Today's Five-Minute Friday Art Topic: Tree

By: Susan Schiller

Our mission is creating art through writing. If you choose to join us, we are writing non-stop for five-minutes, without editing, from your heart, about anything you want regarding this Friday's one-word topic: TREE!


One's own soul is nourished in nourishing others. Trees remind me of this principle… growing fruits and nuts, providing a shady haven for the weary, opening up its arms as home for birds and bugs, releasing oxygen into the air, hosting a place of peace and beauty, and even in death, providing heat in fires or paper for writing.

I want to be like a tree –  a fruitful blessing to the world and not a burden. A tree doesn't stand there, trying to figure out how to be a blessing. It doesn't hold a fundraiser. It just soaks in the sun and quietly generates sap to nourish its limbs.

I am not a whole tree by myself; I am a branch. To the extent that I abide in Christ, who is the tree, the sun, the sap, and the soaking rain will come to me. I don't have to fret or try to figure it out.

My job is to abide in Him, even if means pruning… even if it means pain in the process… even if it means enduring a long, harsh winter. I will simply abide today, knowing that my life's purpose is complete if I simply let go of the need to figure it out and let Him bear fruit through me. So I'm off to soak in the stillness…. and that's what I was doing as I took the photo above. I took five minutes to lay down and just gaze into the sky. We need that sometimes, even for just a few minutes! 🙂


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Choosing love today,


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 her way out of hell to a rich and satisfying life. In her lifetime, Susan has served in duties ranging from home school mom – to pastor –  to full-time deliverance minister – and to Midwest regional prayer coordinator for a large international ministry. These days you can usually find Susan soaking in her favorite hot springs pool, reading a book (or several), blogging, baking bread, or hanging out with her family and friends. You can get a free copy of Susan's upcoming book, "On the Way Home" by registering here.

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Hope @ The Flourishing Tree May 6, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Only five minutes? I could write all day about trees! Thanks for the lovely prompt, and how timely. I can envision you lying at the base of the trees to take this photograph.


Susan Schiller May 6, 2014 at 5:30 pm

You’re truly amazing, Hope! 


Bleubeard and Elizabeth November 15, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Sounds like a good warm-up exercise.  And a lovely take on trees, too. 


Not sure why, but your web site doesn't like my comments.  This is the second time this has happened this week.


Bleubeard and Elizabeth November 15, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Sounds like a good warm-up exercise.  And a lovely take on trees, too.


Susan Schiller November 16, 2013 at 5:49 am

Hi Elizabeth, I’m sorry for the trouble you’ve had with sending a comment – both came through fine. Thank you for taking the time to come and read and share 🙂


Tiffany November 15, 2013 at 6:40 am

Awesome insight! A tree is very giving, doesn't ask much of the things/animals that inhabit it. I am in agreement with you. I, too, will continue to abide in Him, to surrender to Him. 

Have a great weekend!


Susan Schiller November 15, 2013 at 6:43 am

Hi Tiffany,

Thanks so much for coming by and sharing 🙂

Have a great weekend – enjoy the trees!


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