Layla’s Light Blog – Encouragement

Inner Resentments

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We all face times in our lives where we feel our emotions boil. Why do we allow ourselves to fall into the trap of these emotions? We are human, and there are certain seasons in our life when we feel inadequate, inferior, and many times, simply hurt. Whatever the circumstance, humans tend to be human, and if we allow it, our inner spirit can be altered with this overwhelming resentment. Yes, resentment. A single word that can be so destructive.

Often times, someone or something has fallen into our pathway and possibly caused a shift in our life structure. What we thought was normal life routine, becomes completely derailed. As humans, we begin to find the reason for the derailment, and many times immediately find someone or something to blame. Often times you have the right to be upset with that particular person or situation, but what good is it going to do, to continue to hold onto that boiling emotion? Let it go. However big the circumstance, no matter how much pain you have endured because of it, holding onto the resentment will only feed your inner fire. Change your perspective of the situation. Begin to see the other person or circumstance as a stepping stone to a better you. I am personally focusing on prayerfully giving up a deep resentment from my past, that has inhibited my spiritual growth. We must make conscious choices to step forward in a better way. Resentments only cause us to step backward and inhibit our growth.  God will not allow you to be left alone in this circumstance if you seek Him for His guidance. He is watching out for you, and He will help you find that compassion in your heart, that will allow you to see the positive in all situations. Ask God to help you cast out that resentment held within, and mold your emotions into feelings of compassion, understanding, and Christ-like love.

Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. ~ 2 TIMOTHY 2:23-24

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love,  joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. ~ GALATIANS 5:19-22

God is with us.

Layla Freeman

© Layla Freeman 2019
Author of HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE and Layla’s Light 
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You Can Fight Through the Difficulties.

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Most of you know that I live in Oklahoma. We have been faced with major difficulties lately. Flooding, severe storms, and tornadoes have plagued us. Many people have had their entire lives turned upside down. Life is not easy. It is hard to find joy in the midst of difficulties and trials. The pain of what we face tends to overwhelm us, and soon we let the worry and stress overtake the good times we experience in life. Without realizing it, your primary focus is the pain instead of the positive things that surround you. Why is this? Why do we forget about the love, peace, joy, and freedom we have each day? It’s there. It never goes away. The enemy wants us to feel defeated. The enemy thrives on sadness and insecurities. This is when we feel vulnerable and become easily swayed. The enemy knows this is the perfect opportunity to attempt to control your thinking. This is precisely why we must recognize the battle, and put up a fight. EPHESIANS 6:11 tells us, “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Putting on our full armor of God, means we pray; we seek God’s Word, and we ask for help. We cannot walk the difficult journeys of life alone. God never intended for us to face difficulties by ourselves. Jesus sought counsel. We must seek counsel as well. Why do we find it so hard to ask, seek, and receive? Our human flesh and pride, tend to get in the way of the gifts we are offered in each day. It isn’t easy to see the joy in the struggle, but it’s always there.

Grief has a particular journey. Grief requires the ultimate form of surrender. The emotions we face are raw and can seem unbearable. Sometimes we feel as if we aren’t supposed to express these raw emotions.  It’s ok to feel emotions. It’s ok to take time to take care of yourself. We are uniquely designed, intricately woven and perfectly human. God has created in us, a distinct ability to make choices, take action, and feel emotions. This is a beautiful truth; yet there are times we struggle with those choices, actions, and emotions. It is not easy identifying and processing through the things we face in our life. Jesus knows this first hand. He was crucified for His choice to take on the sin of the world. But His choice…His willingness to face those raw emotions and endure the sufferings… is why we are able to endure and persevere in this world today. This is how we are able to experience true JOY in our lives…even when we have to face unbearable things. NEHEMIAH 8:10 reminds us “for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” 

God has promised us eternal life, through His Son Jesus. This promise is what allows grief to be endured, and joy to be experienced. We have a Savior who lives within us. We are never alone in the things we face. We are understood. We are carried and we are loved unconditionally. But it does not mean we do not feel the emotions that God has given us. It means we recognize them, feel them, and then allow God to help us through it. We must allow ourselves to feel…and avoid the temptation to desensitize.

God desires us to have abundant joy in our lives. Our joy will not be perfect in this life. There will always be a struggle. But God is committed to our joy in Him. God knows your heart and He knows your emotions. Seek His heart and you can be assured you will find comfort, peace, and ultimately, JOY.

“But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” JOHN 4:14

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” ROMANS 12:12

God is with us.

Layla Freeman

 

© Layla Freeman 2019
Author of HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE and Layla’s Light 
All Rights Reserved 
P.O. Box 669 Claremore, OK 74018 
http://www.laylafreeman.com
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HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE  – $9.95 


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Wisdom

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Do not be afraid to speak up. Do you realize how much value is held in your experiences? There is someone out there who is struggling in their life. They feel isolated and many times they feel like they are the only one experiencing the difficulty they are going through. God has brought each one of us through very different situations. We can each look back and see how we overcame that obstacle….just as we can each remember that feeling of isolation. It is so important for us to pay attention to others. When you are receptive to others, God will give you a nudging when it is time to reach out and help. God wants us to share the hope and the recovery that we have experienced. He wants us to give others hope because we are the living example of His power and love. Let your wisdom from experience lead you into saving someone from despair. Don’t be afraid to share….don’t be afraid to let God work through you. Seek His righteousness and He will use you as His vessel.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. EPHESIANS 4:29

And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 THESSALONIANS 5:14-18

God is with us.

Layla Freeman 

 

© Layla Freeman 2019
Author of HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE and Layla’s Light 
All Rights Reserved 
P.O. Box 669 Claremore, OK 74018 
http://www.laylafreeman.com
laylaslight@cox.net
Facebook – Layla’s Light
Twitter – @laylaslight

Layla’s Devotional Book available for purchase at the following: 

HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE  – $9.95 

AMAZON – Hope In the Struggle 
Light of Hope  
400 N. J. M. Davis Blvd. Claremore, OK 74017 
1801 N. Hwy. 66 Catoosa, OK 74015 
918-373-4560 

Yes, you are valuable.

valueDo you ever feel like you would like to do something to make a difference in this world? Does your life feel mundane or somewhat without purpose? You may be so busy there is no possible time to fit anything extra in your schedule, yet you yearn to feel a sense of significance. This life you are living, regardless of what you are doing right now or where you have come from, is of extreme significance. You hold so much value and worth in every single thought, action or reaction that you do. No matter how mundane or boring you think your life is, you hold an enormous amount of significance in what you do. It begins with recognizing your own importance. It begins with allowing yourself to accept the confidence that you deserve.

As we begin this day, start by praying positive gratitude words to God. We are our own critic and we need to recognize the power of recognizing God for His blessings. Tell yourself you have a purpose and you are valuable. Even if all you are able to do is sit up in bed and open your eyes…your purpose is valuable. How? Because you are a vessel in God’s honor. You can pray powerful prayers for others, and for our nation. If you are a stay at home mom, you have an enormous job of multi-tasking and preparing so many areas of life for others. If you work long, difficult hours, you are productive and persevering, and can be a positive influence on others. If you are struggling with emotional or physical issues, you are an overcomer, because every single day you put one foot in front of the other and try.

We all may have days where we just can’t seem to move forward, and those days are when we need to seek God more. Simply recognizing that we are God’s child, helps us remember that we are a part of His Kingdom. We are valuable. We have a purpose, uniqueness, individuality, and worth. No matter where you have been in the past, or where you are right now, you have value. Allow Jesus to guide you into recognizing how much you are loved by Him. Take the time right now to seek God in prayer. Tell yourself you are important, and then, believe it, because you are.

My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight; keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. PROVERBS 4:20-23

For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of Sonship. And by Him we cry, ‘Abba’, Father. The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory. ROMANS 8:15-17

God is with us.

Layla

© Layla Freeman 2019
Author of HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE and Layla’s Light 
All Rights Reserved 
P.O. Box 669 Claremore, OK 74018 
http://www.laylafreeman.com
laylaslight@cox.net
Facebook – Layla’s Light
Twitter – @laylaslight

Layla’s Devotional Book available for purchase at the following: 


HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE  – $9.95 


AMAZON – Hope In the Struggle 
Light of Hope  
400 N. J. M. Davis Blvd. Claremore, OK 74017 
1801 N. Hwy. 66 Catoosa, OK 74015 
918-373-4560 

Saying “Thank You” During Adversity.

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How do you face adversity? What is your response when you begin facing serious issues in your life? As Christians, there is a misconception that we are not supposed to face major issues or adversity if we are ‘doing’ all the right things in life. As humans, we will always face adversity. This is part of human existence. The next time you face trials in your life, stop and say ‘thank you’ to God. Many of you are rolling your eyes at me right now…just for saying that. How hard is it to say ‘thank you’  for pain, suffering, or the unexplainable? It is very hard. It is not the natural human response…and it is not going to be easy to understand why.

As life moves forward, our difficulties can compound, making it even harder to understand the ‘why’ in our hardship. God becomes the one to blame because He is the easiest source to place the blame on. However, God did not cause things to happen to you. God did not make an event or a situation arise, to punish you in any way. God is a God of love, compassion, and help. God gave us free will to do everything in our lives. That means we make the decisions…we make the choices…and we are responsible for the direction of our lives. The challenge is, not everyone in this world makes the right choices. A situation may be happening to you…not because of any choices you made…but because of the choices, someone else made. God may be protecting you from future disaster, by allowing certain situations to happen.

This is why we say thank you. God is the creator of all and the one who can give you the guidance and wisdom to work your way through all situations. Yes, there are still certain tragedy’s that we will never be able to explain…but even those things to happen for a reason. We must remember that we are only here on this earth temporarily. Our goal is eternal life. God gave us a way…through His Son Jesus…to have eternal life with Him. Focus your thoughts and your future on trusting that God has an eternal perspective for all of us. Trust in God’s plan…His way…and His purpose. Lean on the Word of God as the soul resource of your direction, and find peace in knowing that what you see and feel right this moment has a reason, and it is only temporary. God is with you and His eternal promises are real.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 CORINTHIANS 4:16-18

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. EPHESIANS 6:10-13

God is with us.

Layla

© Layla Freeman 2019
Author of HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE and Layla’s Light 
All Rights Reserved 
P.O. Box 669 Claremore, OK 74018 
http://www.laylafreeman.com
laylaslight@cox.net
Facebook – Layla’s Light
Twitter – @laylaslight

Layla’s Devotional Book available for purchase at the following: 

HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE  – $9.95 
Light of Hope  
400 N. J. M. Davis Blvd. Claremore, OK 74017 
1801 N. Hwy. 66 Catoosa, OK 74015 
918-373-4560 

Trying Times

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‘I quit.’ ‘I can’t do this anymore.’ ‘I don’t understand why?’ ‘I’m tired of trying.’
Do these phrases sound familiar? If you haven’t experienced this at some point in your life, you will. We all come to the end of our rope, so to speak. It is a heavy, lonely, hard place to be. At the time, it can seem like there is no answer, no way out of the situation, and no hope. As we reflect back on those times in our lives, we can still feel the emotions. Isn’t it awesome that you made it through?! God was with you…even when you felt like you were alone.
If you are experiencing this desperately difficult time in your life right now, know that God is there. It is during those trying times in our lives, that we develop a closer relationship to 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, for you can be assured that you will help someone who is walking in that valley right now. Rise up and know…God is with you.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us. ROMANS 5:1-5
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 THESSALONIANS 5:11
God is with us.
Layla 
© Layla Freeman 2019
Author of HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE and Layla’s Light 
All Rights Reserved 
P.O. Box 669 Claremore, OK 74018 
http://www.laylafreeman.com
laylaslight@cox.net
Facebook – Layla’s Light
Twitter – @laylaslight

Layla’s Devotional Book available for purchase at the following: 

HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE  – $9.95 

Purchase: Hope In the Struggle

Light of Hope  
400 N. J. M. Davis Blvd. Claremore, OK 74017 
1801 N. Hwy. 66 Catoosa, OK 74015 
918-373-4560