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).

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Straightforward Christianity


Jesus did not 'hangout' with volunteers. He taught men and women how to become disciples.

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:19 and 20 NKJV).

Friday, 28 April 2017

"Maturity"

A sign of maturity is that we have a deep thankfulness and a love for others and for ourselves.

"And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31 NKJV).

Friday, 14 April 2017

"No Memory"

"For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more" (Hebrews 8:12 NKJV).

Sometimes it is good to have no memory :-) I had a somewhat challenging client on the phone one day. After a busy day with many encounters this client calls for the 4th time and would you believe it, I did not remember her at all (I have to say that I usually have a good memory). My co-worker had to bring back my memory about her and I just had to laugh at myself. It was like my memory had been wiped out and I got to experience how good it is when you have no record of negative emotions,  encounters or people. It's like you can start afresh with somebody or something.

Jesus already told us in Matthew 10:16 that "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves".

It is my prayer today Lord that you would help us to be forgetful people when it comes to negative encounters. Lord would you please wipe out any memory so that we can be sincere people not holding anything against anyone.

For the sake of the Kingdom of God,
-Suzanne Tanner.

Consider Colossians 3:12-17 
"Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him".