Less of me.

Lord

Can I have my cake and eat yours too? Can I do as I please, and always get my way? Can I be who I want to be, and then be who others want me to be too? Can I be in control, have self-will, make all my own decisions, and manipulate life until I get things exactly the way I want them? Does this sound like someone you know? Unfortunately, the truth of this selfish type of living surrounds us every day. People want to be in control. People want things to fit in the box they designed in their mind. People want things to go their way, and they will stop at no end until they conveniently get it done. “Self”, “selfish”, “me, me, me”, “I, I, I”. These are the most often recognized phrases in the world today. It is all about what can be done to satisfy “self”. Why have things gotten to this point? Why are the world’s eyes only reflecting back to “self” instead of pursuing “others”? It saddens my heart to see this reality on a daily basis. The world has pushed God away, and decided they will call on Him, only when faced with a crisis. The emphasis on self has taken over the world. Just look at social media. It’s primary use is to advertise yourself. People only put what they want to be seen in the public eye. Whatever can benefit their ‘character’, is exactly what you will see on social media. I can only imagine how heartbroken God is. His greatest desire is to love us unconditionally, and give us a life filled with peace, hope, and fulfillment. The world has lost sight of that. The world is broken. We are the one’s who can enlighten others to the love God always has for us. We are the example. It takes each one of us, to make a difference. One day at a time, one act of kindness and love at a time. Jesus has given us instruction to be His disciples. We are the one’s who are the voice that will tell people of the gospel. We are the one’s who can make a change in the selfishness that surrounds us. Share your story. Be the example.

Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other.” JOHN 15:16-17

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. PHILIPPIANS 2:3-5

God is with us.

Layla

© Layla Freeman 2017
Author of HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE and Layla’s Light
All Rights Reserved
P.O. Box 669 Claremore, OK 74018
www.laylafreeman.com
laylaslight@cox.net
Facebook – Layla’s Light
Twitter – @laylaslight

 

Layla’s Devotional Book available for purchase at the following:

Hope in the Struggle – $9.95

Amazon-Hope In the Struggle – https://www.amazon.com/Layla-Freeman/e/B01M0VNTIM

Another Chapter Bookstore – 9455 N Owasso Expressway, Owasso, OK 74055

Cozy Cottage Store – 518 W Will Rogers Blvd, Claremore, OK 74017

She Brews Coffee Houses – Claremore, OK  (Downtown & within The Vessel)

Stonebrook Day Spa – 1875 N Old Hwy 66 A, Catoosa, OK 74015

 

Published by

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).

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s