There’s no doubt about it: life will never be quite the same as it is right now. It’s filled with, as writer Zora Neale Hurston said, years that ask questions and years that answer them. But in the midst of all that change and uncertainty, do you know what remains true? Love. This is a special week on the podcast, because Emily’s just released a super special, brand-new book called Sure as the Sunrise: 100 Morning Meditations on God’s Mercy and Delight! 🎉 And to help us celebrate, Emily’s talking to her BFF Jane about the most important things, like the unchanging love we have for our people, the love they have for us, and the love given to us by our great and good God. If you’re feeling sad or anxious or worried today, pour a warm cup of tea and join us here—this is a conversation that’ll soothe your soul.
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“My faith isn’t something I talk about on the podcast all the time, but it has a lot to do with how I live my life and run my business. It informs the way I use my platform, the way I serve my team, and the way I show up for friends and family. Faith is the rudder that guides the direction of my life, pointing me toward the path that I believe leads me to the best version of myself.” – Emily Ley
“I’ve learned that I don’t have to be perfect to serve well. In fact, it’s probably better that I’m not.” – Emily Ley
“Everything was just so hard and so confusing during that season [early COVID], but God was still bringing the sun up. And he’s doing exactly the same for you too. Every single morning, he brings the sun up just for you.” – Emily Ley
“As a mom, and my kids come home and they tell me something that happened, I'm like, ‘Okay, let's fix this.’ And then I'm learning I can't. I have to pray. We have to give it to God. We have to hope that we can give guidance and advice, and they can tackle these, too, but it feels like you're climbing a mountain some days.” – Jane Lauter
“We say to our kids all the time, ‘This is when your faith matters.’ I can be here and try to fix that or anything else, but there will be a time that we're not here or there will be a time that they're tested and we're not around, whether it be at school or in college or traveling. And those are those moments that you hope they can tap into their faith, they can tap into what we've taught them.” – Jane Lauter
A Blessing for Your Week
In the midst of change, I hope you remember that you are strong, and smart, and resilient to boot.
In the midst of uncertainty, I hope you remember not to withdraw into your hole, but reach out to a friend and say, “I need help.”
And through it all, I hope you remember that you were made on purpose, for a purpose—and that you have so many people in your corner, cheering you on as you write your next chapter.
Simplicity Tip of the Week
How I start the day has a huge impact on the rest of it. If you’re looking for a little more peace and calm in your life, try taking thirty minutes for yourself in the morning. Just thirty minutes of time by yourself, in the quiet. Maybe you journal, maybe you read a devotional or inspirational self-help book, maybe you pray or meditate. No matter what you choose to do, I think starting the day with that kind of intention centers you.
Maybe thirty minutes feels like too much. Maybe getting up fifteen minutes earlier than normal feels more doable. Then start there!
I promise you: Nurturing your spirit is one of the most loving things you can do for yourself. And it helps you build resilience for the road ahead.
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