The Overflow! where souls are filled and faith is spilled

Redemption Song (Why the World Needs your Story, even that Messy One!)

  Everyone needs a friend who can spy beauty in bedlam; a friend who can extract something marvelous out of the mess. Everyone needs a friend who can lasso hope in the hurt and discover purpose in the pain. My dear friend Ashley Larkin is that kind of friend. She’s a woman who inspires me […]

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When You Want Five Stars and You End Up With Two (Life Lessons from Lemonade Stands and Hotels that Smell)

My kids and their friends raised nearly $1000 dollars with a little lemonade stand this week. Yes, you read that right, one thousand dollars.   Thirty-three months worth of allowance at our house. Enough money to fund one of these exotic cruises or to go to the movie theater 142 times. Or to help save the […]

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When You Wish Your Name Were Bluebell (Or How to Grow Into the Girl of Your Dreams!)

We’re standing in line at the Dollar Tree, Maggie wiggling impatient in her favorite purple tutu, when the elderly woman behind us bends low to look my jittery one in the eye.  “You’re as beautiful as your dancing dress,” the sweet grandma says. Maggie smiles a thank-you, and the woman continues to chat with my youngest as I dig […]

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On Living A Beautiful Life (What a Mom can Learn from a Teenage Daughter!)

August 4, 2013 Dear Elizabeth Grace, Happy Birthday, sweet daughter! I can’t believe you are already a teenager. Didn’t I just bring you home wrapped in that soft pink blanket Grandma had bought to replace all those blue ones I’d packed in my hospital bag? Didn’t I just make a hundred phone calls to tell […]

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When Your Salsa Sprouts Eyes

Lately, I have the niggling feeling that I’m being watched.  When I open the refrigerator or walk into the bathroom, when I reach for a baseball glove in the garage or grab a tissue in the kitchen, I’m greeted by a pair of eyes. The googly kind, of course.   It’s my own fault, really.  This […]

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For Those Days When You Don’t Feel Like You’re Making A Difference…

When my husband began medical school, I accepted a teaching job in a too-small-classroom with no windows where struggling students were sent to get their last required English credit before graduation.  It wasn’t exactly the teaching position of my dreams. But it was a job. And it would pay the bills as my husband paid […]

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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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The Search {how idolatry sometimes wears hashtags)

The first time I read Kelli Woodford’s words, I sat awestruck and then read them again, slowly.  Some things just can’t be swallowed fast. Some things need to be savored and chewed and allowed to sift from head to heart. Kelli’s writing is one of those things. After meeting Kelli through  this sweet band of sisters […]

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Big Dreams and Small Streams and Wisdom from a Waterfall

I have a confession to make: I’ve always wanted to do something REALLY BIG for God. I know, I know, that sounds rather vain. But there’s something in me that has always dreamed of changing the world for the sake of my Savior. I remember camping out beneath the velvety stars at church camp as […]

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Why I Don’t Want to Get Rid of That Trap Set that Once Gave Me a Headache!

We have a flashy trap set in our basement. We bought it a few years ago when our firstborn convinced us that it was time to trade his trumpet for drum sticks and rock-star dreams. When we first got those drums, Luke would go down into the basement and just pound away. Our whole house […]

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