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One Way to a Full Soul

Even before I’d met my friend, Katy McCown, face to face, I counted her as a sweet gift from the Lord. She is kind. Honest. Witty. And oh, so beautiful- inside and out. When we were finally able to meet in person and linger long over a cup of coffee, I immediately declared that Katy was my long lost twin. Never mind that she already has a twin sister for real. Or that I happen to have been born a decade before her.  I knew I’d found a kindred spirit in this truthful and radiant mama of six.  Katy understands what it’s like to have someone sit on a melted chocolate bar in her dirty mini-van or what it’s like to feel poured out and worn from the juggle of motherhood and marriage, ministry and monotony. She understands that deep longing in a woman’s soul that cries, “I was made for more!” And she understands what it’s like to live with open hands and an open heart.

Katy’s desire to help women live with overflowing souls, her selfless love for her family, and most of all, her passionate pursuit of Jesus inspires me. And I’m absolutely delighted to share the gift of my “long lost twin” with you here today. May her honest and hope-filled words meet you right where you’re at today and encourage you to run straight into the arms of your Savior. Here’s Katy…

“Women live like a cup tipped over on its side. They give and give and pour out everything they have until there’s nothing left.”

I stared out my front door, listening to the raindrops fall as I absorbed what my friend had just said. All I could think was, Nailed it!

But as we talked more, another image surfaced. The same cup, but this time not empty at all. This time it’s upright and full. So full, the goodness inside breaks the rim and spills over, covering everything it touches.

“That’s what we’re going for,” my friend said. “That’s what God wants.”

On a side note, I imagine my cup in this little exercise full of coffee … But really, all too often I feel like the first cup. Empty – or at least on my last drop.

I want to love more, do more and give more, but eventually I run dry.

Then I read a verse like this one in John and wonder, What am I missing?

“The one who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.” John 7:38 (HCSB)

Streams of living water … Moving, rushing out from the depths of my soul … and I don’t know whether to end that sentence with a period or a question mark. Because could that really be a statement of fact? Surely that’s reserved for only a few people, in a much slower season of life.

But that’s not what Jesus says. No, Jesus says these streams of living water flowing deep from within are available to anyone who believes in Him.

If we believe in Jesus, yet still feel like a cup tipped over on the table …

Maybe we just need to unclog the stream.

I’m well acquainted with the struggle to stop and fill up the gas tank in my car. It pains me to pause, but eventually it puts me in a pickle. I’m desperate to fill up and there’s not always a station in sight. So I’m left sweating it out.

I find my soul tank isn’t much different. I always think I can go further only to find myself on the last drop, anxious for a moment to pull over and fill up.

In the hustle and bustle it can be hard to find these soul stops, so I want to share with you three things I’ve found that help me keep my soul tank full.


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Grace in the Middle (And a Give-Away!)


Out of His fullness, we have all received grace on top of grace.” John 1_16Once upon a time there was a grumpy little girl who wanted to change her name.

Actually, she just wanted to borrow her big sister’s name.

‘Cause her sister had “Grace” in the middle.

And she wanted it, too.

This mama isn’t about to change her “baby’s” name because of a convincing pink pout.  But I do understand my little girl’s longing.

Grace in the middle.  Who doesn’t need that?

No matter where life on this earth begins or how quickly it ends, we all need a little grace in the middle.

Beginning with purpose? That’s how we were made.

Ending in joy? Our Savior promises that.

But making it through middle? That’s a different story…

I’m delighted to be hanging out at Katy McCown’s beautiful blog today sharing the story of that grumpy girl and dishing out some hope for all of us who are living in the “middle” of this great big story our Savior is scripting with our lives.


Oh, and I’m giving away a fun gift, too…

Something that just might make you feel like a child again or at least chase away the grown-up grumpies now and then!

Hope you’ll stop by Katy’s place and be encouraged.

I’ll see you there!