The Overflow! where souls are filled and faith is spilled

When You Feel Like You Don’t Measure Up…

When Joshua was a toddler he accessorized every outfit with a bulky silver tape measure.  Clipped to his waistband or hooked through a belt loop, the shiny carpenter’s tool was handy for appraising just about anything—toy tractors, cereal boxes, diaper pails and skateboards.  Despite the fact that the measurements were useless to a three-year-old who […]

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The One Thing You Need to Know When Your Life Feels Small

I spotted it the moment I stepped out of the shower: a small blue footprint on the crisp white tile. My stomach twisted at the sight. Because every mom knows where there is one footprint, there are more. I wrapped a towel around my dripping hair and followed the trail of blue smudges out of […]

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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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