Latest Happenings

A lot has transpired since my last blog. For one, my wife has been blessed with her radio podcast (Shop Talk Sway), on Tuesday’s at 6:00pm., (EST). The podcast is now on iHeart Radio, Tune-in Radio, SoundCloud, Spreaker, and Bold Brave Media. We thank the good Lord, for this opportunity.  Secondly, she received a second opportunity as moderator with “Spomedians,” that airs on Facebook Live, on Wednesday’s, at 9:00 pm. The telecast focuses on recent sports stories infused with hilarious comedy. The show features two comedians (Comedian Fig and Mark Howard), who throughout the show disagree with each other. The hour-long broadcast features guests, as well as, highlights insightful analysis on various players, teams, along with team news. 

An insightful radio podcast that features various guests in fashion, arts, and entertainment.
– Mark Howard & Comedian Fig –

I’m very proud of my wife’s accomplishments and hope it leads to bigger and better opportunities. She enjoys intermingling with other guests and wants to pursue future acting jobs. I’m hoping those who read this blog, will take the time to listen to her radio podcast; as well as, watch her as moderator for “Spomedians,” on Wednesday Nights, at 9:00pm., on Facebook Live.

Dr. Edward L. Wright

On another note, it’s been a few years since I’ve written a couple of books, “Anthology of a Spiritual Mind,” and “Spiritual Reflections of a Poetic Mind.” During this period of my life, I wanted to share encouraging spiritual poems, for those who need it. I’m also hoping that people will buy these books at a nominal cost for themselves, or for others. Please check out my website: wrightpoems4u.com.

The impetus of writing spiritual poems was my desire to convey the message that whatever you’re going through in life, God’s there for you. We all go through trials and tribulations or may go through a tragic incident that can seriously impact us. What can we do? We either can shut down, or surround ourselves with people who provide love, comfort, and support. The best source of comfort in times of need is going straight to our heavenly Father. He’s there to listen, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. We have a choice, either to trek out on our own and fail; or surrender to a loving, God, who’s omnipotent and omnipresent. Psalm 71:3, “Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.” 

Through my earlier trials and tribulations, I realized that I had nowhere to go but to look up. Once I moved out of the way, I asked the Lord, for direction. My first course of action was to get rid of my pride. I also had to discard my old way of life, to forge a new direction with my Lord and Savior. How did I do it? Well, I had to begin a regimen of reading God’s Word. I had to identify and devote a specific time each day to read, meditate, and pray. I also chose a specific area of my home, that was a quiet place. I chose my office, which I call my “war room.” On the walls of my office, is a myriad of certificates of achievement, plaques, graduate degrees, military commission, military service awards, and photos of yesteryear, displaying myself with high ranking bureaucrats. Although, it appeared I was successful, I was a failure for not totalling surrendering myself to God. Despite all of the kudos and personal achievements, I was still broken and empty.  As I look over my life, I’m amazed and thankful, that despite my irregularities, God blessed and looked out for me. During this period of my life, I was hustling trying to move up the hierarchical ladder, by focusing all of my efforts on chasing the “big bucks.”  Little did I realize that when I achieved the utlimate goal, I had nothing to show for it, e.g., family.

Today, my priorities have changed. As I grow older and evolve more into spiritual maturity, I realize those priorities don’t matter anymore. As some people say, “I’ve been there and done that!” Over the years, I’ve come to realize with successes, comes heartache, loneliness, and failure. I also realize that without God, in your plans, the road is rough, and the journey is long. I was virtually shackled in chains, and didn’t know it. I walked around thinking I was free; however, I was in bondage. I learned that trekking out in life without God, and making my own decisions created bigger problems that lead to bigger failures. Much of my failures and heartaches, led me to God. Oh, I’m not perfect and never will be; however, I rely upon his love, grace, and mercy each day.

One of the first books of the Bible, I read was Ecclesiastes. I remember reading, Chapter 3:1-8, “A time for everything.” This scriptural passage resonated with me, e.g., There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3:9, “What do workers gain from their toll?”  As I read the entire chapter, this resonated in my life. I realized that striving to achieve realistic goals is good. However, when one loses sight of God and doesn’t seek His infinite wisdom, life becomes meaningless, instead of meaningful. We all have a shelf life and purpose, while we’re here on Earth. It’s not about us, and it’ll never been about us! All of us have a mission and different talents. Utilizing those God given talents, starts with learning about the “good news” of Christ, and sharing the message with others.

Psalm 103:15-18, “The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children— with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.”

Mother’s Day Poetic Tribute

Georgia R. Wright

“From the youngest sibling’s perspective”

“I was very mischievous”

My family: Left front row: Mother (Georgia), Edward, Barbara, Mocha, and Shirley. Back row: Rufus James, and Roslyn

Life’s journey: Georgia Roslyn Wright, was born on March 12, 1919, in Adel, Georgia to her parents Andrew James Hall and Lou Annie Walker-Hall. She was the eighth child of ten born in the family.

My mother grew up surrounded by her brothers, Emanuel, James, Plato, Frank, Clement, and her sisters, Ella, Annie Bell, Louell, and Everene. As a child, she was loving, helpful, affectionate, and friendly.

My mother received her early education by attending the Cook County Training School. She graduated in 1936. In 1941, she met and married my father (Rufus Wright), who she met in Orlando, Florida. To this union were my sisters, Martha, Mary, Shirley, Roslyn, Rufus, Barbara, Mocha, and me. My father preceded her in death in 1964. He was forty-eight years old.

She was blessed with many grandchildren, Clinton, James, Frederick, Alton, Calvin, Angela, Deborah, Kimberly, Qiana, Demetra, Troy, Gregory, Kalif, along with great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

My mother made tremendous sacrifices for the family and could have attained a graduate degree from a major college. She was the last to reward herself on personal items and bought for us. She often sewed from McCall’s Design’s making dresses for my sister’s. I truly enjoyed her homemade yeast rolls. My mother was good at making canned jellies, and frying the best-fried chicken. She was very talented in many respects and was excellent in Mathematics, and English Composition. She taught us the importance of having a relationship with God. I recall starting my early childhood, we usually had an early morning bible devotion before we went to school. I’m so grateful that God blessed me with her.

“My mother, sister’s, nephew and niece’s”

Mother’s Day Poetic Tribute

It’s another Mother’s Day, and we wish you were here

The years have swiftly passed, and we wish you were near

Mother, you left us when we didn’t want to let go

We truly miss those things you did, to help us grow

With every passing moment, we reminisce of you often

 It’s those things you use to say, that keeps us talking

God only takes the best to work in His vineyard

The solemn voice that whispered in your ear was God, you heard

He lovingly snuggled you in His arms; as he clinched you near his chest

He said, “Dear Child, your time has come, now you can take a rest.”

Edward L. Wright (c) 2019

The Importance of Bible Study

Why is it difficult for people to read the Word of God? Why do people spend an inordinate amount of time reading newspapers, staying on social media, or watching television? Are they hoping to receive “good news,” from these sources? Unfortunately, much of their time won’t prepare them for the everlasting life.

The importance of Bible Study plays a pivotal role in helping us prepare for eternal life. The precious Word of God prepares us to maneuver through this treacherous world, with its many detours, and unexpected stops. We must rely on God’s wisdom to help us become cognizant of our surroundings as we sojourn through this life. 1 Peter 5:8, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

As a young man, I sat in the congregation and listened to a preacher, give an inspiring message of the Gospel. When the invitation was given, I was convicted by the Holy Spirit, that touched my heart, and I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. I remember completing a form and the preacher stood me before the congregation. I remember the preacher saying, “Aren’t we grateful Ed, has come forward to surrender his life to Jesus Christ.” I acknowledged that Jesus was the son of God, and confessed my belief before the congregation. I also remember the congregation in the auditorium, in unison saying “Amen.”

During my first week, as a “New Babe” in Christ, as a young man I struggled, failed, and went through a “spiritual” roller-coaster. There were many times, I was “up” and often, I was “down.” Often, I wondered, if I had been saved at all. However, after I began to slowly get into the Word of God, and study the Bible. I learned some “truths” and began to develop a firm foundation for which I could stand on. My life became transformed, and I became more “spiritually” focused. Not by resolution, emotion, or determination, but by the “truth” of God’s Word.

As believers of Christ, or those who are new Christians, we must learn some factors of faithfulness that’ll enable us to stand strong to be good Christians at home; and solid citizens in this world. The factor of faithfulness that should be our number one priority is, “Bible Study.”

As we read God’s Word, Paul said to Timothy, in 2 Timothy 2:15, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” Now, this is God’s command to you and me, through Paul and Timothy, to study the Word. Do you want to live a Holy Life?

Jesus said, in John 17:17, “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” Do you want to be sanctified? Do you want to be Holy? Do you want to be powerful in the Lord? Do you want to stop riding a “spiritual” roller coaster? Do you want to stop walking around on “eggshells,” or continue to get stuck in quicksand? Do you want some “spiritual steel” and concrete beneath your feet? Then learn to be faithful in “Bible Study.”

There are attributes needed for one to know, understand, and live by the Word of God. I’m talking about the faithfulness in Bible Study.

First, one must receive the saving author of the Bible, in their heart. God is the author. Why? Simply because without Jesus Christ, one’s
“spiritually” blind. 1 Corinthians 2:14, “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.”

If you’ve only been born once, you’re a “natural” man born into the “natural world” and blind to the “spiritual” world. One will never truly understand the Bible. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 4:4, “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” Without Jesus Christ, the author of the Bible in one’s heart, they’ll never understand the Bible.

To try to help an “unsaved” person truly understand the Bible, it’s like trying to teach a dog to understand opera or a foreign language. They can’t do it, nor do they have the facility, or ability to understand the Word of God. Someone once said, “The Bible is God’s love letter to His Children. If one has read it and doesn’t understand it, they’ve been reading someone else’s mail.” You see, the Bible is God’s letter to us.

In order to understand the Bible, one must know the God of the Bible. An unsaved person can read the Bible and appreciate its beautiful literature. They might learn the history of the Bible. They might even agree with the moral precepts of the Bible. However, they will never know the deep meaning of God’s Word, until they’re born again. Nicodemus came to Jesus by night. Nicodemus was a Master in Israel (a brilliant man), but he couldn’t understand.

The reason why Nicodemus couldn’t understand is, he had not been born again. Jesus replied, in John 3:3, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” Nicodemus was a blind man. In John 3:5, “Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.”

Therefore, if one would understand the Bible, invite the Lord Jesus Christ, into their heart the “saving” author of the Bible. In essence, one must receive the “saving” author of the Bible. Once Christ is in one’s heart, then they’ll begin to pray. Prior to initiating Bible Study, always pray. Never come to Bible Study, without praying.

In Psalm 119, there are three (3) prayers that are needed before Bible Study:

Psalm 119:12, “Praise be to you, Lord; teach me your decrees.” When one prays this, God begins to teach one. God becomes the teacher in one’s heart. When we lay our “intellectual” pride in the dust, and pray over the Word of God. Now, remember Christ must be in one’s heart.

First of all, three things will happen, when you pray Lord teach me your decrees, in Psalm 119:18, “your eyes will open.” Psalm 119:18 says, “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.” This is the first thing that will happen, one’s eyes will be open. God will help one see things they’ve never seen. One can tell when they’re “walking in the spirit,” when one reads the Word of God. There are “truths” that jump up off the Bible, and into one’s heart.

Secondly, not only will one’s eyes be open, but one’s heart will be stirred. In Psalm 119:36, “Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.” God opens your eyes and inclines your heart. Therefore, one must see, and the heart must be moved. Thirdly, one’s mind must be enlightened. Psalm 119:73, “Your hands made me and formed me; give me the understanding to learn your commands.”

In essence, prior to opening to indelible Word of God; one must ask God to give them a new heart, a new mind, along with a greater understanding. The importance of understanding the Word is through the Holy Spirit.

We’re living in dangerous times where people are convincing others that “right is wrong.” The Bible is “truth” and we must have a solid foundation to stand on to preclude becoming trapped as prey for Satan.

2 Timothy 3:16, says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” Let’s begin to ask God to transform our lives to be of service to Him.

Source: Adrian Rodgers

Learning How to Use Twitter

It’s been six months since I’ve learned how to use “Twitter” to “Tweet.” I also learned the importance of “Hashtags.” I was astonished to learn that hashtags (#), make it easy for other users to find and follow tweets about a specific topic or theme, e.g., #SaturdayMotivation, or #SundayThoughts.

As I tweet with fellow believers, I feel connected. As I read various passages of scripture, God’s language of wisdom, love, and warmth provided great comfort. The difficulty that I find with Twitter is, it limits me to the number of characters I can tweet. I love to talk; however, don’t like being limited in what I have to say.

Twitter is a powerful social media instrument if used wisely. It can be a viable instrument to spread the “good news” of Jesus Christ.
Since there are no geographical boundaries when interacting with people around the world, the concept of spreading the “good news,” from this venue is efficient and effective.

When I reminisce of what God has done for me, I humbled and excited. I’m humbled because I know I owe a debt I can never repay. When I read Isaiah 53, I’m brought to tears of the prophetic passage of Jesus Christ’s suffering. I shed tears reading, Romans 5:6-8, “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die? But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

The Word of God is our anchor that provides hope, inspiration, protection, and guidance during the time we sojourn in this life. The Word of God never changes it exemplifies truth. The use of social media enables us to become “beacons of light,” to the spiritually lost. Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is alive and Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” As it says, in Isaiah 55:11, “So is my word that goes out from my mouth; It will not return to me empty but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

The Guilt of Sin

“I’m on my knees and give Him praise”

The guilt of sin lingered in my head
Jesus turned me from my evil ways instead
I no longer look back on those sinful days
Now I’m on my knees and I give Him praise

I knew He’d made in me a positive change
I’m forever blessed and I give Him praise
He loved me enough to die upon the cross
For His loving mercy is never lost
No, His grace and mercy is never lost

He’s my savior now and my truest friend
He’ll love me, I know, ‘till my final end
When I struggled and groaned, and wallowed deep in sin
He chastised my heart and pricked it deep within

I knew He’d made in me a positive change
I’m forever blessed and I give Him praise
He loved me enough to die upon that cross
For His loving mercy, is never lost
No, His grace and mercy is never lost

I no longer carry any weight of guilt
Cause with Him, enduring love will never wilt
He loved me enough to die upon that cross
Now the wage of sin is paid; the debt is tossed

I knew He’d made in me a positive change
I’m forever blessed and I give Him praise
He loved me enough to die upon that cross
For His loving mercy, is never lost
No, His grace and mercy is never lost

Life has trials alone that truly test our faith
To see what God, our Father, has really made
Obedience with prayer must grow and replicate
To build the church that Jesus, our Lord, will save
To build the church that Jesus, our Lord, will save

I knew He’d made in me a positive change
I’m forever blessed and I give Him praise
He loved me enough to die upon that cross
For His loving mercy is never lost
No, His grace and mercy is never lost

Excerpt From: Edward L. Wright, Ed.D. “Spiritual Reflections of a Poetic Mind.” iBooks.