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SUE DETWEILER is a faith influencer, bible teacher, author, speaker, and podcast host of Healing Rain on Charisima Podcast Network with over 25 years of experience in leadership, ministry and education.

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After the Fire – 5 Ways We Were Changed

After the Fire – 5 Ways We Were Changed

by Sue Detweiler

The Morning After the Fire

Miraculously, my 5-week-old daughter and I were saved from the fire. (Read about the fire here). We spent a long, weary night in the hospital as the doctors examined and treated my baby and me for smoke inhalation. In the early hours of the morning we called my mom.

“Mom, we’re all right.” The long pause of silence was deafening.

Finally she spoke: “What happened?”

Wayne described the huge fire and how there was only one fire truck, leaving three homes devastated. The heat from the blazing inferno melted a car bumper and the shutters of our neighbors’ home. People lined the street as the fire lit up the night sky. As we told Mom about the fire, her quiet peace engulfed our stress.

“You’re the ones I have been praying for,” she said. The month before my mom began to meditate, fast, and pray over Isaiah 43:

When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
(Isaiah 43:2, NIV)

Later I would look back on this telephone conversation and marvel at the power of prayer and the peace of my own mother. God had prepared her through fasting and prayer. I would rejoice in how God saved us from the fire. I would celebrate—just like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—that God was with me in the fire. I would wonder at how the bondages of my life were burned up and I was set free. (See Daniel 3).

After the Fire – 5 Ways We Were Changed

The fire changed us. By going through this traumatic experience we were transformed in our walk with God. We were already pastors, so we knew and loved God’s Word already. However, the fire brought to the service areas that needed to be healed in our lives. As we moved towards the light of God we experience His healing power personally in these 5 ways:

1. Freed

We were freed through the power of forgiveness. It was believed, but not proven, that the fire was begun by an arsonist in the home next to us that was under construction. That home burned entirely to the ground in minutes. Our home was less damaged because it was all brick. The fire burned in the rafters above. When an investigator came to talk with us about the potential that it was an arsonist that had set the fire, we realized that we needed to forgive this unknown person that had almost cost us our lives.

We found freedom through the power of forgiveness. As we went through a process of choosing to forgive the arsonist, we also began to forgive others from our past who had wounded us. We began to experience deep levels of freedom in our personal lives and marriage.

2. Redeemed

To be “redeemed” means that we have been “bought back and brought back” from bondage. The power of forgiveness helped us understand the wonder of salvation. Our own prayer life, married life, and ministry life began to demonstrate more of God’s power to heal lives. We understood first hand the power of redemption. We embraced the beauty of Christ’s cross to redeem us all from our sins.

3. Honored

As soon as we went through the trauma of the fire, we were faced with the red-tape with the insurance company. It felt like another battle. It took longer to rebuild our home than it took to build it in the first place.

After we walked through the rebuilding process, God blessed us more than before. We were honored by God restoring all to us. We also found fresh honor in our marriage that was revived. Rather than become “bitter” with what had happened to us, we became “better.”  We also found honor in being able to minister more powerfully to others who had gone through their own “fires” in their lives. Our ministry began to grow.

4. Loved

We experienced the love of God like never before. My thoughts were renewed. My words brought life. My actions showed a deep fountain of joy bubbling through the circumstances.  We were covered and loved in God’s presence.

5. Called

We moved into our daily lives with a fresh conviction of the power of God to save, heal, and transform lives. He had delivered us out of our “fire.” We were confident that God would deliver others out of the fire. Through this experience, my husband and I were called the the ministry of restoring people’s lives after trauma.

God Is With You After the Fire in Your Life

God is with you before the fire. He is with you through the fire. He is with you after the fire. God’s love never fails. He is trustworthy to deliver you from all fear. You can become fearless in your walk with Him. Trusting that He will care for you every day!

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About The Author

SUE DETWEILER is a mother of six, author, speaker, podcast host of Healing Rain, and faith influencer with over 25 years of experience in leadership, ministry and education. Sue and her husband Wayne lead a nonprofit called Life Bridge Today and attend Upperroom Dallas.

Sue Detweiler author, speaker, coach, pastor

About Sue Detweiler


Sue Detweiler is a wife, mother of six, author, and pastor with more than twenty-five years of experience in marriage, ministry, and education. She is also a popular speaker who shares her heart and wisdom internationally on issues related to marriage, family, women, prayer, leadership, and ministry.
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Coaching
Sue is a very perceptive coach who empowers you live out your God-given dream. She is an empathetic listener who is transparent about her own mistakes as a wife, mother, and leader. She walks with you as you answer God’s call on your life. Her special focuses in life coaching include marriage, family, and leadershipClick Here to find out more about upcoming coaching events

Connecting
No one of us is as gifted as all of us together. God-sized dreams are only accomplished as we link arms together to answer His call. If you would like to join the team and help connect people to their God-given purpose please let us know.Click Here to contact us

Speaking
Sue Detweiler is a gifted Bible teacher and speaker at churches and conferences. She is a prophetic encourager and compassionate communicator who articulates profound truths in simple and relatable ways. Sue and her husband Wayne Detweiler have planted www.LifeBridgeChurch4.com southeast of Dallas Texas Click Here to invite Sue to Speak