No pain, no gain. Ugh. Doesn’t that phrase make you want to roll your eyes? Seriously. When people make that statement, do they really know what they are talking about? Well, in all honesty, there is some positive truth to those four words. If you are doing an intense workout, there is a point in which you must push yourself out of your comfort zone, in order to increase in stamina or results. There are times after a surgery, that physical therapy is required, in order to stretch or re-train the body back into ‘normal’ function. Sometimes our hearts are broken, after a relationship has fallen apart, but when we reflect back at the broken relationship, we realize how much happier and peace-filled life is without it. We then know what to avoid or look for, in the future. There are unexplained, horrible, agonizing situations we may face…in which pain is magnified beyond words. Death, cancer, rape, suicide, addiction; these are just a few of the agonizing things we all face in this world. Some people are faced with more than others. Why? This has been a question for centuries. Unfortunately, life has pain. Fortunately, God carries us through it…and the experiences are what mold us into stronger, wiser people. Without adversity, pain, or difficulties…we would not know joy, peace and victory. Jesus made it possible for us to make it through the impossible. Because of Jesus, we are able to conquer, overcome, and be vessels in His honor. We are able to fight through the most difficult of times. We are able to see the hope that lies ahead. We are able to take our pain and turn it into testimony. No matter what you are facing today…pray, and press on. God is with you. Jesus is going to carry you through it…and in the end…you will be the light to someone else’s darkness and pain.

“If you can?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.” MARK 9:23

So do not throw away your confidence, it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised. HEBREWS 10:35-36

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed. 1 PETER 4:12-13

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”. 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, 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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