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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. Emily,
    I’ve been awake since 3:45…it’s now 4:17. I couldn’t sleep because my mind was spinning with If I just work harder to make this 501c3 non profit application, that is thicker than the Bible, just perfect then it will be approved. I want to answer all of the IRS’s questions, dispel any doubts, leave no question un answered so that they have no reason to deny our petition for tax exempt status. Innocent young lives in the Middle East…in the jaws of evil…are depending on me. My lie is “It’s all up to me.” When really all I can do is the best I can do and then I have to (gulp) let it go into God’s hands. These children I am working for are ultimately God’s children. I can’t control this. I have no choice but to let it go…Thank you for the reminder to set my mind on things that are above…not what I see here on this earth.
    Blessings,
    Bev

    • praying for you now and the amazing school. trusting that God is in control. may you have peace and complete trust as you complete this application for the school.

      • Chris,
        Thank you so much for the prayers…they are greatly appreciated!! B

    • Oh, those 3:45 am thoughts run wild, don’t they? I’m glad these words were a bit of comfort.

    • Praying for Jesus to put His hands over your hands while you are filling out the IRS forms. Praying for Him to show you this is His battle, and He will accomplish His purposes for the precious children and the teachers. These people ARE Jesus’ just the same as you are Jesus’ and He loves you and will guide You with His eye upon you. He cares about all of these mind boggling details with the IRS 501c3 questions on the forms you’re filling out, those forms are His battle too. (Hugs) Joanne

      • Joanne,
        You are such a gift and you have such wisdom…from the last time you blessed my heart by helping me to ask the right questions about how I can help my son…to this post and your encouragement that the battle belongs to the Lord and that He will accomplish His purposes for ALL His children. You are a great prayer warrior. Thank you for giving me my battle cry, “The battle belongs to the Lord…He will fight for me if only I will be still!”. Needed this, sweet friend!!
        Love and hugs,
        Bev

    • Bev,
      I hear you loud and clear! I’m praying for you and the work ahead! Just do the best you can and leave the rest to God! If He brought you to this He will see you through all this! Praying for you and your family!
      Blessings 🙂

  2. Oh, how I love the truth you shared! If-then thinking is so deceptive because sometimes it works…but it revolves around me and I can’t sustain things indefinitely. I’m so grateful our Lord has already made the way and need only follow. Please help us, Lord, and thank you, Emily, for the reminder!

  3. Emily, you spoke to my heart today. I am praying for you and all your readers that we all can be encouraged that with Jesus we ARE enough.

  4. wow – thanks for this. I get my “live on” theology in the shower like you do over coffee – which is a challenge in a drought (my showers can be too long) I am pressed in but I’m the one pressing — your words helps me release a little of that pressing this morning (but I needed a longer shower!) I’m not enough and that’s a good thing. I speak on the God Who Is Enough tomorrow near SF. Funny how God does that. Thanks so much, emily, for your fine writing and great encouragemnen to lean in to the One Who Is.

  5. I really identify with this, Emily. That “not enough” seems to be my default mode and pops up so persistently. Thank you for this comforting reminder to open the ears of our hearts to the whispers from God that we are always enough in Him.

  6. Oh, thank you for this post. Sometimes, my own feeling of not-enough-ness is overwhelming. So many of my worries seem to stem from the fear that there won’t be enough, that I won’t be enough. But God is. Thank you for sharing this truth so gracefully. God is so patiently teaching me that He is enough for all my needs. He is enough for all of my weakness. And I just simply need to receive that truth. Amen!

  7. Such a great post. Sweet reminder for me today.

    And I love this: “Do you ever have your theology come up to greet you in the midst of everyday moments like this?”

    Yes! Yes!

    Thanks for sharing. Many blessings!

  8. Oh Emily … I love this — partly b/c I LOVE cream in my coffee and partly b/c it reminded me of something I’ve said often in the middle of a “moment” like this. During times like when you sweep up all the dirt in the dustpan and then you trip on something and all the dirt falls back onto the floor, my phrase has been, “Why is always so hard? ! Why is life so hard!? Why does EVERYTHING have to be so hard?! ” 🙂 Anyway, I relate and now I know it’s something inside of me coming out that might need some more thought ! Also , the rat in the room — scary but what a great way to call it what it is !

  9. Emily,
    I’ve been awake a while today! So much running through my mind today! My aging dad isn’t doing well and there is so much to remember and do (paperwork, phone calls) for him. I must remember that all I can do is my best and leave the rest to God!!
    I am often filled with “not enough” thoughts. I hear “not good enough, smart enough, talented, etc.” running through my mind. I know they are just lies, but to often I tend to hear and believe them. It is only when God sends someone my way to tell me differently that I can breathe again and fell less stress!!
    Blessings 🙂