Show Me Your Brave

Rising Up from the Ashes of Defeat

By: Susan Deborah Schiller

"Can anyone hear my silence? Can they hear my tortured screams behind closed doors? Do they see the bruises in my soul, so painful I am crying every day?" These words were penned years ago in one of my journals, following a particularly difficult season.
As I wondered how to rise up from those ashes, a song came to mind… perhaps a silly song, but it was sung in "Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang" during the part where the inventor, Grandpa Potts, is forced by Vulgarian captors to build a car that floats – or else! The other prisoners, long held captive, sing "The Roses of Success" to encourage him on…

Every bursted bubble has a glory
Each abysmal failure makes a point
Every glowing path that goes astray
Shows you how to find a better way
So every time you stumble, Never grumble
Next time you'll bumble even less
For up from the ashes, up from the ashes, grow the roses of success

Grow the roses 
Grow the roses 
Grow the roses of success
O yes!
Grow the roses 
Those rosy roses
From the ashes of disaster grow the roses of success

For every big mistake you make be grateful
(Hear, hear!)
That mistake you'll never make again
(No sir)
Every shiny dream that fades and dies 
Generates the steam for two more tries
So there's magic in the wake of a fiasco!
It gives you that chance to second guess
(O yes!)

Disaster didn't styme Louis Pasteur
(No sir)
Edison took years to see the light
Alexander Graham knew failure well. He took a lot of knocks to ring that bell
So when it gets distressing it's a blessing
Onward and upward you must press 
Yes! Yes!

If you, like me, have been silenced in your past … If you feel you've lost your voice, you can rise up from the ashes of defeat. What you thought was dead and gone is ready to be restored to you, multiplied. 

There is beauty inside your story, but until you begin to tell your story the beauty lies like a treasure buried in ashes. 

Telling your story, finding the beauty, releasing your passion, and receiving your provision is your God-given inheritance. Tell your story with God's pen. Be His heartscribe. And watch for your phoenix to rise!

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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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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Steve January 24, 2016 at 10:41 am

Who painted the ice-water-fire phoenix? I love it, and would like to credit it. Look at Valley Fire Phoenix Rising at


Susan Schiller January 24, 2016 at 10:55 am

The phoenix is beautiful, isn’t it? I purchased this image from, however except for a link to the uploader, there is little information on the image’s origin.


Susan Schiller January 24, 2016 at 10:56 am

I like the motto on your over image: “Together we shall rise” – that’s beautiful!


Amber March 20, 2015 at 1:54 pm

Wow! Riviting! I find myself completely inrtigued in your story and I want to know more. I have always wanted to share my story but never thought it was worth telling. Thank you for sharing. 

I am visiting from FMF. 


Susan Schiller March 22, 2015 at 9:25 am

Thanks for coming by, Amber, and for your encouraging words!


Erin March 20, 2015 at 1:12 pm

It is good to be your FMF neighbor and be encouraged by your testimony of God's redemptive power in freeing you to be all he created you to be!



Susan Schiller March 22, 2015 at 9:26 am

Thank you, Erin – your words are kind. 🙂


Susan Schiller January 20, 2014 at 9:57 am

Opening up "Small Straws in a Soft Wind" today, and reading this:


Fight the good fight, and you shall surely win.  For, this is your season of victory.  All of the things that you have looked at and established as weapons that are formed against you will not prosper.  This is the day of deliverance.  This is the day of the habitation of My Spirit, Who has risen up within you as a warrior going into combat for you.  Now, you go with Him.  Go!  Run the race.  Fight the good fight.  Press forward into a place of victory, for it is your destiny, says the Lord.  


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