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.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

I'm Angry with God!

Recently, I met a young man in a training group who on the surface seemed to have it all together. Newly married, he was the “life” of the class going through the training, making connections with everyone and being very vocal about his feelings regarding the training presentations. “Raw” is the best word I can use to describe his demeanor and attitude. As I observed this behavior, I came to realize that something else was going on with him and there was a reason for his sometimes, violent or malicious gossip toward the people in the training class.


Later I learned in one of the sessions, a little of what was “underneath” the persona he presented when he proclaimed out loud, “I’m Angry with God”! As my ears were pricked by that singular phrase, I thought “okay, he’s struggling with grief”. I began to pray and ask God for strength, understanding, and forgiveness for him. I had to do this: I’ve been angry with God.

Later in the training, The Lord gave us an opportunity to talk further after he mentioned a second time “that God and he are not on good terms”. I began to share with him that that I know what it feels like to be angry with someone that you really love because of expectations based on relationship. Isn’t that why we get angry with others? As I listened to his statements of “how can God let that happen?”, and “I’ve seen too much”, I realized, I too have struggled with an overwhelming sense of disappointment when God did not stop something bad from happening to me; when I lost something important; or when I experienced the death of a loved one.

Grieving can sometimes disguise the disappointment and bewilderment with anger or angry feelings. Anger gives us power; it certainly is more expressive than the grieving stage of depression, but it is an important stage in the process of recovery. I have learned that much of the anger is tied to this “expectation of God” to do something for us, to stop the pain of someone, or the heartfelt disappointment of losing a job. “Why God” may be the most oft spoken question in the human heart. And yet, sometimes, the “whys” are not answered and that can make us angry with God. It begs examination of our inner self to find out what should we do when we are angry with God, ourselves or someone (some are angry with the person who died). Where does that anger come from anyway?

I truly believe that some of the anger may be based on this human condition of needing to be in control of life and everything that is a part of our life. When a loss or a death occurs, we realize life cannot be controlled and that upsets our view of ourselves, others and God. Isn’t this the same sin problem from the beginning of time? We want to be the controllers, though many of us, especially Christians do not want to admit that fact. Many persons subconsciously believe “we are in fact little gods” able to determine the outcomes and consequences of life. If that belief system is too close to self worship, then we believe that we are “inherently good and deserving”; or maybe it’s the old “insurance policy” at work in our belief system. “Serving God is beneficial” – He can do everything we want Him to do it, when we want Him to do it, including never letting us feel pain, sorrow, grief or disappointment. But that is simply not the reason to serve and have a relationship with God or anyone else. None of us would (or should) want a person in our life for just for what that person (let alone God Almighty) can give us. If so, you are probably a very selfish person indeed.

The case can be made, that loss or death teaches us (without asking us if we want the lesson) that not only are we not in control, we can’t control God! God is more than a personal “genie”. Yes, He is ever present, all knowing and all powerful. He knows and sees exactly who we are and all of the actions and events of every human being. The Holy Bible affirms “He is acquainted” with all of our ways (see Psalms 139, The Holy Bible). At the same time, God has given (allowed) humans reason and free will to exercise good or evil. We may not want to accept the truth that in reality, the world we live in is not a “good world” and in fact, it is full of evil and evil people teetering on destruction. You, Reader, can look around every day or listen to the news to confirm that fact. Must I remind readers of the recent tornados, floods and earthquakes that are occurring all over this world? We are obviously not in control and bad things are happening to good and bad people everywhere. Ask those who are wrongly convicted, or have gone through a divorce or a parent that survived a dying child

So the question I and many of us have asked “Why doesn’t God do something about it” may be found in an answer that is the root “heart” problem of our anger: “God, please don’t let anything bad happen to me or my family because we don’t deserve it”. I have gone through many “valley” experiences, and when I pulled the cover off with God’s help of course, I found out I was really angry, because I didn’t feel I deserved it or that I should have to deal with that level of pain or suffering if I know God and He is with me. Why would He love me and see me suffer so much devastation? As I have grown to discover more and more, that my pain is important to God but it is not unique to the human experience that includes, sometimes death, loss, broken relationships, health issues, or disaster of any sort. We live in a sinful world and some things happen to us or the people we love because we live in a sin-filled world.

But there is a way out of the anger stage and a text of scripture is worth the stating here for study. “Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God's work from beginning to end”, Ecclesiastes 3:1, New Living Translation). “We cannot see the scope of God’s work” – we can’t see or understand all of the questions we may have in our life. God is at work, whether we understand what He is doing by His intervention or what we consider is a lack of intervention by God. We cannot fathom or control the vast wisdom of an infinite God with our limited minds. God is the beginning and the end and He is in control of yesterday, today and tomorrow. We must go to Him in faith and ask Him to calm our mind, give us understanding and comfort our hearts as we process our grief and grasp the wisdom and even the good that can come out of what we have called “a bad thing”. I have seen greater visions of God in the excruciating tests of losses. God has worked more miracles in my life because of my great need for His abiding presence to keep my mind, soul and very being in my grief.

God has also designed that humankind would choose His plan to escape the long-lasting effects of living in a sin-filled world by accepting His Son Jesus Christ who sacrificed His life by taking the sins of the world upon Himself. All who believe that Jesus’ rescues us from the evil of this world by His death and resurrection will, ultimately, have eternal victory over “bad stuff”. The Holy scriptures declare that Jesus Christ, the Son of God has gotten the “victory” over the power of a sinful world, including the power of death. If anyone believes on Him and receive His gift of salvation, he or she can be saved forever (eternity) from the finality of death’s power: “But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ” 1 Corinthians 15:57 (read entire 15th chapter).Through accepting Jesus Christ as the Savior, even the “the power of the bad stuff” is diminished: “For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith” 1 John 5:4. With Jesus, we do “overcome”.

As for the young man who said he was angry with God, I believe he is on a journey of grief that will bring Him to a loving Heavenly Father who is certainly not angry with him. I reminded him to pray and it is my prayer that he begins to talk to God about his anger. Many of us may be like him on our grief journey, but please don’t stay there. God will help you process the many deep things in your heart so you can move from the anger stage of grief to knowing that God may not stop the loss from coming into our lives, but He will provide the comfort and understanding you need to get through it. God is Our Heavenly Father.

Shalom

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