Turning Pain to Gain

My Magical Life: The Day I Broke Up With Normal By: Susan Deborah Schiller I tried very hard to conform to this world, but I broke up with normal. Like a porcelain statue, the world of illusions shattered around me, some of the shards piercing my soul. Pain inside and pain outside, no nonsense sentinels […]

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Why Endure the Burn? By: Susan Deborah Schiller As our truck wound up the dirt path to the watch tower, my daughter and I had an up close encounter with a controlled burn. The fire and smoke may appear intense but only the ground is lit with fire.  A controlled burn protects against the threat […]

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Rock Solid By: Susan Deborah Schiller There's a plan, a provision for every contingency, and a purpose for all the pain. God is making something beautiful out of your ashes. He's making you rock solid. This is a promise – a truth – I have been standing on for over two decades, and even today as […]

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I Have A Dream By Susan Schiller Prayer is what happens when our thoughts are focused Heavenward. A vision is a prayer written down, originating in God's heart.  Our prayers become the script of our future life stories. Colossians 3:1-2 – Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of […]

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Voice of the Moon Flower By: Susan Schiller The scorching desert was anything but barren, and it became my classroom for the year 2011. From living in the corner of a hayfield to camping alongside the Big Horn River, it's where I learned to survive… and through trust, to thrive. The desert was better than […]

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  Where Do You Want to Be in One Year? By: Susan Deborah 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 "Where do you […]

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Laughter is not only powerful medicine, it's toxic to the real enemy: Shame By: Susan Deborah Schiller I am a warrior, but inside this strong woman is a child with a soft heart that has been punctured by arrows of rejection, pierced by envy and hate, and nearly slaughtered by neglect. It has been a battle to […]

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Soaking in Nature's Healing Power By: Susan Deborah Schiller   aka Tender Lily When you've lived in the war zone of domestic and spiritual violence… a place where sharp, cutting words have torn and shredded your spirit like shrapnel. When explosive actions, like grenades, have ripped your gut in half, choking off your air supply, you […]

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The Ride of Your Life By: Susan Deborah Schiller "Saddle up your horses and get ready to ride! It's the ride of your life," my heavenly Father whispered. It was early morning and bitterly cold and I was snuggled under a fuzzy blanket writing in my journal. Until then, I had never been around horses, […]

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Dressing the Invisible Wounds By: Susan Deborah Schiller June is National PTSD Awareness Month! Everything changed when I met an ordinary farmer from Oregon. It was at one of those advanced trainings that I found someone who knew someone. He was an ordinary farmer in Oregon. He understood sociopathic abuse very well and he began to […]

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If you're the victim of a religious sociopath, I want to assure you that it's not because you're an ordinary victim of domestic violence. Don't let anyone tell you that it's because of your low self-esteem or whatever… it's definitely not that! By: Susan Deborah Schiller In a dream, I learned what caused me to attract […]

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Using "I AM" Declarations to Create a New Life Story By: Susan Deborah Schiller Life is beautiful. Each new sunrise is a miracle of new life. A new day. A new chance to write another chapter in our life story. If we don't like how the last chapter ended, we get to rewrite it! We […]

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This is where I share my "hard" story… By: Susan Deborah Schiller Charismatic, charming, and good-looking, he was a lovable guy… church deacon, business owner, a friendly neighbor, and a man always ready to lend a helping hand. No one believed what was happening behind closed doors. I had no one to turn to but […]

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Part Two of the "Secret Heroes" Saga: A Lakota Rescue For Part One of "Secret Heroes", click here For Part Three of "Secret Heroes", click here By: Susan Deborah Schiller It was New Year's Eve in the middle of a freezing cold Wyoming winter and I was recovering from a particularly traumatic episode in my […]

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SHINE! By: Susan Deborah Schiller From the series, "Diary of a Battered Preacher's Wife" Previous Chapter     Next Chapter Introduction: I was once called "the most abused wife" my counselors had ever met. I was married to not one, but two sociopaths. The first marriage lasted 20 years; the second, nearly 10 years. Both of of my abusers are ministers. Friends have […]

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By: Susan Deborah Schiller 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 Good Humor Barista: Serving Up Smiles By: Susan Deborah Schiller A funny movie, a hilarious joke, and a deep belly laugh all have one thing in common… they release a powerful hormone in your body called oxytocin. Ocytocin is often called the "love hormone" or the "trust hormone" and it's a chemical that has […]

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I See You By: Susan Deborah Schiller "Daddy, can God see me under my blanket?" I asked my father one evening as he was tucking me into bed. "I don't know, Susie-Q." replied my dad. "It's time to go to sleep." I was five years old and I remember it seemed very important, even urgent, […]

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Will Life Ever Feel Normal Again?   By: Susan Deborah Schiller   This is the shortest version of my story that I've yet shared! And it's also the first time I've ever done a video like this, apart from the "Miracles" movie that was produced in 2006. There's so much more that I could have […]

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Escaping the Traps By: Susan Deborah Schiller From the series, "Dream Parables" The following dream was a setup for my entire life. In that, I discovered that we are the directors of our own life stage. When we allow God to direct us, we can change our circumstances for the good. When we follow our own […]

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