Monday, 31 October 2011

Look at the Progress!

“Who despises the day of small things? Men will rejoice when they see the plumb-line in the hand of Zerubbabel” (Zechariah 4:10 NIV).

God is at work in your life, did you know that? He that has begun a good work in you will also accomplish it. The Lord desires to lay a good and solid foundation in your life. But because you look at your calling there is a good chance that you could despise the small beginnings. Perhaps you are thinking that you are taking “baby steps” and that they are not worth of any consideration. But you forget an important principle: each and every step is needed to climb the ladder.

Let’s be honest: It’s very difficult to take big steps in the Kingdom of God. It’s not Gods way anyway. He plants a seed and then he waits for it to grow. So trust me; you need to take these small ones. Little by little, step by step, day by day, week by week you will realize that you are standing on solid ground. This growth will give you such a confidence and enable you to build the Kingdom Gods way. I encourage you today to focus on the progress you are making and at the same time to hold onto your calling that is in your right hand.

And then listen to the Masters Voice saying to you: 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 23 October 2011

“The Peace Maker”

“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 NKJV).


I had the opportunity to stay at a very nice condominium community and witness the living together of many different people. On a warm summer evening residents would often gather together outside on a bench or folding chairs, talking to each other, greeting people that were taking their dog for a walk and waving to cars that were driving by. Everybody seemed to know everybody and it looked like they were all living in harmony and unity together.

Not so that particular Saturday morning. I went for a swim in the pool and was thoroughly enjoying its warm water. At some point my peace was interrupted as a resident surprisingly and with an obviously frustrated voice declared “I am sick of this place.” Then, in a demonstrative posture she marched back to her condo.

I think that probably the noise of the bulldozer that was doing some yard work had upset her very much. I was surprised at this sudden explosion but at the same time had to chuckle a little as I could relate so very well with her. How many times in the past had I exploded, lacked patience and endurance.

At this point I was glad to know that it is Jesus Christ – our only hope and help in times of longsuffering and the enduring of all things. Living in peace with others is not just a surface thing; no it is something real, something true and pure. The truth of the matter is that it can only be accomplished by the peace maker Himself. As you draw from deep within Him you will experience a peace that will lead you to a real unity with others. So come on now, let’s do it for God’s sake, will we?

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Monday, 17 October 2011

Change Your Perspective!

“This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” 
(Psalm 118:24 NIV).

There are mornings where you can just sense that this is going to be a good day. It is as if all the cares and the spiritual attacks have been lifted away from you and you can walk so easily in this promise the Lord is speaking of. But for many of us these days seem to be rare ones. Often we see ourselves confronted with problems, opposition, and the issues of our own hearts. These are the days where you know that you are walking on the narrow path. How then can you possibly find joy in all these circumstances when you are so overwhelmed by them?

Let me help you here. Whether you feel good or not, it is a fact that the Lord has made this day and He wants you to be happy! He wants you to be glad and know that He is in control of every day. After all, he is the creator of all good things, right? So it all starts with your perspective towards this day and your attitude towards God. Here is a simple question for you to answer: “Is your glass half full or half empty?” Do you view your situation negatively, or could it be an opportunity to grow, for example in patience, love or obedience? Whatever it might be, chose to learn regardless of how you feel. Believe the Lord and His word. Take every opportunity to grow in the Lord and learn from Him and you will soon realize that your days are filled with joy and gladness.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 9 October 2011

"Run to the Lord"

“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit” (John 3:8 NIV).

Have you ever watched when the wind blows along the ground and it carries away the leaves? Sometimes it looks like the leaves are dancing in circles. Sometimes it looks like they are just carried away by the wind. And sometimes it looks as if they are running after something. All depending on how the wind blows there is a different scene.

But in all there is such an excitement and activity in the air when the wind comes and blows away all these leaves from the ground. These leaves cannot resist the wind – it is just too strong for them! They are lifted up from the ground at once and carried away to another place. Just watch them and you will see them dancing around and around. It gets so intense sometimes that maybe you can even hear them singing and rejoicing.

And the Lord would say unto you: “Oh how I desire for you to come to me with a spirit of freedom. Oh how I desire for you to laugh and be joyful before Me. Oh how I desire for My children to run to Me and be glad that I care about them. Oh how I long for them to be lifted up and to be carefree.”

This is the Lords heart for his children. Will you dare to be carefree today and to rejoice in the Lord your God?

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 2 October 2011

"I Will Lead You"

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3: 5 & 6 NIV).

For the first time in 3 years I was travelling without my husband. I was driving over 600 miles on the American highways all by myself and I tell you, I was nervous. Having grown up in a small country like Switzerland, it has always been easy for me to read road maps, but when it comes to big cities like Indianapolis or Columbus, I can get lost and I am nervous driving on multi-lane highways with heavy traffic commotion.

So I was glad that on this trip I had our TomTom navigation system to guide me. As I was driving along the highway I thought that this technology would definitely lead me safely to my final destination. The only thing I would have to do is watch the screen, listen to the directions, do what I was supposed to do and I would be alright. And sure enough, Tom led me straight to the house where I was expected to be, without any delay and no detours at all.

Isn’t this just an excellent description of the Holy Spirit that leads us into all truth? He is our comforter, our best counselor and help along the many avenues of our life. So that’s why I want to encourage you today to completely surrender your life to the Lord. Entrust any difficulties to Him and listen to His voice and His direction. I promise you that He will guide you victoriously all along the way to your final destination. Just trust in Him alone. He is indeed the best navigator you can have for the roadmap of your life!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner