Life Story Book

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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Be the Heroine of Your Life By: Susan Deborah Schiller It's 2026 and from that future perspective, I write a letter to my younger self in 2016…. Dearest Susan, You are a heart scribe, and your words have been released like arrows on the tension of the Lord's bow string. With each story published, souls […]

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A Different Kind of Peace By: Susan Deborah Schiller “Ask me and I will tell you some remarkable secrets about what is going to happen here.” ~ Jeremiah 33:3 I asked God to show me the future – what I should be believing for and working toward. The first thing I saw was a company of […]

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In Case of Sudden Disaster, Grin! By: Susan Deborah Schiller "I'm grooming you to grin in the face of disaster," said Papa God as I made my daily fear-dump in a worn out leather journal. Escaping a cult-church and an abusive husband at the same time had left me isolated, wrestling the growing pack of […]

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A Gratitude Challenge By: Susan Deborah Schiller What if there was a bridge to an abundant life and it was called Gratitude? Whatever we focus on magnifies! Our beliefs create thoughts. Thoughts are energy. Energy draws from heaven and brings it to earth. I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is […]

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Cleansing and Healing the Land By: Susan Deborah Schiller I went walking down the road past our ranch that leads deep into Indian territory. Walking for miles into the desolate wasteland of buffalo, antelope, sagebrush, and empty beer bottles, I noticed the road changing with every mile away from “civilization”. Weeds began to take over the […]

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What is a Sociopath? By: Susan Deborah Schiller I was married to a sociopath for 30-years. My marriage counselors told me I was the most abused woman they had ever met. In the course of gaining my freedom I have listened to the life stories of survivors and of sociopaths. Like many other survivors, the information […]

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      Broken is the Beginning By: Susan Deborah Schiller "Enter through the Doorway of Hope," Daddy God once whispered to me. "The valley of troubles is the Gateway to Hope," my friend Kimberly said. "Broken is the beginning," author Glennon Dyle Melton is saying in this video.  Many of us see our own brokenness as […]

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The Courage to Go Public By: Susan Deborah Schiller "Go public with your diaries," whispered a voice I've come to trust as my heavenly father's. "But instead of writing the past, I want you to write your future," he continued. Since then, I've joined a growing army of "heart scribes" and we are writing ourselves into […]

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Love from Papa By: Susan Deborah Schiller What I hear Papa saying… "Let's talk about provision, even in winter," I heard Papa God whisper to me. In my mind's eye I saw an apple orchard, like the one in my backyard… the emotions of abundance, freedom, and beauty came with that memory. "I want to give […]

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I Love Moose Tracks – Preferably Ice Cream! By Susan Deborah Schiller, originally published 7/6/12 Paralyzed, our eyes locked and I wondered, "Who was more shocked – the moose or me?" The stand-off continued for what seemed an eternity! For those who have lived in the wilderness you are well aware that a moose is […]

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. The Antidote to Shame is Empathy By: Susan Deborah Schiller Inside of each of us is a Light so bright it has the power to create a new world. "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness […]

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Wounds are Windows for the Glory of God By: Susan Deborah Schiller Our wounds are windows that show God’s artwork shining through the mosaic of our soul. I believe it’s silence and solitude that cause our inner flame to glow. Silence and solitude are our companions on the journey within, which I call “On the Way […]

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What Do You Want? By: Susan Deborah Schiller What if a simple question, "What do you want?" were to reset your compass needle? What if following your dream is a God-given mandate that you not only deserve but are required to pursue? It certainly helps to know your destination! As an abuse survivor, I discovered […]

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Rising Up from the Ashes of Defeat By: Susan Deborah Schiller "Can anyone hear my silence? Can they hear my tortured screams behind closed doors? Do they see the bruises in my soul, so painful I am crying every day?" These words were penned years ago in one of my journals, following a particularly difficult […]

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Reclaiming Your Joy By: Susan Deborah Schiller A sure clue that your identity has been stolen is when you lose your joy in life. You end up in the routine of chores and responsibilies but your own needs are often neglected. You support others while letting your own dreams die. For years, I woke up […]

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What It Took to Find Me Here in the Freedom Place By: Marvia Davidson, posted with permission I always “thought” I was on firm footing when it came to faith and living. I thought I had some semblance of what it meant to really have it “together”. I thought I could ignore those dark secrets. […]

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We Shall Overcome Part One of "Secret Heroes"  Part Two of "Secret Heroes"  Part Three of "Secret Heroes" By: Susan Deborah Schiller One of my church leaders threatened to rape me. A second leader claimed he was going to torture me with knives, beginning with my feet and working up. In cohoots, my husband threatened to take piano wire and […]

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3 Rules that Make Great Relationships Special By: PJ McClure "Great job." "Thank you." "Your grandpa would be so proud of you." I think every grandchild wants to hear those words. For what it’s worth, I would have preferred to hear it somewhere other than his funeral. Regardless, the idea that I had done well […]

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From Ruin to Restoration, Part One By Kimberly Dimick My husband Joshua and I have been married 23 years. We met at Bible College….got married and continued our Biblical Studies after marriage. Joshua was a believer! My dream of a great marriage was supposed to be coming true. It only took a few days to […]

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