Me And My BM's

Me And My BM's

It finally happened. I was finally with both of my BM’s at the same time.

Beth Moore. Ben Mandrell. My two bosses! My two leaders. My two friends. I love both of these people so much. It was important to me for them to love each other, too. (Too bad I don’t look happy in this picture.)

High five on that one.

I have had the great joy of serving in a lot of cool places and for many different great events. I’ve had a wide array of deep-meaning ministry experiences. But what I’ve come to realize is that when I step away and look back at the things in my past, it’s what the Lord does between people that matters the most. Not the cool locations, or delicious food, great recordings or busy schedules. But people to people. Person to person. Heart to heart. God often reveals Himself to us in the ins and outs of how we love one another. I dig it.

And I love serving with two people whose hearts I can trust with my life.

I can also trust that Beth will always look cooler than us. Always. Even when she’s getting like 3 feet of air. GOSH.


  1. Sheryl on July 3, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Love it!


  2. Ben Mandrell on July 3, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    One of the happiest weekends of my life. Lynley and I will never forget our time in St. Louis. 🙂 Travis Cottrell can sing his face off.

  3. pinkdaisyjane on July 3, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Is Siesta Mama Beth barefoot in the jumping picture???

  4. Chesney on July 3, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    So fun! I love watching people love and serve God together, so neat! 🙂 Hope your family is adjusting to your new town super well!


  5. Natalie Witcher on July 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    "sing his face off" that made me laugh. Great pics! Glad u had a great time. (I did come over here because I was sucked in hook, line, and sinker with the whole BM's twitter comment. That kinda makes me a gross person ) 8-/

  6. Wags on July 3, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Yes, Travis can sing his face off, and I already miss him and Angela at TSC!

    God has used your lady BM(you know that just sounds wrong) so incredibly to pour His Word into my life… hope I get to hug her neck someday and thank her for her willingness to let God use her.

    Hope y'all are adjusting well in your new home!

  7. Leah @ Point Ministries on July 4, 2010 at 3:39 am

    Ok, Travis, I'm just gonna say that the whole BM title made you sound like a little old nursing home man. It certainly had shock value.

    Great post and great, great pics.


  8. Three Fold Cord on July 4, 2010 at 6:30 am

    So Fun!! I think your BM's are great and yes you look so stinkin happy.

    GUESS WHAT!?!?!
    We are here in Banner Elk, NC where we have vacationed since I was 5. We are headed to Tweetsie today and this will be my kids first time. I loved it growing up and now I get to take my own.

    Hope you have a great 4th!


  9. CAROL LIVIN FOR GOD on July 4, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Loved it Travis it brought tears to my eyes in a good way. It was important to you that they love each other to , that just pulled at my heart strings. You are a good man Travis a boy can you sing.
    May you have a Blessed 4th of July
    and be safe

  10. Tarah on July 4, 2010 at 8:10 am

    your BM's?? Travis, that's just wrong. 🙂

  11. Amanda on July 4, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Love these! And I love when worlds collide.

  12. rachel on July 4, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Words can't describe how sweet it is to see all of you together! It really does warm my heart. I'm so glad God blessed you with each other :o)!!!!

  13. Casey on July 4, 2010 at 5:22 pm


    I thought for sure this was a post about bowel movements and it didn't deter me one bit! How sick is that?

    I am so glad that you have two significant BM's in your life. Some people struggle to have even one 😉

    Happy 4th of July!

    A fellow BM lover,

    Fort Pierce, FL

  14. Toknowhim on July 5, 2010 at 6:28 am

    These pictures are wonderful…you all look so happy…true joy welling up from the inside 🙂

    Totally impressed about how high you all jumped…


  15. Daniel Semsen on July 5, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Nice BMs.

  16. Anonymous on July 5, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Ummm…. I wasn't aware you had such a problem with BM's — of course, being in the medical field, that is a very special abbreviation for very special people!!!

    Ok–of course as others have said you did get our attention, but still 🙁

    I love reading your posts and have been so encouraged to see God's work.

  17. Fran on July 5, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Oh, this is just awesome!! The two BM's have met!! 🙂

  18. Jensen Sprinkler on July 5, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Fun, fun, fun!

    Glad that your BM's bring such joy to your life, Travis!

    Delighted to see y'all so happy!

    @ Pastor Ben – isn't it awesome how Travis "sings his face off" so amazingly for GOD?? The man gives me goosebumps!

    Thanks for the fun update and great pictures!

    Nancy J

  19. Sherri M - NH on July 5, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    that's it…I need to take a road trip and worship with Travis and Ben. Now, how do I get there from here…LOL!!

  20. Lindsee on July 6, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Such a FUN post! And I completely agree with the people thing. You said it so well! Travis, it's obvious you are in a serious season of JOY right now. Love it!

  21. Constance on July 7, 2010 at 6:57 am

    I was in St Louis June 25th and 26th (my hometown) and was incredibly blessed. We are going through a very rough season at this time (my FIL died suddenly and the next day we learned my Mom has cancer) and when you called us to prayer on Saturday morning, the Holy Spirit just washed anew all over me. My sister-in-law and I were holding one another, I was doing the UGLY CRY and our newfound but nameless sisters in Christ seated next to us held us and prayed over us!

    Thank you for serving us so well!
    Connie Hopkins
    Denton, Texas

  22. Ashley on July 7, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Love the pics! So cool to see our Pastor, Our worship leader, and Beth Moore all in the same picture!

  23. Pastor Ben on July 7, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    I love Beth Moore. And I respect Beth Moore. And I think Beth Moore is awesome. But I could dunk on Beth Moore. She knows it. Just look at the picture a second time. And…for that matter…I could dunk on Cottrell. He's a musician.

  24. Anonymous on July 7, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Uh, is that a THREAT, BM1? This is BM2 here and I contend that you and Travis refused to post the picture where I got two feet of air over the top of your two (thinning) heads!

    I love you, too. I respect you, too. I think you're awesome, too. And I want another shot at that picture. Dad gummit.

    Dunked by Doogie Howser. Good grief. How does a self-respecting person live that down?

  25. ThirtysomethingMom on July 8, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Love it!!

  26. Melissa Milbourn on July 9, 2010 at 7:32 pm


    I love what you said about "it's what the Lord does between people that matters most". I am a worship leader, and I love and feel called to do that, but I am mostly amazed by what God does one on one between hearts. And can totally relate to this statement "God often reveals Himself to us in the ins and outs of how we love one another. I dig it." I dig that too. Thanks for putting into words what my heart has felt so often. Keep fanning the flame.

  27. Cindy on July 9, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Had to admit I was a little leary of the title!

  28. Kim Safina on July 11, 2010 at 1:10 pm


    Now that is what LIFE IS ALL ABOUT!!! Trust & Love!

    California will miss you and the Team! I hung out with Dr. Laura Schlessinger since I couldn't get to Irvine this weekend.
    Safe travels home !!
    Talked to Laura about Beth and the group.

  29. on July 12, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Oh Travis, I am a nurse and I just can't imagine that Beth would want to be called 'BM'….but then again, she may laugh her head off…Love your music…My husband walked into our home office one day and found me praisin God and crying my fool head off listening to "Jesus Saves"…Hallelujah He sure does!

  30. KMac on July 13, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    favorite. post. EVER.

  31. Jean M on July 25, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Love this…and you're right. Life is about relationships and the people you get to have in your life.

    I think Beth has one up on both of you guys…just sayin'….

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