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.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Today was a good day

Today was a good day. I have no complaints even in my grief. The Lord worked wonders through the ordinary events of my life today. I met a great advocate for me today and it brought smiles to my face and laughter to my heart. This person went out of her way to understand what I was feeling and I was able to express entirely this is this and that is that...it was relieving. She took time to think about what I said and did some research (I like that) and didn't provide a quick answer to me just to get me out of the way. I am glad that I was able to share many things OUT LOUD to her and to my own self...yes...there is nothing wrong with affirming what is so you can be healthy, inside and out.

I'm on a journey and I am glad that I have a new partner in that journey. That's what its like when you work with persons who are not perfect, but interested in you and healthy themselves. She did not frown alot either when I told her "the down and dirty" (I was testing her metal on that score to see if she "could" be my advocate). She agreed on a plan with me and I am satisfied that the Lord heard my prayer and that this is a worthy "new beginning" (something you should not say unless it is a God-ordered "new beginning" - smile).

Yep (that's New England coming out of me - a regional thing), today was a good day. I had one "phoney bill" worked out after a few calls and had a great laugh about a "disaster"...ha ha ha....hee hee hee...God is at work and He is the only one who can give me JOY when I should be crying....ha ha ha ha....Oh...what a jolly holiday it has been...met a couple of folks...nothing serious mind you at all and thank God...nothing serious (enough said!).

It has been a good day.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Get over it?

The next time someone tells me to get over my grief I'm going to tell them to get behind me in Jesus name. I can and do grieve and it is healthy to do. Besides grabbing the ice cream and shopping to drop methods of overcoming grief, it is really important to try other healing methods of facing the grief we experience. There are several alternatives to consider like keeping a diary, writing on paper or talking to a skilled counselor about the feelings of grief.

Grief is so versatile, moving from anger to sadness to joy, and to anxiety to depression. No one can handle their grief alone-no matter if we journal or use the help of a therapist, we need the Holy Spirit of God to help us on a deep level to work out grief, especially compound grief (multiple or back to back losses). God is good and faithful and He will not allow us to grieve more than we can bear.

I would also encourage you, Reader to take grief as it comes, don't hide it but let it come out timing your expression of it for an hour or two and then put it down for next time so as not to become overwhelmed. Grief is to be experienced and not survived and endured.

Learn the lesson that grief is not bad, but a part that makes us acquainted with our own humanity-remember Jesus wept.

Monday, December 19, 2011

"Oh God our help in ages past"

There is a great hymn of the church that is recalled to my mind today and the title alone gives me rest: "Oh God our help in ages past". The first verse starts with that lead and then moves on to say, "our hope for years to come". Yes the Lord is my hope today and for years to come. Merry Christmases are in the air, and my resounding cry is that the God of my help in every stage and generation He is there because He sent His Son Jesus to be my help, my Savior, my redeemer, my help and my Lord. Without His help I could not live a life of joy, peace and unconditional love. Thanking Him today for being my help and for comimg down to  earth on Christmas morn to save a sinner like me.