Adults make over 35,000 decisions every day. Many are second nature. I’m here for the ones that aren’t.



I’ve made it my job to put into words the thoughts you don’t have time to think. If you’re feeling stuck over a certain decision right now, unsure what to do next and frustrated by your lack of clarity, you’re in the right place.


I’m Emily P. Freeman, Wall Street Journal bestselling author, podcast host, and curious listener dedicated to helping you create space for your soul to breathe so you can discern your next right thing in love.


If you think someone who specializes in discernment never struggles with making decisions, get this: I went to school to study the Bible but ended up majoring in piano instead.

Then half-way through that degree, I changed my mind (and changed schools) and finished with a bachelor’s in Educational Interpreting for the Deaf from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

After graduating, I also received Advanced Discipleship Training through the Association of Exchanged Life Ministries and attended the School of Spiritual Direction with Dr. Larry Crabb’s New Way Ministries.

Recently I received my Masters in Christian Spiritual Formation and Leadership from Friends University where I now serve as a residency lecturer. My path has been anything but a straight line but one practice has been a lifeline on the journey: learning to do the next right thing.

My Family

John and I were married in 2001 and for the first 12 years of our marriage he worked as a youth pastor. In 2013, John 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.

John and I have been married 18 years now and he continues to be a fixed point for me in the midst of our fast-moving world. We have twin girls (15) who look like him and a boy (13) who looks like me. It’s going too fast and we’re holding on tight. 

“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.
-Eugene Peterson, The Jesus Way

If you’ve weighed the options but just can’t see things clearly yet, I’ve written a book I know will help.

It’s called The Next Right Thing and in it you’ll find a simple, soulful practice for making life decisions. Grab a copy wherever books are sold.

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Bonus: Child Sponsorship

When I traveled to The Philippines and to Uganda with Compassion International and a small team of bloggers, this blog community was a lovely support.

Child Sponsorship
While we wrote about our experience in order to raise awareness for the need to support children and families living in poverty around the world, readers back home read along, shared those posts, and hundreds of children were sponsored as a result. You can read about our trip to Uganda right here.

Here’s how you can join in:

My family and I continue to sponsor children through Compassion as do many of my readers. Here’s where you can too.