Layla’s Light Blog – Encouragement

Your Gifts

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Do you recognize how special you are? Are you aware of your gifts and your unique qualities? So often, we do more self criticism than we do acknowledgment of our value and worth. God created each one of us in a very special way. We all have something different that is precious to this world. Why is it so hard for us to see ourselves in that precious way? Why do we compare and compete with worldly standards? Society attempts to create a mold…that pushes the world into attempting to fit into that unrealistic image. God’s Word says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” ROMANS 12:2 God has given each one of us an opportunity to use the unique gifts He gave us…to glorify Him through our lives.  Are you able to recognize the gifts you have been given? Our gifts aren’t necessarily obvious talents such as art, singing, or playing music. Many times our gifts are powerful in humble and subtle ways. Are you an encourager? Do you have the ability to listen intently without opinion or judgment? Are you a caretaker…nurturing and gentle in action? Do you love to teach, speak, or serve? We all have something special we are good at. Tap into that passion and begin to recognize your value. What are you doing with your gifts? Ask Jesus to guide you and show you how to recognize and use your gifts. We all have a purpose. Allow your life to be filled with your unique passions…which will glorify God and bring light to this world.
Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.
ROMANS 12:4-6
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 1 CORINTHIANS 12:4-7
God is with us.
Layla
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Emotional 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, by 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. You will begin handling more of life’s challenging situations…with patience, love and gentleness.

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

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 5:8-11

God is with us.

Layla

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Waiting isn’t easy

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Waiting. Waiting is something we do on a day to day basis. There are normal routines of waiting for a stop light to change…waiting on the coffee to brew…or waiting to get off work. Then, there are more serious issues that require waiting for lengthy amounts of time. These issues require more than just waiting on time…they require a great deal of daily patience. Whether you are waiting for the results of a job interview or a medical report…waiting isn’t easy. We must dig deep into our faith…and trust that God is in control. But what happens when what you are waiting for takes too long? What if the results aren’t what you expected them to be? How do you react when things don’t go according to your anticipations? This is where we are tested in our faith walk. This is where we find ourselves at a cross road. This cross road is a decision we must make…in order to determine how we will face the outcome of what we have been waiting for. Decide to trust God…no matter what. Decide to lean on Jesus…and believe that HE will carry you through anything. Decide to decide that you will not allow the enemy to manipulate your thinking. Be determined that God will guide you through whatever you are facing. God is the light. His light will show you the pathway through the difficult times.

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. ROMANS 12:11-13

This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. 1 JOHN 1:5

God is with us.

Layla

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Don’t be afraid

Don’t be afraid to let go. 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 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 toward a new direction. You can be relieved…you can unload…you can 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…give you thoughts…and help you know that you can do anything…through Christ who strengthens you.

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

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Kind Words Change Lives

One of the most powerful and useful things we possess, is our tongue. The tongue can bring praise and encouragement to the most discouraged person. The tongue expresses love through kind speech…and peace…sometimes through no speech at all. What we say can impact a person or situation forever. God desires for us to use our gift of speech to the best of our ability. Sometimes God wants us to give our testimony of things we have been able to overcome. Many times people see our character through the way we speak. Be careful how you use the tongue…it is a dangerous and destructive thing if used in the wrong way. Make every effort to exemplify God, through positive and gracious words.
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When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise. PROVERBS 10:19.

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

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 3:5.

God is with us.
Layla

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Do Not Doubt

DO NOT DOUBT. Most of us read those words and ignore them, or say “yeah, right” inside our head. Doubt is an ugly word. Doubt is lack of trust…uncertainty…hesitating to believe. Doubt is parallel to fear. Doubt roars it’s ugly head and makes us unstable in whatever we are facing. Why do we doubt? We are human…and we have been hurt. We use doubt as an invisible shield, to supposedly protect us from whatever we are doubting. It is normal to have precautions towards people…towards change…or major decisions in life. However, when we doubt the truth of God, and the realistic promises He has given us…then we are hindering our future. The first step to real hope is to stop doubting that God can and will make your life better than you can ever imagine. Stop doubting that God is that big…and recognize that God is THAT AWESOME! God created us, He created this world, and He gave you free will to make whatever choices you want to make. God does not force Himself upon us, nor does He try to manipulate or control us. God loves us so much that He allows you freedom to choose whatever you desire in your life. If you doubt that freedom and love…then you are doubting the existence of God. God is real. God is love. God is hope. God is who can help you. Stop doubting, and recognize that the Almighty God is capable of turning your life into something amazing. Believe and you will receive. Begin trusting God…even if you don’t get instant results. Give God time to move those mountains of situations. He wants the very best for you, and if you are willing to stop doubting His greatness…you will begin seeing God’s power at work in your life.
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Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. PSALM 9:10

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in Heaven may forgive you your sins.” MARK 11:22-25

God is with us.
Layla

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