The Overflow! where souls are filled and faith is spilled

Out of the Treasure of the Heart…

    “All right, who ate my candy bar?” Luke demanded as he stormed out of his bedroom with a crumpled Hershey’s wrapper and a frown.   “I didn’t,” Liz  insisted and held up her hands as if to prove her ten-fingered innocence.  “Me, neither,” Hannah added with a shrug. “But I did use your […]

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Who Is Bossing Your Mouth Around?

         It was nearing the supper hour; the Bruxvoort clan was tired and crabby. I’d shooed my hungry kids out of the kitchen as I put the finishing touches on the salad I was tossing and promised my children a tasty meal if only they’d leave me alone for a few moments.  […]

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Feasting on the Mystery

I love the word that God’s children used to name those daily dew drops of wonder (Exodus 16:31). Manna sounds like the Hebrew word for What is it? Though they ate the same delicacy for forty years, the Israelites never figured out how to aptly describe their daily dish. Old Testament writers refer to it […]

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The Murky Waters of Love

I can’t resist sharing a follow-up to the weekend’s Family Faith and Fun idea that I posted on Saturday. (See January 15 post- For God So Loved the (Messy) World…). Of all the family faith activities I’ve tried over the years (100s of them at the least), this crazy twist on good old fashioned fun […]

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Family Faith and Fun Fridays (On Saturday): For God So Loved the (Messy) World…

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 and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. -Hebrews 4:12   Welcome to Family Faith and Fun Fridays! (on Saturday). As the week winds down and I anticipate more family […]

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The Nativity Mystery Revisited

As I packed up the children’s nativity scene recently, I was reminded of the unexpected  “mystery” it had created last year. Joshua was CERTAIN that we were missing one very important piece. Never mind the shepherds, the wisemen, Mary, Joseph, and the precious baby Jesus- our stable scene had come without a farmer, and my John […]

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Are My Feet Beautiful?

Long ago we began a tradition of hosting a Birthday Party for Jesus during the holiday season.   Party hats and nativity cakes, silly games and simple crafts all marked our special day. The event was a highlight of the preschool years and a consistent memory maker during the elementary school years. However, the celebration fell short as […]

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Leaving the Waves Behind

The day before we were scheduled to fly home from our Hawaii, I began the morning on our private balcony overlooking the ocean. The sun had just taken its place in the cloudless sky and the birds were shouting praises to the Artist of the Dawn. Coffee cup in hand, I watched the rhythmic waves roll in, […]

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Spa for the Soul

When my husband was in medical school and our budget involved endless cans of tuna and peanut butter, I drove by a high-end spa each week on my trek to the grocery store. Since the only manicure I’d ever recieved was on my wedding day, I knew very little about what went on beyond the […]

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Wednesday’s Jewels

I love it when I stumble upon words that quietly take up residence in my soul:  a quote worth sharing, a question worth asking, a prayer worth repeating. I love it when someone’s reverent musings lift my thoughts above dirty diapers, dirty dishes and dirty laundry. I feel grateful when someone else’s words chase me shamelessly to […]

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