About the Author

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. Thank you Emily. Words are so powerful and sink to those spaces so needed. I am a high school teacher with my own college graduate and a childless daughter expecting her first baby. So your first three made me sigh in surreal surrender to the One we so love. The LORD is at our right hand and that’s just unbelievable. Psalm 109:27. Thank you so much for your kind words aimed smack dab at where we embrace places of both hurt and happiness. School ended today—it’s been one of my hardest years yet. Your post is appreciated! Psalm 50:2 – Perfect in Beauty is the God Who pours out of you.

  2. Emily,
    As a mom of “grown” children, I take heart that this is not the end of the story but Instead, as you say, a “continuation”. I pray and wait and hope…always hope…that God is not finished with them yet,that He is not finished with me yet. He is more interested in our character than about happy endings. And so, I press on and look expectantly for what He is going to do in all our lives. Looking forward to blessings upon finishing… Thanks for a wonderful post!
    Blessings,
    Bev

  3. Oh, Emily … these benedictions. Sending us forward, even as we look behind. Hope for redemption of the past fiascos and sparkling opportunities ahead.

    And refocusing our eyes on the One who led us step by step and is not finished with His work.

    Grateful for these prayers, for you …

  4. Emily,

    You expressed this beautifully and as a parent of a son who is graduating next month I could n’t be happier for him.It’s not the end of the story but the beginning of a new chapter.And with that story there have been many who have helped along the way………I am grateful for the role they have played in it.

    Thank-you so much for this post this morning…

    Penny

  5. Thank you for covering all the places of my heart with a blessing. Have a wonderful Memorial Day. May The Lord continue to bless you with the words to bless others.

  6. God has truly blessed you with the ability to write beautiful words that bless and encourage … Thank you

  7. Thank you Emily- a deep, weighty, grateful kind of thanks. From a teacher, artist, performer who is married to a youth minister.:)

  8. Endings are a part of life, but I struggle with them. Seeing a granddaughter graduate from kindergarten releases all kinds of emotions. But the new beginnings are exciting, too. God always has something new and exciting when one chapter is over. What a blessing your post was to read today!

    joyfully,
    Pamela

  9. Dear Emily,
    I recently brought my God daughter into Barnes and Noble in Greensboro to pick out a book for herself.
    Being an avid reader myself I prayed To God to lead me to the right book and came home with “A million little ways”. I read it quickly as I knew it was part of my plan and was so inspiring and healing. I plan to read it again but for now I am putting first things first.
    I returned to Durham Barnes and Noble a few days ago and purchased “Grace for the Good Girl” for one of my daughters as I thought your writing style would capture her attention.
    After reading I went on your website and blog for the first time. Tonite I went to see “Moms Night Out” and noticed your blog on there!
    I feel blessed for having come upon your writings and know they will bear fruit. One of my favorite authors Henri Nouwen wrote “My hope is that the description of Gods love in my life will inspire you to find your own”. I am certain you are inspiring many with your writing and influencing a new generation in Henri’s and other great writers footsteps. God bless you and I look forward to reading more of your writings in the future and hopefully attending one of your events.
    Sincerely and in
    Christs love,
    Cindy McCarthy

  10. I resonate deeply with your words to the traveler as we are in a period of transition. To carry our memories and look hopefully forward..thank you for those words and images.

  11. Beautiful encouragement. Thanks for encouraging all the “finishers” and next steppers. Your writing is always encouraging.

    Blessings 🙂

  12. I just graduated from college on Saturday. The words for the graduate, the artist, and the traveler were just right. Thanks for getting it.

  13. I have to teenage sons one a freshman and one who is in tenth grade. He is in special education class. I just got my cerfition for women and evangelim for a woman with a heart for evangelism from the institute of evangelism of Billy Graham Center. I am getting ready to start a online Christian writing course. I am very proud of both of my sons they both passed this year. I am keeping my eyes focus on God everyday for my sons and me and my husband

  14. Thank you Emily for such words of encouragement. I am not a teacher of education, but I am a teacher in/ of life to a certain degree, to God the Father be the glory. The words that you penned have spoken and penetrated my heart to its very depth. Words that I needed to hear and receive them because they have mended some of the tiny cracks. I love the Lord Jesus and I thank Him for you my Sister. You are truly a blessing. May God continue to richly bless you.

  15. Thank you for putting words to my prayer…I truly couldn’t find the right words. You are a blessing.

  16. Emily you are a blessing and a wonderful encourager. Thank you for your thoughts expresses the sentiments of my spirit to our finishers.

    I reposted to my FB page as I thank Our Father for your heart for others.

  17. Dear Emily, We are a couple. Your message of encouragement came into our hearts to renew our strength to surmount the mountains ahead. We are parents of adult children in their various families and we do realize, we are still students in the school of life, taking lessons to help us graduate in His time. May The Lord continue to encourage & strengthen you in this great work in Jesus name. God bless you richly.

  18. I receive newsletter from daysprings and blessing of finishers was one of the most recent post. This is truly inspiring. This year I don’t have a child graduating but I do celebrate with the many graduates at my church and my friends whose children are graduating.. This post on the finishers was truly inspirational. The one to the youth leader and the performer were really touching .
    May God continue to bless you Emily as you minister.

  19. Very touching and inspirational. Uplifting words from the heart. Thanks for the morning ministry!
    Many blessings