Editorís note: This is the third in a series of four author interviews.

If I thought I could get away with it, Iíd type amen after each of Emily Freemanís answers. Because this author? She gets it.

Her latest book is ďSimply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World.Ē It releases on Aug. 18, which is of course a Tuesday.

Q. Whatís the message of your newest book?

A. Tuesday offers the gift of now, of seeing how the kingdom of God hides in small things Ė beneath the pile of laundry and woven into the dinner conversation.

This feels counter-intuitive in my world. In our culture and even in the church, we always seem to praise the Big and Important: the growing congregation, the rising star, the giant donation, or the big and amazing dream. But Jesus said the kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, he said Godís people are like salt, he said his kingdom belongs to the children.

Growing congregations, rising stars, giant donations, and big dreams are great! But the truth is that isnít where most of us live.

The Bible says we are not to despise the days of small beginnings. I admit, that sounds lovely and offers relief maybe. But when you have to actually live the small beginnings, when you have to get up every morning for what feels like an eternal Tuesday, itís hard to not despise that.

Too often my soul feels held hostage by hustle Ė which basically looks like me trying to hustle my way out of the Tuesday moments and grab on to something that looks more like a Friday night. I sense Jesus inviting me to release my obsession with building a life and trust in the life Christ is building within me. And in my life the way heís doing that is one small moment at a time.

Q. In a world where we spend hundreds and hundreds on childrenís birthday parties and create elaborate prom-posals, how can the small moments compete?

A. Prom-posals! Ha! How have I never heard that term before? Yes, itís so true that it seems like the small-moments are over-looked and I understand why. Who would choose small if thereís potential for big? I guess my only answer to the question ďhow can the small moments competeĒ is that they canít. Which is precisely the point.

I think a lot of us are actually tired of competing Ė we live in this world of hustle, hurry, produce, deliver and maybe weíre successful at that. Sometimes. But beneath the surface, at the core of who we are, I believe our souls are longing for space, for margin, and for rest. We might be able to sustain this pace for a while, but no one can do it for a lifetime. At least not in a healthy way.

I donít think itís wrong to go all out or to celebrate or achieve in big ways. What I do think is that itís also important to remember that Jesus came as a baby and not as a king. And that the kingdom of God shows up in ways we might not expect Ė in the whisper, in the seed, in the child.

Q. What role do these small moments play in our contentment?

A. Iím still learning this. But one thing Iíve noticed in myself is that if the light of a Tuesday morning candle isnít bright enough to light the room, a spotlight wonít be either.

If the regular work I do on a Tuesday doesnít feel important, I will become addicted to comparison and forget compassion. If the people in my life now arenít sacred companions for me, I realize Iím competing with everyone and connecting with no one.

Jesus became less and arrived small and keeping company with him, celebrating my smallness in his presence rather than despising it Ė this brings a surprising freedom that seems impossible. I donít always choose the small way, but contentment is a natural result when I do.

Marketta Gregory is a former religion reporter who now shares her own journey of faith with readers. She lives in Rochester, New York, with her husband, their three young boys and one very vocal Pomeranian. To contact Gregory, email markettagregory@yahoo.com or write to her at P.O. Box 12923, Rochester, NY 14612. You can also visit the Simply Faithful page on Facebook and follow her on Twitter at @MarkettaGregory.