Rosina, Molly and I happened to have all read the same book: Simply Tuesday, by Emily P. Freeman. It resonated with us, and we wanted the messages within its pages to soak in before they were forgotten.
And so we created the Simply Tuesday Project as a way of both thinking about and responding to sections of the book that hit home for us. During this project, on Tuesdays we will each post a photo inspired by a quote from the book.
Grief, yet light
“When confronted with heartbreak, fear, questions, longing, frustrations, and grief, this new life means instead of running to build our cities of protection, we can set out on a different road. This road that may include loneliness, obscurity, hiddenness, and silence. It may be narrow, lined with danger, and filled with darkness at times. But we have a light that will not go out and cannot be turned off. The light of Christ burns bright within us, and wherever we go we will not go alone. This is our promise, our protection, and the place where our voice comes from.” p. 35, 36
Rain is "and"
“Home isn’t either beautiful or not, happy or sad, full or empty. Home is both. Home is and. Home has good parts, hard parts, marvelous and miracle parts. Home is where we celebrate adn where we grieve, where we are hurt, broken and healed, and made whole again. And all of these parts are essential as we live in the kingdom of God.” p. 52, 53
They say we're "in the middle of now+here"
"'Nowhere' is not the conjunction of no and where but, rather, the conjunction of Now and Here, which is actually Everywhere and is the only spot that we can truly experience God." (Brennan Manning) p. 55
(Not) dressed to impress
"When I'm performing for my acceptance, burnout is always the result. I don't see Jesus calling me to excellence. I do see him calling me to himself. And sometimes, on the kingdom of earth, moving close to Jesus looks like failure and embarrassment." p. 74
"It seems to me when I finally recognize my inability is when Christ shows up able within me. But he doesn't equip me to do every job possible, he equips me to do the job meant for me." p. 90
Free in obscurity
"When I celebrate my smallness and receive the gift of obscurity, I am free. I have hope. I can give generously. I can be who I am rather than either who you think I am or who I want you to think I am. When I resist smallness it's because I'm afraid it means invisibility." p. 104
God even moves through siblings
"To know and be known is both compelling and repulsive to me. The way God moves on earth is through the hands and eyes and feet of people--both the ones I'm naturally drawn to and the ones who get on my nerves." p. 122
Making adulthood easier to accept
"I would not choose to become a child again but I am looking to children and have searched in them for a simplicity and ordinariness that makes being an adult easier to accept and miracles easier to see. - Macrina Wiederkehr, Seasons of Your Heart" p. 131
Loose Garment, Part I
"Heather King's Shirt of Flame brought me a few steps closer to understanding one side of this particular struggle. In her book, she shared the example of enjoying your own birthday party, all the attention on you, and then a friend decides to announce her pregnancy right in the middle of it. 'We take a bit of a backseat and rejoice for her with the rest of the guests. That's not dishonesty, that's maturity. That's refraining from making every little thing about us. That's caring about the spiritual well-being of another. That's wearing the world like a loose garment.'" p. 123
Loose Garment, Part II
"We confess our inability to discern the difference between honesty and self-defensiveness, maturity and martyrdom. May we invite you into our footnote interactions so they don't fester into headlines. May we hand over every moment into your care, trusting you to handle us tenderly. And in the handing over, may the world become to us like a loose garment. May we have the courage to know when to speak and when to stay silent, ever moving toward others even as you move within us. May Christ be our security when we care too much about the little things and our salvation when we care too little about the big ones. May we have the insight, discernment, and humility to know the difference." p. 154
"Maybe the answer isn't in trying so hard to find the light but in being willing to face the fog and remember Christ stands here too. To remember together with all the saints that he is sufficient in the light and in the darkness, in the pain and in the joy, in the morning as well as the night." p. 168-169
"True hope doesn't come from good results, positive outcomes, or sure wins. The hope that is deep and enduring is knowing we will be okay even if the results and outcomes aren't a win." -p176
"I don't expect and I don't like a God who comes to me in failure, in loneliness, in poverty. Yet God comes to me where I live and loves me where I am. If I am not where I am, God cannot meet me. It's as simple as that." ~Brennan Manning, p. 233