The Overflow! where souls are filled and faith is spilled

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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Just Ask: The Prayer God LOVES to Answer

photo credit  When I was buried deep in diapers and sleep-deprivation, I secretly believed that setting aside more than five minutes to linger with the Lord was impossible.    In–depth Bible study? Prolonged prayer times? Maybe at 3 A.M.—after I strip the bed sheets that my potty–trainee wet in the middle of the night and […]

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Multitude Mondays: When Our Dreams for Our Children are Too Small…

She’d invited me to share her umbrella as we’d stood on the sideline of a soggy soccer field. I wasn’t expecting deep conversation, just a place to huddle ’til the rain slowed.  But her heart was heavy that day and my ears were available. So we’d cupped hot mugs of coffee in mittened hands and swapped small talk while […]

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Multitude Mondays: When You Wish You Were A DIfferent Mommy…

  A piece of  white hair hung over his icy blue eyes as his flushed face contorted in brow-furrowed frustration. His lanky three-year-old legs dangled over the edge of the little red time out chair.  His words hung heavy between us. I wish I had a different Mommy!  He clenched his fist and swatted the air […]

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Multitude Mondays: When We Find Music in the Mayhem

picture credit She sat smack in the middle of the clamor,her curly-haired head bent low over her book on the cluttered counter. My head throbbed from the noise ricocheting off the terracotta kitchen walls. At our house, the sound of summer is LOUD. The sun was sinking but the evening stretched ahead like a never-ending country […]

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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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stories

In his book Romancing Your Child’s Heart, Monte Swan reminds us why stories are important in preparing our children for living out God’s BIG STORY:    If there is a divine Storyteller, there is a story with a beginning and an ending- it’s all going somewhere. Therefore, there can be purpose, meaning,and joy as our littles stories […]

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power of a story

Fill your days with lots of stories, books- Monte Swan: the way of wisdom is best taught through stories- first off all God’s story….     If there is a divine Storyteller, there is a story w/ a beginning and an ending- it’s all going somewhere. Therefore, there can be purpose, meaning,and joy as our […]

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The Greatest Gift A Mother Can Give

 “Unarguably the greatest gift you can give another is your attention,” Leonard Sweet declares in his intriguing book, Nudge.   I’ve been thinking about that statement lately as my house bursts at the seams with children and echoes with constant noise.  I love the fullness of summer- the invigorating string of great ideas that grow large in […]

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What M.D. Really Means (Or Why We Celebrate Our Daddy Every Day!)

 Eleven years ago this month, I had taken him out for breakfast to savor a quiet moment before all the gala began.  Later that evening my husband would don a regal black gown with a deep gold sash. I would sit long and still in my fancy black dress and marvel that this day had finally come. […]

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