Michael Cusick Paul Young

Becoming Whole: An Interview on Healing from Abuse

Michael Cusick Paul Young

Sexual healing minister Michael Cusick interviews Paul Young, THE SHACK author & sexual abuse survivor.

Hey friends. Sorry for the heavy messages lately, but in light of recent world events, I know many of us have questions about where God’s at & why He’s allowing such atrocities to happen. I think it’s important to address such topics in this space, so here goes.

Today I wanna share with you one of the most profound messages I’ve heard to date on deep personal & spiritual healing from abuse. Please do yourself a favor & give it a listen all the way through. I was so not expecting this level of depth in such a relatively short discussion.

This interview is with William Paul Young, author of the wildly-popular book The Shack (which honestly I have yet to read). It’s a book some Christians are wary of because, apparently, it plunges deep into the whole “dark night of the soul” bit, human suffering, and God’s place in it — asking questions many of us believers don’t dare to.

We’ve been taught that we shouldn’t question God… that we should have “reckless faith” even in the face of the most heinous evils that may happen to us (or around us). We’ve been taught that unwavering trust is where it’s AT — and Jesus absolutely says faith is vital to our well-being.

But maybe what we don’t understand is that faith isn’t the absence of questions. It’s the unwavering trust that in the midst of our deepest ones, we still believe in God’s character and that He’s planning good for us, even when all hell breaks loose in our lives. The deepest & most genuine faith is forged when we question every single biblical attribute about God but still keep holding His hand.

Let me know what you think.

“Becoming Whole” – Michael Cusick Interviews Paul Young, Author of The Shack

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Calling Evil Good

Credit: Unsplash, Alyssa Smith

Credit: Unsplash, Alyssa Smith

How long will we chase what destroys us, America? 

Have we forgotten Who made our nation great?

Centuries before it was hijacked for political agendas, the rainbow was given to us as a divine promise (and that it remains). Rainbows — and marriages — will always be God’s turf, and no attempt to rewrite their meanings is relevant because He is their creator, not man [and the Creator always has ultimate authority]. No government dictates what is morally right in God’s eyes.

Today’s Supreme Court ruling shows blatant disrespect for the God who loves us and wants to free us from our wicked behavior. Here is a warning to those declaring today a “national victory”:

ISAIAH 5

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
And prudent in their own sight!
Woe to men… who justify the wicked for a bribe,
And take away justice from the righteous man!

Therefore, as the fire devours the stubble,
And the flame consumes the chaff,
So their root will be as rottenness,
And their blossom will ascend like dust;
Because they have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts,
And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
Therefore the anger of the Lord is aroused against His people;
He has stretched out His hand against them
And stricken them,
And the hills trembled.
Their carcasses were as refuse in the midst of the streets.

For all this His anger is not turned away,
But His hand is stretched out still.”

I ask again: How long will we chase what destroys us, America? 

The Makings of Mighty Oaks

Ranch Oak

An oak at my husband’s family ranch

They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of His splendor.

They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations.

~Isaiah 61:3-4

I woke up one day to the whisper “Oaks of righteousness”. A thought then came to mind: How long does it take for an oak tree to mature? As any Texan knows, unlike fast-blooming (and less-pretty) cedars, the stunning oak takes years to blossom.

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