Love isn't just a feeling. It's also a skill and a series of decisions. Read that again. Love isn't just a feeling. It's also a skill and a series of decisions. I am far from perfect, but I have improved my ability to love, especially as a mom and wife. I used to have what … Continue reading Want more love in your life? Read this!
Yesterday, someone blessed me with thank you letter about the first post on embracing discomfort. When I responded, I had a huge A-HA! moment. I’ve missed out on so many blessings because I refused to expose myself to things that make me uncomfortable! The implications are astounding: Making memories with my kids: I refuse to … Continue reading Why You Should Make Yourself Uncomfortable Every Day: Part 2
Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV) - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. I never understood the fruit of the spirit until I heard somewhere (and I wish I remembered where so I could give that person credit) the fruit … Continue reading May The Fruit Be With You
I took my first cold shower today. It was awful. Every millisecond felt like torture. I hate being cold. HATE it! Yes, I used the four-letter H-word we teach our kids not to say. However, it’s the only word that adequately describes my feelings about all things chilly. (Except ice cream. Can I get a … Continue reading Why You Should Make Yourself Uncomfortable Every Day
Romans 15:13 NLT - I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joy is one of the greatest gifts from heaven. Simply taking the time to focus on … Continue reading How to Make Your Life Overflow with Joy
Have you ever let fear keep you from doing something God put in your heart? I know I have. I almost did with this blog. I recently taught a class where I overlooked the plethora of kind, positive comments I received and honed in on the only negative one. Of course, that’s the one I … Continue reading Shift Your Focus to Kick Fear in the Butt
Fear: It’s literally a scary topic, but an important one. Some of life’s greatest turning points come from staring fear in the face and acknowledging it, and then recognizing your God is mightier than your worst fear could ever dream of being. Of course, we get scared of the obvious: rejection, failure, bad things happening, … Continue reading How to Replace Fear with Hope
Sister, you were created in God’s image. Yes, you. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. He doesn’t have off days. God himself, the maker of the universe and its infinite stars, carefully planned for you. He shaped, molded, and designed you specifically and purposefully, with his own mighty hands. He considered every … Continue reading God, Yourself, or the World: Who do you believe?
Why is it so hard to love yourself? I’m not talking about selfish, worldly love. I’m talking about true, unconditional love, where you show yourself grace and mercy. The kind where your self-talk is compassionate and understanding when you make a mistake. Why is it so much easier to say kind, uplifting words to a … Continue reading How Does Self-Kindness Make You a Better Person?
We moved into our house a few years ago and the former residents had completely different taste in landscaping than we do. They liked traditional flowers and foliage, like white daisies, tall grasses, and hostas. We prefer wild, colorful, and tropical looking plants, like huge hibiscus, multi-colored clematis, and vibrant tiger lilies. We replanted everything, … Continue reading Focus on Excellence to Live an Excellent Life
Imagine the greatest instance of heart-bursting love you’ve ever experienced. Recreate that moment in your mind with as much detail as you can. Were you on the giving end, receiving end, or both? Where were you? What were you doing? Who were you with? What led up to that moment. How did it make you … Continue reading Basking in the Beauty of God’s Love
Sometimes, it's impossible to see how any good can come from a situation. I share this with the hope it helps you find God's peace, even in the darkest moments. #GodisGood #OverflowingJesusJournal #OverflowingWoman
How are you feeling today? Calm? Distraught? Joyful? Anxious? Courageous? Fearful? Grounded? Uprooted? Frustrated? Peaceful? Something else altogether? Now, more than ever, it’s so easy to get distracted by the concerns of the world and the feelings our circumstances inspire, that we can forget we have an almighty Father who loves us. However, our feelings … Continue reading You Are Covered With His Feathers
A while ago, wonderful friend of mine who tends to remain spiritually grounded no matter what storms rage around her, mentioned she keeps a prayer journal. The conversation instantly meandered away from the topic, but her words struck a chord me. I started mine shortly after and WOW! It felt like God lifted the weight … Continue reading Need Hope? Crave Peace? Try This!
Anxiety... It’s a constant companion for many of us. The word itself makes us anxious. Combine it with worry and fear, as we often do, and you end up with a crushing burden that no one can bear alone. Fortunately, you don’t have to. Read on to learn a quick way to release your worries and fears. Feel free to share! #overflowingwoman #inthistogether #notalone #Godisgood
Have you ever thought about the types of seeds you’re planting in people’s lives? We’re always planting them. Good or bad, fruitful or diseased, we sprinkle them everywhere we go, around every person we meet. We might even toss out different types of seeds on different days, depending on our mood, mindset, heart, or life … Continue reading What Seeds Are You Planting?
We all pray for miracles, while simultaneously asking God to remove us from any situation that would require a miracle. - Priscilla Shirer, "Give Your Gifts to God." We are living through a historic crisis - one that requires a miracle. I love how well Priscilla’s quote, above, reflects our current state and the opportunity … Continue reading Choose the Miracle
No matter who you are, this is a scary time to be a human - especially if you keep your focus on the world and what’s going on in it. It doesn’t have to be though. God is giving us a great opportunity to reset our priorities and transform our lives. Joshua 1:9 ESVHave I … Continue reading Time to Reset
Hi. My name is Julie, and I’m a perfectionist. [Hi, Julie.] Perfectionism is a condition I may never overcome, but I am in recovery. I slip on occasion, but I’m getting better, one day at a time. My triggers are the same as any other addict: stress, the need to belong, feelings of inadequacy, old … Continue reading Perfectionism: The Enemy of the Joyful Soul
In the spirit of keepin’ it real, I’ve struggled this week. I’m working overtime at my day job and part-time on Overflowing Woman. Winter sports and endless holiday obligations are happening, and we just threw my baby girl’s birthday party. Somehow, I still have to connect with God, husband, friends, and survive the holiday craziness, … Continue reading Maintaining Your Joy in the Holiday Chaos
Happy Thanksgiving! This is one of my favorite holidays because I’ve experienced the life-changing power of gratitude firsthand. Thankfulness is a year-round practice for my family - we even named our nightly family prayer sessions, “Thankful Time.” Every night, we gather together and pray, saying thanks to God for our blessings, recognizing we appreciate about … Continue reading A New Spin on Thankfulness
Do you want to know a trick to that turns blah days into great days – while also adding depth, meaning, and beauty to them? I call it a God Morning. IMHO, best beginning of anything is to start with Jesus. Seize your day and begin it with Him! My life transformed when I changed … Continue reading One Powerful Tip to Transform Your Life
God loves you and wants to perform miracles in your life! Are you ready to receive them? We're taking deep look at your answer to that question today, and how your answer affects your life. The result may surprise you. Read on to find out more!
Jesus has transformed my life in the most beautiful and profound ways, all beyond my wildest imaginings. He's filled me with a hope and peace that I can't even begin to explain. I was missing out on, well... everything, until I found him. My life was only a half-life, but I didn't even know it. … Continue reading The Invitation
Like you, I’ve endured a lot of “circumstances” in my life. We all have a story – every single one of us, but we must never give up our hope. These situations are often the catalyst for massive transformation. #overflowingwoman #youareadiamond
God recently gave me a vision of me where he needs me to go and what he needs me to do in a significant area of my life, but immediately afterward, he hit the pause button and said, “Wait. Don’t move forward until I tell you to.” Anyone who knows me knows when you give … Continue reading Hope in the Wait
We’re all desperately trying to achieve that ever-elusive state known as “life balance.” It seems like it should be so easy to master, yet it feels impossible to attain. We tend to think of the different areas of our lives as cups. You might have the following cups: God, family, work, self-care, health, and leisure, … Continue reading The Truth About Balance and How to Achieve It
Photo by Josh Boot on Unsplash Today’s post won’t be long, but I pray it will be profound. Choose your legacy and choose it well. Psalm 145:4 - One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. Have you ever thought about your legacy – what you’ll leave behind you for generations to … Continue reading You are Leaving a Legacy. But What Kind?
Luke 1:37 ESV – “For nothing will be impossible with God.” God often communicates with us in seemingly random and unexpected ways, like the other day when I was scouring a beach for sea glass. Sometimes, he also asks us to do things that seem random, unexpected, and counter-intuitive. In my first sea glass post, … Continue reading Life Lessons from Sea Glass: Part 2
If life has you feeling battered, bruised, and in need of hope, this post is for you! If you don't feel that way right now, this is still for you because we all need hope and encouragement sometimes.
WARNING: The following post will empower you. Do not read it if you want to stay stuck. Read on if you want your life to transform.
Several people have told me lately that they feel alone. I dedicate this to those courageous women, and to anyone else feeling this way.
God tells us "no" all the time, but it took me a long time to realize the dreaded "no" was actually the most loving response possible. Like me telling my toddler "no" when she thinks running into traffic is a great idea. We don't know God's plans for us, but He does. Today's post is about learning to trust and accept God's plan and His answers. Be blessed!
"No" is a beautiful, life-changing word, but it's also terrifying for women to use because we want to to everyone and tend to over-commit be everything ! Today's Five Verse Friday post is a loving reminder that your time is precious and finite, and it gives you permission to carefully choose how you spend it.
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." - Matthew 11:28-30 I had … Continue reading Hope for the Anxious
Welcome to Five Verse Friday. Each week, FVF will have a specific theme, with five verses or sets of them, to support it. It’s designed to let God do the talking and help you grow in relationship with Him, so I’ll just give a little intro. After that, you can take these verses, pray over … Continue reading Five Verse Friday: Rest
“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’” – Matthew 25:21 ESV Most of are familiar with the Parable of the Talents, but we’re going to explore it from a new angle … Continue reading The World Needs Your Talents
My son is obsessed with banana pancakes. Obsessed. As in my child who has all the restraint in the world suddenly turns into a glutton in the throes of a food eating frenzy, consuming anywhere from six to thirteen of them in one sitting, along with healthy portions of bacon, sausage, and eggs. I have … Continue reading The Things You Hide Will Plague You
“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” – Philippians 2:3 Do you ever find yourself staring wistfully at photos on Facebook or Insta, admiring so-and-so’s gorgeous, clean house; smiling, well-groomed family; bikini-ready body; or the fifth destination vacation they’ve taken this year? (I mean, are … Continue reading Comparison Dams You
The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." - Mark 12:31 It’s officially one of the greatest commandments, but what do the words, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” mean to you (Mark 12:31)? Think about it: How do you love your neighbors? Is it through: Kindness?Generosity?Service?Honoring your … Continue reading The Massive Thing You’re Overlooking
“Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:12-13 Welcome back! Heads up: This is a longer post than usual, but stick with me because it’s full of life-changing … Continue reading 14(ish) Ways to Connect with God
38 As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. 40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, … Continue reading Is Marthaholism Blocking Your Overflow?