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Jessica Turner is the author of Stretched Too Thin: How Working Moms Can Lose the Guilt, Work Smarter and Thrive, and blogs on The Mom Creative. Every day is a juggling act as she balances working full-time, making memories with her family, photographing the every day and trying to be...

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  1. Things! UGH…things seem so important at the time we DON’T have them! But when push comes to shove, at the end of the day, most of us survived another day without having more “things”. I was very convicted reading this. I all to often fall into the bad habit of complaining about the little things that “inconvenience” me. I use quotes because I KNOW, by comparison, I am not really put out by my lack of___________ we can all fill in the blank. Last night the mouse on my computer broke. IMAGINE the horrors! WHAT kind of life can I lead without my mouse working perfectly??? I mean, it mattered not that I had at my disposal THREE other computer mouse that I could use….no! I grumbled and said something to the effect of “what else is new” and my amazing, hard working husband was left to deal with my sour attitude about yet “another broken thing”. Never mind he works so hard to allow me to be a stay at home mom, available to teach the kids at home (most of them anyway!), or that he sacrifices all the fun things HE likes to do like fishing and sleeping in on Saturdays. All I could focus on was MY “inconvenience”. People in this world go every day without a computer mouse–SLAP in the head I know!!! Reading this it was like that kick in the head and heart I needed. I complain inside and I convince myself that it won’t seep out of my mouth and then I wonder why the kids do it! Thank you so much for the reminder I needed to “get a grip” and realize that even though I may have some broken “things” I have more than 3/4 of the rest of the world.

  2. This post should be read by every blogger out there! {And their husbands…HA!…and my kids…and my sisters…and reread by me again..} It’s so true ~ “things” don’t matter in the end..why do we get so caught up in “things”.
    Thanks for your cab drivers point of view!

  3. What I picked up from what he said was that he must not know Jesus. I do not know the rest of the conversation, but when he said, “You will never see that person again,” I can assume he is lost.
    Hopefully not, hopefully there is more there. Thanks for a great post.

  4. Cabs scare me. I walked everywhere in Chicago when I visited, and a homeless guy chased me. I still wasn’t about to get into a cab by myself. That’s what I get for watching “The Bone Collector” before my trip.

  5. Praise God! He has been working on me the past few days and this just hit home. My family and I are so blessed. My husband works so that I can be a stay at home homeschooling mama. Our necessities are covered thank God. And I have been focusing on the fact that I want new curtains and blinds :p I made a pact to my husband that I am only focusing on the blessings that we have not what we don’t have. Thank you so much for posting this. The cab driver definitely has the right perspective 😀 I am definitely sharing this on my Facebook. Have a very blessed day.

  6. I love that I just read this today, friend, as I’ve been thinking of you all day and your early morning flight to DR tomorrow. It’s amazing how catching his kind of attitude is, and such a good reminder of how little we really need. Anxious to see all World Vision is doing through your eyes…