- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Revell (August 18, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0800722450
- ISBN-13: 978-0800722456
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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.
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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.
“Small is an invitation to participate in something greater than ourselves.” Simply Tuesday, p29
I was reminded of Simply tuesday when we ran into some old friends recently. We hadn’t seen them for a few months so of course I passed around the question, “Anything new?” As we went around our table I realized that maybe we are past the point in our lives that calls for that question, that stage where everything is changing and the possibilities are endless. We’ve all slowly settled into responsibility and ordinary moments and maybe I need to change the question. Maybe instead of questioning sameness, I can find a new question that reflects the worth of dailiness and the ordinary.
“I am thankful we have a God who sometimes chooses to tell his big story in small, delightful, quiet ways.” Simply Tuesday, p85
It’s tempting to wish away where we are in favor of something else, but Emily invites to a quiet place in that tension. I think we humans are dreamers and we don’t know what to do with the small moments. We are taught to be ambitious, successful, and always on the move. We are afraid of small, and sitting, and quiet, and boredom, and ordinary. We are marketed solutions for these “problems” and taught to endlessly pursue our wants instead of lingering in our haves.
And so our souls become disconnected and worn.
“And this doesn’t mean I am to dream big and amazing things for God. Rather, it means I am to believe in a big and amazing God, period. I can trust him to be himself even as I dare to be myself.” p240
The idea behind Simply Tuesday is like a pause button for your soul. The moment your heart says, “Wait..what??” and you realize your futility. Everything calms as you question that urge for more and aclimate to hearing words that foster contentment.
“But Tuesday teaches me that part of living well in ordinary time is letting this day be good. Letting this day be a gift. Letting this day be filled with plenty.” Simply Tuesday, p235
I’m sure my friends are in similar places, even though our work situations look vastly different (i.e SAHM vs paying jobs). We all strive for purpose and meaning, and we all want to make sure we are serving God well. And sometimes when big picture questions pop up, it’s easy to feel inadecuate. We minimize the threads of meaning woven in our day-to-day when our focus is on tangible change. I still don’t know what I’ll ask my friends instead of “Anything new?”, but I do want to find something that spurs a little more thoughtfulness and reflects the importance in our everyday.
A question that invites us to sit instead of strive.
A question that leaves our souls full instead of lacking.