Today I’m sharing my subscriber-only weekend links email with you here. It’s longer than usual because I’m also announcing 3 events coming up. We still share weekend links every Saturday but now we do it exclusively through email. Want to get a curated list of great writing and thoughtful resources each week? Sign up here.

Hello, you. Here are four articles, one podcast, and three upcoming events to help you create a little more space for your soul to breathe. Enjoy!

Memphis, TN

A Trail of Notes Left Across Thousands of Miles Leads To A Proposal At Starbucks by Steve Stolder

You guys! This is the best story I love it so much – Esther Havens (who I traveled with to Israel last year) recently got engaged and their story is fantastic. It’s sweeping across the Internets and magazines and I just bet they’ll be meeting Matt Lauer by the end of next week.

Ten Ways to Receive Your Summer Life With Less Envy and More Gratitude by Marian Vischer

Sometimes You Have To Decide You Have What It Takes by Anne Bogel

On The Silence of God: When He Doesn’t Show Up Like You Need Him To by Rebecca Reynolds

The Lazy Genius Creates Space Podcast Episode 28 by Kendra Adachi


July 13 or 14 // The Popcast Live! Show with Knox and Jamie

I’m headed to Raleigh, NC to join Knox and Jamie for their live show. My girl Kendra (The Lazy Genius) is their special guest and she’s bringing me as her plus one. Never heard of The Popcast? Learn more right here. Would love to meet you. Hint: you’ll love it if you’re in to pop culture and laughing.

How to get tickets:

Grab your tickets here and join us! I’ll be there for both the Friday and Saturday night shows (choose one). Use the code EMILYPFREEMAN for a discount at checkout.


Freeman Family

July 20 or July 27 // An Evening for Parents of K – 5th Graders

John and I have wanted to host something like this for quite some time and we’ve finally got two opportunities on the calendar.

This is a small, free gathering for parents of K-5th graders who are looking for practical guidance for discipling your kids.

John will be teaching some parenting and discipleship ideas he’s been working on and praying over for many months now (and I will be there taking notes along with you!)

Join us for a conversation on how to:

  • Teach our kids scripture in a way that touches both head + heart
  • Enlist the power of imagination for discipleship
  • Breathe life into family devotions
  • Use everyday word pictures to encourage their faith

How to reserve your spot:

If you would like to join us on either July 20 or 27, send an email to freeman john at mac dot com and we’ll send more information.

Thursday July 20 OR Thursday July 27
Greensboro, NC
7 pm

The gathering is free, but space is limited so let me know as soon as possible!

The Guided Writing Retreat

October 26 – 28 // The Guided Writing Retreat

For the second year, my hope*writer co-founders and I are hosting a live event in Charlotte for writers.

This Guided Writing Retreat is designed to help writers overcome one of the biggest obstacles that keep us from writing: TIME.

Open to any writers – whether you’re just getting started, working to get published, or trying to meet a deadline.

How to reserve your ticket:

Every single detail you could possibly want to know about the retreat is here: Hope*Writers Presents: The Guided Writing Retreat. See the purpose of the gathering, a detailed schedule, optional pre-treat workshops, and an extensive FAQ section.

You do not have to be a member of hope*writers to attend (but if you are a member we’ll have a special reception at The Nester’s White Barn just for you!)

That’s all for now! Join here if you’d like to know when posts go live and you’ll also receive the weekend list, a short email with a small curated collection of my favorite books, posts, podcasts, or offerings for the week.

Everything I send you will always have one thing in mind: the health of your soul. Here’s to creating space for your soul to breathe in an often breathless world.