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Nov 20 2019

CTLP Episode 143- Relentless Faith in a Relentless God with Michele Cushatt

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Show Notes-

Today on the CTL podcast, we get to listen in on a conversation between MacKenzie and author and speaker Michele Cushatt. Michele is a wife and mother of 6 who has been through the difficulties of single parenting, cancer surgeries, and other kinds of loss. MacKenzie and Michele talk about her new book, Relentless: The Unshakeable Presence of a God Who Never Leave, focussing on keeping our faith amidst life’s hardest trials.

  • Michele talks a little about how she came to write this book through her own experience of prolonged trials
  • The difficulty of holding onto faith when things don’t make any sense
  • Valuing the process of grappling with your doubts and taking them to God
  • The importance of keeping sight of the ways God has been faithful to you in the past to help you get through the hard things in the future
  • Michele’s strategy for setting up “altar stones” of remembrance

The things that wound us the deepest end up developing us the most.

Michele Cushatt
  • Why Michele included so much about her father in her own story
  • Holding the faith amidst the realization that other believers are probably going to wound us at times
  • Having been through our own difficulties help us have grace for other people who are hurting
  • Recognizing that we are going to fail, but God will be faithful through it all
  • Our deep fear of being aloneness and what it means for our relationship with God
  • The importance of creating connections with people who will walk with us through the hard times
  • Creating space for others to struggle with their faith by sharing your own vulnerabilities
  • Michele’s typical daily routine

Current Lovelies-

Michele: enjoying drawing and writing with her new markers in her own style of gratitude journal

MacKenzie: watching Hallmark movies and enjoying decorating her house for Christmas early

Resources Mentioned-


Relentless by Michele Cushatt

Soul-Keeping by John Ortberg


Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Pride and Prejudice

Les Miserables

Find Michele-

You can find Michele at, and listen to her podcast, This Undone Life Together. You can also follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Twitter.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at You can also listen to her family-friendly podcast The Same Page!

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