Thursday, April 27, 2006


Reading all the wonderful poetry people have submitted for my magazine inspired me to write some new ones of my own. I used to be big on poetry back in high school and last year I published a poetry book on some of the ones I really loved, and then I got involved with writing for my magazine and journalism and basically non-fiction stuff that I backed up my creative flow. So, I'm glad that it's back! Let me know what you think of my poem below.

You wonder what's true
hearing so many praise
but all you see is pain.
Going beyond your eyes
is so hard sometimes
I can't help
wondering and doubting
Is it possible?
Will it happen for me?
I'm now at the point
where I feel like giving up
how much longer do I have
to wait.
If only I knew that THIS
is the point of the last test
God is ready to bless
as long as I don't break

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

3 more days

I could kick myself for not posting this on my blog sooner. But I am looking for poetry, short stories etc for my May issue dedicated to creativity. The may issue of Beyond It All Magazine will be different it will be mostly made up with creative works! So if you want to get in there and you have something already written, e-mail it to me before the 29th of April.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The Last Chapter of the Wisdom Series

I've decided after I write about Proverbs chapter 9 that the wisdom series is over because beginning in chapter 10, Solomon talks about so many different sayings that my blogs would go on and on just trying to tackle one chapter! But feel free to continue to read them for yourself and remember the principles of wisdom, always eager to learn and change and applying these principles to your life.

Proverbs Chapter 9:
vs.1-6 Wisdom is open to everyone who need and desire it. Reach out to it and accept it's invitation in your life. (Don't ever think that it's too hard and don't ever be content with doing the wrong things)
vs. 7-9 A wise person don't waist time arguing, they teach those who desire to be taught and who are open to it. A wise person always desires to be taught.
vs.10-12 Wisdom begins with the Lord recognizing His greatness and ability and understanding His words. You will reap the benefits if you go toward the ways of wisdom.
13-18 Don't fall for what your flesh says is good, being wise is the way to good, satisfying life.


Monday, April 24, 2006

Wisdom Series ch 8

Open your Bibles to Proverbs Chapter 8 and continue the study with me into gaining wisdom.

You have to desire to be truly wise and to take the necessary steps to capture true wisdom in the Lord. Wisdom is the essence of life and what should be the goal of all the children of God. Vs. 1-5,17

When you seek and find wisdom you:
1.will say the right things at the right situations, only good things will come out of your mouth.(you don't put your foot in it.) vs. 6-8
2. will have true riches vs.10-11,18-19,21
3. hate evil and not find yourself tempted to it vs. 12-13
4. have power vs.14-16
5. Justice will prevail for you vs.20

Wisdom is possessed by God and in the very beginning of the world wisdom was established. vs.22-31
All those who strive for wisdom and listen to the words of God will be blessed and favored. vs. 32-36


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Friday, April 21, 2006

Wisdom Series chapters 6+7

I now continue with the study of Proverbs and gaining wisdom in our lives

In Proverbs Chapter 6 there 3 elements of having a wise life
1. Do no harm to others: in vs. 1-5 it talks about reconciling yourelf with your neighbor not to allow strife to continue. It says to humble yourself. I see this as ending the fight of who's right or wrong by taking the high road and just apologizing, a wise person does that. In chapter 6, vs. 12-14 a worthless man is one who scams others. "who winks with his eyes, signals with his feet, and points with his fingers" (nasb) A wise person wouldn't be involved in something that causes harm to others. 5 of the 7 things that "The Lord hates" are involved with hurting another; haughty eyes (thinking your are better, looking down on another)murder, lying, false witness(gossiper), and spreads strife.
2.Work Hard and Honestly: vs. 6-11 says that a wise person works like ant. An ant does what it has to without being told and works together with others for the greater good. I believe if you work hard where you are at instead of complaining about what you feel you deserve and how you hate what you do you are wise and will be rewarded for it. But if what you do is dishonest or causes problems with others you should find something else.
3. Love wisdom and listen to teaching(vs.20-23) and don't allow your flesh to trap you in thinking being a fool for a moment is better then working on having a long wise life. Don't be tempted by quick gratification as the man who longs for the adulterer in vs. 24-35

In Proverbs chapter 7, what's said is pretty much repeated, but I believe that this is because it's important. When you read this about being wise don't just nod your head and say "I really do need to work on that" but keep them and remember them and do them. It says in vs. 3, "Bind them on your fingers;write them on the tablet of your heart." In vs. 6-23 the picture of the harlot tempting a man into his doom is painted. This harlot is so beautiful and the opportunity seems so right but later this man faces pain. This ofcourse can be taken literally and God does want us to reframe from sexual sin but we can also see this as a metaphor for our weakness. What is your weakness holding you back from reaching full wisdom? Pray about it and don't fall for it. The devil might say that it's too hard but if you walk in the spirit of the Lord and read His words it becomes easy to conquer.


Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Wisdom Series ch5

I continue the study of Proverbs and gaining wisdom for our lives in Proverbs chapter 5:

After reading chapter 5, I get that we are to strive for the more long term wisdom and understanding instead of momentary gratification that ends up bringing misery and unsatisfaction. I see this in verses 3-14 when the scriptures speak of the adultress and the danger and misery that she brings. I believe this to not only mean the literal adultery but the choice of going for what you think feels good for the moment and doing the right things which will bring good in your life in the long term. The more you work toward the long term by using the elements of wisdom you become a wise person.

In verses 15-23 the scriptures speak of "drinking from your own cistern" and having your own wife satisfy you. I see this as saying enjoy what you have and what God has given you. Curve your desire to always have more because this will lead you away and make you unwise.

After looking at Proverbs chapter 5 does anything else come to you? Please comment! Thanks

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

What is your motive?

I was listening to my pastor's radio show yesterday, and this woman calls in asking why haven't she been blessed yet. She went down the list of her obedience and she was crying out wondering why God hasn't given her what she was owed by the scriptures. I couldn't help but feel bad for this woman. Not because she wasn't getting her way, but that she hasn't truly discovered gratefulness for God being God.

Yes, there are many promises of prosperity and blessing coming our way in the Bible if we ask and obey. But that shouldn't be your primary purpose for doing what you do. For an example, it says in the Bible to tithe and it will come back to you tenfold. But should that be the main reason you tithe? No, you should tithe because it's in God's word and obeying Him is a way that you can show love for Him and show how grateful you are that He saved you when you deserve so much worst. Whenever I pray, if I don't get what I ask right away I try not to let it get me down. Instead, I lift God up in praise. If I were to die tomorrow I would be truly satisfied because Jesus gave His life so that I can be with Him in heaven! And nothing else really matters!

I truly believe having this attitude is what will get you blessed by God. We all fall short and become disappointed but the more we stay strong and faithful the more we will be rewarded.

"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety upon Him because He cares for you." 1 Peter 4:6-7

Monday, April 17, 2006

Wisdom Series ch4

Today I continue my series on gaining more wisdom for our lives from Proverbs chapter 4.

As a child should be obedient and attentative to their parents word's we should be that way with our Father God in heaven. We should trust the teaching of the Lord and love it. We should meditate on it and obey it. Keep His words in our heart and our minds and strive to find understanding when we are confused by it. Vs. 1-9

Wisdom equals full life. Full life is long, abundant, peaceful and smooth. The opposite will be the life of darkness, violence and confusion. Vs. 10-19

When your eyes are opened to wisdom don't close them. Always look towards being wise even when you make a mistake, acknowledge it, repent and come back. Try harder to conquer your weaknesses instead of accepting them and you will find health and happiness. Vs.20-26

There will be many choices and people in life who will come at you from one side or the other (the "left" or the "right") take neither. Take the words and the view of the Lord. Vs. 27

After reading Proverbs Chapter 4, did you get anything else? Please comment! Thanks

Saturday, April 15, 2006

What Easter Promises you

Easter is more then fancy clothes and dyed and fried hair. Easter is an important holiday that celebrates the promise and gift from God given to you.
This world started with sin. We are all born in sin. In fact, homosexuals, thieves, murderers all start out the same way you did and will end up the same way you will if you don't accept the gift of Christ.
"For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23) You can't be good enough to go to heaven. No one is good enough. The wages of all sin is death. Whether you told a white lie, or you killed someone no sin is considered better then the other.
Fortunately for us God loves us as His children! He wanted a way for us to be able to come back to Him. So He sent His one perfect son, Jesus Christ, to take on our sins at the cross. Not only did He do that, but he bore stripes on His body for our healing and he was pierced in His side and shed blood for the forgiveness of our sins. That first good Friday may have been solemn but will be victorious for us all.
On Easter the tomb was rolled away and it was empty. Jesus arose from the dead with our victor over hell! We no longer are doomed to die because of our sins. Your Easter promise is this, "That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10:9)


Thursday, April 13, 2006

Wisdom Series ch 3

I now continue with the study of Proverbs for gaining wisdom in our lives.

Proverbs Chapter 3

What you learn from the words of God whether in church, Bible, or through the spirit, use it and don't lose it. Vs. 1,3,21

Do not rely on your own teaching or the world's teaching but the teaching of God will bring true wisdom. Vs. 5-7,19-20,

You are wise when you are kind and loving to others around you and generous. vs. 3,9, 27-30

You have truly found wisdom when you enjoy being corrected and punished because you know it brings change for the better in your life. vs. 11-12

You are wise when you don't envy the ways of the world and the people who follow the world. vs.31-34

The benefits of wisdom:
long life vs. 2,16
Peace and happiness in your life vs. 2,17,18
find favor in God and others around you vs. 4
healing of your bodyvs. 8
you will be rich both physically and spiritually vs. 10,14-16
you will be secure free from fear and worry vs. 23-26
You will be honored vs. 35

Would you like to add anyting to proverbs chapter 3 please comment! thanks

When God says no

God always answers our prayers. Some unbelievers would say that they know people who prayers didn't get answered. But that's untrue. God always answers prayers just sometime the answer is no.

Why would the answer be no? Is it because God is punishing me? Not necessarily. Was God punishing Jesus when He prayed and asked for Him to remove the cup of responsibility of going to the cross from Him? (Luke 22:42) No. but Jesus also said "Not thy will, but thine be done."

We have to realize that God's will is for the best in our lives. We may think that God is far away at the moment because we didn't get what we wanted when we wanted but the truth of the matter is, He is closer to our lives then we are. He knows what we need better the we do and will continue take care of us the proper way.

Praise God that He didn't say yes to Jesus' prayer in the Garden of Gethsename because of that, generations and generations of people can be saved through believing on the blood of Christ.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Wisdom Series ch2

I am continuing with the study of Proverbs and gaining wisdom for our lives...

Proverbs Chapter 2

Take in the words of God in your heart and in your actions. Ask and research to understand them correctly and implement them in your life. vs. 1-4

Wisdom starts with God, if what you learn is not a principle of the word of God it's not wise. vs. 6-8

When you have wisdom you can not be defeated by the enemy vs.8,11-16 and because of that you will continue to prosper and live a good life vs.5,20-22

Have anything else to add for Proverbs 2? please do in the comment section.

Monday, April 10, 2006

The Wisdom Series

I have been moved to study the book of Proverbs and delve into the study of gaining wisdom. I began to read and meditate on Proverbs chapters 1-3 and began to hear so much from the Holy Spirit that I decided to share my studies with all of you. I have greatly benefited already and I have just begun.

Proverbs are from the words of Solomon who had found favor with God and was given "a wise and discerning heart, so that there has been no one like you before you, nor shall one like you arise after you"(1 kings 3:12) With his wisdom that was given, he ruled a nation, maintained peace and built magnificent structures. Though Proverbs are mostly known for the small sayings that have been quoted here and there it has much more significance in our lives.

Chapter 1: There is no wisdom without fear of the Lord and faith in His words. Vs. 7, 29

Wisdom begins when you have the humility to know you need to learn. vs.3, 5, 8, 30

You have wisdom when you love to learn and look forward to improvement because you know what foolishness can bring. v. 10,22-29, 33 (Ignorance is not bliss)

You are wise when you strive for peace first in your life. v.11, 15,16, 18,19

You are wise when you are eager to share what you have learned v. 20,21, 23

Next I will study chapter 2. Please comment and add anything that you have learned from looking at chapter 1 of the book of Proverbs.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

My April Issue!!!

My April Issue is out today!! It's dedicated to prayer. I know the national day of prayer is May 4th but I usually don't get my issues out until after the 4th so I decided to do my prayer issue this month. I showcase an excellent organization started by urban college students in Atlanta to promote change with prayer and is now a national tour! You can find out how to get involved in my issue. Also I have a great true testimony of how prayer saved a woman's life. The quiz is really great. You can find out how strong your faith is by how you react to different situations in life. I think, even adults need to evaluate this in their lives. So check it out at

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Thanks for working for me

You ever think about how it's not fair that people who work or live immorally and/or illegally can be so rich? We all have at one time thought how unfair it is that we are stuck saving and saving and they are out spending and spending.

Before you read further: this is not a post about how being rich on the inside is more important (even though it is) This is about God's promises to take the sinner's riches and give them to you!

Yes, in the Bible it says how God will take money out of the hand of the sinner and give it to the righteous. Let's turn to Job 27:16-17 "Though he heaps up silver like dust and clothes like piles of clay, what he lays up the righteous will wear, and the innocent will divide his silver." It doesn't stop there in Proverbs 13:22 it says"A good man leaves an inheritance for his children's children, but a sinner's wealth is stored up for the righteous." Just think about that. Do you believe that you not only can be financially blessed now but even in the future after you are gone? Start believing it. God is able to do more then you can imagine and He is using the sinner to provide it. "To the man who pleases Him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God."(Ecclesiastes 2:26)
What God did for the Israelites, He can do for you. "When the LORD your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant"