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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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When You Want Your Daughter To Have Magnetic Beauty

Okay, I’ll admit it. I was spying on you.  Kind of.  I mean, I couldn’t help but slow my steps when I walked by the open bathroom door this morning and heard you humming.  And then, I saw the way you studied yourself in the mirror when you thought that nobody was looking.  And I […]

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When the Quiet is Noisy and Hope for the Dark Nights

I hear the pitter patter of her stockinged feet before I feel the moist warmth of her  breath on my cheek.  “Mommy? Mommy?” Her voice is a mix of murmur and moan, and I prop myself up on one elbow to eyeball her through a sleepy slit.  Again. I avert my eyes from the green […]

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When You’re Waiting for God to Fill the Gaps

If you’re stopping by from “Encouragement for Today,” welcome!   It’s a treat to spend some time with you. I’d love to stay connected on Facebook or Twitter. If you’d like The Overflow to trickle quietly into your in-box each week, please subscribe on the sidebar before you leave. Also, I’m now scheduling speaking engagements for the 2014/2015 school […]

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When You’re in Love with a Ludicrous Savior (and the Googly-eyed Give-away Winner!)

Earlier this week, I shared the story of Daisy, a desperate woman planted on a street corner in my middle-class town. It’s a humbling tale filled with embarrassing tears, floundering fears, and awkward hugs; a brief glimpse of what can happen despite us if we simply allow Christ to love through us. (If you haven’t had a chance […]

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The One Thing You’ve Got to Know When Motherhood Feels Hard

 Dear Mom whose feet are weary, I know that the road feels long. And bumpy. And downright boring at times. I know that sometimes it feels like you’ll never turn the corner. And you wonder if you’ll ever move at a faster pace. ‘Cause that toddler keeps pausing to dig in the dirt and the […]

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The One List that Could Change Everything

Welcome, friends! I’m so glad you’re here. If you’ve stopped by from Encouragement for Today, I hope you’ll find a second serving of inspiration here at the Overflow. Don’t hesitate to look around for awhile and make yourself at home here where faith is spilled and souls are filled. If you’d like a weekly splash of […]

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The Reason I’m Shrinking (And if you’re a mom, you might be, too!)

“Mom, I think you’re shrinking.” My firstborn stands beside me, the tip of his blonde head occupying the space above mine. He casts me one of his infectious grins as he puffs out his chest and holds his shoulders tall to prove the truth of his declaration. I stretch myself up on tiptoe so I […]

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Why Every Mom Needs A Bouquet of Wilted Flowers This Mother’s Day

Welcome, friends! I’m so glad you’re here. If you’re stopping by from Encouragement for Today, I hope you’ll find a little bit more encouragement in this humble place I call home. If you’re new to the Overflow, please kick off your shoes and stay a while. Splash in the puddles of hope or just sit […]

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