Intentional Connection

“How are you?” “Do you work?” “Are you ok?”  These are questions we have been asked our entire life. Lately, they have taken on a whole new meaning. There is so much going on in our world today, and our minds are so overwhelmed with distraction. This has caused a more evident disconnect in our day to day conversation. Often times, when people ask questions, it is more of a formality, rather than an intentional conversation. I am guilty of this myself. I found myself really saddened that others had no idea what I really do, or who I am.

These emotions required more specific prayer on my part. Not only have I been praying, but I have been analyzing myself. I have taken my petitions to God, and have sought His guidance and wisdom on how to process this. As humans, we tend to be very surface people. We have friends and acquaintances that we interact with every day. How well do you know them? Do you ask them questions that have depth and meaning, or do you tend to stick to the basic conversations? Are we all so busy with our own tasks at hand, that we make subconscious decisions to zone out, causing us the inability to listen to others?

As this world continues to process through this pandemic and all the variables involved within it, we have somewhat been pushed to ‘check out’ when it comes to human relationships. This virtual world has created that division. We are all guilty of some element of disconnect, as we press through our rigid daily schedules. Let us be reminded that God desires us to encourage and help one another. The only way we can help or encourage one another, is if we are intentional and get to know one another. Make an intentional connection. Ask simple questions in order to find out what they do throughout each day. What makes them who they are? Listen. You will be surprised how much you can learn from others, and ultimately, how much you can help each other out.

God is with us.

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 THESSALONIANS 5:11

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching. HEBREWS 10:23-25

Blessings,

Layla Freeman

© 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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