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.
I was an Art & Design major in college before I changed to English. It was during this time I learned about still life. I remember eying a bowl of fruit neatly propped up on its stand trying to capture its essence, simplicity, beauty, and shadows.
A Still Life is a work of art, particularly a painting or drawing, displaying objects such as flowers, fruit, a vase, a skull, etc. These tangible objects are still and lifeless but express liveliness and simplicity in its form of art.
Thinking of ideas for poems, my experience with this work of art would later lead me to the following title, When A Still Life Moves. What happens when a still life moves and what or who gives it the life it needs to no longer be still?
Jesus is our life giver. If the same power that raised Him from death lies within every believer, then we too have been raised and positioned with Him. We are no longer the still lives. We have been enabled to move and fulfill our destinies as one and as individuals.
Read When A Still Life Moves from my first book, Setting The Captive Free.
When a Still Life moves,
God’s work of art no longer stands still
It is revived and alive to the touch
Its spirit, you can feel.
It is lifted and free
Motivated and able to breathe
It is patient and knows when to yield
For it has learned to be still.
When a Still Life moves,
It enters a new season
It has discovered its purpose
And embraced the Creator’s reason.
It changes the nature of the picture
Its colors become richer.
When a Still Life moves,
It gives a new meaning to the space it occupies
It is not limited or bound to one site.
It follows its heart and allows its imaginations to take flight
A Still Life begins to move with time
And can no longer be simply defined.
It moves past the fears and the doubts
It perseveres and knows what it is about
The light doesn’t just shine upon it but through it
And it attracts Life to it.
When a Still Life moves,
Its laughter is like a bouquet of joy
Its smile is like a child who is fixed upon a new toy
It lives each day renewed
When a Still Life moves
True existence and living we choose.
To purchase Setting The Captive Free poetry book visit: https://stcfpoetrybook.com/setting-the-captive-free-poetry-book/
A Daughter’s Prayer
By Tannika Moore
Lord, I pray for my mother
By first thanking You for her
I acknowledge that You created her for a reason
And it wasn’t just to be my mom
So, I pray
Lord that she seeks
Out her gifts and purpose from You
For You are her creator
Lord, I pray that she realizes
That she is fearfully and wonderfully made
And that she was set apart for Your use and Your use alone
I pray Lord
That You will grant her the grace
To reject all negative and deceptive comments, beliefs, and thoughts Satan tries to inject in her mind
I pray Lord that You will bind up
Every critical spirit that tries to pollute her mind and her emotions
Lord, I pray that she will be filled with joy and peace
Peace that surpasses all understanding
I come against fear that she may have for You did not give her the spirit of fear
But that of power, love and a sound mind
I pray, Lord, that she will see herself the way You see her
And that she surrenders every area of her life to You
I pray, Lord, that she believes without a doubt
And she prays without ceasing
Give her strength, Lord, to move forward and be what You have
called her to be and do what You have called her to do
Grant her Godly wisdom, knowledge and understanding of Your Word
Help her exude holiness and virtue continually so that her girls
may imitate these attributes that You possess
Help her to trust You and depend upon Your strength
for only with You there is stability and security
Give her direction for her children
Help her to be anxious about nothing even when it comes
to her children, but to pray about everything
Lord, help her to forgive and
Love even when it becomes difficult
Build her up and encourage her
And let her learn to encourage herself when others won’t
Let her not lose sight of the visions and dreams You have placed in her heart
Let her have time to devote to You
And let her experience Your presence in her devotion time
Help her to take time also for herself as well as to reflect and laugh
Let her identity be wrapped up in You Lord
Let her know that her prayers are not in vain
Her praise has not gone unnoticed and her tears have not gone unseen.
Now Lord, I pray that Your angels encamp round about her;
protect her, guard her heart and her mind
Lord, I pray that she develops the fear of the Lord
within her heart and the joy of the Lord always
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
And thank You for my mother’s love
because of a mother’s unconditional love
I know how you feel about me
—From Setting The Captive Free poetry book
Happy Mother’s Day to every woman who has birthed a child in love and hope and who has nurtured a child through love and the Word of God!
For more information on author, Tannika Moore, and her books visit www.stcfpoetrybook.com
Changes and Challenges will come as quick and unexpectedly
as a Chicago winter,
Embracing you like a warm touch
or piercing you like a splinter
when patience and faith are absent,
And embracing life outside your comfort zone
can be taxing
Think for a second about the plans you made
some plans we create will be interrupted or halted
only to be changed or necessarily rearranged in proper fit
because change is always approaching and sometimes coming quick
You can’t control what happens to your life,
You will learn through time
that you have most control over what you do,
and how you react to
than some of the challenges that come for you
So to whom it may concern,
Hold onto your grace,
Life isn’t always comfortable
and things don’t always go your way,
Sometimes we settle for the ordinary
because the unknown can be scary
Sometimes we let fear take control
because it is comfortable and that’s all we know
Yet embracing change allows us to grow
And trusting in God through the challenges and the process
Reminds us that God is the same today, yesterday and tomorrow, and He knows best
He has the strength and authority to get you through any discomfort and any mess
Change allows us to stretch, elevate and spread our wings,
to venture toward new territories and experience new things
to leave comfort zones, same actions, same results and same old ways behind
Growth comes from challenges,
but transformation must start with the renewing of your mind
–Written by Tannika Moore & from Setting The Captive Free poetry book
As always, I love to give and here are some Tools for your Journey!
I don’t have any tools to share, but I did come across this prayer on Pinterest and thought I should share it! Take time to pray this and talk to God about your fears concerning change and the unknown. Ask Him for help to embrace new seasons, trials and all, and to trust Him through it all.
Put your shoes on honey, our journeys await,
Question: Do you fear change? What changes and challenges are you experiencing this season?
To purchase my books, Wearing Someone Else’s Shoes Ain’t Never Been Me or Setting The Captive Free, click here. Kindle versions also available!
Trust God and Set The Captive Free!
Yes, I said it! Grab your party hats and tablets because my best friend and I are having a virtual book launch party! We will bring the books, some virtual cake, and our new books!
We will be hosting our virtual book launch via Facebook on December 5, 2015! (Click on the link below for more details.)
Saneatra Polk writes,
“I am happy to announce that on December 5th, I will be joining poet, Tannika Moore in a virtual book launch via Facebook. She will be releasing her second poetry book Wearing Someone Else’s Shoes Aint Never Been Me and I will be launching my first novel My Momma Loves Me. I’m hoping you all join us in this joyous occasion. The simplicity of this event is you don’t have to buy a special outfit, you don’t have to worry about how you’ll get to the event, and you don’t really have to fit it into your schedule. The event is from 12 pm to 6 pm central time; you can ‘drop by’ at any time or stay logged on for the entire period. This is an opportunity to get to know us as authors, join in on the topic of ‘walking in your own shoes’, and much more.”
There you have it! I look forward to having your presence online!
Trust God and Set The Captive Free!
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?
I want to send a special thanks to my sisters-in-Christ Barbara and Dawnielle for being my models and for sharing their testimonies!!!! They were open and honest enough to share with the world what God has delivered them from. Dawnielle says, “I am FREE from lust, insecurities, fear, bitterness and unforgiveness…” Barbara says, “I am FREE from anger, depression, lust, financial debt and anxiety…” I, myself, am FREE from anxiety, depression, generational curses and people-pleasing…”
The I Am FREE Photo Shoot, which took place at my neighborhood park, was amazing! After having fun displaying our freedom, we had a glorious time praising God and praying for each other and the surrounding community right there in the park!!!
Before you check out the photos of the shoot below, think about what God has delivered you from. Or what are you expecting God to free you from? Feel free to share your testimonies of deliverance or your desired deliverance below in the comment box. If you would like prayer or to discuss your testimony or desired deliverance privately, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and everything you share will be confidential.
To God be the glory!!! I love You Father!!!
Trust God and Set the Captive Free,
I am so excited about the place God has me in right now! I admit at times I am nervous and taking deep breaths because the tasks before me are too great for me to do it alone. So when God says you can do nothing without Him, He is so right! Thank God for His amazing grace that enables me to do what He calls me to do and be who He calls me to be. Thank God for His grace to do even the seemingly simplest things like breathing, writing, walking, praying or calling on His name because some of the simplest tasks may be hard for some people.
I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me (Phil 4:13 NKJV).
Yet, that crafty, evil one sometimes tries to make me doubt that I can or I will. That ratchet devil is a liar though and “I ain’t goin'”, but to the Lord in prayer and to every step of the pruning process no matter how daunting it looks to my flesh. I hope you too continually allow God to use you and also allow Him to stretch you. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. The secret is that He actually will do the work; you just have to be a willing vessel and surrender every area of your life to Him. He will bring resources, opportunities, strategies and ideas your way; you just have to trust Him, submit and obey!
Now, let me formally welcome you to STCF Poetry Book and Moore as well as my blog. This site introduces my first book titled Setting The Captive Free. It is a book of poems that I have been writing and rewriting since high school up until last year. Named for the leading poem, my book is one of energy, honesty and sincerity, enlightenment and exhortation, liberty, prayer and God’s Word. It details journeys of love, tribulations and relationships. So exhale with me, dance with me, praise God with me, and embrace your self-worth and heritage with me. Let’s assess some things in our lives. Let us express what God has put in our hearts through every talent and gift He has given us. Let’s walk out on faith by trusting God and allow Him to set the captives within us free.
I thank you for embarking on this journey with me. I also thank you for your support and for embracing my first published book. I look forward to seeing the fruit from God using me to impact your life in some kind of way and also myself being continually processed and set free!