A time of rest.

spiritual rest

Every year I commit to allowing myself time to separate from the worldly distractions. This is a time of rejuvenation and spiritual fulfillment. I spend quality time with the Lord, resting in His presence and seeking Him in a much deeper way. Do you ever feel as if you are needing rejuvenation or a closer spiritual connection? We have to purposely make this possible. We cannot continue the exhausted cycle of life, without first maintaining our own spirit. Instead of trying to fill that empty feeling with worldly things, we have to make an effort to fill our hearts with Jesus. Jesus is our sustainer. He is our guide, our nourishment and our helper. If we don’t allow ourselves time to be filled with a deeper level of the love of Jesus, then we aren’t truly been fulfilled. We need Jesus more than we need anything or anyone in this world. I encourage you to take time. Take time to fill your soul with the ultimate fulfillment possible. If you commit to stepping out of your routine to seek spiritual nourishment, God will take care of your responsibilities and duties by providing people or resources to cover you. It is amazing how that happens! This next week, I chose to step away from the electronic devices and social connections. I will rest from my writing, so I can focus on my relationship with Jesus and my family. I pray you will continue to allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you through prayer and dedication to our Heavenly Father. I will be praying for all of you. I’m so grateful for each one of you. You truly mean a great deal to me. You are beautiful children of our amazing God. May you all know how valuable, worthy, and highly favored you are. God loves you more than words can express. Jesus is with you and He is waiting for you to seek Him in a closer relationship. May you all have a blessed week!

Be still and know that I am God; I will be exhalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. PSALM 46:10

After He (Jesus) had dismissed them, He went up on a mountainside by Himself to pray. MATTHEW 14:23

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed. MARK 1:35

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. LUKE 5:16

God is with us.


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Layla Freeman

Layla Freeman is a wife, mother, friend, and encourager to all. She is a passionate disciple of Jesus Christ. Layla is the C.E.O. and Founder of the Non-Profit outreach ministry called “Light of Hope”. www.lightofhopeinc.org. This is an outreach to help individuals and families who are struggling with addiction and life difficulties. On Christmas Eve 2013, Layla lost her oldest daughter Ashley. Ashley was only 23 years old. There is no greater pain than child loss. Layla attributes her ability to face each day, to the overwhelming love of Jesus, who carries her through. This very difficult journey has given Layla the desire to help those who are facing difficult times and to help people see the hope. Her love for helping others is the passion behind Light of Hope. Light of Hope non-profit ministry has a vast variety of services that encourage, educate, empower and bring change and hope to the lives of those who need restoration and new life. Layla was awarded the Non-Profit “Leading Lady” award of Rogers County in 2018. She was also voted #1 community volunteer “Best of Claremore” in both 2019 & 2020. On June 9, 2020, Layla Freeman was Inducted into the Prestigious Marquis Who’s Who Biographical National Registry, as well as recognized as an “Amazing Oklahoman” in October 2020. Additionally, her non-profit Light of Hope was awarded the "Non-Profit of the Year" in both 2019 & 2020 and is also the winner of the International 2020 Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Community Drug Prevention Award. Layla is also an author. Her first book publication, HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE, offers hope in the midst of dark times. Layla is also the author of the encouragement blog “Layla’s Light,” found on Facebook or on her website, www.laylafreeman.com. She has been actively writing since 2001. Layla’s personal experience in the extreme difficulties of life gives her a deep understanding of brokenness. Therefore, Layla’s writing and passion behind her desire to help others is empowered by the truth of God’s unconditional love and forgiveness, and the hope we find in God’s promises. Layla is also a Business Owner/Vice President of Asset Industrial, Inc. She and her husband, Randall, work together providing services necessary for the oil refinery industry. She is also a respected Executive Committee Board Member, serving on the State Northeast Oklahoma Workforce Development Board. Layla is a public speaker and enjoys the opportunity to speak and present to groups, schools, churches, organizations, conferences, etc. She has a passion to bring awareness, education, and hope to our society. She believes that working together, and collaboration with others is the key to healthy families and stronger communities. In addition, Layla is a Stephen Minister, Congregational Care Minister, Lay Servant/Speaker, and a volunteer for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. (Layla has two daughters who face Type 1 Diabetes daily).

One thought on “A time of rest.

  1. I’ve been trying to focus more on the Lord now more than ever. There is so much evil going on right now, that it makes me physically weak. Prayer is the only way to draw closer to God, and to receive His help in these terrible times. I’m in prayer for all God’s children as well as the lost. For our nation and Israel also.It can be overwhelming sometimes. We need God’s hand in all things. Amen. We must continue to ask,seek,knock.

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