“From Out of These Ashes: The Phoenix”

In mythology, the phoenix is symbolic of moving from parts of life that are dying, then rising to a new birth. Depending on our culture, we identify with this powerful bird in many different ways, but all represent dying and rising. In Christianity, the bird can represent death and resurrection, or in ancient Greece, it can represent burning away in flames, then rising again into regeneration.

All of life seems to follow this pattern of dying and regeneration. The fall brings shedding of leaves, dying of grasses, and winter preparation in the animal world. For people, dying and rising can represent the letting go of a life we had in exchange for a life we desire. Or the phoenix can represent a burying of what is already dead then anticipating the birth of what shall renew.

Regardless of how we see this powerful symbolic bird, change is inevitable. Sometimes we have a choice as to what dies, but sometimes we don’t have that choice. Our choice is within how we regenerate. When our bodies die, we hope to reunite with the spark that is God. When parts of our lives must die, our choice is to how we are going to rise.

Therefore, our life plays out according to the choices we make when the moment is offered. Shall we continue to die with the flames and embers of a life that is not moving onward? Or shall we rise in the beauty and transformation that a new opportunity of metamorphosis brings us? Again, the choices are ours. I will make this more personal: the choice is yours!

Loving you from here,

Dr. Rev. Jenine Marie Howry, PhD

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How We Find Peace in the Moment and Bring Out Joy

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For a very long time, I was a seeker of peace. After all, peace is what I was taught to pursue. To me, having peace meant happiness. Even more profound, having peace meant going beyond happiness and into joy. I have come to realize that joy is peace expressed. When inner peace overtakes the soul, we have joy and joy-filled responses to the world around us.

It’s a lot like genuinely being in love; the world can be falling around us, and we don’t care that much. True peace is the same. When we have it, we know it because the world can be in utter crisis, and we still have the expression of peace: joy.

From what I have gathered just by observing my own life, and maybe some others, true peace comes from living in the moment. The moment can be filled with torrential seas and churning emotions. Our answer is to be still during that churning moment. Jesus taught us when the boat begins to rock in the storm, our response is “Peace be still.” Being still in the torrential moment is the answer to peace. I determine to do nothing except breathe for that moment. Each moment passes as they always do. Not one moment can be captured and held.

So, we let that torrential moment pass and allow peace to flood into us and eventually out of us. We will enable the breath of the moment to fill us with tranquil thoughts and, ultimately, peace during our bodies’ surge of uncertainty. Pursuing this type of peace takes practice because we have to override our instincts to react and act. In truth, our actions can wait for the torrential moment to pass on by; and it will.

“Trust and allow” are words that always have echoed into my spirit after a torrential moment has surged up to haunt me, overtake me, or wreck me. The reality is, the world can wait, people can wait, and life’s issues can wait for one sacred moment when peace will expand inside. Let’s make a pact with ourselves to survive the next torrential moment with a breath, with peace, and with dignity. The peace gate might take a few moments or more to open. So our solution is to sit, not to keep our eyes on the storm surge, but to focus on peace entering into us with breath and with life.

This is the body’s medicine for the soul. Breathing in peace and getting into the habit of continually doing this will save a great deal of heartache and allow healing to begin within the wounds that are begging to be exposed and healed. Let’s heal ourselves while there is time on earth. We can do this! It’s not hard. All it takes is the dedication to wanting to live a more peaceful, serene, and joy-filled life!

Remember, you influence the rest of the world around you. Being in peace and having joy-filled responses will heal you and heal those you influence.

Loving you from here,

Dr. Rev. Jenine Marie Howry, PhD

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All Things in Life Have Flux and Flexibility

One amazing thing about life and our universe is its flexibility. The Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “All is flux, nothing stays still.” Life flexibility works by learning to be bendable like the palm tree. The great palm will take gale-force winds and yet will only bend but not break. This is the type of flexibility it takes to not break within any new process.

Life is just that; a process. If you stay the course, don’t give up, and remember to stay flexible, you will make your destination. Our flux in this world is inevitable. We can make it intentional or leave our lives to chance and the flux of the universe.

Don’t leave things to chance and remember to bend. Those who know how to bend will not break in the process.

Loving you from here,

Dr. Rev. Jenine Marie Howry, PhD

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When Life Goes Down the Rabbit Hole: Do These Things!

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When life begs to bring us down the rabbit hole of discouragement, we can do a few things. One thing to do is to lose control. You heard me! Lose it. To lose control is to let go of the need to control the outcome of any situation. The second thing you can do is pick your battles. There are many things any of us can battle in this life, but the key to winning is to know the ones to fight and the ones to just let fall by the wayside. Fight the battles that give you meaning when you win them. Take a nice long assessment of what provides meaning in your life and then aspire to that. When you determine what that is, then fight with all you have. You will win because it is something that touches your heart. One more thing is to be grateful when you are on the side of goodness, and love wins out. Show your gratitude for all you have been granted, no matter how hard you had to fight for it. Don’t let yourself sink into despair. If you are unraveled, then allow yourself to do so all the way. Once the outer layer is off you, your heart will be revealed to you, and you will understand why your fight has been so very worth it! Love yourself for the great person you are. You are fabulous, and there is no one like you, even when you have just lost your last nerve and went on a rant that went on for days! YOU are entitled to a rant now and then. When the dust settles, your life will look different to you. You will be alright!

Loving you from here,

Dr. Rev. Jenine Marie Howry, PhD

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Why Give So Much Power to Government Official’s Hearts?

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No matter who is in the White House or an elected official, it almost seems like the people of the United States of America care more about what government officials have in their hearts than their hearts. Over the last several years, I have witnessed more hatred spewed out over political issues and parties than I have ever seen since I have been on this earth. I know I am not the lone ranger here. I know others see this too, yet many still decide that hatred spewed out will somehow validate some standard they want to uphold.

Honestly, no matter what party any one person belongs to, if elected officials and the party are the one focus in that person’s heart, their power has been given over to that official. Why are the American people surrendering their power to those who work for us? “We are the people” is thrown out of the picture when any elected official becomes the focus of our hearts.

Have we forgotten what this nation was founded upon? If “We the People” have established anything, then we, the people, should be the ones who set the tone and heart of this nation. Having hearts filled with hatred, spewing out nastiness, and putting down others does not demonstrate any love for our country, let alone its people. God instructed us, a house divided will not stand. That means a nation divided will not stand either.  

Have we forgotten the heart of the people determines the strength of a nation? Who will have the heart to support small businesses in this country to make sure they survive and thrive? Who will feed those who are hungry, give to those who are struggling, or lend and not borrow? We are those who make this country great or not great. We are those who decide where our loving hearts begin, and hatred ends. We are the ones who massively can create goodness in this country or tear it down.

Why are we arguing over who is in the White House or who is not when we are the people who truly make up the heart of this nation? If we think hatred is present, inequality is not being addressed, or oppressed people, why not start with ourselves? If we have more than we need, why hold on to what we have when someone else might need it? If our hearts have love to give, then why not give it to someone who has hatred brewing in theirs?

We make or break our own country and humanity as it stands. Are we going to allow politicians to set our day, create what is in our hearts, or feed our nation? Let us think about this before it’s too late and hatred takes over. I mean, meditate, pray, and put action to goodness that is in our hearts.

Loving you from here,

Dr. Rev. Jenine Marie Howry, Phd.

832-484-8306

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Do an Honest Assessment of Yourself

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It’s not unusual for me to receive messages while in my sleep. I often wake up with them rolling around in my brain. I do not want to assume I know where they came from. I guess any answer can do. Information can be coming from God, angels, my higher self, or any other spiritual avenue. I am at the point of not even questioning how things happen with me or how I know or hear things. I just know it does, and that is good enough for me.

Honesty has been the theme of the morning as I drink my morning coffee. It is so important to take an honest assessment of one’s self. As I reflect on some incidents of the past that occurred in my life, my heart feels relieved. Honesty does two things:

  1. One is to give us a clear assessment of who we are as people. Honesty can reveal the deep inner issues we need to deal with and process through. Sometimes we need to forgive ourselves, and sometimes we need to confess our wrongdoing. God has control over that, and it’s between the individual and God.
  2. Honesty can also reveal the things that happened and were not our fault. When this happens, it is a great relief. Take the time to forgive others but also take the time to breathe in truth and comfort. When honesty reveals other people’s wrongdoing we have taken upon ourselves, it is time to let it all go. We are never responsible for other people’s actions, no matter how close they might be to us. Sometimes we are punished for what others have done because they are close to us. If the influence is in the family, then we have no choice. Our families are ours for a lifetime to learn, grow, and understand how to forgive.

When honestly brings us to the things we were punished for that others have done, it is time to forgive ourselves for holding onto the shame or guilt of it all. Society has a way of determining fault and pointing fingers when fingers should be pointed back at them. Usually, when finger-pointing happens, it is because they are the ones who need to process honesty.

When it comes to judging other people, think of these things first; Moses murdered, Noah got naked and drunk, prophets ran from their calling, women were treated as possessions and abandoned by powerful men whom “God had called.” We are not perfect beings. The point is God loves us anyway, and we are still a part of God. The heart is what matters. Each person reflected in biblical writings did wrong things. Well, I guess not Jesus. Aside from Him, we are all in the same rocky boat.

We might as well be honest with ourselves. Take a deep inventory of who you are, what you have done, and do it in the presence of God. Meditate on it and forgive yourself. You can not be forgiven for things you will never admit. No one is there except you and God or whatever angels are allowed to be there for you. Alright, you might have some crossed over loved ones present. I like to think the family is always with us. So, be honest with yourself today. It’s called taking moral inventory. Forgive yourself and ask for forgiveness of things you have done. Then be relieved and start each day again clear from all of those things you lie to yourself about because you don’t want to admit them to anyone. We all have those things. So it is alright.

Take the moral dumper and after you do, as I said, forgive yourself, ask God to forgive you, and move onward clear and clean. Being honest with ourselves is the way we are washed. Close your eyes and allow forgiveness, mercy, and grace to flow over you like a river. Take time for tears because they cleanse the soul. Your life will be freer because of it. Don’t wait on this. You are too important to let it go. In all honesty, you are worth it!

Loving you from here,

Dr. Rev. Jenine Marie Howry, PhD

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The Difficulty of Being Alone

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When I write my blog posts, I mostly get my information spiritually for others. Sometimes my writing is about myself. Tonight, this blog is for me. It is because my heart is aching, and it feels like no one would want even to come close to understanding. None of us can ever be an inspired person all the time. Life is just like a bowl of mixed nuts, all filled with different things that we end up eating along with everything else.

As I think back on some of the good things I have accomplished in life, I feel proud. There have been some great times and good moments that I cherish and hold dear. There have been some intensely sad moments when I thought my heart would break in half, but it did not. God has always been standing by with the glue gun to make sure my heart gets put back together whenever the need arises.

I think of those I have counseled over the years, the emotions I have calmed in others, and the situations I have brought people through, and I have to wonder why I never have the pleasure of being heard and comforted when the time arises. Do I appear too confident or together? Lately, I do not feel that way. Maybe I put out the air that I do not need anyone. It could not be further from the truth. We all need one another.

Sometimes I think of Karma and wonder if maybe there is something, I did to attract a situation where I always have to stand alone when things are the hardest. Can it be I tread on waters so torrential that no one else dares tread with me? Sometimes my heart is too sensitive. It’s what makes me compassionate. Sometimes my heart feels like It is going to break into a thousand pieces, like now.

Regardless of what the reason, I have felt almost invisible for the last seven years or so. My expressions of distress are met with things like, “I’m sorry to hear that,” or ” I hope you feel better soon.” Then the door is shut. As long as I have no uplifting words for someone else, there is nothing left to say.

I think to myself; I can talk to God and all the spiritual support I have. Tonight, I need more than that. We all come to a crossroads where someone who truly has mutual compassion is necessary. Suddenly I feel very alone. I am not lonely, just alone. There is a difference, you know. I can be alone for long periods and never feel lonely. Yet there are other moments I wish I had not walked the road I have. It appears to be a dark alley, and all along, I thought it was a bright tunnel filled with lights and guidance.

When guidance is not enough, yet God is enough, sometimes I need Him to send me some earth angels. I feel like my heart is hurting so much it can be heard all across the world and back, and yet all I get is an echo and then silence.

Loving you from here,

Dr. Rev. Jenine Marie Howry

God as Source and Home

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There were days in the past that I struggled so hard to grow, survive, and live. Every angle I chose, every road I took seemed to be the hardest ever. You see, I had five children to care for all on my own. I struggled every day of my life. Yes, there were days I cried my brains out. Then there were also days of great victory and support. Support always came from God as my Source. Whenever I feel I am struggling the most, I have forgotten who my Source is.

Life can always be more comfortable. Some things fly out of control, but we can find that control again. The things we can control are our attitudes, our faith, our choices, our mindset, and our ultimate decisions. We can choose faith over fear. We can choose to be gracious over ungrateful. We can choose to have a God mindset over an ego mindset. Our decisions can be wise ones, or we can select unwisely and must take the consequences.

Any time I felt weakness, it was not because I cried or felt down. Fault always has come from forgetting who I am and Who lives in me. Weakness always comes from disconnecting from the One with whom I have always belonged.  God is the Source of all my inheritance, my joy, my victory, and my convictions.

These have always been my convictions. Do I slip up sometimes? Yes! I slip up a lot, but I also chose that God would be my compass and sealed this eternal choice. With God as a compass, there is no going back. God will always arrange life so that I will drive my way home, no matter what. A home is a place of comfort, hope, and security. When we lose “home,”; we lose our comfort, hope, and safety.

My hope for you today is to find “home” and to determine your Source. Seal yourself in permanent betrothal with the One who always knows you best and will never let you down.

Loving you from here,

Dr. Rev. Jenine Marie Howry, PhD

832-484-8306

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All Life Belongs to the Light of God

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I believe there is a place inside of us that reflects what God meant to be there. It is a heavenly place, created by Light, and in the image of divinity. We might not always act like we are God’s creation, but we are. Sometimes things are buried deep inside of us, so deep the Light of God is not seen. I repeat it’s there, though.

Like a baby born into space, it sucks into itself what is socially granted to him or her. Without any intention, from birth, we live the way we are socialized to live. As we grow, we learn to create a more sacred space, or not. It’s our choice. We can heal and have hope, or we can spoil in the soul scars we took on along the way.

No matter what stance we take, we are worth honoring because a genius Creator made us. We are life and a reflection of what that great love intended for us. We don’t always shine that way, although it is how it should be.  

Knowing this, we should honor all life no matter what form it takes. God created life with great intention, great love, and genius stamped upon it. For the respect of God, we honor. All life might not be honorable in action or deed, but we choose to forgive those things and praise anyway. Integrity is God’s pathway. Does a holy Father reject His son? Does a parent leave their offspring because of flaws they can not help?

What about the one who is buried deep within a mother’s womb? The sacred lies sweetly and innocently within a space created just for him or her. Should this sacred creation be taken from its nesting place before its time? Does it deserve to die when it has no choice of its own? We were all born with freedom of choice. Why, then, should we choose another? Is it not murder to disrespect a life that yet has no say?

Living in perfect formation, the unborn is innocent and has nothing to disrespect. The unborn are like sheep that are subject to slaughter, and we call it pro-choice. We say it’s a woman’s right to choose her own body, but does she have the right to select for one who is so perfect and innocent? Does she have the right to say this one who is yet to be born should not be? Do any of us have the right to take what is sacred and call it not holy?

Loving you from here,

Dr. Rev. Jenine Marie Howry, Ph.D.

832-484-8306

http://jeninemarie.com

Five Ways You Can Remove Coldness from Your Heart

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Have you ever seen such a time in history as we are going through now? We have so much strife in our country. The only place it can begin is in our spiritual walk and then within our hearts. Remember, our mouths speak out of the inner chambers of our hearts. The words and hateful comments coming out of the mouths of people these days are coming from souls that have become bitter and hateful.

There are some ways you can personally overcome and change the coldness that might be residing in your heart.

  1. Ask God to examine your heart. King David in the Bible did this very same act. David asked God to reveal any wicked way within; he wanted a pure and clean heart. David knew his mouth would speak out of the inner working of his heart. Therefore, the world could cloud David’s decisions with hatred or bitterness if he did not cleanse his soul and render it to God’s ways.
  2. Be willing to admit to yourself you have an issue within you and resolve to deal with it. If you can not accept this, then no change can happen. Only through our clear and honest evaluation can you overcome any bitterness that might arise out of your wounds.
  3. Accept that everyone has wounds. That includes you. When you see others know, they might also be acting out of their injuries. It is your responsibility to seek out healing for your wounded heart and soul scars. Once you recognize your inner wounds, it is time to take action. God within you can reveal internal injuries and helps you change your ways.
  4. Seek out to only speak light whenever you can. Speaking from a place of light means talking out of grace and mercy. Talking out of grace and mercy is taking upon yourself the characteristics of God. Remember, this does not negate wisdom. Sometimes we all need to be blunt and to the point. Ask God for knowledge in your heart and speaking, and He will give you wisdom
  5. Confess your wounds and the need for healing. Opening up to someone you trust is paramount to healing whatever it is within you. Becoming open is not a session where you point fingers at others. Your honest thoughts are between you and God’s presence within you alone.

Bringing more love, mercy, grace, and healing into this world starts with you. It has to start somewhere! Tell others what you have decided to do! Telling others will help the domino effect even more. Let the fire begin! We need a revival of good-hearted people arising in our country. A revival means loving those who do not love themselves. If we can’t love them in person because of their hearts’ harshness, then love them in prayer. Lift the spirits of those who are around you by pouring out goodness to them whenever you can. Do this without harming the boundaries of those you love. Remember where those are and stay within those lines!

You can do this! You can begin to change the world right now! Let the change begin within you and then with you! The country will thank you, and the world will thank you!

Loving you from here,

Dr. Rev. Jenine Marie Howry, PhD

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