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. God wants you to have His Victory through His Son, Jesus Christ who won it on the Cross of Calvary for you and I.

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 in your heart again. You will laugh again. You will have more good days to come. The Lord knows the thoughts and plans he has for us (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 safe and Word-filled church home or fellowship, counselor/support group. God’s Word is the answer. Read Psalms 34, 41, 42, 91, 103, 107, 112, 119, 121, 123, 140, 145. Depending on our needs, we may also 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. 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 prayer, please write me at: jesusislord14@outlook.com. Please do not request money - request prayer.

God loves you. We are praying you will feel His love and comfort every time you reach out to read the messages.

Jesus THE SON OF GOD is Lord!


Sister Birdsong

Friday, October 7, 2011

Grieving Unemployment

Father of Lights, thank you for this day!

I hate to say I'm an "expert" in this field of unemployment and job changes, but alas, the Lord's path of suffering and chastening led me down this path many times of my years of working. Some jobs I left and others "we agreed" in the parting one way or another. But never did I not feel a sense of loss in the leaving. Even in bad situations, including unemployment, we leave a part of ourselves at the place where we once labored.

The greatest losses has been the relationships, the people you meet who made you smile; or the people you meet who ministered to you in a special way. I can remember at each place of employment, a person or two who made a real imprint on my life in some way or another.

I remember the last person in my last job before transferring to a new job. She is a holy woman of God. She encouraged me into "good works" for the Lord and reminded me about my important character traits that please God. She prayed with me often and her office became a "tabernacle" for us. God would show up and I could cry and yes, I could even do my holy dance before the Lord behind closed doors. It was moments at a time, but precious times and memories of the grace of God to bring along some help to me when I needed it the most. She prayed for me through this last transition and we rejoiced at the goodness of God in providing my every need. As only she can say it: "I see God in this".

It is okay to grieve when you lose or move to another job. We miss little things, like getting up a little bit later in the morning. Maybe it was the daily commute into the office we miss, the hustle and bustle of having somewhere to go. Or maybe it was the person we spoke to every morning at the coffee shop on the way to work that made going to work "easier". God knows it all and He is with us even in providing comforts to those small lost pleasures. That's why I love Him. He understands us best.

So if you are unemployed today, go ahead and cry. Mourn the loss whatever it is. God is with you and understands that you are walking "through the valley of death", the death of a job. But God is able to see you through the valley of death back up the mountain of new opportunities. Ask Him today to comfort you. "Blessed are you who mourn".

Verinda and fellow-laborer

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