Posted on: July 22nd, 2014 by Laurie Coombs

I have a story to tell.

It’s a crazy, messy story of a baby Christian (me!) having witnessed enough of God’s grace to follow Jesus into the depths of her darkness, knowing good would ultimately prevail. It’s the story of two enemies willing to trust God enough to walk down a path neither one wanted to enter.

It’s a story of hope.

It’s story about learning true forgiveness.

It’s about learning to love your enemies.

It’s about trading bitterness in for joy.

It’s about freedom.

It’s about the grace, mercy, healing, forgiveness, and redemption that can only be given by Jesus. But ultimately, it’s a story that displays the glory of our God––a story that has the power to transform lives.

I truly have witnessed God do the impossible. I have seen Him redeem a situation that seemed without hope or purpose. He has brought good out of evil, love out of hate, and peace out of despair. God has truly worked all things for good in my life. And I believe, with all my heart that He will do that for every one of us, if we let Him.

I would be honored to have the opportunity to share this story, and many others, with your organization.

Speaking Topics

If you’re familiar with my story and would like to have me speak on a topic that isn’t listed below, I’d be happy to craft a  message for your event. To read more about my story, please visit my about page. And be sure to visit my media page to watch my featured videos.

the power of forgiveness

The Power of Forgiveness

Forgiveness has the power to transform lives. We are told to forgive one another as Christ forgave us, but forgiveness is not a mere suggestion––it’s one of God’s commands. And rightfully so. Forgiveness is not a burden but a blessing. God knows the power forgiveness has in our lives, and He knows we can- not thrive while bitterness continues to reside in our hearts.

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All Things for Good

I never thought it was possible to see any good come out of my past, let alone to see good emerge out of my dad’s murder. Now, that’s not to say I had abandoned all my hopes and dreams, but I had mistakenly thought any good in my future would result in spite of my past not as a result of it. But I had obviously grossly underestimated the redeeming power of God.


When We Say Yes

What happens when we chose to follow Jesus? I mean really follow Him. What happens when we chose to seek God in and through all things in our lives, committed to God’s will above our own? A life well lived begins the moment we commit our- selves to God––to saying, “Yes, Lord, I will follow you. Yes, Lord, I will obey your commands.” For it is when we lay down our fear, our pride, and our resistance that we are able to experience life as God intended––the life Jesus died for us to have. It is then that we will experience the power of God like we never imaged possible.

While We WaitWhile We Wait

Waiting seems like such a waste of time, but it’s not. It is time well spent and an opportunity for us to actively and prayerfully wait on God, who faith- fully carves out our path as He purposes to work all things according to His good will, for our good and His glory.


Walking by Faith

Faith has power. Taking a moment to scan through the accounts presented in Hebrews 11 attests to that. Not to mention other faith-stories presented throughout scripture like Joshua telling the sun to stand still or David leveling Goliath or Elijah calling forth rain or Peter walking on water or the woman touching the hem of Jesus garment. These were people just like you, just like me. And I want this kind of faith. So how can both you and I live a life of faith?

Grace Upon Grace

Scripture tells us that from the fullness of Jesus, we have all received grace upon grace. Undeserved favor. We have received far more than we could have ever hoped or asked for, so how can we begin to live in light of the grace of God? It begins with giving the very thing both you and I have received. Grace.

Journey to Freedom

Jesus came that we might have an abundant life, but in order to have that life, we must renew our minds and choose to see and do things differently. To abandon the ways of the world and do things His way. And as we begin to follow the ways of our Savior, we move closer and closer to ultimate and true freedom.





What Others Are Saying

“Laurie was the guest speaker at our March 2017 Women’s Retreat and then spoke at our Sunday Services. She is authentic, engaging, energetic, fun, and has a unique talent for making others comfortable in dealing with tough topics. Her story offers hope, challenging the listener to examine their heart and consider whether they have truly forgiven offenses. She encourages others and helps them believe they can be transformed. She is joyful and her love of the Lord is infectious. Laurie enjoyed interacting with people and was available for conversation after each session and service. I would recommend her without reservation and hope our paths cross again very soon.”

– Mary K. Fischer, Executive Director of Finance, The Church On The Way Santa Clarita – California

“What a blessing to have Laurie Coombs share her amazing story of faith, obedience, and forgiveness with our group. Her warmth, sincerity, and vulnerability drew her listeners in and simply captivated them. Laurie’s challenging message caused us to laugh, cry, and rejoice with her and how God is using her. Gracious and humble, Laurie was a pleasure to work with from beginning to end.”

– Kelly Jenkins, Director of Women’s Bible Study, Grace Church – Reno, Nevada

“Laurie’s story is a living example of grace, mercy, and authenticity.

Her journey of brokenness in a pit of despair to living a life of wholeness has Laurie reaching out to bring others out of darkness today. The first proof can be seen in her forgiveness of the murder of her dear dad. The next step is hearing her tell her story and discoveries while walking by Jesus Christ’s side. Laurie is a gifted speaker with a powerful message.”

– Carolyn Knefely, Co-director of Christian Communicators and Founder of TeaCup Living – North Carolina

“Laurie’s spirit-filled testimony brings the Gospel to life, leading listeners to pursue the difficult yet life-transforming journey of forgiveness. Her story of human impossibility unfolds and leaves each soul in the room reminded of God’s faithfulness and strength and wanting no one but Christ alone, wherever He leads.”

– Laura Coehoorn, Billy Graham Outreach Coordinator – Brandon, Wisconsin

“Laurie was the speaker for our Women’s Retreat this year [2015]. Her sweet gentle spirit shines through when she speaks and her love for Jesus is contagious. Her honesty and transparency about her story touched a chord with the ladies attending.  She is a living witness to the power of forgiveness. Our ladies were truly blessed by Laurie and love her dearly as our sister in Christ.”

– Lynn Mutch, Valley Baptist Women’s Retreat Leader – Santa Cruz, California

“After hearing Laurie’s message of forgiveness and God’s power to change lives, I came away ready to look at myself and do the hard work. Because her message came in the form of her own compelling story, my natural defenses didn’t go up. My ears stayed open to what God wanted to teach me. Everything about Laurie radiated authenticity and an inner joy  — proofs that she had really done the hard work of forgiveness. I was equally impressed with her willingness to follow God at all costs.”

– Mary Enbom, Retreat Attendee – Santa Cruz, California


The Next Step

I would love to talk about how I might be able to partner with you to bring hope and healing to the people you minister to. Please fill out the form below to start a dialogue. Once the form is submitted, you will be contacted by Jessica Kirkland, my speaking agent, or myself within one week. In the meantime, be sure to download my Speaking One Sheet.

Thank you!

Again, thank you for your consideration!

* Please note that I would be traveling from Nevada.


Upcoming Events

No shows booked at the moment.

Past Events

Date City Venue Country
02/09/18 - 02/11/18 Turner, Oregon Living Faith Community Church Women’s Retreat United States
Time: 5:00pm.
06/02/17 - 06/04/17 Lake Tahoe, Nevada Sparks Nazarene Church Women’s Retreat United States
Time: 6:00pm.
03/04/17 Santa Clarita, CA The Church on the Way – Sunday Worship Services United States
Time: 9:00am.
03/03/17 - 03/04/17 Santa Clarita, CA The Church on the Way Women’s Retreat United States
Time: 5:00pm.
02/10/17 - 02/12/17 Lake Tahoe, Nevada LifeChurch Women’s Encounter United States
Time: 5:00pm.
12/06/16 Reno, Nevada LIFE in the Word United States
Time: 10:00am.
11/29/16 Reno, Nevada LIFE in the Word United States
Time: 10:00am.
11/22/16 Reno, Nevada LIFE in the Word United States
Time: 10:00am.
11/22/16 Reno, Nevada LIFE in the Word United States
Time: 10:00am.
10/12/16 Reno, Nevada LifeChurch MOPS United States
Time: 10:00am.
09/17/16 Minden, Nevada Impact Women’s Conference United States
Time: 9:00am. Admission: $25.
02/10/16 - 02/12/16 Lake Tahoe, Nevada LifeChurch Women’s Encounter United States
Time: 5:00pm.
01/17/16 Carson City, Nevada Connected Naz United States
Time: 10:00am.
01/10/16 Reno, Nevada Discovery Church United States
Time: 10:00am.
10/06/15 TV Broadcast Internationally Joni’s Table Talk United States
Time: 2:00pm.
09/12/15 Fernley, Nevada Connections United States
Time: 9:00am.
08/25/15 TV Broadcast Internationally The Harvest Show United States
Time: 9:00am.
07/26/15 Reno, Nevada Grace Church Reno United States
Time: 6:00pm.
07/26/15 Reno, Nevada Grace Church Reno United States
Time: 11:00am.
07/26/15 Reno, Nevada Grace Church Reno United States
Time: 9:00am.
07/20/15 Online Faith Place Radio – The Debbie Chavez Show United States
Time: 9:05am.
07/09/15 Radio and Online In the Market with Janet Parshall United States
Time: 2:00pm.
07/08/15 Online Aging Outside the Box United States
Time: 4:00pm.
07/01/15 Long Island, New York WLIR – Morning Drive, Long Island, NY United States
Time: 8:30am.
06/29/15 San Diego to Santa Barbara 99.5 FM and Online The Frank Sontag Show United States
Time: 4:00pm.
06/25/15 Reno, Nevada Channel 2 News United States
Time: 5:00pm.
06/24/15 FM Radio and Internet Streaming WMUZ 103.5 FM – Bob Dutko Show United States
Time: 11:30am.
06/22/15 http://www.moodyradio.org/chris-fabry-live/ Moody Radio – Chris Fabry Live! United States
Time: 1:00pm.
06/16/15 91.3 FM (Reno) and Online Pilgrim Radio United States
Time: 12:30pm.
06/15/15 91.3 FM (Reno) and Online Pilgrim Radio United States
Time: 12:30pm.
05/15/15 - 05/17/15 Santa Cruz, California Valley Baptist Retreat United States
Time: 8:00pm.
05/07/15 Brandon, Wisconsin Bethel Reformed Church United States
Time: 6:00pm.
04/10/15 Reno, Nevada Pathfinders United States
Time: 6:00pm.
03/25/15 Reno, Nevada Grace Women’s Bible Study United States
Time: 9:30am.
03/23/15 Reno, Nevada Grace Women’s Bible Study United States
Time: 6:30pm.
02/07/15 Reno, Nevada Reno Women’s Advance United States
Time: 9:30am. Admission: free!. Address: Destiny Christian Center of Reno.
02/04/15 Reno, Nevada Immaculate Conception United States
Time: 9:30am.
12/13/14 Reno, Nevada Hope Has a Name – LifeChurch Reno United States
Time: 9:00am.

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