Hope 4 Survivors

Hope for Survivors are pages from my journals, prayers, and meditations on the value of suffering in the Christian life. Most of these were written during my escape to freedom, not only from sociopathic abuse but from spiritual abuse in church.

I hope they encourage you as you walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death!

Beauty in Adversity Part 2 of "I Will Follow You" in the series, "Letters to Readers and Love from Papa" "Where you lead me, I will follow," I responded, my feet bloody and my body bruised. It was the Valley of the Shadow of Death – the shadowlands. The winds of change are merciless and I'm falling down. […]

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Beauty in the Dark Places  By: Susan Deborah Schiller Once upon a time I was a productive, high achieving woman who knew her purpose in life and gave her all for her family, for her church, and for her clients. I looked normal on the outside, just like everyone else around me, but the world […]

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Your Real Treasure is Found After You've Lost Everything By: White Dove Our Father is the King of the whole universe. He created this earth to be our dwelling place. He made us lords and rulers, co-creators, and commanded us to build, to plan, to multiply, and to fill the earth! The earth was meant to […]

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God's Ways & Means are Far Beyond Human Imagination By: White Dove Your enemy's first strategy is to isolate you. Smear campaigns, gaslighting, or even moving you to a remote location away from family and friends are predictable patterns of an abuser.  Sometimes your friends and family are quite near, even in your home, but […]

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See beyond your natural skills and abilities to what is possible by faith… A prayer meditation by White Dove Papa God, So many of your people struggle with finances, especially those who are directly connected to the spiritual realm. Money appears to be the deciding factor as to whether they can survive in the material […]

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A Meditation for Those who Feel Lost in the Darkest Night of their Soul By: Kimberly Dimick We all hope at the darkest moments of our life that our faith would shine or this strength would come so we could smack some demons around. I have found that our faith shines AFTER we get to […]

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When it Hurts so Bad You Just Have to Scream By: Susan Deborah Schiller In the series, "Conversations with Daddy" My heart was like molten lava, just exploding and pouring out. I had escaped from one sociopath, after 20-years of abuse, into another trap, but the excruciating pain was my heartache for my children. The […]

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A Conversation with Papa God By: Susan Deborah Schiller There are still still days when life's stormy waters threaten to tumble me into an undercurrent of despair. It causes me to doubt myself, to blame myself, and to miss hearing God's loving voice. So I focus on Christ Jesus, who also suffered betrayal, rejection, and […]

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Hold on to Your Promises By Susan Deborah Schiller You might think I'm free of smear campaigns, gaslighting, and all that evil manages to throw my way… not yet. God's still helping me to 1.) Grin in the face of disaster and 2.) Rule in the midst of my enemies.  I'm not where I thought I would […]

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Light Will Come Bursting In By: Susan Schiller During a period when I was surrounded by people intent on slandering me, when even some of my closest friends betrayed me, I had to face the fact that I could not please these people, no matter what I did. I laid down the ministry that I […]

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An Uncommon Peace By: Susan Deborah Schiller When I write, I write in peace. I write from a peaceful place. Peace is a weapon. To find that peace, I must retreat, rest, and re-examine all my promises. I must re-evaluate my position, check my compass, and listen for God's quiet voice amidst the thunderous roar […]

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A Lesson from Jeremiah about Racing Against Horses By: Susan Deborah Schiller To love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength during the normal times is a good thing. To love him with the same passion (or more) when it seems the whole world stands opposed to you, is a whole different level […]

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Listening in the Night Watches By: Susan Deborah Schiller The story you don't want to write may be sounding an alarm in the night watches. You can't sleep, stumble out of bed, and wonder if you should get something to eat or watch TV. But if you listen in the night watch, the untold story […]

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Looking Deeper, Looking Beyond the Natural By: Susan Deborah Schiller   Photo Source Just because we don't understand doesn't mean that the explanation doesn't exist. — Madeleine L'Engle There's a friendship with God that is so deep you can only get to it on the same path Christ Jesus took when He was betrayed, falsely accused, […]

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The Most Powerful Weapon to Defeat a Smear Campaign By: Susan Deborah Schiller The best part of life is creating memories with our friends and family. We laugh at old jokes and tease each other for past escapades. Who doesn't like to reminisce about the good ole days? It's like a fountain of neverending life, […]

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Walking in the Light By: Susan Deborah Schiller I believe we're given "mission impossibles" because there's something we need to learn about God's nature and how it alters our ongoing life story. We're each here to experience and display the glorious facets of God's nature. We're designed to SHINE! For abuse survivors, our stories may seem […]

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Faith as a Catalyst for Hope and Love By: Susan Deborah Schiller There are still days when I feel disconnected… like my brain has a huge lag… when I feel lost in the dark. The neuroscience behind pathological love relationships helps me to understand there will be these kinds of days. It takes a long time […]

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I Am Surrounded by a Holy Wall of Fire Are you feeling weak, vulnerable, or just sort of lost? It could be that your walls of protection have crumbled or perhaps were never built. I'd like to help you rebuild that wall – not an ordinary wall, mind you – but a Wall of Fire. […]

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His Eye is on the Sparrow By: Susan Schiller The song, "His Eye is on the Sparrow," has been playing on the Spirit station of my mind. "Economic justice" is a phrase I've been running into a lot lately, and it's message is burrowing deep into my mind. Down beneath the layers of self-preservation. Who […]

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Freedom "Leave me here freely all alone In cell where never sunlight shone  should no one ever speak to me This golden silence makes me free." Part of a poem written by a prisoner at Dachau concentration camp   I used to dream every night about escaping concentration camps. Inwardly, a concentration camp is our […]

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