I Decided it’s Better to Scream. Silence is the Real Crime Against Humanity. – Nadezhda Mandelstam

When it Hurts so Bad You Just Have to Scream By: Susan Deborah Schiller In the series, "Conversations with Daddy" My heart was like molten lava, just exploding and pouring out. I had escaped from one sociopath, after 20-years of abuse, into another trap, but the excruciating pain was my heartache for my children. The […]

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The Trouble Dissolver

A Conversation with Papa God By: Susan Deborah Schiller There are still still days when life's stormy waters threaten to tumble me into an undercurrent of despair. It causes me to doubt myself, to blame myself, and to miss hearing God's loving voice. So I focus on Christ Jesus, who also suffered betrayal, rejection, and […]

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Stars

Hold on to Your Promises By Susan Deborah Schiller You might think I'm free of smear campaigns, gaslighting, and all that evil manages to throw my way… not yet. God's still helping me to 1.) Grin in the face of disaster and 2.) Rule in the midst of my enemies.  I'm not where I thought I would […]

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Light Will Come Bursting In

Light Will Come Bursting In By: Susan Schiller During a period when I was surrounded by people intent on slandering me, when even some of my closest friends betrayed me, I had to face the fact that I could not please these people, no matter what I did. I laid down the ministry that I […]

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Peace is a Weapon

An Uncommon Peace By: Susan Deborah Schiller When I write, I write in peace. I write from a peaceful place. Peace is a weapon. To find that peace, I must retreat, rest, and re-examine all my promises. I must re-evaluate my position, check my compass, and listen for God's quiet voice amidst the thunderous roar […]

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What?? She’s a Pagan?

"She's a Pagan!" By: Susan Deborah Schiller I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.…Psalm 121:1 Well, it seems someone close to me decided to call up some people and proclaim loudly that I am a pagan. Whatever […]

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A Manifesto for Overcoming a Smear Campaign

A Lesson from Jeremiah about Racing Against Horses By: Susan Deborah Schiller To love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength during the normal times is a good thing. To love him with the same passion (or more) when it seems the whole world stands opposed to you, is a whole different level […]

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Listening in the Night Watches

Listening in the Night Watches By: Susan Deborah Schiller The story you don't want to write may be sounding an alarm in the night watches. You can't sleep, stumble out of bed, and wonder if you should get something to eat or watch TV. But if you listen in the night watch, the untold story […]

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Opening the Eyes of My Heart

Looking Deeper, Looking Beyond the Natural By: Susan Deborah Schiller   Photo Source Just because we don't understand doesn't mean that the explanation doesn't exist. — Madeleine L'Engle There's a friendship with God that is so deep you can only get to it on the same path Christ Jesus took when He was betrayed, falsely accused, […]

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The Most Powerful Weapon to Defeat a Smear Campaign

The Most Powerful Weapon to Defeat a Smear Campaign By: Susan Deborah Schiller The best part of life is creating memories with our friends and family. We laugh at old jokes and tease each other for past escapades. Who doesn't like to reminisce about the good ole days? It's like a fountain of neverending life, […]

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Faith + Feeling + Focus = FREEDOM and FULLNESS

Walking in the Light By: Susan Deborah Schiller I believe we're given "mission impossibles" because there's something we need to learn about God's nature and how it alters our ongoing life story. We're each here to experience and display the glorious facets of God's nature. We're designed to SHINE! For abuse survivors, our stories may seem […]

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Evil’s Silent Accomplice

Evil's Silent Accomplice By: Deborah White Dove "In my hands I have a piece of piano wire and I'm going to slice off your breasts with it… Next, I'm going to put a bullet in the back of your head and watch your body drop into the rock quarry," threatened my husband, as he emphasized […]

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A Season of Unprecedented Favor

Don't Give Up Just Before Your Breakthrough! By: Susan Deborah Schiller Early this morning, just upon awakening, I heard Papa's whisper, "This is a season of unprecedented favor!" I felt greatly encouraged, so much that I couldn't go back to sleep. Not long ago, also in between dreaming and waking, in a vision I was deep […]

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Dealing with Abusive Men in the Church: Why You Don’t Need to Forgive Them or Offer Them More Grace

Abusers: You Don't Need to Forgive Them or Give Them More Grace Sermon Audio by Sam Powell I hope you will listen to Sam Powell's sermon (link above). I've taken a few notes from the sermon, below. What he preaches is contrary to the policy of many churches. It's the Truth, as I have experienced […]

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Tell Your Story

Tell your story, heal your world. By: Susan Schiller "It may be that when we no longer know what to do, We have come to our real work, And when we no longer know which way to go, We have begun our real journey." – Wendell Berry We have enough victims in this dark world; […]

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Closure with an Abuser

By: Deborah White Dove Some enemies are meant to return to us as friends. Others are "tares" or "children of the devil" and they have committed themselves to destruction. We cannot align ourselves with them. We cannot forgive them, give them grace, or have any type of fellowship with them. We are not even to […]

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The Physics of Faith, Hope and Love

Faith as a Catalyst for Hope and Love By: Susan Deborah Schiller There are still days when I feel disconnected… like my brain has a huge lag… when I feel lost in the dark. The neuroscience behind pathological love relationships helps me to understand there will be these kinds of days. It takes a long time […]

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Neuroscience Behind Pathological Love Relationships

In the PTSD Zone: The Anti-Happiness Plague Have you stepped down from a career? Feel like your life will never be normal again? Unable to take normal environmental noise and stress anymore? Are you asking, "What happened to me – I can't think straight anymore!" Do you have feelings of having lost identity? Are you […]

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The Fire of His Love is My Protection

I Am Surrounded by a Holy Wall of Fire Are you feeling weak, vulnerable, or just sort of lost? It could be that your walls of protection have crumbled or perhaps were never built. I'd like to help you rebuild that wall – not an ordinary wall, mind you – but a Wall of Fire. […]

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Treasures in the Darkness: Discovering the Intense Beauty that Emerges from Torture and Deep Pain

By: Susan Deborah Schiller "I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden wealth of secret places, So that you may know that it is I, The LORD, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name. — Isaiah 45:3 God's ways are not our ways. He is not the one who brings torture […]

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