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Michelle Wuesthoff
Beach-loving, coffee-seeking author who passionately pursues emotional & spiritual freedom. Adoptive mom, Jesus follower. Find me on

I misted up at this news also. I've adopted four kids - none through Bethany, but it was a visit with them that inspired me to adopt in the first place. My kids are Caucasian, African, and Asian (one of them identifies as bisexual) and we have TONS of discrimination-centered…

What crying “cancel culture” says about you

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I’ve seen about a dozen memes over the last couple of days expressing outrage that rap lyrics aren’t censored for derogatory content but Dr. Seuss books, Disney creations, and sports mascots have been “forced” to change.

I hate this line of thinking so much.

It’s not an either/or. When you…

How This Unholy Trinity Came to Define the American Church

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Throughout the past four years, I have struggled to make sense of what’s been going on in my country and faith community, and I’ve consistently come up empty. Sometimes I just throw my hands up in frustration, telling myself that it doesn’t matter whether or not I understand. …

A letter to exasperated Christians on the verge of calling it quits

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I’ve written a lot lately on the state of Christianity in America, and to be honest, I’ve gotten more discouraged about it with each passing day. I know where I stand on issues and facts and the tenets of my belief system, but my actual practice of faith has felt…

Being a Christian in America has a definition of its own

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Until a few years ago, I could never imagine writing an article like this from personal experience.

I was your basic white-evangelical-church-lover and church-goer whose practice of the Christian faith was the most visible and prominent part of who I was. I attended the same church (with my husband and…

Wake Up Call

If Not Now, Then When?

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I know we are right smack in the middle of a pandemic crisis, racking up weeks upon weeks being ‘sheltered in place.’ Absolutely everything feels uncertain, and there are so many more questions right now than answers.

For me, the wide-scale ambiguity and confusion are pushing my buttons and I’ve…

Focusing on These 5 Things Will Change Everything

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These are dark times we’re living in. Some of us are more than aware of this cold reality, while others need a reminder — a witness — to what they are afraid to acknowledge. Not since WWII has anything overtaken life as we know it on a global scale. You…

The Wildly Unpredictable Path of Grief and Healing

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I’m going to try really hard to not make this a stream of consciousness type of thing, but this whole pandemic/quarantine/epic-world-crisis situation is sending my emotions into overdrive. I’m feeling all the feels pretty much every day, but my biggest recurring “feel” has to be grief.

It’s understandable, I guess…

6 surprising and profound things I learned from making this difficult decision

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It’s quiet today.

There’s no shuffle of little feet in the next room, or the sounds of random objects being chewed, dragged, or sniffed. I’m not on high-alert for the signs that will send me on a mad dash outside with treats in my pocket. The dog toys have been…

Michelle Wuesthoff

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