Writing a Life Story

Soaking in the Source of Life By: Susan Deborah Schiller There is a reservoir of beauty and truth hidden beneath the surface of outward life. It can be tapped into, like a tree taps into the underground springs. I call it "soaking" because in those moments of solitude, silence, and seeking God in the darkness is like tapping into an […]

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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 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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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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  Moving that Mountain to Find Your True Self By: Susan Deborah Schiller The journey to freedom tests everything in you. We're talking miles and miles of torturous, narrow paths that point you straight up steep mountain cliffs and across jagged precipices. Sharp rocks and dizzy heights are the unnegotiables on this path. I don't […]

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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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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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Creating Beauty out of Chaos By: Susan Deborah Schiller Photo Credit Chaos… descending upon an elementary school in Oklahoma where children huddled, terrified and battered by an horrific tornado. Children and teachers dead. In Ohio, three teenage girls kidnapped and held captive for ten years just a few feet away from good people. In Florida, a […]

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The Code: Making the Dark Light By: Susan Schiller "All Truth is God's Truth," was the first lesson I learned in college. Truth is the code that unlocks our inheritance – that launches us into a radical lifestyle – the one that Jesus modeled for us, and then told us, "You can do even greater […]

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  You Shouldn't Have to Stand Alone By: Susan Deborah Schiller No one heard my silent cries but him. He told me it would always be that way. And then he grinned, that mocking, smirk – more like a half-smile, except that it held no warmth and made me shiver. He was not only my […]

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To Stand in the Shock Waves and Shine By: Susan Deborah Schiller   Photo Source "I'm grooming you to grin in the face of disaster," I heard Papa God say as I was listening in prayer one day. You see, part of my family legacy is to worry. I tend to worry about things as tenaciously […]

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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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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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To Whisper a Doxology in the Darkness By: Susan Deborah Schiller  Photo Credit: Akiane Gallery, License purchased in 2010 To be grateful for an unanswered prayer, to give thanks in a state of interior desolation, to trust in the love of God in the face of the marvels, cruel circumstances, obscenities, and commonplaces of life […]

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  Jesus once asked Simon Peter, "Who Do You Say I Am?" Peter replied, "You are the Christ." Peter became a brand new person as he spent time with Jesus. "You become who you behold," God once whispered into my heart. My gaze so often was focused on negative circumstances, opposition, and oppression in my […]

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Reinvention through Resurrection By: Susan Deborah Schiller Previous Chapter: The Suicide Notice "…Hope knows that if great trials are avoided, great deeds remain undone and the possibility of growth into greatness of soul is aborted.… When tragedy makes its unwelcome appearance and we are deaf to everything but the shriek of our own agony, when courage flies […]

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An Encounter at God's Beauty Spa By: Susan Deborah Schiller  What if the abuse you've endured serves to make you bigger, better, and more beautiful? What if what scares you turns into your greatest source of blessing?​ What if the ugliest things you've seen and heard are being used to make you more beautiful?  What if the weapon […]

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Give What You Have By: Susan Deborah Schiller I offer you another chapter from my memoir, "On the Way Home". This chapter takes place in 2011, a time when my husband abandoned me in the desert and ran off with another woman. I was trying to restart my life in an unfamiliar city. * * * * * * * * * * […]

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