The Overflow! where souls are filled and faith is spilled

When Your Buddy Bench Sits Empty (The Surprising Gift of Loneliness)

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. Today I’m over at Proverbs 31 talking about a little wooden bench called the “buddy bench” that’s helping […]

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Hope for the New Year (Whether you’re Stumbling or Soaring)

Happy new year, friends! I’ve been praying for you as we flip the calendar page and welcome 2018. This morning the snowflakes are dancing beyond my window and covering my backyard in a canvas of white. And as I watch the snow pile high, I’ve been thinking about fresh starts and blank slates. If I’m […]

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When Your Faith Falls Short on a Long Silent Night

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 how to survive those long nights of the soul. If […]

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Renewal Road

There’s nothing I love more than sitting across from another woman and hearing what God is doing in her life. We may be hovered over hot mugs in a coffee shop or curled up on a couch in our yoga pants. We may be sidled up beside each other on the bleachers, leaning over our shopping […]

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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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