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We’re a dime a dozen — last-minute Christmas gift wrappers. I admit that I’m guilty sometimes. But I come by it honestly, my momma is a last minute Christmas gift wrapper, too. I think it’s genetic. Growing up, she would do all her shopping a few days before Christmas, and then she would make me help her wrap all the gifts on Christmas Eve. I secretly loved it. To this day, I still love wrapping gifts. The only thing that has changed since then is that I now try to plan ahead so all my gifts are personalized and coordinated. Unfortunately, I feel especially behind this year. Maybe it’s because I haven’t felt too Christmasy in Tennessee’s not-so-Christmassy, 70-degree weather. Because of this unseasonal mood killer, I found myself sitting in the living room, two days before Christmas, brainstorming ways to create pretty wrapping to make my gifts look extra special. So after a little self pep talk, a quick trip to the store and a few hours of cutting and taping, I am feeling super giddy about how cute my gifts turned out, and I thought I’d share with you!
“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'” Matthew 25:34-40
This is the season of gift giving, and everyone comes to family gatherings prepared to give and receive. It is fun seeing your nephew’s face light up when he opens the new video game you gave him. And who wouldn’t love getting that cute pair of boots you have been eyeing but never would buy for yourself?
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
In 2011, a beautiful little blonde with a contagiously sweet smile watched Trevor Bayne become the youngest person ever to win the NASCAR’s Daytona 500. Now all of America knew his name, and life was about to change big time for Trevor… and Ashton.
Fast forward four years — Ashton has been married to Trevor for over two years and is expecting their first child! She was kind enough to take a few minutes from her crazy schedule to chat about life in the spotlight, preparing for motherhood and staying on track with Jesus through it all.
Hi Ashton, thanks for spending time with us here at The Pineapple Porch!
Hi! Thanks for having me.
How did you meet your husband, Trevor? (We all love a good love story.)
Trevor & I met our sophomore year of high school. We had Algebra 2 class together, and he had a major crush. (Yes, even he will agree.) I made him chase me pretty hard for a while. We didn’t start dating until my freshman year of college…poor guy!
Do you get to travel with him?
I pretty much go everywhere he goes unless something comes up back home (weddings, showers, things like that). Everyone keeps saying how different it will be when our baby girl arrives and me not traveling. Trevor is always quick to let them know we’ll still be on the road with him!
What has been the toughest thing about having a husband in the spotlight?
The toughest thing is that our life is so far from “normal”. I can count on my two hands the number of times we have been in one place for longer than a week since we got married nearly two and a half years ago. There are lots of perks that come with this lifestyle, but it is hard being on the go all the time.
What kind of worldly pressures do you face as a wife? How do you deal with them?
I think for me the biggest worldly pressure I face is just being content with who I am. It is so easy in our society for ladies to look at other girls around them and play the comparison game. It is so unhealthy and unwise, but sadly, I think most of us can agree we tend to do it. So, it’s so important to just be me, to remember that my husband loves me how I am, and there’s no need to pretend or mold myself to look like others around me. Psalm 139:14 says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” What a beautiful reminder that the Lord loves me as I am and created me to be me.
How do you find community and time to stay in the Word in the midst of a crazy schedule?
We are gone pretty much every weekend, and because Trevor’s races are on Sundays, we don’t get to attend church like we so wish we could. We do have chapel services at the track on Sunday mornings which we love. However, when we first got married and I moved to be with Trevor, I really struggled with finding community. So I began to pray and beg the Lord to send me friends. And He, as always, was so faithful and heard my cries. I now have such a beautiful group of ladies that I get to do life with. We meet on Monday mornings for Bible study, and all of them are wives of racers or someone in racing so we get to travel together on the weekends, too. It makes such a huge difference to have friends at the track. Those ladies are such a blessing in my life.
Congratulations on your pregnancy! How did you tell your husband?
Thank you!! We are so excited. She’s going to be here before we know it. I called Trevor super early one morning while he was away at a NASCAR test and woke him up at the crack of dawn. I said, “Babe…we are having a baby.” Poor guy was so out of it, half asleep still. I just couldn’t wait to tell him. Looking back I wish I could’ve held it in long enough to tell him in person but two seconds after I read “positive” I was already dialing his number. I’m so impatient!
What are you learning through your pregnancy? Do you have any excitements or fears?
I am learning to rest! I never realized how much I am on the go and on my feet until this little nugget starting growing inside. Shoo! I have lots of excitements. We can’t wait to have her here with us, to dress her up in all her cute clothes & bows. And fears, oh there’s plenty of those, too. I’m just too busy trying to get her nursery ready to even think about them right now!
What is the Lord teaching you in this season?
My prayer life has changed a lot. I feel like our world is getting crazier and crazier by the day and to think about raising a child in this society is completely overwhelming. So I pray a lot for Ellie Kate. Ellie means “light” and Kate means “pure”, so I pray this prayer over her daily — that she would be a light in a place and remain pure in a world that is not.
Is there a certain Scripture in the Bible that has resonated with you throughout your life?
Romans 12:1-2, “Therefore I urge you brothers and sisters, in the view of God’s mercies to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to Him- For this is true worship. Do not conform to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what the Lord’s will is- His good, pleasing, and perfect will.” I am constantly reminding myself of this verse. To not conform. To be set apart. To love Jesus, not just with my words but with my actions and attitude.
Finally, if you had one thing to share with other sisters in Christ, what would it be?
The Lord loves you. He thinks you are beautiful and enough. There’s no need to try to be like the rest of them because you have a purpose just as you are. You are treasured, fought for, loved, and sought after.
Just for kicks: Does Trevor ever get road rage on the interstate?! (I mean, he did win the Daytona 500 after all!)
Funny that you ask… 90% of the time on our way to the airport after the races, we are fighting because I think he is driving too fast. His excuse: “I’ve been driving a race car for three hours. This is nothing.”
That is so funny! Thank you so much for hanging out with us and sharing your heart! Now we have a fun segment. Here we go!