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Why Every Marriage Needs a Good Fighter

Welcome! I’m glad you’re here. Whether you’re an old friend or a new one, I pray that you’ll be blessed as you linger in this place where faith is spilled and souls are filled. If you like what you find, I hope you’ll stop by often or find me on Facebook or Twitter.  Better yet, I’d love to connect with you […]

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When You Wonder if You’re Beautiful

Welcome, friends! I’m so glad you’re here. If you’re stopping by from Encouragement for Today, I hope you’ll stick around for a while and make yourself at home. I pray you’ll discover this is a place where faith is spilled and souls are filled. If you like what you find, feel free to subscribe to The Overflow so you […]

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Hope for Dark Nights…

Welcome, friends! I’m so glad you’re here. I hope you’ll make yourself at home. If you’re new here and you like what you find, feel free to sign up to have The Overflow trickle quietly into your in-box each week. Just subscribe on the sidebar before you leave and you won’t miss a single post. Leave me a […]

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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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If You’re Stepping into the New Year with Empty Hands…

I remember the year Maggie cried when I pulled the Christmas stockings down. I know, I know, Christmas feels long gone and the new year is already seven days old. But this morning, as I warmed my toes by the cackling fire in the dark before dawn, I stared at the empty mantle above the […]

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The Day Baby Jesus Disappeared (And Good News of Great Joy!)

Welcome, friends! I’m so glad you’re here. If you’re stopping over 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 love to get to know you better. If […]

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The Gift of Advent Ache

Seven stockings dangle from the mantle above our fireplace and a solitary star dangles quiet in the velvet sky.  And today, in the dark before dawn, I feel like I’m dangling, too. My heart hovers somewhere between hurry and hope, between expectancy and exhaustion.    The sun has yet to rise and my list lingers […]

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Why I’m Serving Pennies for Thanksgiving Dinner

The turkey is in the oven and the potatoes are peeled. The pies are baked and the cider is simmering. I haven’t burnt any bread yet or placated any sibling strife, but, in all fairness, the day has just begun. I’m not banking on a flaw-free Thanksgiving dinner, but I know without a doubt, that […]

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Why A Mom Should Dream Small for Her Children

I realized it one morning a few years ago as I sat in the cushy leather chair by the window, a pajama-clad boy plastered to my lap—- How the secret to a BIG life is dependent on one small thing. Six-year-old Joshua smelled of old backyard dirt and of fresh sleepy sweat. His knees still bore […]

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When You Want Your Daughter To Have Magnetic Beauty

Okay, I’ll admit it. I was spying on you.  Kind of.  I mean, I couldn’t help but slow my steps when I walked by the open bathroom door this morning and heard you humming.  And then, I saw the way you studied yourself in the mirror when you thought that nobody was looking.  And I […]

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