The Overflow! where souls are filled and faith is spilled

She’s not yours. The thought stabbed me first as I quietly cuddled with my pajama-clad toddler before sunrise last week. Her rumpled hair tickled my nose while I nuzzled her soft sweaty ringlets and breathed deep her sleepy morning scent. The invasive words jolted my soul. I tried to shove them beneath the secrets and […]

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When Faith Takes Flight

      She stands at the edge of a mount made of straw and surveys the gap.    She stretches her leg as far as it will reach and studies the left over space in between.    Shoulders sagging, she drops to her bottom and sits.  I watch as the battle in her mind […]

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      She stands at the edge of a mount made of straw and surveys the gap.    She stretches her leg as far as it will reach and studies the left over space in between.    Shoulders sagging, she drops to her bottom and sits.    I watch as the battle in her […]

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The Best Gift

I’m celebrating the first day of the last year of my thirtieth decade today. I’ve been sipping a hot cup of coffee in the pre-dawn darkness this morning and thinking about the flurry of years.  It seems like not long ago my birthday cake boasted sixteen candles and a clunky white Mustang waited in the […]

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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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What a Tree can Teach

Yesterday, Joshua and I meandered across the backyard to check on our two little apple trees. We’d spotted some cheery crimson fruit on a similar tree in town and Josh had been anxious to see if ours were boasting the same beauty. Carefully, we’d circled the small trees. Sadly, we’d noted not a single dot […]

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End of Summer Prayer

It wasn’t the book bags sitting expectantly by the front door that sent my heart lurching into my throat tonight. Nor was it the alarm clocks we set in each bedroom as we uttered prayers of thanks for an amazing summer. It was the shoes. Dusty football cleats and battered running shoes; practical new tennis […]

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The Plunge

My firstborn plunged into the waters of TEENAGE-DOM this week. I felt weepy and proud all at the same time when I snuck glances at the mini-man that just yesterday slipped from my womb. Not long ago, we marked Luke’s birthday with a wet and wild outing to a gigantic water park. While the boys left […]

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Monkey Business

Today Elizabeth will celebrate her eleventh birthday at church camp. For the second year running, my firstborn girl opted to spend her special day at one of her very favorite places. And though selfishly I’d love to have her all to myself on this nostalgic day, I’m thrilled that my Jesus-loving-girl wants to spend her […]

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The Non-Letter

“Do NOT write me any letters this year,” my firstborn warned as his long-awaited week at church camp drew near.   No kissing hands for this child! Five years of crazy camp culture had already taught him the paradoxical nature of camp mail. Though notes from home may make a camper feel special, the happiness […]

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