The Overflow! where souls are filled and faith is spilled

missionary from home

With five kids of my own to care for beneath my roof right now, I can’t hop a plane and go feed starving children.   I can’t sign up for every mission trip that looks enticing and get my hands dirty in the red dirt of Uganda.   But I can send thirty dollars each month to […]

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Multitude Mondays: For the One Who Labors in Love

They wrote thank-you notes to Daddy this morning; turned plain old slabs of construction paper into garlands of gratitude.Their words were simple and sweet, offerings of thanks to the one who labors day after day without complaint. And as they hunched intently over their cards, I pondered that summer’s moment when I’d realized anew the grace of […]

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Multitide Mondays: The Secret of the Hammock and Other Lessons Learned During my Blog Break

  The first wedding gift we opened after returning from our island honeymoon was wrapped in a package the size of a simple shoe box.  I’d shaken it carefully, my eyes fixed on my handsome twenty-year-old husband, and we’d guessed what it might be. Hand towels monogrammed with a fancy B? Another set of country pink and dusty blue […]

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When Freedom Becomes Complacent

I read her words this morningas I chugged my first cup of coffee in a groggy fog and peered out the window at the burned out glow sticks and sparkler rods scattered across the brittle grass. Our freedom was never meant to become our complacency. Yesterday we had celebrated Independence Day with gusto. We’d strung streamers […]

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Tuesday’s Tips: Raising Playful Children, Part 2

    Have you ever wished you had a treasure trove of great ideas for those days when motherhood feels draining and mundane? Ever longed for just one tried and true tip that has actually been used successfully by REAL MOMS with REAL KIDS?     Me, too!    That’s why I’ve created Tuesday’s Tips– a weekly post designed to reduce frustration and multiply inspiration […]

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How To Start Your Day With A Tiny Taste Of Heaven

I should have known better than to blog about the power of play.    Obviously, when I wrote that I never want to grow too big to play, I should have expected a test of those words.   God stops at nothing to keep this blogger authentic and honest.   So I don’t know why I […]

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play redeeming time

I think more than anything, Play has the power to grow gratitude. As I’ve begun to embrace the gift of play, I find myself constantly reminded of just that…. play is a gift. Life is a gift. Playing baseball in the yard is a gift… I CAN because today I have breath and legs that hold me […]

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The Greatest Gift A Mother Can Give

 “Unarguably the greatest gift you can give another is your attention,” Leonard Sweet declares in his intriguing book, Nudge.   I’ve been thinking about that statement lately as my house bursts at the seams with children and echoes with constant noise.  I love the fullness of summer- the invigorating string of great ideas that grow large in […]

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Tuesday’s Tips: The Book Bucket List (Or a basket of great summer reads)

Have you ever wished you had a treasure trove of great ideas for those days when motherhood feels draining and mundane?    Ever longed for just one tried and true tip that has actually been used successfully by REAL MOMS with REAL KIDS? Me, too!    That’s why I’ve created Tuesday’s Tips–  a weekly post designed to reduce frustration and multiply inspiration in the […]

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On Being God’s Favorite

“How was Bible School today?” I asked Josh as we drove home from our morning at church yesterday.   “Great,” he replied with a satisfied smile, “My teacher PICKED ME FIRST when we were playing duck-duck-goose!!”             Joshua’s green eyes sparkled as he rehearsed the play-by-play of the head-patting, circle-racing […]

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