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!

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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Your Real Treasure is Found After You've Lost Everything By: Susan Deborah Schiller 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 […]

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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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Heaven is Near Earth By: Susan Deborah Schiller Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and a host of other diseases plague victims of abuse, like flies on a carcass. Church members who had watched me slipping away into the fog of PTSD symptoms told me, "You need intensive care. Why don't you go lay on a beach and […]

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The Code: Making the Dark Light By: Susan Schiller "All Truth is God's Truth," was the first lesson I learned in college. Truth is the code that unlocks our inheritance – that launches us into a radical lifestyle – the one that Jesus modeled for us, and then told us, "You can do even greater […]

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Beauty in Brokenness By: Susan Deborah Schiller Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress;     … an object of dread to my closest friends—     those who see me on the street flee from me. I am forgotten as though I were dead;     I have become like broken pottery… An excerpt from Psalm […]

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Why Endure the Burn? By: Susan Deborah Schiller As our truck wound up the dirt path to the watch tower, my daughter and I had an up close encounter with a controlled burn. The fire and smoke may appear intense but only the ground is lit with fire.  A controlled burn protects against the threat […]

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A Page from My Journal Susan Deborah Schiller Divorce is a torrent of treacherous waters, threatinging to tip me into a sea of despair. A smear campaign (again???) tempts me to doubt myself, to blame myself, and to miss hearing God's voice. So I am here writing…. waiting…. Most of all, I want to hear […]

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What Love Looks Like…. Susan Deborah Schiller My journal, January 4, 2016 Father, my soul is deeply grateful and satisfied. I am wealthy in good relationships. To be loved and to love is the meaning and essence of real life… abundant life.  Yeshua showed us how to live a Kingdom lifestyle, by choosing love every […]

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In Case of Sudden Disaster, Grin! By: Susan Deborah Schiller "I'm grooming you to grin in the face of disaster," said Papa God as I made my daily fear-dump in a worn out leather journal. Escaping a cult-church and an abusive husband at the same time had left me isolated, wrestling the growing pack of […]

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The Avengers are Arising By: Susan Deborah Schiller With millions of Christians around the world, who have been given all authority on earth and a commission to "go" and set things right on earth, where are the real avengers? Why is the earth still burdened with inequality, injustice, and pain?  Why are we so prone to […]

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You're Never Alone, Never Abandoned, Never Forgotten By: Susan Deborah Schiller I awakened from a dream in which I learned a valuable lesson from my mentor, Michael Roads (who in waking life teaches the main message of "choosing love"). In the dream, Michael was giving me a practical hands-on test – one that I had […]

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