Michele Cushatt, author of I Am, asked us all at the West Coast Christian Writer’s Conference to take our shoes off.
She just finished a powerful message about the inadequacy Moses felt when God spoke to him from a burning bush and called him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt to escape their life of slavery.
I wrestled off my tight, shearling-lined, winter boots and stood barefoot in the auditorium, anticipating what she would say next.
Moses stood barefoot at a burning bush and asked God,
“Who am I? Who am I to lead the Israelites out of their life of slavery in Egypt?”
We often look at our own ability and ask the same thing.
Who am I God?
God’s two-part answer to Moses and to us has nothing to do with our own qualifications.
Presence, I will be with you
Purpose, I Am sending you.
Michele then asked us to lift our left foot up off the ground and say out loud “I will be with you,” as we stepped back down.
“God’s presence is your first footing. Immanuel God with us, the Holy Spirit God in you.“
Then she asked us to lift up our right foot and say, “I am sending you.”
“God is sending you. God’s purpose is your second footing. Only when we walk on the purposes of God are we not consumed by what we are called to do.”
After closing with a powerful prayer, as if to send us off into the world to minister, I knew I wanted to continue the journey and read Michele Cushatt’s latest book, I Am: a 60-Day Journey To Knowing Who You Are Because Of Who He Is.
Her book reminds us that our identity is grounded in who God is and not in who we are.
When it comes to Moses’ burning question, you and I can exhale. The pressure is off. It’s not up to us to be worthy, it’s on God. He’s the Savior. The Artist. The wielder of paint and brush in your life.
This 60-Day devotional is divided into six parts: “Creation,” “Exodus,” “Presence,” “Rescue,” and “Revelation.”
Each day begins with a verse in which God speaks directly about who we are and what Christ has done for us. At the end of each devotion there’s a section titled “Who Am I?” that encourages deeper thought and application.
Michele solidifies her message in these devotions by using personal stories and Biblical teaching.
I believe her testimony will be an encouragement to so many women longing to know that they are loved and accepted as they are.
Michele shares about the pain and brokenness she felt after having prayed her whole life for a godly husband and family and ended up as a 27-year-old divorcee with an infant.
She shares of her second marriage and the challenges of a blended family.
And during the writing of this book, she discovers a third cancer diagnosis resulting in the removal of two-thirds of her tongue, skin grafts and major reconstruction.
Safety isn’t the absence of suffering. It’s finding rest in the middle of it.
Through her struggles, she discovers that her value is not found in appearance or achievements but in the God who chose us, sent us and promises to be with us every single day.
But real faith is a letting go. A releasing of the what-if’s when everything in you wants to tighten your grip. It’s allowing yourself to free fall into the unknown because you have absolute confidence that waiting at the other end are arms big enough to catch you, help you, and make you whole.
Have you felt inadequate for a calling God has placed on your own life? What can you do to see yourself as God sees you? I would love for you to leave a comment below.
I was given a copy of this book from BooklookBloggers in exchange for my honest review.