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I wake up every day with great intentions. I am a list maker. I must be very organized and scheduled in order to fit all my responsibilities into my days. Every day, I do my best to accomplish my goals. Every day I stumble; I fall; I falter; I am weak. I am human. We are all human. We wake up each day with an opportunity to receive the day’s blessings. We may start off with the right intentions, but more times than not, by the end of the day we are depleted. We may not have been able to accomplish our goals, and we feel discouraged that we did not succeed in completing our list. Why is it we tend to focus on our shortcomings instead of our successes? Why do we think we have failed if we did not complete what we had set our mind to do? Who sets the standards of these goals anyway? Most of the time we set ourselves up for this ‘failure’. This is not failure at all. This is unrealistic expectations of ourselves. God does not want us to be task seekers. God wants us to be on fire for His own heart. The quality and character of our lives is not measured by physical accomplishments. Our lives will be remembered by the hearts we touch; the seeds we plant in others; and the love we share on a daily basis. As I strive to be more like a ‘Mary’ in a ‘Martha’ world, I must make a daily commitment to refrain from getting caught up in daily ‘tasks’. I pray you will analyze your own life. Take the time to create relationships built on love and encouragement. It is then that you will see the fruits of your daily intentions.

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”  “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” LUKE 10:38-42

“This is my command: Love each other.” JOHN 15:17

God is with us.

Layla

© Layla Freeman 2017
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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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