Layla’s Light Blog – Encouragement

Hello God. Have you forgotten about me?

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Hello God. Have you forgotten about me?

Silence can be very discouraging. When things seem to just stand still…nothing is changing in our lives…and we keep hitting roadblocks, we become frustrated and somewhat resentful. Typically this is when we try to manipulate things ourselves, doing all that we can to create change and take control of the situations. This can develop into a deeper discouragement and possible depression. Realistically, we have made an even bigger issue over things and probably blown things out of proportion. This is human nature and something we must recognize and deal with. If you can recognize that what you are doing is not what you should be doing, you are on the right track. Stop trying to force things in life, and take a good look at your actions.

Have you forgotten that God is in control? Have you forced God out because you lost patience and trust? If you can learn to take a mere minute every morning, and pray to God, asking for His help, you will make a significant step toward your future. Allow Jesus to walk you through the situation step by step. God wants the best for you. Give Him the time and opportunity to do His work. Stop trying to force the change immediately. We do not know the entire situation. God does, and He is lining things up so that the best outcome will be possible. Trust that He will…and He will.

The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him. NAHUM 1:7

Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in Me.” JOHN 14:1

God is with us.

Layla

© Layla Freeman 2019
Author of HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE and Layla’s Light 
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Life Is A Battleground

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We face challenges and struggles every single day. Sometimes the struggles are small and sometimes it seems like we are facing huge mountains of issues. Life is a battleground. Keep in mind that you have the power to overcome anything and everything that you face. Our battle is not really what we physically see. Our battle is really a spiritual battle. The devil uses anything and everything to get to us. He is tricky and deceptive….and just when you think you are invincible….the devil will find a way to attack you. You must do all that you can do to keep up your spiritual strength and your trust in God.

Use the tools that God has provided for us. He gave us the power of prayer to ask Him for help. He gave us the authority to speak His power through our own voice. He gave us the ability to rebuke the devil and all his demons. Don’t assume that things will get better on their own. Take charge of your life and win the battles you are facing. Power up and fight back with the power and authority God has given us….and with Jesus that lives within you!

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, 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 6:12-13

Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.  Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. JAMES 5: 13-18

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
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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 

 

 

Eyes to the Heart.

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How often do we take time for reflection? As I was taking the last sip of my morning coffee, I saw my own reflection in the bottom of my coffee mug. My own eyes were looking back at me. It hit me, that I never really look into my own eyes. I subconsciously place contact lenses or apply mascara to my eyes, but I never really take the time to look inside. Am I doing this purposefully? I suddenly realized my answer to that question..is yes. Why do I avoid looking into my own eyes? I know I avoid looking into other people’s eyes at times because it can seem inappropriate or awkward. Circumstances determine whether I need to see someone close in their eyes. If it is casual passing, the depth of what eye to eye communication reveals, may not be necessary. However, if I want to see the truth in someone’s heart or the seriousness of their soul, I must see them eye to eye.
As Jesus said, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.” MATTHEW 6:22 
As I reflect on my own honesty, I recognize why I avoid really looking at my own eyes. Vulnerability…insecurity…grief..and doubt…are all things that are revealed if you look deep into my eyes. We all have deep inner battles that we try to avoid facing. God does not want us to continue facing these battles on our own. If we do not reveal them to ourselves, then we cannot truly surrender them to God. Let us all begin to look into our own eyes, and release the things that we know we need help with. One by one, as we seek God’s help in prayer and surrender, we will begin to strengthen our spirit, and our lives will begin receiving peace.
But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves. MALACHI 4:2 
I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised him from the dead and seated him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. EPHESIANS 1:18-21
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 

Are you weak?

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How can I be strong, when I am truly weak? How can I possibly take one more step further, or say one more prayer, when I can barely think? How many times have you felt this way before? If you have not been there, most likely you will one day. Life comes with hardship. We are not promised fairy-tales and roses every day. We have been given free will. With this free will, comes the reality of trials and tribulations. We don’t always make the right decisions, and ultimately we will have consequences. Sometimes we are faced with things that are unbearable. Death, disease, broken relationships or serious financial hardships, are just a few things that can hit us suddenly. Why do we have to endure these things when we are doing all we can to live righteously, having faith and trust in God? “Why” has always been a big question when it comes to faith. We cannot answer the “why” question. We must understand that part of being human is facing the world and its’s realities. We have to make a decision to believe that regardless of what we see in front of us…God is with us. Jesus understands, because He lived among us and knows what we are facing. Jesus is still with us, and will give us His heavenly strength and comfort when we draw near to Him. God gives us grace, which is His favor and power. When we are weak, and we seek God despite our emotional weakness, God’s grace and power will begin to be seen clearly. God’s will is for us to live profound lives of love and integrity. Allow the power of God to carry you through the trials, as we walk through life toward our heavenly home.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient or you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 CORINTHIANS 12:9-10

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. HEBREWS 4:16

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

HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE  – $9.95 

AMAZON – Hope In the Struggle – https://www.amazon.com/Layla-Freeman/e/B01M0VNTIM

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

Never Alone

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Today is a new day. Today is a beginning. Today is fresh and an opportunity to do with it as you wish. For some people facing a new day can be overwhelming. Sometimes our lives are so difficult to face that we simply have no idea how to face it. We are lost, hurt, alone and the pain of those emotions have a tight grip on our minds. I have been there. Most of us have had some level of exasperation in our lives. It is a very hard place to be. Sometimes the only thing you have to hold onto is the “thought” of God being somewhere out there. When we don’t “feel” the presence of God…especially at times of difficulty and depression…we have a sense of abandonment. We wonder how to face a new day. We wonder how to trust in God if we don’t see signs or evidence of Him helping us out. These emotions cannot be overlooked because they are real human emotions.

Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” MATTHEW 27:46 Forsaken means to give up or leave someone or something entirely. Jesus spoke these words upon the cross, realizing that His death and momentary separation from God was so that He could take those sins from us…so that we would NEVER be separated from God. Jesus bore our sin. Jesus died on the cross, forsaken so that we might NEVER be forsaken. Jesus was resurrected and lives today, having given us the gift of eternal life and hope. God is with us every single day. God is there, He does not leave us. It is a promise that we can hold onto forever. Take this day and make it a new beginning. Drop to your knees in prayer. Speak to God even when you don’t feel His presence. Tell God how you feel. No matter what you are going through in your life you are valuable and precious to God. Cry out to your Father in Heaven because Your Father is waiting to help you.

Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ROMANS 8:39

So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” HEBREWS 13:6

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 – https://www.amazon.com/Layla-Freeman/e/B01M0VNTIM

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

Your Influence

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If someone were to ask you how you describe yourself, what description would you give? How do you think others would describe you? Would the two descriptions be equivalent? Most likely, your perception of yourself would be much different than how others perceive you. Unfortunately, most of us focus on what we think others notice about us; instead of how we have impacted other’s lives. It can be difficult to see the physical evidence of how you have influenced someone else. Whether the influence has been good or bad; the truth is, we have a great influence on other people. Our character and our reaction to the situations we face are an example in our daily lives.

Our faith walk is a ministry in itself. Do other people know you for your negative, grumbling, or frustrated attitude? Or, do other people know you for your commitment to praying, trusting in God’s will, and living your life in the most positive way possible? We all face trials and tribulations throughout life. We all have the same opportunity to make a difference in life. Let us all do our best to look at the positive things we each hold within us. Let us focus on nurturing our spirit so that we can be a positive example of this world. Help us help each other; by building each other up with encouragement and hope. Jesus led by example. May we determine to wake up each day, and allow Jesus in our hearts, so that we can be molded into His image daily.

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. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. EPHESIANS 4:29-32

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 

AMAZON – Hope In the Struggle – https://www.amazon.com/Layla-Freeman/e/B01M0VNTIM

 400 N. J. M. Davis Blvd. Claremore, OK 74017
1801 N. Hwy. 66 Catoosa, OK 74015

918-373-4560