Somebody Wants What You Have

~shamelessly stolen from Jessica's blog~

It’s easy to think the grass is always greener in your neighbor’s yard. And perhaps it is. At least the part you can see.

But remember…

When you’re weary of fixing another meal and doing dishes yet again, somebody wishes they had food to put on the table.

When you’ve folded and put away a mountain of laundry, somebody wishes their children had proper coats and hats to wear to school.

When you’re groaning over the highest heating bill yet this year, somebody wishes they weren’t so cold.

When you’re losing sleep and gagging over a child’s stomach bug episode, somebody is praying for a miracle over her child’s hospital bed.

When the exhaustion and nausea of the first trimester are about to do you in, somebody is weeping over a negative pregnancy test. (so very, very true)

When your headache intensifies over your teen’s college financial paperwork, somebody is visiting the site of her teen’s fatal wreck.

When you wake up to another cloudy, rainy day, somebody is praying for moisture to end a season of drought.

When you pick up your husband’s dirty socks and take out the trash because he forgot, somebody is wishing that for just a moment she didn’t have to do it all alone, all the time.

The next time your situation threatens to steal your joy, try to remember… somebody wants what you have.

Give thanks in all circumstances…
1 Thessalonians 5:18


  1. Excellent post. Always good to keep things in perspective.

    Blessings, Kim<><

  2. I needed those reminders today. Thank you Emily. It is so easy to moan and groan and not look at all the blessings in my life.

  3. Thank you Emily for this post. It put things in perspective...I have been looking at friends' lives who had that green lawn, but in reality things could always be worse.

  4. Thanks for reminding me how fortunate I am! There's really nothing I have to complain about... aside from the fact that my back hurts from 5 hours of yard work today ~ but that's a good thing right? At least I have a yard to do work in.

  5. This is so beautiful...and so true...thank you for this post! =)