The Overflow! where souls are filled and faith is spilled

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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When You Forget Who You Are

When my firstborn was just a toddler, we often began our dinnertime routine with a silly game. “Whose boy are you?” I’d ask my son as we gathered round the table when Daddy got home.  The answer changed from night to night, but Luke’s irrepressible delight did not.  Baby blues ablaze, he loved to hold […]

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When Easter and Underwear and Dirty Dishes Collide

I live in laundry.  And toy-clutter.  And piles. I live in noise.And chaos. And crying.And somedays, just the thought of those dirty dishes piled high on my kitchen counter; the thought of those growling tummies that will need feeding and the thought of all that underwear that still needs folding makes me want to pull the covers to […]

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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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Why You Might Want to Round Up Some Dirty Feet Today!

I hear giggles coming from behind the bathroom door, and I lean in close to listen.   Water runs, cupboard doors thump, and little voices chatter sing-song.   Curiosity piqued, I crack open the door and peek soundless through the slit.   They don’t even look up, so immersed in the moment they are.   […]

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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 Prayer God Refused to Answer

She was the first of my babies who cried day and night.  Before she was planted in my womb, I’d begged the Lord for just one more.  But six weeks after bringing Hannah Faith home, I’d revised my plea. Could I just have a different one, Lord? Maybe one with fewer tears? It was three o’clock […]

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The Red Plate Reminder

When my first daughter was in preschool, she came home one afternoon with a pressing question. “Mom, what does Jesus like to eat?” Distracted by a pile of supper dishes and a screaming baby in the infant swing, I answered pithily, “He probably loves fruit. After all, that’s what He planted in the Garden of […]

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when we choose NOT to see

Maggie won’t eat last bite of asparagus sitting at table long past supper Josh– Maggie, just eat it and be thankful. Don’t you know there are lots of kids out there who don’t have any food? Maggie looks out window- I don’t see them. Do I live blind– when I don’t see, I don’t have […]

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Spreading the Love- Five Amazing Women You’ll Want to Meet

*A few weeks ago this sweet reader sent me an unexpected gift by nominating me for the Liebster blog award. This little traveling heart is a fun way to encourage fellow writers and spread the word about some great blogs. A little about the Liebster Blogging Award: If you are nominated and accept it, then you […]

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