Layla’s Light Blog – Encouragement

You Are Forgiven

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Every one of us can relate to having regrets from the past. We all have something we can reflect on…and cringe when we think about what we did. We were born into this world, given the breath of life, and the ability to make choices. We were not given a childhood instruction manual. We were given parents or caregivers to take care of us as we grew up. We made it to adulthood and were given free reign to choose how our life direction would go. It is not easy to know how to handle adult life…if you don’t have the foundation of Christ. Many people come to know Christ as adults…after they have lived a pattern of mistakes and regrets. This is the reality of life. Even those who were raised with Christ in their home, have made their share of wrong choices. We are all human, coming from all aspects of life, trying to place one foot in front of the other. So why is it so hard to admit we made mistakes? Why do we do all that we can to cover up those past regrets? SHAME. Shame is the enemy in our subconscious. Shame is that small voice in your head, whispering, “you are not worthy”. Shame is the devil’s way of pulling you down. Holding in our guilt from what we have done in the past, is like pouring fuel on burning embers. Just as soon as the embers are about to go out, they are re-ignited by the shame that spews out within your mind.

YOU ARE WORTHY. YOU ARE VALUABLE. You can and will be forgiven for any and all things you have EVER done in your life. Jesus Christ died for us, carrying all our sins to the cross (past, present, and future)…so we could be given that free gift of repentance and forgiveness. God did that for you and for me. God knew we would make mistakes, so He gave us a way to be free from our sins. God loves you unconditionally, without contingencies. Receive the love of Jesus. Believe and confess that Jesus is Lord. Then, ask God to forgive you for anything from your past…and allow that shame to be lifted away. Save yourself from unnecessary pain. You deserve this.

That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile – the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” ROMANS 9:9-13

 For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more. HEBREWS 8:12

 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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Hope in the Struggle – $9.95 

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Another Chapter Bookstore – 9455 N Owasso Expressway, Owasso, OK 74055  (918) 609-5946

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 – Claremore, OK  (Downtown & within The Vessel) 
Downtown – 414 West Will Rogers Boulevard
Claremore, OK 74017  (918) 923-6020
​​South – 1301 West Country Club Road, Suite 100
Claremore, OK 74019 (918) 965-1121

Deep Within

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No one wants to talk about pain. I’m not talking about physical pain…I’m talking about emotional pain. Emotional pain is hard to face. It’s the kind of pain that we bury deep down in our gut…and try to ignore. It has to do with years of trying to pretend that those deep hurts are gone, yet they are still there. Every time we were lied to…cheated on…abused…neglected…rejected…or humiliated…we endured a level of emotional pain that simply does not go away. Too often we carry this emotional baggage around, never realizing just how much it holds us back. When we become overloaded with difficulties in life…these past emotional pains can rise up inside us, and we don’t know how to handle it.  Why is it so hard to face these emotions? Why do we try to bury it, instead of handing it to God? Shame…pride…or our own self judgment can cause us to continue holding emotions in…instead of seeking our Father God…the One who can help us through it all. As humans, we face a difficult world. Each day is a challenge, and each day we have an opportunity to surrender all of these challenges and emotions to Jesus. Jesus understands all the struggles we face each day. Jesus knows how to help you face these deep seeded emotions we all have buried deep inside. As you face today, allow Jesus to be your gift from God. God gave us His Son…so that we would be able to have freedom, forgiveness, and peace. This is a gift…freely given to us if we will receive it. Don’t forget, all you have to do is ask for Jesus to help you. Talk to God about your difficulties, and allow Jesus to carry you through this process. Slowly, over time, you will be able to surrender each emotional burden, and you will receive a peace that surpasses all understanding.

Jesus said: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” MATTHEW 11:28-30

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. PHILIPPIANS 4:7

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

Another Chapter Bookstore – 9455 N Owasso Expressway, Owasso, OK 74055  (918) 609-5946

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 – Claremore, OK  (Downtown & within The Vessel) 
Downtown – 414 West Will Rogers Boulevard
Claremore, OK 74017  (918) 923-6020
​​South – 1301 West Country Club Road, Suite 100
Claremore, OK 74019 (918) 965-1121

Feeling Depleted

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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? 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.

Sometimes there are no words to say, to express what we are dealing with inside. We feel depleted of the ability to express the issue at hand. It might simply be too complex or too painful to describe. We know the best thing we can do is to surrender it to God and to pray about it. But how do we pray when we cannot even come up with the words? It is at these times when God has given us the Holy Spirit to intercede. Simply stop and spend some time in your thoughts, telling God you need His help, and that you just don’t know what to say. Allow this silent time to be a powerful time with God. Our Spirit speaks loud and clear…without words. Trust God to know how to intercede, and trust that He is working on taking care of your situation…in His time.

But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s Will. ROMANS 8:25-27

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7

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

Another Chapter Bookstore – 9455 N Owasso Expressway, Owasso, OK 74055  (918) 609-5946

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 – Claremore, OK  (Downtown & within The Vessel) 
Downtown – 414 West Will Rogers Boulevard
Claremore, OK 74017  (918) 923-6020
​​South – 1301 West Country Club Road, Suite 100
Claremore, OK 74019 (918) 965-1121

Communicate

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Communication is essential. Our voice, our attitude, our eyes, and our hands are all forms of communication. It is essential that we use these tools, to convey our thoughts and our needs. This communication is important and eliminates assumptions based on guessing other peoples thoughts or actions. Guessing and assuming causes confusion. We cannot go through life assuming that we know what to expect, what other people are thinking, or even that we will have another opportunity.

How often do we wake up in the morning and assume it’s just another routine day? Just think of those days when you were rushed and skipped the most important preparation for the day…a prayer to God. It probably made that day a bit more difficult, and you never even realized it. Yes, we can be assured that God is with us in all we do…and that is the truth. However, we cannot assume God will be able to help us if we don’t ask for help for those specific things. We must ask, and invite God into the situation.

The same goes for anything in life. If we don’t voice our needs or concerns, how can we expect anyone else to know them? If we don’t respond to people with the proper communication, how can we expect them to know you have received information? Take a proactive stance in your life. Remember to respond to people and don’t let the conveniences of the electronic world take over that personal interaction. Don’t assume that you are heard, when the only voice being communicated is the one in your own head. Speak up. Pray to God on a regular basis. Ask God for help and guidance, and be specific with your thoughts and needs. Communicate clearly with people, know what your priorities are, and focus on your blessings. Make every effort to live righteously and in direct communication with God, so that your daily life will be properly guided, which will help you follow the will of God.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” MATTHEW 7:7

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism. COLOSSIANS 3:23-25

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

Another Chapter Bookstore – 9455 N Owasso Expressway, Owasso, OK 74055  (918) 609-5946

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 – Claremore, OK  (Downtown & within The Vessel) 
Downtown – 414 West Will Rogers Boulevard
Claremore, OK 74017  (918) 923-6020
​​South – 1301 West Country Club Road, Suite 100
Claremore, OK 74019 (918) 965-1121

Obtainable 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 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

Another Chapter Bookstore – 9455 N Owasso Expressway, Owasso, OK 74055  (918) 609-5946

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 – Claremore, OK  (Downtown & within The Vessel) 
Downtown – 414 West Will Rogers Boulevard
Claremore, OK 74017  (918) 923-6020
​​South – 1301 West Country Club Road, Suite 100
Claremore, OK 74019 (918) 965-1121

Do not conform to this world…

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Fear is a word we can all relate to. 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. How do we handle this? How can we avoid the fear of the future? Just thinking about the future can cause anxiety and stress. The truth is…this 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 is this 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. 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, and He will show you the way to peace and security.

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

© 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

Another Chapter Bookstore – 9455 N Owasso Expressway, Owasso, OK 74055  (918) 609-5946

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 – Claremore, OK  (Downtown & within The Vessel) 
Downtown – 414 West Will Rogers Boulevard
Claremore, OK 74017  (918) 923-6020
​​South – 1301 West Country Club Road, Suite 100
Claremore, OK 74019 (918) 965-1121