Keep Going

Just before I lost everything, I kept having dreams of waterfalls… like every night. There was no way to avoid going over the falls. I tried. Every night I would figure out a way to divert myself from the path of certain disaster.

I chose quieter streams – they dead-ended and I had to turn around to get back in the current. I chose to pull myself up on the bank – and I saw others who had "quit" and they had fallen into a deadly slumber.

I knew I had to keep going.

This wild river was not for the passive people who loved peaceful pleasure. It was for those who dared to bring peace into the malstrom of life on planet earth. Peacemakers, not peace-keepers.

This journey into the unknown was for those who would keep going, even in the face of sudden disaster.

One night I allowed myself to face the falls. As my body shot over the roaring cavernous drop I aimed for the side, out of the way of the jagged rocks below… but even so, knowing that my body was not going to be safe no matter how many twists and turns I made. I could not protect myself. I had to trust.

As my body plunged into the thunder of the  torturous white caps I felt a sandy bottom under my feet and I knew I could kick up to the surface. It was much calmer than I expected on the other side. It was beautiful, in fact!

My worst fear was losing it all – going over the waterfall. In choosing to keep going, I conquered the raging source of unrest in my soul. Somehow what happened in the night season translated into my daytime life and I can say today that life is beautiful, especially on the other side of the waterfall.

Keep going, keep following the path set before you, even if it means risking everything!

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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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Carrie February 6, 2015 at 6:23 pm

Wow, you have such a gift for writing! I loved every part of it!  Blessings, Carrie (visiting from FMF)


Susan Schiller February 6, 2015 at 7:48 pm

Thanks for visiting, Carrie – God bless you!


Leigha February 6, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Susan, this is beautifully written. Thank you so much for the reminder to just keep going. Stopping by from FMF Leigha


Susan Schiller February 6, 2015 at 5:12 pm

Thanks, Leigha – God bless you!


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