Sparrow Talk

Sparrow Talk

By: Susan Deborah Schiller

If I were a sparrow, what would I see each day? Big birds, and lots of them, pushing and fighting for the best sunflower seeds. When the big birds swoop in, the sparrows flee to the nearest tree. Sparrows don't push or fight, but their needs and wants are cared for by our Creator. They don't go without. They survive.

The world is competitive and there's a lot of bullying today. What would a sparrow do? What are her secrets?

In "No Longer Prey" we discovered that removing our focus from the abuser empowers us. We are no longer prey when we realize that the best the enemy can do is make us more powerful. That's what God says, and if we believe it, we take home the spoils of war. We thrive, in fact!

We climb our inner watch tower and listen for Papa's voice.

Our war is rest.

     Our war is art.

          Our war is sending love and light.

               Our war is intimacy with our Creator.

Our mightiest weapon is our spoken and written words. In fact, we write our destiny.

Our destiny emerges from our identity.

We are to hate evil, but we are not to fight it. Whatever you focus on is magnifed.

No one experiences freedom until they stop pushing against others. The only thing that binds you is the pushing against that which is unwanted. ~ Abraham

If I were a sparrow, what might I know today?

I would not get upset at the bullying behavior of the other birds; instead, I would thank God for His provision. Instead of seeing dwindling resources, I would focus on my Heavenly Daddy's unlimited resources. I would remember He told us, "With God nothing is impossible." "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed you can move a mountain." "If you believe, whatever you ask for, in prayer, you will receive."
Even as the bullies compete for prestige, power, and products they will grow tired of nearly as soon as they receive them, I would be content, whether I had a lot or a little. I would turn the other cheek and walk the extra mile, not with the enabler's attitude of being subjugated, but as a victor's response to the joy awaiting me: "Two mercies for every woe."
I would create my world and make it a better place, beginning in my own life. I would help other sparrows – the one most overlooked, pushed away, and ignored – find their voice, too.


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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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Susan Schiller January 12, 2016 at 9:12 am

If you can remember this one scripture all year, you will have the proper perspective that God can bless, the earth is The Lords, and everything in it” – 1st Corinthians, 10:26.God, not us, owns everything. He blesses us out of HIS abundance. Here is a major misconception, “there are too many squirrels and not enough nuts, I have to scrap, fight, and compete to get my share.” Wrong. The truth is, God created way more than all of us would ever need in a lifetime. There are way more nuts then there are squirrels, the problem starts when the squirrels go nuts reacting to their own faulty perspective of God’s benevolence.Luke 12:24, Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap; they have no storehouse or barn, yet God feeds them. How much more valuable are you than the birds!

If you had a wealthy father who left you an inheritance, would you have to fight for it? No–you would just receive it! If you live a life that is motivated more by giving than it is by receiving, you will never be able to exhaust your storehouse.

Let’s start our new year thinking not about me, but we, and let’s focus more on us, NOT versus. Oh, that we might be one. 


Sparrow June 26, 2015 at 9:00 am

From one sparrow to another, thank you for reminding me that we fight from freedom, not for it……As I focus on the the very one who purchased my freedom with His own blood, i can release the current struggle and just rest…..
Praying that you are in a good place right now, Susan, may you be refreshed, blessed…..
In quiet and in confidence is our strength…….


Susan Schiller June 26, 2015 at 6:34 pm

You’ve made me smile – thank you, little sparrow! 🙂

I always need to remind myself of these truths and I’m glad you’ve brought this forward today – it’s no coincidence! 🙂


Susan Schiller April 25, 2015 at 8:53 am

Jane Hinchcliffe says: "Beauty is ALL around us but it often takes our participation with life to truly appreciate it. Much of modern life consists of dashing here, there and everywhere but 'beauty' doesn't usually show itself during those times – it's not pushy, brash or loud but gentle, subtle and on the fringes. But by giving ourselves the gift of a little time sprinkled here and there, we are gifted wonderful blessings."

This sounds like sparrow talk to me… lovely secrets from a bird who knows what it's like to be content in adverse circumstances!


Marvia September 27, 2014 at 8:26 am

Yes,, the real war is fighting to stay connected in the Vine to Christ. The world is tempting and begs our attention but we fight back by remaining in the vine and in a place of rest.


Susan Schiller September 27, 2014 at 8:59 am

That’s the real war, for certain, Marvia, to remain in rest! Shalom, my sister!


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