“He is the only one who can rescue us from our sinful self and fulfill us with love that no one else can. I could be in a room filled with people I love, but if I didn’t have Christ I would be lost and empty. He is truly everything to me. I can’t say that I came to this overnight, but I will say that over the years, God has continued to be faithful to transform me into who He wants me to be for Him”- Suzanne Niles
Let me introduce you to my friend Suzanne Niles. Suzanne has been married to an awesome man named Bob for 36 years. High school sweethearts, still in love, and by the grace of God they have 3 spirit filled children, a daughter in law that shines for Jesus and a grand baby on the way. I have thanked God so many times for this amazing women. If I had to choose one person that has affected my life the most, it would be her.
Suzanne studied at Moody Bible Institute and Fullerton College. She also has one amazing sold out life for the Lord. God has used her in media in so many ways for His kingdom. She was a mom first, but as her kids became more independent, Suzanne said her husband asked, “If you could do anything what would that be?” She replied, “Hum… I would like to do Public Relations”.
Suzanne told me that it could only have been the leading of God because she had never thought that or desired it nor did she have any experience in that area whatsoever! “Who in their right mind would hire someone with no PR skills to do PR? Little did I know the great plans God had” said Suzanne.
When God decides to call someone into something nothing can stop Him. Before long, she was getting asked to promote local businesses and artists. What she saw as a hobby became the training for what God had planned for the future. Never underestimate what God has planned for you. The Billy Graham Association needed someone to handle Communications and Media in her hometown for a Franklin Graham Crusade and God knew Suzanne was ready for that. She says, “I had ten wonderful ‘volunteer’ months where I truly grew in my knowledge of this area”. That was the open door to an amazing line up of jobs that God has used for His kingdom.
Here are just a few of the other things she has done in media. World Compassion/Terry Law Ministries used her talents for a local event. She has been asked to book a famous actor (a believer) into speaking engagements, done some casting, written articles for an online magazine and she has been asked to speak at various events. Along the way, she has met some of the most amazing Christians. Suzanne also did her share of acting over the years. Here she is in a show I am guessing many are familiar with.
Today, Suzanne working for The Salvation Army Vision Network and God continues to use her. She has covered not only PR and promotions, but Suzanne was an associate producer on a soon to be released documentary titled “Hard Corps”.
Suzanne is also a member of the Christian Women in Media Association which is an organization made up of women who “impact our culture in media”.
Suzanne faced the hard job of balancing a family and a carrier that came as her kids got older. I asked her if she had any advice for women who find themselves trying to balance the two.
- “Be certain of what God has called you to”. Really seek God in prayer for direction.
- “While your children are young, they are your mission field. The time you have with your children will fly by quicker than you could ever imagine and if you are anything like me, you will wish you could go back in time and do it all over again! As they grow, they will need you to pray and help them stay on the narrow path in a world that begs them to follow a wide and dangerous road.
I ask every woman in this series to give me her favorite verse. Suzanne gave me 2 verses and the first one is why I am able to say she is the person who has affected my life the most.
Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know”.
“What an invitation. I can’t understand why anyone wouldn’t RSVP for this immediately, going to God in prayer and hearing amazing things from the heart of the Lord” is what Suzanne says in regards to this verse. It was her boldness in the Lord that led me to RSVP to this invitation. God used Suzanne to bring me to a new life. Her second verse is Isaiah 53:5
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed
Suzanne is just one more amazing real housewife of God’s kingdom. She may be working in the social media world, her job may have her in the Hollywood scene from time to time but she keeps her feet firmly planted in Lord and not in the world. She is the reality of the women in my world. She is not what the networks try to push on us as the reality in their real housewives of some city series that they are running.
For more information on the Salvation Army and the work they do in the name of Jesus Christ log on to www.savn.tv. You can find out how you can help and even volunteer to work alongside them to bring the gospel to a world that so desperately needs Jesus.