Laurie Coombs is a passionate writer and speaker on the issues of forgiveness, redemption, and the hope found in Jesus. She is the author of Letters from My Father’s Murderer: A Journey of Forgiveness, an incredible true story of grace, mercy, and the redemptive power of God. Her story was featured in Billy Graham’s film, Heaven, as well as on many other national and regional radio and television programs. She is a contributor to Zondervan’s NIV Bible for Women and writes at LaurieCoombs.org. Laurie and her husband, Travis, make their home in Nevada along with their three daughters.
Nothing teaches you how best to walk with Jesus than a season of much. I've had many balls in the air for many years now. Things I knew God promised me. Things I have been praying about for some time. And with so many promises awaiting me, I inherently knew that if I had forced any one of these promises into being that I'd find myself in a heap of a mess and wouldn't be able to handle it.
And so I prayed, asking God to do it His way. And He has.
God's timing is absolutely perfect––absolutely perfect. I know this. But when I prayed for all my promises to come, I did not know that His perfect timing for each of these promises would be NOW.
Writing. Speaking. Adoption. Three things God clearly called me to.
Over four and a half years ago, God called us to adopt.
The call to write came around that time as well. But God's call to write my book occurred just over three years ago.
Speaking was something God laid on my heart just months after being saved, before I ever knew what I'd speak about. But the direct call, the vision, came two and a half years ago.
I've lived in the already but not yet for some time. Already called––ordained––but not yet sent. Knowing what I would be doing someday, but not knowing when. And it appears now is the time, for not just one of these promises to come to fruition, but all three.
Our adoption is happening.
My book is being released.
And God has launched my speaking ministry.
With that, I am ridiculously thankful, but I've had to get on my knees, asking for wisdom. Willingly excited to follow, but cautiously discerning how.
Blessings have been poured out on my life in heaps, it seems, but with that, I feel the Spirit of God nudging me toward caution. I've heard it said success can be a catalyst for failure, and I believe this to be true. It is absolutely possible for us to experience some level of success only to be crushed and stretched too thin by its demands. And so I pray for God to prepare me, to prepare YOU, for what lies ahead. To give us the ability to discern when to say yes and when to say no. You and I may be presented with wonderful opportunities, but we must take every opportunity before God to ask whether or not we should do it. Not every good thing is the thing we're called to do.
Over the next few weeks, I'll be writing more about what God has been teaching me. I'll write about keeping first things first, keeping our focus on what truly matters. I'll write about doing what's essential instead of doing it all. I'll write about our need for rest and margin, despite our ever-increasing to-do list. I'll write about yoking ourselves to Jesus, partnering with Him in our callings. I'll write about walking with Jesus, doing things His way.
God tells us to ask for wisdom. When we ask, He delivers––every time. He certainly has done so with me lately, and I know these are truths we will all benefit from. So stay tuned! If we can get this stuff, if we can do thing the way Jesus does them, we will not only impact this world for good, but we will hold onto our peace while doing it.
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