The Overflow! where souls are filled and faith is spilled

In Honor of Our Twentieth Anniversary: 5 Tips to Pray More Effectively for Your Spouse

Twenty years ago today, I married my high-school sweet heart. Ten years ago, I wondered if we’d hang on long enough to grow old together. Life takes a toll on love. Great marriages don’t just happen. But in those years that our marriage hung thread-bare and hurting, I learned to pray. To REALLY pray. I learned […]

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When You Wish Your Name Were Bluebell (Or How to Grow Into the Girl of Your Dreams!)

We’re standing in line at the Dollar Tree, Maggie wiggling impatient in her favorite purple tutu, when the elderly woman behind us bends low to look my jittery one in the eye.  “You’re as beautiful as your dancing dress,” the sweet grandma says. Maggie smiles a thank-you, and the woman continues to chat with my youngest as I dig […]

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On Living A Beautiful Life (What a Mom can Learn from a Teenage Daughter!)

August 4, 2013 Dear Elizabeth Grace, Happy Birthday, sweet daughter! I can’t believe you are already a teenager. Didn’t I just bring you home wrapped in that soft pink blanket Grandma had bought to replace all those blue ones I’d packed in my hospital bag? Didn’t I just make a hundred phone calls to tell […]

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For the Mom Whose Feet Are Weary

Dear Mom whose feet are weary,  I know that the road feels long.  And bumpy. And downright boring at times. I know that sometimes it feels like you’ll never turn the corner and you wonder if you’ll ever move at a faster pace. ‘Cause that toddler keeps pausing to dig in the dirt and the […]

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When You Feel Like You’re Not Enough

My kids have been streaming home from church camp over the past few weeks, and the blazing sparkle beneath the tired eyes and the tales of God-sightings and faith-igniting have reminded me once again that what my children need more than an amazing mother is a faithful Father. Hope you don’t mind my digging out […]

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The Inspire Series: Thoughts on Leaving and Cleaving and Setting Our Sights Right

  When I first met Kathy Schwanke, I felt like a wanderer who had finally found her way home. Kathy’s passion for Jesus made me want to stop by her Wisconsin farm and soak in her wisdom, her laughter, and her joy. Kathy enjoys conversation and the deep things of life. She’s crazy about God, […]

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The Search {how idolatry sometimes wears hashtags)

The first time I read Kelli Woodford’s words, I sat awestruck and then read them again, slowly.  Some things just can’t be swallowed fast. Some things need to be savored and chewed and allowed to sift from head to heart. Kelli’s writing is one of those things. After meeting Kelli through  this sweet band of sisters […]

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Big Dreams and Small Streams and Wisdom from a Waterfall

I have a confession to make: I’ve always wanted to do something REALLY BIG for God. I know, I know, that sounds rather vain. But there’s something in me that has always dreamed of changing the world for the sake of my Savior. I remember camping out beneath the velvety stars at church camp as […]

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Why I Don’t Cry Over Burnt Bread Anymore

(Or the Simple Secret to Surrendering those Mommy Measures!) I was squashed knee-to-chin between kindergarteners in the school cafeteria when he said it.  photo credit Honest words that made me laugh. Words that may have spawned tears years ago. I was joining Josh for lunch when the little boy next to me pulled a sandwich […]

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What Every Woman Can Learn from Three Sisters in a Bathroom

I can’t get to the shower Sunday morning without tripping over bare feet and gangly legs. The girls have taken over the master bath, and so I shuffle back into the bedroom and decide to wait my turn. I dump a basket of clean laundry on my bed and begin to fold; my hands busy, but […]

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