SJP #045: Michele Cushatt: Encouragement for When You Feel Like You're Not Enough

author encouragement home + family homeschool podcast Jan 12, 2018
SJP Episode #045 with Michele Cushatt Encouragement for When You Feel Like You're Not Enough

Simply Joyful Podcast — Michele Cushatt: Encouragement for When You Feel Like You're Not Enough

Why do we so often beat ourselves up? Sometimes the “mean girl” we encounter in life isn't harassing us in the real world, she's in our head. Well, today we are going to be talking about how to deal with those negative thoughts. My very special guest today is Michele Cushatt. Michele has wonderful encouragement and advice on how to deal with not only the mean-spirited thoughts that circle around in our minds but also how to handle actual comments that hurt our feelings. 

Michele has quite a unique story to tell after all she's dealt with over the past several years. So often on the podcast, we talk about the importance of stepping out of our comfort zones and using the gifts and talents that God has given us. Well, what do you do when you do step out in faith — and trials happen? It can make you start doubting yourself and what God's call is. 

We are covering all that today. How to “shush” the negativity in our heads and how to lean in on God's amazing strength to find the courage to keep going on. You are going to LOVE Michele and listening in to all she has to share. I really can't begin to tell you how excited I am to have her on the show today. I'm a huge fan of hers and I know you will be too after you hear today's episode. 

You will be blown away by this conversation with Michele! Get ready to be encouraged!

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Highlights from the Show:

  • Michele is a wife and a mom of (wait for it) SIX kids—ages 10 – 25. She’s a speaker and an author. Her latest book is I Am — and trust me — you guys need this book!
  • We jump right in with our interview with a reader question from Tricia Goyer! Michele chats a little about her time in Africa with Tricia and about “starting over” with kids.
  • We giggled as Michele shared how after raising three boys, the empty nest years were looking like the promise land! Ha! Then God changed her life with a phone call — and brought the mission field to her door.
  • “Cancer isn’t something that happens to everyone, but can happen to you.” — Michele shares more about how her life was changed so dramatically after being diagnosed with cancer of the tongue — and then getting the call to take in three children.
  • I shared how I remembered listening to Michael Hyatt's podcast, which she co-hosted, about her recovery from her dramatic surgery. I just about cried when I heard her on the air again. It was so incredible.
  • Together we chat about hiding in today’s culture. It’s so easy — with social media, and everything needing to be “Pinterest perfect”. We need to be real. We need to step out with boldness and realize that we can’t do things without His strength.
  • Michele shares about how her book, I Am, came about and what started out as a book on identity for teenage girls, became a book and a message Michele realized she needed to hear herself.
  • Michele gives tips to quiet the negative voice in our heads — and while it’s hard with all that bombards us, we can overcome it with His strength and His help. My favorite tip of Michele’s is to combat these negative thoughts with the truth of the Scriptures.
  • We also chat about what to do when the comments aren’t from us, aren’t internal, Michele shares a heartbreaking story of when someone’s good intentions felt more like digging a knife into a raw wound. The comment was so hurtful, but she dealt with it — both inward and outward — with grace.


  • I referred back to my podcast episode with Tricia Goyer.
  • Of course, I can't mention Tricia without also mentioning our book, Homeschool Basics!
  • We'll be doing an official launch of the book next month.
  • I also mention Michael Hyatt's podcast with Michele. 
  • You can check out both of Michele's podcasts HERE.
  • I shared about my exciting brand new “BONUS” podcast episode on “How to Set Better Goals in 2018!” that was just released on our Simply Joyful Membership site.
  • My Meal Planning Made Easy Course is coming out in early February. I have a free Holiday Meal Planning Mini-Course out now if you want to check it out.
  • I also mentioned about how I'd love to help you start your business journey and help you create a business that you love! I'm working on putting together a business program, and if this is something you'd be interested in learning more, please fill out the form HERE.
  • I Am
  • Homeschool Basics
  • Undone Is Beautiful 
  • Walk It Out 

Be Sure to Connect with Michele Online:

Website | Books

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