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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. Thank you for sharing this message. This reminds me of Psalm 51:10 ~ “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” This verse is often a part of my morning prayers.

  2. Michele,

    It is shocking to me the amount of time people put into their overall appearance. We want to make a great first impression so we spend hours primping & fine tuning the outside of ourselves. In light of that we often forget to tend/care for our heart. Luke 6:45 “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. ” Jesus warned the people about being like the Pharisees & Sadducees. They were concerned about outward appearances & keeping the law. They didn’t care about people only their prestige. Take time daily to weed out your heart. Make sure you input good Holy Scripture & music daily.

    Blessings 🙂

  3. Michele, Thank you for this timely reminder! May your move go smoothly. I have enjoyed your “Relentless” podcasts so much! Your writing is beautiful.

  4. Very well said. Why is it we tend to busy ourselves with the act of doing anything rather than sitting with God, hearing His heart for us and being who he created us to be? There is true blessing and gained strength in reading His Word and seeking Him everyday.

  5. Oh My Gosh Michele….Did this piece of your devotion hit home…… “I fail to confess the critical comments I’ve muttered and the prideful thoughts I’ve pondered, letting them outgrow the kindness and compassion and mercy I claim to prize”. My poor husband. He is definitely “the garden” that gets “my weeds”…lol. Thankfully, in the morning, as I run or walk my dog, I get the blessed opportunity to have a conversation with God and be reminded of my “absolute need and dependence upon HIM”
    Thank you God…and Thank you Michele.

  6. We have to work hard ever day on our heart. Especially as followers of Jesus. It can be hard especially if we have been annoy by something someone has said to us. Especially if it was not nice and not our fault. It can hurt us badly that we feel like revenue. It hurts all the more if the person was saved that said it too us. They shouldn’t have said it they should have knew better. You were only saying a point to them about something because you can’t do something for your own good. They shouldn’t have that is ok I understand why you can’t do it for your own good. Not said what they said. To hurt you. You then have to think her. What would Jesus want me to do. I have been her with a friend in the past. If I had I could have had words with her that would have been on Godly. Because over something she said that she shouldn’t have. Because I told my friend I could not do some for health reasons that she wanted me to do. Then she had words with me that hurt. I had to work hard with God through the Holy Spirit not to let what my friend said to me annoy me. Let my heart do what God wanted it to be and that was kind and caring and forgivening to my friend. Yes it was hard at the time. But I did it. But before I did it. I went to another good Christian friend and told her. She said for me to pray for her. Do what Jesus would want me to do and that is forgive her my other friend that is also saved. My other friend said what she said my other friend that is also saved was not nice. She should have thought before she said what she did. But Dawn you have to do what Jesus would want you to do. You have to say nothing back to her just pray for her and forgive her. The friend that is saved that said the things she should not have said. I did that I prayed for the friend that was saved that said things she should not have said to me. I handed her over to God and forgive her. I felt a lot better. If I had not done that my heart would have still felt heavy and every time I saw my friend that was saved. That said the things she should not have said. I would have found it hard to talk to her again. Jesus would no want that from me. God helped me do it through the Holy Spirit. My heart felt so much lighter. Thank you again incourage for another excellent reading. Keeping you all in my prayers. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little

  7. Just perfect timing!
    …I’m days away from moving into into my ‘fixer-upper’ ..which has used all my resources.including $$ & friends & time! The Lord told me early on I was ‘redeeming’ this house “like He redeemed me!!!” Ouch! ..& He’s faithful to show me most of the parallels & similarities between the two processes.. in the natural & spiritual!! & it leaves me amazed at His Love & patience over the years…(& my friends’ too who’ve hung in there!)
    I pray He won’t stop… there’s more to do before He’s done… 🙂 sure can’t do it without Him!!
    Thanks for a for a timely article!!

  8. This is such a unique, imaginative, and refreshing way to look at the state of the heart. I now have the image of sweeping the unforgiveness, hurt and pride away and leaving my heart fresh for the new day. Thank you so much for this offering of love.

  9. Thank you for your vulnerability here!!! This really hit home with me, and a few weeds in my heart I need to tend to. Thank you this was a great reading to ponder and help e sift through some past hurts. God bless you on your adventure.

  10. I love this! I was just thinking yesterday that living this life is not one and done. it requires dying daily to self. (i always think of mr. incredible when he would talk about the world being saved and wondering why it couldn’t just stay saved. he just saved it! i’m like the world, i’m fixed and healed! wait, you mean this doesn’t last forever? i have to get fixed and healed again tomorrow?!? sigh…lol!). thank you for this reminder to check myself tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, and the next day…

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