When I tell you that I almost burst into tears when I received this book, it’s the truth. A few weeks ago, I went out with my friend Nikki. It was after work and we were going to catch up over dinner. When she walked in, we hugged, then she handed me something.
It was this: Grace, Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy by Emily Ley.
As soon as I saw it, I could feel my eyes do that funny thing when water is about to spill out. I’m not a crier, but when emotions hit… Ooh, chile!
Embracing simplicity, celebrating joy? Sign me up!
This book came to me at the best time.
If you’re familiar with the Simplified Planner, then you know who Emily is. She’s an awesome woman, entrepreneur, wife, mother of 3. On the surface, you would think she’s got it going on. But like how she’s a busy lady, we all go through this – life happens, we take on a lot, responsible for projects, other people, etc. We expect ourselves to be at 100% all the time. Well, tough luck. That’s not the way life goes and when we keep assuming that perfection is the norm, we fall. It’s disappointing and frustrating.
I admit that I’m guilty of overwhelming myself, not slowing down, so I can get everything on my to-do list done. That’s not good. Even though I’ve adjusted this past year, if I’m not careful, those bad habits creep back in.
But there’s hope and encouragement! This book reminds us that if we change our mindset and simplify our methods, we can do all things. (Philippians 4:13)
Here’s a line of the promotional blurb that I loved: “With a focus on faith, Emily reminds readers that God abundantly pours out grace on us—and that surely we can extend grace to ourselves.”
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9
Be still, and know that I am God… – Psalm 46:10
Resting and knowing that we don’t have to do it all, fix it all, make every piece fit by ourselves in order for everything to work. That’s key to having an abundant life. He’s with us; guiding us and leading us to success.
Don’t be afraid; I truly believe anyone can read this book, no matter what your spiritual background is. You will get encouragement. The advice she gives is easy to follow. You’re not alone. If you have any questions, let me know.
Have you read this yet? I’m beginning to and I’m already blessed by what Emily has written.
“I will hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection.”
Check it out. It’s only $8 on her website. You can also find this book where you purchase items (Amazon, Target, etc.).
Have a great day!