Layla’s Light Blog – Encouragement

Are you overwhelmed with responsibility?

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Have you ever felt so overwhelmed with responsibility, that you did not know where to begin? There are times in life where you just don’t know what direction to take, or how to maintain balance. Unexpected circumstances happen, and you may feel like life has bombarded you with decisions, tasks, and new responsibilities. It’s hard to know how to juggle everything when you already had a ‘full plate’. How do you handle all of these sudden changes in your routine? Many times we become so stressed, we cause headaches, sickness, or lack of sleep. Why do we do this? We are human, and often times we feel like we are required to figure out how to handle these additional life situations. We must recognize our mistake in this type of thinking. We are not capable of handling these overwhelming circumstances on our own. In fact, we are not capable of handling life in general, on our own. We must seek Jesus to help us. We must be in prayer about every circumstance, every emotion, and every new thing we face. God is with us…always. He is ready to guide us and give us the directions…but we must be willing to ask. We must surrender the control to the One who is in control. God is God and we are not. God will make a way, when we cannot foresee it. Trust in the Father. Ask Jesus to carry you…and allow the peace that surpasses all understanding…to flow over you.

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

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

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Let your light shine.

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Have you ever used the excuse that you do not know everything about God yourself…so how can you talk to others about God? Most of us, whether you have been studying the Word for years, or new to your faith…have an uncertainty about how much we can speak about God to others. It is a very common misconception, and something we must all overcome. God desires for us to share our faith, no matter how knowledgeable you are. Each one of us are at different levels. The level of our Biblical education is not what helps another person…it is the love and sharing that helps someone else. The love of God shines through each of us. Let others know of the peace and love you have found. Let others know about the difference God has made in your life. Don’t be afraid to say what has happened to you in your own journey. It is through the testimony of our own lives…that we give hope and encouragement to those who are seeking to find the “light” in their lives!

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven. MATTHEW 5:14-16

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believer’s in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. 1 TIMOTHY 4:12

God is with us.

Layla

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Focus on the blessings.

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Spread the joy and the love that God pours into your lives each day. Focus on the blessings you receive on a daily basis. Recognize the gifts…bask in the beauty of our surroundings…cherish the relationships you have…and be grateful for everything. Do you realize the effect you will have on each day, if you would simply take the time to recognize the positive in your life? You have the ability to overcome anything, and it begins with the way you perceive it. Things that look like mountains of impossibilities, can be overcome. Instead of dwelling on all the negative parts of the circumstance, remind yourself that this is temporary. There is a way through this…if you trust in God to help you through it. Once you focus on all the good in your life…you will reflect that good…and Jesus’ light will shine in you. 

In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.  MATTHEW 5:16

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” MATTHEW 19:26

God is with us. 

Layla

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Children are our future.

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Our children are our future. They are precious and innocent young minds…that absorb everything they are surrounded with. They thrive on security…structure…encouragement…and mostly our love. Sometimes the smallest of our actions, can be the biggest impact on their lives. Our lives can get so busy that we can easily become distracted from focusing on follow-through with our children. Make sure that what you say is what you mean. Don’t let other less-important things take precedence over your children. Show your children how valuable they are…by making them priority. Your time and attention is the key element to helping our children develop and learn how to persevere. This is a difficult world we live in today. Teach them the saving Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the eternal love of God. Give them the solid foundation on which they can stand…rise up…and be the future leaders God has called them to be.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. DEUTERONOMY 6:5-7

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. PROVERBS 22:6

God is with us.

Layla

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Is fear holding you back?

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The fear of the unknown. Fear can be crippling. Fear can be hindering. Fear can debilitate us in such a way that we tend to stay safe and stagnant in our present circumstance…instead of stepping forward to the future. As we reflect back on our lives, we can all see where we may have postponed or even missed an opportunity…because we let fear stand in our way. This does not mean we do not use common sense. There are times when we must pay attention to those red flag warnings we feel. As our faith and walk with Jesus strengthens, we are more able to discern the times when we should be aware…or when we are simply not trusting the future. God has so much in store for each one of us. He has given each one of us specific gifts and abilities to use for God’s glory. Sometimes we don’t recognize our own gifts, and when we don’t allow ourselves to trust in that nudge we have from God…we are hindering our blessing. Trust that God knows what He is doing…when you feel that pull in a certain direction. Pray about that ‘feeling’ you are having. If the nudge is still there, and you clearly see it could be a positive step in the right direction…then cast out that fear…and step out in faith. Trust in God and allow Jesus to guide you. You have far more capability within you than you realize. You are a vessel in God’s honor. You are going to be used by God in mighty ways! Allow yourself to see your potential. Don’t walk around with fear blinders on…walk around knowing you are wearing the eyes of our Father, who created you to be the mighty example for Him!

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

We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach, if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. ROMANS 12:6-8

God is with us.

Layla

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Why are things happening to me?

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Do you ever feel like life is getting harder to face? Are you pressing through days where you face difficulty after difficulty? Does it seem like there are more obstacles to overcome than ever before? This is not a new subject. Often times our human nature tends to question God at these times. We wonder why things are happening to us. It’s hard to understand what we have ‘done’ that may be causing these things to happen. Are we being punished? NO. Nowhere in Scripture does it teach that trials in life are an indication that God is displeased with us. Instead, Scripture indicates that God recognizes our faith and has confidence in our commitment to Him. Wrapping our minds around how human nature works…is impossible.  We must use the wisdom we gain from Scripture to see and evaluate life. This means asking for God’s wisdom to cope with the trials of life, and allowing our hearts to be led by the Holy Spirit. Prayer is essential. Jesus will guide you and help you…when you honestly place your trust in Him. Commit your life to increasing your faith. You can be assured the struggles will become strength, and trials will become testimony.

Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.        PSALM 55:22

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.   JAMES 1:2-6

God is with us.

Layla

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