Bro. Larry Combs talks with Tracey about her book "Meet me at the Bean Flap"
Bro. Larry Combs talks with Tracey about her book “Meet me at the Bean Flap”

Living life, on the whole, is amazing in my opinion. Everyday is a miracle, but lately, I have been blessed beyond my imagination. Where do I begin, I ask myself?

Louie and I were planning for our vacation a few weeks before so we would have something to do besides stay at home. Louie’s idea was to visit the Women of Hope Center in Jackson, Tennessee, which is 3 hours away.

Everything about the trip was exciting and refreshing, what I mean is before we left, the muffler on the car we were taking was rattling, so we had it fixed. As we were writing the check to pay for it, the owner said not to worry about it, there was no charge. Louie and I just looked at each other and smiled because we knew that was Jesus.

It took us longer to get there than we thought; so we missed the prayer meeting the women were having, but made it just in time for choir practice which included dance. They are amazing and inspirational. They sang “I won’t go back” by William McDowell and “Hope now”, by Addison Road and another one called “Break the Chains” by Tasha Cobbs. Something supernatural happens when these ladies perform these songs.

God used this experience to change me; He filled me up with the Spirit of boldness. I didn’t know it until we got back and were in corporate worship. He manifested Himself in a mighty way. I couldn’t sit in my seat during the service as the preacher was preaching. My heart was beating, and I began to declare who Jesus is through the power of the His Holy Spirit by shouting and pacing the hall.

The next day I went to work, there was a difference in the way I received the negatives, by not receiving them. It was a break through, a miracle; I’d like to call it. This comes at a time that my book has been making its debut and people are coming out of the wood work to tell me they are Christians too. One lady asked me what the book was about, and I had the opportunity to share Jesus with her. By the end of our conversation, I left there with 4 hugs from her. Jesus lifted her out of a darkness that I knew nothing about.

There was a man who was so blessed by what he heard about the book that he gave 20 dollars for the ministry. I told him I would use that money to bless someone with a book. He was thrilled that he could be a part of that.

Louie and I were invited to come to the radio station on Sunday morning and share about the book signing coming up. I took the opportunity to tell the folks who were listening that this book was a love story of how the love of Jesus sets us free whether you are in jail or not. While we were at the radio station the operating disc jockey asked for an interview to air later in the week. I gave him a book and he said he would read it, let his wife read it and then donate it to the Todd County library.

This is how I know this is Jesus, because I have no power to make this stuff happen. It’s Jesus being Himself inside me. The Bible says “he who is joined to the Lord is one Spirit.” We are joined to Him in what He is doing; I get to go along for the ride with Him. Really, it feels like this whole thing is happening to someone else, who is using my name.

More and more people will get to experience Jesus through what He is doing in me. I wouldn’t have it any other way. There was a time I was worried about what the enemy would do if I published this book. I was fearful of what bad would befall me and I would regret ever writing it. Then one day while in the shower, the Lord spoke clearly to me and said, “I want to bless you through this book.” Tears began to flow as I submitted to His blessing and grace. His love never fails, never gives up and never runs out on me.

It all comes down to His love. God is love, love covers a multitude of sin, and His love sets us free. We are all free on the inside when you let Jesus live His life in you.




  1. such a great line: “The next day I went to work, there was a difference in the way I received the negatives, by not receiving them.” B

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