The Overflow! where souls are filled and faith is spilled

On Fast-Feet and Baby Holdin’ and the Miracle of Christmas

When our “Christmas baby” was born six years ago, no one was more excited than my firstborn who had prayed unceasingly for a little brother. Even now at fourteen, Luke counts the day of his little brother’s birth as one of the best days of his life.   Though my big boy was undoubtedly thrilled when […]

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When the THUMPS of Christmas Wreck Your Joy…

I felt it the moment my friend looked around my house and said with a playful smile, “You’re the only one I know who hasn’t put up a Christmas tree yet!”    And again when a neighbor mentioned that we were the only house on the block without strands of lights twinkling in the night.   […]

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The Thank You Note in the Tree

I was picking up toys strewn across the grass when I spotted it, a bright splash of blue propped in the naked limbs of that spindly tree in our back yard. I shuffled closer, and my heart smiled at the familiar handwriting scrawled across the small envelope. To: JesusFrom: HannahAnd then, the address:Heaven, everywhere,In the […]

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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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When You’re Waiting for Morning to Come…

I would hear the pitter-patter of his sleepy feet before his voice woke me. No need to look at the clock on my bedside table– I knew it read 3 A.M. For years, that was his waking time.  His squinty eyes and slurred speech would confirm that he wasn’t rested, but my three-year-old’s odd sleep rhythms always […]

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Family Faith and Fun Fridays: The Word that Changes Everything

The Word that Changes Everything   Before you said yes,  my house was full,  but my stomach was empty.   Before you said yes, my heart was soft  but listening to my mama cry at night was hard.   Before you said yes, my dreams were quiet but my worries were loud.    Before you said yes, I […]

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How to Live The Best Dream for Your Life

    Eight of us were crowded around a table-for-two in my grandma’s small farm kitchen when Hannah spoke the words that spurred my prayer.    The kids were sipping Coke straight from the bottle and leaving a cookie crumble mosaic on the old wooden tabletop, and Grandpa Jim was leaning in close so his near-deaf […]

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How to Change the World One Small Smile at a Time!

When I went to that Mercy Me concert eight years ago, I wasn’t planning on falling in love.I was just a weary thirty-one-year-old mama looking for a night out with my husband and hoping to snag some inspiration in the process. My Romeo was singing at the top of his lungs right beside me and […]

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Family Faith and Fun Fridays: How to Invigorate Family Prayer Time

  For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. -Hebrews 4:12     Welcome to Family Faith and Fun Fridays!  As the week winds down and I anticipate more family time over the weekend, […]

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Family Faith and Fun Fridays: How to Invigorate Your Family’s Meal Time Prayers

                For the word of God is alive and  powerful.  It is sharper than the  sharpest two-edged sword, cutting  between soul and spirit, between joint marrow. It exposes our innermost  thoughts and desires.                                 […]

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