Joy In the Struggle

Do you ever just want to roll your eyes when you hear someone say, “I am so happy!”. How can someone else, or everyone else, seem so happy…when I am crumbling apart inside? Life is not easy. It is hard to find joy in the midst of difficulties and trials. The pain of what we face, tends to overwhelm us, and soon we let the worry and stress overtake the good times we experience in life. Without realizing it, your primary focus is the pain instead of the positive things that surround you. Why is this? Why do we forget about the love, peace, joy, and freedom we have each day? It’s there. It never goes away. The enemy wants us to feel defeated. The enemy thrives on sadness and insecurities. This is when we feel vulnerable and become easily swayed. The enemy knows this is the perfect opportunity to attempt to control your thinking. This is precisely why we must recognize the battle, and put up a fight. EPHESIANS 6:11 tells us, “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Putting on our full armor of God, means we pray; we seek God’s Word; and we ask for help. We cannot walk the difficult journeys of life alone. God never intended for us to face the difficulties by ourselves. Jesus sought counsel. We must seek counsel as well. Why do we find it so hard to ask, seek, and receive? Our human flesh and pride, tend to get in the way of the gifts we are offered in each day. It isn’t easy to see the joy in the struggle, but it’s always there. 

Grief has a particular journey. Grief requires the ultimate form of surrender. The emotions we face are raw and can seem unbearable. Sometimes we feel as if we aren’t supposed to express these raw emotions.  

It’s ok to feel emotions. It’s ok to take time to take care of yourself. We are uniquely designed, intricately woven and perfectly human. God has created in us, a distinct ability to make choices, take action, and feel emotions. This is a beautiful truth; yet there are times we struggle with those choices, actions and emotions. It is not easy identifying and processing through the things we face in our life. Jesus knows this first hand. He was crucified for His choice to take on the sin of the world. But His choice…His willingness to face those raw emotions and endure the sufferings…are why we are able to endure and persevere in this world today. This is how we are able to experience true JOY in our lives…even when we have to face unbearable things. NEHEMIAH 8:10 reminds us “for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” 

God has promised us eternal life, through His Son Jesus. This promise is what allows grief to be endured, and joy to be experienced. We have a Savior who lives within us. We are never alone in the things we face. We are understood. We are carried and we are loved unconditionally. 

But it does not mean we do not feel the emotions that God has given us. It means we recognize them…feel them…and then allow God to help us through it. We must allow ourselves to feel…and avoid the temptation to desensitize. 

God desires us to have abundant joy in our lives. Our joy will not be perfect in this life. There will always be struggle. But God is committed to our joy in Him. 

God knows your heart and He knows your emotions. Seek His heart and you can be assured you will find comfort, peace, and ultimately, JOY. 

“But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” JOHN 4:14

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” ROMANS 12:12

God is with us.




© Layla Freeman 2017

Author of HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE and Layla’s Light
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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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