This Lovely Place #1: Giving Yourself Grace

A young woman sitting in a cafe with shopping bagsNot many of us are in danger of giving ourselves too much grace. We often tend to focus on our faults and things we shouldn’t have said. In this podcast episode, I encourage listeners to take thoughts of self-criticism captive and replace them with grace. Try the assignment I give and experience the benefits of giving yourself grace!

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Episode length:  12:18



  1. Thank you very much, Charlotte! I enjoyed the podcast a lot. It was a great way to spend part of my commute. People were probably wondering what I was smiling about 🙂 God bless!

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      Aww, thanks so much, Lize! I am so glad it was an encouragement to you!

  2. Charlotte, these were perfect words for me to hear today. Thank you for reminding me to allow myself to experience grace…from ME! I always love your words of wisdom. Thank you for taking the time to share them.

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      Pauline, so true–as Moms we forget to give US grace! Glad it was a good word for you today!

  3. Thank you. I can see now that much of my struggle is because of the things I tell myself. (I just wrote, “I am a mess”, but deleted it. 🙂 ) I have been struggling with life for so very long, and especially the last few months. Being 53 myself, I have been hating it that I still have issues. Now I see that changing my thinking is not just memorizing more Scripture, which I beat myself up for for now doing it right or being consistent, but you have shown me how to take every thought captive and the reason behind doing so. Thank you for being so very practical.

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      J., thank you for writing. I know what you mean, I thought I would be perfect by the time I reached 50, LOL! When we focus on what NOT to do, we end up DOING that thing because we’re focusing on it. God gave us such amazing minds! Fill yourself up with good input and choose those true and lovely thoughts! It will make a difference very quickly.

      1. Thanks, again. Focus on what not to do….doing that thing…!

  4. Thank you so much for this podcast, Charlotte! I look forward to many more. I really struggle with taking captive all of my thoughts unto obedience. It is so encouraging to hear you speak and give your testimony of how you did this and reprogrammed your thinking. It definitely gives me hope!

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      Amy, you absolutely can do it! In fact, you’d be surprised at what just a few days of being really aware of thoughts can do to help you make big progress!

  5. Thanks so much for this. I have been so hard on myself since having our newest boy (12 weeks ago)- baby weight, stress of learning to manage more than one child and get everything else done too- I put more pressure on myself to have it all in place and finished and get back to my size 4s- even my dear husband has told me to “chill the heck out!”- a very timely message, thanks you 🙂

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      lol, Sarah–I love what your hubby said! Bless your heart. God is gentle among those with young and you should be, too. Love yourself enough to rest and move through this season with grace!

  6. Thank you, Charlotte! I need to listen to this weekly (maybe daily!) until the truth is embedded in my heart. Thank you for sharing your struggles and how God is helping you overcome. Its an inspriation to me! blessngs, Dana

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      Dana, I’m so glad that this encouraged you. It’s a process, but you’ll do well to focus on the good things!

  7. I’ve been stress all week and I wanted a break to just chill out and relax since my husband is far from home right now and we haven’t seen each other for 7 months now! There are times that I’ve felt really lonely and alone and these words are very encouraging for me! I appreciate your testimony!!! So timely..

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      Bless your hear, Mal! Wish I could give you a hug (but I’m sure you’d rather have one from your husband)! I’m so glad to encourage you, dear.

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