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Your Final Words. What Would They Be?

IMG_20171023_130408The other night I watched a movie where a plane went down and in the debris was found a note written by a father who wanted his child to know his final feelings. A reporter discovered it and made it her mission to find the child and deliver the note so the child could have closure. It was a very touching story.

The subject got me thinking though. I wondered, “What would I say if I knew I only had three more minutes to live and could write a note to each of my loved ones?” Of course “I love you” would be a part of it but they do know that I love them. I pondered this for awhile. I wanted it to be profound, you know, something they would always remember.

It was harder than I thought because three minutes is not a long time to say something profound. There seemed so much I would want to say aside from I loved them. I would want to leave my children good advice, my grand children a piece of history to hold onto, and my other family members a memory they would think of and always smile.

Like I said, it is hard to fit all of that into three minutes. There was only one way I could think of that made sense. That is to say everything I want to right now! One never knows what will happen in the next second and we have no idea if we would have time to write something or not. Most of those sudden last moments don’t give time for any of that. That leaves the obvious. Tell the people we love the things we want to say NOW while there is time. It leaves time to say everything along the way. It’s like a lifelong project of connection and the leaving of memories that can be looked back upon when they miss us.

I found myself making a list of those things. What would I want to continue to always tell my loved ones and in what modes? Do I want to write them letters and cards, or just emails and text messages? I think letters would be best. They are the things that are kept. Cards are usually kept as well. I even thought it would be great to send a card, a photo of us together or something meaningful , and a meaningful statement that can be saved and always remembered. It’s about leaving a legacy of love behind until the moment comes when we all shall meet again!

Loving you from here,

Pastor Jenine Marie Howry


Jenine Marie Coaching and Ministries LLC  


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

IMG_20170904_140736_219When 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, all on the same page with the same purpose? Can you imagine the light of Christ shining through His glorious Bride with no dysfunction and no offenses?

The biggest deterrence to this from happening is PRIDE. If the devil can hold us in a prideful stance then Jesus’ vision and prayer for us to all be as one can not become complete. There will come a day when the devil will get his dysfunctional behind kicked by our great King and Savior, but until that day, wouldn’t it be a great vision to have to come together in unity on behalf of our mutual faith? We might not agree with everything but we do all agree that Jesus is Lord if we are Christian.

Can you imagine the sound of millions of Christians all singing in one accord or praying in one accord? Can you imagine what that might sound like in heaven and in the ears of our heavenly Father? This is my greatest prayer; that all of God’s people within the Body of Christ would join together in one purpose, one prayer, one love, and one light in Christ Jesus. I pray there would be no more pride, or reasons to be suspect of one another. I pray that peace will in fact rule and reign in our hearts. I pray that we would face one another with forgiveness, unconditional love, and non threatening ways.

The easiest way for the devil to break up a family is to divide it against itself. Right now it looks like he is doing a good global job of that because we still don’t seem to get it. We need to love one another as Christ loves us. We need to go and reconcile with one another as Jesus has taught us, and we need to lovingly pray for one another that we all be blessed. I know its just a dream I have but at least I know I am in good company. Jesus dreams it too!

Praying for you from here,

Pastor Jenine Marie Howry

Jenine Marie Coaching and Ministries 

Why It is Good to Pray FOR Your Enemies

Praying WomanMatthew 5: 43-48

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

As we live on this planet it is impossible to not have those who dislike us or even can’t stand us. Having enemies or even those who have hatred for us is a part of living in this world. Where I agree it is hard to have those who are against us, it’s also a challenge to grow in heart, in life, and in spirit.

One of my favorite sayings is “Those who pray for their enemies have no enemies.” Jesus made His statement clear that it is easy to love our friends and those who love us, but where is the reward in that? Our true reward is in becoming more like our Lord and that means praying for, and loving, our enemies. I agree, it’s hard. This does not mean we have to agree with them. It does not mean we have to hang around them, because often their hearts have not changed, nor will they ever. What praying for, and loving our enemies does, is it puts us in a place of love that lays itself down for others. Jesus also taught us that there is no greater love than to lay down ones life. Of course, He put this in the context of being “friends”.

Praying for our enemies helps to change OUR hearts for the better. Loving those who do not love us back is the greatest love we could possibly have and also the greatest way to keep hatred from entering into our hearts. Can you agree that maybe we have enough hatred in this life? Granted our enemies might have too much pride to even draw near us or befriend us, but our goal is not impressing others. Our goal is becoming closer to being like our Lord and Savior. We want to be formed and fashioned into the image of our heavenly Father who sees us all as His creation. We might not all be His chosen, but we are all His creation.

To have hatred is to kill or murder from the heart. Think about that statement for a second. All open actions begin with our thoughts and what is in our hearts. If this is true then we are capable of doing things we might have never done had we not harbored hatred inside of us. Praying for our enemies changes this. Now, hear me in this; this does not mean our prayer is “God do something horrible to that person”. It means, “God please bless this person, keep them safe, help them to love more, come into their lives, be their Savior, reveal Yourself to them, change them from the inside out, and make them more like YOU!”

A dear man I was honored to be connected with, a father in the faith, prayed over peoples photos and had many that he posted in front of him while he prayed. I loved this practice and I came to adopt the very same thing. This helps us to see and visualize the person as a human being and in the presence of the Holy Spirit, we can genuinely come to love them as we pray for them to be blessed. In this way we are more like our heavenly Lord and also we spiritually create ways to build bridges instead of burn them.

Don’t we need more bridge builders in this life? What victory do we have in keeping our enemies wrapped in the heart of hatred? We only have victory when we allow love to win out. The Bible tells us that true love always wins. When we pray for our enemies and love our enemies we always win and so do they. They might not know it, or even recognize it, but they will win. Praying for those who hate us turns hate to love and shows we have grown into a greater maturity. Our prayers might not win humanitarian of the year award in someone else’s eyes, but God sees them as sacred.

If you want to do good in this world, start in your prayer closet and post Scriptures, pictures, prayers, and loving statements. How can you help but shine in the presence of your heavenly Father when you show Him your love and maturity?

Loving you from here,

Pastor Jenine Marie Howry

Jenine Marie Coaching and Ministries 

The Lord is Close to the Broken Hearted

IMG_20170904_140736_219Psalm 34:18

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

I’ve often heard our greatest witness for Christ is when we are broken in our hearts and pliable in the potter’s hands. He takes our broken pots of clay and remolds them into a bright and shiny new pot that will hold much more of His Spirit as we pour out to others who need a touch from the Master’s hands. In our brokenness we can be His hands and feet. We can bring to this world His light. Can we all agree that this world needs more Christ light in it?

I am not sure I want to use the word “imagine” but for lack of a better word I am going to. Imagine a world where, through our brokenness, we become the greatest healers on the earth. Jesus walked powerful on this earth, but He also displayed a heart that could be broken. If this were not so then He would not have experienced everything a human experiences. I think one of my most favorite Scriptures in the Bible is “Jesus wept”. It pretty much says it all.

Jesus experienced brokenness for our transgressions and He was bruised for our iniquities. He wept as He prayed before His Crucifixion. As we die from the inside out to the crazy things of this world, we also might weep. God is most near us during our weeping times because of Jesus grace and great compassion upon us. When we look around us and it “feels” like God is not near by. Hear the truth. God is close to the broken in heart. He weeps with His children and angers when their hearts are messed with. That is our heavenly Father. His nature is protective of those He has called to be His own and has chosen.

If you find yourself weeping a lot lately, you are in good company. Take a look at the prophets of old and what they had to endure, not to mention the Apostles. Their world experience was one of persecution, fear, enduring hard places, and being pressed to their limits. Yet, they conquered and they are over comers. Why? Because God was near to them. He lifted them up, instructed their moves, and protected their advances.

I know it is hard to be encouraged then life drags you down. Believe me, I know what it is like to have my face feel scarred from that dusty road. We weep bitterly sometimes when we endure hardships, are misunderstood, feel challenged and broken in our hearts. Just know that God is near and He is watching. He knows why you are crying and He understands what to do about it all. He may not fix the circumstances. That might be up to you, but He will be there to strengthen you through the blows that life brings. Keep looking up, Your redemption draws near.


Pastor Jenine Marie Howry

Jenine Marie Coaching and Ministries 

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

IMG_20170904_140736_219John 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 Him in them.

Should a Pastor go and pursue “that one” who walked away?

Should we go to our brother or sister when they offended us and mend fences?

Should we lovingly pray for one another the way we are instructed to, and let even our enemies know we pray for them?

Should we pray every single day for God to give to us the grace, the strength, and obedience to follow Jesus as closely as we humanly can with His help?

Maybe I wonder too much. Maybe I hope too much. I guess my biggest wonder is when we will drop down the walls and allow one another to come into our heart space. Not that we don’t on a smaller scale; maybe within our denomination or our church. The Body of Christ is filled with wonderful and amazing treasures that could never be replaced. We are unique, highly favored by God, and chosen by God through Christ. Since we are all of that, I wonder if we can all see one another that way?

Some points to at least ponder

Pastor Jenine Marie Howry

Jenine Marie Coaching and Ministries 


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

IMG_20170904_140736_219Not 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. So many are unwilling to forgive or to allow their inner hurts to be revealed. Unfortunately, the only way to be completely be set free from inner hurts is to expose them, let God heal them through Christ, and choose to love even when it is hardest. Healing begins this way, and oneness begins this way as well.

I understand it is hard to look at the truth when we think it might be an imposition upon our lives. Maybe it will expose something we don’t want others to know about. Unfortunately God knows it all anyway and eventually it will all be exposed in the light of Christ. We might as well expose it now and get it over with. Sometimes we think of our own self instead of the other side of someone else’s issues. How many people could we heal if we would just allow them into our hearts enough to converse with them, get to know them, and understand them, like Jesus did?

It grieves my heart that we are so burned in our souls that we burn others when they try to touch us. Sometimes we even burn ourselves. Can we ever reach the point of maturity where we can let down our guard enough to give others the benefit of the doubt that they might be great people? Maybe they made mistakes. Maybe we ourselves made some too. We all have sinned and have fallen short of God’s glory. Are we too self centered that we deny Jesus His one prayer to the Holy Father before His crucifixion? He said, “…that all of them be one, Father, just as You are in Me, and I am in You…” John 17:21.

The Lord instructed us all to pray for our enemies. Although, often who we consider to be our enemies are not enemies at all. Praying for someone is the most loving and excellent thing to do. This does not mean, “Get them Father”, but “bless them Lord”. In all honestly, we break one another’s hearts. That is a given. We do this because of our own wounds. Our wounds push away instead of cover like Christ. This should not be, yet it is a reality within our Christian faith and the Lord’s Body.

Thankfully, the Lord always knows the intention of our hearts and when they are good, he acknowledges the goodness within us. So, keep on praying for those who oppose you, who have hurt you deeply, who have lied to you, and who have cast you off. Your heavenly Father knows your heart, has felt your pain, and will heal you because of your obedience. He loves when we build bridges instead burn them. This does not mean we take disrespect. We can pray at a distance. But it does mean that God can work miracles through our prayers with good intentions. He loves us with an everlasting love. That means all of us! He never treats us as an inconvenience, never lies to us, never blocks us when we reach out, and never stops loving even when we fail Him.

None of us deserves His love and yet He gives it lavishly. We should be grateful for what we have in Him and for what we have in one another. Maybe some day we all will. Until that day, we keep on praying without ceasing, because it still remains the most loving thing any person can do for another.

In love and healing

Pastor Jenine Marie Howry

Jenine Marie Coaching and Ministries



You Need Soul Care and Why

IMG_20170904_140736_219Are you curious as to what soul care is and how it can help every aspect of your life? Soul care goes into the depths of a person and finds the amazing vision that God has set inside of each and every one of us. We all have messiness inside but we all have great things that were made in the image of God. Caring for the soul brings out those amazing things.

We are body, mind, and soul and they all work together with one another. I guess you could say we are a trinity like our creator! Why care for only the body and mind but leave the soul unexplored and not excavated ? Who knows what things can be unearthed when soul care is applied to ones life!

Let me ask you something. When is the last time you thought about the vision God has placed inside of you for your life? Do you dwell on surface problems and issues that never seem to be solved? Can I give you a pointer? Dealing with surface issues will never heal you nor does it have the power to change your life! In order for something to be life changing it has to touch you at a soul level. That is what God does through His Holy Spirit through soul care between one another. We work toward bringing out the best parts of you that lay below the surface of all the junk dealt with on a daily basis.

Do you need someone to facilitate soul care? How about dealing with soul scars and soul ties? A liberated spirit who shines the light if Christ is one who has been set free from the bondage stuck within ones soul. We all have these things, and we all should be working on soul care as much as we go to the doctor for the body, or a counselor for care of the mind.

Lets release the things you were destined to know and understand about yourself in Christ Jesus! Soul care is waiting for you and freedom is within your grasp.

If you need to find out more about soul care sessions, please call me at 800-421-1765 or email me at

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God bless you!

Pastor Jenine Marie Howry

Jenine Marie Coaching and Ministries