Sunday, 24 March 2013

"A Sigh to Heaven"

“Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart" (Psalm 37:4 NIV).

This is an often quoted verse and a well known one to many of us. But what is LORD speaking about when He says that He will give you the desires of your heart? Do these desires include cars, houses, jewelry, money – I mean all the things you cannot afford? Let me share a little story with you to answer this question:

One evening it began to snow heavily and our sidewalk and porch were covered by a heavy layer of snow. Some boys were knocking at our door and asking if they could clear the snow for us. We didn’t have the money to pay them, nor did we have a shovel to do it ourselves. Besides, my husband was feeling very sick and couldn’t do the job anyway.

The next day I had a look at our property and in my heart I so wished we could clear the way for other people to walk past our house on safe ground. Looking over to the house across the street I saw that they were working with a snow plow. I thought, “That’s a smart and efficient way to get rid of all that snow fast and without much strain”. I so desired to have a clear side walk for us.

And you know what? Next thing I know, our elderly neighbor who had gone through some major surgery, comes walking around our house with his snow plow sweeping away all the excessive snow without us asking!

You see there is a fine difference between demanding and desiring. You need to realize that you cannot make demands on somebody you love. And when you replace your demands for desires you will discover the delight in the LORD that the Bible is talking about. I encourage you today to put your trust in Him and to talk with Him about the things you carry in your heart. And then you will see Him move in truly amazing ways in your life!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

"You Don't Have To Go Without"

"Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5 NKJV).

My mother in law was here for Christmas. On one occasion she invited us out to eat for a late lunch. She was going to pay and that was nice. Unfortunately I couldn’t join them because I had to be at work. At first I was a little disappoint-ted because I wouldn’t be able to experience being spoiled. "Oh well," I said to myself, "I am anyway looking forward to work and besides, I am happy for mother and son that they get to have some heart-to-heart quality time together."

Working my shift at the front desk I got to talk to a fine Christian lady. As she and her colleague left the hotel to go to dinner to the best restaurant in town, she looked over to me and asked, "Can we bring you something to eat?" To top it off, later on that evening another guest gave me a totally unexpected and generous tip because she recognized Christ in me and appreciated my servant hood so much.

So true, with God on your side you don’t have to go without. He sees everything and He will make up for everything. You are the apple of His eye, you are His favorite and He doesn’t want you to miss out on anything. He will take you by surprise and spoil you with favor and shower you with blessings that come from His hands. I tell you, just believe it!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 10 March 2013

"Do It For Me"

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving”(Colossians 3:23-24 NIV).

Do you get busy at times? Do you find yourself doing so many things and then getting overwhelmed by them? On top of all that work you also lose your joy and hope. Oh, that’s a bad situation right there, isn’t it, when you lose the passion for what you are doing. But let me give you some encouragement here!

When you lose your joy and strength for the task, you need to stop right where you are and turn to Jesus. Then you will hear His tender voice gently speaking to you: do it for me. Whatever you are doing, do it unto me! And so your reply will be: Ah, yes Lord, of course I’ll do it for you! Why would I not want to do it for you, you are the love of my life. And as you take up your work again you will have a greater joy and determination in your heart.

I tell you, you will accomplish great things for the LORD only by serving Him with this kind of attitude. And besides, think about it. Isn’t it a great thing to be a servant of Christ? So rejoice now and know that this satisfaction and honor is your inheritance. You are accumulating eternal rewards right here on earth!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner