Reflection

cross-reflection

We are all different. You and I are not alike. We have been created by our Heavenly Father, with specific and unique qualities of our own. We have our own set of fingerprints, specific in identifying us. We have our own unique mind, body and heart. Each one of us has our own ability to think, act, and react in whatever way we choose. This is an absolutely amazing gift. We have been designed to be special. Different. Individual. One of a kind. As we begin this day, let us reflect on our unique ability to be ourselves. The next 46 days are a special opportunity for us to take a deeper look within ourselves. Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness. He used this time to pray, fast, and face the temptations of the devil. These days were His days of preparation. Jesus knew He needed to be strong…which meant He needed to take time away and seek God. The next few days, leading up to Easter, give us an opportunity to seek God in a more intimate way. This is a time of purposeful, spiritual reflection. I invite you to share these next 46 days (40 not counting Sundays)…as a time to nourish your relationship with Jesus. Consider giving this gift to yourself. Commit to a few more moments a day, of specific prayer. Reflect on what you are struggling with, and allow Jesus to help you work through it. Think of what you know you can eliminate in your life, and fast from those things during this time. Many people commit to fasting (eliminating) chocolate, sugar, bread, or meat for the next 40 days. Some may eliminate social media, or television. It does not matter what…what matters is that we recognize the sacrifice of Jesus, and what He has done for us. We have the promise of eternal life because of Jesus. Praise God for His promises to us, through His Son.

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'”

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ”

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

Jesus said to him, “Away from me, satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’ ”

Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

MATTHEW 4:1-11

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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