Feelings

individuality

As humans, we are flesh of the earth. We are created and are unique individuals, unlike anything else…a one and only. Each one of us has something different about us. The human side of us compares and contrasts ourselves to other humans. We do this to find a measuring point; a standard in which to compare, or measure ourselves with. Why are we measuring ourselves to other humans…who are measuring themselves to other humans? This is ridiculous. If we set a standard that is based on a comparison of another human being…who is doing the same thing we are…then our standards are off-balance. Why do we do this? Feelings. Living with feelings is not easy. We do our best to ignore those feelings many times, but they can’t be buried away. We want to feel good about ourselves. We want to feel accomplished. We want to feel respected. We want to feel acknowledged for things we have done, or for what we are attempting to do. We want to feel comparable. We want to feel fulfilled…so that we can fill a void within our soul. We attempt to fill that void with physical, material, worldly things. This does not necessarily mean tangible things. More specifically, we seek to obtain unrealistic standards of body image, wealth, social status, education, popularity…we even measure our acceptance at church.  This is a struggle every single one of us faces. This void cannot be filled by anything of this earth. Let’s be honest and vulnerable. Let’s be real. Let’s set aside our feelings and focus on truth. Let’s work together to fill the void. Let’s dig deeper. Let’s search harder. And let’s reach further for the hand of Jesus. Jesus fills every void, overflows every emotion, embraces every feeling, and takes care of every situation. Jesus can change the way we look at ourselves. Jesus loves us unconditionally, and He can help us learn how to love ourselves unconditionally. May we walk together through the journey of vulnerability, trusting God to help us help this humanity within us. Until we are able to stand in the presence of God, let’s allow Jesus to walk us in the pathway to get there.

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. PSALM 139:13-16

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” JOHN 17:20-23

God is with us.

Layla

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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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