On the Way Home

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 […]

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My Magical Life: The Day I Broke Up With Normal By: Susan Deborah Schiller I tried very hard to conform to this world, but I broke up with normal. Like a porcelain statue, the world of illusions shattered around me, some of the shards piercing my soul. Pain inside and pain outside, no nonsense sentinels […]

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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 […]

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The Power of Beauty By: Susan Deborah Schiller "The world will be saved by beauty." — Doestoevsky Since I moved out West the majesty of snow-capped mountains, rushing white-water rivers, and the beauty of wild flowers and trees have rejuvenated my weary soul. Beauty has seemingly magical power to cleanse and illuminate the dark places in […]

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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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Love's Truest Meaning By: Kimberly Dimick I have been thinking and meditating on Jesus as our Bridegroom… It is God who spins, like golden threads, the fascination of romance and passion… God who is ravished by His Bride and is swept away by her beauty.   Christ's love was demonstrated out in the open to […]

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How Will We Make it through the Night? By: Susan Deborah Schiller Snippets from the writing of Brennan Manning "When tragedy makes its unwelcome appearance and we are deaf to everything but the shriek of our own agony, when courage flies out the window and the world seems to be a hostile, menacing place, it […]

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You are not meant to hide in the dark and hope for an escape By: Susan Deborah Schiller The world's system cries through the media, "There's not enough!" Whether it be money, food, or other commodities, the cry reverberates throughout the whole earth. Fathers and mothers begin checking their bank balances, thumbing through their wallets, […]

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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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  You Shouldn't Have to Stand Alone By: Susan Deborah Schiller No one heard my silent cries but him. He told me it would always be that way. And then he grinned, that mocking, smirk – more like a half-smile, except that it held no warmth and made me shiver. He was not only my […]

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Naked and Unashamed By: Deborah White Dove 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 […]

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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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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 […]

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This Astonishing Light By: Susan Deborah Schiller There is a genocide happening today. It's a mass murder of dreams, visions, and the destinies of people who, like I once did, feel "dead" inside. It's like they are moving through life doing all the right things, but missing out on what they are created to be and […]

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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 […]

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A Quantum Leap By: Susan Schiller Just before first light, I awakened with the thought, "Take a quantum leap!" Startled, I arose from bed and fired up my computer, plugging in "definition quantum leap". Merriam-Webster defines the term: "An abrupt change, sudden increase, or dramatic advance." In November of 2006, I attended a conference where David Van […]

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Cowgirl Up! By: Susan Deborah Schiller A little part of my own memoir… My husband and I were invited to manage a ranch, that they wanted turned into a House of Prayer. Stepping foot into the sprawling, 5,000 sq ft barn-turned-into-a-house, we took the bull by its horns and began cleaning and decorating the newly […]

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Mattie's Life Story: Lessons from a  Border Collie By: Susan Deborah Schiller "I'm bored!" says Mattie's look in this photo. Mattie retired at age 7 from the Pathfinder Ranch in Wyoming where she was used to chasing cows from sunrise to sunset, always on the go. Now she was on our little farm and wondering […]

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Out of the heart the mouth speaks, and what we speak we create. By: Susan Deborah Schiller How you tell your story creates your world.  It's your story, and if you're not where you want to be in life, at any given time you can say, "This may be my story, up to now, but […]

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Blessed are those who mourn… who are hungry… who are weak… By: Susan Deborah Schiller From the series, "Dream Parables" Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. – Matthew 5 A dream parable… My friends and I had been walking along a wide path through the countryside for […]

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