A Scripture Verse

Jesus said, "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted", Matthew 5:5, King James Version (Cambridge Edition)

About Our Ministry

Naomi’s Ministry is Christian blog designed to provide encouragement, strength and prayer to individuals who are experiencing loss, grief and recovering from traumatic experiences.

This blog site is to encourage, pray and support persons experiencing a wide range of losses that anyone of us may experience in our lifetime. The parting of a special loved one by death; divorce; the loss of job and financial security; the loss of limb(s) or debilitating illness or disease; the loss of a home or opportunity, are all "losses" and at varying degrees, may catapult you into a grieving cycle or traumatic event. However, we may not be on the road to recovery, if the right resources are not available to give us perspective on our feelings and the changes that happens in one’s life when a loss of any kind occurs. We need courage to grieve and to wait before God for the healing that comes, sometimes, one day at a time.

This is "first" a ministry of encouragement:

Know that what you are going through is normal for anyone who has experienced what you have experienced. Knowing how to go through the process, recognizing when you are grieving and seeking the help you may need will aid in the recovery process.

Know that it is okay that you are hurting. No explanations are needed. Admitting that is a first step toward your recovery. Recovery does not mean that you will forget the one or object of your loss. This also does not mean you will not forget the trauma of your victimization. Emotional healing will allow you to live authentically, freely, victoriously in spite of the event.

Know that you are not alone. Jesus Christ promised never to leave us or forsake us (The book of Hebrews, chapter 13, verse 5). This promise found in the Holy Scriptures is a promise from the Lord Himself that He is always with us, even during our darkest nights. Jesus also said, “I will not leave you comfortless” (The book of the Gospel of John, chapter 14, verse 18).

 Know that “The Comforter will come” (The book of the Gospel of John, chapter 16, verse 7). The Comforter that Jesus Christ is referencing is God the Holy Spirit, (part of the triune Godhead). As you call out to God in faith during this time of tremendous emotional and sometimes physical pain, the Lord will send His Spirit to minister to your mind, body, soul and spirit. He alone can heal the hurts of loss, grief and trauma. The Holy Spirit will wipe away "your tears". Jesus "is willing" to heal you if you but ask and trust Him in the process of recovery.

 Know one day you will be able to smile again. The sun will shine again and you will laugh again. You will have more good days to come. The Lord knows the thoughts and plans he has for you (Jeremiah 29:11), even if you cannot see it in the midst of this defining moment. If you will trust the Lord’s plans for you, you will come through this season, whole and able to continue on in your life’s journey.

Search out a church home or fellowship, grief recovery counselor/support group. Depending on our needs, we may need some assistance beyond what a blog, book or cards offer. Professional help is available. Pray and ask the Lord to direct you to a place of healing and confidentiality. Check out the resources at your church or another Christ-centered congregation. There are also Christian counseling services and grief recovery ministries and support groups that are of great help. Please do not grieve alone.

The time for recovery is NOW. Just like you would go to the hospital’s emergency room if you were physically in need of medical treatment, so during high levels of emotional crisis, you should not wait to seek help or assistance. DON’T WAIT TO GET HELP. This is the time to admit that you are hurting and it is okay.

Keep talking to God the Father, the Father of ALL Comfort. He knows your grief and the journey ahead. Also believe that He loves you even when you are sad. This ministry is reaching out to you with Jesus' love. We are praying for your total healing and recovery.

If you are interested in receiving bible-based books on grief recovery or one of the quarterly bible studies, please write me at:
jesusislord14@outlook.com. Please do not request money - request prayer or a book.

Please include your prayer requests when you write. We love you and we are praying for you.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Agony of Victory

Greetings friends.....

May the Lord make His face to shine upon you today. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Please feel free to forward these blog "bursts" to friends and family members who you know are grieving or going through loss (divorce, the passing of a loved one, unemployment, job transition, promotion,etc.) We want to encourage everyone who may need a Word from the Lord and a co-laborer's experience.

I want to give an update that my grandmother has survived yet another surgery. To God Be the Glory. He is and has always been in charge of life and death. Before we were in our mother's womb, He knew us (Psalms 139). So He knows when it's time to go and our work OR witness here on earth is through. I am still grieving because I don't know when; but I am grateful that God is in control and the things that I don't understand and the struggle that goes along with that - HE UNDERSTANDS. That gives me comfort. HE KNOWS ME AND UNDERSTANDS ME. You know, nothing is more frustrating than misunderstanding and being misunderstood.

Jesus experienced that as we walk through this Holy Week. He is going through a betrayal of a friend who betrays Him with a kiss. He goes through a betrayal of friends who said they knew Him but walked away from Him when He needed his friends the most; He is going through false evaluations as Bishop Walther Scott Thomas, Sr, Pastor of the New Psalmist Baptist Church shared with the saints on Sunday of religious people who are insecure and jealous of the power He has by the Holy Ghost, the authority He brings to the answers that people need and the "crowds of people" saying Hosanna, Blessed Is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord. He is then questioned by a poltical authority who doesn't have the courage to do the right thing and condemns knowinlgy an innocent man due to his fear of the opinions of others and the fear of loss of his own power (not realizing that his abuse of power has lost him his power). Jesus goes through the mockings, spitting, hittings with a whip with little pieces of metal in it. And then in sheer agony, has to carry His own cross through a crowd of people to the place where He would be nailed to a cross that He has to carry. He forgives a sinner while suffering His own pain. He ignores the taunts of persons who want Him to prove who He is. And then the final moments of death: when God abandons Him seemingly and He is left alone to die with the weight of the world's sins, every sin, upon Him.

And He survived it all!

He paid it all!

He got up! Just like He said He would.

He took the keys of death and hell from the devil.

He reconciled the world back to God - He paid Adam's sin debt forever.

He came out of the grave and the power of His resurrection, resurrected many other dead souls that had been in the grave (Matthew 27:51-52).

The curtain that once separated people from the direct prescense of God was torn by God Himself.

My Jesus Today - What a Mighty God we Serve!

So I celebrate my grandmother's recovery and all of the things that I have lossed in the life because Jesus is the Resurrection. He said so Himself. And He will resurrect me (and you if you have made a decision for Jesus Christ in your heart) at the last day. This gives me hope, because what appears dead in my life can be resurrected again. It may not be "returned", but the Lord will give me another life and give me the power to live it unto Him.

I'm celebrating today the Risen Lord and the Power of this Holy Week, this holy time......

I also by the way decided to take some time off this year to enjoy this great time in the Lord. To enjoy and commerorate what Jesus did just for me.

Please don't forget to worship this week. Go out to a mid-week service this year. Go and enjoy a resurrection play. Talk about what Jesus did for you on the cross to family and friends. Read the gospels for yourself and re-enliven you faith in Jesus and the cross. Carry your cross - and get your victory through Him who showed us the way.

We are MORE than conquerors through Jesus Christ who loves us......NO FEAR in love....ALL LOVE and ALL JOY.

We praise You Risen Lord!

In the Master's service,

a servant and worshipper.......of the Greatest!

Sis Verinda

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Anticipatory Grief

The grief of expectation.

This week has been a struggle....and the end of the week an even greater struggle. My grandmother is very ill; dying as the doctor said with either 2 days or 2 months to live. The family, having to come together did not really come together as we all grappled with the serious decision to take my grandmother off of life support. We all fought the doctors and I could not help feeling angry by the process of finding out from the doctors what was what; the lack of empathy from people from work; the varying degrees of misunderstanding between the family members, not to mention the headache of denial that this is really happening; and the pending doom that no matter what is decided in terms of additional health care, my 97-1/2 grandmother may expire anyway. Her extension could mean a lesser quality of life though it keeps her in the land of the living. Or God could miraculously heal her from double pneumonia Or she could pass away in her sleep with the tube in her mouth. The uncertainity of death is exasperating and I am tired, angry, sad and grieved all at the same time.

Twice I yelled at some contractors doing work on the house on yesterday.....
I laughed a couple of times at silly movies on TV with a tear in my heart
I cried and screamed myself to sleep on Thursday night...
I went into work for a couple of hours on Friday and didn't want to be there, but also didn't want to lose my momentum on a project I"m working on...and angry that I care so much....
I went to church today and was somewhat encouraged but not really comforted...

I have tears in my soul.....where words cannot be expressed.

And Yet, I keep singing "Great is Thy Faithfulness".....because God is faithful no matter how I feel....feelings are not facts you know and yet they are so real...

And I have to still do warfare against our enemy, the devil who always looks for an opportunity while you are down to tempt you to do, say or think something you have no business doing...

Pray for me today. And know, that anticipatory grief feels just like real grief....it is the grief of "watchfulness"...the waiting for the call; the finding out when will it happen - where will I be....and all of that kind of stuff....But I believe that God is faithful and will keep my heart doing this season of "new" grief....

I am praying for others who have lost loved ones today as well...My heart goes out to you.

Today, I must encourage myself in the Lord.