Spiritual Devotional to help guide you through your grief
Spiritual Devotional to help guide you through your grief
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A unique walking tour of the Devotional Comfort in the Time of Loss
Pastor Melissa Rhodes,
I fell in love with God at age 12 when I accepted Him as my Saviour and Lord. Ever since I live for Jesus doing His will. As a minister, pastor, mentor, friend, teacher of God’s Word, counsellor and intercessor I’m passionate about prayer and love serving God’s people. With my gift of hospitality and love for cooking and baking I love welcoming guests into our Spirit filled home, which belongs to Jesus.
I met my husband, Randall, 26 years ago and it was love at first sight. We have been married for 22 years now. Our unborn baby girl is an angel in heaven. We both serve God in ministry as He leads. We love each other and God’s people. We enjoy the outdoors and use any opportunity to minister to those in need.
God inspired me to write this devotional to those grieving so that they can feel His comfort and love during a difficult time. With these words I'm hoping that you will be able to deal,overcome,heal and cope with your own grief. You might not feel to read a book at this time. Know that God wants to heal you. God bless and strengthen you during your time of grief.
My prayers are with you dear reader.
“Pastor Melissa Rhodes is blessed with the incredible gift of exhortation. This gift is clearly seen in the pages of this book resonating comfort, consolation and encouragement. A treasure to read and embrace, knowing that every night has daybreak”. Carol Burton, BMin TI Christian University. Senior Pastor and Co-Founder of Omega Revival Ministries.
“As I read the devotions, I was blessed with godly insight, eye-opening expressions and healing moments”. Izel Lutz, MA. Former Principal, Global School of Theology.
“Melissa Jane-Rhodes, an amazing woman of God, being obedient to God's call to write this devotional, has created a much needed masterpiece to soothe one's soul after experiencing the loss of a loved one”. Donnell Jane-Kleyn, ND: Public Relations Management, sister, devoted Christian worker.
“Knowing the magnitude of the devotions and directly dealing with the very sick and lives lost in this pandemic (Trauma Trained Registered Nurse); I believe this book is an assignment from the All-Knowing God for a time such as this”. Randall Rhodes, disciple of Christ, loving husband and greatest supporter, Pastor of Victory in Christ Ministries.
“Anointed preacher and teacher of the Word of God, Melissa writes with compassion and great understanding of life and the heart of God for those experiencing grief and loss. The Lord uses her powerfully to bring words of comfort and healing to those who she ministers to - this devotional, inspired by God, will definitely do the same for all who reads it”. Tracey Stewart, BA Theology, Former Registrar, Global School of Theology.
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NLT
You may not understand why you have to suffer loss. When you suffer loss you have one assurance that God is your comforter.
When you have trouble God comforts. Thereafter, you can comfort others with the same comfort you received from God. Trouble brings comfort and comfort brings growth. Then you will be able to help others in need and those who need comfort. Only if you have had trials and faced death or illness you will know what it is to be comforted by God.
You will be able to share and comfort others having experienced the help or restoration God’s comfort brings you. Comfort abounds through Christ. You also share in the sufferings of Christ. Difficulties brings to you comfort and salvation.
If you are comforted, it is that which produces patient endurance of the same sufferings you endured. May your suffering not be in vain, but may it strengthen you to become like Christ a comforter to many.
Honey🍯: The comfort of the Comforter brought you thus far become a comforter like the Lord.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you are the greatest comforter. You have left us Your Holy Spirit as Comforter. Only by Your grace and comfort can I look forward to what life holds. I want to thank You, Lord for Your comfort in my grief. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen
Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 NIV
You are not left without hope. For you do not mourn like unbelievers without hope. You have hope beyond this present life. Thinking of Jesus’ death and resurrection brings the greatest hope. Christ endured suffering and death. He was crucified yet committed no sin, but it did not end there. His resurrection defeated death. He died so that you may have eternal life in Him.
You have experienced suffering, loss and death. Some people’s loss has been closer than others. Therefore, you share in suffering and comfort. You also have hope. Hold firmly to the hope and not grieve like unbelievers.
Hope: In times of sadness you need hope. Your hope is not based on a false belief, but it is based on the Word of God that is infallible and never return back void. Your hope is in Christ alone. When you hope, you believe, you trust and you look forward. That is just what you need. Not to hold on to your grief, but to hold on to your hope in Christ Jesus.
Honey🍯: Embrace people and help them overcome pain and sorrow like you have with an everlasting hope.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I will put my hope in You my God. How do I help others when I’m still struggling with my own pain? Give me the strength to make a difference in someone else’s life. Guide me to live in the hope that others need to see. My hope is in You Lord, guide me in Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen
For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.
Psalm 27:5 NIV
How do you escape this pain of grief? People ask you how you are and all you want to do is scream. You do not know how to begin to answer them. Where can you hide? To hide from the world won’t change the inner turmoil you experience due to your grief. Hiding from people won’t help. You can hide in the shelter of the Lord. Even if you do hide you will take that sadness with you in your hiding place.
God will set you high upon a rock if you trust Him completely. Give your life to Him and totally surrender. You will gaze on the beauty of the Lord. Seek Him and you will find Him all the days of your life. It might seem that it will never happen. You might feel so far from God at this time. You might even be questioning God for allowing this great loss and tragedy to happen in your life. But drawing away from God will be a mistake. God is always with you even in your darkest hour. He will be with you in your grief. He is always near.
Honey🍯: Draw unto Him; hide in Him, He will give you shelter and keep you safe.
Prayer: Lord, I need You, I want to hide in You, but I don’t know how. Help me Lord to put my trust in You completely, so that I won’t lose myself in my time of grief. It feels like this will never end. I don’t have the strength to face people or answer questions. Some days I long for people around me and on other days I want to be alone. Help them understand my mixed emotions. I sometimes don’t understand myself. Lord, keep me clear headed so that I don’t push people away in the time that I need them most. Please give me the strength dear Lord. Abide with me I pray in Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen
Trust Where you Cannot See
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
All you feel is sadness; you cannot see ahead of you. Your future is put on hold. The one who holds your future is saying trust me with all your heart. You can’t understand why this is happening to you. Therefore, you should not lean on your own understanding, but on God’s. Your safety net if ever you needed one is this sure thing to submit to God and allow Him to make your paths straight.
When people are grief-stricken they tend to make decisions that they later regret. Impulsive decisions and choices most times can’t be changed. Guard yourself against these things. You may find it difficult to be in your house. Think carefully before you sell your house to leave your memories behind. Memories have a way of going where you go. Make decisions after consulting God. Pray about every new plan you want to make. Have the peace of God when you decide to change anything.
Trust God where you cannot see. Trust God to give you understanding in everything you have to face. Allow God to help you make wise decisions and choices in your time of grief. Trust God in order for you to have a straight path without any regrets later.
Honey🍯: Trust and obey. Trust and be sure. Trust and submit to God.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the assurance that I can put my trust in You. I cannot see what the future has in store, but I know You are where I can’t see. Lord, I don’t want to make hasty and unwise decisions that I will later regret. Lead me in Your way in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen
From Night to Day
...weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5 NIV
Your time of weeping may feel like a never ending night with darkness all around you. You may feel alone, lost and in despair. But nights don’t last forever, every night has an end, every night has daybreak. Weeping may stay for the night, but it won’t last your lifetime.
Even though you may not see it your rejoicing will come in the morning. Your sadness will be left in the night and your daybreak will come with rejoicing. You will be able to face your future with gladness of heart remembering all the wonderful memories of your loved-one.
If it’s something you can’t imagine now and you can’t even catch a glimpse of it just trust and belief. Trust in the hope you have within you that your night will turn into day. Your weeping will turn into rejoicing. Your heart will someday soon with the help of God feel warm with rejoicing again.
The day when your weeping no longer consumes you is something to look forward to. But the joy of the new day awaits you. Ecclesiastes 3 teaches us that there is a time for everything under the sun. Life changes and never stays the same.
Honey🍯: Like night and day your weeping and rejoicing will change.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I come before Your throne of grace. I’m unable to think that this time of weeping will ever stop. Your Word teaches me that my weeping will only last a night and my rejoicing will come in the morning. So I believe in Your Word for my life and my future. Even though I can’t see my day of rejoicing yet, I trust it’s coming in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen
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