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Posted on: February 3rd, 2016 by Laurie Coombs No Comments
THOUGHTS AND MENTAL HEALTH

Never once did it occurred to me that my thoughts may not be true. According to my line of thinking, every thought I had was a reflection of who I was. We are what we think, I thought. Good thoughts are thought by good people, and bad or even evil thoughts are thought by bad. I had considered myself to be in the good category, but then my thought life took a turn, and as my thoughts became increasingly dark, I became deeply disturbed. What is wrong with me? I wondered each time the thoughts came. How could I have thought that? I was afraid. Afraid of what others would think or do if they knew what I was thinking. Afraid of who I was becoming. Afraid I was going insane. Afraid of myself, really. My thoughts had become so dark that I didn’t trust myself any longer. I honestly…

Posted on: January 21st, 2016 by Laurie Coombs 2 Comments
Fearless Faith

“Be strong,” I heard Jesus whisper to my anxious heart. “Continue the work I’ve called you to.” I had come up against some pretty significant resistance, some stuff that had the potential to thwart all I had been working toward for three years, and for whatever reason, it had hit me hard. “I am with you,” Jesus continued. “Do not be afraid. Do not allow your circumstances to derail My plan for your life. Press in and press on….” “But Lord,” I prayed in desperation, “What if the enemy succeeds? What if I’m overcome by the opposition? What if I go down?” “I’ve prepared you for this,” He whispered. “Be bold as a lion. Do not give up!” “But what if I’ve gotten it all wrong?” I wondered. “What if I’m wrong?” I felt like I was on the verge of a faith crisis. Like at any moment, my faith…

Posted on: January 15th, 2016 by Laurie Coombs No Comments
Off to Africa

Hello friends! I know it’s been few weeks since my last post, and for that, I sincerely apologize. I don’t usually allow life to throw me off my game this much, but some exciting things have been happening behind the scenes. As many of you already know, my family and I have been in the process of adopting for five and a half years. It has certainly been quite a journey, but this trek we’ve been on is just about to get crazy awesome. I’m super excited that I finally get to say that we have our court date!! Yep. We’re going to Uganda to begin the process of bringing Baby Girl home! Jesus has most certainly done it. Though the journey is not yet over, He has continually thrown open each and every door since Baby Girl was born last September to bring her home to us. This leg of our journey has gone much…

Posted on: December 17th, 2015 by Laurie Coombs No Comments
Jesus is on the throne

Jesus is on the throne, now and forever. It seems I’ve been reminded of this continually lately. Life’s circumstances have clouded my vision a bit, but with this simple reminder, I have consistently been brought back to the truth. Troubles lose their weight when we see and believe this reality deep within our souls. This truth gives us a heavenly perspective on the circumstances we face and allows us the ability to endure trials with confident assurance that our God is in control. Now, I cannot pretend to know all the reasons why God allows difficulties into our lives, but when confronted with them, I often think about what Paul wrote to the church in Philippi. He said, “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance…

Posted on: December 9th, 2015 by Laurie Coombs No Comments
Loved

Last week, I wrote about how important it is to engage in the pursuit to know God. About how we can use a Biblically accurate understanding of who God is to see the world and ourselves as they truly are. All truth, remember, begins and ends with God. There is, of course, so much to know about our God. Truly, we will never be able to fully grasp all that He is, and I think that’s okay. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want a God who is able to be fully grasped by a mind limited by humanity. I love how J.I. Packer put it. He said, “A God whom we could understand exhaustively, and whose revelation of Himself confronted us with no mysteries whatsoever, would be a God in man’s image, and therefore an imaginary God, not the God of the Bible at all.” But God does reveal Himself to both…

Posted on: December 1st, 2015 by Laurie Coombs 4 Comments
Truth is what we seek

All of life should be viewed through the lens of the Gospel. A lens colored by who God is and who we are in light of Him. It’s a top-down approach, one largely neglected by many of us who choose instead to see life and the world from our own vantage point. In this bottom-up approach, we falsely define God, our circumstances, and the world in light of who we are. We allow our views to subjectively contaminate how we see life and our Creator. It’s easy to do. It’s easy to choose the wrong lens––to see God and our lives through the lens of suffering or the lens of betrayal or the lens of sickness or the lens of loss or the lens of discouragement. And it’s certainly easy to allow our feelings to color what we see, but ultimately, if we choose any lens but the Gospel lens we pick up distortions and grossly…

Posted on: November 17th, 2015 by Laurie Coombs No Comments
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Hello friends! I’d like to invite you to join me on Joni Table Talk today at 2am, 7am, and 8:30pm EST on Daystar! If you aren’t able to make any of those times, be sure to catch it On Demand by clicking here. And, if you’re open to helping me spread the word about the message I’ve been given, I’d be forever grateful if you’d consider sharing this episode on your social media channels or by word of mouth! Thank you! Have a fabulously wonderful day! Blessings, Laurie P.S. If you have any thoughts, I’d love for you to join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter!

Posted on: November 10th, 2015 by Laurie Coombs No Comments
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It was Orphan Sunday last Sunday, a day for Christians to take a stand on behalf of the world’s orphans. To be a voice that cries out for redemption and justice for those most vulnerable. Orphan Sunday holds greater significance in my family than in most. It’s a special day. A day to remember why my family and I are doing what we’re doing, giving us perseverance to stay the course toward adoption despite the many challenges we’ve confronted and the innumerable unknowns and uncertainties we continue to face. Travis and I were asked to participate in the sermon at our church last weekend along with another couple who is pursuing the adoption of a little boy through foster care. Our pastor preached an incredible message illustrating the heart behind adoption by Christian families, which is certainly something that Travis and I are passionate about. Not all churches bring this aspect of the Gospel to light, but ones that embrace, encourage,…

Posted on: October 15th, 2015 by Laurie Coombs No Comments

I’m super excited to share some incredible news on the heels of the article I recently wrote called, Living Victoriously in the Messy Middle. What I’m about to share serves as an example to what was written in that article, particularly the point I made about doubts. So anyway, here’s the news! The Coombs Family adoption has taken a bit of a twist. Just under a month ago, my husband Travis said, “If God wants us to adopt, He’s gonna have to drop something in our lap.” Famous last words, it seems. Not more than a few days later, it happened. A wonderful little bundle of joy was dropped in our lap. A baby girl, only a few weeks old, in Uganda. For those of you just tuning in, we’ve been pursuing an adoption in Ethiopia for the past five years, not Uganda. Hence, the twist of this incredibly wonderful, yet immensely difficult, faith-testing journey….

Posted on: October 8th, 2015 by Laurie Coombs No Comments
Messy Middle

“How’s the adoption?” A friend asked excitedly as I walked into church one Sunday. I desperately wanted to tell her that we were moving forward without a hitch and that we had everything ready and that we would soon be traveling to bring our children home, but I couldn’t. Instead, I reluctantly spoke words that broke my heart. “We’ve hit another roadblock,” I said, before mustering enough faith to add, “but we’ve been here before.” I expected to see sorrow in my friend’s eyes at my response, but she simply said, with complete and total assurance, “Yep, and you know how to get through them,” before she quickly hightailed her way to service. I was a bit stunned to be honest at her quick reaction to my heartfelt confession, but I couldn’t help but smile. She’s right, I thought. I do know how to get through them! God was reminding…