Wednesday, 25 May 2016

"I Blot Out Your Stains"



Beet juice is probably the worst liquid you can stain your clothes with. Well, it happened to me and I accidentally spilled beet juice on my new nice work shirt and a pair of my blue jeans. On top of my clumsiness our washing machine broke down. I had to make a quick decision and so I treated my clothes with a stain remover and soaked them in water and laundry soap for a few of days. Yesterday as I rinsed both pieces I was more than pleasantly surprised to see that all stains had vanished.

No doubt this situation reminded me right away of Isaiah 1:18 where the Lord promises “Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord,“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool."   

Also Isaiah 43:25 says “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins."

Sometimes it is our own wrong doing that needs cleansing. At other times we are contaminated from the stuff of the world or negative words that were spoken against us. Whatever it is, when you feel "contaminated" you go straight to the Lord and let Him wash you clean. Make it a habit to soak in His presence because it is in that holy place where He will purify you and restore your joy back to you.

With much love,

-Suzanne Tanner


Thursday, 19 May 2016

"A Little Kindness Goes A Long Way"

I accidentally bumped a cardboard box into the cashier's arm at Aldi while I was checking out. She was a little upset about it and I always wanted to shower her with some kindness. At a recent visit (she did not remember me anymore from the previous incident) she told us that she had been working at Aldi for 40 years!!! and that her retirement was coming up in October.

Wow, talking about faithfulness. I told her I would write an email to the American headquarters in Illinois and shout a praise about her. Although I never heard back from Aldi, they took the email serious because they in fact came to visit Beverly at the Aldi store in Rock Island IL :-)

They showed appreciation by doing an interview with Beverly that will be published in one of their upcoming newsletters. She was so happy and yesterday as we got to talking in the shopping aisle she even hugged me, told me about her retirement plans and gave a shout of praise to the Lord.

This got me thinking that a little kindness can go such a long way. It can travel all the way to the American Headquarters of Aldi, stir up a person to make a trip to Rock Island to touch a persons life like Beverly and show her some appreciation and dignity which she absolutely deserves.

Oh, may we all go out of our own way and take some time to appreciate someone else. The world would be a better place if we'd all show a little kindness here and there.

Much love as always,

-Suzanne Tanner

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law (Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV).

Monday, 9 May 2016

"Independence"

I am thinking this morning about the pro's and con's of independence and why so many of us want to be independent. It's probably because independent people hate that others have abused or ruled over them. In my childhood I so much wanted to be independent myself and was such much in rebellion against my parents, mostly because of my mother's strict "rule" over me. My rebellion did not make me a free person; in fact it made me very lonely. And I so much wanted to be loved. This is the dilemma: you can't be an independent person and at the same time want unity. You have to choose and you have to give up one or the other.

But when we deeply love we will gladly give up our independence. I have found this to be so true. I have found people in my life that have loved me hard and have loved me deeply. They have been so kind to me that God has formed a bond of friendship and made me vulnerable to His goodness. Now I can enjoy a deep unity with them that is healthy, uplifting and strong.

So the only way out of independence and loneliness is to choose love. Ultimately we have to realize that God loved us first by giving His own Son Jesus Christ. This is the starting point to make us capable of loving in the same way (1 John 4:19 and John 3:16). This kind of love will help us and bring a healthy dependence towards each other and to God. Loneliness will be put away and the bond of friendship will establish something so beautiful and strong in us.

It is my prayer that we all take a hold of each other and God. Let's take a bold step towards depending on each other and on God. Let's be vulnerable to His goodness and be Ambassadors of dignity and kindness wherever we go.
Much love,
-Suzanne  

Psalm 133:1-3 NKJV
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is 
For brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious oil upon the head, 
Running down on the beard,
The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments.  
It is like the dew of Hermon,
Descending upon the mountains of Zion; 
For there the Lord commanded the blessing—
Life forevermore.

Song of Solomon 8:6 NKJV
Set me as a seal upon your heart,
As a seal upon your arm;
For love is as strong as death,
Jealousy as cruel as the grave;
Its flames are flames of fire,
A most vehement flame.

Monday, 25 April 2016

"Resisting the Devil Made Easy"

You have to come to the place in your walk with God where you pay no attention to what the enemy of your soul is doing or whispering to you. Instead, give it your all and direct your whole attention to what the lover of your soul is speaking to you today.

"Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. " (James 4:7 NKJV).

Friday, 22 April 2016

Intercession

Why is intercession so important? Because when we pray for others, we position ourselves right into heartbeat of God. 

"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:1-4). 

Sunday, 27 March 2016

"Follow Your Convictions"

I prefer to stay in the right lane when I am on the highway because for me the left lanes are reserved to overtake cars.

On our way to our training my co-worker who was driving with me told me that her GPS suggested we take a left in a few miles. In anticipation of that upcoming turn I decided move over to the left lane. As I continued to head in that direction three of our co-workers passed by us in 2 cars. Like us they were heading out to the training site with the exception that they took a right and not a left at the next intersection.

Now I had a dilemma. I had to very quickly decide who I was going to follow: my co-worker's GPS or the co-workers ahead of us.
I made a choice, took a right and followed our co-workers. My thought was that staying together was far better than to be separated even if one of us would evidently be wrong. Well, we came to find out very soon that my co-worker and I we were mislead.

I learned a good lesson that day: to always do what is right and follow your inner convictions even if you face opposition. It is not the voice of reason you need to follow but the Lords still voice. With this compass in your heart you will always be safe, secure and on the road that leads to life, liberty and happiness.

Much love,
-Suzanne Tanner

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


"Fullness of Life"

I had such a fulfilling Saturday that when waking up this morning at 5:45 am I thought it was Monday and I had overslept.

"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 10:10 NKJV).