Posted on: October 18th, 2016 by Laurie Coombs 1 Comment

Jesus turned this world on its head. Things people thought they knew crumbled in light of His teaching. The first are the last. The greatest is the least. The rich are the poor. Life is found in death. Strength is found in weakness. Second Corinthians 12:9-10 says, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” You see, our weaknesses do not negate our strength. It’s not about ridding ourselves of all our weaknesses, but allowing our weaknesses to become our strength. Allowing God to become our strength. I still have weaknesses. LOTS and LOTS of weaknesses….

Posted on: September 22nd, 2016 by Laurie Coombs 2 Comments

I looked up the word resilience a few weeks ago. I was preparing for a speaking engagement I had coming up on the topic, and this is what I found: resilience noun | re·sil·ience | \ri-ˈzil-yən(t)s\ : the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens : the ability of something to return to its original shape after it has been pulled, stretched, pressed, bent, etc. Resilience is often prized. I’d venture to say that every one of us would like to be resilient. But what if we could be more than resilient? I must admit I was a bit disappointed with this definition. I had honestly thought resilience was something greater than this. The moment I read this definition, I found myself challenging the notion that we’re to become strong again or healthy again or successful again when something bad happens. I began challenging the…

Posted on: August 22nd, 2016 by Laurie Coombs 2 Comments
Bringing Joy Home!

I finally finished my baby girl’s adoption video! Be sure to watch this incredible story of God’s faithfulness. What a crazy long, wonderfully messy, immensely beautiful and difficult journey it was!! We are super blessed to finally have our baby girl HOME! I pray our story blesses you… Having trouble viewing the video? Watch it on YouTube instead!

Posted on: April 21st, 2016 by Laurie Coombs No Comments

Hello friends! I received word last week that there’s a new short film produced by Moving Works that is being released today that tells the story of a family who adopted from Ethiopia. There are so many adoption stories out there, but what sets this story apart from all the others I’ve seen is how the film makers chose to weave biblical truths throughout the film about the doctrine of adoption. It’s incredible and well worth the nine minute investment required to watch! So take a moment today or whenever you can steal away some time to see this short film. I pray this resource blesses you and your perspective. What an incredibly good Father we have that He loved us enough to have adopted us into His family! L If you have trouble viewing the video above, click here to watch the film on YouTube. Any thoughts? Share in…

Posted on: April 19th, 2016 by Laurie Coombs 6 Comments

We are HOME!!! It’s hardly believable but after all these years of waiting and waiting and waiting, we finally have our little girl home from Uganda! It has been a long hard road that my family and I have had to travel to come into this promise, but with every twist and turn, every obstacle to overcome, we have seen God’s sovereignty lead us, teach us, and grow us in ways that would have never been had the road been quick and easy. There are moments that I just can’t help but wonder how it is that I get to be this little one’s momma. This little girl whose eyes dance and sparkle with each joyful smile and giggle. This sweet girl who quite literally exuded the joy of the Lord. She is ours, forever ours to love and raise up in the Lord as our own. I have once again witnessed the goodness of our…

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

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…