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What Mud Puddles Can Teach Us About Friendship

 Hi, friends. I’m so glad you’re here. If you’re stopping by from Proverbs 31, WELCOME! I know there are many places you could be today, and I’m thankful you’ve chosen to spend a few minutes with me. Whether you’re an old friend or a new one, I pray that you’ll be blessed as you linger in this place where faith is […]

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The Mom Initiative: When Your Child’s Path Looks Bumpy

On the night before he began kindergarten, my youngest son announced he’d “rather go to jail” than go to school. His big brother chuckled and murmured something under his breath about school being a prison, and I tried to swallow my tears while flashing my eldest the evil eye. To be honest, my little one’s […]

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The Mom Initiative: Hope for the Hard Days

  Once there was a little girl who left bright blue footprints all over the house. And a mama who scrubbed those drips and drizzles of smudgy paint until she ran out of carpet cleaner. And a woman in the grocery store who cried in the cereal aisle. And a tiny thread of hope that ran […]

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When You Wonder if You’re Beautiful

Welcome, friends! I’m so glad you’re here. If you’re stopping by from Encouragement for Today, I hope you’ll stick around for a while and make yourself at home. I pray you’ll discover this is a place where faith is spilled and souls are filled. If you like what you find, feel free to subscribe to The Overflow so you […]

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Jesus Likes Me, This I Know

When she’d said it, the hairs on my arms had stood up at rapt attention. I don’t know why the simple obvious had sounded so profound coming out of a four-year-old’s mouth. Maybe it’s the way she exclaimed every word like she was inviting me to a party, or the way she choreographed each sentence […]

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How to Speak Hope When We’re Short on Words

“Mommy?” She was sitting in the hot sand next to me, making a sandcastle with her little orange shovel. “What, Honey?” I turned my head to hear my six year old’s voice above the roar of the incoming tide. She shifted her body and stared at me like we’d just met. “Oh, nothing….” she said, […]

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Hope for Dark Nights…

Welcome, friends! I’m so glad you’re here. I hope you’ll make yourself at home. If you’re new here and you like what you find, feel free to sign up to have The Overflow trickle quietly into your in-box each week. Just subscribe on the sidebar before you leave and you won’t miss a single post. Leave me a […]

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When You Realize Your Children Aren’t Really Yours

They’re not yours. I was standing at the top of a snow-capped sand dune, my eyes fixed on those silly sisters singing Frozen songs as they skipped toward the icy water, when my thoughts were interrupted with those three little words. They’re not yours. The girls were lost in their own world, savoring that sacred space […]

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The One Gift We Really Need This Christmas

“I’m ready for Christmas to be over.” She’d said it with a laugh as the store clerk scanned her pile of purchases, but her voice was pinched and strained, and I could see the weariness in her eyes confirming the truth of her words. The woman behind the cash register murmured an Amen, echoing the […]

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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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