In the Event of Sudden Disaster, Grin
By: Susan Deborah Schiller
Bone-shaking tremors of impending disaster erupt from the deepest seat of my soul – the place where my controlling beliefs create my circumstances – threatening to throw me into the tumultuous sea. Resisting the stormy undercurrent of my limiting beliefs is something I've learned to do only in the fifth decade of my life. I'm stil learning.
The reason I keep standing is I'm beginning to grin in the face of disaster. I'm learning how to be a wave-walker, but there are still days where I lose my focus and I slip under the fears and worries. Steadily, truth upon truth, I'm re-training my brain to think some different thoughts!
Joy – expressed in dance and laughter – breaks the chains of trauma and shock.
There are some traumas that are worse than death. Far worse than a funeral is watching a child suffer and knowing you can't physically intervene.
My friends are doing the same, fighting declining health, even at a young age. Radiation treatments, threatening ex-spouses, and every month is a near-disaster to pay rent, to put food in their child's belly. This is the life of a typical sociopathic abuse victim, until we learn to grin in the face of disaster. Until we practice walking on the waves, even wave-dancing.
We have no security net. Most of us have lost everything. Some describe it as an "ancient, evil foe" – a malignant force that would subjugate us, sucking dry our life force, even stealing our soul. It's not something we can shake free of on our own, or in our own strength.
This is what's shaking in my bones today… this ongoing struggle. I may not fully understand why this struggle has endured so long, this testing of my faith. But I know it's a gift. There is a provision in every problem.
Trials test our faith, which is our most valuable asset.
These trials lead us to experiential trust.
Trusting God is where the adventure of abundant life really begins!
Who is this ancient foe? How can we change our perspective, and thus, our circumstances?
This is one way I've retrained my brain. It's the power of words – faith-filled, truth-filled words. Controlling beliefs, like a dangerous riptide, would drown you if they could. But we do have the power to change our thoughts. We can grab hold of words like these and sing them until the waves become calm:
1. A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; our helper he amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing. For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe; his craft and power are great, and armed with cruel hate, on earth is not his equal. 2. Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing, were not the right man on our side, the man of God's own choosing. Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is he; Lord Sabaoth, his name, from age to age the same, and he must win the battle. 3. And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, we will not fear, for God hath willed his truth to triumph through us. The Prince of Darkness grim,
we tremble not for him; his rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure; one little word shall fell him. 4. That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth; the Spirit and the gifts are ours, thru him who with us sideth. Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also; the body they may kill; God's truth abideth still; his kingdom is forever.
This is what I heard my Beloved whisper…
Storms will come your way, Little One, but My peace never changes. You're embraced by My Father's love and power, and even if the whole world were to reject you, I never will.Troubles will come to test your faith. Be Mine. Don't be shaken.
Stand firm. Resist evil, especially the evil in your own mind. Step inside My mind. Know Me. I am stable and sure.
Like medicine, I take this Truth as many times a day as needed until the problem passes.
"'Who can know the LORD's thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?' But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ." (1 Corinthians 2:16)
The truth is, that when darkness overtakes me, it's actually an opportunity to witness God's most brilliant moves!
Sometimes joy needs a jumpstart. That's why we sing. That's why He calls me to dance with him. Sometimes the pain and grief are so great we can't pray. Sometimes all we have is one-word prayers: Abba. Jesus. Help! The presence of the Lord draws near, when we draw near to Him.
If you've been feeling like you're drowning, I want to pray for you today…
"God knows and sees that it has been like thick darkness covering over you and hiding His glory. His plans and purposes however, will prevail. Look for the Lord in everything. Look for Him to show up for you in unexpected places. God knows how to send help from His sanctuary right when you need it.
Do not always say, "Lord, it seems like my enemy is winning!" NO!!! I am setting your enemy up and he will fall into the trap and pit he thought was made for you.
I see everything. I am WITH you all. I will come for you and visit you in your dreams. I will speak tenderly to you and in this way you will know it is the Lord. I am interceding for your lives with the Father and He HEARS Me. He always hears ME. Because I am in you and you are in Me, your Abba hears you too.
Arise in strength, daughter of God! Arise and go forth and watch your crooked path become straight. Watch and see that no enemy can take you out of my hand. Watch as what once lay in ruins be rebuilt into a dwelling place for the Holy Spirit filled with My light and glory.
You may think all around you is dead….but that is just what you can see with your human eyes. Some things must die so I can bring new life, a new strength, a new wineskin to pour into.
I will give you new eyesight and you will experience seeing past what is in front of you and instead see and know I am in the midst of you. Fear not little ones for the Father loves you. Fear not and look to Me in your trial as a handmaiden looks to her God." – Kimberly Dimick, The Princess Warrior Prayer
With all my love,
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 to freedom and fullness.
Today Susan helps people write their life stories, unearthing the treasures of their past and sowing them into their future, creating new family legacies.
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