The Dream Horse: How a Spark of Joy can Fuel a Dream

A Horse for Dani: How a Spark of Joy can Fuel a Dream

By: Susan Deborah Schiller

All she wants is a horse of her own, this little girl who looks at me with tears in her eyes. I have no natural ability to give her such a gift, but I know God can make a way.

To build my faith and fuel this dream, I began to remember all the times God has come through for me in extraordinary ways. One such day was shortly after I brought home my "bionic man" after his 9th surgerical procedure, which was a neurostimulator implanted into his spine.

Our jobs had ended following the injury and it would be seven more years before we collected worker's comp. We had been working on a hazmat site in California, living in RV's. By myself, I had to move two 27-foot RV's over 5600 miles total through the desert and up a narrow, winding mountain road! I was exhausted, but worse, we had exhausted all our savings and had no income.

There was one thing I hadn't yet been able to move, and that was our horse, which was still back in Chicago. I felt sure that my husband needed his horse, as much as that horse needed him. So as we settled into rural life in Northwestern Montana, I began to pray about how to get our horse.

The answer came in a dream…

I was sharing an apartment with a single woman and her children. There were no bedrooms in this building because it was a studio apartment. Everyone shared the same tiny area. 

The home was decorated for Christmas. One particular evergreen arrangement caught my eye, as it was curved in the form of a word. That word was JOY.

As I contemplated the fragrant evergreen twisted into the word JOY, I heard a voice say, "Learn to be happy whether you have a lot or a little."

The following Sunday, our pastor preached a sermon and the title was "JOY is a DECISION!" Having joy is not dependent on our circumstances – it's simply a decision to RECEIVE GOD'S GIFT!

The dream altered my perception of reality and I began to rejoice, even though life was extremely difficult! It was shortly afterward that I got a new job. I also borrowed a horse trailer and drove 3600 miles round trip to pick up a special horse and to bring him back to Montana. I just knew that horse would help heal my husband, and that my husband would also help to heal the horse. It did!

For those that know me, driving trailers all over the country is not something I had ever done before, and trailering a horse with an attitude? No way. It was totally grace and miracles, the whole time, believe me! But I did it! God did it, because all I did was move one step at a time into the impossible.

Not only did God provide the horse, but we got our dream house, on riverfront property in the mountains, as well! 

Bringing that down to a horse for my granddaughter… This horse exists right now, in God. Right now he or she is a substance of what we hope for. That substance needs me to be aware of it, to observe it, by focusing on God and His ability to bring forth my granddaughter's greatest desire.

That is what prayer is all about. It's not so much about begging God to give us a horse, but believing that God has our best interests in mind and the provision is already there, if only in "unformed substance" – or what quantum physicists call a qwiff. I believe faith and science work well together.

I'm believing that Ephesians 1 is true and that this horse has already been chosen and set aside for Dani! And that being the case, our job is simply to focus on God's creative ability to do what is humanly impossible. My job is to be grateful.

Gratitude leads to rejoicing, and rejoicing centers our faith on what God is presently doing. Joy is a powerful weapon, because it puts us in a faith-backed position to partner with God in creating something beautiful out of the chaos.

Well, this is what we've been doing for the past couple of months. And a short time ago a gentleman wrote to me with an invitation to receive his gift of a horse for Dani!

I still have no idea where we will board the horse, where the horse will come from, or all the details. All I know is that we'll take it one step at a time, moving forward into the impossible. And the gift from this gentleman and his wife will be the start of a new story in my granddaughter's life! Nothing is impossible, with God. 

We must never put the Master of the Universe, our Heavenly Father, in a box. There are no limits to what He can do in our situation today. It's our faith that God responds to, not our need.

"What do you mean, 'If I can'?" Jesus asked. "Anything is possible if a person believes." – Mark 9:23

Jesus looked at them intently and said, "Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible." – Matthew 19:26

Perhaps the most valuable gift we can give is to help each other laugh, sing, and rejoice. This builds our faith and raises our expectations. It's how we take care of our hearts.

I believe no matter how challenging our circumstances, we can experience joy. And that joy is "unspeakable and full of glory" because it's a gift of God. Peace, love, faith, joy, and more… these are part of our inheritance as daughters of God – unlimited gifts!

My one-word for 2015 is RECEIVE. This is the key that unlocks my provision and gives me grace and favor.

Receiving these gifts takes grace. It's not something we can accomplish on our own, but we have everything we need as long as we can receive a gift from God.

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. – Proverbs 4:23

It all happens within our hearts. Tap into the kingdom of heaven, within your own heart – that's where your provision is, right there inside of your passion!

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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 to freedom and fullness.  
Today Susan helps people write their life stories, unearthing the treasures of their past and sowing them into their future, creating new family legacies.

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