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Kayla Craig is the author of “To Light Their Way" and "Every Season Sacred" and creator of Liturgies for Parents. A former journalist, she’s adamant about paying attention and staying curious. She writes the popular "Year of Breath" devotional newsletter and lives in Iowa with her husband and four wild,...

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  1. “What would life look like if you had compassion for yourself?” I can’t imagine! As a lot of us are, I am my harshest critic. Thank you for this post that’s a wonderful reminder that having it together is not a requirement.

  2. Thank you for such inspiring words. Yes, I wonder what it would like if I showed compassion to myself. Maybe today is the day!

  3. Oh Kayla, tears are running down my face as I read your post. I am so ridiculously hard on myself. Your post came at just the right time. Thank you so very much! Blessings!

  4. I just let the tears fall as I read this. Such a blessing to have read this today. Thankful to God for using you to remind us of our belovedness in Him. No need to perform — we are loved. Thank you. ❤

  5. Kayla what a wonderful message so true. It also tells me in God’s words I am love just the way I am. I don’t have to the beauty queen to be loved by the King of the world. As I am a Daughter of King of Kings. Who went to Calvary and died for me because he loved me. He did this for every one in this world. I say Amen to that. People in this world not saved would tell you a lie. You have to be look like this or act like this to be loved by anyone. Even if you got spots all over your face you got a big out of shape nose or something. That don’t matter to God in his eyes your still beautiful and Loved by him. If you look up on YouTube type the words the “father’s loves letter” and listen to it. It will tell you just how much your Heavenly Father Loves You. It even tell you that he knew you even before you were born. Plus the very hairs on your head they are all counted. So you don’t have to perform to be Loved. You all ready are. By the King of the world Jesus. This song I learnt in Sunday School when small also tell me that top it is “Jesus Loves Me This I Know For The Bible Tells Me So” Another song I learnt at Sunday School that tells me we are all loved by Jesus no matter who we are is “Jesus Loves All The Children Of The World Red And Yellow Black And White” we are his Children no matter what age we are. The Kids Christian song I find are just as good for us as Adults as Kids today as the words just appreciate for us too. When you sit and listen to them. Like these two I just said as they good for us Adults to as Kids as I just said. Love today reading. Keeping you all in prayer incourage. Love Dawn xx

  6. This is waoh!!! Thank you for encouraging us that we are not the only one that has one lapse or the other, that others that we think of as being perfect are struggling with one thing or the other. God bless you for this awesome advise. Remain blessed

  7. I totally Agree with this wise Devotional.

    One other way that I find myself Comparing, is with my past self. I was 39 when I became so physically Disabled, I could no longer work. Along with that came chronic Depression.

    Too many times in the last couple decades, I’ve put pressure on myself, to be like I was before becoming Disabled.

    The Holy Spirit has shown me that I need to Thank God for my Disabilities (1Thes 5:18), instead of wishing, for what I used to be able to do. God didn’t make a mistake, by allowing me to become Disabled. I should give myself Grace, & be thankful for what I Can Do. This change in mindset, has helps me every day!

    One of the blessings I have being Disabled, is Time. For instance, I can spend more time focused on my Christian Walk, than I ever could before, because I can’t Work.

  8. Kayla,

    I am my own worst critic. Feel frustrated about my past & present work life. Some of that stems from being born with two punctured ear drums. Couldn’t hear or speak well for many years. Find myself getting jealous of others who seem to have wonderful careers. There are many times I cry “stupid, dumb, not smart enough”. I’ve come to realize those lies come from devil. He has help me long enough!! God loves me just as I am warts & all. After all He made me this way. No more comparison. Just going to be the best me I can & leave the rest to God.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Goodness, we are so often our own worst critics, aren’t we? Thank you so much for sharing a glimpse of what you have journeyed through. Grateful you’re here!