Tanika Fitzgerald is a lover of Christ, a newlywed wife to her husband, Maurice, a loving daughter and sister. She is passionate about equipping women to grow spiritually, live balanced lives and helping them to be ARMED for victory in every area of life. She has a successful career in Marketing & Business Strategy and is now stepping out to balance her career passion with her spiritual calling. Tanika has been called to use her gift of writing to inspire women all over the globe. Tanika is the visionary behind ARMED Magazine, which she founded in 2012. It is now a FREE online and digital magazine and it is her prayer that it changes lives and brings souls to Christ all over the world.
Tanika has been called to minister to others through her passion and gift of writing. Her inspirational writing has been featured in numerous publications including Hope for Women Magazine, The Virtuous Diva, Black and Married with Kids and more. Tanika has also interviewed powerful voices in the Christian Community including, Lady Serita Jakes, Sheryl Brady, Charles Jenkins, Earnest Pugh and more!
For years, I have been praying about my purpose and the reason why I was created. I knew that I was made for more but I constantly questioned my role in God’s Kingdom. I always felt a pull to do more, be more, learn more and give more for His glory but struggled to identify my calling and how to walk in it. I read just about any book on purpose that you could think about, attended multiples conferences, wrote MY vision in hopes of making it plain. I did all of this without seeking The One who knew the answer I was searching for. I would cry out to God constantly asking, “How am I called to contribute to the great commission?” His answer would always begin the same: “Use your gift of writing to glorify me and to lead others to walk in righteousness.”
The vision was clear to me and so much larger than I could achieve on my own. But I moved forward in my own strength and quickly became overwhelmed! I poured everything into my passion and unfortunately allowed my personal intimacy with God take a back seat to what He instructed me to do. I secretly compared my calling, my ministry and my success to that of others. I yearned to have more than my portion in that specific season. I became so frustrated that I placed my gift of writing on the shelf much like the man who buried his talent (Matthew 25:14-30). I was discouraged and convinced that I wasn’t aligned with God’s will for me. Had I misheard God?
So, I reluctantly walked away from ARMED Magazine I returned to true intimacy with Him. I stopped focusing on my purpose in ministry and began to seek The One who birthed the gifts in me. As I returned to my First Love (Jesus Christ), I felt that stirring in my spirit leading to launch out into the deep again and do what God has called me to do. But this time, it was different. My only aim is to please Him. It is not to make money, not to become a “public figure” nor to impress others. I am seeking fulfillment in knowing that the talents that Christ gave me are being used for His glory and to equip and empower women like me to be victorious in every area of their lives.
It turns out that what I was seeking was always clear. My passion perfectly aligned with my purpose! God called me to use my gift of composing words to bring Him glory. I am fully submitted to Christ and because of that, I have to dig up my talents and the ministry that He placed in my heart, allow Him to divinely breathe into it and to take what’s on the tablet of heart and pass it on to those women that are waiting for the manifestation of my calling.
I used to think that because I had never experienced any kind of tragedy in my life, my testimony wasn’t powerful enough to be used by God. I later received the revelation that my life and the decisions that I made was a testimony in itself. I have definitely experienced situations that only God could have brought me through and I’ve constantly been reminded of my need for and dependency on God. Never again will I allow my talents to be buried and not used to bring Him glory. I will walk in my calling and my prayer is that you see none of me and all of Him!
So, welcome to my new home where I will write what God places on the tablet of my heart. I pray that this is a place where you will be “ARMED, Equipped and Empowered for Victory” in every area of your life!
In the near future, there will be resources made available to you that will contribute to your spiritual growth and development. This is my assignment as part of HIS great commission: