About the Author

A three-time tongue cancer survivor and mama of children from “hard places," Michele Cushatt is a (reluctant) expert on pain, trauma and the deep human need for connection. Her most recent book, "Relentless: The Unshakeable Presence of a God Who Never Leaves", wrestles with the dogged presence and affection of...

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  1. So get this … it appears that the more I pray the worse the situation gets … but having to hold onto my trust in God … it’s so encouraging that others feel the same .. thank you for sharing

  2. Michele,

    I have been tempted to quit also. This year has been a tough one for my family. There have been days I’ve asked God to come now & take us home. I know the God of the universe will see us through this pandemic & furlough crisis. He’s gotten me through others & He loves us to much to stop now. I have quoted Philippians 4:6-7 often to my hubby. Reminding him that prayer is the only solution-simply ask God for the next steps to take. Another verse I’ve been ruminating & quoting is Psalm 23:4-5 “Yea though I walk Through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me. Thy rod & staff they comfort me.” Quoting scripture & praying are the two items that can help bring God’s perfect peace to my weary soul.

    Blessings 🙂

    • I love that, Beth. Psalm 23 has taken on such depth of meaning for me over the last few years, more than ever before. A pointed reminder that valleys, and shadows, and death are our reality. But He is with us, even there.

  3. Michele,
    Thank you for the reminder…..The Lord is near! Simple and yet powerful. What more needs to be said?

  4. Prayer sometimes can be hard. We can be pray and pray for the same thing seem to seem to get no answer too it. We can Michael wonder why God has not answered our prayer about that situation. We can begin to wonder does God really hear us. Oh yes he does. Maybe it is us that need to change. We may have some sin in our lives that we need to ask God to forgive us from. We may have someone we need to forgive before God will answer our prayers. We then need to ask Gods Holy Spirit to show us if there is anything we need to put right before our prayers will be answered. Then do as the Holy Spirit leads us. Or maybe God is not answering right away or as quickly as we would like to test or faith to see how strong or patients is in waiting. Or to see if we will give up in trusting to answer that prayer. Not let the Old Devil whisper in our ears. No point praying for it any more or what ever it is you were praying for. God is not going to answer it. So you might as well give up. I wouldn’t I say a BIG NO TO THE DEVIL. I GOING TO KEEP ON PRAYIG AND TRUSING GOD NO MATTER HOW LONG HE TAKES TO FOR GOD TOO ANSWER MY PRAYER AS I KNOW HE GOD WILL ANSWER IT IN HIS PERFECT TIMING. To give me the peace I need as God never lets me down. If I put my TRUST IN HIM. Love todays reading. Xxx

  5. I love this! God never moves himself from us – we move ourselves from Him. And people forget that praying does not have to be eloquent or fancy – just a heartfelt “please” is good enough for Him when we can’t utter another word or put two thoughts together…He already knows what we’re asking for anyway!

    Blessings to you for sharing this today!

    • “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” —Romans 8:26=27

      • I have found such comfort in those verses! It is so easy to quote Romans 8:28…. but there is power and peace in knowing the Holy Spirit is interceding for us!

  6. Because the print is so light and on a white background, I have difficulty reading the daily incourage emails. Could the type you use be made bolder? Thank you.

  7. Michelle, I am grateful for your words, and reminder this morning.
    blessings to all,

    • Michele,
      Please forgive my hasty reply, your reminder of “The Lord is near” has brought a lot of comfort I am truly grateful.