Love from Papa – Love Letters that Changed My Life
Listening to Papa’s voice is the greatest joy of my life, and it’s something we’re all designed to do. Learning to walk with His hand in mine has healed my orphan’s heart. It’s not that I don’t have a really good family – I do. But there is nothing and no one that can create in me such a sense of wonder and joy as living in intimacy with Papa God.
The last two decades of my life have been traumatic, and sometimes I’ve dropped by hand from His, but He’s never let me go. He is faithful even when I am not. I believe the source of all unhappiness is our disconnection from our Creator, and usually fear and shame are at the root of orphan’s heart. Father God is relentlessly kind and gentle and it’s Love that has rooted me to His Goodness, even in the worst of times … and traumas that nearly killed me.
I’d love to hear your stories of learning to walk hand-in-hand with Papa God… there’s a comment box at the bottom where you can share – I love to hear what you are thinking and feeling!
In the meantime, my goal is to share a little bit of Love from Papa every day for a month… and beyond…. Thanks for coming by!
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 […]
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, […]
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, […]
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 […]
Don't Give Up Just Before Your Breakthrough! By: Susan Deborah Schiller Early this morning, just upon awakening, I heard Papa's whisper, "This is a season of unprecedented favor!" I felt greatly encouraged, so much that I couldn't go back to sleep. Not long ago, also in between dreaming and waking, in a vision I was deep […]
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 […]
By: Susan Deborah Schiller "I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden wealth of secret places, So that you may know that it is I, The LORD, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name. — Isaiah 45:3 God's ways are not our ways. He is not the one who brings torture […]
A Different Kind of Peace By: Susan Deborah Schiller “Ask me and I will tell you some remarkable secrets about what is going to happen here.” ~ Jeremiah 33:3 I asked God to show me the future – what I should be believing for and working toward. The first thing I saw was a company of […]
Opening the Eyes of My Heart By: Susan Deborah Schiller in the series, "Conversations with Daddy" I wanted to change the world. Ever since I was a little child I dreamed of going to foreign lands, solving the problems of world hunger and clean water for at least one community. It didn't seem fair that […]
Creating Beauty out of Chaos By: Susan Deborah Schiller Photo Credit Chaos… descending upon an elementary school in Oklahoma where children huddled, terrified and battered by an horrific tornado. Children and teachers dead. In Ohio, three teenage girls kidnapped and held captive for ten years just a few feet away from good people. In Florida, a […]
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 […]
No Longer Prey In the "Love from Papa" series "Let her wounds heal yours," said Papa God. He continued, "Take all her pain, every bit of it." I journal what I sense God saying, whether or not it seems accurate at the time. Most of the time it sounds like a whisper, a faint voice […]
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 […]
Naked and Unashamed By: Susan Deborah Schiller I have decided to get naked. I removed all the outerwear that my culture told me would cover my shame. I don't even know where the shame began, except it appeared when I was very little. It made me painfully shy. I knew in my heart I was […]
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 […]
My Manifesto for a Life Beyond Fear By: Susan Deborah Schiller My intention is to life a love-based life beyond fear – to choose Love every moment of every day. In this life, my love of nature – mountains, rivers, hills, animals, solitude and quiet – are clearly revealed. My Father's love is clearly visible in my […]
Rock Solid By: Susan Deborah Schiller There's a plan, a provision for every contingency, and a purpose for all the pain. God is making something beautiful out of your ashes. He's making you rock solid. This is a promise – a truth – I have been standing on for over two decades, and even today as […]
How I Tell My Story Powers My Life for Good or for… By: Susan Deborah Schiller I bonded with that old truck pictured above. We had some adventures together, let me tell you! In some ways, this Dodge cummins taught me how to keep going, even beyond the sabotage of smear campaigns, Stockholm Syndrom, gaslighting and […]
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. […]
Is it hard to wake up in the morning? Does your loss define you in such a way that you don't know if you have what it takes to survive, let alone thrive? To truly see and know the Truth that sets us free, we must get up higher, above those clouds that trauma brings. These […]