Sunday, 29 November 2009

There Is Strength In Weakness

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me” (2 Cor. 12:9 NIV).

I recently had such a liberating experience about weakness which I would like to share with you today. We got together as a group of women to learn all about the benefits of walking as a source of fitness. One of the things we received for attending this orientation was a free pedometer. This is a little instrument you attach close to your hip and when you start walking it counts how many steps you take and how many calories you can burn. The funny thing about this tool was that when were holding it in our hands and given the instructions how to set the parameters, you could just see on all our foreheads an invisible big question mark. One woman had the boldness or perhaps it was just her meek nature to ask, “I don’t understand how it works, please help me.” This powerful statement broke the ice instantly and I could just sense such a relief, freedom and ease as we all could admit that we were weak in this area and were in desperate help. The help was right there and our instructor was most willing to set the parameters for us and help us operate our pedometer.

It seems like a paradox doesn’t it, but there is strength in weakness! Why? Because when you admit that you are weak, an immediate strength will replace a wall of insecurity. You know you don’t have to be insecure or fear rejection anymore because the power and freedom of Christ will come and overshadow and cover you. Ask the Holy Spirit for help in every weak situation and I promise you that you will experience the power of Christ resting on you. This is when you will be made perfect and others will follow your example!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 22 November 2009

The Giver Of All Good Things.

"Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun” (Psalm 37:4-6 NIV).

I reached a point in my life, where I absolutely needed to do something about my alarming weight gain. I evaluated different fitness studios in my home town, I tested their equipment, I talked to the staff about their program, and I compared the membership fees. During that time my desire really grew strong, but there was one little problem: I didn’t have the money to buy a membership. So what do you do when you cannot do anything anymore? You have this desire, but you cannot make it happen. I want to tell you, that this is such a good place to be and a great opportunity for the LORD to step in and to do something wonderful in your life.

You know in a short period of time the LORD provided something miraculous for me: He found the best place in town where I could workout for free, teach children and even earn a little money.

The delight the Bible is speaking about comes from being at that place where your only hope is in the LORD. It is a place where all human efforts cease and your faith becomes real. Do you have a desire in your heart, but you in yourself are not able to meet that need? I encourage you today to take your eyes off all impossibilities and to talk to the LORD about your desires. Know that with Him all things are possible and that He is the giver of all good things. He desires to give you the best and above your expectation! He will surely do it for you. I guarantee that your joy will overflow in praise and your faith in Him will strengthen your heart when you hear the Master Voice say to you: I did it for you; I paid the price.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 15 November 2009

All About Hidden Things.

"He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him" (Daniel 2:22 NIV).

One good thing about having your whole backyard nearly torn up is that you get to see how a good size garage is being built. It was very interesting for me to watch the construction workers doing their job. I thought that there is such a lot of preparation to be done before they can pour the concrete onto the ground. Exact measurements are made, a framework is put into place and thick steel wires are installed that will hold the concrete together and guarantee a strong foundation. In the process of this construction I also got to see what the drainage really looks like before it is buried in the ground.

So this leads me to thikn that some things are completely hidden to the human eye like the steel wire and some things like the drainage that are only partly visible. I think that the French author Antoine de Saint-Exup
éry rightly concluded "We see well only with our hearts. The important things are invisible to the eyes." As a child of God you have the benefit and privilege to access the Spirit of God that will lead you into all truth. Can you imagine this huge realm of deep and hidden secrets that waits to be unveiled to you? All you need to do is open your eyes and ears to the Holy Spirit and expect that what you see is only part of the puzzle. The LORD holds in His hands all other pieces and sees the whole picture. This is a good starting point as this is the foundation for your walk in the Spirit!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Leave it to me.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matthew 11: 28-30 NIV).

In Iowa where I now live there are such a lot of trees. And now that the autumn season has arrived, the leaves are falling to the ground and leaving all the trees bare. One day the trees are full of leaves, and then the next day a heavy wind comes and blows all the leaves off the trees. It's just the way it is. The Lord has set seasons in place and when it is time for another season, there comes a change. For all yard owners there is work to be done ,and that means to rake all the leaves from the ground. That's hard work and it needs endurance and muscle power to clear the lawn from all the leave.

But you know what? There is a much easier way for all that work that needs to be done! Do you know how? Wait for the wind to come and he will do the work for you! With is power he will blow those leaves off your lawn in just a moment. Do you get the picture? Do you see it for yourself? This is the lifestyle of a follower of Jesus Christ: Enjoy your life and let Him do the work that is too heavy for you.

Are there things in your life that are burdening you too much and wearing you down? Wait upon the LORD and hand these very things over to Him. Then trust and rest in Him. He will surely carry them for you. And then you can lean back and enjoy your life as a Christian. Give Him the right of way and your life will become easy and light!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Follow Me!

"When Jesus heard this, he said to him, You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me" (Luke 18: 22 NIV).

Have you ever watched the dynamics in a group of geese? Whether they fly or walk, they follow the lead of this one goose that is ahead of them. It seems that without any questioning or reasoning these geese just walk after that one leader as he brings them from one place to another. If they are crossing the street, camping at the lagoons or taking a swim, they are always together. And what really spoke to me the other day was that they show a great discipline as they do not look to the left or to the right, but are all entirely pressing forward without any delay.

So don't you think that if these geese can do it, you can do it too? Do not waste your time any longer by wandering around alone, but choose to follow the One that will lead you out of your personal darkness. Do you want to be in a better place right now? Then just consider these geese one more time and look at their obedience and discipline. Follow the impulses of the Holy Spirit and chose to be a follower. I know you can do it! It's just a decision away and it's God's plan for your life!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner