The Overflow! where souls are filled and faith is spilled

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 […]

Read more ...

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 […]

Read more ...

Why We Need An Easter Tree

      He is feeling big like Daddy when I pass him the trimming shears and point to a limb I’m eyeing for our Easter tree.    He studies the branch.    Touches the tips and runs his petite fingers along the cold bark.    Then squeezes the overgrown scissors with all his might.  […]

Read more ...

She stands in front of the small potted plants and studies the design of each leaf.  Fingers the dry black soil. Wonders which one will grow best on the dresser in her bedroom.  She’d asked long ago if she could please have something of her own to grow. Something beautiful and alive. And I’d promised […]

Read more ...

New Mercies Each Morning

When the first snowflakes of the year danced across the gray December sky and settled with a whisper on brittle brown, she stood wonderstruck at the window.   She clasped her pudgy pink hands together in an unplanned prayer of praise and laughed out loud at the sheer gift of it all.     I laughed, […]

Read more ...

When We Miss Our Chance to See a Miracle

I’ll never forget a gorgeous autumn day when I was hiking through a nature preserve with my two young preschoolers. As we crunched across a leaf-laced trail, we stumbled upon a fallen tree. With a trunk measuring over four-feet tall lying on its side, the tipped tree brought our shuffling feet to an instant halt. Four-year-old […]

Read more ...

Wishing You Joy… Because of Him

I’ve been taking a break from words this week. I’ve been trying to listen more and talk less. Trying to focus more on their words-  on the stories and musings, the songs and proclamations that flow from the mouths of my five sweet gifts, all filling our home with happy noise this week.    Perhaps, […]

Read more ...

Got Milk?

On a sunny afternoon in June long before the sultry summer sun had turned glorious green to brittle brown, the little ones and I took a drive around the lake. We followed a dusty gravel road through emerald fields of beans and knee-high sprouts of corn until we reached the summit where the lake shimmered […]

Read more ...

Bringing Vacation Home

We’ve just returned from vacation- a sweet lakeside retreat where we had nothing to do but enjoy one another and dip our dangling toes into warm blue waters. Nothing to do but fish and swim, splash and play When the lake melted into moonlit darkness, we hauled out the board games and books and turned a […]

Read more ...

A Really Good Friend of Jesus

“Did you find any friends at the pool today?”I asked my dripping crew yesterday as we drove home from an afternoon of swimming and sunning.   My towel-wrapped passengers murmured a clipped response, and then Hannah asked, “How about you, Mom? Did you find any friends at the pool today?”   I flashed Hannah a […]

Read more ...