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Episode 70: Brady, Tyler, & Caroline Ley)
It doesn’t matter how old we are: we each want to be “enough.” We want to be enough for our parents, our friends and team members, our partners and kids. Whether you’re age 4 or 104, Emily has a message for you: you’ll always be enough, because God made you. And when you recognize the gifts God’s placed inside you, then you can turn around and recognize those gifts in other people, and celebrate them in their enoughness, too. Emily’s put that beautiful message into her very first children’s book called You’re Always Enough: And More than I Hoped For, which is in bookstores right now! And to celebrate the book’s arrival, Emily’s inviting her three children—Brady, Tyler, and Caroline—onto the show for a sweet and special episode.
Emily and the kids talk about each of their special “superpowers” God gave them, some times when they felt like they didn’t measure up at school or with friends, and how they remembered they were special and loved—especially by their parents—even when they weren’t perfect. Because as You’re Always Enough reminds us: “Enough does not mean perfect. Enough’s not what you do. Enough means being who you are—the way that God made you. So when you start to wonder if the parts of you add up, remember what you know inside: you’ll always be enough.”
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“Underneath it all, we’re all longing for connection. We want someone to recognize that we are worthy—a worthy parent, daughter, partner, colleague, friend. We want to be enough for the people in our lives.” – Emily Ley
“Here’s what I’ve seen as I’ve grown older: when you know that you’re enough, when you recognize the gifts God’s placed inside you, then you can turn around and recognize those gifts in other people, and celebrate them in their enoughness, too. Those are the kids I want to nurture into adults.” – Emily Ley
“If there's one thing in this world that my friends and my family might be proud of me for, I would say that I'm a trustful friend. I'm always there for you. And I just want to have a personal bond with each person that I meet.” – Brady Ley
“Everybody's different in the world. But because they're different, It doesn't mean you treat them differently.” – Caroline Ley
“I hope kids feel loved and like they’re always enough after reading the book.” – Tyler Ley
A Blessing for Your Week
For God above made no mistakes
when He was making you.
He made you tender, tough, and bold,
fantastic through and through.
He knew precisely who you’d be—
so wonderfully complex.
He knew the world would need someone
so different from the rest.
Enough does not mean perfect.
Enough’s not what you do.
Enough means being who you are—
the way that God made you.
So when you start to wonder
if the parts of you add up,
remember what you know inside:
you’ll always be enough.Simplicity Tip of the Week
Picture yourself at four years old. You were precious, weren’t you? What did you like to do? What words would you use to describe yourself when you were that age? Were you curious, imaginative, excited by the smallest things? Were you bold, loud, and a little mischievous? Did you love animals and nature and nap time?
Think of a few words you’d use to describe your four-year-old self. I bet you have a smile on your face right now, don’t you? Well, guess what: she was enough then, and she is enough now, just as she lives on in you.
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