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, November 12, 2013

"Mourning with those who mourn"

Romans 12:5 says, "Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn." Today I want to talk about sharing in the grief of others. Recently, a dear friend experienced an incredible season of grief. Today, I talked with a co-worker who buried a loved one and was sad and yet, rejoicing because her family member knew Jesus and she knew the family member was in the presence of The Lord Jesus and very happy and "at home". It can be difficult to watch others grieving and a reminder of your own losses, especially the loss of a dear one who passed away. And yet, the Word of God tells us expressly to not only to be happy when others are happy, but to also be sad when others are sad. To join others in the sadness they are experiencing is a special gift. To put aside your own feelings of loss and sadness so that you can help carry the pain of others can also be tiring, but rewarding. First, let us not forget, that if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you (we/us) have The Lord Jesus who walks with us "through the valley of the shadow of death" (Psalm 23:4a). Yes, He is with us by the comfort of His Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus also gives us family and special friends to who will corral around us; check up on us when we are especially distressed or despondent; or just be there in the room with us while we are making final arrangements or adjusting to the person not being on earth anymore. Our part is to trust God with our own sadness of seeing a loved one or a friend grieving their loss. God will give us comfort and give us comforting words and lead us in how to help others get through their grief so that they know they you are sharing in the mourning. There are many things I have found the Lord helping me to do when others are grieving that may be helpful: 1. Buy a card or write a note or letter. Choose your words carefully. I know I don't "understand" what they are going through even when I say I do "understand". I have to be careful with that one. I think what we can say is "I have been there and I have experienced hurt and grief....." We can say, "I'm praying for you" or "I will help you with this or that, please let me know when I can do....” 2. Give that person a call. Morning and evenings are probably rougher times than most as that is when the world stops with busyness and people began to rest. Right before bed when the body and mind are tired and emotions strained, is a difficult time to rest. Calling right before the bedtime to say you care and to see how they feel or if they want to talk can be a good way to help them address their grief to perhaps help them rest better. 3. Pray. If you are Christian, "pray always". Pray with them or write your prayer. Ask God the Father who is Our Comforter to comfort them at the point of their need. He knows their need better than we do. He is faithful. 4. If you live close by, consider bringing some food over to the house. Many times as many of you have experienced, your mind can't wrap around all of the details of funeral planning and talking with family members and doing the "routine things". You can bring food to the home of the person who has lost a loved one. It helps the mourner who may not have an appetite due to the grief, to get a little food to strengthen the body so they can handle the event of death. When going through a crisis we all need to eat a bit and rest as much as possible. 5. Speaking of routine things, you can help with doing some of the routine things: grocery shopping, washing clothes, helping with the children, sending cards, answering the telephone, taking messages, running errands, etc. 6. Be there. You don't have to talk, but being there in the house with the person sometimes speaks louder than words you could say. 7. Thank the Lord for healing. Yes...we can't make it in this world without Jesus. If you don't know Jesus, please...give your life to Him. Believe God's Word that He is the Son of God and died for your sins. Believe the Gospel good news of Jesus that He shed His blood on the cross so you can be forgiven for your sins and not have to live for all eternity without him and in eternal torment. Yes, friend, death is serious and everlasting if you do not have Jesus as your Savior. If you have not accepted The Lord Jesus Christ, grieving will be hard for you because you not only suffer the loss of the loved one; but you do not have a Savior who is Jesus Christ The Lord to help you go through your sadness. Only Jesus can heal the heart, mind and the soul. The Holy Spirit of God who lives in every believer KEEPS us IN THE MIDST OF SAD TIMES! Christians, you can pray for healing and salvation to come to those who are mourning who don't know Jesus. Jesus said, "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted" (Matthew 5:4, King James Version, The Holy Bible). It is true; I have experienced it every time. God the Father through The Holy Spirit has wiped so many tears from my eyes. God can also heal our family, friends and associates who are also mourning. Let's pray for His comfort through The Holy Spirit to come to them, shall we? Love you in Jesus Christ The Lord, Verinda

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Dealing with our distress through prayer

Today's devotion about handling distress or "stress" in our life. Merriam-Webster online describes distress as "a pain or suffering in the body", i.e. a troubled mind; a state of danger or desperate need. Many today are living in this state of anxiety due to events that have gone out of control either by an act committed by themselves or someone; or events of life that occur outside of our control. Distress I think is more than just some stress due to an inconvenience. Distress can better be described as a crisis of some sort in your life - a crisis that appears insurmountable, painful, even to the body and especially the mind. This past weekend I was reading several devotions and I ran into this word and it perfectly described what I was going through in an area of my life. Thankfully, due to the Labor Day holiday on yesterday, I was able to spend some time dealing with my distress over the last few days and I am still, with the Lord, praying through the trouble. There is another wonderful scripture in God's Word that reminds us of what to do besides get "rest" when we are troubled. It's found in James 5:13a, The Holy Scriptures "Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray"(http://biblehub.com/james/5-13.htm). God's Word tells us that the way to deal with any distress, hardship, affliction or trouble is to pray to Him for aid to help us through the trial. In my own life and in the lives of many persons I meet, I am convinced that the things that are happening in our lives and in our world is beyond the solutions we thought of before to get through trying times. Only God who created the World and Us can help solve the problems of the day; help the human condition to be made whole; save the soul of human life and He will eventually bring the peace in this world that so many people talk about but can't do anything about - Jesus Christ the Son of God, The King of Kings and The Lord of Lords, will bring PEACE to this earth in due time and in due order according to the scriptures, (See Revelations 20:1-6, (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+20%3A1-6&version=NIV.). "Blessed be those who have part in the first resurrection". The way to have part in the first resurrection is to believe on The Lord Jesus Christ as Your Savior; believe that His blood saves and will forgive and cleanse you from sin; believe He has risen from the dead on the third day by God's mighty power. Then you will have eternal life and the peace of this world that only Jesus Christ will bring when He returns with His saints, will be real peace. Until there will never be "peace on earth". Jesus will bring that peace! Through prayer, we can experience the personal peace of God through Jesus Christ. Through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, He will bring peace to our troubled minds and hearts - He will show us the victory He has given us in the circumstance, Jesus will calm our fears and comfort our hearts through The Holy Spirit of God who brings the peace, calm and joy we so desperately need. Pray if you are distressed today. Ask the Lord Jesus to come into your heart and give you peace and His life. With Christ, we can be relieved of all distress and better yet, have His Peace that "passes all understanding". This article appeared today on www.Examiner.com here: http://www.examiner.com/article/the-lord-who-helps-us-our-distress-through-prayer?cid=db_articles. God bless and remember and know, Jesus Christ the Son of God is Lord of ALL!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

In the name of Jesus we have the victory

It's been a few months since I had he opportunity to take time to write about grief here at Naomi's ministry. For several months, I have been going through my own private grief, some "good grief" that was a new beginning almost a year ago and then...some losses that were not so good. I tell you by the confidence of the Living God that lives in me, we must stand against the enemy no matter what life brings through the power of The Holy Spirit by Jesus Christ, God's Son. Wickedness is increasing and if we shall stand, we shall stand by Christ alone and by nothing else. I am glad that I am saved, being sanctified and filled with God's Holy Spirit. With Christ, "I can do all things" (Philippians 4:18, The Holy Bible).

The year has been a rough one. I believe we must pray more, fast more and watch as Jesus commanded. A year ago I went to a funeral; this past week or so a family member passed. All throughout the year, there were deaths of friends, friend's family member and even persons who are in the media who I kinda "grew up with" that left this world and passed into eternity. What shall we say to these things? "If God is for us, who can be against us". No matter what, God is still good and He is still on the THRONE OF HEAVEN. "NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST ME SHALL PROSPER AND I CONDEMN EVERY TONGUE RAISED AGAINST ME".

I am grieving, but I am also in touch with the healer. In Jesus' name we can and shall have total victory. I know God wants me to pursue Him more; pray more, listen to His voice and spend time reading His precious word which is our life. Jesus is the Bread of Life...He is also The Good Shepherd. If you believe in Him as I do, we shall have eternal life. He promised and He ALWAYS tells the truth.

In Jesus name, no matter the losses on this side, we have the victory.

I want to say a special prayer over this website, my life and yours. Let's pray:

Father God, In Jesus name...I praise You, thank You and love You with all of my heart, mind and soul. I thank you for Your Son, Jesus...Oh yes, He died at Calvary on the cross, but He rose again and now I have eternal life through His atoning blood alone. Thank you for Your presence by The Holy Spirit who lives in me, empowers me and comforts me. Father, You alone are the Great Comforter. I ask you Lord right now in Jesus name to save everyone who reads this blog. Save them and deliver them from the wicked one, our enemy .Cast the enemy's lies out. Stomp on His head Jesus by Your power. Lord I ask that persons reading this blog would get to know you and to learn that You will comfort their hearts through their grief. Lord...if there is anyone who is not saved, and all other persons who have evil designs against me and this blog and the message of Jesus Christ, please deal with them right now in Jesus name. Lord, help them to see themselves and to know that if they don't get right with you and receive Jesus in their hearts and accept Jesus as the only way to You Father, they will never see heaven's gates, but will be eternally lost. Jesus, You made the ultimate sacrifice when You gave Your life for our sins - You took my place so I don't have to die in my sins. THANK YOU JESUS and THANK YOU FATHER FOR YOUR MAGNIFICENT LOVE FOR ME. YOU  LOVE ME AND YOU LOVE US. I DECLARE IT BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT YOUR WORD SAYS - YOU ARE THE AUTHOR AND THE FINISHER OF MY FAITH.

Keep us in your care Father and Jesus be my Lord and My Savior and my God....In Your name..the only name by which anyone can come to God and have eternal life..the name of JESUS REIGNS.

Amen.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Dying with peace

Recently someone who helped me to become a writer by giving me a scholarship to attend their 1-day conference in Baltimore passed away. Earlier, I had received emails about her health. She had been sent home to die from an advanced case of cancer. A very sweet lady I remembered; I think we talked once a year since that first meeting in 2009. And before she left this earthly plain, she called regarding some business - never even mentioned that she was dying from terminal cancer and didn't have long to live. She was as perky as ever - very much as I remembered her. No signs of distress in her tone which was a miracle. I didn't even mention it due to a little shock that why was this woman calling me regarding some business that can be taken care of anytime while she does not know when her last day on earth will be? I knew the answer, but I could not see myself in such a state of mind; except it be by the good and merciful hand of God to keep my mind and my spirit. To know that you are dying is one thing; but to know it could happen any day and still have peace, is another.

My dear sister in Jesus Christ went home to see Jesus, our Lord a little over a week ago. I received an email that she had passed away peacefully, closing her eyes to wake up in the presence of Jesus. I was so sad to know she was gone and even more astonished that she worked for the Lord until she closed her eyes. In my mind, she lived completely, she loved, she lived for the Lord and she had great peace about her oncoming death; so much peace, she was working until she laid down on her bed and closed her eyes and died. How does one come to that place?

Jesus said in John 16:33, "I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world, (New Living Translation). Jesus' peace is given by Him alone through His blood on the cross; through His life He gave so we could have eternal life if we believe on Him and through our association with Him in believing faith.

In John 14:27, Jesus spoke earlier these words: "I am leaving you with a gift--peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid" (NLT). The only way to have real peace  - the inner tranquility we all seek and want to have is through Jesus Christ, the Son of God. There is no other way - if you have Him in your life as Your Savior - He will give you a gift - a gift of peace in the midst of horrific situations, even in death (the death of a loved one or your own death. Jesus "is our peace". And if you or I know Him, then we can experience peace in times of sorrow, trail, disappointments....

Sounds so simple doesn't it? To know Jesus has been the greatest blessing of my life. So many times people have tried to confuse me about the simplicity of knowing the God who sent His Son, Jesus to die on the cross for my sins. So many churches...so many Christians make it difficult for people to get to know Him...I am ashamed of some of the things I have done to make it difficult by not acting more Christ-like in my attitudes and behaviors. So glad for God's mercy and his chastisement to correct my bad behavior when I needed it - I don't want anyone not to see Jesus in me. It is simple to have peace if you are dying, or lost, or confused, or in trouble - get to know Jesus Christ who died for your sins and rose again on the third day - He will forgive you if you ask Him; He will save you from eternal death and punishment; He will give you His life and that "richly"; He will give you His peace, bountifully.

Ask Him to come into your heart and to give you His peace. His peace the world will never give and the world can never take it away. This is what my friend knew when she closed her eyes down here; she had peace  so she continued to work for the Lord and then she died - with His peace, Jesus' peace.

Prayer of thanksgiving: Lord, thank you for your peace. I am so grateful when I can rest in You. Some days, I am not resting in You; some days I do not allow Your Spirit to control my heart. Lord, I want to change that - I want your peace, just like my friend had when she died. I want to have peace while I live daily knowing that the ultimately, no matter my circumstances or challenges, I experience true peace of heart and mind that only comes from You. Help us all today to know You. Amen."

 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

"Jesus, show me how to love"


Years ago there was a soap opera (day-time television show) that had a song, “Love is many splendored thing” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_Is_a_Many_Splendored_Thing_(TV_series)). I remember the song even as an older woman – but not really the love dramas of the people on the show. I do remember my mother watching it and that song...”Love....is a many splendored thing”. Love, true love, God's unconditional love through Jesus Christ is truly, “splendor”.

As I grow in my faith and knowledge of the Lord Jesus, I am tasked more and more that love, real love is what we all need; what we all search for and what we all can share with one another. Without Christ, however, it is difficult to love unconditionally and faithfully. We all know people who we think are the “unlovables” of our life. People who hurt us; people who have counted us out; people who disrespect us and make us feel insignificant. I tell you there is a great grief in realizing that people reject who you are: a creation in God's image. It is an even greater grief when persons who are supposed to love you like your mother, father, siblings, so-called friends, other Christians, your pastor and a host of other people we expect to get real love from, often fail us. Sometimes, we are failing others by the lack of love we don't give to them. Our constant prayer during these times will be “Jesus, show me how to love”.

I had a very recent experience in a particular environment and learned that some people who I did absolutely nothing to, didn't like me, let alone love me. For months, I have been baffled by what it is exactly I was doing? Or what are they thinking? I tried to do this and that, and even participated in events I had no interest in, but for the sake of love and trying to give an “olive leaf” of peace toward my enemies, nothing availed. They had made a conscience decision outside of me to be against me. I was even told by “observers” who had the power to change the “climate”, “they just don't like you”.

I then had a choice. Now that I knew that this was outside of my ability to change the situation or to change people's hearts toward me, I needed Jesus to change me. He did. All of sudden, a great weight was taking off of me. It was not about me; it was about them and their attitude, their character, their lack of love. I don't have to take that on. I decided to let people be exactly who they are and that I would be who God has called me to be. I shed some tears – it wasn't an easy pill to swallow. I now commit it to God and asked God to help me to love them anyway. To not let their nastiness keep me bound – I can't control people. I can love my enemies with Christ. I can't condone evil or wicked behavior. I can love “in spite of”. I can pray for them. I can choose to be at peace with myself and with them internally. I released these people to God. I am still praying.

Love is truly a many splendored thing if it is Christ's love operating through us. It is hard sometimes not to fight fire with fire. I am special to God and He loves me very much. I can share that love, I can pray and I can be true to the truth that sometimes, people have chosen not to walk in the way of God's unconditional love. That is their choice.

I want to choose love, God's love for my life. I need His love and I need to be loved unconditionally. I also need to give love unconditionally. “Lord, teach me how to love.”

Listen to this song from Babbie Mason, a woman of God who wrote a song entitled, "Show me how to love". This is from www.youtube.com. Another link with the words to the song are here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0RPql25XPs. (Go to Babbie Mason's website, the author/artist of this song. God has used her to write some beautiful songs of worship to the only One who loved us enough to die for us and to give us life, eternal life - Jesus. All rights reserved. http://www.babbie.com/index.php?id=12.)