Emily P. Freeman is dedicated to helping you create space for your soul to breathe so you can discern your next right thing in love.

Doing the right thing consistently is a tall order and Emily delivers.

The Curious Listener

She calls herself a curious listener. Twelve years ago her listening turned to blogging and thousands of women called her blessed because of the way she helped their souls breathe. The next thing was taking a deep breath before writing a book which became four in no time at all. And some of them are New York Times bestsellers like her latest. She started a podcast about taking classes on life with God.

Emily graduated from Columbia International University where she learned how to study the Bible and from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she received her degree in Educational Interpreting for the Deaf. She’s pursuing her Masters in Christian Spiritual Formation and Leadership at Friends University.

Ready for some of Emily’s fresh air for your soul?

6 Things To Help You Breathe

 

  1. When it comes to creativity and life with God, your pace is your pace and there’s no such thing as behind.

 

I hear this a lot from people who are afraid they’ve somehow missed their calling, missed their chance, or missed what God might have for them. I’ve felt this way too, but what I’ve learned is that God is always with us and as we walk with him into our next ordinary moment, he won’t let us miss the way. He is the way. With him, there’s no such thing as behind.

 

  1. Art is what happens when we dare to move toward what makes us come alive.

 

The first thing we know about God is that he created. The first thing we know about us is we are made in his image. The art we have to offer, then, is anything that comes out as a result of us simply being ourselves. That could be a painting or it could be a pie. It could be a kind word spoken or received. I wrote an entire book about our birthright as image-bearers of God in the world. It’s called A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live.

 

  1. Celebrating my smallness has basically changed my life.

 

My friend and teacher Steve Lynam said those words to me at a time when I felt painfully out of control: Celebrate your smallness. I was trying to make myself big enough to handle everything and these three words offered relief when I needed it the most.

Celebrating my smallness does not mean hanging my head down low and not saying any words and being quiet all the time. It doesn’t mean hiding out or holding my tongue.

Instead, it means knowing my true home is Jesus and I am not my own point of reference. It means getting all my accolades from my Father, laying down ladders and picking up crosses. It means sitting down on the inside.

 

  1. Most of life happens not in brightness or in darkness but in the medium light of a regular day.

 

Combine this one with number 3 and you’ve basically got the gist of my book, Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World.

 

  1. “Relentlessly eliminate hurry from your life.” — Dallas Willard

 

Sometimes the things I say a lot are things other people said first. Just because someone else has said it doesn’t mean I can’t say it, too. (That’s another thing I say a lot, but I’ll give you that one as a bonus.)

 

  1. Just do the next right thing.

 

In times of confusion, doubt, and foggy transitions that lead to decision fatigue, the best advice I’ve heard or given: just do the next right thing. This one small phrase has been passed down and repeated by countless others before me. It’s been so meaningful in my own life, I decided to start a whole podcast about it: it’s called The Next Right Thing. Each episode is less than 15 minutes long and includes a short reflection, a little prayer, and a simple next right step.

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Bob Jones

Bob Jones

Happily married to Jocelyn for 39 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie and daughter Jayda; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring others through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

One Comment

  • Carole Holmes Schlachta says:

    Well considered. Well presented. But, as I read each point, I’m sure they will be felt in the heart by most women young or old. The Lord God has carried me through many years of sharing with other women whom God put in my path. I have aged along with depilatating arthritis. Cannot go. A sudden loss of my husband, which has knock the last bit of wind out of me where I am very alone in every way. Yes, I know well, Immanuel, God with us. He and that thought is what I cling to with my heart, mind and soul.
    A lovely story of a woman’s life with God. Amen.
    Question: How many other women are able to relate to this? I cannot for many reasons.
    I would like to say it has a happy ending with Jesus. Truthful.

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