Willing to love.

love-unconditionally

Today, I sit back and reflect. So much has happened in my life…just in the past few years. Every day has been a series of events unfolding in front of me. I am amazed at what God has shown me…and the trials Jesus has walked me through. Most people don’t have a clue what we have been through. Most people don’t want to know, because they are wrapped up in their own difficulties. For some reason a veil has been lifted off my eyes the last few days. I have some processing to do…as I learn how Jesus desires me to continue on this path. My heart is open to His teachings. I am willing to be molded and pushed forward, but I know I will need to spiritually prepare to do this. Since the publishing of my book, and the opening of Light of Hope…there has been a shift. I realize that much of the passion to help suffering people, is my own, and not necessarily a passion of others. It’s a raw reality, and one I am coming to terms with. I have experienced a distance from people. At first I thought it was something I had done. God has revealed it is something the world is doing as a whole. No one wants to face the truths of what is going on around them…unless it directly effects their lives. Once a disaster hits…then they realize the need. But until that time…it’s easier to focus only on what is needed in their own life. I understand that. Jesus understood that. This is why Jesus asked us to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” MATTHEW 22:37-38  Jesus then follows up with another powerful command. This command is where my heart’s passion comes from. “And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” MATTHEW 22:39-40  As children of God, we are required to love all people. This includes people we don’t particularly care for. This means we push our fleshly, human emotions away. This means we love others like Christ loves us. We give people a chance to know the love of God that pours through us. We cannot sit back and be silent. Love of God is shown by our willingness to engage that love toward others. I know life can become overwhelming and exhausting. But there is a purpose we are all designed to pursue. Consider the opportunities in your day…that might allow you a chance to love others more effectively. Extending yourself beyond your personal bubble, gives you an opportunity to experience even more than you ever imagined. God is waiting to use you somehow. Allow your heart to be willing to hear God’s direction.

We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. ROMANS 15:1

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. COLOSSIANS 3:12-14

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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