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Why A Mom Should Dream Small for Her Children

I realized it one morning a few years ago as I sat in the cushy leather chair by the window, a pajama-clad boy plastered to my lap—- How the secret to a BIG life is dependent on one small thing. Six-year-old Joshua smelled of old backyard dirt and of fresh sleepy sweat. His knees still bore […]

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A Prayer for Every Marriage (and a free gift for you)

Dear friends, Thanks for joining me last week as we engaged in some real and raw talk about keeping love alive within our marriages and choosing intimacy over industry. To be honest, I didn’t want to write about gravel or about getting lost or about struggling to see the miracle of marriage. You see, years ago, I swore I’d never write about marriage because I’m […]

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The One Prayer that Captures All the Longings of a Mama’s Heart

It was those Bibles strewn across the kitchen table that launched my heart right into my throat this morning, God’s Word framed with dribbles of orange juice and cereal crumbs, splatters of jelly and an abandoned spelling list. I hadn’t noticed it right away when I’d returned from dropping the kids at school, how those remnants […]

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For Every Mom Who’s Died a Thousand Deaths (Five-Minute-Friday)

 Motherhood is a daily invitation to die. Those weren’t exactly the words I was hoping to hear that day in the grocery store when my toddler was whining about the box of Captain Crunch I’d vetoed. And the preschooler was dancing dangerously close to the tower of toilet paper stacked tall at the aisle’s end. And the baby […]

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When the Quiet is Noisy and Hope for the Dark Nights

I hear the pitter patter of her stockinged feet before I feel the moist warmth of her  breath on my cheek.  “Mommy? Mommy?” Her voice is a mix of murmur and moan, and I prop myself up on one elbow to eyeball her through a sleepy slit.  Again. I avert my eyes from the green […]

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When You’re Waiting for God to Fill the Gaps

If you’re stopping by from “Encouragement for Today,” welcome!   It’s a treat to spend some time with you. I’d love to stay connected on Facebook or Twitter. If you’d like The Overflow to trickle quietly into your in-box each week, please subscribe on the sidebar before you leave. Also, I’m now scheduling speaking engagements for the 2014/2015 school […]

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A Prayer for the Hurried Heart (and give-away winners)

  Unrush Me   Slow my feet, Lord, I want to walk in your ways. Establish my stride to the tempo of praise. Slow my lips, Lord, I want to speak life. May my words spur love,  instead of anger and strife. Slow my hands, Lord,  I want to embrace the everyday miracles wrapped in […]

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Because Little Girls Can’t Stay Little Forever…

It happened just the other day when you sauntered into the kitchen while I was cleaning up the breakfast mess. Your hair was piled sloppy on top of your head and a few unruly strands of blonde framed your face with fly-away wisps. And when you cast me that goofy grin- the one full of […]

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The Secret to Hearing from Heaven

When Lizzy was four-and-a-half, God gave her a new pair of ears.    At least that’s what she told me one February morning as I spread vanilla frosting over the cupcakes we were preparing for snack time at preschool.   It’s been nearly a decade since that memorable day, but I can still picture my […]

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When You Need Faith for the Next Step…

We once found an old rope ladder hanging from a tree in the middle of the woods, me and a gaggle of seventh-grade girls who were rushing through the timber at church camp the summer of my thirteenth year.  For some reason, that memory surfaced while I was lying in the top bunk next to my […]

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