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.

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."

 

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