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

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!

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