Layla’s Light Blog – Encouragement

Gossip

Gossip

Gossip. The world loves to hear all about other people. The world enjoys sharing the ‘news’ of someone else’s hurt, pain, or difficulty. Gossip makes the devil smile. Why? Gossip is not compassionate, loving, and helpful. Gossip is damaging, hurtful, and breeds negativity. If this negative gossip continues from person to person, it magnifies and causes more damage and pain. The devil loves to see this damage in action. This kind of behavior causes chaos and destruction. It is time to pay attention to what comes out of your mouth. It is time to pay attention to what you allow to process through your ears. God asks us to love one another. This means we build each other up. When you hear someone trying to gossip about another person, you have a choice to make. Choose to end that conversation. Stop the cycle of negative words by refusing to engage in a negative conversation. Change the subject. Reroute the conversation or find something else to do. Take action to help the individual by praying for them. Pray for God to intercede and for His Hand to take over all situations. If it is possible to help that individual, then do so. Show compassion and love by standing up for God. It doesn’t have to be a major ordeal to make a major change in the conversation. When we clearly show that we will not be a part of any gossip, we are taking a stand for this world. If we can end one strand of negative conversation, we can make a difference, by helping this world become a more loving environment.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. COLOSSIANS 3:12-14

When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. JAMES 3:3-5

God is with us.

Layla

© Layla Freeman 2019
Author of HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE and Layla’s Light 
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Hope is real.

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How do you face tomorrow? Do you worry and fret, without something to hold on to? God gives us hope in Him. Hope gives us a future. Hope gives us the ability to endure and know that there is a way to the future. Many of us have been known to say, “I hope things will get better soon”. We use the word hope, and don’t apply its true identity. Our faith in God is based on trusting God, knowing that He will provide and take care of what we cannot foresee. So when we say “we hope”, we really need to take that seriously.
Hope is real…it is promised…and it is a confidence that we must have. If we have trust in God, we KNOW that there is hope, we don’t just hope that there is hope. Be confident in God concerning His promises. Hope is sure. because it is based on the integrity of God’s Word. We will all experience the reality of hope because God is the God of hope. His love will help us endure all things, and soon we will receive the blessings.
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 5:3-5
 
God is not unjust;  he will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. HEBREWS 6:10-12
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
laylaslight@cox.net
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Layla’s Devotional Book available for purchase at the following: 

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1801 N. Hwy. 66 Catoosa, OK 74015 
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Vision

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Whatever you have gone through has required change. You have been molded, guided, and shifted in some way…to become who you are today. As we reflect back on those changes, recognize the good within whatever you have overcome. Some of us have had very rocky journeys. That doesn’t mean we look at the shame within the journey. That means we revel in the victory of who we are today…because we were able to make changes…one step at a time. We have the wisdom to share with others, because of what we have been through. Maybe you aren’t quite where you want to be. Maybe you aren’t even sure of where you are going. Either way, you have a choice and an opportunity to go in a direction that is forward. It may not be easy to see what your future can hold, but it is possible to look ahead with an expectation of something better. Don’t sell yourself short. Focus on today. Focus on how you want the next hour to go, and then the next 2 hours, and then the next 4 hours. Break life down into realistic vision, so it is obtainable and gives you a sense of accomplishment. It may not be easy to get to where you want to be in the future; but through prayer, trust in God, and small steps…you will be able to achieve that change you desire. One day you will look back and be amazed at how far you have come…and how much wisdom you have obtained in the journey.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,  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 8:37-39

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 CORINTHIANS 5:17

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 
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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 
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 

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

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