The Overflow! where souls are filled and faith is spilled

The Unexpected

We ate pizza by the light of a campfire on Friday night and marveled at the way the flame devoured our paper plates when we were finished. It was a new twist on an old favorite family night routine. After the pizza picnic, Hannah set up her princess tent in the basement, piled it full […]

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Thursdays Jewels

I love it when I stumble upon words that quietly take up residence in my soul: a quote worth sharing, a question worth asking, a prayer worth repeating. I love it when another truth seeker’s reverent musings lift my thoughts above dirty diapers, dirty dishes and dirty laundry. I feel grateful when someone’s words chase me shamelessly […]

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Fish Tales

Hannah’s pet fish died last week. She responded with appropriate drama despite the fact that just days earlier when I’d reminded her that the fish bowl needed to be cleaned, Hannah had stomped her feet and declared, “I’m sick of having a pet I can’t even hold!  What’s so fun about a fish, anyways?” In […]

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If the Letter Jacket Fits…

Last week our little town celebrated homecoming.  The merchants’ store windows gleamed with spirited green and white slogans, and the cheerleading squad conducted pep rallies at all the neighborhood schools. On Friday, the kids participated in spirit day by dressing head to toe in the school colors. As our school-agers were getting ready for the football game that evening, […]

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Thursday’s Jewels

I love it when I stumble upon words that quietly take up residence in my soul: a quote worth sharing, a question worth asking, a prayer worth repeating. I love it when someone’s reverent musings lift my thoughts above dirty diapers, dirty dishes and dirty laundry. I feel grateful when someone else’s words chase me […]

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Am I Tired or Weary?

Today I’ve been pondering the difference between being weary and being tired. Yesterday, I was weary. Today I am merely tired. What’s the difference? And why does it matter? I believe the difference has to do with my heart. When I’m weary, my heart grows numb. I stumble through the routine of motherhood with apathy […]

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Wednesday’s Jewels

I love it when I stumble upon words that quietly take up residence in my soul:  a quote worth sharing, a question worth asking, a prayer worth repeating. I love it when someone’s reverent musings lift my thoughts above dirty diapers, dirty dishes and dirty laundry. I feel grateful when someone else’s words chase me shamelessly to […]

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By Faith

As our seven pound seven ounce miracle slipped from my womb to my arms twelve years ago, I plunged into the wild waters of motherhood. …And the adventure began. When Luke first arrived, I rode the waves of awe for months. I couldn’t believe he was ours. I’d never loved someone so instantly. I’d never […]

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Lessons from the High Dive, Part 2

When we arrived home from the pool after Joshua’s adventuresome outing on the high dive (see yesterday’s post), I attempted to replay the scene for my husband. I told him about the bolt of panic that struck me as I realized that the little body free falling into the deep water was OUR SON. And I […]

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One-on-One Time

Lizzy and I enjoyed a “secret keeper girl” sleepover on Friday night with a dozen other mom and daughter duos.  (If you’ve got a preteen girl and  haven’t heard of the SKG curriculum, it’s a super sweet resource for growing godly girls. Check it out at http://secretkeepergirl.com/What_is_SKG.aspx). The chats on friendship were delightful, the flashlight disco dancing was a […]

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