Dear Friend,

I’m so glad you’ve graced me with your presence. There are so many other places you could be spending your time right now— both in cyber space and the space where you’re sitting right now. I’ve asked God to join us in this place with His presence. I hope that while you’re here, you’ll find encouragement, fellowship, and hope. I know that when I’m scrolling through posts and articles on the web, that’s what I’m looking for many times. Maybe today, you want to find someone who will assure you that you are not alone. Let me take the honor of doing just that— you’re not alone, friend. Whatever you are facing, there is One who has already blazed the trail you’re traveling. Take Jesus, by the hand and hold onto the hope rooted in His truth that He WILL get you to the other side of your passage.

I’m a woman who has experienced the death of my dad while in college, the loss of my husband’s job after one year of marriage, an aching womb and heart after losing my first child to miscarriage, family drama like you wouldn’t believe and the sufficiency of Christ through it all. My motto for writing and life is, “Reaching Beyond My Reach.” I first heard that phrase from Dr.Elmer Towns when he said, “If you want to reach beyond your reach, write.” I believe that God has given each of us places of influence that go beyond our own borders. We can do this by using whatever resources He has given us for His glory. Even if it’s the gift of loss. Here’s a condensed version of a lot of what I weave throughout my writing that might help you navigate through tough times. You can also hear part of my story here.

At this digital homestead of mine, you’ll find observations on life offered from a biblical perspective. I mostly write about hope and healing for whatever pain may be present. I tell some funny humdingers, too. I love making people laugh and I love helping people grow closer to Christ.

I also share things that I have found to be useful, perspective-stretching, and/or just flat out pretty that I think you will appreciate. These affiliate links bring in a few coins to help my family be able to eat.

I’ve contributed writing pieces for places like WorldHelp, Thomas Road Baptist Church’s My Time Devotionals, Source of Light Ministries, and Jayme Hull’s Face to Face Mentoring. I’ve been so grateful to attend SheSpeaks, Tribe Conference, and Hope*Writers through the years to bolster my writing and my English degree. I also love sharing hope and encouragement in the Lord face to face with a group of local ladies at a weekly Bible study table I get to lead.

I’ve been writing my first book for awhile and hope to release it soon. Much like what I write here, my book is about finding hope in the unexpected picture of you. You can sign up to be among the first to know about my book here. I’ve been praying over this labor of love for years and can’t wait to see how God uses it for His glory and the good of others. 

I love connecting with people. So, be sure to meet up with me on Instagram (my favorite), Facebook, and Pinterest, and Twitter. Don’t be a stranger, I love new friends!

My husband, David, and I live close to the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia with our miracle little boy and our furborn. When I’m not writing or reading, I can be found wanderlusting about my next trip even if I’m already on one. Ordinarily, I’m daydreaming about London, redecorating my house, connecting with friends in both real space and cyberspace, brushing up on history, washing the dishes, sneaking chocolate chips from my baking stash…or chasing my toddler.

Your life is just full of God’s good purposes. Take heart and look to Jesus. He loves you, friend. And so do I.

With Christ’s great joy and mine,

Emily

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

2 Comments on “About Me”

  1. A beautiful and inspirational website. It is comforting to know Emily and David are continuing the Lords work.
    As we prepare for this wonderful Christmas Eve 2014, we are listening to two tapes of Emily’s Father, Jerry Pereira: 1. “Amazing Grace” (1995) and 2. “Seeing Christmas through the eyes of Mary” (12-15-96).
    Through the difficult times and the good times may we all think of the true reason for this wonderful time of year.
    Bob & Hilma Nelson, 2014

    1. Thank you so much, sweet Bob & Hilma! And that just warms my heart so much to hear you were listening to some of Daddy’s old sermons. I love that about recordings and writing… our words live on even beyond our own lives and the Lord can use them how He sees fit to minister to our hearts “for such a time as this.” Blessings to you both, sweet family! Praying Christ’s best upon you both as this new year unfolds! XOXO

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