I have been trying to figure out a way to live my life in a way that brings goodness, peace, and love into my soul. My hope is that it would overflow out onto the relationships I have with my family and those around me. I will admit that it’s not been easy.

Often it feels like a constant uphill battle as every time I think I’m headed in the right direction, I end up realizing that I’m further from where I wanted to be. Things like the not-so-importants creep in and crowd out the things I thought I thought were important or the interruptions that I prefer to view as irritants become sources of shame that I do not want to face.

I realize that my tendency is to look at what I have not done or what I have been doing wrong and I end up beating myself up over all of it.

So, rather than try to figure it out and continue to miss the mark, I am going to live by the words that were spoken to me in the familiar gentle and quiet voice, “Have grace for yourself.”

Author: Jennie.Denney

Jennie lives in Southern California with her husband and four children. She loves to travel, write poetry, and be by the water. She received a certificate of the Bible through Torchbearers Bible School, attended Hope International University for her undergrad, received a certificate in Spiritual Formation through the Apprentice Experience at Friends University, and a Masters in Pastoral Studies. She has written Soul Cries: A Book of Poems, Soul Cries: A Journal, and her newest book is Shaping the Soul: An Artist Collective. She owns and manages, where she writes a weekly blog with stories, practices, and lessons she is learning, to help her readers know they are not alone in their own becoming and encouraging them to connect with God. Follow her on IG @jennie.denney and Pinterest @jenniferpdenney.

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