Layla’s Light Blog – Encouragement

Surrender the past.

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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. It’s time to surrender the past.

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 2019
Author of HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE and Layla’s Light 
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Faith In Action

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If there was anything in your life you could change right now, what would that be? So often, our human minds automatically think of things that we can physically see, such as our bank account, physical appearance, the home we live in, the cars we drive, or our job. Think much deeper than these things. What would you change, that could ultimately make a significant positive difference in your life?

There is such simplicity in what we can all do to make our lives much more fulfilled. God has given us the gift of free will. We have the opportunity to grab hold of all the power and hope God has promised us. Faith in action can make all the difference in how your life unfolds. Prayer is the power source that gives God the ability to take action to help you with your needs and concerns. Make a commitment to start each day with prayer, regardless of how busy you may be. Reading God’s Word can give us all the wisdom to understand how to make proper decisions. Receiving Jesus and allowing Him to guide you and help you, will bring you a peace you cannot obtain from any material thing in this world. Trusting in God, and believing that He can and will do more than you can ever imagine…will bring you more than you can ever imagine. Today, make the choice to allow yourself to become an even more amazing you. Put your faith into action, and God will continue to fulfill you in so many wonderful ways.

When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” JOHN 8:12

I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen! EPHESIANS 3:16-21

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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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? 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 
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 
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1801 N. Hwy. 66 Catoosa, OK 74015 
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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
Facebook – Layla’s Light
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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 
Light of Hope  
400 N. J. M. Davis Blvd. Claremore, OK 74017 
1801 N. Hwy. 66 Catoosa, OK 74015 
918-373-4560 

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 
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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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
Facebook – Layla’s Light
Twitter – @laylaslight

Layla’s Devotional Book available for purchase at the following: 

HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE  – $9.95 

Purchase:
Light of Hope  
400 N. J. M. Davis Blvd. Claremore, OK 74017 
1801 N. Hwy. 66 Catoosa, OK 74015 
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