Sunday, 25 December 2011

"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

Monday, 19 December 2011

"I Will Do It"

“Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the LORD have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it” (Ezekiel 36:36 NIV).

Now that I am a home owner for the first time in my life I have learned here in America that all depending on the condition of the houses that are set around you the value of your own home will increase or decrease. This is an important factor when you want to sell your house!

One day as I was walking in the neighborhood I took a good look at some of the houses. Some looked really bad and desolate; some were even condemned by the city. I was so discouraged at the thought of our own house but then Lord impressed on me these words: “For me it is a little thing to change these houses so that your house would gain in value”. That day I thought, “Yeah, that’s right. For Him it is a small thing and nothing is too big for Him. He can certainly do that.”

And sure enough, a few weeks ago His words came to pass and a wonderful restoration process of three different houses has begun. Indeed, what the Lord had spoken He will do and He will do it for you too!

So let me ask you this: Are there things in your life that seem impossible for you to accomplish? Well, they don’t have to remain impossible for you anymore. Share them with your Lord and then let Him fill your heart with His response. In His timing you will get to witness marvelous wonderful things that will make your heart glad. He does it for you so that your heart would be made glad to worship the One and Only that deserves your complete adoration and love.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Saturday, 10 December 2011

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. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-29 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 bear. 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 leaves.

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 his 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, 4 December 2011

Good Fruit!

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15: 5 NIV).

Often it seems I am like a child especially when it comes to gardening and I am learning something new every day. This can be a good thing as I have been open to seek the Lord for insight. This was exactly the case with our raspberry bushes that we recently planted.

My observation was that right next to the original stem came forth another stem and as I was weeding that day I really wasn’t quite sure if that was a weed or not. As I was looking at the bush and trying to figure out what it was, the Lord’s gentle voice spoke to me “Look out for some fruit.” Sure enough, from the original stem branched off another branch and this one was carrying the fruit.

It’s the same with you too! The only good fruit that comes out of you is of the Lord Jesus Christ. As you firmly remain rooted in Him you will bare much good fruit. And this is the kind of fruit that will last for everybody to taste and see!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner