Help me find hope.

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Are you at a place in life, where it is difficult to find hope? There is an emptiness we go through at certain times in our lives. We may be struggling with a particular situation, and the answers, the solution, or the end, are nowhere to be seen. We may have experienced a deep loss of a loved one or friend, and we are having a hard time processing the reality of their absence. Maybe you cannot find a job, and your finances are causing a serious life struggle? Sometimes, major things happen to us, that makes absolutely no sense. Tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, fires, cancer, addiction, Alzheimer’s, and other debilitating issues or illnesses cause us to wonder where God is in the midst of these major occurrences. We begin to feel empty. Not because God is not there…but because we begin to pay more attention to the physical situation than the spiritual power God has given us.

God did not say we would not face difficult times. God promises He will always be there. Sovereign. Loving. Eternal. We will be faced with life, and we can expect major struggles at some point in life. It is not an easy road, and it has never been said that it would be easy. Life is hard. Our attitudes toward those hardships determine the difficulty you feel inside. Fill your spirit by making a commitment to ask Jesus to help you. Pray daily, and seek God with all your heart. Don’t think things will change, if you are idly waiting for some sort of miracle to happen. Take action to fill that emptiness by seeking a relationship with Jesus. This will bring you peace and trust in God’s plan. Surround yourself with people who can walk beside you, pray with you, and help you. Do not isolate, but rather give yourself permission to receive love and help. You may not understand the current situation, but rest assured, when you allow God to guide your way, your destiny will be filled with hope and not emptiness.

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. PSALM 34:17-18

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us. ROMANS 5:1-5

God is with us.

Layla Freeman

© Layla Freeman 2020
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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