Why do things keep happening to me? Why does it seem like the harder I try to do good…the more difficult things get? Why can’t I get an answer to my situation? Why, why, why? Do you recognize those questions? Every single one of us have had these internal battles. In fact…this cycle of life is never ending. As humans, we will experience ups and downs on a regular basis. Some things we face will be giant mountains…such as death…cancer…job loss…divorce…abuse…etc. Some things will be annoying bumps in our path…that tend to be just enough to disrupt our life. Regardless of what we must face…we don’t like dealing with obstacles and difficulties. As we face this journey of life…we can begin to question the existence of God in all the hardships. We wonder why we don’t seem to hear from God…or why He isn’t intervening in all these situations. We pray and pray countless prayers…but feel alone because we don’t see any evidence that God is with us. Guess what? God is always, forever, and eternally with us. God does not leave us in the midst of our troubles. God does not bring the troubles to us. God is not punishing you. God is right there with you…waiting for you to give Him all your heart. We tend to have doubt hidden deep in our heart…when we are faced with extreme hardships. This deep doubt tends to lead us in praying somewhat empty prayers. Doubt is holding us back from allowing God to release all His power and forces in your situation. The world we live in is a spiritual battleground. The forces of evil are very powerful…and they can take over and attack our lives daily. We must first acknowledge that we will never know the future…and that when we are faced with these extreme hardships…we must allow God to fight that spiritual battle for us. God knows what is best for us. God is and will always be our ultimate power. God will carry you through whatever you must face. This world as we see it…is not our ultimate home. God has given us eternity to look forward to…and we have the ability to trust God in knowing that we have that hope. Do your best to eliminate that fear of the unknown…which creates that doubt. Give your life and your situation…to God…wholeheartedly. Trust in God in all of your life…and you will be able to press through everything that this world throws at you.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path. PROVERBS 3:5-6

And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 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 5:2-5

God is with us.


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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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