The Overflow! where souls are filled and faith is spilled

What Happens When You Offer To Carry A Stranger’s Luggage (And a give-away to INSPIRE you!)

I met Rachel in a parking lot in the first hour of the first day of my first serious writer’s conference. I’d gone to Wheaton, IL, looking for a book deal; but God gave me something better.  He gave me a friend. We look back on that parking lot moment now and agree that it was a divine appointment. […]

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A Bumper Crop of Bras and Friends who Inspire!

  On my fortieth birthday, I woke to a bumper crop of bras. I had no idea that the tree in my front yard could bear such fruit. Or that my friends and family would support me so boldly as I leapt into the land of the middle-aged.  My teenage son was horrified. Mom, you are going to […]

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Because I Couldn’t Talk My Husband into Another Baby….

Lately, I’ve been feeling like packing up some boxes. Or peeing on a stick just to see if a little pink plus sign appears. Or getting a puppy. Or chopping off all of my hair and trying to sport the punk rock spike. You see, I love change. In fact, my dear husband of nearly twenty years has […]

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For Those Days When You’re Not Feeling Like Mom-of-the-Year…

When she’d said it, the hairs on my arms had stood up at rapt attention. I don’t know why the simple obvious had sounded so profound coming out of a four-year-old’s mouth.  Maybe it’s the way she exclaims every word like she’s inviting me to a party, or the way she choreographs each sentence with […]

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When Life Feels Complicated…

There are mud boots scattered slovenly across my deck and sand shovels dotting the yard.  There are sticky splats of spilled dish soap on my front step and abandoned bubble wands by the welcome mat. There are dirt pies baking on the back patio and pieces of sidewalk chalk streaming up and down the driveway […]

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Missing Teeth and Leaps of Faith (For Any Mom Who Doesn’t Feel Ready For Summer!)

“Are you ready for summer?”  We were crammed side by side in the elementary school gym, the scent of school lunch still dangling faint in the sultry air. The mom beside me had posed the question with a smile, but the sheer panic in her eyes revealed her own answer before I’d even offered mine.  […]

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What a Mom Can Learn from Squash Guts & John the Baptist

“I just feel hollow,” a dear one confessed to me this week. “Like every part of me is being shaved away.” The words hung heavy between us as we sat quiet on the couch together. I understand hollowness. I know what it’s like to be emptied of me, to be poured out day by day until […]

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Why You Should Save Those Dead Flowers When Mother’s Day Is Over

My firstborn once gave me dead flowers on Mother’s Day. I knew his perfect gift was at risk of being foiled when he’d raced into the kitchen and asked me for a box. I could see splashes of yellow and purple peeking through his slender fingers on those hands crossed slyly behind his back.  And even […]

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The One Thing You Need to Know When Your Life Feels Small

I spotted it the moment I stepped out of the shower: a small blue footprint on the crisp white tile. My stomach twisted at the sight. Because every mom knows where there is one footprint, there are more. I wrapped a towel around my dripping hair and followed the trail of blue smudges out of […]

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When You Forget Who You Are

When my firstborn was just a toddler, we often began our dinnertime routine with a silly game. “Whose boy are you?” I’d ask my son as we gathered round the table when Daddy got home.  The answer changed from night to night, but Luke’s irrepressible delight did not.  Baby blues ablaze, he loved to hold […]

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