Creating a Positive World

No doubt we live in strange times. Sometimes I look at life as it unfolds in society, and I wonder what next year will look like, or even tomorrow. If I want to stay on the positive side of life, I have to say to myself, “Stay in your own world and create the most productive and positive umbrella possible.” It’s hard to stay positive in environments that are so counterproductive we wonder why people would want life to be as they present it.

Structurally society is meant to be made up of units, marriage being the center and family surrounding marriages. Spiritually our foundation is intended to be based on the design our Creator God has set before us. Without that foundation, our morals, ethics, and positivity go out the window into the no-fly zone of society’s negative aspects.

I’ve always been taught; attitudes are contagious. Within the nucleus of the family set in motion by God, our positivity can affect the units that makeup society. What does this take? The first answer is willingness. We have to be willing to make the necessary changes to change our nuclear family and community. Next, we need to have the desire. Taking an “I don’t care about anyone else” attitude will never create positive changes. Last but certainly not least, we need love. I’m not trying to sound wishy-washy since I am always touting the gloriousness of what real love is like. I’m taking the subject of love very seriously. Without self-love that comes from God’s love, we have no love at all.  

We are the embodiment of our Creators genius. Knowing this and behaving as we know this are two different subjects. We need more than knowing. We need love and action. The two go together like pumpkin pie and whipped cream. Do you like my analogy? When love meets desire and willingness, we have the seeds that breed action.

We get nothing changed by complaining about things all being wrong. We do get something by using the love and action formula to create a new environment in marriage, the family unit, and our outer facets of society. Do you have anything else that is more important than this? Think about all of this for a moment. What kind of world do you want your children and their children to have in years to come?

Loving you from here,

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

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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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During this Era of Covid -19

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There are few words I feel I can come up with to describe this era of coronavirus we are going through in our nation and our world. This afternoon I sat and stared out the window in disbelief about how things seemed to escalate so quickly. If I focus on the statistics and the breaking news I hear daily; my heart melts into my stomach. Yet, if I shift my focus on what I am looking at right now, my whole demeanor shifts.

Right out the window, life seems just as it always has been. The trees are blowing in the wind, cars are going by, and I see a squirrel running along the walkway. In this very now moment, life is alright. This moment is the one we live in, or we should. For some of us, our tomorrows can be counted by God on the one hand, and our fingers can represent other decades. No matter what category we are in, this very now moment is precisely the same.

With a deep sigh, I can take in a good long breath and let it out. Everything is just fine, right now. In the past, when things got hard in life, I used to toss and turn all night long, wondering how I was going to work things out. One night, I figured out my moment is the same, regardless of how tomorrow pans out. There is such power living in the moment we call now. I used to think to myself, “Right now, everything is alright,” and then go to sleep.

It is alright. Yes, we plan for the future, but no one can know it all. Just for now, I think I will close my eyes and remember moments that felt just like this. The trees were blowing in the breeze, through my hair, and across my face. The birds were nesting, flying, and seeking out food. These things are always here and forever a comfort.


In this world, we will have labor. In the Bible, they were/are assigned. Men labor to care for their mates and families. Women work to have children and then raise them in faith. Some of those roles have changed over the years as we changed as humans. Right now, I think I will take refuge in the things that never change. They are the love of God, the simplicity of creation, and the promise of better tomorrows.

Loving you from here,

Dr. Jenine Marie Howry, PhD

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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