What Should I Change?



The last few weeks have given all of us a new perspective on life. As the world slowed down and we all face the impact of COVID-19, we have had time to analyze our priorities and live in a much different perspective. This means we have been given an opportunity to see what needs to change. Right now, before we jump back into that “new normal” life, let’s make sure we are stepping forward in a more focused direction.

Ask yourself, what have I learned from this pandemic? What needs to change in my life? What do I need to do to make that happen? Previously, our human minds might have automatically thought of things that we can physically see, such as our bank account, physical appearance, the home we live in, the cars we drive, or our job. Now, I think most of us are willing to think much deeper than these things.

What should you change, that will ultimately make a significant positive difference in your life? There is such simplicity in what we can all do to make our lives much more fulfilled. God has given us the gift of free will. We have the opportunity to grab hold of all the power and hope God has promised us. As we have faced the reality of this pandemic, it has allowed people to recognize their need for faith. There is an awakening that has given people the eyes to see the reality that God is Soveriegn, He is the one we can trust, and without Him we are nothing. God is with us, and His love surrounds us. We are called to action to learn how to dig deeper, surrender all, and trust completely in our Heavenly Father. This means we must put our faith into action.

Faith in action can make all the difference in how your life unfolds. Prayer is the power source that gives God the ability to take action to help you with your needs and concerns. Reading God’s Word can give us all the wisdom to understand how to make proper decisions. Receiving Jesus and allowing Him to guide you and help you, will bring you a peace you cannot obtain from any material thing in this world. Trusting in God, and believing that He can and will do more than you can ever imagine…will bring you more than you can ever imagine. Today, make the choice to allow yourself to become an even more amazing you. Put your faith into action, and God will continue to fulfill you in so many wonderful ways.

When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” JOHN 8:12

I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen! EPHESIANS 3:16-21

God is with us.

Layla Freeman

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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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