For many years of my life, I thought the more success I could achieve, the more successful I would be as a Christian. I worked hard to succeed academically, athletically, and in ministry. And I was confident that I would achieve my dream career, but I didn't. My desire to succeed did not always come from sin. Sometimes I truly desired God's glory in whatever he blessed me with. But at times, I confused myself to think he owed me success because I vowed to give him credit for it.
Through temporary success, unexpected failures, and a few tragic accidents, God showed me he didn't care as much about my success on this earth as he did my faith. I've learned I'm not the only twenty-something wrestling with questions about success, failure, and faithfulness. May we all go back to God's Word and seek our fulfillment in the most successful and faithful One who never fails.
I am a stay at home mom to Brooke and a wife to Shane. Shane and I met while running cross-country and track and field at Mississippi College. After graduating, I spent 6 months with YWAM in Switzerland and West Africa. I came home to marry Shane and began coaching at my former university. In addition to coaching, I also taught ESL in the Intensive English Program there.
Today, I minister to college athletes and international students while teaching women's Bible studies at my church. I write for Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, and more. During my free time, I enjoy running, reading, and traveling as well as watching classic movies that feature Elvis, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, and Doris Day, to name a few. My husband Shane and I are members of Grace Community Church in Jackson, MS, and desire to become cross-cultural missionaries.