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Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World Paperback – August 18, 2015
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"A call to appreciate the small, simple things in life." ---Melanie Shankle, author of Sparkly Green Earrings --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
From the Back Cover
Is your soul being held hostage by hustle?
If you've grown weary of do more and dream bigger, small-moment living is just what you need. Real life happens in the small moments we find on the most ordinary day of the week. Tuesday holds secrets we can't see in a hurry--secrets not just for our schedules but for our souls. In Simply Tuesday, Emily P. Freeman shows you how to
· embrace today's work
· find contentment in the now
· replace competition with connection
· learn to breathe in a breathless world
It's time to release our obsession with building a life, and believe in the life Christ is building within us--one simple Tuesday at a time.
"Whether you are looking for meaningful standards of success, relief from worldly comparison and pressure, or direction for your lost soul, Simply Tuesday promises a journey with great rewards."--Rachel Macy Stafford, New York Times bestselling author of Hands Free Mama
"It doesn't hold the thrill of a new beginning or the anticipation of almost-finished. It's simply Tuesday. An ordinary day filled with beautiful, breathtaking moments I missed, until Emily Freeman taught me how to see."--Renee Swope, bestselling author of A Confident Heart
"A deep breath for my soul."--Ellie Holcomb, Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter
"A call to appreciate the small, simple things in life."--Melanie Shankle, New York Times bestselling author of Sparkly Green Earrings
Emily P. Freeman is the author of A Million Little Ways, Graceful, and Grace for the Good Girl. She writes online at Chatting at the Sky and Hope*ologie, and contributes to DaySpring's (in)courage.
Twitter and Instagram: @emilypfreeman
Join others on the journey at #itssimplytuesday
Jennifer Tucker is an illustrator and graphic designer who loves creating art that celebrates the gift of every day, the joy of family, and the love of Jesus. She and her husband live in Georgia with their two daughters. Connect with her at www.littlehousestudio.net.
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We are conditioned to associate the term 'smallness' with being ignored, humiliated or unrecognised. Instead, Emily Freeman invites us to regard smallness as a blessing. Have you ever heard anyone refer to, 'the gift of obscurity'? I have, and never really got their point until reading this book. But who needs the deadlines, expectations and performance burn-out which so often goes with what we think we crave?
Will the fruit of the kingdom of God even look like success in the eyes of the world? Maybe not everyone is supposed to see much visible growth from our efforts in our lifetime. 'If you build it, they will come,' sounds like it might have been a sentiment from the Bible, but it isn't (ask the prophet Jeremiah). Freeman reminds us that the quote is, in fact, far more modern, from the movie, 'Field of Dreams.'
I was offered a new ways to think about the concept of praying for answers. So often, I've longed for clarity and definite guidance as a result of prayer, and felt disappointment when I've remained as foggy and undecided as before. It gives me a 'so much for that' type of feeling, and doesn't tempt me to pray more. This book suggests that maybe we're not even supposed to figure everything out. What if knowing that God has the birds-eye view of our lives is all we need? Maybe our obsession with building our lives into something we can figure out is just tiring. Being content with the fog is definitely a new challenge for someone like me, who loves a measure of control to gauge how things are going.
We are urged by the prophet Zechariah not to despise the day of small beginnings, and most of us assume an implication that a 'big ending' is on its way. That's not actually promised. Our endings may be small too, and we should be happy with that? Maybe being a 'blip' instead of a 'bang' is all part of the plan for an individual. But then the book challenges us further not to jump to the conclusion that what is considered small by the world is also considered small by heaven's measurement.
I felt refreshed, as I'd hoped. The overall takeaway is that a citizen of an invisible kingdom can refuse to take our behaviour cues from the visible world around us, that says to 'build, grow, measure up and rush to keep up.' It's sad that we feel we need permission to settle down to keep the pace with our small callings, but that is what this book offers.
As a bonus, I'm pleased to live in a part of the world where I can see the Milky Way clearly above me at night. So many big city dwellers in Emily Freeman's part of the world apparently can't.
"My girls’ Bible study has just started reading Graceful. Several of the girls “confessed” to having read ahead … which is always a great sign. And one who was sick last week and just got her book tonight kept interrupting our reading to say, 'Oh my gosh! This is speaking to my soul!' and 'I feel like this book was written Just. For. Me!'
So, I wanted to drop you a quick note to say, 'Thank you'” from my living room full of high school girls … and the teenage girl who still lives in my heart."
That author was none other than Emily Freeman, author of Simply Tuesday.
Now I feel like this book was written Just. For. Me.
Last week, I took a good friend to see Inside Out. As we walked out, she asked me what impressed me so much when I first saw it that I keep going back.
"I didn't see the blue-and-yellow core memory coming," I told her. "I've lived almost a half a century running from sadness and pain, believing the only way to be happy was to avoid them. I had no idea they can — they need to — work together."
Emily puts it this way:
"I tend to categorize my emotions the same way I organize my drawers, trying to put like things together, to separate the jeans from the pajamas. If I'm sad I can't also be happy, if I'm longing then I must not be satisfied. But I'm learning in this upside-down and inside-out kingdom of spirit beings walking around in broken bodies, we are not just one way."
As a (slowly) recovering control freak, I'm (slowly) learning the truth of Emily's words, especially the final (oh-so-hard-to-accept) five:
"I also know God has many faces and he shows himself in whatever way he wishes. I know how he has spoken to and moved within me. I do not know how he might speak to or move within someone else. I can only partner with Christ, listen, walk, and believe. I can only be with him, be loved by him, and be with and love others. I can't control their behavior."
And as one who spent the first 45 years of her life thinking she was defective and now has 4.5 years of knowing she's just different (a Highly Sensitive Person) under her belt, I'm loving living the answer to Emily's brilliant question:
"What might happen if you stopped bullying your personality into submission and instead began to welcome it as a kind friend?"
So once again, Emily: Thank You.
Simply Tuesday is speaking to my soul.