The Overflow! where souls are filled and faith is spilled

The Word that Best Describes Motherhood

“What word do you think best describes motherhood?” I was sitting in a Bible study fifteen years ago with a room full of other moms when that question was posed. The women surrounding me were not strangers. We’d worshiped together and prayed together. We’d swapped recipes and hand-me-down clothes. We’d debated discipline techniques and preschool […]

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How to Pray When You’re Hanging By a Thread

Welcome to the Overflow!  Whether you’re an old friend or a new one, I’m glad you’re here. This is a place where faith is spilled and souls are filled. I hope you’ll pull up a chair and stay awhile. I’m over at Proverbs 31 today telling about a time I found myself dangling above a swirling […]

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Why Motherhood is Like a Never-Ending Game of Limbo

Welcome! I’m glad you’re here.  Whether you’re an old friend or a new one, feel free to pull up a chair and stay a while. If you like what you find, I hope you’ll sign up on the sidebar to receive my blog in your inbox now and then. Or we can stay connected on Facebook or Twitter.  Better […]

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The M.O.M. Initiative: Hope for Try-Hard Moms

I was elbow-deep in soapsuds when my 4-year-old’s cries prompted me to drop my dishrag, abandon the breakfast dishes, and  race to the other room. Maggie had been coloring a picture, but when I reached her side, the paper lay crumpled and torn on the floor. “Honey, what’s wrong?” I asked. “I can’t color in […]

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The M.O.M. Initiative: Raising Sweet Smelling Boys (and Praying One Another Through)

 I was sniffing men’s deodorant when our eyes met. Her grocery cart was piled high with diapers and baby wipes, and the toddler in the front seat was pulling tissues from her purse and shredding them into tiny scraps of homemade confetti. But she was too busy staring at me to notice her little one’s antics. […]

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The Mom Initiative: Why Every Mom Needs to Know She’s Being Watched

Several summers ago, my salsa jar sprouted eyes. The googly kind, of course. So did my milk jug, tissue boxes, egg carton and toothpaste tubes. Don’t worry, those wobbly watchers didn’t leave me frightened or flabbergasted. After all, the strange surveillance gig was my idea. I’m the one who dug through a box of craft supplies early […]

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Drinking From Daddy’s Cup (Hope for the Mom Who Feels Empty and Drained)

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 sign up on the sidebar to receive my blog in your inbox now and […]

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A Prayer for The Empty

Dear friends, Last week when we gathered here, we dared to talk about those “empty seasons” that can leave us stumbling and sad– Those times when our optimism grows dim or our ambitions drain dry; when our dreams draw a blank or our best intentions leave us hollow. And we reminded ourselves that empty does not always […]

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When You Find the Friend Who Has Been There All Along

Hi, friends. I’m so glad you’re here! I know there are many places you could be today, and I’m thankful you’ve chosen to spend a few minutes with me.  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. […]

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The M.O.M. Initiative: Big Hope When Life Feels Small

Before I brought home my first baby bundled in wrinkles and wails, I imagined that being a mom would make my life feel BIG. I assumed that being handed the huge responsibility of partnering with God to shape a life and grow a child would feel important and fulfilling. Not boring and mundane. I imagined […]

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