Tuesday, 21 March 2017

"He Alone Changes Your Heart"

For about a year now the Lord has been dealing with my character and my fears. It's been a long and hard process. He used opposition to form something in me that would last. There was no way out, I was locked in for months with pressure coming my way all the time. It was bad and it was hard. There were different things the Lord wanted to shape in me: Fear of man and fear of failure. Both I had to be confronted with and I was not given the opportunity to escape.

Next to having to face my fears the Lord did a lasting work which I only realized once the change was over. During the fear of failure period I had made so many mistakes. It was so embarrassing and also very painful but I came to realize that the Lord really changed something in me. Because the pain was so tremendous I cannot and I will not address a mistake in others when my motivation is to expose the person or be judgmental. Not only did the Lord address these fears but he also knocked out a judgemental attitude in me. I simply cannot hurt a person no more, because I have felt pain myself.

God is good and His mercy endures forever. That's all I can say for today!

-Suzanne Tanner.

"My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor detest His correction;
For whom the Lord loves He corrects,
Just as a father the son in whom he delights" (Proverbs 3:11-12 NKJV).

"Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it" (Hebrews 12:11 NKJV).

Sunday, 19 March 2017

A Taste of Bitterness

"Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;" (Hebrews 12: 14-15 NKJV).

I operate a micro bakery from the basement of my home and I bake croissants with different kinds of fillings. One of my clients suggested to add some marzipan to my almond filling. I found a Swiss recipe that suggested to add a few drops of bitter almond extract to enhance the taste. Excited to try this out I quickly realized how intense the flavor of the extract can be and how bitter my paste had become. I had to decide to either start from scratch and throw this batch away or get rid of the bitter taste. My first thought was to add sugar to neutralize the bitterness. To my disappointment it didn't really change anything. Finally after adding a lot of sweetness and finding no remedy I tried lemon zest and thankfully that type of intense flavor somehow overcame most of the bitterness! 

This dramatic situation made me think of human bitterness that comes in many shapes and forms: in resentment, anger, unforgiveness, disappointment, being treated unfairly and so forth. And when we harbor bitterness in our hearts we cannot just sugar coat it either. The only effective way to get rid of this strong force and enemy of our own hearts is to truly repent and choose to be a forgiving person. This is difficult I know, I have been there and done it many times myself, but I came to realize that this is the only way to a wholesome, healthy and balanced life.

It is my prayer today that we be sensitive people to any hint of bitterness and chose forgiveness above anything else.

-Suzanne Tanner.

Resolving Bitterness the Jesus Way:

Luke 6

Love Your Enemies

27 “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. 29 To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. 31 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.
32 “But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. 35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. 36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.

Do Not Judge

37 “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
39 And He spoke a parable to them: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch? 40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher. 41 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye? 42 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.

A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit

43 “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. 45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart[g] brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Build on the Rock

46 “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? 47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.[h] 49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell.[i] And the ruin of that house was great.”

Sunday, 26 February 2017

"What Does Obedience Look Like?"

But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” 
(Luke 11:28 NKJV).

"But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves." (James 1:22 NKJV)

I am always amazed at our Chihuahua doggie Davey how obedient he is. I mean Davey (almost) every time responds to the "No, Wait, Come" words. Just recently I introduced the "come" word with giving him a treat. He is so smart and has such a good memory that when I say "come" he comes right away and waits for the treat. The treat is then all he can think about and he leaves his playground of sniffing behind and follows me. Such a smart dog. 

Always makes me think though if only we were as smart as Davey and would respond to God's mere words.

It is my prayer today, that not only I but all of us would be doers of the Word of God and would understand obedience so that we could find abundant life and joy and peace.

With much love,
-Suzanne tanner

Monday, 13 February 2017

"Touch Somebody Profoundly"

You never know how broken a person is, until you touch them  profoundly.

This happened to me last week as I was working the front desk at our clinic. A young girl came to the desk and as I was observing her she mentioned that it was her birthday. I said to her "Would you like us to sing Happy Birthday for you"? She nodded and so we sang to her and even the Asian patients that were waiting in the lobby area joined in. Right there in that moment she started to sob and cry. This came to my great surprise and I realized that she was profoundly touched by kindness.

It's so true, we never really know how broken a person is, until we reach out and touch them with kindness. So let's get out of our own way and for one moment just ponder on what the Lord would have us do to a person. A smile, a kind word, a compliment.

"Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me." (Matthew 25:40 NKJV).

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

"Choose well"

I get this, you can make good choices (pro-life) and you can make bad choices (pro-choice) and abortion is one of the latter one. And get this, less than 1% of all abortions take place because of rape and/or incest.

Since the Roe & Wade ruling in 1973 a total of 59,781,459 abortions have been performed in the US.

"This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live"
(Deuteronomy 30:19 NIV).

Sunday, 22 January 2017

What moves the Heart of God?

What really moves God Almighty? Protesting or praying? Marching or kneeling?
And as for me and my family we will serve the Lord.
May you all have a peaceful Sunday.

On a personal note I cannot wait to see protesters become prayer warriors.

"He shall judge between the nations,
And rebuke many people;
They shall beat their swords into plowshares,
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
Neither shall they learn war anymore".

(Isaiah 2:4 NKJV).


Sunday, 8 January 2017

"You Need To Develop Your Own Opinion"

It's high time to develop an own opinion of what is going on in the world instead of looking to what the media has to say.

Now is the time to seek the Lord and to listen to what the Holy Spirit has to say. This privilege is only available to those that have surrendered their life to Jesus the Christ a 100%.

"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me" (John 10:27 NKJV).