Well I know I have not blogged in a while and I have much to share with you since my last entry, but I will wait to another time to do that. I want to share with you my story about how God laid on my heart to pray for Travis Cottrell to be our new worship leader.
I will begin with how I became familiar with Travis. I was at the Southern Baptist Convention with my BFF, Wanda. Travis walked by and she said “that is Travis Cottrell, he is Beth Moore’s worship leader. and he is amazing”. She said, “he is the real deal”. We walked up to him and talked to him for a brief moment.
A few years later Wanda and I went to the Women’s Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN. Travis was the worship leader. We were so excited. When Travis began leading in worship I was blown away. I told Wanda that he was who Dustin needed to be like. Dustin is my 22-year-old son who at the time was going to Union University on scholarship to major in piano and composition. Dustin was unsure of how God would use him in his major. When I heard Travis I immediately thought of Dustin and how much Dustin’s style matched Travis’s style. I bought Travis’s CD and let Dustin listen to him. He was impressed with Travis, and that was not an easy feat.
I am also a follower of Beth Moore. I have studied most of her Bible studies. I have been to several of her conferences where Travis was the worship leader. Travis has such a powerful way of leading me to the cross to worship my Lord and Savior.
I have all of Travis’s CD’s.
I said all of that to let you know how much I love and believe in Travis’ ability to lead people to the throne of Christ.
Travis came to my church Englewood Baptist Church in concert in November. I couldn’t wait. The night Travis came to Englewood was a very moving and powerful service. I was excited that my husband and son were getting to hear him for the first time. I couldn’t wait to see if they enjoyed the concert as much as I did. Randy said that it was an amazing time of worship. I remember just being in such awe and reverent worship that I stood when no one else did and just worshipped my Lord. That night I looked at Randy and said wouldn’t it be awesome if Travis was our worship leader. He agreed. We enjoyed meeting Travis, Angela and the his children that night. I even called Wanda and let her talk to Travis on the phone. It was an awesome night.
I didn’t mention that I am on staff at Englewood. I am the Administrative Assistant to the Student Ministries. In December we were called into a special staff meeting to where our pastor, Bro. Ben Mandrell, announced that our worship leader, Bradley Gray, was leaving to go to Bethel College as a professor to train young men in leading worship. Brad was a great worship leader. I was sad that he was leaving. Immediately, Travis Cottrell came to my mind. I started praying that God would lead Travis to be our new worship leader. I went home and shared the news with Randy that Brad had resigned and told him that I was going to pray that God would lead Travis to replace him. I began praying just that.
In January Travis and his family came to Englewood for a worship service. I didn’t see him but Randy did. I had no idea that he had come to check out the church because Bro. Ben had been talking to him about coming as our worship pastor.
In February, the staff was called into a staff meeting to announce the new candidate to replace Brad. I just made a bold statement that I was praying that it was Travis Cottrell. I thought they would laugh at me and say yeah right. I had no idea that in fact that is the very one that God had called to be our worship pastor. I was so excited to see how God had been at work in this amazing journey. You can hear Bro. Ben and Travis share their side of the story on their blog or our church website. It truly is amazing how God was at work and is at work in Englewood Baptist Church.
This is what God taught me through this journey. He taught me to pray bigger than what is possible. He taught me to pray the impossible. This increased my faith and prayer life in a remarkable way. I will no longer settle for the possible, but reach for the impossible.
“You didn’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I assure you, even if you had faith as small as a mustard seed you could say to this mountain, `Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” Matt. 17:20