To Catch the Wind

Harness the Energy

By: Susan Deborah Schiller

In our part of the country powerful windmills dot the pastures, fueling the water troughs for thousands of cows. These simple inventions harness the energy of the wind.

I want to share with you how writing has harnessed the energy, created a shift in my circumstances, and catapulted me into a free and full life.

"There's energy the world has not yet discovered; harness that energy," is a thought I woke up with in January of 2006. It's one of those thoughts that carries a certain force with it. A catalyst of change.

What is this energy? How can it be harnessed? I have found that an agent of change often arrives disguised as tragedy, loss, and deep sorrow.

We all become Life Starters every time we experience a life interruption.

However our society calls us different names: Bereaved. Widow. Divorcee. Abused.

Time to end the myth, the name calling and stereotypes of grief and use our most important life experience to build castles through our lives. — Christina Rasmussen

For me, 2006 was a year of extraordinary change. My husband and I were living in our dream house, in the mountains of Northwestern Montana, along a gushing river. My business was growing steadily and my heart was beginning to thaw from a long, cold winter of the soul.

In September we traveled to a healing conference in British Columbia where Randy was healed of a severe spinal injury and the next month our little house in the woods was swarming with a film crew. I was asked to relinquish my business so my husband could go to ministry school.

Less than one year from the "harness the energy" journal entry the film was released globally, we sold our house, and entered into full-time itinerant ministry. The events of 2006 changed the entire course of our lives.

The wind blew but I wasn't prepared to harness the energy. Instead, like a tumbleweed, the wind blew me from place to place as I tried to manage my own pain. Being forced to give up my growing business knocked me off track. It felt like my face was ripped off, as expectations from ministry leaders convinced me to switch my identity.

In a short time I got sick, my husband left me for someone else, and I found myself homeless, jobless, and needing a re-start.

It's eight years later and I am remarried, returning to business, and living in the mountains again. But it's different, these days. I'm free. What I mean by that, is I am free to be me. I am comfortable in my own skin.  I'm learning that God wants to give me beauty for ashes and two mercies for every woe.

We are meant to be the HAPPIEST people on earth, but nothing changes unless we change the way we think, speak, and act!

We overcome this dark world by the Blood of the Lamb (unselfish, sacrificial love that lays down her life for her friends) and the word of our testimony (telling our story).  Courage is faith in action.

Writing a mini-memoir has been an instrument – a like a windmill – to harness the energy, for me. It's helped to heal my heart, to bring peace out of a nightmare, and order from chaos. 

Imagine: What if telling our story, using God's word and promises, BECOMES THE PRAYER, the written transcript that rewrites your future!

Keep writing; change is happening!

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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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