to my forever bestfriends.

Yesterday was national best friend day, I know I’m a day late but I decided to write about my two best friends.

This is Zach and Tatum.

 

To: Tatum Miles

I don’t even know where to start. Well, I miss you so much and I wish I could be there to help you plan your big day. I remember looking at venues, dresses, and colors for your wedding years and years ago. We’ve dreamed about this forever!! A dream come true. Tatum, you are so special to me. You cry with me, laugh with me, dream with me, smile with me, and rejoice with me when I get something I’ve always wanted. You are the most self-sacrificing person I know. You have always been willing to spend your money on me but even better you’re willing to sacrifice your time to listen to me. We’ve spent nights and days together. 14 years ago I’m sure you didn’t know what a mess you would have to deal with when mom said she was having another baby girl. You inspire me everyday. You’ve shown me what love is. You love me with all your heart, and that’s pretty difficult to do sometimes. We’ve made so many memories together sis, and I will hold on to those for the rest of my life. You’re not only my forever best friend, but my forever sister. I love you so much Tatum.

– love, your little sister.

 

To: Zach Coodey

You did it!! You asked her and now its forever!! Oh, you thought I was talking about y’all being together forever? Well, yeah but even better, WE GONNA BE BESTIES FOREVER!! Haha.. But for real, besties for the resties dude. Zach, you’re such an amazing person. I want to thank you for the endless driving me places, getting me food, and even waiting in the Newcastle McDonald’s parking lot just so I can spend more time with friends. Thank you for taking Mia and I to get pictures printed out at 11:00, literally the night before I flew out. Zach you have a kind and loving heart. You’ve never made me feel “too young” to hang out with you and Tatum. You’re my forever best friend. Before I left, I told you to take care of my sister for me, now, you’ve made me that promise (and Tatum I guess) forever. I love you so much “big bomb brother”. Now, you will be my forever bestfriend and forever brother.

– love, The Bomb.com (snapchat name.. 🙂

 

To: Zatum Moodey (im literally laughing so hard)

YOU GUYS!! It’s forever!! You both have sacrificed so much for me and I could never thank you enough. God has big plans for you both!! Before I go, I want to leave you with these three things:

  1. You will fight.

You guys will fight and argue, but remember that you both love each other so much and I know that because I watch you guys, I look up to you guys. NEVER go to bed without resolving a fight, if you do, satan won, DO NOT LET HIM WIN! Don’t fight with each other   but fight by each others side against the REAL enemy. He wants you to fight and argue over dumb things, but God is BIGGER.

2. God is BIGGER.

You will go through tough seasons and trials BUT God is BIGGER. God is BIGGER than any fear, God is BIGGER than any tear, and GOD is BIGGER than any enemy. Stand strong in your faith guys!

3. Hold on.

Hold on to each other, fight FOR each other, stand for each other, love each other, and BE for each other.

Ephesians 5:22-28

“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of the water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot to wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.”

– Tannyr Mack, June 9, 2018.

 

 

 

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forgive & forget

You have probably heard that saying before, and you probably envy that saying. Don’t try to act like you don’t hate the, “forgive and forget” saying because we all hate it at some point, and you’re not a horrible person if you hate that saying, its okay! For me personally, I’m just in the process of trying to forgive and forget, I will not being naming names (ha!), but lets just say some people in my life have said some hurtful things to me, and I want to hate them for that, but I can’t. I can’t because it’s not me to hate somebody, God laid it on my heart years and years ago that I cannot actually hate somebody, and sometimes it gets me in trouble, sometimes I forgive and forget too fast as crazy as that may sound. I know how hard it is to forgive someone who hurt you so bad that you can’t even be around them, because you’re scared to get hurt again, you can only take so much mean words before breaking, and I totally get that. When someone who you thought you could trust and someone who would forever love you, says something that hurts so much that its like somebody stabbing you in the heart, it’s so hard to forgive, and you just want to hate them forever. I’m not going to tell you its going to be easy, because its not, but take my advice, and the first action you can take is going to them, and saying, “hey, you really hurt me when you said that, you may have not meant it like that but I took it like that, I know you love me, and I forgive you, I forgive what you have said in the past, and all that you will say in the future, because Jesus took all of my sins and forgave me so I will do the same.”. By saying that you are not only showing them love, and grace, but you are showing them Christ, you are showing them what you have received. They may not take it how you want them to, they may be offended by what you said or say, but know that you just planted a seed in their hearts, a seed of kindness, a seed of love, and most important a seed of Christ.

Here are my two favorite verses in Matthew:

Matthew 5:38-39

“You have heard that is was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

Matthew 5:43-44

“You have heard that is was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

Pray this prayer with me:

God, I ask you to help me to forgive the ones who have hurt me as Christ did when he went up on the cross. I thank you that I am able to forgive, because I am only able to forgive because you forgave me first, and my forgiveness is just an overflow of yours. I love you. I will praise you will all my life, I will praise you until my last breath. Amen.

I love you all and hope you have an amazing day.

– Tannyr Mack, December 15, 2017.

my big beloved brother

Triston Miles, everyone knew him as the star football player at CCS, “Big T”, or that one kid that everyone likes. But me, I know him as my big brother, my rock, my bestfriend (even if he didn’t know it), my real life superman. Here’s a little bit about Triston, he comes off as this “big tough grizzly bear” but in reality he’s a “big hearted teddy bear” I promise don’t let your first impression on him scare you, he’s really nice. Some people may be asking, “Isn’t your last name Mack though?” yes it is, we actually are half siblings, we have the same mom. But this has NEVER changed how I look at him, Triston is my big brother, not my half brother or brother that has a different dad, he’s my brother. In 2004 he took a role as a big brother (yes I have an older sister but they are closer in age so they don’t fight as much as we do ha,ha). 8 year old Triston probably didn’t know what he was gonna have to deal with the next 13 years when mom said, “You’re gonna be a big brother again!!” He was probably thinking, “Oh no, i’ll have double the boyfriends AND ex’s to deal with, double the pms-ing (sorry mom I had to put that in), double the “drive me everywhere”, annnnnd double the makeup!” Jk. He was only 8 guys. He had NO clue what he was about to have thrown at him. But he probably had fun the first 7 years of my life, because he used to tortured me and my friends (sorry to everyone who has been there since day one, you probably have been scarred for life). I remember he used to chase me and Hudsyn (you will hear more about her at some point in my blog) around the back yard with a BB gun.

One time when I was like 7 or 8 I was dancing around, singing Britt Nicole, AND I was videoing myself (yes I still have the video) and Triston just got back from football practice and I guess heard me and decided to watch through the crack in the door, and when I went to spin around on this chest thing at the end of my moms bed I saw him and yelled in my little tannyr voice, “TRRRRIIISSSTTTTONNNN YOU JERK!” and he proceeded to tackle me like a football player would, thennnnn little 5 year old Titus runs into the room screaming, “AHHHHHHHH” and starts beating up Triston to try to save me, and then he ended up stopping the recording because I told him to ha,ha. Man a life with brothers gives you many many stories to tell.

Another time we made this gigantic fort in the middle of the living room with chairs and a bunch of blankets, it was actually pretty cool if I could say so myself! We used to do that all the time, and we used to play with nerf guns all the time.

Having a big brother is a blast.

In 2 months I will be moving half way across the world and not get to see you for 11 months.. Triston I want to thank you for all the amazing memories you have given me the last 13 years. You will be one of my hardest goodbyes. I love you so much and the thought of not being able to see you everyday brings tears to my eyes. If you saw me right now you would probably call me dramatic because I’m sitting here crying in front of a screen…. Im gonna miss you SO much. I pray for you everyday just a FYI. But on a serious note, while I’m gone don’t ever forget that you are my big brother no matter how far apart we are. I have looked up to you my whole life, and I will forever. To the girl that somehow finds a way to see through your big grizzly bear appearance, Please love my big brother the way HE deserves. I love you so much T. Thank you for showing me what its like to have a big brother.

I life up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. – Psalm 121:1-2

– Tannyr Mack, November 17, 2017.

God is enough.

As we grow up in this culture, we are told that money, girls/boys, fame, or even social media will satisfy us, but what does God say will satisfy us? Well I know he doesn’t say worldly things will. God says NOTHING in this world will ever be able to fill our hearts. When we try to find satisfaction in things other than Christ we fail. Take Marilyn Monroe for example, she was one of the most beautiful women in the world, she was famous, she had money, she had men, she looked so happy and fulfilled on the outside, but on the inside she was broken. She was always trying to find her worth and happiness in everything she could, but she never found it, before she died she said, “I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else.” Isn’t that sad?….. It breaks my heart that she felt like that. I think its crazy how somebody can search for worth and happiness in SO MANY THINGS but not stop to think, “maybe I’m looking in wrong place?”. How? Why? I struggle to find out as to why people don’t stop and think about who made the stars, who paints the sky every night and morning, who tells the sun to rise in the morning and set at night, who changes the leaves colors, who calms the waters in the storms, who gave us eyes to see ears to hear, who made each and everyone of us different? I’m sitting here in my kitchen looking out the window, and thanking God that I was raised in a good home.

We try to find love, worth, and happiness in everything else but God. Guys once you realize that you will never be able to find satisfaction in worldly things, you can look at the world differently, you don’t desire to have “everything” anymore because the second you realized your Father is the only one who can truly love you, and give you happiness you have everything……..you feel His love and say, “I don’t need worldly things because I have my father.” and that is the most beautiful blessing. I can say that I do not need money, fame, or even a relationship to be happy because I find my worth in Him. I will not be defined by the clothes I wear, the house I live in, or the car I drive, I will be defined by Christ, and I will be defined by how I love people.

I love you all and hope you have an amazing day.

We love because he first loved us. – 1 John 4:19

– Tannyr Mack, November 16, 2017.

{Jesus loves all}

Today on the radio I heard a song by Mandisa called, “Bleed the Same”, in the song she says,  “We all bleed the same, we are more beautiful when we are together, we all bleed the same, so tell me why were divided? If were gonna fight lets fight for each other, if were gonna shout let love be the cry. We all bleed the same, so tell me why we are divided? Tell me who are we to judge by the clothes they’re wearing or the color of their skin?”

Guys, I have been raised to not judge by the color of your skin, because it doesn’t matter. I don’t care who you are if you see people by the color of their skin then I do not have much respect for you, I’m sorry but I’m being honest, its so messed up. We are all human no matter the color of your skin. Jesus died for all skin colors, it doesn’t matter if your black, or white, Jesus died for ALL so why are we so divided? Its so messed up, WE ARE ALL HUMAN, CHRIST DIED FOR ALL, AND EVERYBODY MATTERS. Like seriously, if you judge by the color of skin you need to get over yourself because I know for a fact God doesn’t see our skin. If you’re a christian and judge someone by the color of their skin then I think you need to read your bible more. It breaks my heart that we are the United States but we are in no way united. I was talking to my mom one day (guys apparently my mom is very wise because she always gives me answers) about this race war that we are in and she said;  “You wanna know what happened Tannyr, We took God out of the equation and we put our politics, race, comforts ABOVE God, and we said you know what God offends some people so were gonna take him out of school. That is when we messed up as a country.”  I pray that one day we will not see by the color of our skin. I pray that one day we will put God above all, family, friends, gold, and race. Because God is love and without God there is no love. I get so fired up when people try to judge by race, because why are you judging by what makes us unique? It makes no sense, its like judging me for my silly energetic personality, or how God gave me the ability to write. God made us all different for a reason, we shouldn’t be at war for our differences. It’s a blessing that God made us all different, because if we were all like tannyr then we would probably not be doing to well, haha! God loves us all no matter the color of our skin, clothes we wear, or the house we live in. Let’s start seeing each other the way he does.

I love you all and hope you have an amazing day.

“My commandment is this, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:12-13

– Tannyr Mack, November 10, 2017

{SELF-CONTROL}

Self-control

The ability to control oneself. (Dictionary)

Self-control (enkrateia; this noun is used in the New Testament only Galatians and two other times) denotes self-ministry and no doubt primarily relates to curbing the fleshy impulses just described. Such a quality is IMPOSSIBLE to attain without the power of God’s Spirit (cf. Galatians 5:16). (The Bible Knowledge Commentary)

This is our last fruit! Its a bittersweet moment for me at least.

Self-controlllllllll wahoooooo, I could not wait to get to this one! You probably don’t know why Im so excited to be on self-control but its mostly because I’m gonna make my little brother read it haha. SO why do we have to have self-control? Well, self-control plays a big part in our lives, even if you aren’t a Christian! You have to have self-control for many many different tasks, you have to have it for sports, for reading a book, writing a blog, playing video games, school, basically in everything we do we HAVE to have self-control. When I’m sitting down writing I have to have self-control because I like to move. I’m always up doing something! The crazy thing is with writing, I could sit down and do it all day!! I mean in the beginning I some what enjoyed it but I just couldn’t get into it. Now, I could write about anything. OK…….as CHRISTIANS why do we have to have it, and how? First, do you wanna know why (or at least I think why) Paul put self-control at the END of the fruits? Because with EVERYONE of the fruits you HAVE to have self-control, just think, if you didn’t have self-control it would be VERY hard to be patient, or to love the ones who hate you, or to give grace, or to be gentle. Its kinda crazy how self-control ties it all together. Now the ONLY way we can have self-control is through Christ. If you think of it Christ had to have a LOT of self-control, remember Christ was still FULLY man, he had temptations, but he ALSO had his Father. Guys in everything we do, if we don’t have God while we do it, it will not turn out for our good, because without God we are NOTHING. Nothing, and there is nothing, there is no trees, no sun, no. joy, no love, no grace, no NOTHING. The only reason we can breathe is because of God. Wow……. Just think, in one second God could say, “You know what? Tannyr sins too much.” and at the snap of his finger I could be gone. Ok, that might scare you but it makes me smile, I know I sound crazy, but to think that he has FULL control over MY life, its astonishing. It doesn’t scare me because I know my God, and he is a merciful and gracious God, and he loves me. He loves you, and he wants to know you, please let him in, let him have all your fears, worries, tears, and joy. Because when you give all of your life to him, forever he will hold you in his hands….. So the only way we have self-control is, through him.

I have loved studying the fruits with you guys!! I hope that studying the fruits has impacted your life as much as it did mine. If anyone has any particular book, thing, or even a person you want to study, please shoot me some ideas over Instagram, text, or my email.

I love you all and hope you have an amazing day.

“If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep step in the Spirit.” – Galatians 5:25

– Tannyr Mack, November 8, 2017.

 

{GENTLENESS}

Gentleness.

The quality of being kind or tender. (Dictionary)

Gentleness (prautēs) marks a person who is submissive to God’s Word (cf. James 1:21) and who is considerate of others when discipline is needed. (cf. “gently” in Galatians 6:1; 2 Timothy 2:25; “gentle” in 1 Corinthians 4:21; Ephesians 4:2; “gentleness” Colossians 3:12; 1 Peter 3:15). (The Bible Knowledge Commentary)

I am going to say a quick apology for not writing these past weeks. It has been CRAZY. My parents left for training 2 weeks ago and just got back this last Saturday and if you know me, you know my mom proof-reads my writings, and well she wasn’t home so I couldn’t really write……. I have some big news, I was baptized this last Sunday! I will write about that AFTER I get done with the fruits haha.

As we are coming to an end of studying the fruits (we have one more fruit after this) I want to say a thank you for everyone who has encouraged me, just your simple “I love your writings and seeing your walk with christ” means so much and really helps me keep up with my writings.

OKAY, lets start this study haha.

When we are sharing the gospel with non-believers, or people of other religions, we HAVE to be gentle, I know its hard when you’re trying to share the gospel with somebody that just doesn’t want to listen, and you just wanna scream “JUST LOVE JESUS ALREADY FOR PETE’S SAKE!” (maybe thats just me?) BUT you can’t do that haha. So how then, how do we share with someone who doesn’t want to listen? Well, from my personal experience with that, I’ve failed. Im being honest, it is so difficult to share with someone who doesn’t want to listen, its like your talking to a brick wall. But I know you have to keep trying, and don’t come off to strong or you might scare them off. (My mom) “Sometimes its not even you, sometimes its not you coming off too strong, you have to remember Jesus said, “The Gospel will offend people”..and you have to remember YOU DONT SAVE PEOPLE, Jesus does. You are just called to share. It depends on your situation too, the hardest people to share with is family and friends, because you see them everyday and then in family you don’t want to cause a riff, or you don’t want to lose a friend.”  This is why we have to be GENTLE when we share, because if we aren’t we do not represent Christ. Side note: Jesus was harsh with the pharisees (the people who say they are christians but really aren’t), and kind with the sinners.

That is where we as christians HAVE to be careful, I have told many people this, if you say you are a christian, act like one. But I’m being serious, if you are going to say you are a follower of christ you have to display his character, I’m not saying you have to be perfect, I’m saying don’t be like every other person and only love Christ on Sundays, Wednesdays, and at church camps. If you are a christian you have to act like one at all times, at school, with family, with friends, with non-believers, and with that one friend who your mom HATES.

When you are sharing be gentle, and if you “classify” yourself as a christian, you have to act like one, gentle.

I love you all and hope you have an amazing day.

“You will seek and find me, when you seek me with your whole heart.” – Jeremiah 29:13

– Tannyr Mack, November 7, 2017.

A message to husbands and wives.

Okay, I’m sorry for putting the fruits on a hold AGAIN but I just don’t wanna finish them! Today in my 31 days of praying for your husband challenge, it pointed out what Paul said to the Ephesians about wives and husbands. In Ephesians 5:22-24 it says, “Wives, submit to your own husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.”

As women (I totally hate calling my self a woman bc it makes me sound old I would rather girl haha) we are called to submit EVERYTHING to our husbands as unto Christ, why you may be asking, why does he have to be over me? Well if you remember in the beginning when Adam and Eve sinned God gave them both a curse, Eve’s curse was that child birth would be painful and that Adam would rule over her. EVERYTHING went out of balance. But God has order so, Adam’s curse was that now the ground was cursed because of his disobedience. In Genesis 3:19 it says, “By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust and to dust you shall return.”

In Ephesians 5:25-29 it says, “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he may sanctify her, having cleansed her by washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes it and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church.”

Men, in the Bible it says LOVE your wife as christ loves the church. Your wife is your one and only. In 1 Peter 3:7 God says you are hindering your prayers if you are not honoring your wife!!! WHOA…… Husbands love your wives as you love yourself. There are so many verses I could put in here that talks about loving your wife but I won’t because there are tooooo many. In Psalms 4:13 it says, “..Guard her for she is your life.” Men/boys, if there is one thing i want you to take a away from this is, love her unconditionally, do not ignore her or forsake her. She loves you so much but doesn’t know how to get it into words sometimes.

Men and Women both, you need to know that if God isn’t the core of your relationship, its not going to work, because without God there is NO true love. Women can only submit as unto Christ and men can only love and cherish as Christ loved….see its all HIM.  My parents for example, when everything was happening with my dad, I thought my parents were going to split up and it scared me. But now when I hear my mom talk about it she says, “I was not going to give up on him.”, if that isn’t true love then I don’t know what is. I swear to this day the only thing that kept my parents together was God and their love for each other, my parents love for each other is so beautiful. It shows me that when two submit to God it works. I hope one day that someone will love me through my trials as my mother did my father. Mom and Dad, thank you for showing me how a husband and wife should fight for each other through the trials.

I love you all and hope you have an amazing day.

“Husbands love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.”  -Colossians 3:19

– Tannyr Mack, October 11, 2017.

{FAITHFULNESS}

Faith…..

Faithfulness (pistis) is the quality which renders a person trustworthy or reliable, like the faithful servant in Luke 16:10-12 (the Bible Knowledge Commentary)

I’ve never had a BIG issue with faith because I know what the Bible says about God and I know that he will never leave me or forsake me. In Isaiah 42:16 it says, “I will lead the blind in a way they do not know, in paths they have not known I will guide them. I will turn darkness before them into light, the rough placed into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.

Guys WE are the blind! He says he will guide us in ways we do not know and in places we have not seen, and then he says he will turn the darkness into light! How amazing is that?

But sometimes its hard to have faith, and I’m not perfect so sometimes I do doubt Him but you have to remember what He has said to us.

I think a really silly (or at least I think its silly) question people ask when I tell them I’m moving to Africa is “Are you scared”?,  and when I answer “no” they always ask “Why?” and I’m likeee, “Well, if the God who made THE WHOLE universe, wants me to be his hands and feet in Africa, I’m pretty sure HE will protect me! and if I did die in Africa, I’m not scared to die! I know where I’m going….. there is no reason for me to be! and personally I’d rather die for Christ than die knowing I could have done more with my life.

Paul Washer said, “Go die on a mountain for Him!” (paraphrased) and that’s what I will do! I will be his hands and feet until I drop.

I have FAITH in my God.

I love you all and hope you have an amazing day.

“…How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” -Romans 10:15 (one of Moms favorite verses)

– Tannyr Mack, October 9, 2017.