A Life Beyond Fear

From my Summer 2009 journal… a look at life beyond fear:

In a dream I saw a young girl, about 7 years old, visiting our church, and in a very simple childlike manner showing us how to live in a continual state of joy, peace, and fullness of every kind of blessing. 

"I died with Christ. That means I'm really and truly dead to the way the world works. Because Christ is risen from the dead I am, too, because my life is in Him. So I don't have to be afraid of anything every again.

If a fearful thought tries to get me to think it, I just close my eyes and remember where my life has been caught up to, far above. My human eyes can't see how superior – how much more powerful – my life in Christ is. So I can't depend on my natural senses. 

This is how it works: Nothing on earth can hold me down. If anything tries to harm me I just go above. Then I look down beneath me and it doesn't seem so scary, because I'm in the place where I can command blessings and curses."

The things of this world are simply a shadow of the reality of the Kingdom of God.

In this place beyond fear, I speak to mountains and they are cast into the sea. I calm storms by the words of my mouth. I heal the sick and raise the dead.

This new life means taking my hands off and letting go of my need to understand and control everything. I don't have to get it all figured out. Risking it all, daring greatly, is more like it.

It's laughing in the midst of circumstances that would usually make me cry. It's knowing that at all times God has me covered, even my mistakes. It's resting in my Beloved's arms or gazing into His eyes. 

It's knowing I'm cherished forever, apart from any achievements and with or without worldly success.

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Today I re-examine my new life. Am I moving mountains, walking on water, calming storms, multiplying food, healing the sick, laughing at problems, ruling in the midst of my enemies, and raising the dead?

I dropped my sword, stumbled, and slipped into the abyss of despair. My flailing arms and feet yearn for solid ground. Once again, I was pushed over the edge… and once again I pick up sword and shield, knowing that my Sword of Truth is assembled one Promise at a time

It's never too late! This is a journey. So I pick up my Promises and decree them into my future. I am still rewriting the story of my life. This time around it's not as scary. I know how to get back on the path. It's not easy climbing out of multiple generations of abuse. And this time I'm holding the hands of next generation – and we are all coming out!

 

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With all my love,

Sue

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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Susan Schiller January 21, 2016 at 1:51 am

SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS:

You are about to launch out on a brand new beginning, which will be filled with exploration and discovery.  You can move ahead when you have sufficiently left the past behind.  Refuse to allow anything to hold you back from this exciting and spiritual adventure.  Fear is your enemy, and faith is your friend, says the Lord.  Philippians 3:13Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.

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