Lighting the way through this pandemic.

 
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We are living in a global crisis. Pandemic. Panic, fear, isolation. Words that we do not normally include in our daily conversation. However, they are now a reality we are all facing. ‘I don’t understand why?’ This is also a question being stirred. People are questioning the very likelihood of God. “Why would God do this to us?” The truth is, God is not doing anything to us. God is saving us, right now, in an absolute true way. God is always with us. He does not inflict suffering upon us. We are in the midst of a spiritual battle, and the enemy, satan, is the one we are at war with. We must rise up, take up our shields of faith, and fight the enemy.

At this time, it can seem like there is no answer, no way out of this situation, and no hope. As we reflect back on difficult times in our lives, we can still feel the emotions of whatever trial we faced. The key here is that you are now looking back at that difficult time in the past. You made it through. God helped you make it through. Isn’t it awesome that you can see that now? God was with you…even when you felt like you were alone.

As we are experiencing this desperately difficult time in our lives, know that God is there. It is during those trying times, that we develop a closer relationship with our Creator. The times in which we suffer are the times when we are being refined and made stronger. Our suffering allows us the opportunity to seek Jesus and trust solely in God. Suffering prepares us to be empathetic. Every fire you have walked through…every obstacle you have overcome…has now become a testimony. We are the example of Christ in this world. We are the light in the midst of the darkness.  Use your experiences to help others. Don’t be afraid to share your journey to bring hope and witness, for you can be assured that you will help someone who is stuck in doubt and fear right now. Rise up and know…God is with you. Speak the truth, and be a witness of God’s mercy and grace.

We must TRUST that God will take care of all of us in only a way HE knows. My husband and I own a business, and this is such an unknown time. We have employees that rely on us to feed their families. I also know that there will be no funding coming in for my non-profit, Light of Hope, but we must do all we can to provide food for those who desperately need it and cannot get out. For days I was stirring in concern of how we would financially provide, and then God began speaking to my heart. I kept hearing him say, “Have I not instructed you to trust me?” As I began to speak to myself out loud (yes, I talk to myself all the time) I began to repeat, “God, I trust in you, and you alone. Jesus, show me and use me as your vessel.” God has carried me through the most difficult journey imaginable – child loss – so, for me, this temporary situation is minimal compared to that. We will get through this.

We must dig into our faith. I already see such beautiful happenings in the midst of this chaos. Families have united once again, people are having real and deep conversations, and we are helping our fellow neighbors more than ever. God’s glory will be revealed, He will restore our vats to overflowing, and our lives will be the witness of God’s promises if we place our trust in HIM.

“Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning, for in you I put my trust. Teach me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” Psalm 143:8

“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and thus put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing. I will rebuke the locust for you, so that it will not destroy the produce of your soil; and your vine in the field shall not be barren, says the Lord of hosts. Then all nations will count you happy, for you will be a land of delight, says the Lord of hosts.” Malachi 3:10-12

“Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

God is with us.

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© Layla Freeman 2020
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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