Five-Minute Friday: "Bloom"

By: Susan Deborah Schiller

A 5-minute writing adventure bloggers from all over the world are doing today at "Five Minute Friday" with Lisa Jo Baker. We write for 5-minutes, no editing… and then we share! Click image below to join us!

Something is wrong with our soil. Beans sprout in a withered way. Peas won't peek their heads. Carrots are atrophed. Tomatoes are stunted, with lopsided fruit that is holey.

The previous owner may have sprayed herbicide in our garden area. Yet, with magnificent blooms and sunny faces, our sunflower family is beaming at the sun, in the very same soil!

In their race to reach the sun, they ignore the unkind, even murderous intentions of others and simply choose life.

Sunflowers are known for their ability to absorb radiation and other toxins and exchange them for healthy nutrients. They turn sorrow into joy, death into life, and mourning into dancing.

Even in winter our sunflowers stand strong, providing rich seeds to keep the birds fat and fortified in freezing weather. 

My friend, if you have been living with a sociopath, there is no doubt the garden of your heart has been sprayed with the herbicide of deceit – smear campaigns, gaslighting, and psychological torture. Reach for the light anyway. Race to the Light!

Allow God to make you into a sunflower, capable of converting toxins into the best nutrients. Let the adversity give you pleasure as you face it like an eagle and use it for an updraft. 

Choose life – abundant life. Be you. Live free. Tell your story! Each part of your story is like one of the highly rich seeds hidden within the bloom of your fully opened heart!


Choosing love today,


Susan Schiller knows how it feels to lose everything: marriage and family, church and reputation, finances and businesses, and more. Susan's upcoming, interactive memoir, "On the Way Home," tells the story of how she came to be known as "the most abused woman" her counselors had yet met and how she learned to navigate her way out of hell to a rich and satisfying life. In her lifetime, Susan has served in duties ranging from home school mom – to pastor –  to full-time deliverance minister – and to Midwest regional prayer coordinator for a large international ministry. These days you can usually find Susan soaking in her favorite hot springs pool, reading a book (or several), blogging, baking bread, or hanging out with her family and friends. You can get a free copy of Susan's upcoming book, "On the Way Home" by registering here.

Copyright 2014, Susan Schiller, For reprint permission for any private or commercial use, in any form of media, please contact Susan Schiller.

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laura July 26, 2014 at 11:17 am

Sunflowers always follow the light and they use the sun as their personal compass.Maybe we should treat god the same way.Now i see why we humans sometimes live in the darkness.Because our faces are turned away from god and we are looking in all the wrong directions:money,holding on to rage etc.


Susan Schiller July 26, 2014 at 2:15 pm

You always have good insight, Laura – thanks for sharing! 

It’s a good reminder to me to keep looking for every ray of Light in my life, even right this moment. The love of friends who care enough to call, right this moment…. so much Light when we turn to seek Him! Love and Light to you, Laura – may your day be filled with the joy of more discoveries!


Jen July 24, 2014 at 7:50 am

WOW! I did not know this about sunflowers. And how I love the image. Take the toxin and turn it to good. Choose joy. Find the sun. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing these words … The Lord knew just what I needed.  Popping over from FMF with Lisa-Jo.


Susan Schiller July 24, 2014 at 9:08 am

Hi Jen,

It’s fun to learn new things – I’m glad you enjoyed – thanks for visiting! 🙂


Joyce Lagana July 23, 2014 at 9:41 am

Blooming right where I'm planted, my friend!  Like the might oak I have sunk my roots deep in the Word and the storms and winds simply make me stronger!  Love and hugs —


Susan Schiller July 23, 2014 at 10:08 am

What an amazing attitude – so, so inspiring, my friend!


Carol Cassara July 23, 2014 at 7:49 am

the image is so beautiful i wish i had time to participate!


Susan Schiller July 23, 2014 at 8:03 am

Hi Carol – thanks for coming by 🙂


Jenn Alex Brockman July 23, 2014 at 7:44 am

I like sunflowers. Our girls went to a grade school called Sunflower, but they aren't my favorite flower. 


Susan Schiller July 23, 2014 at 8:04 am

Hi Jen,

Thank you for reading and sharing 🙂


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