God is with us.

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“Will things ever get better? All I want is some calm and peace in my life.” Does this sound familiar? Life can be so difficult. There is no easy road, or detour through some of the challenges we must face. We often wonder what we did to deserve the things happening to us. Are we being punished for past mistakes? How did things get to this point? What did I do wrong? These are common questions that run through our head. However, these questions…these doubts…are the enemy’s way of altering our thinking. The enemy does everything he can, to keep us from seeking and trusting God. There is nothing we can ever do, that will alter the amount of unconditional love God has for us. God never leaves us. God does not punish us. God does not cause things to happen to us on purpose. Rather, things happen to us in the freedom that comes with the gift of life. The questions of life have been around forever. We cannot give a clear answer of the ‘why’; but we can give a clear answer to ‘how’. How do you press through the difficulties? How do you persevere…even when you don’t see the end of the road? How do you find the strength to keep pressing on? Jesus. God became flesh on this earth, for this very reason. God gave us the most precious gift of His Son, so that we could have the opportunity at eternal life, forgiveness, and hope. Jesus carried our sin…the world’s sin…to the cross. He died for us, and was resurrected…so that we could have the hope we have today. Jesus is that link between us in this world…and our Creator, our Heavenly Father. Anything that happens to us is never the last word. God is the deepest and last word. That word is love and eternal life with God. God loves us and is grieving with us in our pain. God is seeking us out, waiting for us to call on Him. Whisper in prayer to your Father, and ask Him to take over and help you. Reach for the hand of Jesus. Allow Jesus to walk you through the fires of life. You can face anything in this life, when you allow God to be your source of hope.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. (content) He makes me lie down in green pastures. (peace) He leads me beside still waters, (Holy Spirit) He restores my soul. (grace) He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, (love and guidance) they comfort me. PSALM 23:1-4

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. JAMES 1:12-14

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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