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I’ve been reading A LOT this summer, keeping books stashed by my bed and near the kitchen and in my purse so I’m never without something to read. And I’ve been reading some GOOD books, the kind I have to tell you about.
I have to start with Tuesday. Simply Tuesday to be exact. Because, well, it IS Tuesday.
I’ve always felt quite comfortable with Tuesdays. I don’t mind Mondays all that much because they are the start of a new week, a blank slate. But Mondays also come with some rough reentry from weekend fun and long to-do lists.
I couldn’t really put my finger on why Tuesdays appealed to me, but author Emily P. Freeman helped me identify those reasons and then led me on a journey of things not about Tuesday at all in her newest book, Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World.
Tuesday holds the ordinary, the everyday, and the small.
Emily’s words spoke to me about motherhood and writing and faith and just about every area of my life. This idea of small wasn’t something I knew I wanted so much, but every page of Simply Tuesday had me longing for more small moments of sitting – sitting with my Jesus, my family, my friends, my work. I have always been a busy doer, but the idea of sitting in the small has become more appealing to me with each passing year.
Here, on our ordinary Tuesdays, is where we make our homes and learn to be human.
I found myself breathing deep with each page, finding words I needed about contentment, platform, home, and hurry. How did Emily know I needed all these things in one book? Well, God knew, and as I underlined words on almost every page, I knew I didn’t want those words to slip away.
I want to stay small in his presence, not because I’m scared, but because I’m his. I want this to be a relief rather than a frustration.
There are so many truths in this book I need to chew on daily. The prayers at the end of each chapter are both honestly raw and poetically beautiful.
May we chase the flashes of hope that visit us in ordinary time, gather all the light in your presence, and trust you to string it together for our good and for your glory.
Jesus has been calling me to dig in deeper with Him and in my home. Simply Tuesday drew me closer to both of these. It went everywhere with me this summer.
The stack of books in my house is monumental and I’ve been trying to give more away as I finish them, but I’m not sure I can let go of this one quite yet. I need to soak in this message, sit on a bench with it a little longer.
Small is good. Small moments are valuable. Being small in the presence of Christ is the best place to be.
It’s Tuesday and this small Tuesday is simply wonderful.
Simply Tuesday was JUST released today and I want all of you to read it! The paperback is only $7.17 on Amazon right now! Grab your copy and while you’re at it, sign up for Emily’s free video series that encourages us to stop being held hostage by hustle!