The Overflow! where souls are filled and faith is spilled

A Prayer for The Empty

Dear friends, Last week when we gathered here, we dared to talk about those “empty seasons” that can leave us stumbling and sad– Those times when our optimism grows dim or our ambitions drain dry; when our dreams draw a blank or our best intentions leave us hollow. And we reminded ourselves that empty does not always […]

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Walk With Me

  On Saturday afternoon, she invited me to walk the shoreline with her. “Just you and me, Mommy,” my littlest girl had said while her siblings leaped over the waves in the water and built towering sandcastles in the sand. “Let’s walk like this–” She slipped her sandy fingers through mine and tugged at my […]

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A Prayer for Every Marriage (and a free gift for you)

Dear friends, Thanks for joining me last week as we engaged in some real and raw talk about keeping love alive within our marriages and choosing intimacy over industry. To be honest, I didn’t want to write about gravel or about getting lost or about struggling to see the miracle of marriage. You see, years ago, I swore I’d never write about marriage because I’m […]

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If You Give A Boy A Stick…

Of all the poems I’ve written for my children over the years, this is one of my favorites. Joshua loved to play with sticks when he was little, and one day when we were out playing in the trees, I watched him leaping around excitedly with a great big stick in his hand. And in […]

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A Prayer for the Hurried Heart (and give-away winners)

  Unrush Me   Slow my feet, Lord, I want to walk in your ways. Establish my stride to the tempo of praise. Slow my lips, Lord, I want to speak life. May my words spur love,  instead of anger and strife. Slow my hands, Lord,  I want to embrace the everyday miracles wrapped in […]

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Be Careful What You Pray For…

My mom used to tell me, “Be careful what you pray for…”  And though I probably never acknowledged her wisdom when I was a winsome teen, I’ll gladly admit it now. God has a way of taking our prayers, even the ones we don’t remember praying, and answering them in His own way, in His […]

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When You Wish Your Princess Were A Servant…

We were sitting on a park bench on the edge of the town square last week when an elderly woman sat down beside Maggie and me.  My littlest girl munched donut holes while I made small talk with our sweet park companion. We chatted about the weather and the golden glory of Autumn. And we both […]

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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 Need Faith to Believe You’re Beautiful

In that season when seeing myself as beautiful was a giant leap of faith, I begged Jesus to give me an image to replace the reflection I saw in the mirror each day. “I just want to see what you see,” I pleaded one morning as I stumbled from bed and stared at the tired […]

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When You Long to Get Out of the Boat

    I remember the first time I picked up Beth Moore’s Bible study, Believing God, and cried through the whole first lesson. Her call to faith stirred something deep inside of me.  I was tired of sitting in the boat. I wanted to walk on water. This not-so-polished poem was the cry of my […]

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