Welcome to episode 056 of Mud Stories!
Mud Stories is a podcast dedicated to bringing you inspiration in your muddiest moments, hope to make it through your mud, and encouragement for you to know, you are not alone.
In today’s episode I’m talking with Emily P. Freeman, blogger, writer, and author, who believes the soul is often forgotten beneath the demands of everyday life.
Through her writing she creates space for our souls to breathe–helping us respect the daily pauses we need to be fully ourselves, so we can be present with God and faithful in our home, work, and community.
Emily is a wife to John and mama to three–one boy and twin girls–who resides with her family in North Carolina.
Emily’s fourth book releases this week entitled, Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World, and I am still savoring her words and allowing this message to simmer in me. It is not one to read fast or haphazardly, but one that will become a kind companion and coach for your soul.
For real. This is one you don’t want to miss!
In this episode Emily shares about:
- Growing up as a “good girl”
- The mud she’s faced growing up with an alcoholic dad
- Her struggle with a try-hard, rule-following life
- The circumstances that shattered her and helped her soul begin to rest
- How our soul is held hostage by hustle and long to sit down on the inside
- The significance of our everyday Tuesdays
- Our tendency to think size or growth is equal to God’s blessing
- How Jesus hangs out on the other side of failure and disappointment
Emily helps us consider:
- How God may be waiting for us
- How our souls may be afraid of the quiet
- How we are prone to put connection as a higher priority than the voice of God
- And how life is not primarily lived in brightness or in deep darkness, but in the medium light of a regular day
May you find Emily’s words a light, leading you deeper into the self-awareness of your own soul and coaching us toward Christ, who resides with us there.
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Do not despise the small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begun… Zechariah 4:10 (NLT)
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- Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World, by Emily P. Freeman
- Listen to Emily read Chapter 1 of Simply Tuesday for FREE
- Receive a series of FREE videos from Emily–Help your soul slow and breathe today!
- Simply Tuesday small group conversation guide HERE (with the purchase of the book–through August 28, 2015)
- Sarah Masen’s Song, Tuesday
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