Susan Swart

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by: Erin Keller

12/29/2019

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Susan Swart comes from a long line of faithful followers of Jesus, and she accepted Jesus as her Savior when she was seven, but it was in her 20’s that a deeper relationship developed as she learned who the Holy Spirit is and what role He plays in her life. In her mid 30’s Susan went through a divorce. It was through that difficult time that God did a lot of healing and started planting seeds in her life that have grown and matured and are now used to minister to women. “He took me through reading about shame and grace and guilt and rejection and anger and identity and perfectionism and depression, those kinds of things.” Susan learned about the power of forgiveness. “Forgiveness, I think, is the foundational component of healing. It deals with the emotional, and it deals with the spiritual, but it also deals with the physical because as you start to forgive people, your physical health starts to change.”

One of the things Susan feels the Lord has instilled in her is that everyone has a story and that it’s important to meet people where they are in their story. “I love our mission statement, loving God and loving others, and just being graceful in the midst of that no matter where they are, just loving people where they are. It’s not about fixing. We’re responsible for being obedient, but we’re not responsible for the outcome. God is responsible for the outcome…. He loves us no matter what. I don’t have to perform for Him. He truly, truly just loves me. That can be the hardest thing for us to learn. If we just sat like a bump on a log for the rest of our life, He wouldn’t love us any more or love us any less. Just being who He designed you to be is ministry. You don’t know who you come in contact with that just being you is the key to them being able to start moving forward.”

Susan Swart comes from a long line of faithful followers of Jesus, and she accepted Jesus as her Savior when she was seven, but it was in her 20’s that a deeper relationship developed as she learned who the Holy Spirit is and what role He plays in her life. In her mid 30’s Susan went through a divorce. It was through that difficult time that God did a lot of healing and started planting seeds in her life that have grown and matured and are now used to minister to women. “He took me through reading about shame and grace and guilt and rejection and anger and identity and perfectionism and depression, those kinds of things.” Susan learned about the power of forgiveness. “Forgiveness, I think, is the foundational component of healing. It deals with the emotional, and it deals with the spiritual, but it also deals with the physical because as you start to forgive people, your physical health starts to change.”

One of the things Susan feels the Lord has instilled in her is that everyone has a story and that it’s important to meet people where they are in their story. “I love our mission statement, loving God and loving others, and just being graceful in the midst of that no matter where they are, just loving people where they are. It’s not about fixing. We’re responsible for being obedient, but we’re not responsible for the outcome. God is responsible for the outcome…. He loves us no matter what. I don’t have to perform for Him. He truly, truly just loves me. That can be the hardest thing for us to learn. If we just sat like a bump on a log for the rest of our life, He wouldn’t love us any more or love us any less. Just being who He designed you to be is ministry. You don’t know who you come in contact with that just being you is the key to them being able to start moving forward.”

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