Monday, 10 October 2016

"Act Upon It"

"So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it" 
(Isaiah 55:11 NKJV)

My Swiss friend Daniela told me last time when I visited her that she saw me flying frequently down to Florida where she now lives. It was such a word of hope and of comfort to me. For one I know she hears from the Lord and having to say goodbye to her and being separated from her is always hard for me. So I received that word by faith and tucked it safely in my heart. 

Little did we know back then that there is a direct, inexpensive flight service available from Moline (the town next to where I live) to Orlando. Thanks to the successful baking season at the local Farmers Market I am able to fly to Florida today and celebrate Daniela's 40th Birthday. I call her my all-time, long-time forever friend. Believe it or not, she was only 18 and I 35 when we met in 1995!

God wants to bring you great joy, hope and encouragement because that's just who He is. So take His word, take His promise, tuck it safely in your heart and then wait upon Him. I know He will make a way for you.

"Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart" 
(Psalm 37:4 NKJV).

May you be enCOURAGED!!!
-Suzanne Tanner

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

"The God of the Immediate"

"If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit" (Galatians 5:25 NKJV)  

Since I have been reading in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke one word has stood out to me over and over again: it is the word "immediately".

Now that I keep an eye on this word I am amazed to discover in some chapters that it is sometimes mentioned 7 or 8 times. As I was pondering about it and why it was used so many times, I asked the Lord for insight. God is the God of the immediate, the sudden and the here and now. Whenever He does something, it is immediately. When He called His disciples, they followed Him immediately. When He healed, it happened immediately.

As for me I am called to pay attention afresh to walk and live in the immediate and when God calls me that I respond immediately. I will not tarry or slumber or wait, but I am ready to move along with Him.

"And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him.
Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him" (Matthew 4:18-22 NKJV).

Friday, 30 September 2016

Warfare Tactic No. 1: Engaging

"And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, also how he had executed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there" (1 Kings 19: 1-3 NKJV).

I had a situation that reminded me exactly of this account and how Elijah escaped from Jezebel. He did not engage, but ran away! I did the same. 

A person confronted me via text message and I decided not to respond. In that moment I thought I was doing pretty good, since I did not respond to the unreasonable control/demand of that person. But because I did not engage, that person contacted me 2 more times! To be honest with you, I was afraid of her and did not want to engage because I did not know what to say. I thought just avoiding that person would be a smart way to go about, but that is not the way of warfare. You have to engage even if it means just a short acknowledgement like in my case I could have responded with "I got this". As simple as that and my counterpart would have not bothered or bugged me any longer. 

I definitely learned my lesson that day and I am now prepared to engage especially in difficult / tricky situations. 

Also Paul writes in Romans 12:20 how to engage by referring to Proverbs 25: 21-22:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good".

So, don't avoid but engage, all the time.

Hope this helps :-)
Be blessed with the power from on High.

Much love,

-Suzanne Tanner

Thursday, 29 September 2016

"Let Go"

As I laid there at the hands of the dental hygienist I was thinking of my gums that had become very sensitive in the last while. I was concerned she was going to touch some delicate areas. In this moment I realized I could do nothing and I surrendered all to God hoping He would cover the pain.  He did and I had no pain at all!

This reminded me of an incident where our puppy dog was covered in ticks. Mark, my husband took it upon himself and plucked out each and every single tick. Davey, firstly resisted the ordeal with much opposition until he got so exhausted, that he surrendered himself into the hands of his master and Mark was able to do the necessary work on him.

These two examples show us so perfectly how important it is to surrender our very being, our very life into the hands of our wonderful heavenly Father. As we do that, He can do a work in and on us. As I write this devotional I am afresh determined to surrender all to Jesus.

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV).

Thursday, 22 September 2016


I cannot stress enough how important accountability is. Yesterday I made a decision for the first time in my life to be accountable. I chose to disclose results of my personal health to a lady friend on a daily basis. It is triggering a lot of emotions in me, but yet I recognize that this is the way to life!!!

Deuteronomy 30:19 "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live." 

Definition of accountability: The obligation of an individual or organization to account for its activities, accept responsibility for them, and to disclose the results in a transparent manner. It also includes the responsibility for money or other entrusted property.

Saturday, 3 September 2016


 "I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly" (John 10: 9 & 10 NKJV).

Just when you want to print out something important, the printer tells you it's offline. So what did I do? Well, I thought I just restart my computer and the printer. That worked! The printer just needed a reset, a restart and it worked just fine again.

The main reason for surrendering my life to Jesus Christ in 1995 was that I wanted to start my life all over again. I had messed up my life so bad that my only hope was in Christ. And sure enough He gave me a new start :-) My life has not been the same ever since that day in June of 1995.

Do you need a restart as well? Do you need your settings to be reset? Is your life at an ends whit? Are you tired of life, bored and just ready to start all over. Well, Jesus is standing at the door of your heart and is inviting you today to come to Him. Will you let Him in?

Here is a simple prayer you can pray and invite Jesus into your heart and into your life:

Lord Jesus, I ask You to forgive my sins and save me from eternal separation from God. By faith, I accept Your work and death on the cross as sufficient payment for my sins. Thank You for providing the way for me to know You and to have a relationship with my heavenly Father. Through faith in You, I have eternal life. Thank You also for hearing my prayers and loving me unconditionally. Please give me the strength, wisdom, and determination to walk in the center of Your will. In Jesus’ name, amen.

There is hope for a restart in life and that hope is called Jesus Christ.

Much love,
-Suzanne Tanner

Thursday, 25 August 2016

"A Key to Miracles"

"And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick" (Matthew 14:14 NKJV).

I truly believe now that one of the keys to miracles is compassion. I have had three incidences just recently where I can testify the power of compassion. 

Firstly it was my neighbors Tibetan Mastiff dog. I believe this is one of the largest dogs in the world. He's a puppy and because his bones were growing too fast, he was in extreme pain and was not able to walk. His owner was suffering with him. Me too when I heard the story. So I told the owner I was going to pray for the dog. Today I saw the dog walking around in perfect health. Hallelujah!

Secondly our Chihuahua doggie Davey was limping and could only walk on three legs. After going to the vet, they gave him inflammatory medication and the medical report was that his hip was constantly dislocating out of the socket. My thoughts were: no hope for this dog and why giving him medication after all? So I prayed for Davey for about 2 weeks until I saw him walking perfectly normally again! Hallelujah!

Thirdly I had blood in my urine one morning and felt I might have a urinary tract infection. I went to the doctor and they confirmed it and prescribed antibiotics. I prayed to God and felt I should not take the medication as He wanted to heal me. After a few days I got an unexpected phone call from the doctors office telling me that they had sent my urine in for further testing and it came back negative. I did not have a urinary tract infection. Hallelujah! I am so glad I listened to the Lord and did not take the antibiotics after all.

I believe when human reasoning, human ideas or even human power seizes and our only hope is in God, that's when faith is activated through compassion and the miracles from God begin to manifest.

Please be encouraged by these 3 testimonies knowing that our God is HUGE and He never fails us nor forsakes us. He still sits on the throne and wants to minister to a hurting and sick world through YOU.

Much love,