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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. Michele,
    I was reading in the Old Testament and God literally stuck some of the Israelites down for not observing the Sabbath. They had chosen to work instead. It struck me….this is how serious God is about rest. He formed us in His mind. He made us out of dust. He knows us better than anyone else and He KNOWS what we need and one of those things is rest. He commands us to rest because He knows this world and the toil it brings is hard. He knows we need rest for our bodies, minds, and souls. Come, take, learn. The invitation is ours. What will we do with it? Great reminder of how desperately we need His rest.
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  2. Thank you for the gift of those three action verbs, Michele!
    I love the promise of God to meet us in our days of heavy and hard. And it seems to me that He is willing to come more than half way, matching our least effort with His great strength.
    Thanks for sharing your story!

  3. Oh, Michelle, I felt peace as I read your words. I drank them in. Thank you for this post. God does have a rest that this world cannot give. So thankful for this truth and reminder!

  4. « …Come, take, learn. He is with you in the moments when life is more beautiful — and harder — than you imagined… »

    Thanks for sharing this Michele…

    I am in a place where I have been forced to rest most of the week due to ill health yet in this place I lay I am struggling to do something as I can’t imagine myself laying down for days and not doing a things especially when I am supposed physically healthy and my ailment is relating to #mental #health precisely #depression and recently #anxiety #disorder… The more I struggle and try to do something the more tired I feel…

    I have been reading the word, books, inspiration, motivation, listening to podcasts by Joyce Meyer and Joel Osteen this past few days and a word God gave me a few years back when I was first diagnosed kept coming up – « Be still and know that I am God » Psalm 46:10a yet staying still seems like a mirage for me…

    Today I was determined to iron and arrange my room that looks like a mess yet the only thing I have been able to do is to take a shower (which was a difficult task yesterday so should be thankful I know), cook ‍ something and finally eat a cooked meal after 2 days of black tea and biscuits and bread due to loss of appetite (Again that’s a big feat I achieved)….

    Regardless of the above…I feel tired and lay here beating myself up for being unable to achieve any of my set objectives and failing to test either no acknowledge the much I have done ✅ and truly appreciate the opportunity to rest and take the grace and privilege to REST I have been given…

    Your devotion and writing ✍ today to come, take and learn at the feet of the Master in order to find rest is timely…

    REST I shall from now till He renews and strengthens me…Blessed by this…

    Thank you and God bless you real good…x

    • Ada… praying for you and learning too to understand it myself.. I’m keeping my eyes on the cross and not on the storms… this too shall pass.. my go to psalm verse is 61:2&3. When my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the ROCK that is higher than I. for you have been a SHELTER for me.. ((hugs))

    • Have been in that difficult place myself. Found a wonderful therapist, who respected my Christian beliefs, and although the issues still crop up at times, I am much better able to deal with them and work through them. Has not made life easy, but more manageable. It is not a quick fix, but in my case was well worth it. Praying for you and inspired by your continued desire to get up and get moving even though it seems impossible.

    • Ada Joe,

      Praying for you sweet sister. Don’t be to hard on yourself. Depression/anxiety are real disease. It affects people differently. For some people medicine helps a little. God is there with you daily. Take His yoke & rest my dear. Celebrate the little victories you have. God is pleased with us when we try & understands that we need rest.

      Blessings 🙂

  5. Michele, this is EXACTLY what I needed today. Working for a company that was bought out by one whose culture is so different has been a real struggle. Even after 5 years. And it is seeping into the rest of my life. It is time I come, take, and learn and stop the nonsense of thinking I can fix something totally out of my control.

    • Oh, wow. Yes, such wisdom in this, Donna. Although, I admit … I have made a lifetime of trying to fix things that are our of my control. Hahaha. It doesn’t work. 😉

  6. Michele, thank you for sharing this post with all of us. The Lord is so tender with us, beckoning us to come to Him and receive His rest. He knows so well what we all face each day, and He so lovingly invites us to rest in Him and to trust Him. What a beautiful reminder! Thanks so much, Michele!

    Joy in Jesus,
    Lara <

  7. Woke up late this morning and feeling the scramble of getitdonegetitdonefastermorenow. Not very different from my everyday but im really feeling it today. Smiling, being civil, shuffling along, but burning my candle at the middle, topside and underneath, not just the two ends. I need the rest Lord! Thank you for these women of God and in particular Michelle who felt inspired to write this particular message when I needed this message.

  8. Hello. I thoroughly enjoy reading your stories. And more to the point, I gain sooooooooooooo much from the story. The meaning, lesson behind it.

    Thank you and please continue,

    Kathleen,

  9. Thank you, Michele!
    Honestly, it’s so good to hear about someone else feeling that way–knowing that there is so much to do, wanting to take care of it, but being so weighed down that you just can’t face it. At those times I’ve thought I need a bridge to get over there in the doing-mode. But Jesus says we need him–to rest in our need for rest–to admit it and go to him. Thank you.

  10. This was so profound and just what I needed today!
    God is speaking to me through you my friend!
    Instead of the 500 things I felt I needed to accomplish today, I’m going to do exactly as you wrote. I’m going to Come, Take, Learn, and rest.
    Thank you for your post!!!!

  11. This is beautiful, Michelle. I’m in such a demanding season of life right now and your description above sounds so familiar. I’ve never looked at these verses in the way you describe them, but I will now. Your post has been so incredibly timely.

  12. With life being unpredictable, we can not for see what’s to come, yet by learning to take the time to rest, is accepting a gift from God Himself. Always a comfort knowing He is with us ,but even closer at rest. Thank-you Michele for sharing your words that remind us of this.
    Have a blessed day all,
    Penny

  13. Beautifully hard and oh so real. Thank you Michelle! IT is in the low points where we see His invitation to hand over the heavy lifting. Well said sister!

  14. “Learn from Me.” Sweet reminder. — So often we hear that verse mentioned with the focus on “come” or “rest” or “light burden.” Most of the time, I think I’ve skipped right past the “learn” part. Thanks for pointing that out, Michele. Don’t ya just love it when you see something with fresh eyes? A little sparkle inside a verse you’ve quoted since childhood? The Word never ceases to meet us in its pages. — Thank you, Jesus for modeling rest so well for us. ♥

  15. I needed this so much. These past few weeks I’ve been exhausted working 3 jobs, single, living on my own. Trying my hardest to keep it all together. I wanted nothing more than to retreat under the covers and be done with adulting and my never easy or go smoothly life. I’m tired, holding my head up is work. I can totally relate to this.

    Honestly it made me feel better for a minute…. but then I wonder when will life not be so heavy??? When will I feel like I’m not doing everything alone???

    I’ve almost lost all hope… where is He???

  16. I understand you completely Michele. With all the busyness of this life and society telling us that if we are not exhausted, we are not doing it right. And that we should not think about resting especially mid afternoon. How dare we even think of such things. It is insane to see such a change in our society just within the last 30 years. I remember growing up, seeing my parents truly resting on the sofa watching The Golden Girls. Now it seems we have a million things to do and go to that we even don’t make the time to sit down for dinner. We are such an exhausted group of people who had forgotten this very saying, Come to me who are weary…. Let us learn to find rest, no matter what time of the day it is and don’t feel guilty about it. It is when we are refreshed, we can share the light of Jesus to others. Thank you for sharing this message…

  17. The weight of real life pressed down. Yes, I can relate to that! Thanks so much for pointing us to the truth of God’s Word and the beauty of Christ’s example. I’m so thankful God doesn’t expect us to get over our weariness or solve our burdens before we come to Him. We get to come as we are, hard and hurting and all.

    Such a joy to read your words here today, friend! xx

  18. Michele,

    In the Bible study “Breathe” Priscilla Shirer states that God designed the Sabbath for us. He freed us from the
    shackles of sin to have us Rest in Him. He calls constant running around without remembering the Sabbath & resting a sin. This world calls for much busyness. It applauds those working long hours, running around always on the move. Taking a break or resting is seen as lazy. That is not what God wants for us. He wants us to take a Sabbath rest each week. Jesus was busy while on Earth, yet He still took time to rest. If Jesus needed to slip away & rest in God how much more do we? We should learn from Jesus. Do as He did & take His yoke & rest in Him. I say go ahead & take a Saturday or Sunday afternoon nap.

    Blessings 🙂

  19. Michele, I was just in that place recently. My heart was so heavy I just wanted to stay in bed. My husband listened and held me, and in that moment his arms felt like God’s. Nothing changed. And yet His embrace strengthened me to get out of bed and face the world again. Thank you for Come, Take, and Learn. You are a blessing. Soldier on, sister!

  20. Michele,

    Reading your post I saw this passage in new light; rest requires action, something that on the surface sounds counterintuitive. Isn’t that the way of Christ? To speak simply but subversively? As I linger in your words and His, I realize by calling me to action in rest, I’m engaged, attached to Him. It seems obvious that this is the better way, but sometimes I make it so hard.

    Wonderful encouragement, beautiful friend.