The Overflow! where souls are filled and faith is spilled

Spreading the Love- Five Amazing Women You’ll Want to Meet

*A few weeks ago this sweet reader sent me an unexpected gift by nominating me for the Liebster blog award. This little traveling heart is a fun way to encourage fellow writers and spread the word about some great blogs. A little about the Liebster Blogging Award: If you are nominated and accept it, then you […]

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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: How To Break Into God’s Secret Room

        As a child, one of my favorite places to play on my uncle’s farm was a dusty plot of weeds dotted with abandoned oil barrels and long-forgotten tractor parts.    Armed with unhurried time and our wild imaginations, my young cousins and I could fill a day searching for hidden treasure beneath […]

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Why We All Need to Be Broken Now and Then

She didn’t cry when she fell off her ripstick onto the hot cement. Didn’t wail when we hurried to hospital to let her daddy survey the damage. She didn’t weep when we sat somber in the x-ray room and waited to learn what had happened to those bones beneath her bruised and bloody skin. But […]

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Multitude Mondays: What A Mom Can Learn from an Empty Cracker Box (And a Wise Five-Year-Old)

photo credit We were driving home from the swimming pool, sun-kissed kids tired and hungry.And the littlest one began to cry over an empty cracker box. She had already cusped a handful of crunchy snacks and filled her tummy with more than enough.  But she wanted more. And she wanted more NOW!Home was only seven minutes […]

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Multitude Mondays: Green Grass and Gratitude And the Secret to Chasing Away the Grumpies

photo credit I’m bent low mopping clumps of freshly-mowed grass off of the kitchen floor again.  I hear the front door slam and make a mental note to lock it when I finish my grass-clean up so dirty feet will be forced to find another entry. Hopefully one without light carpet to stain. It’s been […]

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Multitudes on Mondays: Spying on God

I’m stirring a pot of soup on the stove with one hand and scribbling thanks with the other. photo credit   The open page of my notebook is dotted with orange splatters and the faint scent of tomato sauce. But the blue ink bleeds over the splotches like the praise that seeps across the muddle of my days.  […]

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Multitudes on Mondays: When Praise Becomes the Metronome in the Madness

I was curled up in the big leather chair, counting gifts in the quiet of dawn when he padded down the hall.  Still rubbing sleep from his green eyes, Joshua crossed the lamp-lit room and snuggled in beside me.    “What are you doing?” he asked as he lay his brown-haired head on my shoulder and […]

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Multitudes on Mondays: Why I’m Ringing the Dinner Bell Today

One of my favorite stories told by Emily Dickinson is a true tale about her father and the local fire bell…   Dickinson tells of a time when her father excused himself from the dinner table and raced outside to ring the village fire bell.     As the clanks echoed above the rooftops, the people […]

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Multitudes on Mondays: For Any Mom Who Has Ever Looked For God in the Laundry Pile

From the moment I cradled my first baby doll with sleepy eyes and pouty pink lips, I wanted to be a mommy.  A little girl in love with babies, I asked for one each Christmas until I grew old enough to understand that Santa couldn’t help me and young enough to believe that my parents […]

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