Embrace the Blessings

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Most of us recognize joy as that emotion that rises up inside of us when we are experiencing happiness. Most of the time we recognize joy when we laugh out loud, or when life has given us an unexpected surprise. Merriam-Webster’s definition of joy is:  ‘the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires’. A synonym for joy is blessedness.

Recognize the real joy in your every day life. There does not have to be a specific moment or event for us to experience joy. Joy is in appreciating our well-being, our successes, our blessedness, and the good fortune that God has given you.  Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s Will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 THESSALONIANS 5:16

Today is the perfect opportunity to recognize God’s blessedness and joy in your life. Wake up and see the wonder of God’s creation! Recognize the beauty that surrounds you as you walk along, drive along, or simply look out the window. God has given us a special gift…the world and all that is in it. You may grumble and complain at times…the weather is not always what you want it to be…the traffic frustrates you…or your office walls may depress you at times. But wherever you are, whatever you are doing, there is beauty and joy…if you simply open up your eyes and recognize it. Take off the negative blinders that we tend to wear when life is difficult. Take a look around you, and find the beauty in your environment. If you have the ability to see…to be mobile…to have freedom…and to speak openly…you are more blessed than a great percentage of the underprivileged world. The reality is, you have many blessings to be thankful for. Embrace the blessings and receive the joy.

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. PSALM 107:1

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil – this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere Him. ECCLESIASTES 3:11-14

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).

One thought on “Embrace the Blessings

  1. PRAISE GOD FOR JESUS CHRIST AND ALL HIS blessings and works! AMEN
    Thank you layla for this BLESSED MESSAGE…
    GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY! AMEN

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