Splashes of Divinity

Splashes of Divinity

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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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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Bleubeard and Elizabeth November 3, 2013 at 10:15 pm

I live in the Sunflower State, and sunflowers have always spoken to me.  I love how they follow the sun throughout the day.  It was wonderful to see them through your eyes (and camera) this time.


Susan Schiller November 4, 2013 at 5:49 am

Wow… I had forgotten there was a Sunflower state…. what a beautiful state flower! They bring their own sunshine, don’t they? Thanks so much for your kind words! Have a wonderful Monday 🙂


Renee November 3, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Wow this post is so inspirational, and I love all the pictures. It is good to take time and sit back to admire all of gods great creations and to remember that he is always in control.


Susan Schiller November 3, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Yes, you're right, Renee… that's exactly how it feels out there in nature… that God is truly in control, not all the government leaders and world systems 🙂

Thanks so much for coming by to visit and to share – have a great week coming up!


Christine November 3, 2013 at 4:06 pm

That is beautiful. As someone still in the middle of a really difficult time, i think its important that we always see the beauty in everything. Great words.


Susan Schiller November 3, 2013 at 4:09 pm

There is a lot of healing power in beauty, that’s for certain. Thanks so much for coming today, Christine! 🙂


carol November 3, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Wonderful photography of nature's gem ~ and so glad you are living well ~ carol, xx




Nate November 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm

I'm not much of a flower person other than giving them to my significant other.  But I will say that Sunflowers are awesome.  They are very unique and I can always appreciate them. Thank you for sharing and have a great week ahead.  🙂


Susan Schiller November 3, 2013 at 3:22 pm

You’d have to be very creative to give her sunflowers in a bouquet, but they do look gorgeous in a garden 🙂 Thank you, Nate – have a great weekend!


Julie Jordan Scott November 3, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Sunflowers are incredible, almost sentient, aren't they? Such fun to photograph and just be with…. again, your writing & spirit draw me in, as well as your deep love for God. Brava! So glad you are a part of art everyday month!


Susan Schiller November 3, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Your beautiful words, Julie, are a great encouragement. Yes, sunflowers do seem sentient, now that I consider it. I believe they do have something to tell us, as all of creation does, when we take time to slow down and really watch and listen!

Thanks so much – I'm glad we've met!


Maron November 3, 2013 at 11:39 am

Beautiful sentiments and images. Thanks for sharing!


Susan Schiller November 3, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Hi Maron,

Thanks for stopping by today – I look forward to seeing what you are creating today! 🙂


dawn November 3, 2013 at 11:36 am

Hello, what a beautiful and uplifting post this was. I grow sunflowers and had the most amazing TALLEST ones ever this year. Now I can see them in a whole new light, thank you for that. Have a lovely Sunday!


Susan Schiller November 3, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Hi Dawn,

Sunflowers are pretty amazing… it must have been a good year for them, all over, because they dwarfed me, standing twice as tall as me! Have a great weekend 🙂


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