|Author Susanne Dietze|
Susanne, welcome to Overcoming With God. We appreciate your willingness to share your testimony of overcoming with our readers.
Thanks for having me!
Would you tell us about the one of the most difficult things in your life you have had to overcome, with God’s help?
The last time I was here, I shared about a diagnosis hanging over me. It seems like God uses health crises to teach me to rely on Him, because it’s something of a theme with me. A health problem arises with my family, and I get anxious.
I’ve struggled with anxiety for years, but stressful circumstances can set me on a spiral. These circumstances most often happen when one of my children is sick, stuff like pneumonia, paralysis+limp=possible brain tumor (turned out to be Bell’s Palsy and a strained muscle), and the possibility of lymphoma. I wish I could say I handled each event with aplomb and faith, but I didn’t do well. I couldn’t eat. I cried out to God but didn’t trust Him to help us. Even now, when I think of those times, I get a pit in my stomach. I haven’t healed, and it’s a reminder I need to work on this element in my spiritual walk.
What passages in the Bible have been most helpful to you in those times?
Ps. 112:7 ~ They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD.
Ps. 28:7 ~ The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.
Ps. 34: 4 ~ I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
What helped you get through or helped you cope with this difficulty?
An understanding family helps. I have a good friend who offers spiritual direction, and it’s wonderful how she doesn’t judge, but listens with encouragement and love. Also, I’m learning to keep track of God’s victories in my life, times He’s shown me He’s faithful or blessed me, etc., so I can go back to the list and remember that yes, He hears me. Yes, He loves me. One last thing I’m working on is sitting still in His presence, focusing on His character.
In this latest work, do you have any topics useful for bibliotherapy, or therapeutic influence through reading about a disorder or situation?
One theme in the book is that God’s love can be hard for some to accept since we associate Him with the behavior of His children. Members of our family and/or Christians, people we’d expect to nurture and welcome us, don’t always reflect God’s unconditional love. Lily, the heroine, expected church to care for her when her mother died, but instead parishioners scorned her for of her father’s sin. Therefore, Lily feels God didn’t take care of her. She doesn’t yet know God as her perfect Father who’s always held her in the palm of His hand.
Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she writes in the hope that her historical romances will encourage and entertain others. A pastor’s wife and mom of two, she loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, travel, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos. Susanne is the author of six new and upcoming novellas; her latest, For a Song, is in Barbour’s The Cowboy’s Bride Collection. You can visit her on her website, www.susannedietze.com.
Question you’d like to ask readers:
Lily thinks she’s taking matters into her own hands to provide for herself and her sister, but God has used the situation for His purposes. Have you ever been in a situation God used for a purpose other than you intended?
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