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.

Coming Again

Practical Messages for Impractical Times

In the past week, I have become familiar with three new terms:

1. Prayer Shawl
2. Healing Water
3. Rainbow Tolerance

For false Christs and false prophets will arise, and they will show great signs and wonders so as to deceive and lead astray, if possible, even the elect (God’s chosen ones). Matthew 24:24

As a Bible believing Christian, I am spiritually aware that I am living in the last days of earth’s history. I proclaim that I am following Jesus, and will not fear the Satanic influence which is prevalent in this world.

1. I do not need a shawl to pray or to receive comfort. The Holy Spirit will provide.

2. Yes, I need a gallon of water per day, because 66% of my body is water, and requires that intake to maintain homeostasis; and I am healthy enough to tolerate that amount. For healing, all power is from Jesus-The Great Physician.

3. The only Rainbow that I am acknowledging is the one in the sky that was created by God Almighty.

When I was Pentecostal, we had a prayer: I plead the blood of Jesus against Satan and his demonic forces.

It is time to “Pray without ceasing.” My help comes from the Lord. “Though, I walk through the Valley of the shadow of death; I will fear no evil.”

I declare that “Even if” it costs my life, I have committed my life to Jesus, and will not compromise. I love Jesus. I am preparing for Kingdom life one day at a time.

Sonya Johnson-Ruiz

Are you a Peacemaker?

But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness. James 3:17-18

Dear God, please help me to be a peacemaker among others. Amen

Sonya Johnson Ruiz

Reflection on the Goodness of God

Practical Messages for Impractical times.

Yesterday, during our Mother-daughter day, I reflected on my life from May of 2017 to present. As I shared the changes that occurred during the past year, we started praising God. My employment on a temporary assignment as a HEDIS Reviewer ended on May 11, 2017. After submitting countless resumes, I was still unemployed after a two month period. I met with an employment counselor at Workforce who relayed that I qualified for two programs since I was over 55, and has a progressive medical condition. I took the initial step by setting up an appointment with a State Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. The advice that I was given was part of God’s divine plan for my life.

It is May 17, 2018 and I will never be required to secure gainful employment again. God has placed me in a position to use my takents minister to those in need. The rewards that I receive far outweigh a biweekly paycheck. My testimony is when we pray for guidance, God’s perfect plan will come into fruition. All we need to do is pray and wait. The miracles in the past year have strengthened my faith and trust in God. Yes, the storms of trials have been great in this past year; however, God has brought me through.

God’s divine intervention has given me victory in the areas where I needed to change. Studying the Word has made me realize that I was not in alignment with the plan for my life. Now I am preparing for Kingdom life one day at a time; by praying, waiting, and listening for spiritual guidance.

Thank you God for taking care of me even when I did not acknowledge you as my Heavenly Father.

Sonya Johnson Ruiz

God is waiting for you: He has the answers

In May of 2017, my nursing career came to an abrupt end due to a progressive disability. I was aware that statistics pointed to unplanned career loss as a high risk for becoming depressed. In addition, I was on the younger end of the “Senior Citizen” age range. Many questions came to mind; but, the most pressing involved managing time. What would I do with the seconds, minutes, and hours on a day-to-day basis? I begin to pray for answers.

Within one week of my prayer, I was on my Facebook feed and there was a request from a church, that anyone with crocheting or knitting skills, to volunteer and make hats for the homeless in my local community. I learned as a young girl how to crochet and knit, but had not practiced those skills for about three decades. I prayed as I sent a personal message volunteering for the cause. Since that initial yes, I have been involved in two more projects which involved crocheting for others in need. I thank God that I was obedient. My creativity has expanded and now I am taking another giant step forward and will teach free crocheting classes in my home.

God is truly concerned about every aspect of our lives. I encourage you to take that giant leap of faith and involve our Heavenly Father in every aspect of your life. The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous availeth much. (James 5:16). God’s Word says we can have confidence that when we pray, He hears our every petition. Thank you God for your unconditional love. Help me to be fully dependent upon you in every aspect of my life. Amen!

Sonya Johnson Ruiz

I am because of God

Practical Messages for Impractical Times

And God said, Let us make man in our image…Genesis 1:26

Have you ever questioned your purpose in life? Your purpose was included when God designed you in His image. We are a total and complete package. Nothing needs to be added or taken away.

In fact, God was excited when He created us. The proof is that we were lovingly created in His image. We possess the ability to think, and make good decisions that will produce positive outcomes. Our bodies have the ability to withstand many disease processes; and yet, we are still alive.

So, what is our purpose?

1. To worship God through prayer and praise.

2. To possess a spirit of gratitude on a daily basis.

2. To thank our wonderful Father for His unconditional love, our life, our health, our strength, our spiritual gifts, and our talents. The list is endless.

3. To engage in discipleship by helping those in need. Smile, and say a kind and encouraging word. Share your financial abundance by alleviating hunger, homelessness, and poverty.

Our spiritually based activities may differ; yet, we are one in Christ. Our human design included a purpose driven life. Ask God what His personalized plan is, for your life.

I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Sonya Johnson Ruiz

An Assessment of Trust

Practical Messages for Impractical Times

As a nurse, one of the most important assessments for us to perform on our patients is the Pain Assessment. We ask the patient if they are experiencing pain; if yes, then to rate the pain on the numeric scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the least and 10 being the worst. The goal of decreasing the level of pain varies with each individual according to their condition.

As I read Psalm 27 and several verses from the 119th chapter, I realized that King David experienced many emotional highs and lows during his life. There were times when his songs reflected a strong trust in God alternating with insecurities as he pleaded for God to protect him from his enemies. If you were asked to rate your trust in God on a Trust Scale, would your numeric rating be dependent on whether you are faced with the fiery trials of life or if you experienced a peaceful day?

Building our trust in God requires action on our part, on a daily basis. It is an act of faith to believe that God will bring us through according to His plan. Regardless of our circumstances, God is available 24 hours a day-7 days a week. The goal for a Trust Assessment is a numeric rating of 1 which reflects that you trust God with every aspect of your life. Diligent study of the Word of God and heart-felt prayer provides us with the reassurance that God will keep His promises to take care of us.

Dear God, please help me to build my level of trust in you-knowing that you will never fail. Amen

Sonya Johnson Ruiz