I’ve had a lot of questions lately; my conversations with God have been frequent and fairly raw. So this episode I’m sharing is as much for me as it is for you.

One of the most emotionally taxing ways to live is with suppressed doubts and questions. 

As my guest on today’s episode shares, “It hurts more to hide it than to tell the truth about it.” Michele Cushatt joins me on the podcast and this girl knows all about living through the hard stuff. Michelle is a three-time head and neck cancer survivor. Her life was forever changed five years ago and today her physical challenges are a constant reminder of the pieces of her life that have been lost. What I love most about Michele is that even through the hard stuff, she is a truth-teller.  

Michele is a beautiful example of how we can choose to take the hard, ugly and painful moments of life and allow God to show us Himself in them. It doesn’t mean we don’t have questions, doubts, or there aren’t days when we wish that our lives looked different. It simply means that we have lived long enough to realize that God can give us gifts in the midst of our grief. 

You’ll hear Michele talk about the excruciating pain she’s experienced because of her multiple cancer-related surgeries, and how we can find God in the midst of pain. She unpacks the lessons suffering has taught her, as well as what it means to wrestle with God yet continue to choose Him even after we don’t quite understand His ways. There are few people as qualified to talk about the role of suffering in our pursuit of the Savior than Michele.

Her wisdom and her way with words simply blew me away.

Michele is a longtime author and speaker friend.  You may already know her because of the resources she puts out into the world.  She’s the author of several books and a fellow podcaster. Her newest book is called Relentless: The Unshakable Presence of a God Who Never Leaves.

Because I’ve been going through my own hard time, I asked Michele some tough questions, and in response, Michele offered some profound and reassuring answers. Michele has known excruciating pain because of her multiple cancer-related surgeries, yet, she still believes that God is good and that we can find God in the midst of the deepest suffering.

And after talking to Michele, I was truly encouraged to believe that this is indeed true. This interview was gut-wrenchingly honest but also cathartic and healing. And I believe that our truth-filled conversation will be eye-opening and therapeutic for you too. 


Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Finding God in our pain
  • Normalizing doubt and questions
  • Pursuing truth in hard seasons
  • Finding grace in suffering


Resources from today’s show 

  • Connect with Michele on Instagram, Facebook, or on her website 
  • Check out Michele’s podcast
  • Grab a copy of Michele Cushatt’s book, Relentless
  • Check out the Altar Stone Pack Michele has offered to Chrystal’s listeners. As a companion to her new book, Relentless: The Unshakeable Presence of a God Who Never Leaves, Michele put together the Altar Stone pack as a way for readers to mark their own stones from the moments in their life when God’s presence was evident. The Altar Stone pack comes with instructions and prompts for each of 12 stones found in Michele’s book, Relentless. There are also bonus cards included for notes, important events and memories to complete your pack. 
  • Listen to my previous episodes with Michele, chrystalevanshurst.com/066, chrystalevanshurst.com/122

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Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. What feelings about God or your faith have you suppressed because your doubts or questions weren’t accepted?
  2. Do you believe that God is real, that He’s good and He can be trusted?
  3. In what ways have you seen God usher in gifts during times of grief? What has that taught you about His character? How have you seen God in your pain?
  4.  Have you put false (high) expectations on yours/others suffering? How can you extend grace?

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