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When Breaking Up Means Breaking Through

I still remember sitting on my dorm room floor with a friend whose tears told the tale of a broken heart. The man she’d thought she would marry had called off their five-year relationship and, in an instant, her dreams were dashed. She’d planned out a perfect life with the man she’d believed was her perfect match, and she […]

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The One Name that Will Never Disappoint

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The Mom Initiative: Hope for the Hard Days

  Once there was a little girl who left bright blue footprints all over the house. And a mama who scrubbed those drips and drizzles of smudgy paint until she ran out of carpet cleaner. And a woman in the grocery store who cried in the cereal aisle. And a tiny thread of hope that ran […]

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When You Wonder if You’re Beautiful

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. I pray you’ll discover this is a place where faith is spilled and souls are filled. If you like what you find, feel free to subscribe to The Overflow so you […]

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The Mom Initiative: Honey, The Kids Shrunk Me!

When I was a little girl, I carried dollies around and told anyone who would listen, “When I’m BIG, I’m gonna be a Mommy.” In my four-year-old mind, motherhood was the ultimate mark of bigness. Thirty-eight years later, I agree that being a Mommy is a BIG JOB, indeed. But what I didn’t know as a little girl […]

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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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