Layla’s Light Blog – Encouragement

Struggling?

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What are you struggling with this morning? Whether you admit it or not, each one of us has something that we are dealing with. The depth of the issue may vary from person to person, but the reality is we all deal with something that can weigh us down. Yes, we all know that the first thing we are supposed to do is surrender it to God. The truth is…most of us have not been able to do that. We carry around our burdens like giant bags of sand on our shoulders. We may even speak the words “I surrender it to you,” when we pray…but often times we continue to drag the burden along with us. God knows you need His help, and when you have told Him you surrender, He has heard you and is trying to help you. However, if you are still latched on to the issue, (carrying around your giant bags of sand)…how can God take control?  

Letting go means breaking down walls, releasing your pride, trusting, and respecting God and His Word. For many of us…this is terrifying. How do we let go, when we are so used to having to fix life? We have set our own self up to the standards we think we should live by. We have been the one who said to our self, ”take care of things….fix the issues….manage and control what happens”. In business or career circumstances, these are good qualities. But even then, we must not let “self” be the core controller. God is all…was all…and forever will be all. He created all. Let Him control all. Analyze your life, your choices, and your burdens. Do you want to continue being weighed down? Decide right now to really surrender. Pray, asking God to help you learn how to release control to Him. Ask Him to guide you and show you a better way of letting go. Ask God to be all for you.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path. PROVERBS 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26:4

The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it. 1 THESSALONIANS 5:24

God is with us.

Layla

© Layla Freeman 2018
Author of HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE and Layla’s Light 
All Rights Reserved 
P.O. Box 669 Claremore, OK 74018 
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Light of Hope  –  400 N. J. M. Davis Blvd. Claremore, OK 74017 / 1801 N. Hwy. 66 Catoosa, OK 74015 / 918-373-4560 

 

Stonebrook Day Spa– 1875 N Old Hwy 66 A, Catoosa, OK 74015(918) 379-6838

Cozy Cottage Store – 518 W Will Rogers Blvd, Claremore, OK 74017  (918) 283-2232

God hasn’t left you.

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Have you ever felt like you could not talk about what you are feeling inside? Do you feel as if you cannot express these emotions because the emotions are too overwhelming? Do you feel as if God is paying attention to the rest of the world, but has forgotten about you? Do you sometimes feel like you are all alone in this world? Even though you may have people all around you, you feel isolated or like you just don’t fit in?  You may feel distant in Spirit…almost to the point where you ask God “where are you”?

Guess what? God is right there. He will never leave you. Never. We are the ones who tend to forget that we need to invite God in. We need to reach out to God and ask for His help. Many times when we begin to feel this way, it is not that we are alone, it is that we have slacked off from drawing closer to God. The devil uses many tactics to distract us from drawing near to God. Beware of the many distractions that might have caused you to take your focus off your faith. Each day we must commit to seeking God. It is especially important to seek God when we begin to feel that distance from Him. Dig into your Bible…drop to your knees in prayer…speak to God as you are driving…absorb yourself in His presence. Draw near to God and He will draw nearer to you.

Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 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. HEBREWS 10:22-24

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 JOHN 4:4

God is with us.

Layla

© Layla Freeman 2018
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 

 

Stonebrook Day Spa– 1875 N Old Hwy 66 A, Catoosa, OK 74015(918) 379-6838

 

Cozy Cottage Store – 518 W Will Rogers Blvd, Claremore, OK 74017  (918) 283-2232
 

Boldly Step Forward

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Have you ever had an extreme enthusiasm or zeal in your heart for something, and you weren’t sure what to do with it? This enthusiasm has a purpose and a reason for action. There are times in our lives we are directed in ways that may not make sense to us. We simply know that we are nudged to take an action, but we may not have a clue where the action is going…or how to get there. Faith has a whole new meaning to us when we are facing a completely blank screen in our lives. Trusting that our actions are God’s will, is not easy to do. We often question ourselves and wonder if it is the Holy Spirit guiding these feelings or if it is our flesh? As you face some new opportunities in your own life, you will struggle with the doubt and the fear that comes along with the unknown journey. Prayer is the only way we know we will be solid in our decision making. As you take each step, be sure you pray…and then pray some more. We must always be willing to step forward in action, but we must also be in tune to how the Holy Spirit is directing us. This takes time and the willingness to have daily patience as we wait for God’s direction. If we are willing to be servants and vessels for God, He will give us that enthusiasm, and He will not leave us hanging without opportunity. Don’t be afraid to boldly step forward and trust in God’s direction. Know that Jesus will be holding your hand each step of the way. I pray that each one of you has a desire and an enthusiasm to dream, and to know that with God…all things are possible!

“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” JEREMIAH 29:11-13

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” MATTHEW 19:26

God is with us.
Layla

© Layla Freeman 2018
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 

Stonebrook Day Spa– 1875 N Old Hwy 66 A, Catoosa, OK 74015(918) 379-6838

Cozy Cottage Store – 518 W Will Rogers Blvd, Claremore, OK 74017  (918) 283-2232

She Brews Coffee Houses 414 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017  (918) 923-6020

Reaction

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We have all been around someone who absolutely challenged your emotions. You may have felt anxious due to their high level of anger or anxiety, or you might have felt depleted because of their repeated negativity. Either way, your spirit reacted and your defenses were heightened. It is at these times when we become challenged in our reactions. If we are not careful, we can react without thought. This may mean lashing back with improper words or actions. In many cases, if we have spoken irrationally or acted improperly, we immediately feel regret. As flesh on this earth, we will inevitably face these fleshly emotions. We cannot possibly be perfect…there is no such thing. Even Jesus became angry. The key to facing these life situations is how we learn to control our reactions. We can train ourselves to withhold our immediate actions, words, or thoughts. This is done through spiritual strengthening, through prayer and surrender. Each day we have the opportunity to pray. We can surrender our thoughts, actions, and reactions, on a daily basis. By asking God to help you, God will reveal His power in you, by giving you self-control. Ask Jesus to help guide your spirit throughout the day. As you grow in your spiritual walk, your spirit will be filled with the compassion of Jesus, and you will begin handling more of life’s challenging situations, with love and gentleness.

But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with Him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
1 THESSALONIANS 5:7-11

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law. GALATIANS 5:22-23

God is with us. 

Layla 

© Layla Freeman 2018
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 

 

Stonebrook Day Spa– 1875 N Old Hwy 66 A, Catoosa, OK 74015(918) 379-6838

Cozy Cottage Store – 518 W Will Rogers Blvd, Claremore, OK 74017  (918) 283-2232

She Brews Coffee Houses 414 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017  (918) 923-6020

Could’ve, should’ve, what if?

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Could have, should have, what if? What if I had done things differently?

We could all spend a lifetime looking backward asking the ‘what if’ question. This is human nature, and something we all tend to do. Unfortunately, most of the time we are asking those ‘what if’ questions…we are thinking of the mistakes we made in the past. This kind of thinking creates guilt and remorse, and can seriously hinder our future. There is no human being on this earth that hasn’t made mistakes. The past is something we can use as a very positive part of our life. Take a look at what you are questioning in your ‘what if’ statement. Instead of focusing on the negative that encompasses that situation, find the positive. There is positive in every situation…always. We must make the effort to see things differently, and use the situation as a guide and a resource for our future. This is called wisdom from experience. I don’t care how awful things were in the past, there is a positive lesson to come out of it. What if you were able to use your experience to help someone else avoid making the same mistakes? What if you analyze the journey, and begin seeing where God redirected you and helped save you from more destruction? What if we recognize where we tend to block Jesus out and begin to open up our hearts to seek His help? What if…we stop hiding from our past, and release the guilt and remorse to Jesus? What if we REALLY take to heart…the unconditional, never-ending, love and forgiveness we have been freely given? What if we surrender the past to God, and pick up our cross to follow Jesus? Our lives are in our hands. We can choose to keep looking back and hold onto past regrets, or we can make the choice to give all that baggage to Jesus. Today, think about the baggage you are dragging around in your heart. What if you placed that baggage in the Hands of Jesus, and allow Him to carry it away for you? What if?

For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son, He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. COLOSSIANS 1:13-14

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weakness, 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 4:14-16

God is with us.

Layla

© Layla Freeman 2018
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 

Stonebrook Day Spa – 1875 N Old Hwy 66 A, Catoosa, OK 74015 (918) 379-6838

Cozy Cottage Store – 518 W Will Rogers Blvd, Claremore, OK 74017  (918) 283-2232


From the Heart.

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This is the time of year when we hear more about “giving”. How often do we think of giving? We hear how important it is to give, but the act of actually ‘giving’ has become less and less in this world. I can reflect back on my past. I was selfish. I was barely making enough to make ends meet, so how could I consider giving what little I had left over? Any extra profit I made was to go toward my children or my selfish needs. This was the mindset I had before I met my wonderful husband years ago, and before I began seeking a closer relationship with God. Giving doesn’t have to just be monetary. Giving comes from the heart. Give a piece of your life to someone else by simply reaching out to them with an encouraging word. Help someone, when you hear they are in a difficult situation. Offer to mow their lawn; fix their car; or take them some tissues and cough drops if they are sick. Offer simple acts of giving, that build friendship and community. Volunteer or donate to a non-profit organization, even if it’s just a couple times a year…they can always use the help. Pay attention to what organizations are providing in the community. Non-profits offer services and assistance to the community free of charge. Often times they run on a volunteer basis only, and they rely on funding from generous hearts like you. You will be surprised at what is being done right in your own community. See what you can do in your local area. If we could all begin plugging into our surroundings, by finding out where you can help, we will build up our communities and create a sense of unity. God uses each one of us in unique ways. Pray and ask God to show you where you can begin giving. You will be amazed at the blessings you will receive in your heart when you allow your heart to be shared with others.

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus Himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” ACTS 20:35

Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 CORINTHIANS 9:7

God is with us.

Layla Freeman

Founder/ C.E.O.

Light of Hope Non-Profit Ministry 

http://www.lightofhopeinc.org

 

© Layla Freeman 2018
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 

Stonebrook Day Spa– 1875 N Old Hwy 66 A, Catoosa, OK 74015 (918) 379-6838

Cozy Cottage Store – 518 W Will Rogers Blvd, Claremore, OK 74017  (918) 283-2232


She Brews Coffee Houses 414 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017  (918) 923-6020