Hey loves, please watch, share, and like my new video/recording of my new poem Bring It To The Surface.
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Hey loves, please watch, share, and like my new video/recording of my new poem Bring It To The Surface.
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I wrote this poem a couple or few months ago but made a few edits recently. This year has been said to be a horrible year, and we are just five months and six days down. This year started off rough for me and has continued on to be a challenge. In fact these past four years or so have been challenging (I use the word challenging because they were still blessings and I have learned so much). However, I remember when this year had just started a lot of people exclaimed that this would be the year of 2020 vision, clarity, the best year, and so forth. One thing for sure it has definitely been a year of clarity. It is like the curtain is being pushed back. But for me personally, this is another year of learning to trust God, another year of healing, and a year where God is drawing me closer to reprioritize and organize so that He can be first and everything else can fall in its right place. And this is the year for me to understand how to overcome and overcome those things that were draining me as well as distracting me, trying to keep me out of my destiny, and from healing and growing. So, this year is an uncomfortable one for me, and I bet it is uncomfortable for many others but this discomfort is needed. Let God open up our eyes and let God sit us down to have those personal and generational talks with each of us. Be willing and lean on Him for grace to receive His truth and His heart.
I see you trying to be still
Trying to keep joy in the midst of chaos and sinking hill
This world is sick
And all signs point to last days
Some of us are so numb that with every new event we are unfazed
The spirit of deception is
Filling the airwaves and skies
Increasing also corruption and lies
People are dying and life ain’t the same
Coronavirus is spreading and taking lives
And it doesn’t care about your money, fame, or name
The foundation of our land
Is crumbling fast
From the seeds sown today as well as the past
Division and Racism
Pride and ego
Corroding the core of our foundation
Nation against nation
Money and fame are our gods
Fear and emotional disarray
Increasing every day
Everybody wants their own way
Envy and lust for power
The enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy
he shows up to work every day ready to devour
The fatherless and the widow, not to mention those whose hope is shrinking
And everyone in between
Authenticity of Identity and Empathy has left the scene
Some of our love for others and ourselves are sour
And some of us trying to find our voice and not cower
There is little respect and more destruction of the Black flower
Fighting to survive every hour
Police corruption and racial bias
My skin is a threat
No empathy or sympathy for me
They would say I deserved my death
And pent up pain in our hearts
Many of our youth are lost
We must save our children
And receive the abundant life
But some of us are afraid to take up our cross and count the cost
Dreams and destinies fill the grave
Anxiety and depression are soaring
We have a lot of Elijahs hiding in the cave
Fear of persecution
Fear of being alone
We are living in times where wrong is right and right is wrong
We are drowning in despair
Reaching for someone to stop and truly care
We are starving for integrity,
Humility, and real love
And needing answers that only God can supply from above
By Tannika Moore
Appeared on the scene like thunder
She stands bold
Gets the story simply, directly told
Doesn’t follow anyone’s tail
She not only gets the men’s respect
But the ladies’ look up to her as well
How she does it I never know
To see a Black woman’s trailblazing
power and love, it amazes me so
Full of knowledge and understanding
The wisdom she gains and definitely
Black Wonder Passes it down
The soul of a Queen honoring her
Blesses her daughter with gifts of
virtue, dignity and a figure
Teaches her son to pray and not pull
triggers, and to not refer to his friends’
Black Wonder fills our midst
Mighty like the Black fist
Always present in church on Sundays
And faithful to the Lord
Battling in prayer like a knight with his
Black Wonder raised us with creativity,
sacrifice and strength
Takes no stuff off anyone and is no
At any age, amidst trials and
tribulations, Black Wonder still keeps it
real, phenomenal and cool
She’s an example of God’s taste
And a woman of grace
Dedicated to all the Black Wonders in my life who are great role models and examples of perseverance and courage, especially my mom who helped me to become the woman I am today.
This morning is as cold as a freezer and the air is crisp and gripping. Did I also mention it feels like another Monday, although it is Tuesday. So, I struggle to get out of the bed a bit. However, I awake grateful to God for a new day, read and listen to His Word, worship Him, and talk with Him. A day started with the Lord is a day better yielded to Him.
Upon leaving home, I miss my bus so I decide to catch the bus headed towards the Metra train to make up for lost time. The train tracker schedules for my train to stop at the stop I need to get off at to catch another bus. I have a lengthy commute. Anyways, one stop into our ride we hear that the train will run express all the way to the end stop. Ah man! I can get off at the current stop we just arrived at and wait for the next one but it is too cold. So, I stay on and am going to have to ride all the way to the end.
No problem. I will just have to do what I have had to do before, just travel back. I ride to the end. Now, I just have to walk down a few blocks and take another train. So, I walk to the Red Line and go downstairs and my train comes. However, this train confuses me with the fact that its route labels state not what it normally says. I get on because although the train states something different, this is where I am literally heading. The Red Line stays on the lower tracks (ground level) but this morning this train is riding on the higher track where you can see the roofs of buildings and blocks of homes and businesses lined up on our Chicago streets. I hate riding high up because of the height but God gets me safely to my destination and drives away my fears with this message.
I feel like I just took the long way around just to get to my destination. I have been rerouted twice but still heading to my destination.
What happens when you are rerouted? You have to take the long way around. Your journey gets interrupted.
Moses and the Israelites were rerouted. They had to take the long way after God led Moses to free them from slavery. In fact, God took them the long way and through the impossible.
The people got impatient. They murmurred and complained. They even wanted to turn back. Oh, I had that feeling this morning.
When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” Exodus 13:17
Yet, God took them the long way because had He led them the short distance they would have easily went back. Fear and discomfort makes you run back to comfortable situations even if they were horrible situations. They had to learn to trust God step by step, day by day. They had to learn to depend on God. They had to learn to persevere and develop patience. Prayer and patience go together. Faith and perseverance goes together. You can’t have one without the other and we need all of the above in life and through our faith walk.
So, when you get rerouted, be patient. Maybe God is protecting you from something. Maybe God wants you to develop patience. Maybe God just wants you to trust Him even on a routine day heading to work.
Okay that is a long title but every word is imperative.
I remember when I was a little kid (I don’t remember the exact age, I was maybe 8 – 10) and enjoying a day at my grandfather’s job picnic. It was a picnic of food, family, friends, games, and guided horse rides.
It was one particular game the kids had to partner up and get to the finish line with one of each of our legs in a sack together with our partners. My partner was my cousin.
The race started and we took off, hopping along the way. However, I lost my footing, stumbled and fell. Instead of stopping, my cousin continued to press to the finish line. Go ahead and laugh. I am laughing right now myself! From what I remember, he dragged me almost to the finish line, but I managed to get it together. I don’t even think I was mad. I was just as determined as he was for us to win and for me not to hold us back. 😂
I said all of that to say it is okay to laugh at yourself. Okay, what I really wanted to say is don’t give up on someone that God has called for you to water the seed (come along and help someone grow based on God’s Word) and be a light in their world, whether it be a family member or someone else God sends into your life. There will be people God removes from your life but the ones He has for you to impact in this season or several, give them words of encouragement, build them up in the Lord, disciple them, let them know they matter, and then hold them accountable. You may have to give them a loving push at times. You may also have to drag that someone along that needs you to believe in him/her. And be determined to see any little evidence of a leaf sprouting out, a rose petal budding and lifting its head. Sometimes you need to remind someone that it doesn’t matter if you finish last–as long as you finish with determination, persistence, and with a friend called Jesus.
Next, encourage yourself to get back up after you fall. Expect trials and tribulations to come and know that you are an imperfect creature. But if you have been born again through our savior Jesus Christ, then you have a new nature and a whole lot of help to surely get you to the finish line. Don’t give up and do trust God to get you to the end. He is our present help in the time of trouble, our redeemer, and our hope.
Oh, I think my cousin and I made it to third place but I have to ask my cousin to be sure. And I wasn’t hurt.
Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus
Have a blessed day,
Share a time when God gave you the grace to get back up or a story when someone helped you get back up.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching (Hebrews 10:23-25 NIV).
You’d like to quit, wouldn’t you
And succumb to your fears
Throw yourself a pity party and invite your tears
You’d like to give up and make excuses
Why you can’t win
And contribute your failures with where you’ve been
You’d like to tell God, “I’m not quite right
And although you’ve helped me before,
I just don’t have the strength to fight.”
Times are hard and this world is rough
Instead of carrying heavy loads, you trying to lift trucks
You are burdened, you are drained
Frustrated in every way
You’ve reached the point where it’s even hard to pray
I feel you when you say, I’m tired
I face those times when I want to quit too
But God posed this question to me
That I will ask you….
“What if quitting was an option?
An Opportunity Present To Ignore Or Neglect God’s will for your life
So think about it, if quitting was an option right….
Ministers would change careers
After dealing with serious declines of character, teamwork
And faithfulness among their peers
Your assigned angels would have resigned
After having multiple slow workdays
And Jesus might have left the cross and took a loss
Because some people refuse to be saved
But let’s go back further….
If Quitting was an option,
Joseph would have ignored the angel of God and bailed on Mary
He would have left her to raise Jesus alone
Mary would have told God, “I have no strength to carry Jesus. This is just too big of a role for me to take on.”
Job would have cursed God and died
After being afflicted, tested and tried
And although Ruth loved her mother-n-law, Ruth would have left Naomi and missed the chance of new love, happiness and prosperity
Joseph, son of Jacob, would have had no charity or integrity. After being persecuted and oppressed,
He would have forsaken others, especially his family, and would have also been depressed
Noah, like many of us, would have procrastinated, half-obeyed or even failed to complete the ark
He would have let the people or even the size of the assignment discourage him so
And what if Moses never showed up for his meeting with Pharaoh?
And how about Jesus’ disciples?
They would have left Jesus standing
Because the job was too demanding
How about the Canaanite woman? She would have backed down
after Jesus didn’t answer the first time around
and her daughter would not receive healing
So if Quitting was an option
and God quit as well
Prisons wouldn’t be the only overcrowding place,
It would be Hell
But God is a god that cannot fail, nor lie
His righteousness is forever, His grace is sufficient
His mercies are daily
His word is bond and if He woke you up today,
God has not given up on you
You’ve already been reconciled
Already granted the opportunity to be saved
And set free, your price paid
How could we think of quitting,
When God is the God of victory
He is the author and the finisher of our faith
How could we quit
When God is working on our characters and our hearts
And always finishes what He starts
And how could you say you’re done?
Quitting on the Lord
Is like walking off the battleground
After your Team wins
Not knowing you already WON!
—from Setting The Captive Free by Tannika Moore
So fellow sisters and brothers in Christ, do not give up; God has not given up on you. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9 NIV). Persevere and trust God with the results of your obedience and your holding fast to your faith. Encourage one another and share God’s love and Word with others who may not know God’s unfailing, sincere love for all of mankind. Jesus persevered all the way to the Cross so that everyone would have the opportunity to be saved eternally and reconciled back to the one true God. Trust God and set the captive free!
Are you getting weary? Do you feel like throwing in the towel? What does God tell us about pressing in? What things do you do to get over feelings of despair, hopelessness and defeat?