Sunday, 25 March 2012

I Am In Control

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5, 6-7 NIV).

It had been such a rough day to say the least. And this not being enough already, we came home only to see that my husbands laptop, that came back from the repair center that day had lost all it’s data. After hours of talking to the computer specialist over the phone and somehow getting nowhere, my husband was so exhausted. He eventually said to me “I don’t know what to do anymore.” With the little hope he still had, he made one last phone call and spoke to another IT specialist.

It was arranged that the specialist took control over his laptop all the way from India. She was sitting in that office in India whilst we were in our home in the U.S. We watched her moving the cursor on our screen and working on our problems. It was such a fascinating thing to watch her and with her calm and friendly voice say to us “Do not worry. I am taking control now.” Not only did she have an extraordinary expertise, she had such a gentle character and her words simply allowed us to rely on her and sit back and watch her taking control of everything.

This is what the LORD has for you too! Are you having some problems that you cannot fix by yourself? Do you need God to intervene on your behalf? I encourage you to give all of your concerns to the LORD. Then watch Him take over and solve them for you. After all, He is still the great I AM and He deeply cares for you. He wants your life to be carefree. So will you allow Him to be your hero?
Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 18 March 2012

No False Modesty Now!

“I will satisfy the priests with abundance, and my people will be filled with my bounty, declares the LORD” (Jeremiah 31:14 NIV).

We went to a beauty supply store to help find some items for my husband’s daughter. I took this opportunity to browse around the store and then I discovered a nice deal in the lipstick section. It said “buy one – get one free!” Since my husband takes care of all our financial affairs, I was wavering if I should ask him for these lipsticks or not. After much thinking I dropped the thought.

Lost in thought my husband lovingly approached me and said “Honey, do you see anything you like?” This was definitely not the moment to use false modesty and say “Oh, no thanks Honey, I’m fine.” No, now was the time to react and seize the opportunity to receive a blessing.

You know, it truly blesses the heart of your heavenly Father when you accept His invitation to shower you with what He owns. You have no idea how much belongs to Him: healing, provision, wisdom, gifts, revelation, the earth and all that is in it. So the next time you realize that a shower of abundance is coming your way, just say “yes please.”

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 11 March 2012

"Be Prepared"

“Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage- with great patience and careful instruction” (2 Timothy 4:2).

I recently had an appointment with the local radio station in my hometown. I had seen the building from the outside and so I made my own conclusions about it. I thought I could dress very casual. After all the outside of the building looked a bit insignificant. The windows of the building were dark and so I couldn’t see how the inside looked like.

How I was mistaken! As I opened the front door and entered into their offices I was hit by a big surprise: A whole new realm opened itself up to me and it was like coming from the darkness into the light. Their offices were extremely elegant and exquisite. I was welcomed with much respect by two men in suits and ties and I was also introduced to the founder and his elegant wife.

As I was sitting in a most sophisticated meeting room, I thought about my appearance. Here I was sitting in my jogging suit with no make-up on my face. On top of that my hair looked awful. You can imagine how embarrassing this was for me and I thought “Lord, please get me out of here right away.” But I had to endure my foolishness highly underestimating the situation.

So think about this: As a born again believer you are Christ’s ambassador and so readiness at all times is a good place to be in. After all, you never know where the LORD will lead you today, right?! He might just want you to stand before Kings and Queens and represent the King of Kings! Do not think you are insignificant because He thinks you are worthy to represent Him. So be ready and expect great things to happen before your eyes.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 4 March 2012

“What Does Childlike Faith Look Like?”

“And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3 NIV).

I know my husband was a little disappointed when I finally gave up and admitted that under no circumstances I was going to touch these wax worms. The disgust of touching this ugly bait was stronger than my desire to fish. I made up my mind that from now on I was only going to be an observer.

It was then when my husband pulled out his last resource, and that was a plastic bait. He said that the fish would probably not go for it, but I could still try. I was so happy for this kind mercy and so I prayed to the Lord and asked him to grant me favor with the fish. To my surprise I caught 3 Bass very quickly whereas my husband was left with only a very small Sun Fish that he tried to tempt with a real big fat worm.

Childlike faith has something do to with relying on God alone. You just trust him blindly, you do not question anything, you come to Him with an open heart and you will know that against all odds with Him all things are possible.

I know for sure that it is God’s desire for your eyes to be opened to His wonders so that you can experience the reality of His Kingdom every day of your life. Don’t give up when the odds are against you, but look to Him who has many more options for you in His pocket.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner