Love & Compassion

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Have you ever felt like you had done something wrong, but you couldn’t figure out what it was? Sometimes we may experience reactions from other people, that make us question ourselves. If you have experienced this change of attitude from someone, you understand the questions it can bring up. You wonder if you said something offensive. You rehash the last few encounters you had with this person, trying to figure out if your behavior or your reactions were offensive. It is normal to attempt to find the cause of someone else’s change in relationship with you. Typically, this shift in attitude from people has a source…but most likely it isn’t what you perceive it to be. Sometimes people simply don’t know how to handle their own internal pain, so they become quiet or recluse. As we recognize changes in behavior from others, remember to analyze things from a different perspective. Most likely it isn’t about you. Many times something difficult is going on in other’s lives…and they simply wear a mask attempting to pretend things are fine. Shifts in behavior can be signs of someone needing a compassionate friend. Instead of personalizing someone else’s behavior change…think about seeing how you can help them instead. Be patient to listen, and willing to simply ask if they are ok. Remember, Jesus has guided us on how to love one another. Pray for others, and ask God to guide you in ways to help them.

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. PROVERBS 3:3

Jesus says: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” JOHN 13:34

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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