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

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Why losses can hurt deeply - talking about post-traumatic stress

Post-traumatic stress (PTSD) can occur due to a shocking, or fearful, tragic event or loss. The current losses or events that trigger anxiety, stress, bad memories, nightmares, sweats , weeping or any number of events that occur, may bring on an onset of post trauma stress - a reminder that we are still in need of God's grace and the healing touch of Jesus to go deep into our souls to cleanse, heal and restore us.

This week I went through a car situation - my car overheated on the highway on the way to work. I wondered while driving, "where is all this smoke coming from?" At closer inspection, it was my car that was letting out smoke like a hot kettle full of hot water. I pulled over to the breakdown lane on the highway, got out of the car and ran as far as I could from the car - I wasn't sure if the car was going to blow up or something...Whew! What a scary event.

As I collected myself, I called 911, a state trooper came to see if I was okay and The Lord sent one citizen, a woman to stop when she saw me standing in morning traffic on the side of the road to give me a lift somewhere if I needed it. Now that the emergency is over, it is good to know, there are still some people who care about people - even strangers - and will do the right thing to help a person in need. Thank God.

I got to the auto repair shop and was shocked at the cost of the repair - I wrestled with whether or not the manager of the shop was telling me to truth. I screamed inside, thinking about the savings I was trying to build, just to be hit with a whooping bill that I could not escape to pay to get the car back on the road.

With God's help, I got through it...yet...I could not stop weeping. In my mind, I knew, I was glad I had the money to pay the car repair bill. Thankful, the Lord saw fit for it not to take me over into debt; thankful that I got to work and did not lose much pay; thankful that I was safe and did not have a catastrophe on my hand - I was thankful. But the overwhelming loss shook me to my core, deeper than the actual incident, I realized on the second day, the ache I was feeling was connected to all the other losses, fearful losses, I experienced in the last four years. This incessant weeping was not about my car breaking down - it was about the cumulative loss all balled up into one car repair.

Yes...I had grieved those losses already...but every fresh loss was bringing back levels of grief that I had not completed. Like the loss of my car - the car that was my "dream car". I didn't love the car, but the car was for me, a blessing from God - a sign of His favor and that He loved me. So sick I was...that I thought that God's love and favor rested on one car. God allowed that car to be taken, but He provided for me during my "car -less" years and helped me to see His love for me had nothing to do with a Toyota Camry.

That loss had brought on some terrible consequences - buried deep in my subconscious. and that was just one of the losses that was the catalyst for the despair I felt about the car repair. As I sat in my car in front of a local library and cried with my head hanging out of the window...I realized by God's Spirit that maybe I was going through a post-trauma stress reaction. That fearful event more six years ago with the loss of one car had created a fear and stress whenever I had to repair my car unexpectedly. It was the same as when I walked out of my house and saw my car no longer in the parking space I left it - all unexpectedly.

I am so thankful to God that He showed me that - it allowed me to pray again for healing beyond my own means to self-heal. I need Jesus Christ, my Savior and Healer to heal my mind, my soul and my spirit.

Post-trauma stress syndrome can be treated. Beyond treatment, we need the healing touch of Christ to come into those deep places of heart and route out the mess, the vanity, the sin of placing things above our love for Jesus Christ.

Lord, heal me....heal us. In Jesus' precious name. Amen

Check here to read about PTSD: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001923/


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Trust in a perfecting God

Over a decade ago, a Christian minister and friend told me that the Lord had given her a verse of scripture for my life. Psalms 138:8 says in The King James Version (Cambridge): "The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands." That was well over a decade ago and God, Our God, who is a perfecting (or maturing) God will accomplish His plans, purposes and will for our lives.

This word of encouragement was raised in my consciousness as I listened to a song by gospel singer, Vashawn Mitchell (vashawnmitchell.emigospel.com) new single, "Turning around for me". As he ministers this song (you can hear it live on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzbKwcC-Xmo). The song expresses the feelings of persons who have struggled long and hard in the dark night of disappointment, grief, loss, pain, sickness, trouble...you name it. When you have prayed and waited on the Lord, even for years, sometimes The Lord will touch someone to write a song that will lift you out of despair and give you hope. The phrase in the song that embeds this great scripture says, "It won't always be like this...The Lord will perfect that concerneth me...and sooner or later, turn in my favor... is the word you need...to keep waiting on God, hoping in "His mercy that endureth forever".

The chorus continues in the same vein with a repeat of "around for me...around for me...around for me...it's turning around for me." God truly is not a man that He should lie...He will accomplish...fulfill, "do everything" (various versions of the Psalm 138:8) His plans for you and for me.

I am so thankful that after a long wait before God, a long, long night of not seeing results or seeing our desires in the Lord fulfilled, God will in His time and according to His purposes heal, restore, deliver and make good the wait. Nothing is wasted in God's time. Lessons are being learned in the perfecting process (perfecting is another word for maturing). God is making us like His Son, Jesus who "learned obedience through the things He suffered".

God is going to perfect that, that is everything that concerns my life and yours. We must put our trust in the only hope for this world, The God who can be trusted and deserves not only our trust, but our faithfulness and love. Whatever it is you are waiting on The Lord of Glory, God Almighty to do...wait on it. He will make His word come to pass.

Loving God with all of my heart through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.