Monday, August 31, 2015

Simply Tuesday by Emily Freeman

Every year, in the Fall, I like to host a small group at my home.
What is a small group you ask?
Great question!
It's a tool that my church and many other churches use to help get people connected that share similar interests.  It's not just for church members.  The person hosting the "small group" can open it up to whomever he or she would like.
In the past I've hosted a small group on:
the 5 love languages by Gary Chapman (great book by the way!)
Pinterest Inspired crafts (huge hit and lots of fun!)
Various marriage studies, etc...
This fall I decided to base the small group on the book called Simply Tuesday by Emily Freeman.

Here's a little excerpt from her book....
Let's take back quiet conversation with friends, whispered prayer over sick babies, belly laughter around the dinner table.
Let's take back the honor of small donations, small care packages, and small movements toward fellow image-bearers, because love isn't measured in inches, grand gestures, or dollar amounts.
Let's dare to take back that time when someone's words made us feel stupid, but instead of wallowing in the shame of it, we'll push through to the other side because directly after that painful conversation you saw a glimpse of strength and courage within you that wasn't there before and you have her to thank for it.
Let's take back the long days and the short years and all the months that come between them, because this is where our real life happens.  And we won't be so naïve as to try to make the hard times beautiful, but we will have faith that the hard days are making us, remaking us, and forming us into the likeness of Christ.
Let's take back moments that are lovely even if they are imperfect, words that are powerful even if only one person hears them, company that is meaningful even when we don't say any words at all.
Let's take back fame, the kind that comes from being born in a stable and teaching on a seashore and feeding up lunch to thousands from just a few loaves and fish; the kind of fame that comes from loving and saving the whole wide beautiful world.
Let's take it all back, these moments we've given away, thrown out with the leftovers and the papers we didn't think we needed.  We left them behind in our pursuit of bigger and better and we've forgotten what's best.
To say I'm excited is an understatement.
God placed this in front of my face so blatantly that I KNOW it is what He wants my small group to be about.
If you're reading this and live in my area please come.  I don't believe it's an accident that God placed this message in front of you.
On the blurb about the book says;
Our obsession with bigger and faster is spinning us out of control. We move through the week breathless and bustling, just trying to keep up while longing to slow down. But real life happens in the small moments, the kind we find on Tuesday, the most ordinary day of the week. Tuesday carries moments we want to hold onto--as well as ones we'd rather leave behind. It holds secrets we can't see in a hurry--secrets not just for our schedules but for our souls. It offers us a simple bench on which to sit, observe, and share our stories.
For those being pulled under by the strong current of expectation, comparison, and hurry, relief is found more in our small moments than in our fast movements. In Simply Tuesday, Emily P. Freeman helps readers

· stop dreading small beginnings and embrace today's work
· find contentment in the now--even when the now is frustrating or discouraging
· replace competition with compassion
· learn to breathe in a breathless world

Jesus lived small moments well, slow moments fully, and all moments free. He lives with us still, on all our ordinary days, creating and redeeming the world both in us and through us, one small moment at a time. It's time to take back Tuesday, to release our obsession with building a life, and believe in the life Christ is building in us--every day.
That spoke to me!

If you're interested in attending my small group, message me for more information or you can visit my church's website at
and sign up there!
If you'd like to purchase the book it's on sale right now
The author of the book, Emily Freeman, also has a blog if you'd like to follow it just click on the link below!
Have a blessed day!

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