The Overflow! where souls are filled and faith is spilled

When You Feel Like You’re Not Enough

My kids have been streaming home from church camp over the past few weeks, and the blazing sparkle beneath the tired eyes and the tales of God-sightings and faith-igniting have reminded me once again that what my children need more than an amazing mother is a faithful Father. Hope you don’t mind my digging out […]

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Five Minute Friday: How to Make Your Son’s Heart Soar

I am chopping carrots and stirring the wild rice when he races into the kitchen. The long day, is not nearly over, but hungry ones cry crabby for something besides the popsicles I’ve been shoving into their hands all afternoon. I push the lunch dishes aside to make room for the pan that holds the […]

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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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When You Realize Those Kids Beneath Your Roof Aren’t Really Yours

She’s not yours. The holy whisper had interrupted my morning regimen a few years ago as I’d cuddled a pajama-clad toddler before sunrise.  Maggie’s soft sweaty ringlets had tickled my nose while I’d breathed deep her sleepy morning scent.  And though I usually welcome the voice of wisdom, on that particular day, the invasive words had jolted […]

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Why I Don’t Cry Over Burnt Bread Anymore

(Or the Simple Secret to Surrendering those Mommy Measures!) I was squashed knee-to-chin between kindergarteners in the school cafeteria when he said it.  photo credit Honest words that made me laugh. Words that may have spawned tears years ago. I was joining Josh for lunch when the little boy next to me pulled a sandwich […]

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When You Feel Like You Don’t Measure Up…

When Joshua was a toddler he accessorized every outfit with a bulky silver tape measure.  Clipped to his waistband or hooked through a belt loop, the shiny carpenter’s tool was handy for appraising just about anything—toy tractors, cereal boxes, diaper pails and skateboards.  Despite the fact that the measurements were useless to a three-year-old who […]

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If You’re Tired of Living Empty…

“I feel like I’m living with a slow leak,” I told my friend last week as I leaned out the window of the mini-van and waited for soccer practice to end. I glanced at my watch and calculated the minutes until Hannah’s dance class was over, gazed up the hill at the soccer players and willed […]

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Grace in Aisle Seven (Or How God Keeps a Mother Humble))

I didn’t understand grace until I became a mother.    Oh, I’d sung about it on Sunday mornings.    And I’d read about it in His word.   I’d thanked Jesus for it every time I slipped on my golden cross necklace.  And I’d even penned a few poems about it in perfect rhythm and rhyme. […]

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When A Mom Tries to Talk Her Child out of Giving it All Away…

    It was nearly a decade ago when I first read an article detailing the most fatal disease in America. That was the year that I first dared to consider the health of my own family’s heart as the holidays approached. Affluenza is the term sociologists have coined to describe our country’s insatiable appetite for material consumption. While […]

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How Imperfect Children Point to Heaven

When I was pregnant with our firstborn, my husband and I spent countless hours trying to imagine just who our little one would be. When the baby tucked beneath my heart would announce his presence with a mighty kick, we’d wonder aloud if he would have his Daddy’s athletic skills. When a tiny hand would punch my […]

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