Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Do you dig your own cistern?

"My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water."
The above scripture is from Jeremiah 2:13. This scripture was my daily Bible verse that I am e-mailed. (one of the very few subscription e-mails that are welcomed lol) Usually when I read the daily verse, I nod and move on. But this one really held my attention. This is something that I tend to do that I know is holding me back from real blessings in my life. Whenever there is a problem or something bad happening, I try to deal with it first. I try to face it, and fix it, ultimately making it worst. How many of us forget how Jesus is our living water? That once He is in our lives digging our own cistern or well for water is pointless. Instead of always trying to quench our thirst on our own we need to reach above where Jesus will never fail us. Or maybe you are someone who do reach for God first but when things don't change right away you give up and try to use your own means. That is also the wrong way to go. Have faith that God will see you through. No matter how bad things look you have to resist the temptation to dig yourself deeper into the hole of life's problems.

Sunday, May 28, 2006


I am working on my June issue of Beyond It All Magazine and it is focused on temptation. I decided that that subject is perfect for the beginning of summer because it's just something about this summer sun that brings all the temptation out of the woodwork. This memorial day weekend really is what starts it. The temptation to drink with your barbecue, to dress half naked, to flirt and to spend more time hanging out then focusing on the word of God. You may think"But it's just so hard!" But it's acutally easier then you think, you just have to remember to stay focused on the love of God and remember who You are. We are children of God. Not many think about that when we are out about focused on this world and what the world provides. If we realize that God loved you so much that he paid for you with His son's blood you have more desire to want to give Him glory all the time. Everything you do, just knowing that should make you think about how you should be pleasing to Him. Just think about where you would be if He didn't love you enough to save you? Despite all the problems in this world.. you know that you aren't going to pay for your sins. That should be enough to walk away from temptation forever.

Saturday, May 20, 2006


Hello Everyone! Today is my one year blogiversary!!! yeah!!! Now unlike other anniversary blogs I won't be posting a bunch of links just two: My first Blog written 5/20/2005 which I done about LaShawn Barber the woman who inspired me to do a blog after I heard her speak at the Christian World Journalism Conference in Atlanta and this link of my favorite blogs just in case you want to know all of my favorites over this one year. Anyway, I just want to give a BIG THANK YOU to all my blog readers and for listening to all I write. I really love sharing what's been put on my heart to share and I really believe that none of what I write come from me but from the words of God. Now I am asking something of all of you if you can. Below I am posting a brief survey and I would like for you to fill it out. Send it back either by my e-mail or in the comments! Thank you! And I look forward to writing for more years to come in this blog! God Bless Everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1. How did you find this blog?
2. What is your favorite read so far?
3. Did you learn anything from this blog?
4. What religion/denomination are you?
5. How old are you?
6. Is there anything you would like for me to write about in the future?
7. Any additional comments would be great.
Thank you!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Major Day of Prayer this Friday

This Friday the DaVinci Code is out. I know I blogged this before but I just want to call all Christians to prayer on that day that the enemy will not get out his lies and will not succeed in stealing the souls who watch this movie! I know some say that it's only a movie how serious can this be? but actually the author of the DaVinci Code has been quoted in saying that everything except the characters are historical fact and this is not true! Want proof? Below is the article I received with links that you can read that shows that the DaVinci Code is filled with lies that attack Our Lord! I believe prayer is powerful and if we all arm ourselves with the weapons of spiritual warfare we have nothing to worry about!

From: Way of the Master
Date: May 17, 2006 2:05 PM

This coming Friday, March 19th, a blockbuster movie called The Da Vinci Code will be released. The movie stars Tom Hanks, and is slated to be very popular.

The problem with the movie, which was adapted from a book of the same name by author Dan Brown, is that it tells many deceiving lies about Jesus Christ. This movie has the potential to mislead many many people, costing them their eternal salvation.

What does this have to do with us? It is our job to stand and speak the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to help save the many people that will be mislead and damned for eternity because of this upcoming movie. To help us do that, the latest blogs provide an in depth look at the lies presented by the book and the movie. It then provides the truthful answers that we can present to enlighten those deceived by Dan Brown.

The article is presented in three parts:

Crash Goes The Da Vinci Code (Part 1)

Crash Goes The Da Vinci Code (Part 2)

Crash Goes The Da Vinci Code (Part 3)

There is a link at the bottom of the blog so you can print the article if you wish. Please pass this article along to anyone you know that plans to see this movie. I also welcome your comments and questions. Please refrain from any questions until you have read the entire article.

Have a blessed day!

Luke 10:19 "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you."
We have the power to defeat the devils plans through this movie!! Get to praying and fasting and speaking His Word!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Be Forgiven!

So many of us easily accept someone who is a non-christian who has done wrong and ready to come to Jesus. We say that it is okay and God loves them and that all that sin they lived in is paid for. But once they become a Christian they are under the watchful eye. They have a long list of things they must follow and if they don't then shame on them! That's not how it's supposed to be. Once you become a Christian you are forgiven and you continue to be forgiven. No one becomes perfect once they accept Jesus. It says in 1 John 1:8-10 "If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us." so all those high and mighty Christians who feel like because they stay at home holding their Bible and looking down on others think they no longer need forgiveness. No! no matter who we are we are not perfect and we all need God's forgiveness everyday. This quote is my favorite and it's from my pastor Gregory Dickow, "Jesus salvation didn't end when you became saved it just began." So there is no need for you to condemn yourself when you make a mistake. Believe that God love is so strong for you and that He wants to forgive you! Now once you feel God's great love it will become harder and harder to do the wrong things and God will show you the right way to live and be wise so that you are blessed. Things that I do that are good just began to come naturally because I followed the leading of the spirit that was brought to my attention either while reading the Bible, hearing it at chruch or just hearing His voice. I heard and I followed and I grew. " Walk by the spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh" Galatians 5:16 You first walk by the spirit and the desire will leave. If you make this long list of things you can't do and you try not to do them you will fall short. But if you walk in love (the fruit of the spirit is love) and stay in prayer God will strengthen you and help you.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Any problems today? (What God says)

You say: "It's impossible"
God says: All things are possible(Luke 18:27)
You say: "I'm too tired"
God says: I will give you rest(Matthew 11:28-30)
You say: "Nobody really loves me"
God says: I love you(John 3:16 & John 3:34)
You say: "I can't go on"
God says: My grace is sufficient(II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)
You say: "I can't figure things out"
God says: I will direct your steps(Proverbs 3:5-6)
You say: "I can't do it"
God says: You can do all things(Philippians 4:13)
You say: "I'm not able"
God says: I am able(II Corinthians 9:8)
You say: "It's not worth it"
God says: It will be worth it(Roman 8:28)
You say: "I can't forgive myself"
God says: I forgive you(I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)
You say: "I can't manage"
God says: I will supply all your needs(Philippians 4:19)
You say: "I'm afraid"
God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear(II Timothy 1:7)
You say: "I'm always worried and frustrated"
God says: Cast all your cares on ME(I Peter 5:7)
You say: "I'm not smart enough"
God says: I give you wisdom(I Corinthians 1:30)
You say: "I feel all alone"
God says: I will never leave you or forsake you(Hebrews 13:5)
It can be so easy sometimes to wallow in your problems but if you have faith in God and His love you have no excuse!
God says so many things to you filled with encouragement and love seek His words today

Monday, May 08, 2006


We can all come together and do what we can to end poverty. So many feel like world problems are too big to conquer, but I never think that... nothing is too big for God. I support the one campaign and everyone united to pray, sign, donate to end poverty for good!

Thank you for taking action with ONE: The Campaign to Make Poverty
History. Your voice DOES make a difference!

But there is still more you can do to help get the word out:

* Get local with ONE in your community

* Please help us tell your friends and family about The ONE
Campaign and how they too can
lend their voice to help beat global AIDS and poverty.

Tell them to sign the declaration now at
. ONE by ONE, we can make the

B.L.Edwards for Favorite Poet


Saturday, May 06, 2006



Thursday, May 04, 2006


This May issue was an experiment conceived by me when I realized that so many young people have a notebook stashed somewhere filled with their creative talents. I thought, why not have all the best spill over into my magazine? This experiment was a great experience because I got to read some of the best praises, triumphs, situations and life experiences put together in poetic form. I hope you find this as uplifting as I did. Congratulations to Clarissa Wilburn winning the cover for her poem "A Teens Prayer" I love the way it creatively conveys what teens sometime go through in their walk with Christ. Don't worry I didn't leave out the quiz, take it and find out if your hobbies are what's stopping you from having a rich and positive life. But that's not all! Read about Akiane Kramarik, I guarantee it will take your breath away! She is not just another child prodigy, at the age 4 she brought both of her Atheist parents to Christ from visions that she had. Through her talent and words this girl is walking proof there is a graceful and merciful God!
( I am having problems uploading pictures so I am going to try again to show the cover later If you really want to see go to the website)

Monday, May 01, 2006

Immigrants A.K.A. God's Children

"More than 12 million
immigrants passed through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1954. Many Americans can
trace their immigrant ancestors through Ellis Island." What if America closed it's doors a long time ago? Where would you be?
Today, May 1st, many of God's children are marching and boycotting businesses because they are being denied opportunities because of where they were born. To me, this is shocking because God is no respector of persons (romans 2:11) and we shouldn't be either. If we believe that God can bless us with opportunity and wealth why can't He bless immigrants? Are we that selfish as Americans that we have to keep all of our opportunity and our education and our money and our jobs to ourselves? Don't God love the whole world? Wouldn't He want us to love and share with one another, not just the people who were born in the same country where we were born? Jesus said it best when he spoke on giving to others, "And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you." (Matthew 5:40-42) This passage is usually used for a relationship between two people but it can be for nations as well.
We have to constantly remember that the GREATEST commandment is love. God put that commandment before any other. Loving God and loving each other is the key to life. (1 Corinthians 13:13)