Saturday, 21 November 2015

"The Power of Encouragement"

The first time we went to the emergency I had already noticed her. In the meantime we have been there three times and each time she was there and checked me in. I have found out that her name is Heather.

At our last visit I had the unction to talk to her on a personal level and say to her, "You are so friendly. Each time I have come here you have been so nice to me and that has made my visit so pleasant". As the words went forth they began to touch her, tears welled up and she thanked me over and over again and said how much those words meant to her.

This made me think that it really doesn't take much and it doesn't cost anything to build someone up. You just pour out in all honesty what you observe. Perhaps you have an impression or a word from the Lord or a compliment. Whatever it is, speak it out and watch how it will impart grace to the ones that are touched by it. Now, how lovely is that :-)

No doubt, the Kingdom of God needs more encouragers. Will you be one of them? You know the one that steps out and touches others with some heavenly goodness?

If you are not sure how to do this or would like to know more on how to deliver a word of encouragement, I'd be happy to help you along the way. Write to and we can go from there, ok?

Wishing you a nice day!
-Suzanne Tanner

"Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers" (Ephesians 4:29 NKJV).

So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged.” Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?”Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” ((Isaiah 6:5-8 NKJV)

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

"Do You Hear My Voice?"

It's good and important to know what the enemy is doing and to know his schemes. But let me tell you, it is more important to know the plans of the Commander in Chief, that is the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings. We have to listen to Him and to Him alone.

There is still a work to be done for the Body of Christ and few know His voice.

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father." (John 14:12 NKJV).

Sunday, 15 November 2015

"Don't Let the Fire Go Out"

My husband loves fireplaces and enjoys collecting and stacking wood. Occasionally he has to leave the house and then he instructs me to watch the fireplace and make sure that the fire does not go out. I don't like this task very much, since I sit right next to the fireplace and I have to always lean over and make sure the wood is still burning. It can happen that when I get distracted that I forget to check the fire. If I am not too late I can just stack some more wood, but if not, I have to rekindle it. I think maintaining and keeping a fire going requires discipline and a desire if I want the house to be warm and cozy.

That's no different with our level of faith. It has to be burning all the time and there is a constant maintenance due if we want to live positively and finish strong. So how do we do this? We live in close communion with our creator. The easiest way to see if we are still burning is to examine ourselves as to whether we are in the faith. The Bible says "test yourselves" and then asks "Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?" (2 Corinthians 13:5 NKJV). 

Under no circumstance let the fire go out in you. After all Jesus, the light of the world, lives in you. Keep your faith alive and be a contagious flame that will ignite others.

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Much love,
-Suzanne Tanner

"When the Takeover Begins"

I am a left-hander and I do most of the things with my left hand. A few days ago I injured my left thumb badly and had to go to the ER. Now for a while I can't use my thumb and I also need to protect my left hand.

A couple of days after the injury I was contacted by my staffing agency and asked to do some further numeric keyboard testing for a potential job opening. The company hiring requested 6500 kph (keystrokes per hour). As I was very much interested in the job I did not tell my contact that my left thumb was injured and went ahead and did the test.

You have to know that I have never used a numeric keyboard before and my right hand is extremely weak but surprisingly with the the first set of tests I came close to the goal. After the second set of tests I even exceeded the goal. It was true, as I trusted God He took over and directed my fingers to the right keys.

That's what happens when you put your full trust in Him: the takeover can begin. You begin to realize how true it is that He is your refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). My trouble was that I could not use my left hand, had to use my weak right hand and I was not familiar with the numeric keyboard. But with God all things are possible.

Want to give it a try? Whatever trouble you have, place it in God's hands, put your full trust in Him and experience the joy of how real He is!

With much love,
-Suzanne Tanner 

"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 NKJV).

Thursday, 12 November 2015

"It's Okay to Stare"

When my husband and I eat something delicious you can be sure that our Chihuahua doggie Davey will be right there with us. First he gets a strange glare in his eyes. He stares at you all the time without wavering and his whole attention is suddenly dedicated to one person only. It's like he does not move one inch and every activity comes to a sudden halt. He must know from past experience that when he gets into this kind of staring mode one of us will eventually give in and hand him a morsel. Oh how smart and persistent he is!

Honestly, this is such a good picture of how we need to fix our eyes on our Heavenly Father. Our whole attention must be on Him if we desire to receive encouragement, direction, perspective, provision and every good thing because we know that He will not leave us nor forsake us. He is moved by our faith alone and will reward us when we diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).

So it's okay to stare when it involves the LORD :-) Turn away from your problems, insecurities, worries and distraction and be persistent enough until you receive the answer from Him. I promise you will not be disappointed.

Now, may you walk in joy and encouragement today!
-Suzanne Tanner

"But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign Lordin you I take refuge—do not give me over to death." (Psalm 141:8 NIV).

Monday, 9 November 2015

"Let Go"

A lot of leaves have already fallen to the ground for many different reasons. Oftentimes the rain was so heavy or the wind was so strong the leaves could not longer hold onto the branches and automatically fell to the ground. Sometimes they just let go naturally because it was time for them to fall.

These falling of leaves reminded me of my own life and the things I am going through right now. We just moved to a new area and I have been looking for a job for many months now. I also have a few things I would like to accomplish like making crowns from tin cans and baking in my own home but nothing seems to come together right now. In my desperation and realizing that I cannot accomplish anything through my own strength, I have come to understand that I just need to let go and let the LORD live through me.

If we want to experience the manifest presence and power of God then we have to become weak. There is no other option but the benefits are glorious because we will finally be able to embrace the truth of 2 Corinthians 12:9 and many other promises in the Bible: And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."

It is my earnest prayer that we gladly let go of ourselves and allow the LORD to take over so that we can walk in the path He has set before us today and for evermore.

In His Service,
-Suzanne Tanner

"Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain" (John 12:24 NKJV).

Sunday, 8 November 2015

"Keep Your Word"

One late afternoon I was alone at home and somebody knocked at the door. It was a young boy that offered to rake our yard from the many leaves that had fallen to the ground. I thought this was an absolute fantastic idea, since I had already thought about the idea that I would have had to rake it :-) Unfortunately I did not have any money nor was my husband at home. So I told him to come back the next day and he said he would.

Sure enough, next day arrived and he was standing at the door. I was impressed about this boy. He kept his word. It told me so much about his character and how he'd been raised. I knew that this boy had received some valuable instruction from his parents and that he would get far in life just because of his attitude. Raking the leaves was not the issue, but keeping his word and being faithful in little.

I have had so many promises made to me and so many of them failed, like "I will call you back. I will send you this. I will do this for you", and so forth. It is as if the mouth talks, but the heart is disconnected. I used to get very disappointed and discouraged because I could not rely any longer on what was said to me. When asking the Lord about it He said to me "Those that respond will give you hope. Focus on them because I will talk to you and share my plans with you through them".

In this day and age faithfulness and keeping your word is taken very lightly. People have become irresponsible and undependable but I know that good character traits are very important to the Lord and the success factor in life.

It is my prayer that we become sensitive again to what we say and what we do.

With much love,

-Suzanne Tanner

His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ (Matthew 25:23 NKJV).

"But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one" (Matthew 5:37 NKJV).