Struggle

 

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Today I am sharing an excerpt from my book, HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE.  I pray that this will nourish your spirit and encourage you through your day. My book and my daily writings are simply God using me to share the hope we have in His promises. If you know someone who needs encouragement, I pray you will consider one of my books as a gift to them. The book is designed so that it can be picked up at any time, on any page, and read one page easily. I know from personal experience, that sometimes, during emotional difficulty, it is impossible to read something lengthy. I did not write this book to earn an income or gain attention. I wrote this book to help others. If you know of a desperate need…please email me, and I will do my best to help. If you would like to make a book donation so that we can place the book in the hands of those who cannot purchase…I would love to work with you. (i.e. Rehabilitation facilities, jails, churches, funeral homes)  Book details are listed at the bottom of this page. Thank you all, for your daily support, encouragement and love. God is with us. –  Layla

Day 3____________________

Discouragement. Sadness. Depression. All are emotions we experience at some point in our lives. Many times we feel these emotions internally but outwardly we pretend we are just fine. These kinds of emotions can be exhausting but they are real. They are necessary at times in our lives. If we did not experience these difficult emotions, we wouldn’t understand the opposite emotions of joy, happiness and peace. It is important to recognize and acknowledge your feelings of sadness, discouragement and depression. Something significant has happened to cause these feelings. In order to overcome these hard times, we must face the significant circumstances that led to these emotions. It is healthy to admit your weaknesses. It is healthy to express your heart-felt struggle. It is critical to release the pain of what you are trying to bury. Don’t hold the emotions in; instead, allow them to process through you so they can be faced and dealt with. If we bottle up the real struggle, we continue to allow the pain to fester. This is when the devil finds you weak and will begin to attack you in subtle ways. It is vital to seek God at these difficult times. While you may feel isolated from God and the world, God is right there waiting to guide you and help you. Ask Him to help you battle your sadness. Ask Him to show you who to go to…where to go…and what to do. God will never fail you if you give Him the opportunity. There is a way out of this dark time of hidden emotions. All it takes is your small whisper in prayer to God. God’s comfort will slowly begin to carry you through, lift you up and deliver you out of the darkness.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God”—2 CORINTHIANS 1:3.

“In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one”— EPHESIANS 6:16.

God is with us –

Layla Freeman

Layla’s Devotional Book available for purchase at the following: 
Hope in the Struggle – $9.95 
Amazon Author Page/Layla Freeman - Hope In the Struggle
Cozy Cottage Store – 518 W Will Rogers Blvd, Claremore, OK 74017
Another Chapter Bookstore – 9455 N Owasso Expressway, Owasso, OK 74055
Stonebrook Day Spa – 1875 N Old Hwy 66 A, Catoosa, OK 74015
(I also have copies for sale on hand) 
© Layla Freeman – Author of Layla’s Light 2017 / Hope In the Struggle 2016
All Rights Reserved
P.O. Box 669 Claremore, OK 74018
http://www.laylafreeman.com
laylaslight@cox.net
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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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