Sunday, 26 September 2010

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

Sunday, 19 September 2010

“I Cover Up Your Mistakes”

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV).

Something really silly happened to me a few weeks ago. We had just come home from a trip and as I emptied my suitcase I also placed my new travel laptop on our bed that was raised quite a bit from the ground. Unfortunately I was careless and so my laptop slid and very quickly fell onto the wooden floor. I knew right away that something was broken. I could hardly believe that such a thing had happened to me. In that very moment I regretted my clumsiness so much and I sighed to the Lord. You know, my husband had told me over and over again to take better care of my belongings. On top of my shame and grief, my mistake cost us a couple of hundred dollars and with a heavy heart we had to decide against a repair.

A few days later we received an unexpected phone call from the repair center telling us that the repair had been done and we could pick up my laptop. At first we were puzzled but were soon enough told that supervisor had authorized the repair and had asked the manufacturer to waive the costs on our behalf. You can imagine how light hearted especially I felt and I immediately said to my husband “Let’s pray together and thank the Lord for His intervention”.

What a precious grace came down that day from heaven and it is available to you too. It’s a free gift from your Heavenly Father with the purpose that your love, joy and thankfulness would grow strong and firm in Him. You will deeply experience this precious gift of grace in your weakness when God becomes your sole source of strength and hope.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 12 September 2010

"I am Unfailing"

“Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness (Lamentations 3, 22-23 NIV)".

One of the ways to learn all about God’s faithfulness is to observe His creation. I was able to witness this recently in our garden. I asked my husband if he thought that the Clematis plant would come back to life again this year. As he couldn’t see any evidence of it he concluded it had probably had died during the last winter. I was a little disappointed because I had enjoyed its beauty very much.

To my surprise I discovered one day that some leaves were springing forth at the spot where it was growing last year, but I was still not absolutely sure if it was a Clematis since the buds were still missing. I was just fascinated to watch it grow around the pole and clinging tightly on to it. As I stepped out into our garden one morning I was pleasantly surprised to discover the awakening of three gorgeous flowers. I took a closer look at them and was drawn by their stunning beauty and I also noticed that compared to last year they had in fact grown in size. Whilst I was pondering about this sudden exposure, I just couldn’t help but to think about God’s faithfulness and reliability, and that these verses in Lamentations were just so true.

Do you need something solid in your life? Do you need hope for another day? Today the LORD wants to reassure you of His faithfulness. He is the unfailing I AM and His goodness is never ending. It is available to you every single morning afresh. May this truth sink deep into your heart now and always be an anchor to your soul.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 5 September 2010

“Take Care of Your Weeds”

“I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:14 NIV).

Have you ever made this observation, that when you plant a good seed in your yard the weeds spring forth automatically? Isn’t it just amazing that you have to protect your good seed all the time because otherwise the weeds will take over at some point and destroy your plant? It seems like I have to daily hand pick the weeds in order to defend the vegetables we have planted in our garden.

The thought that came to my mind the other day was that the good seed had been hand planted with a purpose. The weeds however spring forth automatically without a purpose and without a seed. In fact, since we have planted something good in our yard, you can just see how many enemies have showed up all of a sudden: all kinds of weeds, sometimes similar to the seed we sowed, colonies of ants and so forth. Now the war is on and I have to make it a daily effort to take care of my precious plantation.

Do you know that the hand of God planted a good seed into your life? It is the Holy Spirit and it is this new life that springs forth in you. What you need to do now is to make it your daily effort to protect this treasure that has been given to you. That’s the good news! The bad news is that you and I also have some weeds that spring forth automatically. It is our sinful nature which we were born into. If you do not watch it, it will soon overtake this treasure in you and destroy it. So you need to keep your life free from all kinds of negative influences and press on like Paul to win your prize. This means that you are responsible for your “weeds” and that you need to pluck them out daily. How do you do that? Go to your loving Savior Jesus and talk to him about your wrongdoings. He will always forgive you so that you can move on in victory. This is how you will stand your ground and bear tremendous good fruit!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner