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What Happens When the Door Closes and you are in the Storm?

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The brainchild of two Registered Nurses, ages 50 plus, who asked the question, “What happens when the door closes and you are in the storm?” After a lengthy discussion, we identified that maturing through the lifespan can be a difficult process for many women. Historically, we have overcome many obstacles; however, for reasons which are not easily identified, we are feeling quite overwhelmed with the present-unexpected life event.

When we perceive that we are overwhelmed; fear, worry, and anxiety escalate at disproportionate levels. As a result, we become spiritually disoriented, and gradually we become fixated on the closed-door. When we begin to communicate with God through prayer, we will realize that God has allowed the door or chapter in our lives to close. He is protecting us as only a Heavenly Father can do. As we draw closer to God, He will allow us to see his wonderful plan for our lives-many open doors.

The Healer of Broken Hearts, part 2

About that time Hezekiah became deathly ill, and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to visit him. He gave the king this message, this is what the LORD says: “Set your affairs in order, for you are going to die. You will not recover from this illness. Isaiah 38:1 NLT

There are many individuals who receive the news that they have a terminal diagnosis that leaves them with a predictable and shortened life expectancy. The reactions to knowing that your life is ending will vary and may include depression, despair, anger, bargaining, rejection; but gradually the acceptance of pending death facilitates a peaceful end for most individuals.

Although, we are aware that death is a part of life, death brings the harsh reality of a permanent separation from others that we love and care about. The chill of death impacts the living to reflect on their own mortality. Of all the good things that could be said about life, the fact remains that there is nothing beneficial or nothing positive that can be said regarding death–but wait, for believers serving God, we have a blessed hope, because we know that death in Christ will be rewarded with immortality–at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17

In order to understand death, we must study the Bible to understand the origin of life. In Genesis chapter 2, we are told that Adam was created from the dust of the ground, and that God breathed the breath of life into him and “he became a living thing.”

Because of God’s love when creating human life, He desired an entire populous; therefore, God created a female counterpart from Adam’s rib, his wife–Eve and gave the command to be fruitful and multiply–to procreate and reproduce children.

The Fall of Man (Genesis 3) resulted in the beginning of sin for all human life which resulted in the onset of death. Because we were created with the freedom of choice, God created a tree that was not to be eaten from, the tree was placed to demonstrate that love and obedience to God was an option. Adam and Eve were give a free will to make the decision to go against God’s command: even so, they also had to face the consequences of their disobedience to their Creator.

There were many consequences to the disobedience of God’s command not to eat of the Tree of Good and Evil: Loss of immortality; loss of face-to-face communion with Christ; loss of the perfect home designed by God, and many other changes that resulted in pain, sorrow, suffering, and the intentional death of animals in order to clothe their nakedness.

Yes, death is harsh and there are many individuals who live according to a credo of, “you only have one life, go ahead, and do whatever it takes to make you happy.”

Satan would like for us to believe that the Creator of Life had nothing planned for the human race except struggle, unhappiness, and eventually death; however, God refutes Satan’s claim throughout the Bible. Pay attention to Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

If we fail to serve God, then we view life as hopeless; we cannot nor will we ever believe in Jesus’ resurrection or the promise given to us regarding the First Resurrection of Believers in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 NLT:

For the Lord himself will come down heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.

Studying the Bible imparts vital knowledge!

God’s purpose for all humanity was to live forever. Because of His great love, He did not create us with robotic minds, every individual has the choice to live for God or to live according to their own purpose.

For those who choose to believe in and faithfully serve God, we will reap the greatest reward: Eternal life–immortality in a New Heaven and New Earth. Revelation chapters 21-22

Although, God’s original plan for humanity was altered by Sin, there was a backup plan already in place, and that plan was that Jesus Christ, the sinless Son of God would die for all mankind.

We have this hope that one day there will be no more death, sorrow, pain, or broken hearts…if we choose God, then we will have the opportunity to live forever and ever with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayer for today: Dear God: All power is in you, we acknowledge your love for humanity by allowing your only Son, Jesus to die for us. You were pleased with His commitment to die on the cross for us, and now He serves as our Intercessor. We have felt the pain and emptiness associated with death. Oh God, we ask you to touch, comfort, and heal the brokenness of our hearts and our lives caused by the impact of death. Please forgive us of our sins past and present, and fill us with your Holy Spirit. We look forward to living in the New Heaven and the New Earth where our hearts will never be broken again by death. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

© Sonya Johnson Ruiz

Located in Oregon, USA

Talking with the Savior

My heart has heard you, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” Psalm 27:8 NLT

David knew of the power of prayer from the times that God delivered him from the giant–Goliath to giving him the strength to overtake a lion and bear with his hands to protecting him from vast enemies when he was Israel’s King.

Yes, it is through prayer that God has the opportunity to unleash His mighty power to forgive our sins, to heal the sick, raise the dead, to give us comfort, and to resolve our problems.

I invite you to increase your prayer life by communicating with God every hour for the next three days. You will receive a deeper awareness of who our loving God really is; He is asking us to come and talk with him.

Do what is necessary to form a habit of praying continously. God is always faithful as He waits for us to learn who He really is. All of us have goliaths–overwhelming situations at some point in life.

In our frailty, He is strong!

Pray and,”Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14

May you be blessed as you prepare for the incoming Sabbath.

Prayer for today: Dear God, We desire to have a deeper knowledge of who you are. We acknowledge that we need you every moment of the day. We are nothing without you. We pray for healing and your blessings upon our lives. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer. We ask this prayer in the worthy name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen

© Sonya Johnson Ruiz

The Healer of Broken Hearts, part 1

He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds. Psalm 147:3 NLT

I recently came across a post where a young woman lost both of her parents along with the love of her life. The husband that vowed to be with her until death, decided to walk away in the midst of her grief, leaving her to face the struggle alone.

If you had to make the choice of having a physical or emotional wound, which option would you take?

The reality of life is that we do not have the opportunity to make a choice on how we are wounded; our physical wounds are usually accidental and our emotional wounds may be a result of the careless actions of those that we love or our choice to engage in unhealthy relationship choices. [Part 2 of this post will deal with loss from death and dying]

Physically, there are various types of wounds, from superficial nicks and cuts to very deep lacerations that require different and appropriate interventions for the healing process to occur. Even so, it takes a healthy immune system, excellent nutrition, using barriers–from bandaids to bandages–and utilizing wound treatments that protect and facilitate the healing process by keeping the area clean and free from infection. When the correct treatment modalities are utilized, our physical bodies respond well, and the healing process occurs with completion, although there is an almost certainty of residual scarring.

It is the emotional wounds that are the deepest; the wounds that shake our very existence and that require passing through several stages of the grief process which can last from months to years. And if we fail to move forward to the acceptance stage and plan new beginnings, we will eventually transition into maladies such as inappropriate coping and grieving diagnoses.

Loss of human relationships impact each of us in a different manner; therefore, the interventions cannot take a standardized approach to initiate and sustain the healing process.

We are a total sum of several components: Spiritual, Mental, Emotional, and Physical. In order for us to possess homeostasis–balance, we must have a sense of purpose and a deeper meaning for our lives.

The spiritual component of our humanness is first and foremost in our ability to move forward when our relationships with significant others are fractured. Searching for a deeper meaning of life without God can propel us into areas and beliefs that leave us in a state of confusion, only making matters worse.

Acknowledgement of who we are and who we belong to (God) establishes an unshakable foundation in which we can utilize to begin our emotional healing. There is no one that can compare to God; our relationship with God is guaranteed to last throughout our lifetime and eternity if we so choose. God is faithful in all of His promises to us, He can never fail.

Just remember that nothing occurs in our lives without His knowledge; God was aware that our lives would include having broken hearts, and He promised to heal us. When God bandages our wounded hearts, we become complete from the healing of his restorative power.

The healing that our loving physician provides is a supernatural healing; there are no scars when Jesus provides His divine power in our lives.

And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way. Mark 10:52

If we believe and only ask for healing from our emotional pain, God is able and willing to be our Balm in Gilead.

Prayer for today: Dear God, Thank you for all you have done in our lives. We ask you to forgive us of our sins and our shortcomings, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness and to fill us with your Holy Spirit. We pray for those who are hurting from the loss of their marriage, from the loss of family relationships, and from the loss of their faith in you. Oh God, we need you every minute and every hour of the day. We humbly ask you to hear our prayer, O Lord and to heal and restore the brokenhearted. We ask this prayer in the worthy name of your son, Jesus. Amen. Hallelujah, hallelujah!

© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019

Caught in the Crossfire

There is an ongoing battle with good and evil, right and wrong, justice and injustice that has existed since the Fall of Lucifer. The original parents of humankind–Adam and Eve–lost immortality along with face-to-face communication with God, and expulsion from their perfect home, the Garden of Eden because of the desire for the unknown and the forbidden.

Dissatisfaction leads to the desire for things that Satan presents in a sensationalized fashion to confuse us even further as he leads us down the road to disobedience. Satan has always presented God as unfair and tyrannical; a God who has established impossible to achieve standards for his created beings. However, when we study the Bible which reveals God’s character, we find that His love is consistent; He is always faithful; and His love has no boundaries; even so, we are required to do our part through obedience, prayer, and study of his Word.

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sins and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV

God’s promises are conditional–there is always an “if and then” which indicates active participation is required on the part of the giver and the receiver. Remember, that God is always faithful, in spite of our weaknesses. There is only one way to prevent or inhibit the seed of a discontented mindset from growing, and that is to nurture a mindset of obedience and gratitude for all that God has blessed us with.

The Apostle Paul shares his secret to spiritual contentment:

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:11-12

Once we acknowledge that our inconsistencies are great, we will come to appreciate God’s faithfulness and His mercies upon our lives. It is the unconditional love and patience of our heavenly Father that prevents us from experiencing immediate destruction for our terrible sins that we commit on a daily basis.

Be grateful in all situations! We do not have to stay in the crossfire–choose who you will serve–and you will experience all the steadfast promises of peace and contentment that only our wonderful Father can provide.

I love you, I love you, I love you Lord today, because you care for me, in such a special way.

Prayer for today: Dear God, I ask for nothing today. I am thanking you for your great love and faithfulness that will always endure. I love you Lord and from this day forward, I will nurture a spirit of contentment and gratitude. This prayer I ask in the worthy name of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019