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, 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