Making It Home

Renee Ann Smith —  August 24, 2015 — 11 Comments


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.”
Psalm 139:15&16

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.

But life goes on and difficulties arise and dreams fray . . . To continue reading this post & to pick up today’s graphic, follow this link to Emily’s blog!

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

11 responses to Making It Home

  1. Thanks, Renee 🙂 for the peek into Emily’s new book.

  2. A day dreamer finding God’s reality – it sounds like a sweet read with a happy ending!

  3. Home is where our spirits take rest. 🙂
    Beautiful as always.

  4. Thank you – you had me at Emily Wierenga – can’t wait to read this new book. A close coffee and conversation neighbour this week.

  5. Sounds like a great book of an incredible journey with Jesus! Thanks for sharing! Visiting from #threewordWednesday.

  6. This looks like such a good book; thanks for sharing it. Hugs~

  7. Thank you so much for sharing this book review with us at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

  8. I’ve heard such good things about this book. I still need to read her first book too. SO MANY GOOD BOOKS OUT THERE! 🙂 Thanks for linking up at #ThreeWordWednesday.

  9. Thank you for sharing Renee Ann. Makes me want to dig in deeper…

  10. You are blessed to find such a great work place and home among friends. I am home too, but not at work at home. Thanks for sharing on Literacy Musing Mondays.

  11. Thanks Renee Ann! I stumbled upon this blog searching for new book suggestions. This is great. I really appreciate the suggestion! This review has swayed me. I’ll have to check out Making It Home. Thanks!

    I wanted to pass along one my pastor recommended to me. It’s the #1 bestseller on religious fiction, so maybe you’ve already heard of it. But I can’t stop thinking about. It’s a fantastic collection of short stories. It’s called Pieces Like Pottery. I really can’t recommend it enough. I would love to see your review of it at some point!

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