About Emily

Meet EmilyWhat does it mean to create space for your soul to breathe?

I’m living into that question and I hope you’ll come along.

Everyday I wake up in a chronic state of forgetfulness.

Maybe we all suffer from this particular virus of the soul – forgetting who we are, where we belong, and our hearts true home.

I believe the soul is often forgotten beneath the demands of everyday life. It’s easy for me to get tangled up in a fast-paced world, distracted by hustle, driven to produce, hungry to ship.

But that’s a language the soul doesn’t speak.

Creating space for my soul to breathe is about respecting the daily pauses I need to be fully myself so that I can be present with God and faithful in my home, my work, and my community.

I write here to help you create that space, too.

Through many conversations, emails, and letters from readers, I’ve discovered my writing most helps people to:

  • let go of the try-hard life
  • learn to breathe in a breathless world
  • uncover the art you were born to make
  • move into the world with the courage to be who you most deeply are

“We stop, whether by choice or through circumstance, so that we can be alert and attentive and receptive to what God is doing in and for us, in and for others, on the way. We wait for our souls to catch up with our bodies.

-Euguene Peterson, The Jesus Way

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Emily’s Story

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I graduated from Columbia International University where I learned how to study the Bible and from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where I received my degree in Educational Interpreting for the Deaf.

John and I were married in 2001 and for the first 12 years of our marriage he worked as a youth pastor. Two years ago he transitioned out of youth ministry into a time of waiting and listening to find out what was next. Now he is the director of a local non-profit ministry called Grace Discipleship where he offers discipleship care for weary souls.

I served as a sign language interpreter for several years when we first got married until the twins were born and I couldn’t remember my name, much less how to interpret geometry into sign language. Then, after starting a blog in January 2006, I realized I had words of my own to share rather than always interpreting someone else’s.

For nearly 10 years I’ve been writing on the internet.

This is the place where all my books begin and so far, I’ve written four: Grace for the Good Girl (2011), Graceful (For Young Women) (2012), A Million Little Ways (2013), and the soon-to-be released Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World (Aug 2015).

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My husband John :: We’ve been married over 13 years now and he continues to be a fixed point for me in the midst of our fast-moving world.

Our three kids :: We have twin girls who look like him and a boy who looks like me. The girls head to middle school next year. Hold me.

Books :: One of my favorite pastimes. I have a growing list of favorites I share here. These days I’m especially into Eugene Peterson, Madeleine L’Engle, Macrina Wiederkehr, and the Gospel of Mark.

Netflix :: How did we live without it?

Writing :: I just can’t quit it. Writing helps me know what I think about life, about God, and about the world. As I write, I become more fully myself. This is the most tangible way I’ve found to personally worship God.

Artists :: I use a broad definition of artist – anyone who is brave enough to move toward what makes them come alive. Here are some of my favorites.

Conversation about creativity :: One of my favorite things to do is to talk with creatives about creating.

Chatting at the Sky

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