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Family Faith and Fun Fridays: Choosing A Theme Verse for the New Year

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 often […]

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Growing Roots in the New Year

Yesterday’s post brought to mind a prayer I penned a decade ago when I first began to sink  roots in the Word of God. I think my dream of welcoming the winds of Heaven this year will be deeply connected to my daily decision to spend time with Jesus.  Will I bury myself in the […]

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Tuesday’s Tips: Theme Verse for 2012

Welcome to Tuesday’s Tips,  a weekly IDEA SWAP for moms. I hope that when you drop by The Overflow on Tuesdays, you’ll find a gold-mine of encouragement and creative ideas excavated straight from the sticky trenches of parenthood.        Of course a SWAP wouldn’t be a true exchange without many voices. So, please consider chiming in the discussion and sharing your own great […]

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Tuesday’s Tip: The Jesse Tree

Welcome to Tuesday’s Tips,  a weekly IDEA SWAP for moms. I hope that when you drop by The Overflow on Tuesdays, you’ll find a gold-mine of encouragement and creative ideas excavated straight from the sticky trenches of parenthood.    Of course a SWAP wouldn’t be a true exchange without many voices. So, please consider chiming in the discussion and sharing your own great ideas.  If you’ve […]

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When Faith Requires Surrender

     The gospel of Luke begins with two divine birth announcements– one predicting the arrival of John the Baptist and the other promising the birth of the Messiah. Elizabeth and Mary, the unassuming mothers of these promised sons, were not merely tied by family relationship, but also by their eyebrow-raising pregnancies. Each woman– one […]

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When Hope is Tucked in Small Places

     “Do you want a chance to peek through God’s eyes for a moment?” I asked our befuddled children as their daddy stepped into his doctor role and oozed a cold clear gel onto my slightly protruding stomach. With a knowing smile, he flipped the switch on a machine that looked strangely like a […]

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Family Faith and Fun Fridays: Messy Make Overs (Why We Need God’s Word)

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 often […]

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The B-L-T

The footsteps outside of my bedroom door weren’t exactly what I was hoping to hear at 5 A.M. “Mom? Can you wake up now?” His warm sleepy breath caressed my cheek as I lifted my head off of my pillow and tried to rub a short night of sleep from my eyes. “Can I take a shower, […]

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Loaves and Fishes (And Lemonade)

The simple white envelope addressed to World Vision holds more than just a check for $1100. Stuffed between the crisp folds of paper lies evidence of a child’s dream. And irrefutable proof that God is ALWAYS far bigger than we imagine Him to be.    With seven days left before the school year began, I […]

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FINALLY!

Yesterday we celebrated Hannah’s second-grade “Bible Ceremony” at church.  Our seven-year-old, along with countless others, received her very own Adventure Bible in a poignant ceremony that magnified the true treasure of God’s Word. For Hannah, the ordained moment was long overdue.   My third-born has been waiting for her own “REAL” Bible since the day […]

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