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Laurie Coombs Christian Blog and Commentary

Laurie Coombs

Laurie Coombs

While We Wait

The following is an excerpt taken from chapter 12 of Letters from My Father’s Murderer: A Journey of Forgiveness.


While We Wait

I trust God even though He doesn’t usually operate on my timeline or do things the way I’d like Him to. I wish I could say that I began trusting God like this the moment I gave my life to Christ, but I didn’t. Trust came with time as I saw God work in my life. As I witnessed God’s hand begin to work all things for good in my life, I came to believe that God does, in fact, know what He’s doing. So when things aren’t going my way, I now trust that God must have a better plan—a better way.

I think that’s why I decided not to send that letter. I figured God knew something I didn’t, and I was pretty sure that God’s way would turn out far better than my own.

I was hoping God would tell me what to do quickly, but He didn’t. I began praying the moment God told me not to send that letter, but God wasn’t answering. So once again, I had to wait, trusting that God would give me direction in His time. I didn’t really like to wait for God—I wanted God to answer my prayers right away—but I had learned to be okay with it. I had come to understand that there is purpose in our waiting.

Waiting seems like such a waste of time. But really, it’s not. When God makes us wait, He is moving. He is drawing us closer to Himself, showing us that we need Him, molding and shaping our hearts, preparing us in every way for the journey ahead. While we wait, God actively carves out the path He intends for us to take. He goes before us, working in the lives around us, softening hearts to give us favor, fighting unseen battles in the heavens—all so that our path may be unhindered and His will can prevail.

Waiting allows us to demonstrate our trust in God. It is not a waste of time. It is time well spent and an opportunity for us to actively and prayerfully wait on God, who is faithfully working all things according to His good will, for our good and His glory.

So yes, God doesn’t usually operate on my timeline, but I’m pretty sure that’s a good thing.

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Letters from My Father’s Murderer: A Journey of Forgiveness––which tells an incredible true story of grace, mercy, and the redemptive power of God––is available wherever books are sold. Be sure to pick up your copy today!

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Do It Scared!

The following is an excerpt taken from chapter 4 of Letters from My Father’s Murderer: A Journey of Forgiveness.

Do It Scared

Do It Scared

One of my favorite phrases in the Bible is “but God.” I have it posted beside my bed, and every so often my girls ask me why I have those two little words there. I tell them, “All through the Bible bad things happen—people sin or something goes wrong—but over and over two words make it all okay: ‘but God.’”

You see, no matter what happens in life, no matter how bad things seem to be, God is still the constant. He is still working all things for good. The psalmist wrote, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Ps. 73:26, emphasis mine). Joseph echoed this sentiment when he said, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good” (Gen. 50:20, emphasis mine). Yet in my mind, the ultimate “but God” statement in the Bible is, “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8, emphasis mine).

Jesus truly is our Redeemer. Seeing Him as such allows us the freedom to trust and surrender ourselves to Him. We need to know our God. We need to know who He is and what He has done. It is only then that we are able to understand that He is for us, not against us, which frees us to obey, knowing He will work all things for our good and His glory.

Coming to understand God’s heart toward me—that He loves me, that He is for me, and that He is my comforter and my guide— suddenly empowered me to live life differently. Sure, I was a newbie at this whole Christian thing, but I knew I served a faithful, loving God.

I knew I could trust Jesus, for He had proven Himself trustworthy. That didn’t mean God’s call to love and forgive Anthony was easy to embrace. I was scared. I didn’t know where this was going. And I certainly didn’t know how it would end. But I also knew I had allowed fear to motivate me far too long.

Fear is a God-given emotion. Its purpose is to protect us from harm. This kind of fear is good. But so much of the fear we experience is irrational fear—fear that holds us back from living the full life Jesus died for us to have, fear that holds us hostage, never allowing us to see true growth of character. This kind of fear never brings good. And if we choose to live in irrational fear, we will never see the promises of God fulfilled to the extent they’re given. We will never follow Christ into our hard places and come out greater on the other side.

Here’s the truth. Sometimes, we simply need to do it scared. Over and over at this time, well-meaning Christians told me to “follow peace.” I wasn’t to move forward if I didn’t feel peace about taking a step. But the whole “follow peace” thing can be a ploy—shrouded in holy words— used by Satan to bind us and keep us from following God. Jesus calls us out of our comfort zones into places of discomfort. And in these areas, we’re not going to feel peaceful all the time. Yes, there is the peace of God that surpasses all understanding and is available to believers at all times, but often our propensity to rely on ourselves and do things our own way hinders us from experiencing that peace, which means sometimes following Jesus feels a bit crazy. A bit unsettling. Oftentimes we will feel scared to do that which God calls us to do. But make no mistake—fear does not negate the call. Fear is simply a by-product of our desire to control. When following Jesus into our unknown, scary places, God doesn’t usually clue us in on the big plan. And this can feel anything but peaceful at times. But still, we must move.

In my prayer journal at the time, I wrote, “I am seeing more and more that the Christian life is not a life of passivity, but a life of choices empowered by the Holy Spirit. I pray, Lord God, for You to help me to walk in Your Spirit.”

I heard it once said we can choose to live each day motivated by fear or by faith. It’s a choice we must all make. Christian reformer Martin Luther wrote in the preface to his translation of the epistle to the Romans, “Faith is a living, unshakeable confidence in God’s grace; it is so certain, that someone would die a thousand times for it.”* I needed this kind of faith. I needed great faith to move beyond my fear and follow Jesus where He was leading. I needed the kind of faith that allows us to step out of the boat and walk on water toward Jesus when He beckons, knowing that we can do all things through Him. The kind of faith that confidently says to Jesus, “Only say a word, and I shall be healed,” knowing full well that all things are possible with God. The kind of faith to follow Jesus into the unknown—into my scary places— regardless of the cost, knowing He will work all things for good.

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Letters from My Father’s Murderer: A Journey of Forgiveness––which tells an incredible true story of grace, mercy, and the redemptive power of God––is available wherever books are sold. Be sure to pick up your copy today!

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | ChristianBook | Books-A-Million | Powell’s | Parable

Anxiety and Depression

Okay, now I know Letters from My Father's Murderer has just rolled out the door, but I'm already thinking about my next project, and I need your help!

If you've experienced anxiety and/or depression, I'd love to hear your story! I'm currently gathering information for what I hope to be my next project (God willing) and would love to hear your struggles and victories with anxiety and depression. Some things I'd like to know are:

How old were you when you first began dealing with anxiety/depression?

What was your experience with anxiety/depression?

How did you overcome anxiety/depression?

Or if you're still dealing with it, what do you believe is holding you back from receiving healing?

If you have been healed, are you still tempted with anxiety/depression?

How do you sustain victory in this area of your life?

How long did you have to endure with your anxiety/depression?

What did your anxiety/depression feel like to you?

What thoughts did you have (these will be kept completely confidential!!!)?

Did you think you were going to go "crazy"?

What kept you going?

What hope did you hold onto?

How did those closest to you deal with your state?

Would you have wished they dealt with it differently?

What was most helpful that your friends and family did to try to help you?

What was most detrimental to you?

What were your greatest fears?

Quite honestly, these questions can go on and on, but if you decide to share your story with me, please don't let the questions affect how you tell it. In fact, don't think about these questions when you first write. Simply tell me your story. Then, if you don't mind doing it, go back and fill in the answers to these questions.

If you'd like to share your story, please visit my contact page on this site to send me a message! I may not be able to answer every message I receive, but rest assured that I will read it every one and use them to help others overcome this pit of darkness!

THANK YOU in advance for helping me help others!!!!