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. Michele,
    Amen! Instead of step #1 being “assign blame,” let our first move be to eat a heaping helping of humble pie. God loves a “humble and contrite heart.” Awesome post!
    Bev xx

  2. So beautiful! I loved this. Thank you for your poignant words. I found your website and your podcast- going to listen now.

  3. Oh soooo true~how easy it is to assign blame and quickly defend ourselves~almost with automaticity. I find that accepting fault and admitting publicly is all the more noticed and highly respected because it is so truly rare with most. Nehemiah is a great model for us in dealing with the many societal concerns happening now!! How awesome it would be if we could humble ourselves and follow his model of humility….guaranteed to move us in the right direction and in the path of Christ and toward healing!
    Thank you for encouraging ALL OF US to take responsibility and make humility a much more common virtue to practice in our daily living!!

    Have a wonderful day all,

    • Yes, I agree, Andree. The need to defend is almost instinctual, automatic. I hope and pray that bending a knee and praying soon replaces that instinct, that it becomes the thing that I—that all of us—do first. Imagine! Jesus, make it so.

  4. Amen. This prayer is so humbling and it also makes us accountable for our own actions. I too myself, can be spiteful at times, therefore I need to confess this sin before the LORD, among others. I too, have become defensive in trying to defend myself. This prayer and devotional came at the perfect time.

  5. Well thought out and written! Thanks, Michelle. This is an interesting perspective. Humility. What a concept for these days! I like it!

  6. As I awoke this morning and reached my phone to read incourage before I started my day , I was struct with your message from God -wow- the word of the Lord for us indeed on this CANADA DAY ‼️ Humble ourselves and pray Thankyou

  7. Michelle,
    Your beautiful prayer and reminder on the importance of humility in order to begin to heal is so helpful. Thank-you for reaching out to us all today with God’s word and your’s.
    Blessings to all,

  8. Thank you, Michele. Humility is the road we need to take. I was thinking about the verse of the sins of the father visited on their children. I am seeing clearly that the sins of our parents affected our attitudes and ways of doing things. The past does affect the present. And us.

  9. All over the world we need to be Nehemiah’s start praying for our world. It needs people like me and you who will pray. Yes Nehemiah was scared we all are scared. But we have but on the Armour of God go out into the battle with God with us as we the saved are the Church. Help the hurting. If got the time. It not going to get done if we don’t do it with out us being the Church to hurting. The Church is not the big fancy building were we here a sermon go home when we wait until the following week. Forget about Someone out there in our world is hurting. When could be helping them if able too. Like Jesus did in his day when he walked on earth. Even if we pick up the phone asking the person how are you? Would you like to go for coffee that chat could make all the different to them. It could rebuild the walls that they have put up that need to come down. Or the other way the walls that the need to put up by making them being a lot stronger as they might have been too shy to go out by themselves and could have other problems going on that we no nothing about. If they trust you. You could be light to lead them to get help. Until they do you could help them build that wall one brick at time. To get confandice to get strong to face the world again. Build a big beautiful wall for them of God love around them. Too be new people. With confidence to face the outside world go to shops again by themselves. If not saved get saved and know Jesus loves them. If any groups on when back on in your Church again you could invite them and they could make new friends at them. This could be the healing they need. You could see a whole new person. Plus if was not saved. A person saved as well. They will never forget your kindness. Never will Jesus. This you showing you care and being the Church to the word the real Church. Even if just one person at time. Rebuilding the walls of the love of Jesus one brick at time. Jesus will be bless you for doing it. I pray to be used this way. Love today’s reading love Dawn Ferguson-Little xxx

  10. Love this post Michele! Great reminder! I love how we can apply and learn from the Old Testament stories for our present day troubles.

  11. Michele,

    We, often, assign blame. It started in the Garden of Eden. Adam blamed Eve who blamed the snake. No one took credit for what they had done. Christians need to set an example for the world. We need to show a contrite & humble spirit. Asking God to forgive this world for not following His laws. Proverbs 15:33 states: The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility. God will honor the humble. Let’s stop playing the blame game & become Nehemiahs praying for our country & world.

    Blessings 🙂