelve feet wide and, in some cases, five to six feet deep. The foundation of my home cracked; the new tile in my hallway cracked, millipedes were coming into my home from the heating and air vents, and the walls and ceilings began to crack. The house was literally leaning to one side and my family and friends feared for my safety. It seemed the more I prayed, the more dismal the situation became. As I cried out to God, I realized that my faith was being tested.

I fought with the county in which I resided to have my home declared condemned, to no avail. However, the county did reduce the value of the house in order to lower the taxes. I considered this one ray of sunshine as a result of my faith. I contacted the mortgage company, which refused to do anything to help me. The company gave me their options, which were not the best options for me. However, I kept my faith, I repeated the 23rd Psalm constantly, and I kept praying.

I fought with the county in which I resided to have my home declared condemned, to no avail. However, the county did reduce the value of the house in order to lower the taxes. I considered this one ray of sunshine as a result of my faith. I contacted the mortgage company, which refused to do anything to help me. The company gave me their options, which were not the best options for me. However, I kept my faith, I repeated the 23rd Psalm constantly, and I kept praying.

Even after losing money on the services of an attorney, I kept the faith and I kept praying. It seemed as if all hope was lost. My daughters encouraged me and others advised me to abandon my home for my own safety. I was told that my home was not salvageable and could not be sold. However,I never lost my faith and I repeated Psalm 23 day in and day out, and I continued to pray.

Three years after I began dealing with the aforementioned issues, I was contacted by a realtor whom I had known for several years, regarding my home. He had several recommendations for me to leave my home, but they would all be at a loss. However, I continued to rely on my faith, praying and reciting Psalm 23 on a daily basis, never relenting.

Early one morning, God spoke to me, saying that I should contact the realtor and place my home in the MSL listing for sale. The realtor sort of chuckled, but I remained faithful. I would recite Psalm 23 as I spoke,speaking the sale of my home into existence. And although no one else believed my home would sell, I kept the faith. The realtor obliged me by taking pictures of my home and placing it for sale in the MSL listing site.

To everyone’s surprise, and as an answer to my continued faithfulness, not only did my realtor receive call after call from potential buyers interested in purchasing the property, my home was literally being stalked by potential buyers; not just potential buyers from the Atlanta area, but also potential buyers from surrounding states. They were showing up at my home, without appointments. There were so many interested buyers and investors that we had to remove the MSL listing from the Internet. However, I kept praying and repeating Psalm 23 on a daily basis, truly convinced that my faith was being tested.

After seven years of remaining faithful, and five months after placing my home on the MSL listing, it was sold to a wonderful family, “as is,” with sinkholes and all. My mortgages were satisfied, and I was able to walk away, free at last. Everyone considered it a miracle; I considered it a satisfaction of my faith!

Please give 2-3 examples of how others have used the principles in your book, and what effects this has had.

A. I was on the air, live on a radio show, when a woman called in to the show to share with me that the chapter “The Fallacy: Looking on the Outside to Fix the Inside” (Chapter 6) and “Moving Forward: Closing the Cracks in Life’s Doors” (Chapter 9) had made a grand impact in and on her life. She shared with me that she realized that she was constantly meeting men and engaging sexually with them in order to heal her hurt and pain resulting from her being abandoned by her biological father and not having him in her life.

This woman further shared with me that after reading my book, Seeds for the Harvest of a Lifetime, especially chapters six and nine, she came to realize that she had been looking for acceptance and love from men she knew and some she didn’t know, in order to for her to feel valued, loved and accepted. She also realized that she had not dealt with the abandonment by her father, resulting in self-hatred, a lack of self-forgiveness, hatred for her father, and a lack of forgiveness for her father.

After reading my book, Seeds for the Harvest of a Lifetime, and completing the homework assignments, this reader stated that she finally realized that she was lacking the greatest internal asset…self-love. She was filled with inner hatred and she was allowing men to use her to satisfy her internal lack.

As a result, she shared with me that she took my suggestion included in the book to secure a licensed mental health professional, in order to help her to engage in, “Moving Forward: Closing the Cracks in Life’s Doors” (Chapter 9).

B. Several readers (men and women) of my book, Seeds for the Harvest of

a Lifetime, have shared that one of the greatest aspects they reported receiving was the act of journaling. Some reported they had kept diaries, but they had never engaged in journaling in order to understand the pattern of their thinking and their feeling.

These readers stated that Chapter five, “Withstanding Life’s Hills and Valleys”, was revolutionary in helping them to not wallow in misery and

self-pity after life’s disappointments, life’s distractions, life’s falls, and life’s

failures. They are now using daily positive affirmations, daily positive self-talk, daily journaling, and they frequently revisit their completed homework assignments contained in the book, in order to help them to not only prepare for their valley experiences, but to recognize and appreciate their hilltop and mountain experiences.

What are your plans for the future? Next project?

My next project is a relationship book entitled, The Thirty-Day Relationship Makeover, which will be released in 2020. I have three other books that will be published in the future, including my autobiography. I will continue to engage in my writing, my speaking engagements, as well as start my podcast, and once again have my own radio and/or TV show, focusing on relationships and motivating people.

Final thoughts?

Reading and writing are both good for the soul. It is important that what we read has meaning and merit. However, what you write has to first have meaning and merit to you, in order for your writings to have merit for others. Your writing can start with something as simple as journaling. It is a form of inner release of pain, stress, and anxiety. Your writings should never incite hatred and destruction, but should be provided as forms of enlightenment and guidance, with meaning and purpose, with the gain of practical information advanced knowledge, a sense of purpose and direction.

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