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Posted on: June 21st, 2013 by Laurie Coombs 2 Comments

Happy Friday everyone! Normally, you would see a new post from me today, but this week has been my girls’ last week of school, and let me tell you, it’s been a busy one. Our week has been packed full of fun, end-of-the-year events. We’ve had a Kindergarten graduation, a super fun pirate party field trip, end of the year slideshows, and so much more which means that I had to take off my writer’s hat as my mommy hat remained securely in place all week long. Here’s a peek into what we’ve been up to: This afternoon, we’ll be kicking summer off with our first camping trip of the year! But I’ll be back next Tuesday and from there on out. Have a great weekend! Laurie  

Posted on: June 7th, 2013 by Laurie Coombs
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Today, I am honored to be writing for Renee Fisher on her blog, Devotional Diva. Renee ministers to twenty-somethings and has written four books, one of which is to be released in August called Forgiving Others, Forgiving Me. I’d love it if you’d join me on Renee’s blog today to read more about my journey in a post entitled Forgiving a Murderer.  And if you’re visiting from Devotional Diva, welcome! I hope you’ll take a moment, read, and stay a while….

Posted on: April 22nd, 2013 by Laurie Coombs 1 Comment
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Lately, I’ve been thinking about how I can serve my readers better. On my blog (and throughout life), I strive to be transparent because I know that transparency is the only way to help others. Truly, if we are to be an encouragement to one another, we need to be real. We need to draw alongside one another knowing that none of us have it all together, recognizing that God has given each of us beautiful nuggets of truths that we can collectively benefit from, all of which spurs us on toward Christ-likeness. Following Jesus can be difficult at times (and anyone who tells you otherwise is either greatly deceived or hasn’t been walking with Jesus long). The truth is, we need each other. I am called to share my heart with you. I know this much. Yet, I’m still trying to figure out what that looks like and how…

Posted on: April 15th, 2013 by Laurie Coombs 1 Comment
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Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children. – Deuteronomy 4:9 Anthony claimed he was a Christian at the time of the murder, and I had a real problem with this. As a non-Christian and even after coming to Christ, I didn’t understand how someone who professed faith in Jesus could do something like this. Doesn’t a sin of this magnitude disqualify you from being a Christian? You can’t claim to be a Christian and commit murder, I thought. Recently, however, when telling me about a book he was reading by Kyle Idleman called Not a Fan, Anthony said, “I wonder, had I not come to prison would I have stayed a fan of Jesus or become a follower?…

Posted on: January 17th, 2013 by Laurie Coombs 3 Comments
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As I began writing this, a song came to mind. I have two little girls, and for a long time, they loved Veggie Tales, and they loved the song “God is Bigger Than the Boogie Man.” It’s a catchy tune. But in all seriousness, this truth was pivotal in my walk with God, and even now, I have to remind myself that God is bigger than whatever is going on in my life, and that I can trust Him with all that I have and all that I am. He’s bigger than my fears. He’s bigger than whatever situation I find myself in. He’s bigger than my past and my past hurts, as well as my past successes or failures. He’s bigger than my future and what trials or achievements may come. He’s bigger than my enemies. He’s bigger than Satan and evil. God is bigger than my sin and my…

Posted on: December 24th, 2012 by Laurie Coombs 1 Comment
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I’ll be taking a little time off to be with my family during the holidays, but I wanted to wish each of you a merry Christmas! Praying your holidays are full of God’s grace and love!!! See you in the New Year! Blessings, Laurie  

Posted on: November 27th, 2012 by Laurie Coombs

A few weeks ago, the Holy Spirit challenged me with this: Have I been seeking God for what He can do for me or do I simply want Him? Ouch. Well, I think you can imagine what my answer was at the time. But it wasn’t always this way. When I was first saved (and for quite a while after) I was on fire for Jesus. I was seeking Him to know Him better. I was learning much about the character of God. I would pick up my Bible and simply devour every word, much like a novel you just can’t seem to put down. I couldn’t get enough of Him. I was thirsty. Thirsty for His Word. Thirsty for Him. He took me through some rough seasons. Taught me things beyond me. Things that blew my mind. He poured His grace upon my life. Allowed me to forgive the unforgivable…

Posted on: November 20th, 2012 by Laurie Coombs 1 Comment

And do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty. – 1 Samuel 12:21 Have you ever gotten so caught up in doing that you forget to simply be in the presence of God? Over the last 10 months, I have been going… and going… and going. I have been doing. All good things. All with good intentions (or at least as good each of our intentions can be, in this fallen flesh). But still, I have been doing. Writing. Sharing the Word. Caring for those around me. But then I hear God’s gentle whisper. What about Me? Where do I fit in all of this? Don’t forget. You are My child before anything else.  And so, I take a step back. Take a deep breath. And let out a heavy sigh. I am a Child of God. How could I have forgotten? I have been…

Posted on: November 15th, 2012 by Laurie Coombs 2 Comments

I was a daddy’s girl at heart. When I was a little girl, I thought my family was perfect and my dad hung the moon, himself. There are so many memories. I remember when I was little, my brother, sister, and I would each vie for our turn to be lifted into the air by Dad. “My turn! My turn!” we’d yell. Dad would lay on his back, arms bent and hands flat on the ground. “Hop on!” He’d say with a smile. When it was my turn, there was always a feeling of nervous excitement as I stepped on his hands. “Strong belly,” he’d say, “balance!” as he slowly hoisted me up in the air. He’d take me as high as he could, before I’d lose my balance and fall the short distance to the ground. I remember learning to snow ski in the Sierra Nevadas. My skies in…

Posted on: October 30th, 2012 by Laurie Coombs 4 Comments

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. – Psalm 3:5-6 I trust Jesus. Most of the time. But if I’m going to be honest, there are times when I’m doing everything else but trusting Jesus. Every once in a while I lay awake at night for hours, wondering why I can’t go back to sleep, when a thought hits me. Maybe Jesus woke me. Maybe He has something to say. When this happens, there are the times I simply pray and willingly say, “Speak, my Lord, I’m listening.” Yet, other times, I’m stuck with fear. What if Jesus is going to ask me to do something I don’t want to do? I anxiously ponder. I know I will do whatever He asks of me, yet at times, I fear what that might be. I know…