My greatest joy is being a wife and best friend to my husband, Larry, and a Mom to my three children. My twin sons, Coby and Cory, are part of Dude Perfect – a trick shot basketball team on YouTube. My daughter is currently in college.
Larry and I serve at the Austin Stone Community Church. We direct the Austin Stone Institute. Our passion is to lead the next generation to know and love God, to love His Gospel and to live on mission.
Luke 12:48 says “And from everyone who has been given much shall much be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.” God has given us much. A precious marriage, incredible children who love God and 30 years of experience in ministry. I know that God expects much of us – I don’t feel a burden about this – just a responsibility to be faithful with the incredible gifts God has given us.
At this season of my life, I believe God wants me to pour out what He has shown me. I want to encourage other women to trust Him with their lives and their marriages, their families and their ministries. Because He is faithful. I am not. I will mess up. I will fail. I fail all the time – but the Gospel gives me the assurance that He has forgiven me and I stand holy and blameless before Him. (Ephesians 1:1-14) I pray that something I share in The Cotton House will point other women to Him – to the truth of His Gospel and what He did through His Son, Jesus Christ.
I will be sharing things He is teaching me through His Word, what I am learning through my family and ministry. I pray it is an encouragement to you to walk faithfully with Him through your whole life.
One life to give. Make it count. I want to know at the end of my life that I ran the race that God had for me – that I “finished the course”. Life is short. It goes by so quickly. I want to know that I completed the task He had for me to do.
“I glorified Thee on the earth, having accomplished the work which Thou has given Me to do.” These are Jesus’ words in John 17. He accomplished the work that God had for Him to do while on earth. He did it perfectly. I want to be doing the work that He has given me to do – and I want to glorify Him. Will I do it perfectly? NO! But I have a passion to run the race and finish the course to the best of my ability. And leave the results to God.
Life on Mission
Whatever your role is in life, you are called to live on Mission. My role includes being married to a man in ministry. I will be sharing what that looks like at home, work and in life!
Our calling is unique – and precious. I believe it is a high calling. It is not without struggles and trials – but it is worth it! I pray what I write will encourage you to persevere and to live out the calling God has on your life.
I believe God created each of us to be unique, fascinating, complex individuals with passions, dreams and desires to do something specific in this world to make a difference for Him. As we walk in this calling – we will live purposeful, fulfilled, gratifying, meaningful lives. Ephesians 2:10 says “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”