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How to Love the Child You’ve Got (Instead of Wishing for a Different One!)

Welcome, friends! I’m so glad you’re here. I’ve been saving a seat for you! If you’re stopping by from Proverbs 31, I hope you’ll stay a while and enjoy a second dose of encouragement. If this is your first visit, please make yourself at home and look around. Leave me a comment or connect with me on Facebook or Twitter. I’d […]

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On Cracked Cups and Broken Hearts and A Moms who Dream Big for their Little Girls

Dear Magdalene Hope, It’s dark outside and the house is quiet. And last I checked, you were tucked under your poke-a-dot comforter in the bottom bunk, your face warm and flushed with sleep. I don’t know the dreams that are dancing through your head on this moonlit night, but I’m well aware of the dreams […]

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The Best-Kept Secret for a Brand-New Life

Welcome, friends! I’m so glad you’re here. If this is your first visit, please make yourself at home and look around. Leave me a comment or connect with me on Facebook or Twitter. I’d love to get to know you better.   If you like what you find, I hope you’ll sign up to have The Overflow trickle quietly into your in-box […]

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A Prayer for Every Marriage (and a free gift for you)

Dear friends, Thanks for joining me last week as we engaged in some real and raw talk about keeping love alive within our marriages and choosing intimacy over industry. To be honest, I didn’t want to write about gravel or about getting lost or about struggling to see the miracle of marriage. You see, years ago, I swore I’d never write about marriage because I’m […]

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Why Gravel Might be the Secret to Lasting Love

 Welcome, friends!I’m so glad you’re here. If this is your first visit, please make yourself at home and look around. Leave me a comment or connect with me on Facebook or Twitter. I’d love to get to know you better.  If you like what you find, I hope you’ll sign up to have The Overflow trickle quietly into your in-box each […]

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How To Enjoy Every Season of Motherhood (For any mom who has ever cried in the laundry room)

My middle one dressed in black and white on Tuesday in celebration of autumn equinox. Her brother looked up from his pancakes just long enough to notice Hannah’s out-of-the-ordinary outfit and asked, “Why are you dressed like a zebra?” She poured her Rice Krispies and raised a knowing eyebrow. “Because it’s autumn equinox today,” my girl replied […]

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For Every Mom Who’s Died a Thousand Deaths (Five-Minute-Friday)

 Motherhood is a daily invitation to die. Those weren’t exactly the words I was hoping to hear that day in the grocery store when my toddler was whining about the box of Captain Crunch I’d vetoed. And the preschooler was dancing dangerously close to the tower of toilet paper stacked tall at the aisle’s end. And the baby […]

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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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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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