Monday, 15 September 2014

“Patience Leads to Clarity”

“Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God” (1 Corinthians 4:5 NIV).

My husband and I are still learning how to become seasoned homesteaders. So when we recently sowed our vegetable seeds we forgot to label the rows. We had to wait quite a while for the rows to become visible and then clarification was given to us to distinguish between weed and plant. At that point it was an easy task to successfully pluck out all the weeds and allow the remaining vegetables to grow well.

Sometimes we make the mistake and want to address something in a person and it’s just too soon to do so. I have learned over the years that it is by far better to choose patience over control. In that way you pave the way for the motives to naturally manifest and to become obvious for everybody involved.

For your own sake and well-being choose to step back, observe, and wait on the Lord to work things out for His good. You will be amazed at the clarity He will give you in any given situation just because you allow Him to have His way. 

Have a wonderfully blessed day! 

Suzanne Tanner

My husband's first poetry book is out. You can check it out and buy it here: From Pain to Poetry - The Tear Field Years.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

"Be an Originator"

“I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong” (Romans 1:11 NIV).

I work as an on-call classroom teacher at a daycare center here in town. One of the many things I get to do is to teach small children the alphabet. They use colorful foam mats that look like puzzle pieces which they attach together to help them eventually form a word.

One day as I was watching these kids playing with these foam mats I yearned for them to know that they were children of the King of Kings. So to make this project a little bit more adventurous and playful for them I took these elements and showed them how with only 6 mats they could make a cube. Then I took one mat out which left a space and placed it on their little heads telling them that this was their crown and that they were all princes and princesses. I guess they thought this was a great new idea and so they ran around in the whole classroom showing off their crowns.

Many months later as I was working again in this same classroom, I was amazed to see that they were wearing their crowns. They took what I had showed them, put their crowns together all by themselves and had even shown others how to do it.

In that moment my heart was so glad. I never thought that they would take this idea and reproduce it. I had originated something in them and left an inheritance behind in their precious lives. Believe me, you can do that too! You can originate things and impart it to others. All you need is the love for others like the Apostle Paul had for his beloved churches. Then let the LORD direct your imagination.

I tell you, as you see it being reproduced in others your confidence will grow strong. You will know that you have been called to be an originator, one of the many wonderful characteristics of the creator of all things, your heavenly Father.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

My husband's first poetry book is out. You can check it out and buy it here: From Pain to Poetry - The Tear Field Years.

Sunday, 31 August 2014


“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints” 
(Psalm 116:15 NKJV).

My dear friend Sonja has gone home to be with the Lord. Far too soon at the young age of 33 she unexpectedly boarded her final destination and bravely went ahead of her husband, their three young children, family and many friends.

Sonja was rare in every respect. She impacted me with her life and now with her passing. Not only was she brave during her sickness, Sonja was true to herself and true to everybody she came across including me. She was a real person; what you saw is what you got. I can’t forget the many “real” moments we shared together. 

Right when she died the Lord told me immediately that her passing would be powerful. I saw how His strong arm reached down and drew her out of death into resurrection. Now she lives forever in the presence of Jesus but her mission to magnify Him here on earth is still being accomplished. She is sealed as an imprint in the hearts of many. 

This leaves me with a question for all of us to answer: Are we the kind of friend in Christ that touches others to the very core? You know, very much like a seal upon a heart and displaying a love that is strong as death as described in Song of Solomon 8:6? 

Honestly, I think as followers of Jesus Christ it is now or never high time to get real and vulnerable for the sake of the Gospel. So, what are we going to do about it? 

Have a wonderfully blessed evening. 

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 24 August 2014

"Unbelievable and Yet True"

“Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear” (Revelation 19: 7 & 8 NIV). 

We had been looking very much forward to witness the wedding day of our friends and now the day had arrived. Already when we entered the sanctuary we felt that something special was going to happen. And so there he stood, the groom dressed in a fine tuxedo and waiting to receive his bride. 

Then a white fine fabric was laid to make a way for the bride to walk down the aisle with her father and with much expectation in the air she finally appeared in all her beauty. Everybody rose from their seats showing her respect, honor and adoration and all eyes were now drawn on her.

At that moment the Lord took me to the wedding of the Lamb and I had to think about Him and His bride, “No that’s wrong, that is so unbelievable. Here is the groom and everybody should be looking to Him. He is the Anointed One, He is the Lamb, He is the King of Kings and the King of Glory, He is the Redeemer, the One we need to look to, but all eyes are on the bride that had been washed by the blood of the Groom.” Right then I felt the Lord’s great happiness and deep love for us. It was inexpressible, unbelievable and yet true. I felt He had waited so long for her and now finally she was indeed ready to be given to Him by His Father, a bride made suitable for Him, a bride without spots and wrinkles.

The Bride of Christ are those that have overcome, that were willing to do His will; they pressed through and endured a lot because they loved Him more than their own life. I believe it is time for the Bride of Christ to get ready for her Groom, because He is coming back very soon to receive her. 

It is time for the Bride of Christ to realize that she will not be a spectator at the wedding of the Lamb. She will be His bride, the one and only that has been chosen by Him and prepared for Him. What great honor, what great grace, what great plan, what a great love story! Would you like to walk down the aisle at the wedding of the Lamb? Then now is the time to make yourself available and allow Him to make you suitable for Him.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Monday, 18 August 2014

"No Such Thing As Coincidence"

But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 11:26 NKJV).

I asked my best friend what her daughter wanted for her birthday. She said “pink goggles”. I right away thought “Oh no, please Lord, not pink goggles. I won’t find these in my hometown where the selection is so limited but I absolutely want to meet her desire.”

So I went to our local department store walking around in despair trying to find these types of goggles. Finally, just before giving up and planning on buying an alternative gift, I called on a sales associate and asked him “Do you by any change carry pink goggles?” You won’t believe it. He took me right to the brightest pink goggles. To top it off, they were priced at 50% discount and I was able to pay for them with a gift certificate that was given to us. Seems to me that quite a few people played a role in fulfilling this purpose.

Like Jesus said, with men things are impossible, but WITH God ALL things are possible. He plans everything so perfectly and you have to admit that with Him nothing is a coincidence but a divine orchestration.

This story was written for you so that you would know how gracious God is. He not only meets your needs but also your desires. Over the years I have come to know Him as the one that LOVES to outrageously spoil us. Just be patient, some desires take longer than others but the point is that He wants you to know how awesome He is. Now, would you dare to believe the impossible with me?

Have a wonderfully blessed day! 

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 10 August 2014

"I Love You Just the Way You Are"

“The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness” 
(Jeremiah 31:3 NIV).

We thought it would be a nice thing to buy ourselves a puppy dog to bring some new interaction into our relationship. And indeed it did! Shortly before Christmas we chose the cutest doggie in the whole wide world and he indeed brings so much joy to us.

So now when we get up in the morning we go straight to our dog instead to the coffee machine. We let him out of his kennel and he gets to go outside for his bathroom routine. We fix his meals, see that he gets enough water and also give him much tender loving care and some training also. 

He is such a good puppy and we affirm to him all the time that he is just the best puppy in the whole wide world. He loves to play, relax, have his tummy rubbed and spend time with us. When we are separated from him for a couple of hours we both yearn and long to see him again. This has now become our enriched life with our puppy dog.

Recently as he was resting on my lap I asked myself why I loved my puppy so much. This love for him is definitely not based on what he could do for me. If I compare him with me it is clear, he will never have the same capabilities and characteristics. 

The same applies with God and man: we will always be limited. But let me tell you, when my puppy wiggles his tail and shows me his affection, I just have to think about the love that the Father in Heaven has for you and me.

It is a fact; next to your affections there is really nothing you need to do to impress the LORD. He is the awesome God and He loves and accepts you just the way you are! All He ever desires is that you would just simply spend time with Him and show Him how much you love Him. That is what you have been created for and that is what truly touches His Heart. Not your actions, but your affections.

As you rest in this assurance today that you are loved by Him just the way you are, you will begin to experience the depth of His unconditional love for you. It will set you free to be the person He created you to be!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 3 August 2014

"What a Treasure We Have in Jesus"

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”
(John 3:16 NKJV).

I think smartphones and phone apps are a smart invention. Recently I downloaded a fantastic Bible application. It’s not just a lite version. It’s the real deal! Every morning when I get up I can’t wait to read my Bible. And the best thing is: it’s completely free.
I can’t understand why such a great application would be free, but it is. They offer different concordances, commentaries, dictionaries and audio bibles. The list is endless and every day I discover something new about this app. I could go on and on, it’s just so amazing. I feel so tremendously blessed to be able to use this great tool that I told my husband we absolutely needed to donate some money to this organization. You see I can’t help it. I feel so blessed that I want to bless others in return.
It’s a good thing to “re-realize” what we have in Jesus. Think about it: God loved you and me so much that He chose to give the best for us, His only Son. I heard an evangelist say that “heaven is bankrupt because it gave it all for us”. Take a moment and ponder afresh today what you have in Jesus: justification, redemption, salvation, eternal life, wisdom, love, hope, faith and the list goes on and on. 

Shower your Heavenly Father with thanksgiving and admiration and be generous in all that you do. After all, are you not the most blessed person on earth? Are you not a child of God that has been given the privilege of an intimate relationship with God Almighty? Wow, so be generous in your love, finances and with everything you have and lavish and spoil the people around you with the same kind of treasure you have received in Jesus. 

Have a wonderfully blessed day! 

Suzanne Tanner