Monday, 24 July 2017

"Finding your Destination"

I have to chuckle sometimes when I drive around here in America trying to find an address. Coming from Switzerland where everything is much smaller, I am often intimidated by the size because everything seems to be much bigger and wider here. I am convinced that if I did not have a GPS, I would never ever find my destination. A GPS is a great invention: you type in your final destination and then the voice in the device directs you right to it. All you have to do is listen. It also has a screen where you can see where you are driving through, shows you the roads ahead and the surroundings like lakes, rivers etc., warns you ahead of time of speeding cameras, tells you how much miles you have to drive and at what time you will arrive. You simply listen, you drive, you arrive and you enjoy the journey.

This is such a good picture of the Holy Spirit that directs us through life and the Word of God, the Bible, that instructs us on how to live a godly, purposeful life. If we follow the instructions and not depend on our own understanding, we will surely make it to the end, to the finish line.

Trust in the Lord that He has everything planned out for your life. All you have to do is listen and follow the promptings in your spirit. He will guide you perfectly through life and bring you to where you need to be here and now.

Much love,
-Suzanne Tanner.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths" (Proverbs 3:5 NKJV).

Friday, 21 July 2017

"Feeling uncomfortable"

Had a conversation with my Lord this morning on my way to work. And He dropped this thought into my mind "What if you could be comfortable in uncomfortable situations? That's exactly why I have allowed uncomfortable situations in your life to give you my comfort and to give you my freedom". 

Can anybody relate? Know, that the Lord is good and His mercy endures forever for you and for me. 


-Suzanne Tanner. 


Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17 NKJV).
 

Monday, 3 July 2017

"Pursue Life"

Every time I think about it, I have an extreme sadness come over me when I realize that the baby birds did not make it. They must have fallen out of our decorative birdhouse that was attached to our garage.

The entry to the bird house is a teeny weeny one but obviously just the right size for these kind of birds. We were actually quite surprised that their tiny parents had chosen this kind of housing for their family. Since this was a decoration item we chose for the siding of our garage, it was only attached with a nail, obviously not strong enough to hold a family of 6. That day when looking into the entry hole I could only discover a sweet little feather reminding me that they had been conceived in this place of refuge. I felt guilty that we had let this slip and now the baby birds were all lying in the grass and all of them had died.

The accident in our backyard reminded me so vividly how dramatic our life is. That many of us will die without knowing our purpose, living a life lived without Christ and that made me so very sad. How blessed am I to know the love of my Heavenly Father, to know His Son died for me and His Holy Spirit that leads me into all truth? With this in mind I am pursuing life today so that many more would come to know God. Will you join me?

For the sake of making the Kingdom known to a dying world,
-Suzanne

"Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3, 12-14 NKJV).

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Quantity or Quality?

In all that we do we should pursue quality not quantity: quality time, quality friendships, quality work etc. Then quantity will be a natural result thereof.

"Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble" (Matthew 6:31-34 NKJV).

"Seamless Provision"

"Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert" (Isaiah 43:19 NKJV).

As I was massaging my husband's feet I became very uncomfortable when I discovered that he had bashed one of his toes (without knowing) and a blood clot was formed. I understood that eventually this nail would come off. As a diabetic that has not much feeling in his toes I was really concerned for his toe and the wellness of his foot in general. I instantly prayed for the toe and as I looked at it, it was as if the Lord was saying to me that it would make it through. With that impression I was confident enough to face the development of toe nail. 

One evening my husband proclaimed "Did you see honey, the nail fell off". I didn't really want to hear this, but was pleasantly surprised to see that the Lord provided a brand new toe nail that was growing underneath in obscurity. This newly created toe nail is actually better than the old one and I was just so relieved, tickled and so thankful to the Creator of all things for his foresight, infinite wisdom, creativity and provision.  

In this story we learn some important characteristics about God: When something old has to go, He provides something new. The Lord never leaves us without. There is always a way He paves for us and it is up to us to find it and to walk on it.

God is good to us.
Much love,

-Suzanne Tanner.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

"Disappointment"





Disappointment comes from trusting or having expectation in a person, a situation or a thing. The good news is, that when we put our trust and our expectation in God, He will never disappoint us. In German disappointment is translated to "Enttaeschung" which basically means to remove deception. In that sense disappointment is actually a good thing because it unmasks any deception about a person, a situation or a thing.


"just as it is written, "BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED." (Romans 9:33 NASB)

Friday, 19 May 2017

"Theft"


People can try and steal your ideas, your inventions, your products, your money, even your identity, but they cannot steal your soul or your spirit, they can only admire it.

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16 NKJV).