Have you ever thought you had found your God-given calling, only to have it seemingly stripped from you?

Michele Cushatt is an accomplished author and speaker who knows what it’s like for her calling to be in jeopardy. She thought she was about to lose her calling when her doctor discovered an aggressive form of cancer in her mouth that caused her to lose most of her tongue.

She shares how by holding on to God’s hope, she was able to fight back against incredible odds.

“I wish I could say I’ve completely arrived, but I don’t think any of us do this side of heaven until we’re made whole by Jesus Himself.”

Despite a severe speech impediment that resulted from surgery to remove the tumor in her mouth, Michele is still able to speak. She says that one particular Bible story helped her get through her doubts about her calling.

“The story of Moses absolutely captivated me. There’s this moment in Exodus where we see Moses at the burning bush. God is speaking to him from the bush, and God says He is sending Moses to Egypt.”

In that moment, Moses asks God a question that we all ask at some point in our lives.

Who am I that I should go? Behind that question is very simply what all of us feel every week or even every day. Who am I to do this hard thing? Who am I to do this or that?

Michele says that while there are moments that we feel confident, they are often few and far between.

“More often than not, we’re chasing after it. We’re scared to death that we don’t matter and we’re scared to death that we don’t have what it takes.”

God responds to Moses’s question by not even mentioning anything about him or his ability. He simply says, I will be with you.

All that matters in life is whether or not God is with us. If God is with us, we can do anything. If God isn’t with us, we can do nothing.


Michele Cushatt is a successful speaker and author who shares about the complicated intersections of real faith and real life, speaking at women’s conferences, Compassion International, Focus on the Family, and Hearts at Home.

Key Scripture: Luke 9:24

Featured Songs: Let There Be Light – Hillsong Worship; Behold, Then Sings My Soul – Hillsong Worship; It is Well – Bethel

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