Get To The Finish Line & Help Someone Else Get There Too

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 dont 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 and 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<span class=”crossreference” data-cr=”#cen-NIV-29368A” data-link=”(A)” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: “Helvetica Neue”, Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;”> until the day of Christ Jesus
Have a blessed day,

Tannika😘

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Share a time when God gave you the grace to get back up or a story when someone helped you get back up.

Five Things I learned From My Mama

This Sunday we celebrate our mothers. We thank God for them and honor them for their selflessness, sacrifice, and unconditional love. 


I love my mama and I make sure I express it as much as I can. But before I move forward, I am going to stress that we take the time to pray for children (of all ages) who have lost their mothers as well as for mothers who have lost children. Comfort them Holy Spirit and uplift their spirits during this time, in Jesus’ name, Amen!

In honor of my mom, I want to share five things she has taught me and told me:

  1. You can’t please everyone.😊 Be okay with that. 
  2. Work hard. 💪My mom has worked faithfully for her job for more than 18 years. I have learned and strived for longevity and commitment in my professional and personal life through her example of hard work. 
  3. A man is not going to fall on the couch. 🛋 Sorry ladies, God isn’t going to just plop him right on your couch. Don’t go looking for a guy, trust God, seek God, but get out there and live your life. And God will help him find you!
  4. Treat yourself. ❤Be kind to yourself. Make sure you matter to you.
  5. Trust God! 🙏🏾My mom always reminds me to give it all over to God. Hearing and seeing her testimonies lets me know that she too had to learn and trusting God never fails because He doesn’t fail.

              Happy Mother’s Day Moms!   

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What are some things you learned from your mom? Please share below!

Writing Tip Jar: Be Concise

Writing Tip Jar is a series to help encourage other writers and inspiring authors along their journeys. Happy Friday, and pull out your notebook or click on your cellular notepad! It is time to write.


My flaw as a writer is that I sometimes overwrite. I, too, had to learn to write concisely as well as learn to show and tell and not just say.

Here is a tip from Shrunk & White. I kept my little Shrunk & White book from college because it is an awesome resource for writers. Thanks to my former professor, Dr. Aghahowa, for introducing her students to this resource.

“Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all sentences short or avoid all detail and treat subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.”–Shrunk & White: The Elements of Style

Do you write concisely or do you tend to overwrite? What strategies and tools do you use to write concisely?

Tannika’s Free Writing & Flash Fiction: Flash from Past

Welcome to my new series where I will be free writing and writing flash fiction to have fun, to regain my discipline as a frequent writer, and to stretch and strengthen my writing skills.

This is an old story I originally wrote during college, years ago, for my creative writing class. It is a fictitious, urban story that came from I don’t remember, but it was fun to write. Editing and few changes were made prior to publishing here.

     Jackey and the Stranger at the Bus Stop

Pt 1

Jackey walked up behind the young man sitting at the glass kitchen table. Her long and thin brown legs stretched from the blue jean skirt she wore with a black shirt. The shirt read STAR in rhinestones.

She was quiet and not that that was her nature. But Jackey had a lot on her mind. He had the nerve to ask me to braid his hair, she thought. Still, Jackey neatly parted his hair one row at a time.

Although Desmond had become more of a stranger these days, he was still the love of her life. He was her best friend since high school and they always had each other’s backs. Jackey separated the row of thick, soft hair into three group strands. She overlapped the grouped strands forming Desmond’s first cornrow.

“Ah want that same style as Snoop,” Desmond said in a deep voice that carried its own bass.

“And I want that money that Snoop’s hairstylist makes,” said Jackey. But since I ain’t Snoop’s hairstylist and you ain’t any big time rapper Dez, we just gone have to work with what we got. I don’t have time to do any special styles anyway,” Jackey went on saying. “I have to leave for class in thirty minutes.”

Desmond let out a sigh and playfully jerked his head away from her hands. “Stoppp,” cried Jackey with an attitude. Although Desmond was playing, Jackey was agitated. He didn’t apologize for not making it to her dance contest the night before. All he said was, “something came up and I had to meet up with my peoples, Sean and Chris.”

“I ain’t gone braid your hair again,” said Jackey reaching for the hair that slipped out of her hands. Desmond bent his head back. His brown eyes met hers and he smiled a smile that softened his rough features. Jackey shook her head at the face that bore a long scar from his cheek to his chin. It was the scar that came a year ago from a guy who slashed his face with a box cutter. He was attempting to steal small bags of white, powdery substance from Desmond.

Jackey continued braiding Desmond’s hair. Out of the blue, an old song by Tupac began to play. Desmond flipped open his cell phone and interrupted “me against the world.” Jackey got quiet and continued braiding. “Man it’s in,” said Chris, the voice on the other end.

Desmond was quiet.

“When you coming. You know deez other fools can’t count,” Chris said as if he was speaking through a Walkie Talkie.

“Man you’re crazy,” Desmond said with a slight chuckle. “I’ll be there in an hour.”

Desmond hung up.

“You’re still selling drugs Dez?” asked Jackey who had been listening to the short conversation above his head. She let go of the cornrow she was braiding and looked down at his face. She expected him to look back up at her again to see her face of disapproval.

“You’re selling drugs and hanging with those dumb fools.”

“Man, I ain ‘t got time for this,” Desmond said getting up from the black cushioned chair he was sitting in.

“And why didn’t you come to my dance contest at my school? I don’t even see you unless you want your hair braided or you want some,” Jackey said angrily in one breath.

“It ain’t like you spending time with me,” said a composed Desmond. It’s all about you and your “I got dance practice. I got classes. I have to go to the shop. My friends and I going out,” Desmond said mimicking Jackey.

To be continued…

Can’t Move Forward

After reading the first 6 chapters of 1 Samuel, I am beginning to understand how God’s presence and God’s glory are important to the believer, the Body of Christ.

The glory of God, which is seemingly difficult to define, is basically the external manifestation of God’s presence (http://www.biblestudytools.com).

The presence of God is also difficult to define. However, the Hebrew term for presence in the scriptures is translated as “face”. Dwelling in the presence of God means to have a deeper closeness and fellowship, close and personal encounter, a response of worshiping in spirit and in truth as well as a total surrender to God, His sovereignty, and His love.

We can’t move forward without either God’s glory and presence. We need God’s glory in everything–not our glory but His. We need His glory during decision-making, good times, special events and family time, travels, and during trials and tribulations. Where the glory of God goes, there is power, deliverance, and victory.

Living in the presence of God ensures safety, joy, sustainment, and the blessing. 

Please read 1 Samuel 1 to 6

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, The Great I Am, 

I worship You today! I ask for forgiveness of my sins, disobedience, and even my fear that keeps me focused on my circumstances, frailties, and man. Help me to overcome the fear of man and to have the fear of the Lord. Help me to fix my eyes on Jesus who is the author and perfecter of my faith. Help me to remember that You have all authority and power even over the devil himself. Forgive me for living my life contrary to this. Now God, I ask You also to help me and the rest of my siblings-in-Christ to seek Your presence and glory. We want to live in Your presence and we want Your glory to  accompany us daily, even going before us. Have Your way, Holy Spirit, and thank You God for answering our prayers in Jesus’s name, amen!

Trust God & Set The Captive Free,

Tannika Moore

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Wearing Someone Else’s Shoes 

For those who have read my latest book, you are most familiar with its leading poem, Wearing Someone Else’s Shoes Ain’t Never Been Me, for which my book was named from. 

For those who have not, here is a chance to read my poem which centers around coming to the  realization of one’s one-of-a-kindness and purpose. It details the confidence that God created you with a destiny in mind and that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. If your DNA wasn’t proof enough that God wanted you to take off another’s shoes and embrace the destiny and being that He purposed for you, then your individual spiritual gifts, and talents, and His setting you apart unto Himself has got to be further clues. 

So enjoy this poem and be encouraged!
Wearing Someone Else’s Shoes Ain’t Never Been Me

I was meant to be free/Wearing someone else’s shoes ain’t never been me/With whom I carry on the inside, I shall find my way through the dark/I was meant to not only shine, But carry His spark/By allowing God’s Word to take root in my heart 

Don’t limit me with your small beliefs and hindering measures/And don’t block the path to my destiny, my heart’s treasure

Don’t assume that I am through/When I am down and nothing’s new/Keep saying “I’m not going to make it”/Before you know it, I’ve made it, And made it past you!

Keep spreading lies ‘cause you can’t handle what’s true/Get back, Get yourself out of the way ‘cause I am coming through/Some of you trying to latch on Might have to let go/‘cause I have to let go too/

I was meant to be free/Wearing someone else’s shoes ain’t never been me

Those shoes don’t fit/And forcing them to doesn’t seem legitimate/The shoes that were framed and molded for me/Will help me embrace my own destiny/I am set apart and unique
No longer conformed/And I took off my uniform/That kept me fitting in and walking the same/I took off my complacency and no longer walk in shame

No longer seeking the approval of man/ Took some practice and stumbling In these shoes/But now I can stand 

I was meant to be free/Wearing someone else’s shoes ain’t never been me 
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Top Ten: My Writing Goals

Ever since I can remember, I have loved writing down my goals as much as I loved writing itself. Writing down my goals gave me a visual and accountability as well as kept me organized and motivated. Checking off or crossing off a goal helped me to feel good about myself. However, sometimes a goal stayed on my list for months; some never met a line or a check mark and have gotten the opportunity to join new goal lists. However, I continue this habit of writing down my goals. According to GoalBand, people with written goals are 50% more likely to achieve than people without goals (http://www.goalband.co.uk/goal-achievement-facts.html#sthash.PldSO1j0.dpuf). 

So with that said, I am going to write down (well type) my top ten writing goals for 2017 and share them with you all. 

                  Top Ten Writing Goals

  1. To write daily or weekly, for the mere purposes of just writing and rebuilding my discipline of a frequent writer.
  2. To reedit/rewrite my children’s book and find an awesome illustrator
  3. To write some fiction and revisit my old short stories I wrote in my teen and college years.
  4. To devote quiet and prayer time towards the preparation of the devotional God gave me the idea to write.
  5. To brush up on my editing and writing skills. Got to strengthen my writing and editing!💪
  6. I know this is not writing or editing, but to read more books. It is great ro read the works of inspiring accomplished writers who have been where you have been and have honed their craft.
  7. To write more poetry and try to remember my poems (Help me Jesus!).
  8. To be as authentic and unafraid in writing down what’s in my heart.
  9. To help many of the young people I work with become better writers and thirsty readers excited to embrace books and unafraid to mark a paper with the beautiful arrangements of words.
  10. To remember writing is always fun, well always to a writer!😉 

Are you a writer? What are your writing goals? If you aren’t a writer, share your goals too. I’d love to hear your 2017 goals!