Suzanne

Tales From Taylor's Lane - Suzanne Glass

As I settle into life as a nanny in Wisconsin I know I don’t know all the reasons God has me here but I know He is still growing me and teaching me new lessons. With a newborn in the house I have had the privilege of sharing in the night time feedings. Often times in the quiet of the night Beckett lets out cries to be fed then latches on to the bottle as if his life depends on getting the contents into to his tummy. (Which I guess it does ;)  That milk is the only thing that will satisfy him. 1 Peter 2:2-3 has continued to come to mind. “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.”  I know for experienced parents this is nothing new but I am still in awe of how God uses that word picture. I look down at Beckett and realize that most time I don’t even come close to desiring time with Jesus and His Word as much as he desires the milk in the bottle. How often do I try to satisfy the hunger and thirsting of my soul with something else? I might even know it is not what I truly want or need but it seems easier at the time. 

I know those who belong to the Riverview have for the most part grown up in families that put importance on knowing God’s Word. Often times I took it for granted that others knew what I was talking about when I referred to a Bible story or quoted a verse to make a point or as encouragement. Yet as I have visited other churches and interacted with so many believers outside of the circles I am use to I see a great need in the church today to know the Word. People who have gone to church for years are still “drinking” the milk someone else is giving them instead of learning to “chew on the meat” they learn from the source itself. Nothing in life can replace the nourishment of God’s Word in our lives. Our spiritual lives depend on it. 

As the twins (three year old boys) looked at a Bible storybook that I had just finished reading to their little sister before putting her in bed I heard them say “Look he is pooping”. Glancing at the book I saw that the artist had draw Samson face with an expression that to toddlers getting potty train only made sense that he was in need of a toilet. I had to laugh as I saw they had a point. Yet in the days following my mind returned to that image and again I had to laugh to think that God chooses to use us to accomplish His great works on earth. How can that ever be captured in a picture? Samson’s story is a warning and encouragement to all of us. 

Caring for three toddlers and a newborn my days are filled with wiping sticky hands and runny noses, giving time outs and holding crying children, yet it is so much fun to be purposefully planting seeds in the minds of those precious children of truth that God can bring back to mind later on as He draws them to Himself.  I have been blessed by those at Riverview who are taking the time to raise their children to love the Lord by modeling it to them in their own lives and using the every day to teach them about the great love that God has for us that He demonstrated with the cross. Because of the cross I live in hope each day knowing every task given me to do has worth when done for Him. 

Learning to walk closer to my Savior,

Suzanne

The Means of Grace - Suzanne Glass

The Means of Grace

Below is one of my assigned session reviews that I wanted to share with you. I was encouraging and challenged by this message. Thinking of all of you I decided to write it in such a way to that it could possibly be a blessing to you as well. Thanks for being part of my wonderful Body of Christ that I have the blessing of knowing and loving. I am praying for you.

Love Suzanne

The Means of Grace

 Many times, we want God to do something big and grand without us having to do anything to meet the needs in our lives as we obey Him. Yet often He uses the humble things, the weak things, and always something that He has already prepared to meet our need. He knows what we have need of before we ask but we still need to ask. In our asking we should ask for wisdom to know what means He has provided. God methods are unpredictable but His nature is always the same, never changing. As different needs, trials, and hardships arrive in our lives we can be confident that God is the Provider, He will Provide and He has already Provided.

I am blown away as I consider the idea of God choosing to use means to accomplish His purposes. Just think of all the stories and the objects and people He uses, things like a manger, a rod, a bush, wind, spit and dirt, a stone, fish and loaves, a cross, etc. But most astonishing of all is He chooses to use humans. How humble is our God; He could accomplish anything by just speaking, yet throughout history that has not been how He has done things. Weak as we are He has commanded us to be a part of the greatest task in history, sharing Him with a dying world. If you know Jesus, believing that He died for your sin and rose again, then if you have also repented, turning away from sin, then the Spirit of God dwells in you. This Spirit gives each believer the power to live a life free from sin. 

This Spirit gives us the ability to know God and do what He is asking us each day to accomplish great things for Him no matter how small they seem to us each task done in obedience is part of His bigger plan. When He chooses to use small things, humble things who are we to question? I for one am thankful that I serve a humble yet all powerful God who uses all things for the good of those who He has called His Children, making us more like Christ. 

  “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Where is the one who is wise? …Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, …Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 

(1 Corinthians 1:18-31)

 

Hello from Ellerslie - Suzanne Glass

Hello Everyone who is desiring to read this. I am currently at Ellerslie in Windsor, Colorado. God’s timing has been perfect for me to be here. I am enjoying the refreshing yet challenging time spent learning more about who Jesus is and how that applies to my life. The set-apart environment (one that is protected as much as possible from distractions) has been good for me to regain balance in my walk with the Lord. Last year was really stressful for me but this has given my time to process everything while encouraging my focus to remain on the Lord. As well as take me deeper in my relationship with the Lord then I have had before. 

Below is my session review from one of the sessions this week. We are to write one for each session to take ownership of what was taught and then how we see it applying to our lives. I hope that someone will find this encouraging, and be blessed for reading it.

Dependence

Unlocking the Mystery of Godliness

 In a culture, that at every turn pushes independence, a Christian is called to live a life of dependence on Christ. A Christian is a glove and He is the Hand. Without the Hand the glove can do nothing. Yet with the Hand inside the glove can lift, bend, do and carry all the Hand requires. The glove is not using its own resources but rather the resources, strength and ability of the Hand. When a Christian tries to live a life apart from Christ it won’t be a life that points to Christ but rather will only point to what the Christian can accomplish. Which depending on who it is may look impressive but will not fulfill the highest calling of abiding in Christ just He abided in the Father while on earth. A Christian life should be one that when the world looks on they are dumbfounded and can find no explanation except that the Spirit of God dwells in that person.  

Too often I find myself thinking of ways to self-source. Ways I can accomplish what needs to be done without depending on God. This session showed me how every sin is rooted in self-sourcing. On a day like today when I know I won’t even be able to get out of bed without Him I know what dependence is. Yet even in this there is a part of me that thinks that is wrong, that I should be able to live without the need of others and God but this way of thinking is sin. Yes, the pain that makes it at times hard to move doesn’t need to be there for me to be in a constant mode of depending on God, to be responding to all He has but today I choose to use it as a reminder and thank God for it. My job is not to figure out how everything will work but rather take the steps as God leads depending on Him with each step.

What about you are you finding rest in Him today by depending on Him and not trying to accomplish His work in your own strength? 

Thanks for taking the time to read this. May each one of you find hope as you look to the One who loves you with an everlasting love.

Love Your Sister in Christ,

Suzanne

The lake in town that we can walk around. A paved trail goes around the whole thing; it is about 2 mi. Beautiful place to walk or sit on the benches and do homework.

The lake in town that we can walk around. A paved trail goes around the whole thing; it is about 2 mi. Beautiful place to walk or sit on the benches and do homework.