This post is part of Emily Wierenga’s Making It Home series, leading up to the release of her next memoir on September 8th. You can check out Emily’s new book by clicking here: Making It Home: Finding My Way to Peace, Identity, and Purpose.
I grew up a daydreamer, spending many lonely hours imagining how different I would be in another place or at another time or with another family.
Not because home was bad. Our house was a comfortable, busy place. But I was a timid, fearful child and viewed home more as a safe little cage than a launching pad.
I wished for the courage to break free and spread my wings but never found it in real life—only in my dreams.
Then I came to know Jesus, and He showed me something better than wishing away my life.
For He had dreamed me before I was even born.
“My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place,
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
At the touch of the Spirit, gifts, talents, abilities I didn’t even know lay within me blossomed. I focused on Jesus, knowing Him, serving Him, putting Him first, and found peace, purpose, identity—and even some courage. Courage enough to leave home, move states away to attend college, move again for various short-term jobs, and finish a teaching degree.
Finally the day came when I stepped into a classroom of my own, and everything clicked. Teaching at a small Christian high school, mentoring students, ministering to families seemed the fulfillment of what God had dreamed for me. Over the years, my co-workers, my students, and their parents became my extended family.
I was happy with who I was and where I was.
I was home.
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