Emotional Change

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Change isn’t easy. Especially if the change has to do with an emotional tie. Sometimes we have invested our hearts into something, and we don’t know how to let it go. There are many examples of emotional change. Grief and loss of a loved one; loss of a job; divorce; moving; graduation; aging; and many, many more. Each of these examples are normal parts of life. Our life journey isn’t always easy. It’s a continual learning process, and if we are not careful…sometimes we can miss the beauty of the journey. Even when we face difficulties in life, there is a beauty in the midst of the pain. We have to look for it. We have to learn from it. We must grow from it. In order to find the beauty in the pain, we must be willing to see it. Walking through life with a guard around our heart doesn’t allow us to experience the full journey. Allow yourself to ‘feel’ and ‘experience’ life. Allow yourself to understand that things will never stay the same. Allow yourself to find the positive…even if it seems impossible. YOU have a choice. God has given us free will to think, do, and be as we choose to be. Jesus walks alongside us through everything. We can choose to take His Hand and fumble through life with Him. He will never leave us. He is always with us; even when we choose to ignore Him. Begin to realize that change is inevitable. Find a way to seek the beauty in it. I face each day without my oldest daughter on this earth. It is painful and raw…every single day. However, there is a beauty in the midst of the pain. Her memory is with us forever. Because of what we have walked through, we are more able to understand the needs of other’s going through the same difficulties. I made the choice to accept her loss, and turn my pain into purpose. Don’t let the struggle of your life cause you to crumble. Pick up the pieces, and find a way to turn your pain into a purpose. Jesus will hold your hand, and God will guide your steps.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your steps. PROVERBS 3:5-6

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ROMANS 15:13

God is with us.

Layla

© Layla Freeman 2018
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”. 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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