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Welcome to my blog! I write about the deep stuff – stuff I think really matters in life: identity, emotional health, spiritual freedom. Faith. Growth. The pursuit of a full, thriving, beautiful life.

My prayer is that what you read here will inspire you to go after all of it with everything you’ve got.

Why Deconstructing Your Faith is Good For You

Why Deconstructing Your Faith is Good For You

Have you ever had a crisis of faith? I’ve always thought that meant questioning whether you believe in God anymore, but for some people like me, it’s not exactly that. It’s more that you begin to doubt the specifics of what you believe. You wonder whether what you’ve...

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You’ve Never Seen Transformation Like This

You’ve Never Seen Transformation Like This

If you’re at all like me, every time you log onto a social media platform, you’re bound to see some amazing before-and-after photos of people who have undergone an incredible transformation. It’s hard to just scroll by without scrutinizing the images. To be honest, I...

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Danger! These 5 Things Can Kill Your Marriage

Danger! These 5 Things Can Kill Your Marriage

Not too long ago, I wrote a couple of posts about marriage that were incredibly well-read. They seemed to have touched upon deep longings most people have within their relationships: To be known. Loved. Affirmed. Cherished. I believe when you read these kind of lists,...

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Facebook Friends and “Secret Sins”

Facebook Friends and “Secret Sins”

Yesterday, to ease my guilt and get a few laughs, I put up a confession on my Facebook page. It read, True confession: I threw away a bunch of Easter candy in the trash so I wouldn’t eat it. Then later I took it back out again and ate it. It was true. I actually did...

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I Used to Hate Women

I Used to Hate Women

I used to hate women. I honestly did. Well, hate is a pretty strong word. But it does encompass other strong emotions, like fear, intimidation, and distrust. I was always uncomfortable around them. I felt unsafe. Invisible—and at times, exposed. The sad memory of that...

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Lessons Learned at the Clinic: Part 3

Lessons Learned at the Clinic: Part 3

This week’s post is the last installment of a three-part series on lessons I learned from my stay in a 30-day residential treatment center. This week, I’m especially pumped to share something extremely practical and hands-on. A plan. A tool you can create (or create...

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Lessons Learned at the Clinic: Part 2

Lessons Learned at the Clinic: Part 2

Thanks so much to all of you who read, shared, commented on, and encouraged me about last week’s post. While mental illness isn’t the easiest thing in the world to talk about, it’s so important. For one thing, it’s more prevalent than you might think. The National...

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Lessons Learned at the Clinic: Part 1

Lessons Learned at the Clinic: Part 1

I could hardly believe the words that came spilling out of my mouth: “Can you find me a residential treatment center?  A Christian one?” Within minutes of blurting that out, my husband found me just such a place–one that specializes in mental health issues–and he...

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Dying to My Old Self: A Eulogy

Dying to My Old Self: A Eulogy

I’ve spent a lifetime pursuing emotional and spiritual wholeness, and I’ve come to learn that it’s pretty near impossible to find that kind of life without first experiencing death. No one likes death and dying, but they are necessary processes to get rid of the old...

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Sunday’s Coming

Sunday’s Coming

You can begin again.All creation declares this truth; even the very seasons themselves make this claim again and again as a reminder. Here, in the Northeast, winters can feel intolerably long, and the closer we come to spring, the more painful and intolerable each...

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Adoption, Faith, and Radical Obedience

Adoption, Faith, and Radical Obedience

“Those children are yours.” I stood, somewhat frozen, with terrified assurance that it was God speaking to me. I had hiked nearly an hour up a steep jungle hill to reach the clearing where two little children and their dilapidated mud hut stood. They weren’t exactly...

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Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis and Treatment

During a routine checkup, the doctor detected a heart murmur in one of my daughters. I tried to alleviate her fears by telling her that I have one too, and they are rarely a cause for worry. I also told her she might need an echocardiogram, which would display an...

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When Leaders Abuse, Your Response Matters

When Leaders Abuse, Your Response Matters

The subject at hand has been churning inside me at an ever-increasing speed and intensity. Every day brings to light another prominent leader who has done or said egregious things with little apparent remorse. One has to wonder if the Lord himself isn’t flushing these...

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My Latest Book

Do you struggle with being able to feel the Father’s love for you? Are you tired of trying to shake that restless feeling and nagging loneliness you’ve been carrying all your life? You don’t have to go it alone anymore.

You’ve been adopted. 

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Biblically sound and inspiring, Grafted In by Michelle Wuesthoff will empower you to see your own identity and worth in light of God s powerful plan. You are not abandoned. God has beautifully adopted you into his forever family. The implications of this truth will positively affect every aspect of your life!

Mary DeMuth, author of We Too: How the Church Can Respond Redemptively to the Sexual Abuse Crisis

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Grafted In is full of healing power for those secret, painful places we seldom acknowledge or reveal. It’s as if God reached through Michelle’s words to my tired soul and breathed the Spirit back into me. Whether you are in the midst of a painful situation or in recovery from one, this book will disciple with gentle, loving authority. Transparent, honest and humble-thank you, Michelle Wuesthoff, for sharing your mighty God story with us.

Kim de Blecourt, author of I Call You Mine and Until We All Come Home

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Wrought from Michelle’s own orphan-heart experiences, Grafted In guides those of us who feel disconnected from the Fathering heart of God on an important journey. With this book, you will clearly identify your need and find the path to become grafted in as a true son or daughter of the Father. Grafted In is everything I hoped it would be–and so much more.

Anna LeBaron, author of The Polygamist’s Daughter

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Michelle Wuesthoff has done the body of Christ a great service. She blends her powerful testimony with biblical insight, scientific understanding, and wisdom from others. She shows the way for us to follow her in the path to adoption. Even if you read this book to help someone else, you will be touched and grow in freedom yourself. Grafted In will help many to move from living as orphans to enjoying the loving embrace of Father God. We welcome and celebrate this valuable book!

Mark and Jane Burlinson, Lead Pastors, Catch the Fire Myrtle Beach

Grafted In was one of the best books I read in 2018. This companion study does not disappoint. As stated by another reviewer, it can stand alone and does not necessarily need to be used alongside Grafted In.

This is not your normal Devotional/ Small Group book. I loved the unique approach this study takes. You’ll find thought-provoking journal prompts, write your own Psalm, and go deep into finding your identity in Christ.

I love that Michelle was able to cover a wide breadth of topics without making it feel like she was jumping around too much. I think this would be an excellent small group study or a personal Bible study. It especially spoke to me in this season of life I am in right now. My family is coming out of a time of deep personal struggle and suffering, it’s helped me remember who I am in Christ, evaluate my priorities and remember His love for me.”  — Amanda O.

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