God and the Universe Are Like a Mirror. Every Lie Will Be Exposed

Would you like to see yourself more clearly? Easy peasy. Everything about you is reflected back to you. In many ways, this is a pleasure if you are seeking the good things about yourself. It’s not as easy when the junk comes flying back into your face. (And we all have junk). Some of the worst junk are things that are composed of lies. We lie every day of our lives, just some more profoundly than others. We lie to ourselves when we procrastinate, think we are beyond God’s Universal eye, and many other scenarios you can come up with.

The very worst kind of lie is the intentional one. Whenever we do things with “intent” it puts out there in the universe our desires. If the intent to lie is there then our desire for lying comes back to us. (Usually through other people). It’s why so many who lie intentionally have to continually lie more to try to hide the original one. Just as Adam and Eve were in the garden, every man and woman is exposed to the light of God, Source, the Universe, or however you identify a higher power.

When we are working on manifesting things in our lives, we do so with intention. Intention works whether we desire to put it out there or not. Intentional doing means it is done on purpose. The best way it works is for our purpose, yet a lie goes against our purpose. In fact, the first great cover-up we often hear about was the encounter with Adam and Eve in the garden that day. Have they been memorialized for an eternity? I am inclined to think so. Their intention was coupled with passion, lust, and then deceit. Of course, they have it coming back on them many times over. They did receive some redemption; a covering. That’s grace. Yet, their “confession” had to be pulled out of them. It’s not like they had a sudden awakening and saw themselves within the lie they created.

The point of reading stories like the one of Adam and Eve in the garden is to LEARN from them. Many of us have strong intentional lies that need to be dealt with before they are cycled through eternity. That’s a long, long time! This is not a ‘hell and damnation” speech it is one of deliverance and release. Warnings and wisdom can’t be given to us enough. A lie will destroy everything you desire to manifest. If we keep covering it up then the day it is exposed will be a day always remembered.

Many of us have worked so very hard to achieve what we have in life and are darned proud of it. Do we really want to ruin that with a lie on our heads? Where is forgiveness, you ask? Forgiveness is in facing the truth. Only love and truth can counter a lie. Forgiveness and grace are huge power in life but it comes with a consequence: self-exposure. It’s often called confession but it’s the same darned thing.

Do you want to manifest your dreams and visions more clearly and easily without the threat of it all coming down on you one day? Get real with “what lies in your life.” If it’s a mega lie, a megaphone universe will expose you one way or another. We often lie to ourselves and make excuses but the universe has no emotion attached. It just gives what we give out. Maybe giving the gift of honesty is the greatest gift we can give ourselves and others. A lie for a lie, honesty for honesty. That’s how it works folks, like it or not.

So please, don’t lie in business if you want an upstanding and continually profitable business. Don’t lie in your personal life if you don’t want those lies coming back on you in many different ways. How many people do you interact with? Ok, wow. Think of lies as arrows coming back at you and see them all coming from many directions. They multiply like river rats and they will rat you out every single time! Don’t let a lie become a curse.

Loving you from here,

Dr. Rev. Jenine Marie Howry

JenineMarie.com

Manifest the best!

Memorial Day is NOT Just a Three Day Weekend!

For many people in this country, the upcoming Memorial Day is about having a three-day weekend to bar-b-que, have friends over, go on a short vacation or just relax. Retail stores, outlets and places to purchase treasures are all having those notorious Memorial Day Sales events where we can buy things at 20% off or more. In fact, I noticed this year that the Memorial Day sales started earlier than usual. It’s like the department stores want to get a jump on making the almighty dollar earlier and earlier. While I always love a great sale, a fun bar-b-que and all, it is hard to witness many who have completely forgotten why we have this special day, to begin with.

Let me tell you the honest truth. Memorial Day is not a fun day for me. In fact, the whole Memorial weekend stinks. The reason I feel this way is because my firstborn son is not here to celebrate any weekends or special moments where things are on sale and people gather to drink beer or celebrate and relax at the beach. My son served his country and now we live without him here. I’m a proud Mama. I love his courage, his desire to do something for his country that is meaningful, and his tenacity in the face of a system that is partially broken. Yes, I am talking about our US Military. Anyone who has served knows it is not an easy life and the chance of risking one’s life is always there.

Since the inception of our country, men and now women, have fought to keep our country a place of freedom and safety. Men and women are deployed for months and often more at a time to fight battles in places we don’t even live on behalf of peace, fairness, and freedom. Humanity has lost its mind if we think dishonoring our heroes can be captured in moments of shopping sprees and gatherings is a great thing. Real people lose their lives through sacrifice and a sense of duty on behalf of us all.

This should be a moment of pride, honor, and even mourning. For those of us who have lost our loved ones, Memorial Day is both a time of honor and grief. Believe me, it never ends. The month of May has become the worst month for me of the year. Not only is it the anniversary of my son’s birthday but a three-day weekend reminder that he is no longer with us here on earth.

Please keep in mind there are many people like me who would give up their three-day weekend fun in the sun just to hug their loved ones again. Although it hurts a great deal, I am proud to be the mother of someone who honored his country the best way he could. I will always love him. I will always miss him, and I will always feel every moment of the grief others experience alongside me during our Memorial weekend. It was created to honor and remember the fallen. Let’s keep things in perspective. PLEASE!

Loving you from here,

Jenine Marie

“Military grieving mom and one who keeps things in perspective.”

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Rest in the Beauty of Nature

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Life has its simple pleasures. Just staring out a window and watching the beauty of nature can be the most relaxing and inspirational moment of the day. Nature speaks to us about how glorious God is and how glorious creation truly is. Just think, YOU are a part of all that has been created. How could anyone not love this truth?

Today enjoy some time with nature and just look at all that is around you! Inspiration comes from the sky, wind, flowers, trees, and creatures. All of them can inspire you to a greater understanding of how wonderful our universal creator truly is! How magnificent YOU are!

Loving you from here,

Dr. Rev. Jenine Marie

JenineMarie.com

Bringing More Divine Feminine into this World

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For as long as we can remember we have lived in a society that has been primarily masculine-driven. Our world has been out of balance and when it comes to integrating the divine feminine we have a lot to learn. This is not about “women’s liberation”. It is about discovering the masculine and feminine within us all, giving both expressions, and creating a world more in balance with both.

In this world we are male and female but also within our inner world, we have both male and female hormonal components only in different amounts. Within divinity, we are also an expression of male and female. Our world is craving more of the feminine aspect of the divine. Today let’s affirm to bring more feminine energy to this planet to bring more balance and harmony!

Affirmation:

“Today, I ask that I shine my light brightly in this world. I acknowledge God within me as a light that burns bright to guide my way. I welcome both aspects of the divine within me; masculine and feminine as an expression of God through me on this planet. Let balance be my goal and my aim in all that I do!” And so it is…

Loving you from here,

Dr. Rev. Jenine Marie

JenineMarie.com

Every Child Born is in Divine Timing

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I was told, as the story goes, I was not expected to be here. I guess better words are my parents never thought they could have another child after my sister. I was supposed to be here though. Maybe I taught my parents about miracles? I’m not sure, it was their lesson. My lesson has been about divine timing. Do you ever get the feeling God puts us together in circles of others like puzzle pieces to make a bigger picture?

I’m not sure creating a huge puzzle is God’s intention regarding creation but I do know we are no good without each other. Without one of us a piece is missing. When I was 21 years old I gave birth to a son. I was stretched in my ability to be a new mother and yet blessed to have him for 20 years. It’s hard to imagine someone coming into our lives and then having to leave after just 20 years. It’s a long time, two decades, but a small amount of time to have a son on the earth.

I often wondered if he was born at the wrong time, but that would disrupt my belief we all have divine timing and a purpose. I’m not sure my son found his purpose, and I’m still not even sure I have found the lesson I learned as his mother. Patience is always a lesson but maybe strength is a better one to speak of here. I raised him mostly on my own. I saw things in myself I did not like and things that I never thought possible in myself.

His timing was never a mistake. God does not make those kind of mistakes. Having him and each of my children was a glimmer of hope that this world could be a better place just by bringing in someone new. I suppose I never thought I was giving birth to my future but my children aligned my future for sure.

Birth itself is a miraculous thing. It’s not easy but God always blessed me with joy after the sorrow. Isn’t God just like that? We go through sorrows but joy always comes as a result. Maybe sometimes that joy is simply relief. Maybe sometimes it is hope being revealed. Every child is a divine reason to have joy. I believe each one of us was born at just the right time, the right place, for the right reasons. Our earthly minds can’t always perceive those things but the higher part of ourselves can come to understand God’s wisdom within it all. It’s great to be a creator with God, isn’t it?

One night, over 2000 years ago, a little baby was born and His life seemed to be far before the world’s time. Yet His purpose was right on time. His death was on time as well. God knows the number of our days before we even come here. I think if we knew them we would never learn or teach the lessons we are here for.

Every single child, person, individual, is born at the right time, the right place, and for the right reason. It does not matter how the child gets here. Remember Jesus was born out of wedlock, was raised by a step father, His conception not planned by human timing, but His coming was divine and right on time.

Loving you from here,

Dr Jenine Marie Howry, PhD

Jenine Marie Coaching and Ministries LLC

 

A Time for All Things Under Heaven

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This is certainly a time in history where it almost feels like the earth is birthing. Seems we have been in labor for a very long time now. We have seen wars come and go, trends cycle and come back, and technology expound into things we never dreamed of in days that have passed. Some call it the end times, others a time of new beginnings. I suppose we all see it through the eyes of our own beliefs and perspectives.

The Bible tells us there is a time for all things under heaven. Through my eyes its a time of joy and a time of weeping. Some things are hard to watch and others are joyous and loving. I’m not sure they are both balanced equally. Maybe only God knows that equation.

I do know things are changing. We are changing. Our hope is we change in a good way. Maybe we can heal wounds, uplift our faith, listen more, and have more empathy. Our hearts all ache and rejoice at the same time. Change and labor is always hard. Usually it all comes with a lot of wounded emotions and tears. We do have hope though! Joy always comes after the hardest parts. I know I felt that joy when my babies came out of me and I held them the first time in my life. Maybe we will get that joy from God as He holds us closely after the hard part is over?

For now we see violence and destruction, but also deep conversations and understanding. It’s hard not to be angry when labor becomes more than we think we can bear. Since the promise to us from God is we will never be given more than we can bear, then we know we will make it. I know our tears are a watering place where healing and love can begin where it has been lacking.

When the season gets to be more than we wish it ever was, remember that this too shall pass. All things pass; this is no different. Our season is just that; seasoning brings flavor to things that are bland and in need of work. If we do the work, we will have the reward.

Loving you from here,

Dr Jenine Marie Howry, PhD

CEO Jenine Marie Coaching and Ministries LLC 

You Are Never Abandoned

 

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Feeling abandoned is horrible. Yet, it is only a feeling and not “Truth”. People tend to look at the idea of abandonment and believe it means that there is no one to turn to or someone human has left us. Although this is a human and valid feeling it is only a limited truth. The reality is we are never abandoned and never ever alone. Dark nights can loom up during hard moments. Our breath can feel tight and in response our bodies become tight as well. Maybe those that used to be on the other end of a phone line are not there any longer, but this does not mean abandonment.

God has given to us a sweet choir of spiritual support that never will go away from us. God’s promise is to command angels to watch over us, especially in times of trial and confusion. All it takes is to go out and listen to the sound of the breeze moving through the trees. There is a beauty in the sound and a sense of God’s support. The sun shines brightly and the sparkle upon water or in the green grass can be even more calming than even the voice of a human being.

God’s love letter speaks to us about never being abandoned as orphans. I believe we have much more in the spirit world than we often care to admit. Where do those ideas come from when we wake up in the morning? Or, even those spiritual downloads while in the shower, drying our hair, or driving with the windows down on a long country road? It’s God’s spiritual watch committee that is there every time of day or night. Angels are activated when we ask for them. Jesus is present even when we don’t ask. Love abounds for us 24/7. Just because we don’t “see” them does not mean no one is there.

Jesus said we are blessed when we do not see and yet still believe. I feel sometimes God allows us to feel alone so we will reach out to the spiritual support group we have but can not see. Jesus said to ask and it will be given to us. We have not, because we ask not. This means asking for anything at any time. God’s loving support group will respond with an answer, hope, encouragement and guidance.

Take it for a test drive! You never know until you ask. Believe when you do ask that you will receive. We live in a perfect harmonious universe that was created by God just for us. When your heart feels less than harmonious, reach out to the ones who have been created and placed in special spaces just for you! You will get a reply. People might let you down but God’s hosts will never let you down.

Loving you form here,

Dr Jenine Marie Howry, PhD

Stuck in Between

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I realize this is not a typical Easter message, but then again, there is nothing typical about this Easter. I can’t say if this is a new normal or if it is a return to love. I like the believe the latter is true. During this season, I find myself stuck in between so many things. Some of them are probably just a lack of decisions but others are areas where I feel I am in a place of waiting. Ever feel like you just want to get the show on the road? You are all packed and ready but there is no gas in the car. Yep, I am there. Stuck in between.

Moses found himself in the cleft of a rock as he stood on the mountain waiting to hear what God had to say to him. In fact, God placed him there. He said, “When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by.” (Exodus 33:22). God did this because no one can look at that full glory of God and live. So, God gave Moses a hiding place. He placed Moses in a cleft between the rock. Talk about being between a rock and a hard place! Yet, as promised, God’s glory passed by. It was the only way Moses could experience the glory of God and still live to tell about it. How magnificent must that have been!

Maybe that is where I am? Maybe that is where YOU are right now? It’s not so bad to be stuck in between. It is a moment in time when God truly wants us to “see” His glory. He shows this by how He moves things in life. Or sometimes he speaks in a dream, or whispers into our hearts. He might show us direction through other people. He so loves to show up through the least expected person for the least expected reason. That’s our God! He drives us from the inside out and the outside in. Not to mention He holds up his hand to guard us and keep us safe.

During this season of being stuck in between, God spoke to me through the book of Exodus. This is the story of when God used Moses to let His people be released from the bondage of an unfair pharoah. In fact, he was totally brutal. Pharoah got a huge lessen in that season and so did Moses and the Israelites. God wastes nothing! The Israelites were also stuck in between a very long season of brutality and their freedom. God did deliver them, but when they were ready and no sooner. You see, the Israelites were a strong people. They were used to carry heavy things and hoist up heavy man made bricks in order to build the pyramids. Little did pharaoh know, he was building an army of very strong and yet humble people.

Maybe God is using this time of feeling stuck to build your character muscle and faith?Maybe its a time to find humility, more faith, hope, and even love. Growth is Gods wonder and miracle. Everything He planted on this earth grows from small to bigger or from weak to strong. Isn’t that a crazy amazing plan? It means we grow even in our darkest hours of indecision. God has a decision for you. Go with what you have and leave the rest for Him to show His glory. If you find yourself stuck in the cleft of a rock, know that God’s glory is passing by! Your new season has just begun!

Loving you from here,

Dr Jenine Marie Howry, PhD

 

 

I Know of a Man Who Was Named Saul

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There once was a man named Saul. He seemed to be a very heartless person. You see, Saul had a spirit of self righteousness and absolutely hated Christians! We all know how the ego part of us get us in to trouble. Well, Saul had a big one of those! I have a personal theory that Saul persecuted Christians because deep in his heart he was jealous of them. The bible does not say he was jealous, but I feel that could have been some of his motivation. There they were, a newly excited people, named Christians because of their belief in the Christed One; Jesus. They had an encounter with the risen Christ. How could they not be excited? There was new evidence that more awaited them after they left this world as they knew it.

Saul was determined to dampen their spirit but he could not. The joy of the new Christians was so overwhelming that nothing could take away their excitement. Yes, there was persecution. We all endure this today. We are persecuted whether we are Christian or not. It makes no difference. Still, in certain circles if we mention the name Jesus, people will move away from us. It’s all good. It’s not our issue.

Anyway, God, who sees the hearts of all men and women, apparently looked into Saul’s heart and saw something he obviously did not allow to show. There was great love and also extreme determination. Very slyly Jesus met Saul while he was traveling down a long lonely road to Damascus. Jesus, at this time was arisen! So He appeared as His glorified self to Saul. What a sight that must have been!

Saul had a change of heart after his experience that left him blind for a few days. Any time we look into a great light our eyes can not see anything but a shadow of the figure we were staring at. Jesus is a great light! After this experience Saul’s name was changed to Paul to reflect the heart that was revealed within him. God had taken a heart of stone and gave Saul a heart of flesh. In other words, he was softened. A heart that once caused him to glare at Christians in order to kill them, now had great love for them. I’m sure this confused many. God knew that Paul had what it took to carry on and spread good news to all he encountered and move onward to write most of what we know as the New Testament of the bible.

What a difference a day makes, right? God does not look at worthiness in us, He sees potential. Nothing can ever make us worthy, but a lot can give us potential. We have the potential to love, create, give, have compassions, and do great things among the people of our age. Need I go on? As I stare at a statue of Jesus with his arms lifted high in the air that my son gave to me one Christmas, it reminds me of the potential my son carries in his heart. His actions might not have always reflected the right choices, but I know that his heart is a sweet one that God loves very much. I know God sees his goodness and his love for a Savior who will never allow him to be out of His reach.

It is the same with you. God will never move away from you. My late son, Jayson, loved the book of Romans chapter 8 in the bible. The book explains that nothing can ever take God’s love from us, and I mean NOTHING. This is important for those who truly need to know they are loved. Sometimes we feel we are not. God always loves us. Even during our darkest hours. In fact, He is there for us more during our times of darkness shining brightly and waiting for us to call on Him. When we do, he reveals Himself in as much a profound way he did to Saul. Our road might not be the same as Sauls and we might not write books that stand the test of time, but no matter what we do, the Lord is with us. He says, “Even to the end of the age…”

Loving you from here,

Dr Jenine Marie Howry

What is “the Sacred”

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The sacred is what someone might consider to be divine, holy, of religious content, or deserving of veneration. What is sacred is different for everyone. When I personally think of the word I consider what is holy for me. This can be a holy moment of meditative prayer. Or, it can be a meaningful photo of what is connected to the divine that I put up on my wall. Some consider the bible sacred, and for others it might be another book they hold to be holy.

We think of these things as holy and sacred because of the connection or ideas they bring up. Sometimes it’s a feeling or sense of reverence. Our bodies were meant for worship and containment of the divine. We are human and yet considered the temple of God. Sometimes when I close my eyes I think of the Spirit of God reflected from my heart and filled into my body. For me, this is a sacred moment. My heart has a sense of expansion with love and adoration of what is bigger and greater than my human self.

To know we house this greatness is also a sacred knowledge, for no one knows this unless they have been enlightened to that knowledge. Once it is known, one can not go back to unknowing. It becomes a solid and righteous part of our existence. To know what we embody and carry is very empowering. When we truly know, the empowerment is greatly expanded. The greatness remains solid within us as long as we consider it holy and sacred. Once our pride starts to think it comes from our humanness we have stomped on God’s power. It happens this way so we will keep God holy, sacred, and powerful in our lives. To do this is to inhabit the ways and character of God. To forsake it is to weaken ourselves, bowing down to what is human, flesh, and ego. This is pride and pride always comes before a fall.

Whatever is sacred for you, it’s best to remember why it is and to uphold it within that wisdom. Sacred time, for instance, is just that because it brings us presence of divinity we can receive in no similar way. To take a holy breath with God, to fill our hearts with the love of God, to enjoy fellowship within the presence of our Creator, is the greatest holy moment we can practice.

Practice is a key word here. Nothing stays sacred for us without sacred practice. We do this to create a habit. Remember, our lives spring forth from the issues we carry in our hearts. Without sacred and holy practice, we enter into a realm of forgetting who we are and why we are here.

To grab a sense of what is sacred for you, spend some special time practicing that moment and then do it daily. You will find it is habit forming. Within days your perspective will change to one that is a reflection of what is spiritually God. Your heart will be changed by being in the presence of holy love. If you are struggling with issues that drain you, or searching for answers, these moments become even more important.

I’m going to ask that you close your eyes for a few moments and simply ask that which is sacred to help remind you of who and whose you are. Breathe deeply. Take in the elements that nurture your being. They are the same elements of the earth. We have breath/air, water, fire/energy, nutrients similar to those that come from the earth’s soil, and space that we have available to fill our lives with presence.

Consider this today. What is sacred to you and what is sacred practice? Make it a habit in your life. Journal the changes this habit brings or adds to your life. Over time you will see what sacred practice does to enhance every part of your existence.

Loving you from here,

Dr Jenine Marie Howry