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

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Blessed are you who mourn - a dedication to those who are experiencing loss, especially the families of Newtown, CT

Jesus said, "Blessed are you that mourn for you shall be comforted" (Matthew 5:4). Our God, Jesus' Father will comfort those of you who are in mourning - experiencing some loss, deep loss if it is a loved one or special person in your life. The more I live, the more I know and experience levels of loss and the accompanying grief that comes with it - it is part of the human experience.

And yet, God, who is supernatural and Creator and The Almighty, has come down to us through His Son, Jesus Christ, to "comfort all that mourn in Zion" and to bring "beauty for ashes" in spite of the hurt and pain, He comes down through His Spirit to lighten the heavy loads of grief we must bear on this earthly journey. So it is, after moving back to Connecticut, my home state six months  ago, I once again was taken back through the journey of major losses and heart-wrenching grief. In 3 weeks time, I had grieved the loss that comes by death of 9 people I knew either by family, friendship or acquaintance. I had relocated and started a new job and experienced the grief of losing the life the Lord built for me in Baltimore. Six months later, the most horrific event that I can remember in my native state, the loss of 28 people, 20 of them children in Newtown, CT just this past Friday. "Lord, this is so much to bear."

And yet, God who is my loving heavenly Father, and Jesus, my precious Savior and Lord and The Holy Spirit, my comforter and guide is with me at the toughest times of loss; when words cannot express loss and understanding of the magnitude of the events that I and so many others are experiencing should not be penned to words yet...we are just to be....that's how grief is...you can never understand the realms of grief: the unexpected crying, the trauma of loss, the sleepless nights, the nervousness and jumpiness of not being able to control the world around you. Turning it over to God is half the battle of surviving and thriving while crying yourself to sleep at night. Talking to God through prayer is the best medicine that will help you go to sleep at night. Resting in His Light and allowing the Holy Spirit to quiet your mind, brings recovery.

Today, in the midst of my own grief and the untold grief of families connected to the 28 who died, including the perpetrator and his mother.

We need more than ever to pray for the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to prepare a people ready for His coming. The world is dark and getting darker still, but Jesus' light shines brighter, brighter and the brightest for a new tomorrow.

A dedication to the families of Newtown, CT:

May the God of peace keep your hearts and mind through Jesus Christ and the comfort of The Holy Spirit both now and forevermore. Amen.