“Disillusioned and yearning for freedom, Emily Wierenga left home at age eighteen with no intention of ever returning. Broken down by organized religion, a childhood battle with anorexia, and her parents’ rigidity, she set out to find God somewhere else–anywhere else.
Her travels took her across Canada, Central America, the United States, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. She had no idea that her faith was waiting for her the whole time–in the place she least expected it. ” -Atlas Girl
In today’s episode, Emily, vulnerably shares bits from her memoir, “Atlas Girl”. I hope you are encouraged to hear how God brought Emily to a place of healing, even in the most challenging of circumstances.
As a mom of little ones I pray you are lifted up to do your best work during, what Emily refers to as, the “hidden years”. Serving in ways which won’t gain lots of attention but are foundational to growing children who desire to serve God.
In this episode we talk about:
- How Emily started to starve herself at the age of 9
- The purpose of her latest memoir “Atlas Girl”.
- Her transition to marriage—surrendering control and trusting her spouse
- The necessity of setting loving boundaries with loved ones in our lives—following the guidance of the Holy Spirit to speak up.
- How 3 years of caring for her mom with cancer, allowed her to see God and heal with her family.
- The value of the hidden years of service—talking about Jesus & Hannah.
- Emily’s method of staying God-centered in the midst of two little ones and writing books.
- Methods for memorizing Scripture with your kids.
- How all proceeds from her book go to Lulu tree—supporting moms to care for their babies in Uganda.
Connect with Emily:
- Guest post Emily wrote for God Centered Mom–> “I Celebrate Your Beauty”
- Jason Chatraw
- Emily’s books
- Seeds Family Worship
- Lulu Tree
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