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

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.)