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Sunday Devotion: Keeping up with the Joneses

When I lay down in bed at night I like to focus in on The Word. I am a busy Mom of three and need to do this more often during the day, but night time seems to be the easiest and most convenient time for me to read my devotions. For me it gives me a peaceful feeling when drifting off to sleep. I find myself praying myself to sleep quite often after focusing in on what God word and all He has in store for my life.

I recently ran across this amazing devotion from The Praying Women. We all get so caught up with keeping up with the Joneses we  by comparing ourselves with others that we forget and lose sight on what God has in store for our lives. I found this to be a great reminder and thought I would share with all of you today!

Galatians 6:4, “Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else

We live in a society that tells us that we are not good enough.  We look on the television, read magazines, and see people who appear to look thinner, smarter, and more successful than us. 

Since sin has entered the world, it has been focused and driven by comparing oneself with the next best thing or keeping up with the joneses.  

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Photo Credit: Daily Bible Devotion

I want to encourage you today to not compare what you have with someone else’s.  God has given all of us different gifts according to His grace.  They all work together to build the same kingdom.  All of the gifts work as one from the same Spirit. 

Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith. (Romans 12:6)

My gift may be cooking, yours may be dancing, singing, serving, etc., but they all work together for His glory. Focus on what God has given you and learn how to appreciate it. 

The things and people that you may be comparing yourself to may appear good on the outside, but you don’t know what is on the inside of their heart and that is truly what matters to God.

Everything that glitters isn’t gold.  Also you don’t know a person’s struggle.  Yes they may have nice things, but you don’t know what they have had to sacrifice to get them. 

Yes they may have popularity and power, but that doesn’t make them any better than you in God’s eyes.

When I think of comparing, I think of driving.  Some people are competing to get in the fastest lane only to result being stopped by an unexpected event: another car, an accident, delay, etc. 

Instead of rushing to get in the fast lane they should have stayed in the slow lane and would have reached their destination quicker than they assumed. 

So today, stay in your own lane.  Don’t look at others and be so quick to want what they have.  Spend time enjoying your God given abilities and use them to make this world a better place.

Happy Sunday Mommas!

To read more from The Praying Women click here.

Adventures of the A-Team: a new crib for our new crib

by Mindi Artherton

Three years we said. We will live in this house for three years, then we will find something that better fits our growing family.

burlington-real-estate-sold-signThree years quickly turned into four, which turned into seven years in what seemed like overnight. Two kiddos, nine birthday parties and countless memories later, we have sold our first home. It’s a little bittersweet. As excited as I am to make new memories in our next home (that we will be in for a looooong time!), our first home, and this precious neighborhood, will always be special to me. I’m trying not to get too sentimental because this is what we wanted, but it is crazy to leave behind these walls that have so many memories for us.

It’s also really hard not to get too sentimental when your exhausted, nauseous all the time and already not fitting into your clothes. Just one day after we sold our house, we found out Artherton baby number 3 is on the way. Talk about a big surprise for Robbie and I! Be careful what you pray for! God may just answer—all at the same time!

We told our family over Easter about our little nugget on the way! Easter is one of my favorite holidays, but this Easter memory may just take the cake! Seeing my family already show this baby so much love is such a blessing to Robbie and I and this sweet baby! I know he or she is already so loved by our family and friends and we are forever thankful!

BrileyBriley is over the moon! She could barely contain her excitement and is constantly loving on tummy! It is pretty sweet! Rhett,on the hand, well, he is a three year old boy that is still my baby! I think he will learn to love him or her, but for now, he is happy playing in the dirt with his new dinosaurs.

I’m constantly asking myself if I am really up for the challenge of having three kids! You moms out there with 3+ kids really are amazing! I am hopeful I can do it with as much grace and poise as you ladies! =)

As far as our new crib (house), we are working on that. Hopefully we will be settled in by the fall, just before baby #3 arrives in early November.

I have felt a little overwhelmed to say the least! I keep reminding myself God’s timing is perfect, but this is a lot of change coming our way!

Moms + Meals: Zucchini Lasagna

zuc lasagnaEvery so often I try to cut back on our pasta intake. I’m a huge pasta lover especially when it comes to homemade lasagna. Lasagna is a classic comfort food that doesn’t need to be changed much!

Try your favorite lasagna recipe but exchange the noodles out with thinly sliced zucchini.

Here’s is my favorite:

  • 3 zucchini (sliced thin)
  • marinara sauce
  • cottage cheese
  • sharp cheddar cheese
  • mozzarella cheese
  • hamburger meat, browned, drained and seasoned to taste

It’s simple! Layer it however you like.

Becca Couch, 1Becca and her husband Kenan live in Aurora with three adorable kids. She spends her days learning more than she ever imagined while homeschooling her kids. She loves to cook and try new recipes out! Kenan is the lucky guy that gets to test them out for her. They attend James River-West Campus Church and love spending time with friends and family.

When not homeschooling her kids, Becca has a catering business and would love help you out at your next event. For more information, check out her facebook page by clicking here.

Local pics: Easter peeps

Look at all the cuties from SWMO! We hope you all had a blessed Easter! The weather was just picture perfect this weekend!  We might be a little biased, but these kids are the cutest!! Thank you all for sharing your Easter pics with us!! We always love to see all the cute kids from around the area!

Enjoy our Easter round-up of photos!

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