Layla’s Light Blog – Encouragement

Our Bread of Life

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Mental and physical exhaustion is something we all face frequently. There are days when it just seems like everything has piled up on our shoulders and we don’t have a clue where to start. We have spun circles around ourselves trying to keep up with life’s demands, yet it seems like we just aren’t catching up. We get less and less sleep. We either can’t sleep because our mind is whirling with the thoughts of the how’s, when’s or why’s…or we simply don’t get enough sleep because we are up late or early trying to cram it all in. We use coffee or the unhealthy energy drinks to try to jump start our exhausted bodies. We cut out the healthy eating so we can rush through the drive through to save extra time. The exercise gets placed on the end of the list, because everything else becomes priority. We are financially strapped…over extended in every area of our life…and desperately need peace. If we aren’t careful, we can begin falling into a pit of despair…which can lead to depression. Does this sound familiar? Yes, this is the world as we know it. We must begin to analyze our lives and recognizing what we are doing that is absolutely unnecessary. There are areas of your life that can be eliminated. Then, there are areas of our lives that can be replaced with the true sustenance that we NEED in order to find peace. JESUS is the bread of life…our sustenance. Jesus is our helper…our deliverer…our guide to calm and peace. If we begin to seek God as a priority in life, and follow the example of Jesus, we can and will be able to focus on what is important in life. We can begin enjoying the things that are important, because we will begin recognizing what is not important. We will learn balance and control when we walk in the way of the Lord. Take the time today, to ask God to begin molding your life in the way it should be. When we slow down to give our time to God…God will give us time…and rest.

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”  JOHN 6:35

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7

God is with us.

Layla

© Layla Freeman 2017
Author of HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE and Layla’s Light 
All Rights Reserved 
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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

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

 

Focus

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When God created us, He implemented special features and talents unique to each individual. Not one person is exactly the same as another. Knowing this, why do we try so hard to be like other people? The world and all its crafty influences encourage people to think they are to mold to a certain standard. This worldly standard is the devil in disguise. Beware of the “look” and the “performance” that you are influenced by. God created us to be an image of Him. His greatest desire is that you will utilize the special features and talents He equipped you with, to the best of your ability. Look within yourself. What are you focusing on in your life? Are you focusing on what you can do for God, and the gifts and talents God gave you…or what the world has to offer?

“What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.” MATTHEW 16:26-27

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. EPHESIANS 2:10

God is with us.

Layla

© Layla Freeman 2017
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

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

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

 

Are you listening?

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Some days it seems like no one is listening. We live in a world filled with so much distraction that the mere act of listening has become a rarity. In fact, to truly listen has to be learned. Most of the time we may think someone has heard us, but they weren’t fully listening. Cell phones, computers, television and the hustle and bustle of busy schedules…cause people to have an overload of mental stimulation. Because of this overload, slowing down enough to honestly listen and comprehend someone is a task. To honestly listen, we must consciously make an effort. Do you realize how much value there is in listening? When we hear what someone says we eliminate assumptions. When we comprehend what someone speaks, we can begin to understand things, such as their emotions…their desires…or their concerns. Listening takes words that have been spoken, and gives them power. This is where true communication happens. God gave us the command to love one another. In order to really love one another, we must be willing to listen to the needs of others. As we begin this day, pay attention to how much you hear throughout the day. Pray to God, asking Him to open up your heart to hear the words of others. When we begin to listen and comprehend what is being said, we will begin to really grow in our faith. We will then be opening our ears to hear exactly what we need to pray about.

Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance. PROVERBS 1:5

Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to Him!” Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus. MARK 9:7-8

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. JAMES 1:19-20

God is with us.
Layla

© Layla Freeman 2017
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 Strugglehttps://www.amazon.com/Layla-Freeman/e/B01M0VNTIM

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

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

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

When You ‘Feel’ Given Out.

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This time of year there’s a lot of focus on giving. People are drawn to helping others, donating to organizations, and serving in different capacities. It seems like the holidays really focus on this. But if you’re like me, giving happens all year long. I’m a silent giver. People don’t know who I give to, who I have physically helped, or to what level. I’m a private person when it comes to these subjects. So, what happens when your ‘giver’, ‘feels’ given out. What happens when you feel depleted? In all honesty, we are still human and have emotions that can begin to nag on us. Giving in private, undisclosed, means no one knows, and there’s no recognition. Sometimes people take advantage of your giving. It is at this point where you feel exhausted from giving and doing so much. The human part of us begins to wonder if all this giving is worth the exhaustion? We wonder if it really mattered…especially when you don’t receive thanks. But the flip side of that human inward battle is that you give from the goodness of your heart…not for the thanks. These emotions can be especially magnified at this time of year when people are asking more and more out of you. God asks us to be a cheerful giver. He also asked us to give in private. This does not just mean financially, it also means physically. When you dedicate your entire life to helping others, most of it goes unrecognized. This can leave you ‘feeling’ empty at times.
It is at these times when we must pray and trust in God‘s promises. Serving and helping others comes from the depths of your heart. It’s not about how we ‘feel’, it’s about what we are called to do. The reward is greater than any physical recognition this world can offer. As we face the pressure of the end of year giving, remind yourself that God has purposely orchestrated this into His plan. God wants us to think of others. Our needs will be provided when we focus on helping others more than when we focus on self. If you feel empty and depleted from all the things you’re doing for others, drop to your knees and ask God for his help. Ask God to remind you of the sacrifice of His Son. God gave the ultimate gift to us. God gave us His Son Jesus. God gave us a way to eternity. God gave us a way to forgiveness. God gave us a way to peace, love, and joy. Focus on helping others in your life. Give more than you think you have. In doing so, you will have great satisfaction. When you look back, you will recognize the rewards.

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” LUKE 6:38

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

© Layla Freeman 2017
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

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

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

 

Authority to Overcome.

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Do you realize how much power and authority you have over your life? Most of us either do not know or do not activate the power God has freely given us. God’s Word clearly says He has given us all authority to overcome the enemy. Any attack you are facing or will face in the future, can be redirected. Those attacks are directly from the devil. Recognize that you have been given the power of God’s Word…and your tongue…to rebuke the devil’s schemes. Rebuke by speaking out loud, casting out, specifically against the enemy’s attack. Then, pray for God’s shield of protection and ask God for His guidance. Give the situation to God. Surrender it all to Him. Speak the desires of your heart out loud. Speak them into existence, and you bring power to those words. This action, of voicing your words, allows God to take over. Trust that Jesus will walk beside you through all situations, and thank God for His promises when we seek Him.

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. PROVERBS 18:21

“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy, nothing will harm you.” LUKE 10:19

God is with us.

Layla

© Layla Freeman 2017
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

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

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

Being Refined

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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 desperate 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 2017
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

Cozy Cottage Store – 518 W Will Rogers Blvd, Claremore, OK 74017

She Brews Coffee Houses – Claremore, OK  (Downtown & within The Vessel)

Stonebrook Day Spa – 1875 N Old Hwy 66 A, Catoosa, OK 74015