Hiding behind the mask.


Keeping it real. How many times have you heard that comment? Those three words have a deep meaning. Every day we face life…real life…life that can sometimes be almost unbearable. We all live on a roller coaster, riding through each day with our ups and downs. There is not one human being that doesn’t face difficulties in their lives. We all struggle. The problem is, this world has made it difficult to be honest about our struggles. It has become an acting game with the actors being everyone around us. We find ourselves putting on the mask…putting up the walls…and covering the realities we are going through. We plaster on fake smiles…clothe ourselves to appear as if we are “just fine”…and hide the reality of what’s going on within us. This is the most difficult thing to do each day…but we all manage to perform our roles of acting quite well. Occasionally someone comes along who we trust just enough to share a small portion of what is hidden behind our masks. Even then, our guards are up, and we rarely disclose everything. Why has the world gotten to this point? Why are we all walking around pretending that real life isn’t happening? We should all be helping each other press through the difficulties…because we all have wisdom we could share…if we were willing to be honest with each other. The problem with that…is that we have all experienced the world’s harsh judgment. Why do we judge each other, when we are all facing similar things at some point in our lives? God desires for us to seek His help in all we do, and He asks us to love one another and help each other…not judge one another. If we keep it real…the reality is…the person standing next to you is probably dealing with the same issues you are. Let’s stop judging people, and start helping people press through it. God has given us free will to live our lives and make our decisions. Begin praying for God to give you discernment of who you can begin sharing your life reality with. God will begin drawing you towards the right people who can begin encouraging you through the difficulties. As with everything in life, it all begins with prayer to God, and the willingness to allow God to guide your way.

Jesus said: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the same measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?” MATTHEW 7:1-4

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” JOHN 13:34-35

God is with us.


© Layla Freeman – Author of Layla’s Light 2016
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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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