Layla’s Light Blog – Encouragement

Your Light Shines Brightly

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How do we talk to others about God? How do we effectively share our faith, and encourage other people to draw nearer to God? There is a balance and an effectiveness that is very important. Many of us have experienced someone in our lives, that has made us feel uncomfortable when they spoke about what we “should or could” be doing in our faith walk. These conversations probably made you cringe and want to crawl away. When we feel we are being directly “preached at” we experience the same emotion as when we feel we are being “judged”. God does not want us to walk around telling people how they ‘should be’. This leaves people feeling a sense of condemnation. God desires for us to share the good news in a loving, compassionate way. God wants us to live a life of righteousness and love. Through our own faith journey, we gain spiritual wisdom. This wisdom will allow us to shine brightly in our daily walk. We are all on a spiritual growth journey. We will be able to show our faith…the love of God…simply by what we reflect in our own character. This refection will draw people to you. They will want to know what it is that makes your light shine so brightly. There are times when we will be able to encourage others with what God has done for us. There will be opportune times…that God will provide…that will give us the wisdom to share the story of Jesus and the salvation we are able to receive freely. Allow the spirit to flow through you, by focusing on your daily walk with God. God will guide us all, and use each one of us in a special way, to spread the good news of Jesus and the promise of eternal life and everlasting love.

Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. 1 TIMOTHY 4:16

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense – Jesus Christ, The Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 JOHN 2:1-2

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
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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

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

Light of Hope Offices – 400 N. J.M. Davis Boulevard 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 – 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

End the Gossip

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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? Because 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 the 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 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

You are an example.

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Whatever you do every day…do it with an example. It is so important to remember that how you act, how you speak, how you treat others, and how you love…shines brighter than anything you can ever imagine. You are the example of Christ. You represent God’s love and power. The way you face adversity is what people will notice the most. If they watch you draw closer to God, when they expected you to fall apart, they will be encouraged. We are the ones who will lead other’s to salvation, by showing people how much peace and hope is within our own lives because we completely trust in God.

Most people do not know how to trust. It is something that has to be learned. We have been hurt by people in our lives, and that hurt is painful. People are human, and the human nature is…well, human nature. We cannot rely on people to fill our hearts with peace, or carry us through the difficult times. We must learn to trust that God will provide all we ever need. We must develop a relationship with Jesus, and call on Him on a daily basis. Prayer and surrender are the keys to opening the heart so that it can be filled by Jesus. Practicing our faith helps us learn how to trust in God. Build your relationship, which builds your character, on a daily basis, and you will be fulfilled…and be filling others with inspiration along the way.

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

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. COLOSSIANS 3:17

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

How & Why?

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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 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 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

The Fear of Change

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Recently my family had the opportunity to step away from our busy work schedules and enjoy time away on vacation. It took me several days to unwind my mind, and begin to embrace time away from work. I love what I do, but it has a deep element of emotional heaviness on a daily basis. This is because I am working with others who are beginning a new life journey of change. There is no greater reward than to watch lives transform and people embrace their value and worth. But it’s a long process and something that takes some serious effort. Change is uncomfortable & unknown, and fear of that unknown can be difficult to press through.

All of us have something in our life that we know needs to change. Many times we hold onto things, situations, or even habits that we know are not healthy…simply because the thought of making a change creates discomfort in our minds. It is hard to face change. It takes effort.

It is easy to become complacent in our lives and allow things to continue on a day to day basis. We think that simply going on about our daily routine, in the same way, as  usual, will make that thing, situation or habit go away in time. The reality is, nothing will change until we make an effort to step in a new direction.

Don’t be afraid to let go. You can be relieved…you can unload…you will find peace. It starts with accepting the fact that things need to change. Once you admit that thought to yourself, look to God, and ask Him to show you what to do next. Press past the uncomfortable feeling…the fear of the unknown…and begin thinking towards a better future. It is amazing how God begins to show you signs, stir your spirit, and help you know that you can do anything…through Christ who strengthens you. Jesus is holding your hand, and He will guide you when you allow Him to show you the way. 

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 minds in Christ Jesus. PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7

I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. PHILIPPIANS 4:13

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

Unique You

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 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

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