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

Monday, April 16, 2012

Letting go of the fear

Without a doubt, we have all faced some kind of fear in our lives after great loss. It is natural "by-product" of grief - but an unexpected one just the same. For me, I can say that I have always struggled with the fear of the future, having been a child with a proclivity toward worry. Years later, in my adult life, after subsequent losses of different types, fear has become something to fight against every day, in Jesus Name.

The Bible says in 1 Timothy 1:8 that "God has not given us the spirit of fear, but power, love and a sound mind". I claim that promise today. Yet, today, I also had bouts of fear throughout the day, an onset of stressful situations and distressing news. I was forced to declare openly, "God I need your help to overcome my fears".

I know...you may be thinking...but you know that fear doesn't come from God? Yes, I know. The spirit of fear is a demonic spirit that attacks the mind and the emotions and you must speak against it. At the same time, we must also depend on the Holy Spirit to strengthen us when we are weak; when we feel "out of sorts" or tired - when it's harder to say, "I will not fear".

Fear is irrational...truly the spirit of fear is a big liar! The devil (always lowercase folks....) always tries to attack you when you are going through a tough time with lies of defeat. I am committed to get more in the Word of God. To not read, watch or think on fearful things. To activate faith...to counter the fear. I command that spirit of fear to go right now in Jesus Name. I will overcome. I will not fail. The future is in my loving heavenly Father's hand. Jesus is with me. The Holy Spirit is always in me, teaching me and reminding me..."do not be afraid".

When you have experienced lots of loss, there is a frailty you experience about the unknown as you go through the grief process...it's almost like being in shock or trauma. Unexpected losses are harder to bear, like an unexpected job loss or sudden death. Multiple losses leave you not finishing the grief of the last loss...so you are constantly, in one of the stages of grief. Jesus is healing me, one grief at a time. It is so important to not let the grief go under - as I told one friend, you must do the grief work - examine the grief, look at it, experience it, and release it and yourself to God.

I know God doesn't make me afraid. I claim the victory that was won in Jesus Christ to defeat this spirit out of my mind. I just know I need God's help, to be healed from the root of the fear: the grief, the anxiety, the guilt and the stress that makes it difficult on those days when I don't feel strong. "When I am weak, then am I strong".

Thankfully, Jesus is strong...stronger than all of my fears and grief. He has carried them.

"Today, Lord, carry me".