The Overflow! where souls are filled and faith is spilled

Lessons from the crib

Lessons from the crib     It was one of those “mommy moments” that increases a mother’s heart rate on the spot and later causes her to consider the unseen angels that must have stepped in when she could not.  I was rounding the corner of the kitchen with a laundry basket in hand when […]

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small stuff scooter

Scooter story- small stuff   We were in the middle of an intense afternoon of road  races… the track mapped out with sidewalk chalk all the way across our long narrow drive…all the kids lined up with their scooters adorned with streamers and balloons… each one vying for bragging rights… I held up an orange […]

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When You Get Lost Without Ever Leaving Home

I was knee-deep in underwear when he said it.   “I feel like I’m losing you…”     I glanced up from the super-hero briefs I was folding and gave my husband of eighteen years a glazed stare.   The clock was pushing midnight and he was slumped quiet on the couch, his blue scrubs […]

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For Anyone Who’s Ever Stumbled in the Darkness…

Her piercing shriek pulled me from sleep.    Groggy and disoriented, I groped my way around the corner and down the hallway toward the nursery.  Three steps from the crib, my bare feet met something sharp and pokey.    As pointed metal punctured my soft sole, I stumbled forward in the darkness and reached blindly for […]

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Grace in Aisle Seven (Or How God Keeps a Mother Humble))

I didn’t understand grace until I became a mother.    Oh, I’d sung about it on Sunday mornings.    And I’d read about it in His word.   I’d thanked Jesus for it every time I slipped on my golden cross necklace.  And I’d even penned a few poems about it in perfect rhythm and rhyme. […]

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In Celebration of Sisters!

The soli deo gloria girls are celebrating sisterhood today! I’ve been blessed with one beautiful sister by birth and dozens of other soul sisters by faith.I’m immeasurably grateful for all the sisters who have shared life with me over the years— For the women who have sipped coffee with me as toddlers run Hot Wheels across our toes; prayed with me on couches dotted with […]

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The Fight for Baby Jesus (Or Why It’s A Great Time of Year to Share!)

It happened years ago on a cold day in November, the unexpected fight beneath my roof.   My girls no longer remember the heated words and scratching fingernails, but I never want to forget.   Because that was the day that I began to wonder what would happen if the Christmas season became more about sharing than shopping.  […]

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Multitude Mondays: Why Moms are Prone to Blindness

   When I first laid eyes on my newborn son, I didn’t know that I’d be prone to blindness. As I lay ravished by awe in that hospital bed, overwhelmed at the sight of his tiny fingers and toes, I never dreamed that one day I’d have to fight to see him clearly.   When I lost myself […]

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missionary from home

With five kids of my own to care for beneath my roof right now, I can’t hop a plane and go feed starving children.   I can’t sign up for every mission trip that looks enticing and get my hands dirty in the red dirt of Uganda.   But I can send thirty dollars each month to […]

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Multitude Mondays: For the One Who Labors in Love

They wrote thank-you notes to Daddy this morning; turned plain old slabs of construction paper into garlands of gratitude.Their words were simple and sweet, offerings of thanks to the one who labors day after day without complaint. And as they hunched intently over their cards, I pondered that summer’s moment when I’d realized anew the grace of […]

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