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How to Glean the Gift of a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Welcome, friends! I’m so glad you’re here. If you’re stopping by from Encouragement for Today, I hope you’ll stick around for a while and make yourself at home. If you like what you find, feel free to subscribe to The Overflow so you won’t miss a single post. You can sign up here under the heading “Newsletter” […]

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The Mom Initiative: The Stretch Marks Nobody Told Me About

 No one told me about the stretch marks that come after the baby is born.  Oh, I’d been amply warned of the blemishes that accompany pregnancy. As my stomach bulged and grew, I gleaned wisdom from toddler-toting survivors who had once surrendered to jeans with extra panels and bellybutton hugging underwear. I read every tattered page of What to Expect When […]

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Jesus Likes Me, This I Know

When she’d said it, the hairs on my arms had stood up at rapt attention. I don’t know why the simple obvious had sounded so profound coming out of a four-year-old’s mouth. Maybe it’s the way she exclaimed every word like she was inviting me to a party, or the way she choreographed each sentence […]

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How to Speak Hope When We’re Short on Words

“Mommy?” She was sitting in the hot sand next to me, making a sandcastle with her little orange shovel. “What, Honey?” I turned my head to hear my six year old’s voice above the roar of the incoming tide. She shifted her body and stared at me like we’d just met. “Oh, nothing….” she said, […]

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Hope for Dark Nights…

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Why Hanging Upside Down Might be the Secret to the Best Life (and a give-away!)

Monkey bars. That’s the image that lingered in my mind as I read my friend Amy Sullivan’s book. It seems a bit odd, I know. After all, Amy’s book may be jam-packed with wisdom and wit. But it is not crammed with references to monkey bars. Or monkeys, for that matter. But Amy does mention […]

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How to Love the Child You’ve Got (Instead of Wishing for a Different One!)

Welcome, friends! I’m so glad you’re here. I’ve been saving a seat for you! If you’re stopping by from Proverbs 31, I hope you’ll stay a while and enjoy a second dose of encouragement. If this is your first visit, please make yourself at home and look around. Leave me a comment or connect with me on Facebook or Twitter. I’d […]

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An Invitation to Dance…(and a true-love give-away!)

Welcome, friends! I’m so glad you’re here. I’ve been saving a seat for you! If you’re stopping over from Proverbs 31, I hope you’ll stay a while and enjoy a second dose of encouragement. If this is your first visit, please make yourself at home and look around. Leave me a comment or connect with […]

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On Cracked Cups and Broken Hearts and A Moms who Dream Big for their Little Girls

Dear Magdalene Hope, It’s dark outside and the house is quiet. And last I checked, you were tucked under your poke-a-dot comforter in the bottom bunk, your face warm and flushed with sleep. I don’t know the dreams that are dancing through your head on this moonlit night, but I’m well aware of the dreams […]

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When You Realize Your Children Aren’t Really Yours

They’re not yours. I was standing at the top of a snow-capped sand dune, my eyes fixed on those silly sisters singing Frozen songs as they skipped toward the icy water, when my thoughts were interrupted with those three little words. They’re not yours. The girls were lost in their own world, savoring that sacred space […]

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