Reflect

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How often do we take time for reflection? As I was taking the last sip of my morning coffee, I saw my own reflection in the bottom of my coffee mug. My own eyes were looking back at me. It hit me, that I never really look into my own eyes. I subconsciously place contact lenses, or apply mascara to my eyes, but I never really take the time to look inside. Am I doing this purposefully? I suddenly realized my answer to that question..is yes. Why do I avoid looking into my own eyes? I know I avoid looking into other people’s eyes at times, because it can seem inappropriate or awkward. Circumstances determine whether I need to see someone closely in their eyes. If it is casual passing, the depth of what eye to eye communication reveals, may not be necessary. However, if I want to see the truth in someone’s heart, or the seriousness of their soul, I must see them eye to eye. As Jesus said, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.” MATTHEW 6:22  As I reflect on my own honesty, I recognize why I avoid really looking at my own eyes. Vulnerability…insecurity…grief..and doubt…are all things that are revealed if you look deep into my eyes. We all have deep inner battles that we try to avoid facing. God does not want us to continue facing these battles on our own. If we do not reveal them to ourselves, then we cannot truly surrender them to God. Let us all begin to look into our own eyes, and release the things that we know we need help with. One by one, as we seek God’s help in prayer and surrender, we will begin to strengthen our spirit, and our lives will begin receiving peace.
 
But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves. MALACHI 4:2 
I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised him from the dead and seated him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. EPHESIANS 1:18-21
 
God is with us.
Layla

© Layla Freeman 2017
Author of HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE and Layla’s Light 
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Hope in the Struggle – $9.95 

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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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