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.

Lonely? Pray for Purpose

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity. Psalm 133:1 NIV

One of the most devastating conditions of our society is the isolation of loneliness. There are various situations that lead to an individual feeling alone; and, most of us have experienced this dilemma at some point in our lives.

Even God recognized that it was not good for Adam to be alone; therefore, he created Eve as his wife and helper.

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18 NIV

God’s word never changes nor does his word ever fail. The reality is that when God created this earth, it was according to His perfect plan which did not include sin. It was the Fall of Adam and Eve that altered Gods plan for His created beings and brought the consequences of sin that we are still experiencing in our present lives.

There are many biblical examples of individuals who experienced a solo walk in life: Elijah, Jeremiah, the Apostle Paul, and Jesus Christ. Even so, we can read about their lives, and we know that God ordained their purpose.

I have witnessed many individuals express if only they were married or in a relationship, they would never feel alone. King David was surrounded by wives, family, children, advisors; yet, throughout the Psalms, he pleads with God not to abandon him. David suffered from constant feelings of loneliness and fear of his enemies.

Do not turn your back on me. Do not reject your servant in Anger. You have always been my helper. Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me, O God of my salvation. Psalm 27:9 NLT

The key to avoiding loneliness is to pray for God to reveal His purpose for your life. Our purpose is always one that glorifies God; it is never based on our selfish desires.

God was fully aware that the enemy of loneliness would infiltrate our lives and create despondency. As Christian believers, there are commands that we must obey:

1. Attend Church often:

And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Hebrews 10:25 NLT

2. Help others continually:

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:16

3. Develop your spiritual gifts and talents:

Acts 16 tells us that Lydia of Thyatira was a businesswoman who sold purple cloth. “Ability, enthusiasm, singleness of purpose and mental acumen were hers, and she prospered greatly in an honorable and extensive calling of ‘selling purple’.”

4. Believe, Ask, and Fulfill:

God is always here! He desires that our lives are filled with peace, contentment, and happiness.

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: For the LORD thy God, it is he that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee nor forsake thee. Deuteronomy 31:6 KJV

Prayer for today: Dear God, We rebuke the feelings of loneliness that has a stronghold in our minds. We acknowledge and accept that marriage may not be part of your Divine plan and purpose for our lives. Please reveal our spiritual gifts and talents and may we always use them for your honor and glory. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Sonya Johnson Ruiz

All Hail King Jesus

for he wanted to spend more time with his disciples and teach them. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of his enemies. He will be killed, but 3 days later he will rise from the dead.” Mark 9:31 NLT

Yesterday my cousin said to me, “I am going to serve God till the day I die.” What a powerful testimony that expresses her love for God.

As I reflected on her words, I realized that this is a commitment to God; a rock-solid commitment that she will faithfully follow him by obedience, prayer, and study of His Word, no matter the circumstances.

I pray on this Easter Sunday that we not think of a holiday; but, we reflect on the life that Jesus gave for us and the Eternal life He is preparing for us.

Yes, He suffered, bled, and died; but, He Arose, and is Alive. Hallelujah!

All Hail King Jesus! Embrace His gift of Life!

Sonya Johnson-Ruiz

Remembering God’s Goodness

What has God done for you? Remember and continually praise Him!

“Can a woman forget her nursing child And have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.” Isaiah 49:15

When we remember what God has done for us, it prevents the sin of INGRATITUDE.

Sonya Johnson Ruiz

Preparation never Ends

I will tell everyone about your righteousness. All day long I will proclaim your saving power, though I am not skilled with words. Psalm 71:15 NLT

I can recall my 1st semester Nursing Professor in her introductory speech, warning us that becoming a nurse involved continuous and never-ending learning. She eagerly attempted to weed out the students that did not have a passion for the profession by encouraging us to withdraw from the program before it was too late. As students, we thought that she was a cruel and heartless individual; however, reflecting on my career, I came to realize that she was preparing us for our future responsibilities.

David was aged in years when he wrote Psalm 71; the psalmist reflects on his life as he views himself as being vulnerable and in a state of helplessness against his enemies. Remember that this is the same David who as a shepherd boy was responsible for taking care of his father’s sheep and goats, and relayed to King Saul that the same God who rescued him from the lions and bears would also allow him to overtake Goliath. 1 Samuel 17:32-37

Ecclesiastes 12:1 admonishes us to: Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble comes and the years approach, when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them.”

Yes it is a definite advantage to have served God from a young child and have God order your steps through the progressive stages of life. Even so, we are able to begin at any stage in our lives to faithfully serve God.

It takes dutiful preparation on our part to deepen our relationship with God. Although we have natural tendencies to focus on our circumstances instead of focusing on God our Deliverer, we must not succumb to feelings of helplessness based on our stage in life, social or financial status. We must utilize each day to prepare for eternal life by continually studying the Word of God and praying to deepen our relationship with God.

Spiritually, we will always be on a continuous learning curve; the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom is required to prepare us for the greatest event of the future: The Second Coming of our Lord and Savior–Jesus Christ.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 NIV

Chapter for today: 1 Samuel 17

Prayer for today: Dear God, We ask you to give us strength as we prepare everyday to build a stronger and deeper relationship with you. We thank you for your love, your mercy, and your grace. We ask you for wisdom to make the right decisions in our lives as we prepare for your Second Coming. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Sonya Johnson Ruiz

Believer Alert-It is not Jesus!

Practical Messages for Impractical Times

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you.” Matthew 24:3-5 NIV

Then if anyone tells you, “Look, here is the Messiah,” or “There he is,” do not believe it. For False messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible even the elect.
Matthew 24:23-24 NIV

The time has come for us to search the scriptures by diligently studying the Bible. We must utilize our time to educate our minds with God’s Word so that we are able to recognize false teachings.

Chapter for today: Matthew 24

Prayer for today: Dear God, We thank you for the Bible–your Holy Word. We ask you to forgive us of our sins and to fill us with your Holy Spirit. Lord, we ask for wisdom and we ask for understanding, as we study your Word, that we may not be deceived by false teachings and false prophets. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Sonya Johnson Ruiz

News Article from Huff Post

God Will Take Care of You

May your heart
find peace and comfort
in the knowledge
that you are never alone.
May God’s presence ease
your spirit and give you rest.
He knows how you feel.
He is ever aware of your circumstances
and ready to be your strength,
your grace, and your peace.
He is there to cast sunlight
into all your darkened shadows,
to send encouragement through the love
of friends and family, and
to replace your weariness with new hope.
God is your stronghold,
and with Him as your guide,
you need never be afraid.
No circumstances can block His love.
No grief is too hard for Him to bear.
No task is too difficult
for Him to complete.
When what you are feeling
is simply too deep for words
and nothing anyone does or says
can provide you with the relief you need,
God understands.
He is your provider–
today, tomorrow, and always.
And He loves you.
Cast all your cares on Him…
and believe. By Linda E. Knight

I purchased a card which had this beautiful poem of encouragement and hope for when we are in the darkest times of our lives.

Death is one of the most tragic occurrences that we will experience in our lives. We are powerless to the enemy of death; however, we have a Savior-Jesus Christ who is risen and has promised that:

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and Death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4 ESV

Verse for today: For he has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

Prayer for today: Dear God, you know the grief and the sorrows that our hearts must bear and you see every tear that falls from our eyes. When the turmoils and the tragedy of death fills our lives and leaves us wounded; please help us to realize that you are here. You were victorious over death and rose on the third day as you promised. Thank you for loving us and providing the promise of eternal life where the brokenness of this life will be abolished forever and ever. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Sonya Johnson Ruiz