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When the Quiet is Noisy and Hope for the Dark Nights

I hear the pitter patter of her stockinged feet before I feel the moist warmth of her  breath on my cheek.  “Mommy? Mommy?” Her voice is a mix of murmur and moan, and I prop myself up on one elbow to eyeball her through a sleepy slit.  Again. I avert my eyes from the green [...]

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When You’re Waiting for God to Fill the Gaps

If you’re stopping by from “Encouragement for Today,” welcome!   It’s a treat to spend some time with you. I’d love to stay connected on Facebook or Twitter. If you’d like The Overflow to trickle quietly into your in-box each week, please subscribe on the sidebar before you leave. Also, I’m now scheduling speaking engagements for the 2014/2015 school [...]

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When You’re in Love with a Ludicrous Savior (and the Googly-eyed Give-away Winner!)

Earlier this week, I shared the story of Daisy, a desperate woman planted on a street corner in my middle-class town. It’s a humbling tale filled with embarrassing tears, floundering fears, and awkward hugs; a brief glimpse of what can happen despite us if we simply allow Christ to love through us. (If you haven’t had a chance [...]

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For When You Feel Invisible

If you’re stopping by from “Encouragement for Today,” welcome!  I’m so glad you’re here. I hope you’ll take some time to look around. I’d love to stay connected on Facebook or Twitter. If you’d like The Overflow to trickle quietly into your in-box each week, please subscribe on the sidebar before you leave.  Today, over [...]

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A Prayer for the Hurried Heart (and give-away winners)

  Unrush Me   Slow my feet, Lord, I want to walk in your ways. Establish my stride to the tempo of praise. Slow my lips, Lord, I want to speak life. May my words spur love,  instead of anger and strife. Slow my hands, Lord,  I want to embrace the everyday miracles wrapped in [...]

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If You’re Haunted by Hurry (And a Give-away!)

I  knew something had to change when I yelled at my four-year-old for studying a caterpillar on the side walk.   It was a decade ago, but I remember the moment like it were yesterday…   We were making our way to the mini-van to drive to swimming lessons when the baby, already buckled in the [...]

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Because Little Girls Can’t Stay Little Forever…

It happened just the other day when you sauntered into the kitchen while I was cleaning up the breakfast mess. Your hair was piled sloppy on top of your head and a few unruly strands of blonde framed your face with fly-away wisps. And when you cast me that goofy grin- the one full of [...]

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The Secret to Being Happy With the Life You Already Have

We’d argued on our drive to the hospital.  I’d soon be lying belly-up on an exam table covered with a scratchy disposable sheet and trying not to squirm as the skin on my stretched-out belly was covered with clear cold goo.   We were just moments from our first glimpse of the baby tucked beneath my heart. But [...]

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When Real Life is Hard to Swallow (A Tale About a Tired Toddler, a Cranky Preschooler, and a Roll of Toilet Paper)

I should have known better than to make one last stop after a long morning of running errands.  But Walmart was on my way home. And we were down to our last roll of toilet paper. And I didn’t want to pack the kids up again after lunch, zip the winter coats, buckle the cars seats and endure [...]

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Why Measuring Sticks Aren’t Made for Jousting (And How to Stop Hurting Ourselves!)

Welcome, friends! If you’re stopping by from Encouragement for Today, I’m so glad you’re here. Please make yourself at home and stay a while. I hope you’ll find that this is a place where faith is spilled and souls are filled. And if you enjoy the encouragement you discover on these pages, let’s connect on [...]

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