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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. Michele,
    Oh how pathetic I must look to God – banging myself tirelessly into that window. I can SO relate to this. It’s good and it’s bad that I’ve been known as a person who can make things happen. I’m a self starter and have not backed down from big projects. Only problem is that too often I’ve attributed “success” to me. We can work tirelessly, but if it’s not God’s will, we’ll just keep banging ourselves into that pane of glass. But, if we are working in accordance with God’s will, with the power of Christ flowing through us…WBevow! what awesome things can happen. Learning to trust, for me, has meant “releasing” my striving to make things happen in my time to fit my will. That’s simply not trust. I have found that when I take my foot off the accelerator, sit still, pray, and ultimately trust, it’s THEN that God will show me the open door through which I can not only fly, but soar. Excellent post!
    Bev xx

  2. Thanks, Michele–it’s so easy to fall into a pattern of window-walking, thereby missing God’s wide open door!
    Blessings to you! (And I really appreciate your presence on the Communicator Academy podcast!)

  3. You just helped to stop beating my head against that “window pane” of my life right now. I am wanting to desperately to buy another home, one that me and my husband of a few years can share, make home together. Everyone who comes to my present house, likes it but never puts an offer on it. Every one we look and like, before we get down the street, someone else puts an offer on it. I am so frustrated, angry and hurt, wondering what did I do to deserve this. Today, I will just try breathing, really talking to God and letting go of trying to MAKE it happen now. That open door may probably be seen at last. Thank you,

    • been there ! We looked at alot too and no luck then finally a few weeks later we accidentally found the house we would buy and love as our home. God already knows where you’re supposed to be and when ; leave the stress & emotional pains to him and wait and see…he has a plan !

  4. Thank you for providing such a perfect analogy at the exact time I was feeling like that fly but couldn’t quite get a handle on it! And than you for pointing the way to the door with a reminder of how truth sets us free, literally!

  5. Oh this is so good. I’m not doing that right now (I don’t think), but I certainly have in the past, and as my husband and I start a new venture, it’s certainly something to keep at the forefront of my mind!

  6. Michele, ohh how I can relate to that fly! Thanks for sharing this perspective as I’ve never even thought of myself like that, but I have to admit, I am more like that fly that I realized. Great words and reminder!

    @Bev, so true , I like “ taking my foot off the accelerator “.

    Thank you ladies for sharing have a great day

  7. well written! I think it’s human nature to do what we want to do..without thinking it all threw. certainly the Israelites long ago went ahead doing everything on their own attempts & God was frustrated !!
    it’s good to have drive and ambition as long as it lines up with a humble heart and alot of pre- prayer before doing our own thing ! lived long enough to know this is true..i think we are to prayerfully approach God with our requests ; leave them with him & see what he gives us. that’s no easy task as a human being who wants instant answers and to be on our way doing our thing..i have spun my wheels in my youth too going doing and not waiting on God. it never turns out good…we don’t want to be that fly caught up and overly focused on the wrong thing all the while if we just had laid off abit we could have seen the door..

  8. My, what a simple but powerful message. Thank you so much for sharing. I thank God for you & what He has put on your heart to share. Certainly made my day

  9. Thankyou so much for this… there are a few windows in my life where I’m hitting up against them, one of them is singleness right now. Thankyou for confirming what I’ve already been learning.

  10. Michele,

    We are such an impatient bunch of people down here. People want things done & now-right now. Often times we don’t think to consult God before rushing into projects, or making choices. We want to prove that we can do it on our own. When it doesn’t work out as we think it should we give up. The Israelites were just like that. Ten spies went to check out the Promised land. Eight saw problems. “We can’t do this. The people & obstacles are to big”. They were right. In their own strength they couldn’t do it, but with God they could have. Two spies were smart enough to acknowledge that God & them could win. If we would start out involving God in our plans projects they would most certainly work out – amazingly. We just have to wait on His perfect timing & trust His plans. It boils down to trusting God to help you through a situation.

    Blessings 🙂

  11. What a great message and one I need to hear on so many levels. Laying down my own effort in plans and asking God to open my eyes to his plans.

    Well God this is my prayer open my eyes to your plans for my life, my children’s, my marriage and my masters. It’s all up to you God for you love me and I find true calmness and comfort in you. Forgive me for my wrong doings help me to let go and rest in your arms. I love you and I’m grateful for you so grateful for your guidance, grace, forgiveness and provision. Hear my prayer oh Lord, heal my son, heal me and my family.
    This is my prayer, IJN, Amen

  12. Michele, you know what I loved most about reading this post? I could hear your voice in my head. I just love that. I love that I’ve had the gift of enough time spent together that I know the tone of your voice, the rhythm of your speech, which makes the truth you share here all the more real and dear to me. This is so good. As always. Thank you. xx

  13. Oh God is so good to give me this gentle reminder today. I am definently in the “fly” mode lately. Prayers appreciated. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Thank you for this message. For seven years, I have been that fly on the window. I have often felt like that canary in the cage that the door has been left open, but too scared to venture out. A wise older lady that I knew wrote me a note once & said to me let go & let God. I finally did when I was forced to. Today, I live one day at a time. Prayers needed as I need to be be aware of God’s direction for me.