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. I totally agree, take all away—but if your foundation is in Christ, you will stand firm when the storms come. They will come!!!
    Health breaks, suffering comes, kids go away from God, you end up living with family that has no foundation. Yet, still you will
    stand steadfast with your foundation in Christ.

    • Amen! “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” —2 Corinthians 12:9

  2. What a great relatable challenge to reflect on what we truly base our life on! Thank you for sharing this this morning! I have shared it with my Titus 2 ministry daughters. Several have husbands previously in or are still in construction so they will get it even more than us fans of HGTV. Blessings!

  3. Oh my goodness, the list of things we consider as part of our life are not strong enough to be our keeping strength in times of storms. I thought being kind and gentle would keep me centered until I ran into mean spirited people and it upset my cart of peace. Then I thought being a good wife would be my keeping strength until my husband was unkind and unfair in many ways to me, so I was bruised in my emotions and felt hurt and wounded. Later I thought being a good mother would be my keeping strength until my three girls grew up and went to college. They are lovely girls but they don’t need my constant attention so now what do I surmise except I need a keeping strength that is solid, strong and secure. One that is always what God gives to me in safety, truth, security, wisdom and correction as needed. I have placed my trust in myself instead of God working through me. The Holy Spirit knows how to help me if I yield my will to Him.

    To others who tried to be your own firm foundation and keeping strength, it will not work. We cannot redeem ourselves, we need a Redeemer who does what only Jesus can do, give everything for us so we can live reconciled with our Creator.

    Glory to the name of Jesus. Learn early in your Christian Journey that you must be humble and admit you cannot save yourself, you need a Savior in all areas of your life.

    God bless your steps.


  4. Michele,

    I try to live my life in such a way that people would say my it is built on rock. Each day i do my best to show/shine God’s light & love to this sinful world. My faith & trust is in God alone. I can say this because when trials come like the pandemic I didn’t worry or despair. For I know God alone is in control. Great words to ponder.

    Blessings 🙂

  5. Thank you for this. I have been battered with some hard things for 2 years. And a new very hard one this weekend. Sometimes my faith is shaky, and I feel my walls wanting to tumble. It’s been confusing (especially when I read God promises and the opposite happens). So the “thank you” is your reminder that my foundation is strong. A few waves may damage the concrete, but I hope and pray it holds when all is said and done. Take care.

    • I’m so sorry for your suffering, Stephanie. Sometimes it feels like it never ends. With you, sister. May our Father comfort your heart and strengthen your faith today.

  6. Thank you for this reminder. I am living proof that when you put your faith in any of these things that you listed, when the storms of life come, your foundation is not standing on God’s truth (even if I thought they were) my world came crumbling down. I pray for all those that are struggling right now. We have a God, a Savior, A Friend that will never leave us.

  7. We are currently building a new house 1700 miles away and so your words really “hit home”..And also our focus has to be on “Heaven is our Home” because many times earth really IS a desert drear!! Praying for good health for you and your family. And thank you for these precious words when we really needed them!!

  8. Thank you for this reminder, Michele. It’s easy when the storms relent for awhile to forget. And thank you for reminding me of my favorite hymn, My Hope is Built on Nothing Less. I love the original title too: The Immutable Basis for a Sinner’s Hope. I hope your house renovations turned out well!

  9. Michelle – THANK YOU for that timely word! God is so good; allowing others to speak the words our hearts need to hear. Thank you for being open and vulnerable with us, and sharing what the Lord placed on your heart. God Bless.

  10. Praise God for the solid foundation he provides! He has been my Rock for more than six decades; I can’t imagine life without the support of his love, strength, guidance, and more.