Unchartered Emotions


The entire world is going through unknown challenges right now. How are you handling this sudden change in your daily routine? Many of us are facing difficulties we never thought we would face.  This creates emotions that sometimes cause us to react in a raw and unfiltered manner. Your job might have you covering multiple positions, which means you are covering areas you are unfamiliar with. You might have lost your job, and now you are feeling the stress of financial issues. You may have been sent home, and now the challenge is finding purpose throughout the day. You may be dealing with anxiety, fear, and sadness because you are not able to be around the people you care about and isolation sets in. This world pandemic is unchartered territory, unchartered emotions, and we are all trying to navigate these new waters.

So, how are you dealing with these internal emotions that are stirring so deep with you? In addition, now you are dealing with people that might have their own set of emotions stirring within them. Their reactions impact your reactions. This is a reality, and it will be dealt with everywhere we go. Even our own family can cause our emotions to stir, simply because we are not used to handling this type of stress level.  You may feel anxious due to their high level of anxiety, frustration, or even anger…or you might feel depleted because of their repeated negativity. Either way, your spirit reacts and your defenses are heightened.

It is at these times when we become challenged in our reactions. If we are not careful, we can react without thought. This may mean lashing back with improper words or actions. In many cases, if we have spoken irrationally or act improperly, we immediately feel regret. As flesh on this earth, we will inevitably face these fleshly emotions. We cannot possibly be perfect…there is no such thing. Even Jesus had emotions, becoming frustrated and angry.

The key to facing these life situations is learning how to control our reactions. We can train ourselves to withhold our immediate actions, words, or thoughts. This is done through spiritual strengthening, through prayer and surrender. This will build our trust in God. Each day we have the opportunity to pray. We can surrender our thoughts, actions, and reactions, on a daily basis. By asking God to help you, God will reveal His power in you, by giving you self-control. Ask Jesus to help guide your spirit throughout the day. As you grow in your spiritual walk, your spirit will be filled with the compassion of Jesus, and you will begin handling these challenging situations, with love and gentleness. Remember, God is with us. He has given us this promise.

God is with us. 


But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with Him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.


© 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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