Sunday, 29 July 2012

"The Favor of God is Yours"

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man” (Proverbs 3:4-5 NIV).

No, I definitely shouldn’t have done it, but I did it anyway. Against all gentle nudges from the Holy Spirit I left my little bag behind at the bank counter in the Zurich airport. It carried my Bible, one of my favorite books and my reading glasses. Without missing it, I went through customs, walked along the terminal for a while and was ready to board the train that would take me to the gate when I realized that I had left it behind. Bummer!

Frantically walking back to customs they told me that there was no way I could return back to the bank by slipping through the glass door. No, I would have to exit the airport like everybody else and then return back through customs. Knowing that this would be very stressful, and realizing that my plane was leaving soon and that no one was willing to help me, I let it go.

Lost in thought at the gate waiting to board the plane I all of a sudden heard my name announced through the intercom. As I approached the desk I could see the airline employee holding my little bag in his hands. By special assignment “from above” it had been transported all the way through the airport by a messenger that I never got to see or meet. You can imagine how special I felt as my heavenly Father moved heaven and earth for me.

God doesn’t have favorites; as a child of The Most High the same favor is yours too. Only allow Him to demonstrate how awesome He is by handing all your affairs over to Him. Then watch Him perform miracle after miracle and experience the depth that comes from knowing that you are so important and so loved by God.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Monday, 23 July 2012

"Love Makes Everything Grow"

How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron's beard, down upon the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life for evermore” (Psalm 133: 1-3 NIV).

Another spring time had arrived and to my great joy the plants were springing forth again. I could recognize these sweet little green things making their way through the soil.

The time had obviously arrived for them to come back to life. The temperature had started to increase preparing the soil to be a fertile ground and the rain poured down from heaven did what it was called to do. Now everything was growing very well and very fast.

I think that love will create in you the very same thing! Because when you experience the warmth of love that is expressed through the unity of believers your soul and spirit will automatically begin to grow. This kind of love will create in you a fertile ground for your personal growth - a place where life, freedom, peace and safety can prosper in abundance. As you leave your solitary life behind you will come to know the blessing that the LORD bestows on you as you make this your choice today.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Monday, 16 July 2012

"The Sadness of God"

“What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish” (Matthew 18: 12 - 14 NIV).

Two Monarch caterpillars decided to stay with us for a while until their transformation was complete. One of them was wise and got into its cocoon very soon while the other one was foolish; it was busy eating leaves and enjoying his days in our vines.

But all of a sudden the weather changed unexpectedly and it got too cold for the unprepared caterpillar. Within a day or two it got very weak and I had to realize that it was dying. I had such sadness in my heart because it missed its appointed time. There was nothing I could do; it died without reaching its purpose – to be a beautiful butterfly. That day I felt such a sadness of God for every person that dies without having ever reached their destiny to know Him personally and to live a life of victory.

There is an urgency call going out to the unbelieving world today. The LORD is calling out to you and He is saying “Wake up and know that your appointed time is here. Your day of salvation has arrived. Surrender your life to Me completely and I will give you a life of purpose, inexpressible freedom, joy and satisfaction.” The Lord deeply desires for you to respond with “Yes Lord, I will.” The truth is that you have nothing to lose, but all to gain.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 8 July 2012

"Be an Originator"

“I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong” (Romans 1:11 NIV).

I work as an on-call classroom teacher at a daycare center here in town. One of the many things I get to do is to teach small children the alphabet. They use colorful foam mats that look like puzzle pieces which they attach together to help them eventually form a word.

One day as I was watching these kids playing with these foam mats I yearned for them to know that they were children of the King of Kings. So to make this project a little bit more adventurous and playful for them I took these elements and showed them how with only 6 mats they could make a cube. Then I took one mat out which left a space and placed it on their little heads telling them that this was their crown and that they were all princes and princesses. I guess they thought this was a great new idea and so they ran around in the whole classroom showing off their crowns.

Many months later as I was working again in this same classroom, I was amazed to see that they were wearing their crowns. They took what I had showed them, put their crowns together all by themselves and had even shown others how to do it.

In that moment my heart was so glad. I never thought that they would take this idea and reproduce it. I had originated something in them and left an inheritance behind in their precious lives. Believe me, you can do that too! You can originate things and impart it to others. All you need is the love for others like the Apostle Paul had for his beloved churches. Then let the LORD direct your imagination.

I tell you, as you see it being reproduced in others your confidence will grow strong. You will know that you have been called to be an originator, one of the many wonderful characteristics of the creator of all things, your heavenly Father.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner