I don’t know if it is because of the Christmas season and day or because I am having some writing flow this week (been having Writer’s block for a while), but here is another post.
As I lie down in bed and after finishing composing my previous post, I am filled with thoughts of appreciation and gratitude. I thought of an elder who took time to teach me how to drive and pass the driving test. To this day (although unfortunately, I have anxiety and driving anxiety), I still remember the things he taught me as well as his kindness and patience. Mind you, I got my license late in the game. Another person I am grateful for is another elder who I endearingly called my god granny. Her humor, wisdom, kindness, and jazzy spirit was so amazing. I miss both of them, Elder Heath and Sister Dixon.
There are a lot of things that you may still be dealing with, but I challenge you to make a list of things and people you are grateful for. Let’s go! I just named two people. I am also grateful for a new day, a warm house, and family… The list goes on. I am thankful especially for my Jesus!!!!! Without Him, there is no me or no hope.
What or who are you grateful for?
This year went by quick but seemed so long. It is like 2021 copied and pasted 2020. The struggle was real. And we are continually learning to deal with the new normal. I was going to do a post about my year in review with more pictures, but naw. I don’t need to post anymore selfies or photos or make it all about me. This year was stressful and blessful at the same time for me and I bet for many of you all also, and that’s that. I just pray as we approach a new year that the things we need to fall off fall off so we can walk lightly and respond well in this new year as well as receive what God has for us. And learn what we need to learn to pass some tests and overcome some more things. I pray for those of us struggling with anxiety and depression to pack on courage to keep going and to take one day at a time, trusting God all the way.
Anyway, I am elated to say if you are reading this that you and I both made it to December and we are close to a new year. Although our finances may not be where they need to be, we still have a roof over our heads and food on our tables. Although we still have some more healing to do along our healing journey, we have come a long way. This year was not easy. It was stressful and heavy. This year also, I anticipated feeling depressed again on my birthday (12/10), but I actually felt ok. I even looked better despite having Covid and being in quarantine. My entire immediate family had Covid with mild symptoms and towards the end of our quarantine, we believe we also got food poisoning. But we are well today and grateful.
I know the holidays may be hard for some and many are going through right now, but I pray you have a joyous day. I pray you hear laughter, feel loved, and reach out to someone that God has just for you to touch your heart and lift your spirit and vice versa. I pray you have enough to eat. I pray that you remember those lost loved ones with a smile and that you understand that it is okay to grieve too. I pray that you are healthy or getting well. I pray that you start new traditions like watching a Christmas movie that you will watch every Christmas. Or cook a new dish and share it with your elderly neighbor or single mom. I pray that you embrace yourself through your healing journey and take one day at a time. I pray you won’t be so hard on yourself and know that you are worthy and loved by God, the Great I Am.
Merry Christmas from my family to yours!
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New Video of my reading of one of my poems, titled It’s Simply Christmas has been posted. Check it out and make sure you subscribe to my channel and like my video.
Merry Christmas Eve!!!!!
Well, we made it to Christmas Eve y’all!!!! I am so excited to just rest, have a good meal, and reflect with loved ones. And I pray the same for you.
Not too long ago, I started a new series titled Tannika’s Writing Vault. And today’s post will be a part of this series.
This is my new series where I introduce you to some of my past material I’ve written. I have written skits for special events at church and I have also written short stories, some of which I admit are half-done. Did I tell you, I once created my own entertainment magazine in high school! But I won’t be sharing my little paper bootleg magazine. Anyway, welcome to Tannika’s Writing Vault and enjoy!
Please enjoy this skit I wrote for a church holiday program!!!!! And have a merry Christmas!!!!!!
Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner
There are 13 days until Christmas and we all can admit that this Christmas will be a bit different. Large gatherings will become small. Some travel will be postponed. To make the most of this holiday, we must connect as best as we can. Some of us will fellowship via Zoom trying our best to spread smiles, love and cheer. Although our holidays are a little different this year, let’s remember what matters most and make the most out of this season. Here is my poem from my Christmas In The Winter poetry book. Need an awesome, encouraging gift for this year’s Christmas stocking, order a copy today. Available now on Amazon.
What Matters The Most
Is sentimental words on a card
The comfort when times are hard
Every second of a day
Listening added to what you have to say
Peace in the midst of the storm
Uniqueness in the midst of the norm
A meager meal cooked with love
Than hate mixed in with grub
The One who loved us first
The One who can fulfill our thirst
The One who loves us unfailingly
And gave His Only Begotten Son
Abundant laughter and simple fun
Patience and time
Loved ones and memories
Family and fellowship
To be kind
And what can’t be paid for
What shouldn’t be ignored
What can be nurtured
Little ones and present historical ones are to be protected, honored, and adored
What matters most
Is what’s simple and free
But it’s worth so much
That no economical value can equate
What matters the most is sometimes the looked over and the less than the obvious great
What matters the most
Is what’s in the heart, the mind, and the will of God
Remember to treasure such and abide within
The One for who is the Reason
For This Christmas season
By Tannika Moore
Even with the grandeur of a beautiful landscape, winter can be daunting
Cold weather and possible blizzards are haunting
We await this season where things seem to halt in growth or decline in activity
Due to the strains of the weather and much passivity
Winter breaks and days off
Especially when life has you worn out
The mind and body needs curing
But all seasons are a part of our lives
They come and they go
Winter can be dreary
When the cool winds blow
It requires much wait and a little more press
Don’t forget the Sun seems to not shine its best
But during this season God can still bless
And although winter ushers in either fast or slow
There are lessons to learn
Knowledge to know
Opportunities to grow
And some moments to yield to
And to be still through
And know that He is God
The Great I Am
Faithful and true
To the bush and the ram
He is able to lead me and you
Winter seasons don’t have to bring blisters
Or give you frostbite
If you, through even the cloudiest of days,
Fix your sight
Upon Jesus Christ
Don’t get caught up in the decorations and traditions
And miss the moment to listen
Don’t procrastinate in preparing for the cold
And don’t abandon the process
As things disappear
Only to make things crystal clear
And make room for growth
God made the spring and the winter
Appreciate them both
For after wintery transitions and seasons to abound
New flowers and fruit will break free from the ground
New life and new lessons and all for the glory of a wise God
and a reigning King
Trust Him through the winter
And welcome the joy, hope, endurance, perseverance and character it brings