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The Word that Best Describes Motherhood

“What word do you think best describes motherhood?” I was sitting in a Bible study fifteen years ago with a room full of other moms when that question was posed. The women surrounding me were not strangers. We’d worshiped together and prayed together. We’d swapped recipes and hand-me-down clothes. We’d debated discipline techniques and preschool […]

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How The Habit of Gratitude Opens Our Eyes

Over at Proverbs 31 today, I’m sharing about that day I hid 1000 pennies in our house in a crazy attempt to squash some grumbles and grow some gratitude. Of course, I had no idea when I scattered those copper coins–in underwear drawers and on bookshelves, in closets and in cupboards–that those small pennies would give […]

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No Such Thing As Ordinary: A Guest Post by Suzie Eller (And a giveaway!)

The first time I curled up with a hot mug of coffee and Suzie Eller ‘s  devotional: “Come with Me: A Yearlong Adventure in Following Jesus,” I felt my heart flip-flop with a longing that’s hard to explain.  And those-tears– they just spilled from my eyes onto the crisp new pages in my hand. Because there’s […]

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When No Really Means Yes

Welcome to the Overflow!  Whether you’re an old friend or a new one, I’m glad you’re here. This is a place where faith is spilled and souls are filled. I hope you’ll pull up a chair and stay awhile. I’m over at Proverbs 31 today talking about a birthday girl, a surprise party, and  how sometimes […]

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When a Mama Just Has to Get Out of the Way: Guest Post by Lynn Cowell

My youngest daughter was getting ready for school one morning when I saw her squeeze her eyes shut tight. She stood frozen in front of the bathroom mirror, her purple tooth brush in hand, and she shook her head side to side as if she were chasing a bothersome thought out of her mind. I […]

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How to Pray When You’re Hanging By a Thread

Welcome to the Overflow!  Whether you’re an old friend or a new one, I’m glad you’re here. This is a place where faith is spilled and souls are filled. I hope you’ll pull up a chair and stay awhile. I’m over at Proverbs 31 today telling about a time I found myself dangling above a swirling […]

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The Difference Between Watching and Seeing

Welcome to the Overflow!  Whether you’re an old friend or a new one, I hope you’ll linger here where faith is spilled and souls are filled. If you like what you find and you’d welcome a trickle of inspiration in your inbox now and then, feel free to subscribe to my blog and I’ll send you a […]

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When We Feel Alone in Our Darkness…

Welcome to the Overflow!  Whether you’re an old friend or a new one, I hope you’ll linger here where faith is spilled and souls are filled. If you like what you find and you’d welcome a trickle of inspiration in your inbox now and then, feel free to subscribe to my blog and I’ll send you a […]

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The Best Way to Refresh a Weary Soul this Summer

I’ll admit it. I love summer. And I don’t. I love ditching all the homework helping and “hurry-up” yelping. I love white space on the calendar and green space in the yard. I love hours framed with popsicles and pool time, bonfires and bike rides; kids with sand between their toes and dirt behind their ears. I love […]

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The “LIKE” that Matters Most

Welcome to the Overflow!  Whether you’re an old friend or a new one, I hope you’ll linger here where faith is spilled and souls are filled. If you like what you find, feel free to sign up on the sidebar to receive my blog in your inbox now and then. Or, if you’d rather, we can stay […]

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