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
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’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)
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