Have you ever thought about how important it is to go through trials and difficulties? This may seem like a strange question to you, but if we lived a life without some difficulty…how would we experience blessings and joy? We would never grow and develop into who we are today…if we hadn’t gone through what we went through to get there. Yes, sometimes difficulties break us down and leave us feeling as if we are in a bottomless pit of hopelessness. But the truth is…we are NEVER at a point of hopelessness, because God gave us the ability to have hope through His Son Jesus Christ. Because of Jesus, we are able to receive help, forgiveness, healing and HOPE. Experiencing times of trial and difficulties are not something we enjoy enduring. We question God and wonder why things are happening to us. We feel abandoned at times…and have difficulty understanding the purpose of our difficulty. These are normal cycles of emotion that we all go through. We are promised that God will never leave us or forsake us. We must hold onto that promise and whisper prayers to God…seeking Him in the middle of the fire. God does not expect you to be able to pray heartfelt prayers while you are in the midst of the difficulty, this is where the Holy Spirit takes over. God only asks us to seek Him. Don’t turn your back on the One who is there for you unconditionally. God will carry you through anything and everything you will ever face. Jesus is ready to help you, guide you, love you unconditionally…because He has walked through the same difficulties we face on this earth today. Our perseverance, endurance and trust that God is with us…will be the deciding factor on how your attitude will be as you walk through the difficulty. Decide to believe that God is with you. Decide to understand that you will make it through the tough stuff. Once we begin to press through the trials…we begin to see the glory of God’s promises revealed. There is always a blessing and a joy waiting for you on the other side. There is growth, wisdom and strength that you obtain in the journeys of life’s trials. Use these journeys to be the example to someone else. Show this world that there is hope…and God’s promises are real. 

The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. DEUTERONOMY 31:8

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us. ROMANS 5:3-5

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).

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