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Emily P. Freeman is a writer who creates space for souls to breathe. She is the author of four books, including her most recent release, Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World. She and her husband live in North Carolina with their twin daughters and twinless son.

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  1. My filters and first impressions have locked me in the hallway of my own life for many years. It was learning the difference between those filters and my instincts that opened the door for me. This was a thought provoking post. Thank you!

    ” I would do well to stop putting my own spin and filters on my first impressions, not just in this but in everything”

  2. So, so good, Emily.
    Read through twice.
    *Thank you*

    “As a writer, I learned the importance of telling the story that moves you rather than the one that makes the most sense.”

    Your every word there planted a seed here.
    I can’t thank you enough.

  3. Emily. Emily! Dang, this post just shimmers. I read completely enraptured and then this just blew me away:

    “Perhaps the most important lesson I learned while in Uganda was this: I remembered the sacred soil from which every soul is shaped. No matter where we live or what circumstance we are born into, we all have a deep need for love, acceptance, security, and worth. And while those we met in Uganda have less variety from which to choose to meet those needs, the answer for all of us is Christ: behind us, before us, within us.”

    Your words go far and wide and they matter and bless as they move. I am so thankful I get to be one who receives them. Much love to you, Emily.

  4. I’ve been to South Africa. And Table Mountain. Namibia and I forgot the name of the other part. We went all around these places and in one of them we hired car and drove through the desert storm ….. the only time I’ve driven through a sand storm ……. to this German town. It was lovely.
    🙂

  5. Four years ago I journey’d to Ecuador. We’ve sponsored Wellington now for 4 years through CI. Some day I will get to meet him. (or see him play soccer for his country!)

    In 2 months, I, my husband, and my 14 year old son will be feeding and ministering to children who LIVE at La Churaca – a dump in Nicaragua. I am preparing to have my heart broken, but your words and thoughts and feelings are preparing me to LOVE.

    Thank you.
    ~d

  6. Hi Hannah, loved your perspective
    I’m almost 68 and a recent widow I’m asking God to sharpen my focus on His purpose for my life going foward
    I’m reminded daily that I do matter, what I say and how I say does matter–especially for a 3 year old grandson and a 7 month old grandson. I also know He is continually reminding me of the needs others in our world have
    So thank you for not silencing your voice, your spirit, your faith. Trusting Him for the faith and courage to take His hand and not silence my voice. Dee

  7. Emily, what a gift it was to travel with you to Uganda. Your heart is so beautiful and I learned so much just from watching you. Especially watching you and Myquillyn together 🙂 xoxo

  8. “Sometimes the best thing to do is the opposite of what your instincts tell you to do.” Behind that instinct is a baring of the soul. And now, we see your heart. And it prompts us to do the same. Emily, I loved reading about the story behind how you chose your “Compassion Child” – “choosing the one you least expect”. I loved seeing the video and hearing what you saw and heard. *life*!

  9. “the answer for all of us is Christ: behind us, before us, within us.”

    Amen. He is sufficient. Thank you as always, for allowing His work in you to come
    out and be present in us!

  10. I’m heading to Nepal in April and am so excited to see what God teaches me. While we’re there to teach at a Bible college, I know that I will be stretched and grown far beyond what I could imagine. It’s scary in a way! Thank you so much for your post!! 🙂

  11. Emily,

    Loved the post! You are a gifted writer and story teller.

    While I haven’t been out of the country, I do sponsor a child from Ninos De Mexico–a Christian orphanage for poor or neglected children. Our last child got baptized and is now reunited with her mother. Through our sponsoring these children we write letters and send extra money for Christmas & birthdays. It humbles me when they share their ecstatic joy over getting a new pair of boots.

    Also in the past I have been to a local state prison in TN. We would do a “Kairos” walk based on the Walk to Emmaus. The men would go in and have talks with prisoners on the walk and the women would cook food for the meals. It was exciting to see the expressions on the prisoners’ faces when they each received a birthday cake with their name on it. Such good work.

    Everyone is doing such wonderful ministry/mission work to make this world a better place for all!

    Blessings 🙂