The Overflow! where souls are filled and faith is spilled

Why I Married that Cute Boy From My Fifth Grade Class

I outran him in fifth grade.     I beat his time in the 50-meter dash and promptly claimed the title of the fastest girl in school.    He challenged me to a re-match the next day, right then and there on the concrete playground.    I knew better than to risk defeat.   What I […]

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Multitudes on Mondays: What Makes Motherhood So Hard…

An ice storm fences us in on Sunday morning.So we trade our trip to church for a trip downstairs, and we gather in the basement for family worship.  Hair wet from morning showers, we forgo perfection and just welcome Jesus with song and dance.   Firstborn worships on his drums, and little girls groove as their […]

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Multitudes on Mondays: Why You Might Want to Change Your Name

Before our third-born arrived, my preschoolers constantly wanted to play the name game.    “What shall we name the baby?” Luke, five years-old at the time, would ask over breakfast, when I tucked him into bed, and a dozen times in between.   When the baby finally arrived and necessitated a name, we had compiled quite […]

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When You Find Jesus in the Bathroom

I hear her giggle from the bathroom, wonder what could make my littlest girl laugh happy on that porcelain throne.And then she shouts above the flush- “I found him, Mommy! I found him!”I drop my dishrag and hurry down the hallway.I arrive just in time to find Maggie elbow deep in hand soap, the sink nearly […]

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When You Don’t Feel Ready For a New Year…

I crawled out of bed near midnight on New Year’s Day and begged Jesus to meet me in the darkness.  Eighteen hours earlier, I had flipped the calendar page and stumbled into 2013 with an uncharacteristic sense of apathy. As the first day of the new year slipped away, I was desperate for a re-do.   […]

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Family Faith and Fun Fridays: The Secret Smile Mission

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. -Hebrews 4:12     Welcome to Family Faith and Fun Fridays, Christmas Edition!  As the week winds down and I anticipate more family time over the […]

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Why We’re Glad Jesus Doesn’t Fill Wooden Shoes

We lined five wooden shoes by our front door last night and tucked five expectant kids into bed as the moon rose high. We retold the old Dutch tale of that saint and his white horse, and we wondered with laughter if he would remember the little boy who he’d once mistakenly put in his sack.An hour later, that […]

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The One Who Lives Up To His Name

  We began an Advent study on the names of Jesus tonight, and I was reminded once again of why I love my Savior.   The Word Made Flesh, the Son of David, the Lion of Judah; I adore Him.    The True Vine, the Bread of Life, the Rock; I delight in Him.    Mighty Counselor, Prince […]

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The Fight for Baby Jesus (Or Why It’s A Great Time of Year to Share!)

It happened years ago on a cold day in November, the unexpected fight beneath my roof.   My girls no longer remember the heated words and scratching fingernails, but I never want to forget.   Because that was the day that I began to wonder what would happen if the Christmas season became more about sharing than shopping.  […]

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Why You Might Feel Crabby on Thanksgiving Day…

Overheard in the Bruxvoort van yesterday…Josh, looking out the window at a big green tractor in the field- “I am so THANKFUL for tractors, aren’t you, Maggie?”Maggie with a scowl, “No!” Josh, undeterred. “Well, what are YOU thankful for, Mags?”Maggie, crossing her arms over her chest in a harrumph, “Nothing!”  Josh, cocking his head and staring […]

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