About My Blog
When I walk in the mornings, run errands or bury loved ones, I look for meaning. God gives truths in Scripture, and He shows me how they apply to life. Some of these times are joyful, some fraught with doubt or confusion. I don’t give pat answers but hope that the trails I pick through the forests-of-living give ideas and hope for readers traveling similar paths.
As Jesus said in Matthew 13:52 “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”
At ten years old, I fidgeted on a pew, yawning and commiserating with my growling stomach. A shaming thought pierced me, “God loved me enough to send His son, but I don’t love Him.” As the congregation thumped kneelers down, I prayed, “God, help me love you.”
I didn’t know how to love a remote God, but He answered that prayer through friends who loved Jesus like they just got off the phone with him. They showed me that God isn’t far removed but is knowable and wants a living relationship with me. With me?! What a mind-blowing, fantastic thought, yet more than a thought, a truth.
I began writing prayers then expanded to essays aimed at making spiritual sense of difficult things. I share my journeys in hopes that people on similar treks might find a parallel path. I hope my wonder at God’s creative genius will inspire readers to experience joy in God’s handiwork as well.
Though a former science teacher and reference librarian, I now write in answer to God’s strong pull. Sue Ford, a fellow Christian writer, published an interview she conducted with me on how I came to write and the purpose of my writing. Read the interview from her site Best Words
Contact me at suzy@suzanneDmarshall.com
About My Other Writings
Running to the Empty Tomb: Finding the Joy in Easter
Does Easter pass in a blur of colored eggs and feasting but leave you spiritually craving for more? This though-provoking devotional will reignite your love for God and deepen your grasp of the Gospel You will joyfully run to discover the empty tomb and what it means for you. The book consists of meditations with Scripture for each weekday from Ash Wednesday until Jesus’ last week of ministry on Earth (Holy Week), plus meditations for each day of Holy week, including Palm Sunday, the weekdays of Holy Week, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. There are 36 mediations in all.
A Bible Study for Your Easter Journey: Companion to Running to the Empty Tomb
The plates were stacked in the dishwasher, and the Easter dinner guests travelled back to their homes. As I put my feet up, I felt a deep disappointment. Easter, the most important event on my Christian calendar, had flashed past and all that was left were colored eggs with dye beading off, dirty placemats, and foil candy wrappers. I missed something important. That’s why I wrote this Bible study. It is an eight week preparation for Easter, and is unique in its engagement of not only mind and spirit, but body as well. If you want to renew the joy of your salvation, grab a friend or delve alone with this Bible Study. It may be used as a companion to the devotional, Running to the Empty Tomb: Finding the Joy of Easter, or used alone.
“A Hidden Story” Documents to the People Winter Issue 2012, Vol 40, No. 4
A “Hidden Story” tells the true tale of American Indians’ crucial involvement in World Wars I and II. These heroes used their native tongues to code messages, which saved American lives, yet their stories remained untold until most of the participants had died.
“Time of Death”
“The Time of Death” explores questions raised by loved ones’ deaths and death’s strange warping of time.