The Overflow! where souls are filled and faith is spilled

Why I’d Rather Be Buying Bubble Bath…

 I was sniffing guy deodorant when our eyes met. She probably hadn’t meant to stare as she squeezed past me in aisle seven, her cart piled high with diapers and baby wipes. But it’s not every day that you spy a thirty-nine-year-old woman conducting fragrance assessments in Walmart. It’s crazy what we’ll do for our […]

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leftovers

The enticing aroma of fresh baked bread wafted through our van as I raced across town to deliver the meal I’d promised to a new mom buried in diapers and sleep deprivation.    “Can we get out and play for a while?” Josh asked when I explained that we were headed to the home of […]

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play redeeming time

I think more than anything, Play has the power to grow gratitude. As I’ve begun to embrace the gift of play, I find myself constantly reminded of just that…. play is a gift. Life is a gift. Playing baseball in the yard is a gift… I CAN because today I have breath and legs that hold me […]

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Tuesday’s Tips: Growing Playful Kids

Have you ever wished you had a treasure trove of great ideas for those days when motherhood feels draining and mundane? Ever longed for just one tried and true tip that has actually been used successfully by REAL MOMS with REAL KIDS?  Me, too!    That’s why I’ve created Tuesday’s Tips– a weekly post designed to reduce frustration and multiply inspiration in the wacky and […]

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Tuesday’s Tips: Reading for Roller Coasters (Or how to keep a book in your kid’s hand all summer long!)

Have you ever wished you had a treasure trove of great ideas for those days when motherhood feels draining and mundane?    Ever longed for just one tried and true tip that has actually been used successfully by REAL MOMS with REAL KIDS? Me, too!    That’s why I’ve created Tuesday’s Tips– a weekly post designed to reduce frustration and multiply inspiration in the wacky […]

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Multitude Mondays: What A Mom Can Learn from an Empty Cracker Box (And a Wise Five-Year-Old)

photo credit We were driving home from the swimming pool, sun-kissed kids tired and hungry.And the littlest one began to cry over an empty cracker box. She had already cusped a handful of crunchy snacks and filled her tummy with more than enough.  But she wanted more. And she wanted more NOW!Home was only seven minutes […]

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When A Mother Dies 1000 Deaths

  Motherhood is a daily invitation to die.  She had told me that, tears in her eyes and love in her touch, as she stroked my baby’s soft skin and wrapped her arm around my weary shoulder. She was a mother who had raised four godly boys and had shaped hundreds of others. A woman […]

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Multitude Mondays: Green Grass and Gratitude And the Secret to Chasing Away the Grumpies

photo credit I’m bent low mopping clumps of freshly-mowed grass off of the kitchen floor again.  I hear the front door slam and make a mental note to lock it when I finish my grass-clean up so dirty feet will be forced to find another entry. Hopefully one without light carpet to stain. It’s been […]

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Multitude Mondays: How A Mother Births Abundant Life

The first time she gave me life she labored for forty-eight hours. She struggled and ached and prayed as the contractions rolled and swelled and she willed me to slip from her womb to her arms. When her prayers were finally answered, she beheld a wee wrinkled bundle of flesh and frailty.  It was the first time […]

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Why Motherhood Makes You Queen

Photo credit I used to believe that motherhood was a detriment to my faith walk. After all, how was a woman steeped deep in diapers and sleep deprivation supposed to carve out time for prayer or Bible study?  How could a mom be still and know when her toddler never slowed his break-neck pace for an […]

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