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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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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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