The Overflow! where souls are filled and faith is spilled

Making Room…for the Word of God

Today I’m delighted to once again be participating in the Hearts at Home blog hop.  “Hearts at Home seeks to encourage, equip, and educate every mom in every season of motherhood using Christian values to strengthen families.” If you’re in search of a few new tips for organizing your life in the new year, be sure to […]

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Why We all Need Epiphany

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 groped for the crib […]

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Wishing You Joy… Because of Him

I’ve been taking a break from words this week. I’ve been trying to listen more and talk less. Trying to focus more on their words-  on the stories and musings, the songs and proclamations that flow from the mouths of my five sweet gifts, all filling our home with happy noise this week.    Perhaps, […]

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When Heaven Intrudes Upon Earth

I can’t believe the twelve days of Christmas are upon us. Soon we will celebrate the miracle of Christ’s birth.  But I don’t want my Christmas accolades to be contained to one day. I want Christmas to interrupt my life. I want the hope of Heaven to break through the piles of laundry demanding to […]

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Third Thursday Thoughts: When Giving Up Means Great Gain

Today I’m linking up with Hearts at Home to ponder this question:  “What have you given up so your family can have more?”    I’ve been musing on this thought for weeks and feel nearly guilty for writing anything at all.  Quite honestly, what I’ve “given up” along the way seems small and insignificant. My […]

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When Spreading Your Wings Too Wide Leaves You Crippled

I’ve said “yes” to too many things this month. Good things. Noble things. Perhaps even God-things. But my “yes month” is draining me dry. I’m feeling edgy. Cranky. Apathetic. All I really want to do is just curl up at my Savior’s feet, quit being a Martha and embrace the Mary buried somewhere under all the […]

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Remember to Forget…

   One time when Hannah was a preschooler, I lost my playful daughter during a routine game of hide-and-seek.  I found the other three kids within mere moments of hollering, “ready or not, here I come!” But Hannah’s hiding place was elusive. After ten minutes of looking for my four-year-old, I began to holler her […]

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When You Just Need A Glimpse of Your Father

  I close my eyes as the bell choir fills the sanctuary with angelic chimes. I turn from the daunting pulpit reserved on this morning for me, and I focus on breathing deep the peals of peace. My churning stomach refuses to comply. You have nothing worth saying, the Enemy taunts as I pray for […]

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Why Jesus Gave Us Mommies

We were savoring autumn’s end at a playground near the lake when my middle-born asked, “Mommy? Could we take a little walk in the leaves?”   I would have been content to remain seated in the sand at the bottom of the slide, and to continue applauding my toddler’s bravery each time she plunged down […]

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The Mark of the Master, part 2

  Thanks for stopping back today to enjoy the end of the parable God long ago prompted me to write for parents. If you missed yesterday’s post, please take a moment to read part 1 of this little story.  I ‘m praying that God will speak tenderly to your mommy-heart through this simple story just […]

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