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, thank you so much for the reminder that this world really is not our home, and that God has a marvelous place ready for us. I would love to win one of these books, my parents have significant health issues and this book sounds like the encouragement we need to keep our faith built up!

  2. Thank you for sharing your story. I found myself able to relate as I have watched both my parents lose their battles to cancer. I have tried hard to understand, but in that understanding, I found beauty in the ashes.

  3. The image of “your room is ready” when it is time for each of us to go Home to Heaven is beautiful!

  4. Wow, this touched me. To think of heaven as an anticipated dream vacation …… I “get” that!!!

  5. One of the most beautiful posts I have ever read. If this doesn’t speak to your heart, nothing will. I am constantly homesick for my home in heaven. God is our only comfort and hope here in this dark and evil world. Can we come home? Grieving with the ones who are grieving the losses from the tragic shooting yesterday in Nashville, Tn. Please God, help us.

  6. Love this! I relate to this, as I have had the “feeling” of wanting to go home as well when things have gotten rough.

  7. I was encouraged by your podcast regarding homesickness. It is easy to let the horrible events of killings and devastating weather events bring you down and make you feel like the world is so broken. You gave me a lot to think about as you encouraged me to dream of my heavenly home as much as I look forward to a vacation or some other happy time. May God bless us and May we draw closer to Him.

  8. Thank you so much for your godly reminder of where our hopes need to be anchored. I went from seeing granddaughter baptized Sunday-believers baptism- to reading of children her age gunned down this Monday…homesick for how it will be one day and living in the hope of the gospel today. Keep writing!

  9. My 8 year old daughter spends a los of time thinking about heaven. She has panick attacks because of everythkng she imagines and the things she fears might happen and what she doesnt understand. She has been going through this for over a month now. Everytime she is alone with her thoughts (about everything) she starts getting desperate and fearful. It is breaking my heart to see her like this. Because I know the feeling all too well and since she was born I’ve always asked God not to let her or her brother go through this ever. How do I help my Child? I am loosing hope.

    • I am so very sorry, Flor. Jesus, you know this sweet girl’s suffering, and her mother’s desperation to help her. You are the healer, and we’re coming to you for relief. Please, Jesus, deliver, heal, comfort, save. We don’t know what to do, but our eyes are on you. (2 Chronicles 20). Amen.

  10. Oh my this book talks to me! Almost every day since my husband died I tell God I want to come home to my real home. I so needed this. Thank you.

  11. I needed to read this today. A recent cancer diagnosis for my husband is hitting me at the core. BUT I have faith in almighty God knowing He will see us through and that His grace is sufficient. It isn’t easy this thing called faith but m holding on
    God bless

  12. Thank you for sharing your post…it’s a wonderful reminder to believers that Jesus has a room ready for us! Ever since my fiancé unexpectedly passed away, I have been reading and studying the Bible more to enhance my relationship with the Lord. I would love to win a copy of your book!

  13. Michelle,
    I am comforted by the thought Jesus is preparing a place for me in heaven. I’ve seen glimpses of heaven in this lifetime, but I know they pale in comparison to what He actually has in store for us. All the pain I’ve endured (physical, mental, emotional) in this lifetime confirms this world is not my home. I am just a stranger passing through. Even in my younger years, I had a homesickness for heaven deep in my soul. I saw what went on in the world and knew it wasn’t what God had in mind. Especially now, we need to adopt a more eternal perspective. I know one day (hopefully soon) I will be healed of the infirmities that have plagued me. Some may call them a “curse” but I call them a blessing because they have been the compass which continually directs me to my true North (Jesus) and my forever home (heaven). Beautiful post and will definitely pick up a copy of your book.

  14. Oh Michele, I can’t even fully express how much I needed to read this today. Blessings!

  15. I have a son who comes home to sleep on the couch. He lost his room to younger bro when he went to college. I wish I had a quiet place for him to find peace on college breaks. More so I wish he was ready to embrace the truth that we are all homesick for Heaven. I pray he discovers this soon, and finds peace in Jesus.

  16. Michele, Your book sounds like it would be helpful to me as I navigate through multiple health issues! I would love to receive a copy from your give away. Otherwise due financial restrictions compounded by my health, I will have to wait until it is in our Library. Thank you for sharing your wisdom gained from your experience & study. Eccl. 3:11 has been a great comfort to me as I am going through this. “He has set eternity in the heart of men.” Amen! Thank you Lord!
    Love & Prayers, Sherry Chatham

  17. Awesome post. I would love to win a copy of the book! It sounds like just what I need right now. Blessings to you.

  18. We all get “homesick” in our seasons of life. Thank you Michele for the beautiful reminder….

    ….”Of course. Always. I’ll have your room ready” He never fails!

    May your book release be amazing \0/

  19. This really hit home with me. Day by day I am preparing to say goodbye to my sweet mommy. Only God knows when she will see Jesus. I am mourning her as I wait on the Lord to take her home. My faith some days have wavered but I know I must trust God in the process! Oh but it hurts! I thank God for each minute with her! I am praying for strength and peace!

  20. This article (in the book it comes from) comes at an appropriate time for me as I watch and try to help my mom through the after effects of multiple mini strokes. I’m also dealing with my own reoccurring physical issues. I think we are both searching for answers and support and strengthening faith. Thank you.

  21. I am very tired. This would be nice. (heaven, preferably, to be honest; but this book sounds like it’s potentially a good lift?)

  22. Michele,

    I’ve been home sick for a while now. It seems like we are going back to Sodom & Gomorrah. Everyone doing just as they please. Now worries about tomorrow. Watching society’s morals & depravity saddens me. Makes me long even more for heaven. I know this isn’t what Jesus had in mind when He made the Garden of Eden. Praying for our world that people will wake up & think about where they will spend eternity.

    Blessings 🙂

  23. Thank you, Michelle. And thank you for responding to me a few weeks ago about OT verses and Rom. 8:28, etc. My mom passed away 2 weeks ago. We kept telling mom that God was preparing a room for her, but it must not be ready yet. I think in her dementia she still understood that
    I feel like I need to change my mindset somehow after 3 years of caregiving…
    I finally started reading Relentless Sunday night. The Introduction, which was so wonderful, made me cry… So I guess that means I need to read the rest of the book! I glanced through the quotes you used in your book, and they are sweet, too. Later I found this quote that really resonates with me, by Henri Nouwen: “The dance of life finds its beginnings in grief……Here a completely new way of living is revealed. It is the way in which pain can be embraced, not out of a desire to suffer, but in the knowledge that something new will be born in the pain.”
    Thank you for your words, wherever they may be, and for sharing the difficult things in life, and even harder, the difficult emotions! xoxo Stephanie B.

    • Oh, Stephanie. I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Such a gaping hole. It makes sense that you are struggling to find your footing after being a caregiver so long. Be kind to yourself. Grief takes as long as grief takes. Jesus won’t leave your side. Much love, sister.

  24. Words that remind and show us how to live forward and upward. This devotion encouraged me to let my soul rest in Jesus.

  25. This makes me think of my mother’s last weeks on earth. Though she had many plans and dreams with loved ones, her health was quickly failing her, and she seemed content in her last days to move towards heaven; looking forward to a fully restored body and being reunited with her loved ones that had gone before her! This comforted us at the time, and continues to ease our sorrow as we grieve her passing. Thank you for this!

  26. I have seen this advertised on Facebook and would love to read it. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  27. This reminds me so much of the scripture verse I’ve been thinking about for awhile (Colossians 3:2-4).
    Much of life here on earth is filled with difficulty and pain. Personally, I often feel this longing within my soul, even though I have people in my life who love me. Perhaps the yearning to be where I truly belong is the reason for how I feel. Your book sounds like a fascinating one, Michele.

  28. And when I get to Heaven, Jesus will greet me with the Biggest & Best Hug of my life!

  29. Dreaming of heaven! What a day that will be. We can only imagine. Take me there imagination!

  30. Excited to read this one! Christian authors speak right to my heart as a teacher in a Christian school.

  31. This sounds like a wonderful and insightful book that I would love to read! Thank you for a chance to win a copy!

  32. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of the book A Faith that Cannot Fail

    • I lost my mom to metastatic breast cancer when I was 10, my brother was 8. Our dad worked 2 jobs to support us which left us alone most of our childhood. My brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a result of the trauma. He’s 65 now and suffering still. I had a chance to lead him to Christ before he was diagnosed. My papa passed away from the unrelenting stress of his family. I have had no immediate family most of my life. Some would say an orphan. We’re all orphans who are adopted by our loving heavenly father. One can either become bitter or lean into the arms of the One who calls you His beloved. Come Lord Jesus, soon.
      I’m currently reading your book, ‘Relentless’ and seeing clearly the ‘unshakable presence of a God who never leaves’ Thank you Michele Cushatt.