Layla’s Light Blog – Encouragement

Your beautiful reflection.

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Take a few moments to look in the mirror today. Spend some quiet time reflecting on what you see today. Do not look at the physical reflection…look deep into your own eyes…and notice how amazing you are. So often we get caught up in the daily rush…only looking at ourselves to see the physical reflection that we prepare the world to see. How often do we take the time to reflect on our growth…our strength…our inner beauty that shines so vibrantly? Every single one of us has had to face an overwhelming, seemingly impossible situation in our past. The experiences we have been through in our lives, mold us into who we are today. We can either develop wisdom and integrity from them…or we can hide from them and mask them…pretending they did not happen. Either way, those experiences have shaped your life. You were forced to grow…forced to be an over comer…and eventually rose up and conquered the battle. It’s time to look at yourself in the mirror and acknowledge exactly how amazing you are. Don’t stuff the experience in your back pocket and act like you didn’t go through it. Look at it, analyze it, and commend yourself for it. Even if no one ever knows the details of what you have overcome…you do. Praise yourself, for God has done a mighty work in you. Praise God for carrying you through it. As we open up our eyes to our own triumphs, we see the Glory of God’s work revealed. Recognize His Hand in what you have been able to achieve, and know that no matter what you face in the future…God’s Hand will be on you…guiding you and carrying you through.

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him. JAMES 1:12

So do not throw away your confidence, it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised. HEBREWS 10:35-36

God is with us.

Layla

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Letting go of resentments.

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Resentment. A single word that can be so destructive. 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. 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 past abuse…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 and understanding.

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, dissentions, 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

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Favor we don’t have to earn.

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Have you really understood what power the words “Grace” and “Mercy” represent? Most people don’t really know the true definition of those words. Grace means we are given what we don’t deserve. Mercy suggests we are spared what we deserve. Both of these refer to God’s favor toward us…favor we don’t have to earn. God loves us so much, that He gives us these two powerful gifts on a daily basis. Many times we don’t even acknowledge His help…we pass it off as “luck”. Nothing is simply by chance or worldly nature. Every time you have been relieved of a negative circumstance in your life, it is because God gives you His Grace and Mercy. He is always there…freely giving…as long as we don’t begin putting up the road blocks in His way. We are the key to unlocking ALL of what God has to offer us. All we have to do is open our hearts…ask God to take control…and trust Him to lead us forward.

As you know, we consider blessed those that have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverence and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. JAMES 5:11

Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one misses the Grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. HEBREWS 12:14-15

God is with us.

Layla

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Compliments make a difference.

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Doesn’t a compliment make you feel wonderful? You may be working hard at something. You may think no one has noticed, and when they do…it makes all that effort even more worth while. You may be setting life changing goals in health, eating, fitness…or dedicating more of your time to meditating in God’s Word. All of this takes effort. All of this shows a visible change in your life. When someone gives you that one word compliment…you light up on the inside! Recognize how the kindness of other’s can help your spirit to be uplifted and encouraged. Learn to apply this kindness to how you treat other people in your day to day routine. One kind word from you can make a life changing difference in another person’s life. This is how we share the love of Jesus with others. Everything we do in our lives creates an example for others. God loves it when we glorify Him in our actions, words and compassion from the heart.

Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. DANIEL 12:3

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 2 PETER 1:5-7

God is with us.

Layla

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Your Garden.

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Have you ever had the opportunity to tend and cultivate a garden? Even a small house plant takes attention and care. As you give attention to the garden and plants…you visually observe the growth and development that happens. The root system becomes stable…and eventually the plants or flowers are flourishing and producing. The small amount of effort you have taken to give the plants and flowers what they need…has given you positive results. If you take the same concept you use on tending to your plants and garden…and apply it to anything else in your life…you will achieve the same results. Things need effort…attention…and nurturing to be built up and grow. Often times we are guilty of ignoring and taking for granted…the very things that should be the focus of our attention…and then we wonder what went wrong? Seek God’s guidance in everything you face in life. Pray for Jesus to help you…and He will show you how. Tend to your spiritual life…tend to your children…tend to your marriage…tend to anything…and it will surely flourish.

The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. ISAIAH 58:11

Jesus says: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” MATTHEW 7:7-8

God is with us.

Layla

© Layla Freeman – Author of Layla’s Light 2016
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P.O. Box 669 Claremore, OK 74018
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The power of prayer.

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There are so many instances in our life where we wish we could help someone, but simply have no idea how we could. There are situations and circumstances that make it impossible to physically help someone. Regardless of the helplessness you might feel…you are more than able to uplift, encourage, and empower. The most powerful, effective, and life changing thing you can do to help someone…is to surrender them to God in fervent prayer! The power of prayer is the one thing that can be most beneficial in a person’s life. Don’t think that it goes unnoticed. God hears every prayer…and when two or more come together praying for the same thing…God hears the need even more. Pray…and don’t stop. Your gift of prayer is more valuable than any physical thing on this earth.

“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in Heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” MATTHEW 18:19-20

He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us. On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.  2 CORINTHIANS 1:10-11

God is with us.

Layla

© Layla Freeman – Author of Layla’s Light 2016
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