Instant Pot, Instant Ribs

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to…

Back to School We Go

 “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6 Last week my kiddos all headed back for a new school year. Jake and I now have a 7th grader, a 5th grader, and a 2nd grader. This mom was not mentally prepared…

Soaking It In

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11 Anyone else feeling like summer has flown by? I feel like the kiddos just got out of school. Yet, here we are doing all…

Red, White, Blue, and Delicious

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8 The 4th of July is the true signal of summer for me. Growing up the 4th always meant camping in the mountains with my extended family….

How did this happen?

In the same way the Spirit also comes to help us, weak as we are. For we do not know how we ought to pray; the Spirit himself pleads with God for us in groans that words cannot express.  Romans 8:26 Do you ever get to a point in something and realize somehow you don’t…

The Dreaded Summer Lunch

For everything there is a season, and time for every matter under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 It’s arrived, the dreaded time of the year when all of your kids are home and all they want to do is EAT. Anyone else ever wonder how they survived the whole school year only getting lunch and maybe a…

It’s Been a While

Do you ever have those days that turn into weeks and everything is just a giant blur?!?! Well, that’s been us over at the Deaton household the last couple of weeks. So much going on, and so little time to fit it all in. I left one job, started a new job, and started culinary…

Mother’s Day

28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;    her husband also, and he praises her:29 “Many women have done excellently,    but you surpass them all.” Proverbs 31:28-29 This weekmy sweet friend Karen, and her husband Brad, welcomed a sweet baby girl into the world. She is such a beautiful baby, and to think most of us thought she was for…

What do I do with this chicken?

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its…

Alabama BBQ Sandwiches

8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8 I have said it before, but I really look forward to serving our small group dinner on Sunday nights. There is just something about…