This Peaceful Place
This Peaceful Place
By: Susan Deborah Schiller
Out of darkness and chaos emerged this peaceful place.
The desert trained me to ruthlessly trust my Creator,
not in theory but in practice.
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This blog is dedicated
to survivors of domestic violence and spiritual abuse.
I am a survivor, myself.
I escaped to freedom, wandered in the wilderness,
and found my promised land.
You can, too.
This blog is a collection of stories - my own, yours, and ours…
Stories that bring us Home, to the place we all come from.
God is raising up Dread Champions, like David's Mighty Men, from the survivors of sociopathic abuse. We've been trained in the desert. We've been behind enemy lines. We've heard and seen what most doctors, therapists, and religious leaders have not learned about, until now.
This is our inheritance: Every abuse is turned into something Good and Beautiful.
Instead of silence, we are getting our voices back. Instead of cover up, we are exposing. Instead of cowering, we are gaining the courage to confront evil forces.
We are using our inheritance to rewrite our future and to create our world.
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to write your own story. It's not simply a chronicle of your past, but a declaration of independence and a chart into a better future.
In Sue Monk Kidd's best-seller called "The Dance of the Dissident Daughter," writes:
"The truth is, in order to heal we need to tell our stories and have them witnessed. 'All sorrows can be borne if we put them in a story or tell a story about them,' said Isak Dinesen, a writer who had plenty of sorrow and told stories to bear it. The story itself becomes a vessel that holds us up, that sustains, that allows us to order our jumbled experiences into meaning….
"I also needed to hear other women's stories in order to see and embrace my own. Sometimes another woman's story becomes a mirror that shows me a self I haven't seen before. When I listen to her tell it, her experience quickens and clarifies my own. Her questions rouse mine. Her conflicts illumine my conflicts. Her resoutions call forth my hope. Her strengths summon my strengths. All of this can happen even when our stories and our lives are very different.
"Solidarity is identifying with one another without feeling like you have to agree on every issue. It's unity, not uniformity. It's listening without rushing in to fix the problem. It's going deeper than typical ways of talking and sharing – going down to the place where souls meet and love comes, where separateness drops away and you know these women because you are these women." — Sue Monk Kidd (bold mine)
We are His peacemakers. We cry out for justice. We rescue victims. We go after the one who was shunned and abandoned. We doctor the wounds.
Because you got a double dose of trouble and more than your share of contempt, your inheritance in the land will be doubled and your joy go on forever. – Isaiah 61:7
Nothing changes unless we change. The Word of God, a sword in your hand, is "living and active and sharper than a double-edged sword…."
It's time for change! Let's write ourselves into a better world!
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 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 pre-order a free copy of Susan's upcoming book, "On the Way Home" by registering here.
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