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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. Thanks for this awesome post Jessica!!!! It was like a “From darkness to light” moment for me.
    Somehow God just knows how to lead me to his reassuring message – somehow – one way or the other and today it has been your post. Here I am, contemplating – Yes, I want to experience the joy of mothehood, but will i be able to take all that comes along with it. And now I know and believe that I can becasue all I have to do is – Depend on the Lord.

  2. Through a tough relationship at our church. I have extended myself several times and started conversations and it seems this woman is not interested but then I am reminded of God’s love for her and He challenges me to persevere through it. Reminding me that “sand paper” people are sometimes brought into our lives to strengthen or teach us something about ourselves. I have learned to pray and depend on the Lord in this situation.

  3. What a beautiful post and message, and reminder! I had just added a post to my blog today about how God reminds me he is there. Then I stop by here and read this beautiful message! I am truly encouraged! I just stumbled across Incourage yesterday – all I can say is … Thank you

  4. Just finished a wonderful study by Linda Dillow (Calm My Anxious Heart) – this was full of letting-go-of-control reminders. Completely trusting Him with everything. This is hard some nights when I lay awake worrying instead of sleeping! But I’d much rather He handle everything in my life than me at the steering wheel.

  5. As a single mother of three, with undependable income and uncertain future plans, I often stress about my responsibilities – they are truly more than I can handle. One of my daily prayers is that God will fill in the gaps where I fall short and provide what we need, heal the hurts in the lives of my children.

    I am a living witness that He is doing it! He is faithful and I don’t have to be the one to hold it all together.

  6. Jessica,
    I just had a realization because of your post….

    “Lord,
    I think I have a hard time depending on you because I have had such a hard time depending on my parents…”

    Jessica, the ability for your children to depend on you is such a GIFT.
    Thanks for the short but powerful post!
    God is love,
    Vanessa

  7. Great help for the graveling heart. Becoming a good parent requires humility and perseverence and then courage somewhere inbetween. I can’t do it alone. God is my refuge.

  8. As someone behind a photo blog, I appreciate this post and agree completely that photos of the everyday moments can remind us of God’s presence. Thank you for this post.

  9. What a beautiful realization that God wants to pour into us MORE than we desire to pour into the lives of those we love.

    It reminds me of something I read by Debra Rienstra. She used the image of children helping their mother make chocolate chip cookies. It would be easier and more efficient for mom to make the cookies on her own, but she allows her children to enter into the experience, get messy, make mistakes…much like how God doesn’t need us, but He chooses us to enter into what He is doing. We are messy and broken, but He loves us and pours love and grace over us! 🙂

  10. Wow…talk about timing. Today has been a rough day. I’m a single mom to an extremely high energy 3 year old. Did I mention I’m 43? I’m exhausted but blessed. I deal with a lot of fear and anxiety. But God is always there…I just need to stop taking my eyes off him.

  11. My pastor’s sermons teach me to look to Jesus when I’m not feeling joy, when I’m frustrated by an everything gone wrong day. It comes to mind to draw near, press in. And my day may still go wrong but I have peace and warmth from my Savior.

  12. “God desires for me to depend on him the way my kids depend on me.” ~ this is so simple but *so* profound. I will be holding this truth close to my heart.

    Thank you, friend ~ you are a gift!

  13. “With so many things stretching me thin” exactly captures my thoughts of late. Whenever I feel I’m fading thin, I tend to cry out and pray to God for relief and direction. I think it’s His way of reminding me I need His fullness to make me whole and not a full plate.

  14. Thanks for writing this!
    I went through a though weekend, and didn’t even know i was stifling my tears till i was halfway through ur post. after i wailed like a baby to God, i was lead to
    Romans 8:37 “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us”
    if i had not have my cry before reading the verse, the words would have fallen into a dry, weary, angry heart and swept away before i even knew it, so i’m thankful to God for u!

  15. Exactly the reminder I needed tonight while weary from caring for my two young children in VERY hot weather! Thank you!