The Overflow! where souls are filled and faith is spilled

Why We All Need to Be Broken Now and Then

She didn’t cry when she fell off her ripstick onto the hot cement. Didn’t wail when we hurried to hospital to let her daddy survey the damage. She didn’t weep when we sat somber in the x-ray room and waited to learn what had happened to those bones beneath her bruised and bloody skin. But […]

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Multitude Mondays: How A Daddy Makes Stones Dance

We spent the afternoon skipping stones.  Or trying to.The kids dirtied fingernails digging for the perfect skippers. They unearthed the flat ones buried deep beneath the grainy ground.They flung rocks by the dozens and squinted in the sun as they watched their tosses soar above the murky waves.  They threw overhand and underhand, side-armed and straight-on; experimented […]

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Family Faith and Fun Fridays: Eat My Words!

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.  -Hebrews 4:12     Welcome to Family Faith and Fun Fridays! As the week winds down and I anticipate more family time over the weekend, I […]

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Tuesday’s Tips: How to Celebrate the End of a Dino-Mite School Year

Have you ever wished you had a treasure trove of great ideas for those days when motherhood feels draining and mundane?    Ever longed for just one tried and true tip that has actually been used successfully by REAL MOMS with REAL KIDS?  Me, too!    That’s why I’ve created Tuesday’s Tips– a weekly post designed to reduce frustration and multiply inspiration in the wacky […]

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Family Faith and Fun Fridays:

    For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. -Hebrews 4:12     Welcome to Family Faith and Fun Fridays! As the week winds down and I anticipate more family time over the […]

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Tuesday’s Tips: The Perfect Spring Snack

Have you ever wished you had a treasure trove of great ideas for those days when motherhood feels draining and mundane?    Ever longed for just one tried and true tip that has actually been used successfully by REAL MOMS with REAL KIDS?  Me, too!    That’s why I’ve created Tuesday’s Tips– a weekly post designed to reduce frustration and multiply inspiration in the […]

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When His Beauty Invades Our Ordinary

We were tossing ribbons on our trees like children at a birthday party chucking confetti. What had begun as careful draping and meticulous stringing had spiraled into happy slinging and festive flinging.  We weren’t hanging Christmas lights, for goodness sakes, we were celebrating the advent of spring, welcoming the arrival of orange-bellied robins, and dreaming […]

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When Hope Dangles from the Tree in Your Front Yard

    After a delicious taste of summer in Florida last week, we’ve returned to a delectable sliver of spring here in the Midwest. The trees in our yard have begun to bud, the tulips outside our front door have pushed their green-bodied stems proudly through the dirt, and the daffodils by our mailbox are sporting […]

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What a Wife can Learn from a Pitcher of Lemonade

I was digging in an out-of-the-way cupboard for a gravy boat not long ago. I didn’t find it, of course.  It must have sailed away when I wasn’t looking. (Probably got tired of waiting for me to realize that I don’t have to serve my store-bought gravy out of a coffee cup when I’ve got […]

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The Greatest Gift A Mom Can Give Her Children

The decorations from our Valentine’s dinner still hang in our kitchen. And candy and cards are still strewn through the kids’ bedrooms, cheerful left-overs from their class parties at school. No one’s quite ready to wrap up our fourteen days of love. But this morning when I slipped out of bed to linger with Jesus […]

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