By: Susan Deborah Schiller

I want to be like Mother Teresa who looked for Christ in every human being. I want to be like my Lakota friends who see a splash of Divinity in every part of nature: plant, animal, and rock. I want to walk in the Truth that all of life is sacred and that we are One in our Creator.

There's a sunflower garden just outside my window and as I gazed into the sunny face of the first flower to blossom, this past summer, I discovered the bees were already deep inside the flowering buds. Soon black-striped seeds will sprout, rich in oleic acids, lecithin, carotenoids, and other rich nutrients.

I want to be like a sunflower, raising my head to the Light, my back to the blowing winds and darkness. I want to be a place where people come to be nourished. I want to produce more than I need, as all of nature is created to be and do.

I choose to embrace my own ordinary life and rejoice that God's life is flowing through my veins. Even when my ordinary life seems so broken and damaged, I lay it down as a simple offering. I believe He can take it and multiply it and transform it into something beautiful.


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Choosing love today,


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 her way out of hell to a rich and satisfying life. In her lifetime, Susan has served in duties ranging from home school mom – to pastor –  to full-time deliverance minister – and to Midwest regional prayer coordinator for a large international ministry. These days you can usually find Susan soaking in her favorite hot springs pool, reading a book (or several), blogging, baking bread, or hanging out with her family and friends. You can get a free copy of Susan's upcoming book, "On the Way Home" by registering here.

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Nadine Herring October 12, 2013 at 11:39 am

What a beautiful sentiment, sunflowers always make me smile because they seem like such a 'happy' flower, if such a thing exists.


Susan Schiller October 12, 2013 at 11:53 am

They do seem to be smiling, I agree! Thanks so much, Nadine, for visiting and sharing your own beautiful smile here ๐Ÿ™‚


Debi @ DebiStangeland.com October 12, 2013 at 10:51 am

This is really lovely.  I adore the word picture of being more like a sunflower.  Thank you for sharing!!


Susan Schiller October 12, 2013 at 11:54 am

Hi Debi… thanks so much for visiting and sharing your kind words! ๐Ÿ™‚


Eveliina October 12, 2013 at 3:29 am

It's like a perfect ending for a perfect week! Thank you Susan!


Susan Schiller October 12, 2013 at 7:49 am

You’re very kind, Evelina – thanks so much ๐Ÿ™‚


Joyce October 11, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Anothe great post to help me start winding down.  And I love this part: "I want to be a place where people come to be nourished. I want to produce more than I need, as all of nature is created to be and do."


Susan Schiller October 11, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Hi Joyce,

Thanks so much for visiting and taking time to comment. I look forward to getting to know you. Have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚


Rochelle Gordon October 11, 2013 at 5:27 pm

What a nice reminder to enjoy the simple things and appreciate what we are and have.


Susan Schiller October 11, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Hi Rochelle – it’s kind of you to visit today – thanks ๐Ÿ™‚


Annett Bone October 11, 2013 at 10:44 am

I loved reading this today! I found you on the UBC. Thank you for the awesome and important reminder that we can see and appreciate God in everything. Blessings to you and your family! ๐Ÿ™‚


Susan Schiller October 11, 2013 at 10:50 am

Thanks so much, Annett!

Have a wonderful weekend – blessings to you and your family!


Ally October 11, 2013 at 10:27 am

I loved reading this today.  I search for ordinary on many days!  I love this reminder!


Susan Schiller October 11, 2013 at 10:33 am

Hi Ally,

Searching for the ordinary every day… I really like that! Thanks so much for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚


Adelien October 11, 2013 at 10:18 am

What a beautiful posting get me aware of life. Being ordinary is very rare right now. Thanks for sharing.


Susan Schiller October 11, 2013 at 10:34 am

Treasuring the ordinary is rare, isn’t it, Adelien… it helps us to remain simple and grateful, I believe ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks so much for visiting and sharing today!


Dawn Russell October 11, 2013 at 8:00 am


I absolutely love this.  Thank you for the reminder once again to embrace the ordinary and see God.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Dawn ๐Ÿ™‚


Susan Schiller October 11, 2013 at 9:46 am

Thanks, Dawn, for stopping in to visit ๐Ÿ™‚


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