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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.

Spiritual Freedom Isn’t a Free Gift

Spiritual Freedom Isn’t a Free Gift

As Christians, we are the beneficiaries of so many good things from God, it’s nearly impossible to list them all. We spend a considerable amount of time in prayer and thanksgiving acknowledging that we are undeserving of them, which, of course, is true. He gives us...

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5 Ways To Help Your Kids Build a Solid Identity

5 Ways To Help Your Kids Build a Solid Identity

We are in an all-out identity crisis these days. Though it is part of the human experience to try to sort out who we are at different stages of life, never has that need become as critical or as urgent as it is right now. Whether it’s about gender, sexual orientation,...

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How I Finally Overcame Mental Illness

How I Finally Overcame Mental Illness

Whoa…overcame? That’s a pretty bold statement in the title, even for me. Mental illness (anxiety, depression, PTSD) has dogged me most of my life, and handicapped me for a good portion of it. But not today. Not for a whole year. And now, I’m going to do my very best...

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Why You Need Creativity In Your Life

Why You Need Creativity In Your Life

Hold on, there. Don’t click away. I’m talking to you, and yes, you are creative. If you’ll give me a few minutes and your patience to get through this post, I’m going to tell you why creativity is so vital to a thriving Christian life, and why you are equipped for it...

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New Year, New You!

New Year, New You!

While I love the Christmas season, I’ve come to realize that I love the days in between Christmas and New Year’s Day even more. There’s peace in having come through the previous season (and year) intact. There’s an anticipation–a hopeful expectation–of what’s ahead,...

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Can We Handle the Truth?

Can We Handle the Truth?

A fire is burning in me, and I have to say that it’s an angry sort of fire. Outrage. Righteous indignation. Absolute horror and disgust at not only what has surfaced in the news lately, but the response to it by many fellow Christians. In the wake...

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Stop Striving and Start Thriving

Stop Striving and Start Thriving

We live in an insanely fast-paced world. Most of us barely finish one thing before careening into the next. On top of that, there’s an awful lot of pressure to not only succeed, but to look amazing while you’re doing it. Like it’s no big thing. Pinterest-worthy baby...

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The Deepest Longing of Your Heart, Answered

The Deepest Longing of Your Heart, Answered

What does your heart most need to hear right now? What do you wish the Father would whisper right into the depths of your being? Quiet yourself down for just a moment and search inside for the answer to those questions. Maybe what you’re longing for is right there on...

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An Open Letter of Encouragement (To Myself)

An Open Letter of Encouragement (To Myself)

How many of you out there could use a little encouragement right now? Who's your go-to when you need it? There are many sources we could (or should) turn to when our hearts could use a lift. Like your friends, your family members, your spouse. And the Lord, of course....

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Should Every Christian Adopt?

Should Every Christian Adopt?

November is National Adoption Month here in the US. That might not mean much to you now, but I'm going to tell you why it should. And, I'm going to challenge you to think a little more (and maybe a little differently) about what it means to adopt. First, a little...

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Whatever You’re Facing Now…Joy is Coming

Whatever You’re Facing Now…Joy is Coming

Yesterday, my son got married. We all sat outside on a beautiful autumn day, watching the colored leaves fall like confetti behind him and his bride as they exchanged their vows. Every real-life detail seemed to have emerged from a fairy tale story. It was the kind of...

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This Template Will Change the Way You Pray

This Template Will Change the Way You Pray

Ever feel like when you sit down to pray your mind instantly wanders? Or you feel so overwhelmed by your life you don't even know where to start? Me too. Turns out, you and I are not alone--and this is hardly a new problem. Though our modern lives are full of...

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How to Find a Hope That Won’t Disappoint You

How to Find a Hope That Won’t Disappoint You

The subject of hope has come up more than a few times this week, which usually leads me to believe God is up to something. Well, of course he's up to something...he's God. Anyway, hope is an emotionally-charged word for some people. It has been for me. I've had a sort...

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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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