Emily T. Wierenga
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Emily T. Wierenga is the author of eight books including the new memoir, God Who Became Bread. In 2014, she was used by God to establish the nonprofit, The Lulu Tree. She loves to paint, play guitar, snowboard, and lead Bible Study at a local mental health drop-in center.

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  1. Thanks, Emily, for opening our eyes even wider to just like when Jesus walked among us, “church” comes in all shapes and sizes.
    What a beautiful truth!

  2. Emily thank you from my heart for sharing that story. To do with you obeing God. Having the Bible study for people with addictions. In what you thought was a flower shop. But a place a mental health drop in centre. You obeyed God. Like Abraham in the Bible. He went were God told him to go. You did the same. Yes I say it was tough for Abram and you at times doing the Bible study. You thinking the addictions will win. But they didn’t God was faithful. As it says in 2 Peter:9. I can’t remember it word perfect. As don’t have my Bible with me. But it says “God might be slack at filling his promises. But God is not giving up more time. I know that wording is not quite right. As I can’t remember it without my Bible. But what it says is so true. If you look it up. Like you at times. You thought maybe. Thought God is this what you really want me to. In here a place for addicts. God if he says do something. He will keep that promise to help you do it. Even though it sales he is not keeping that promise when he is. Like me doing my 83 year old Dad’s Home Help. My Dad can be a contry man thinking he knows best. When you give him nicely advise to help him. For his own good. You say God where are you. I need your help. You have to have real patience with him at times. You know what you are telling him is good for his own good to help him. But he doesn’t want to hear you. Times he not listen to you. Not do what you told him at times to help him. You have to ask God please help me here. I say you could have been like that in the addition centre at time. Like Abraham he probably thought where are you God telling me to do this go to this land. I can’t remember what the land was called as no Bible. But like you with the Bible study God told you start in what you thought at first was an empty flower shop. Abraham probably thought the same is this really where God wants me to go. Like doing my Dad’s Home Help for his. I often wondered is this really what God wants me to do. Through it all it taught me to know how to help real patience. As that at times you need with my Dad. I love doing it for my Dad on to the Love of the Lord and the Love of my Dad. No matter like you if it was hard for you in what God asked you to. He obeyed did as God told him. God made it in the turn out ok. Like he did for you doing the Bible study in a place for addicts. Like me with my Dad. I say Amen to that. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little Enniskillen Co.Fermamagh N.Ireland. Keeping you in incourage in my prayers. Xx

    • Dawn, what a blessing you are, to me, to your dad and to this community here. Thank you for your deep knowledge of the Word and for your big heart. May the Lord continue to bless and guide you sister. Bless you.

      • Thank you Emily for the Beautiful comment you wrote me. I appreciate it. As don’t get that many. I praise God you are my sister in God. Plus all of you incourage. Plus the people who write in comments box. I learnt so much from you all. I bless God for you all in my prayers. Even though I will probably never meet you all this side of earth. I still will keep you all in my prayers and your Families too. I look forward if don’t meet you my sister’s in Christ this side of earth in Glory one day. Thank you for everything. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little Enniskillen Co.Fermanagh N.Ireland xx

  3. Thank you for sharing the story about the “Flower Shop” church. THAT is what church should be. Too many of our long-established denominational churches have lost sight of what it means to minister to people ‘right where they are’. It makes my heart happy to think of all the “blooming” that happened there.

  4. I love this. What an amazing picture of being the hands and feet of Jesus. We need more of this. I am moved by this and want to have a “flower shop” bible study in my life.


  5. Dear Emily……..What a perfect story for today. What you do is absolutely so necessary for people as you described. Tyler was a very interesting man and I am so glad that he found his faith again that he had always had as a child, but the terrible thing that happened to him crushed his mental health. I have an awful thing that I am dealing with myself. My faith is still unshakeable, but I used to be a very happy and always laughing person especially at my wonder job. My Holy Spirit and Jesus in the past several weeks have managed to get me laughing again. My Holy Spirit knows exactly what to do to nudge me toward things or objects that cheer me and make me laugh. Jesus also leads me on my path and I pray to him so often during the day. After that, I am always at least smiling and at times laughing. I am alone as far as physical people, but I have God, Jesus and The Holy Spirit that I do know are with me. Thank you again Emily. With the weekend almost here, it is just what I needed. I think you are an Angel that was sent to me today to reinforce many things that I need. Love to you..Betsy

    • Oh, Betsy, much love to you my dear sister! I am encouraged and convicted by your very living relationship with the Trinity. It is so rare and so beautiful. I pray the Holy Spirit keeps filling you to overflowing every moment of every day. Bless you!

  6. Emily,

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. Wishing more churches could be like that. Welcoming people of all types & loving on them. My church assists Recovery Soldiers (men). Once a month we cook a meal for them. We give them needed supplies. It is a great ministry that takes incarcerated drug addicts & teaches them about Jesus. Last Sunday we had 15 men come & join us for church & shared a meal with them. They in turn cleaned up for us. I volunteer most Fridays with Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry. They had out hot meals & food boxes 4 nights a week. Plus they have clothing giveaways & yard sales. It helps the people of the county. For me it is like being Jesus to these people.

    Blessings 🙂

  7. Emily, I wish that I could tell you directly how much I needed this encouragement today. I, too, have been severely scarred and damaged by those who were supposed to love me. I just got home from an interview and felt like I was punched in the gut. I’ve had trouble finding a job in the new community that we moved to 3 years ago. I need just the right fit. But I was so disappointed to the point of tears because I don’t carry myself with poise and confidence anymore. I realize how I’m barely a shell of myself anymore and it breaks my heart to think of how I got here….i can relate to Tyler & Geoff. I’m praying for the Lord to put me back together and put me in a job that will be good for my soul. Thank you so much for this devotional. I, too, pray constantly for the light to push out the dark and for churches to become more like hospitals.

    • Dear Rebecca…After I read your comment for Emily. I know exactly what you are going through. I am much older that most of the (in) courage wonderful women. I am soon to be 77 years old and have heart crushing things done to me over my work years and beyond. My friends, all but one have abandoned me as they don’t know what to say to me anymore. My husband has the Violent kind of dementia and last April 20, 2023 he actually almost killed me. He is in denial now for 6 years. After 4/ 20 I had to have him evicted from our house of 40 years for my own safety. We have been married for 55 years. Even worse than that, we have 1 son and 1 grandson. My son (age 54) called me and told me he does not consider me his mother and I may not see or talk to my , 13 year old grandson (the light of my life ) and he hung up on me. He said I was lying about his father and I wasn’t. I read him part of the written report from the Neurologist with the diagnosis on it. He said I wrote it. There has been no communication now with either of them for 16 months. Every day I cry. Rebecca, I don’t know you, but I can tell by reading your Reply to Emily that you are a very intelligent women. I am encouraging you to do what I did, I went not only to Jesus but the Holy Spirit. Many people don’t talk about him, but I can tell you that he is very helpful, nudges to places or things that will inspire you and make you laugh again. I was always laughing and smiling at my job, but not lately. Since I prayed to Jesus and God, My Holy Spirit has come to me and I can honestly say that it has changed my life. My situation has not resolved yet, but I don’t worry about it much anymore as My Holy Spirit knows what I will laugh at or what gives me the strength to go on. My prayers and hopes will be part of my routine now. I know you will come through this. It may take awhile, but it does come to you when you least expect it. Love to you…………….Betsy Basile

    • Oh Rebecca. I’m so very sorry. I’m so proud of you for stepping out there each day and trying and I know, without a doubt, that Jesus is going to meet you in each moment of every day and put you back together — and He will fill you with so much joy and laughter. This is my prayer for you and I believe one day you will testify, sister, just as Tyler did. I am praying and believing. He is able.

  8. This was truly heart warming, inspiring and uplifting despite the heartache that these people went through.
    Thank you for sharing this!
    This touched me in a way that I can’t explain, but I needed this today.

  9. I love this. I love this more than anything I’ve read for awhile. It touched my heart deeply. Thank you so much for sharing.

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