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What if the Whole Body of Christ Lovingly Prayed for One Another?

When I close my eyes and think of the church, not the organization, but the whole Body of Christ, I see a huge family that God had put together. We are meant to be family; a global one. God tells us that we are one faith, one baptism, and one body. Jesus even prayed we would be “as one” just like He is with the Father. The Trinity is an amazing mystery. It is three persons in one, meaning the godhead operates in one accord and in unity with itself. There is nothing that is done that is not in agreement between the three persons of God; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. God is one in purpose, one in faith, one in truth, and one in love. This is how Jesus envisioned the church. He sees us as one Body, with one vision, one purpose, one in faith, one in truth, and one in love. Can you imagine if the whole Body of Christ prayed together in one accord, …

When Will the WHOLE Body of Christ Love One Another? I Wonder?

John 13:34  “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” I remember the first time as a little girl falling in love with the portrayal of love within Jesus. I really think He became my super hero. When it came to Jesus, all I could think about was how I wanted to be like Him. I know, over the years, I have fallen short of that. The main thing is I keep on going and so should you! With all of the difficult things that are going on in the world, I question what Jesus thinks when He looks at His Bride in strife. Oh, I know He loves us, that is for sure!  What I mean, is I wonder, if He ever weeps over our lack of love and compassion between one another when we disagree. He gave us guidelines to live and love by. Those things are clear. I often wonder why we don’t all try a bit harder to obey …

When We Love Others It Should Open Their Hearts Not Close Them

Not long ago I had a deep prayerful conversation with someone who has deeply touched my life. I think this person by far has been the strongest and yet most humbled I have known. We talked about who deserves Christ, the love of God, and how the Body of Christ is supposed to be “as one” just as Jesus is one with our Holy Father. There is no doubt we have a dysfunctional family but we are family none the less. Yet Jesus prayed we be one. The oneness Jesus spoke of is not just one church body within an organization but through the whole Body of Christ. Yes, we fall short of that for sure. If we are ever supposed to achieve what Jesus asked for then we have to let down our guard, open our hearts, and allow bridges to be rebuilt where they have been torn down. We will never do this if we treat one another as an inconvenience. Bottom line, lack of forgiveness is at the root of our demise. …

When Disaster Hits- State of Texas Prayer Director Message

Several days ago the State of Texas, the nation, and the world, watched as a category 4 hurricane not only hit southern Texas but lingered over several areas for many days. The rain is not over and the destruction continues. This disaster is one which, not only the state, but our great nation has not seen in this magnitude in a very long time. We will also remember this time in history for a very long time. As our hearts grieve, our spirits pray, and we watch the events unfold, I want to encourage everyone that God is on the throne and that the light of Jesus Christ will shine through as faithful as He always has! Here is a message I created as the State of Texas Director for the United States National Prayer Council. We all so appreciate your prayers, your compassion, and your giving! God bless you! Pastor Jenine Marie Howry  

Flash from the Past Poem from 2012

  There’s a space, I knew, I could lay it down A place where shadows never play. I can feel the essence of this hollowed ground Never knew my dreams would long to stay Wrapped in golden, breath of life in the air I’m beholding, all the visions I have known Rivers bless me, I can see them everywhere This is the journey I have traveled all alone. Did you think I would be empty Just because you did not care? Have you forgotten where my honor is And could not find me anywhere? I have been known to hold my own. Distant thunder, coming closer as I wait The rain is pouring down, in the light Blessed sanctuary, a place of heaven’s gate My Master says that I will be alright. Kissed by sunlight, Holy essence in the air Standing stronger, in spaces I can call my own Dressed in armor, prayerful garments I can share This is the journey, I have traveled all alone. Did you think I would be empty Just because …

Re-creation of Good Childhood Memories for Healing and Joy!

Recently, I posted an update on Facebook asking what my friends fondest childhood memories are. I think we focus so much on the negative in life when looking back that we tend to forget some of the great things that have happened in life. When I look back to my childhood I can remember beautiful sunny days playing in the yard, running around with our family dog, and our big old house we lived in with so much to explore. I loved to pretend I was making tea on the heater vents on the floor and serving it up to my dolls with lunch. No one experiences only negative things, although many of us have had a lot of hard things happen. Yet, I guarantee if you focus real hard on the positive and good things that were a part of childhood you can find some good ones! I still love the rain hitting the windows in our older house we just purchased over a year ago, just like I loved the rain hitting the …

Cheaters Never Really Prosper

I remember my mother used to always tell me “cheaters never prosper” when I was younger. I think its one of those old sayings that came from some wise sage but at the moment I don’t really feel like looking it up. I’m sure Google will have the answer if anyone is curious. The saying is true though. Cheaters might look like they are doing well for a time but eventually they get what is coming to them. It always makes me a little sad when people who don’t deserve it get taken advantage of. Over the years I have seen it happen. Employers take advantage of employees, business partners are crooked, spouses cheating on one another in relationships, someone stealing another’s wallet when they are not looking and taking everything they have left by charging on their credit and debit cards. It happens in this world and its sad that it does. There is something that the rest of us can count on though. God is faithful and He also created a universe that …