Archive for December, 2013

Posted on: December 24th, 2013 by Laurie Coombs 4 Comments
Merry Christmas

I want to take a moment to wish you all a very merry Christmas! Though I don’t know most of you, you have all collectively become such a part of my life. As I write each week, I think about you and pray for God to give me whatever message He intends for that day in hope that my words can make a difference in your life. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to read. I know we all have many things pulling us in many different directions, and you should know that I don’t take the privilege of being able to speak a few words each week into your lives lightly. I’m Taking a Break to Love on My Girls I love writing each week, but I spent most of last week getting things in order so I can take some time off to be…

Posted on: December 19th, 2013 by Laurie Coombs 5 Comments
A son is given

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:4-5). A son, born to die––heaven sent––lay swaddled in a feeding trough. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given” (Isaiah 9:6). Immanuel––God with us. Christ the child, through whom salvation had finally come. I will provide a way, whispered God to His beloved. I will not leave you, nor will I forsake you. For, you are Mine.  A promise, whispered throughout the ages, was fulfilled in that moment through the birth of this child––this beautiful child, full of grace––the Light of the world. And on that first Christmas morn, light shone like never before into the darkness, terrifying and commanding the powers of darkness to flee. But elsewhere, God spoke a soothing word to His…

Posted on: December 17th, 2013 by Laurie Coombs 8 Comments
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I thought I had surrendered to God, but it turns out, I haven’t. At least not completely. I seem to be living out the early stages of God’s call on my life. Every day I wake up, I pray for God to use me and for God to show me the way with willing intent to following His lead, which is why I honestly thought I was living a life surrendered to God. But recently, God has made it clear that my level of surrender is not absolute. Up to this point, I have surrendered only in part. Though I stand willing to do that which God calls me to do, I still want control over my time and how it’s allocated. I must confess; I am not very interruptible. I’ve noticed this before, but it’s become increasingly clear over the past week as certain situations have challenged me to…

Posted on: December 12th, 2013 by Laurie Coombs 7 Comments
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Then Jesus told His disciples, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.  – Matthew 16:24-25 I pray for growth––revival. My heart feels stale, and I know I am not where I ought to be. My desire is for the Lord, this has not changed, but a barrier––invisible to the eye but felt in the spirit––stands erect. I want passion and fire to consume every part of my being, as it once had––but it doesn’t. Months go by, and my prayer remain the same. Awaken. Oh, my soul, awaken. I still see glory, as only found in Jesus, but glory has not taken residence within my heart for some time and coldness seems to endure. Joy in the Lord and even passion are present in moments––fleeting moments––but…

Posted on: December 10th, 2013 by Laurie Coombs 4 Comments
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God’s people were hard pressed. Slaves to a foreign king, the Israelites cried out to God to intercede on their behalf. Their cries were heard, and scripture tells us “God saw the people of Israel––and God knew” (Exodus 2:25, emphasis mine). He knew their distress––knew their pain––and would soon come bringing deliverance along with Him. We all know what happened next in the story––Moses, the burning bush, the plagues on Egypt––all resulting in Pharaoh’s reluctant release of God’s chosen. The Israelites were free. Set free by the heavy hand of God upon an unbelieving ruler. The story is familiar. So familiar, in fact, that we often miss treasures––hidden just below the surface––that are intended to bring greater depth and richness to that which has become commonplace. I just love how God’s Word is inexhaustible––there are always more treasures to be found. A few months ago, I sat reading Exodus 14…

Posted on: December 10th, 2013 by Laurie Coombs

Today’s the day! We only had one person enter to win Katie Davis’ book, Kisses From Katie. So, the winner (by default) is Paula!! Congratulations! You’re going to love this book!! And I’m so happy it’s message will be passed on to all those young girls you mentor! Paula, if you would kindly send me an email {laurie@lauriecoombs.org} with the address you’d like the book shipped to, I’d greatly appreciate it. Be sure to watch for next month’s giveaway!

Posted on: December 5th, 2013 by Laurie Coombs 6 Comments
All things beautiful

This is my first attempt at writing a poem. It may be absolutely terrible, but I’m putting it out there anyway. Let me know what you think (and be honest––I can take it)!  Darkness strikes. We recoil in fear, pain. Loss and grief threaten to pull us under as clouds, thick and impenetrable, envelope our being. Time, they say. Time is what you need. Time will heal. Time heals all wounds. But time passes, and though pain becomes dull, it remains. In the depths it remains, hidden––poison to the soul. Anger turns bitter. Bitterness rages within, undetected by the eye but known. Deep within. We cry out, desperately seeking solace––something to ease our hurt, but find nothing. Nothing eases the broken. The bed left empty. The voice forever silenced. Laughter nevermore to be heard. And we wonder, can hearts broken mend? Years pass. Still, time has not done its duty….

Posted on: December 3rd, 2013 by Laurie Coombs 2 Comments
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I just love books, and I’ve decided to share my favorites with you all. Once a month, I will review and giveaway one of my favorite books. I figure it’s a good way to pass along some great titles and give you some insight into what has been influencing me and my thoughts. I hope you enjoy these posts and find these resources to be as inspirational and influential as I did!  I wanted to actually do what Jesus said to do. So I quit my life. – Katie Davis Following Jesus’ call to radical obedience, Katie Davis found herself in Uganda––first for a short-term mission trip while still in high school; then for a longer, one-year commitment after graduation to teach kindergartners. But after that year ended––after returning to the States, to her “normal” teenage life––Katie realized returning to “normal” wasn’t possible for her any longer. She had seen too much….