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michelle wuesthoff

live life beautifully.

Embrace the life you have while pursuing the life you want.

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.

My Real-life, Mid-life (Mom) Crisis

My Real-life, Mid-life (Mom) Crisis

When I was a kid, I thought a mid-life crisis meant you bought a sports car because you felt bad about getting old. I also thought it was a guy thing — an old guy thing. Yet here I am, proving myself wrong: a 50-year-old mom with no sports car on the horizon, standing...

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What ‘Self-Love’ is Really Supposed to Mean

What ‘Self-Love’ is Really Supposed to Mean

Let me start right off the bat by saying that I think the term ‘self-love’ is super cringy. Like…ew. But it’s everywhere right now. The topic and its moniker are headlined in psychology articles, pop music lyrics, books, blogs, and memes galore. And it begs the...

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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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Even in the Desert, He Loves You

Even in the Desert, He Loves You

If you know me at all, you know I’m a beach lover. Like, a sold-out, obsessed, any-chance-I-get-I’m-there kind of a beach lover. It’s my happy place. A place I can meet with God in utter bliss. I mean, what could possibly be a better setting to experience how much He...

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Fear of Failure: How to Kick It to the Curb

Fear of Failure: How to Kick It to the Curb

I’ve been quiet on the writing front lately, and it’s only due in part to busyness. Over the past year or so, I’ve written plenty on fear—I’ve delved into my own personal fears and explored ones that many of us face. And I’ve had considerable victory over fear (if I...

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Grafted In: My Interview on the Ordinary Faith Podcast

Grafted In: My Interview on the Ordinary Faith Podcast

Hey everybody! Here is a link to my very first podcast interview about my book, Grafted In. It aired on the Ordinary Faith Podcast, hosted by Dan Jackson, on Monday, September 17, just prior to the official release of the book on the 18th. I met Dan a little over a...

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May We Never Forget: September 11

May We Never Forget: September 11

May we never forget that day, though nearly an entire generation has emerged in its wake; A day with piercing, sapphire skies, so typical of September. And typically, it began. The rush hour throng had subsided, and everyday people went about their everyday jobs,...

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Oh Hey, Anxiety. You’ve Been Unfriended.

Oh Hey, Anxiety. You’ve Been Unfriended.

Sometimes I think that if I write enough posts about my anxiety, I may just get somewhere with it. Well…it may actually be working, and I thought I’d let y’all in on a little technique I’ve been using to deal with it. Not too long ago, I wrote that I’ve given up using...

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Why I’m Choosing to Let Go of My Dreams

Why I’m Choosing to Let Go of My Dreams

Most people who know me probably would recognize me as somewhat of a dreamer. Creative, a little bit visionary, not terribly optimistic all the time, but definitely a hopeless romantic. I live for the happy ending, and my dreams often conjure up all sorts of scenarios...

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Why I’ve Decided to Stop Drinking

Why I’ve Decided to Stop Drinking

Of all the vulnerable posts I’ve written (and there have been many), this one tops the charts, you guys. Maybe it’s because I’m writing this before I’ve had any success, any victory. Because normally, no matter how difficult the topic, I write these posts from a place...

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Why I Need the Beach

Why I Need the Beach

Anyone who knows me, even if they’ve only known me for a short while, can probably tell you that I love the beach. I always have.   It isn’t that I’m a sun-worshiper, seeking the perfect golden glow. It’s not that I love to be in the ocean, swimming or enjoying some...

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Creating a Culture of Honesty

Creating a Culture of Honesty

I was at the gym today and noticed this headline on one of the national news channels: “Epidemic of Dishonesty.” It was referring to a commencement speech given by former New York governor, Michael Bloomberg (you can read the article here). Though he was specifically...

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Five Ways to Recapture Your Joy

Five Ways to Recapture Your Joy

If you ever want to see what joy looks like, watch the face of a small child as you first blow bubbles for them. You can see their happiness, fascination, and wonder, and the all-too-fleeting contentment they experience as the first few float up and away. Eyes (and...

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Parable of the Middle-Age Tattoo

Coffee With God: Prophetic Words of Intimacy, Beauty, and Love

What Remains

To Die A Thousand Deaths

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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