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. Oddly, I can grow bushels of vegetables, but when it comes to flowers and house plants, I am the kiss of death. So thankful that when the seed is the Word of God and the soil is my heart, God is in charge of the germination, the flourishing, and the harvest. My gardener’s heart is nourished by your words–as I wait for the foot of snow on my garden to melt away!

  2. Michele,
    I head up a foundation that supports a Christian school in one, if not the most notorious countries for persecuting Christians. If ever there was a place you would feel afraid to be a Christian, this is it. Extremist terrorism is rampant as are their horrific deeds. This, you would think, would be the hardest place to sow seed and see it flourish. Yet, I see God at work. People are becoming disillusioned by religion that is based on earning and striving and are falling in love with a faith that is based on grace. The orphaned children we take off the street and raise up in the love of Jesus are taking His message of love out to others as they learn how to read His Word. The kingdom of God is, truly, like the seed that grows, regardless of our understanding or attention. A country that the world leaves for dead like a dying plant, God is working there – bringing beauty from the ashes. He truly is awesome that way. What I tend may die, but what God, the Master Gardner tends always lives because nothing can thwart His will. Thanks for this reminder as I work away each day! Great post!
    Bev xx

    • “People are becoming disillusioned by religion that is based on earning and striving and are falling in love with a faith that is based on grace.” CHILLS when I read those words. To God be the glory!

  3. MIchele,

    Life down here in the messy middle between two Edens is hard. There is so much disunity & hatred. Yet God is still tending this garden He planted. He is working daily to grow us. John 15 talks about Jesus being the vine & we are the branches. God prunes every branch that bears no fruit. We must remain in Him & be pruned to grow. I believe God is pruning this world now. He is cutting out all that doesn’t bear fruit for His kingdom. We can help by sowing seeds & watering then step back & let God do His work. I have planted a seed, with others, in Mexico. An orphanage called Ninos De Mexico helps orphaned children to learn about God. My little girl got baptized a few years ago. It just shows that we don’t have to be master gardeners. We just need to plant seeds here, there & everywhere & watch God do His work.

    Blessings 🙂

    BTW: I kill green things also!! No green thumb here!

  4. Michele, boy can I relate! It’s like you peeked into my plant killing – ahem, growing – history! Your words were so incredibly encouraging. Thank you for the reminder in a new word picture of the unstoppable growth and beauty of the kingdom we serve. I’m using “What He plants grows. What He nurtures thrives. What He loves blossoms.” as a basis for a prayer for the people on my prayer list this morning. Thank you!

  5. When God seems silent, Mark’s words you shared are ones to hold on to. Thank you for your writings today. The silent seasons can seem disheartening but, yes, we can take heart that God is always at work even if we don’t see it with our human eyes.