The Overflow! where souls are filled and faith is spilled

God Bless America

We are wrapping up a marvelously long weekend of Independence Day fun.  We’ve enjoyed, cheerful parades, colorful fireworks, and family-packed barbecues. And my heart is ablaze with GRATITUDE. When my children curled up on Grandma’s lawn with freshly popped popcorn and gasped with glee as the fireworks  turned the velvet night into an artist’s dream, I breathed […]

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Family, Faith, Fun AND FREEDOM Friday

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 and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. -Hebrews 4:12 Today begins an extended weekend of celebration in our little community. Joshua’s busy decorating his John Deere gator for […]

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pennies

Last month, I shared a story from Annie Dillard’s book Pilgrim at Tinker Creek,  Dillard writes about hiding pennies as a youngster for someone else to find:   I would cradle (a penny)at the roots of a sycamore, say, or in a hole left by a chipped-off piece of sidewalk. Then I would take a […]

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The Compassionate Carpenter

No one paints a picture of Jesus quite Max Lucado.  I love this reminder from Max’s first book that compassion drove my Savior from the carpentry shop to the cross…   The heavy door creaked on its hinges as he pushed it open. With a few strides he crossed the silent shop and opened the […]

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Belly Laughs

I didn’t expect her to laugh. I anticipated a smile, hands clapped together in delight, even a baby dance or two, but the belly laugh that rolled from her toes and rumbled out of her tiny mouth caught me by surprise.  Before I knew it, I was laughing too.  I took Maggie to the zoo […]

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Collecting Pennies

He spotted it agleam in the noonday sun as we ran into the grocery store for a gallon of milk.  No one else seemed to notice the jewel that brought my three-year-old to a halt. No one paused as he gingerly lifted the treasure with his dirt-scuffed fingers and performed a happy dance in the […]

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Red Plate Celebration!

The Overflow:  Red Plate Celebration   As a young mother of two, I received a “special plate” from my mentor. The plate is simply a red porcelain dish with the words You are Special painted on it.   “Find much to celebrate,” the wise woman told me. Don’t wait for the big things, or you’ll […]

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Seek First: Created for His Glory

Day Four: Created for His Glory   Today’s Treasure:   Read Isaiah 43:1, 4, 7; 10 Savor Stormie O’ Martian’s list titled Ten Things God Never Says… 1. “Oops!” 2. “What have I done?” 3. “How did I let that happen?” 4. “I made a mistake.” 5. “It was an accident.” 6. “I don’t know what […]

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Seek First- Introduction

This month, I am trying something new!  Last month I had the privilege of speaking several places on the topic of “Partnering with the Potter.” Simply put, “Partnering with the Potter” means acknowledging that God has uniquely created each child He’s gifted to us. Our job as moms is to join God in the amazing task of “calling […]

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Celebrating the Little Things

One of the most gratifying experiences of parenting is watching the emergence of your child’s soul.                                                            -Steve and Valerie Bell, Faith-Shaped Kids While parties are fun, true celebration is more of an attitude than an event. Eleven years of motherhood and five children have taught me that I don’t need to wait for the “big […]

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