No Fear

What will next year look like? In today’s times, we have much to be cautious about. We are watching the world around us, evolve into something we know is full of turmoil and uncertainty. Putting 2020 behind us is something we are all looking forward to. But what will happen in 2021? How do we handle this year? How can we avoid the fear of the future? Fear is a word we can all relate to. Just thinking about the future can cause anxiety and stress.

The truth is, this concern of the unknown is nothing new. Jesus spoke to His disciples about ‘the world’. He knew that in this world we would have trouble. Jesus assured us that in HIM, we would have peace.

Why can this be so hard to comprehend? Why do we see people crumbling in fear all around us, because they are so afraid of whatever situation they must face? Jesus is with us in all situations. God has His Hand on this world. We must be willing to seek Him in order to overcome our fear. We must be willing to trust Him no matter what. God is the answer to all the unknown. He can and will guide us in our future, and keep us from being overtaken by the evil one. It is up to us to take action, to allow God to be in control. Do not conform to this world and all the influences within it. Seek advice in the Scriptures. Pray without ceasing, and be specific in asking for God’s guidance and help. Pray for others. Allow Jesus into your heart, so that you can know that peace that He promises. We cannot overcome fear if we don’t recognize that fear is of the enemy. Make a decision to commit to seeking God. Dig deep into your faith, and understand that life was not meant to be easy. God is with us, and no matter what we face, there is hope in the struggle, through Christ Jesus.

Jesus said: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” JOHN 16:33

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing, and perfect will.” ROMANS 12:2

God is with us.

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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