What do you have planned today? Work, school, schedules, responsibilities, financial obligations, health issues, and many more things…encompass our days. Sometimes we become tired of facing all of these things, and we just want a break. For some people there is no break. Vacations or time off is unheard of. You may be facing a chronic illness, or a debilitating health issue such as cancer…that you must face head on…every single day. You may have lost a loved one…through death or divorce…and suddenly you face everything alone. You may be working at a job you resent, because no one seems to appreciate your hard work, and you are definitely underpaid. You may have serious debt or overwhelming financial obligations to meet. You may be at a point where you just don’t care anymore. You are tired of climbing that never ending hill of life challenges. For many people, it can be really hard to keep going, simply because they feel so alone in their journey. Each morning can be hard to wake up to, because you know what the plan for the day is. Facing that day is hard. Facing that day alone…is even more difficult. You see, many times when we find ourselves in these difficult situations, we forget or even subconsciously…eliminate God. We get so wrapped up in the mess that we neglect our spirit. Our spirit is yearning for Jesus, but we forget to seek Him while we struggle. Jesus is our core…or source…our strength. Jesus is who we can turn to for help and comfort. Jesus has walked in your shoes. Jesus suffered…Jesus died…Jesus rose again, making it possible for you call on Him at any time, and find strength, hope, recovery, and love. God is waiting on you to call on His Son, to receive the free gift of help through Jesus Christ. God knows your struggle, and He desires for you to find peace and hope. God is waiting for you to release your burdens, and never walk the walk of life alone. Call on Jesus and ask Him to walk through life beside you. It is then that God can begin molding and transforming your spirit, and you will find peace, comfort and hope.

But because Jesus lives forever, He has a permanent priesthood. Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them. HEBREWS 7:24-25

If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.   1 JOHN 4:15

God is with us.


© Layla Freeman 2017
Author of HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE and Layla’s Light
All Rights Reserved
P.O. Box 669 Claremore, OK 74018
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Layla’s Devotional Book available for purchase at the following:

Hope in the Struggle – $9.95

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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


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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”. 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, 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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