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Apr 01

Embrace the Role you were Born to Play!

By Jeanine Grich Clontz | Bible Based , Faith , Inspiration , Scriptures

Embrace the role you were Born to play!

“I’m going to my friends house for a Seder dinner this year,” I told my church friends. What’s Seder they asked? “The story of Passover,  which was being celebrated at “the last supper, and made famous by The Holy Bible and Leonardo DeVinci.” 

“Oh yes, the story of the Red Sea parting,” they concurred. “Well there’s more to the story than that,” I explained.” Before the Israelites had gathered their belongings and headed towards the land of milk and honey, Pharaoh had refused to let them leave, even though the Egyptians faced 10 plagues because of his refusal. The last plague brought devastation to the country, but had a desirable outcome for the Hebrews. The plague: the death of the first born sons of each household in the land. God told Moses that the Israelite families would be spared, all they needed to do was to sacrifice a lamb and put the blood on the door of their homes so that death would Passover their houses. Today, and throughout history, the Celebration of safety from this plague is called Passover.” 

During this year’s plague, I often read the 91st Psalm which includes the words, “no Plague shall come nigh my dwelling”.  I told my mom about this and sent her a beautiful picture of the 91st psalm and suggested we should all be putting this on our doors. She readily agreed and said she was going to start the trend. Will you share this prayer of protection and put the 91st psalm on your door? Click here to share!

Jenny Morris has a BA degree in social work, and added the most important element, God, as the ultimate healer. How could any difficulty be resolved without prayer for the right solutions?

Jenny received her CCLC, MCLC, Stress Relief Coach© and Quasar Life Coach© certification, then developed the Relationship Communication Specialist© training and certification program in collaboration with Dr. Leelo Bush.

Jenny has spoken at a variety of national, international and local conferences throughout the years. She especially loves uplifting others through her engaging presentations laced with stories from the Bible, making them highly relevant and interactive with contemporary subject matter.

For more information or to sign-up for her newsletter, visit: https://jennygracemorris.com/clarify-your-calling-gift/

Mar 18

What vow will you take? The Easter story.

By Jenny Morris | Bible Based , Faith , Inspiration , Scriptures

What vow will you take?

My friend told me she was going to a little village in Germany to watch a Passion play that is presented every ten years as a vow to God to keep them safe from the Bubonic Plague. “What’s a Passion play,” I asked. She told me it’s the Easter story where Jesus is arrested, put on trial, and crucified. “It’s such a sad story, not one I feel passionate about.”

“Passion in Latin means suffering,” she explained. The above conversation took place years ago, and it came to mind because this year is one of the towns anniversary years, and the world is experiencing a plague of our own.

The Oberammergau history  according to; https://2020-oberammergau.com/history/– In the 17th century the thirty years’ war took place (1618-1648) in central Europe and was one of history’s most devastating. As a result of the war, poverty and disease was widespread and thousands died as a result of the plague. In the small village of Oberammergau alone there were 80 deaths. During this time of suffering the citizens of Oberammergau made a sacred pledge that every 10 years they would perform a “Play of the Suffering, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ” if God would protect them from the plague. Legend has it that after the vow was made, there was not even one further case of Bubonic Plague in the village and those town members that already were afflicted recovered.

Also:https://www.themiracleofmysteria.com/stories-behind-the-story/the-story-of-oberammergau/ 

Oberammergau passion play history – The promise was fulfilled for the first time during Pentecost in 1634 and every 10 years since, the villagers of Oberammergau have continued to implement their pledge with the exception of 1940 when the play was cancelled due to World War 2.

This tradition has continued over 4 centuries with only residents of Oberammergau permitted to actually take part. The participants devote a year of their lives to re-enact the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, the Easter story. All of the people taking part in the Passion play or as it is known in German “Passionsspiele” are ordinary people who carry on pursuing their normal everyday lives such as doctors, teachers, housewives etc. All the main speaking parts have always been filled by actors who were born in Oberammergau or have lived there for at least 20 years. This custom has remained throughout the 380 years since this world famous Passion Play was first performed and has become a part of their Easter story.

Watch this trailer for The Passion Play https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA1asVO4eIU&feature=youtu.be  The Passion Play of Oberammergau

What insights have you received from praying about this virus? My go to Bible verse comes from Psalm 91

Whoever goes to the Lord for safety,
whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty,
can say to him,
"You are my defender and protector.
You are my God; in you I trust."
He will keep you safe from all hidden dangers
and from all deadly diseases.
He will cover you with his wings;
you will be safe in his care;


Wishing you and yours a Happy Easter!

Jenny Morris has a BA degree in social work, and added the most important element, God, as the ultimate healer. How could any difficulty be resolved without prayer for the right solutions?

Jenny received her CCLC, MCLC, Stress Relief Coach© and Quasar Life Coach© certification, then developed the Relationship Communication Specialist© training and certification program in collaboration with Dr. Leelo Bush.

Jenny has spoken at a variety of national, international and local conferences throughout the years. She especially loves uplifting others through her engaging presentations laced with stories from the Bible, making them highly relevant and interactive with contemporary subject matter.

For more information or to sign-up for her newsletter, visit: https://jennygracemorris.com/clarify-your-calling-gift/

Aug 27

The Secrets of the Scriptures

By Jenny Morris | Bible Based , Faith , Inspiration

Hello Everyone,

I am so happy that many of you took the time to click on the link in my latest newsletter to listen to my interview with Dr. Abby. However, some of my readers may have had difficulty finding the interview on The Secrets of the Scriptures website. Here are the directions on how to find the interview on the website.

After you click on the link below, please scroll down to the bottom of the webpage and click on Show #3 and the audio will play.
https://www.spreaker.com/show/the-secrets-of-the-scriptures

I hope you enjoy the interview, get inspired and live your life to the fullest!

Blessings,
Jenny Grace Morris

Aug 27

Jenny Grace Morris Living the Faith and Inspiration ……

By Jenny Morris | Faith , Inspiration

As Raphael joined us, we began a deep conversation about God and the Bible.One of the themes in our church sermon that week was heaven. I mentioned the Bible verse from Luke 17:20-21 that says “Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”

Like many of us, we are waiting to pass on and then go to the kingdom. As he asked questions the verse from the Lord’s prayer came to me. “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. I wanted him to know he could feel the presence of heaven right now.

I am grateful to have met Raphael. I continue to pray for him hoping love and kindness continues to find him well.

Aug 27

An Angel in disguise ……..

By Jenny Morris | Bible Based , Inspiration

This month, with the help of my niece, Tamzin, I would like to tell you a profound story of someone who recently touched us in a very special way.

People come and go in our lives but sometimes, they leave a mark on our hearts.

Sunday morning, June 24, we were walking to church on Lexington Avenue in NYC. I saw a homeless woman whom I had seen the previous night, standing in the same place she was sitting down  I mentioned to my niece that we had called the number advertised in the city as the place to get help for anyone without a home to live in.

My niece said that often times people resist the help and there isn’t anything one could do. We continued our conversation with ideas that perhaps would work. I also gave her an example of a marvelous woman I know named Luci who provides a shelter for homeless people in Florida. She is fearless, faithful and has an enormous impact on the lives of the people in need. She not only nourishes them physically but spiritually.

We were on Park avenue on our way to church and up ahead, on the corner, we saw a man holding out a styrofoam cup. He was obviously homeless. None of us carry change so when the man asked if we had any to spare, Tamzin and her husband Jaime shook their heads, no. Without giving it any thought, I said to him “Come to church with us!” And, to our surprise, he did!

He told us that he was afraid he would be kicked out of our church because all the other churches he went into asked him to leave. We assured him that they might ask him to go out into the foyer if he interrupted the sermon but that we were sure he would be most welcome.

All the time he walked with us we were chatting about life and God and what it all means. He was so well versed in the Bible that I exclaimed: “You have a ministry!”. We all came to the conclusion that it was meant to be that we ran into him for we had asked God “Give me more opportunities to give, to show love, to show kindness.” He was asking “I am hungry, please let me eat today.” He was fed in more ways than one. Tamzin took him into the cafe, got him some coffee. 2 sandwiches and a slice of chocolate cake.

All the while, on our way to church, we surrounded him in love, understanding, and appreciation. We found him to be bright, eager, with lots of love to give. We listened and comforted. He told us that when he saw us approaching him on Park avenue he thought maybe we would give him a quarter. He never thought so much love would be given to him. He is human and he is homeless. That makes him no less in need of human kindness and dignity we told him after he mentioned that most of his family wouldn’t have anything to do with him.. I gave him some literature from our church and then we all went inside to wash our hands. When Tamzin and I came out of the restroom Jamie told us Raphael appreciated all we did for him but he needed to get somewhere.

We were grateful to have met Raphael. We continue to pray for him hoping love and kindness continues to find him well.

Jan 25

Ask Amazing Grace: People always ask me for money and I give to everyone. It affects my own income, what should I do?

By Jenny Morris | Faith , Inspiration

Q: People always ask me for money and I give to everyone. It affects my own income, what should I do?

A: You are obviously a very generous person with a big heart. I think its right to take care of others when God directed but not to the detriment of oneself. Each scenario needs to be prayed about for the right solution. Sometimes giving money is the answer. I support a variety of causes and receive requests from myriad organizations to help them too. Also, people on the street might ask or simply look like they need food and shelter. One year my daughter and I purchased food, water, hats, scarves, gloves and other items and put them in bags. We included a religious article about Home and everyone’s God given right to have a good place to live. It spoke about how to pray effectively and where to go for spiritual support. We handed them out in the streets of NYC. In addition, I might purchase food for someone rather than hand them money.

This story from Acts 3 addresses your question. “Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.
When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.

Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. (NIV)

Isn’t this the real need for everyone. Its to know that God gives us what will truly bless us. Giving that lame man money would only benefit him temporarily but giving him the ability to walk and care for himself had long lasting value. We too can listen to God’s answer to what would best help each individual. God is the source of all good and when we direct each person to learning about God and His infinite ways to take care of all our needs, we will give that person the best gift in the world.

Jan 25

Ask Amazing Grace: I feel like I’m under attack

By Jenny Morris | Uncategorized

Q: I feel like I’m under attack. All these problems have come at the same time, why is this happening?

A: This question arises amongst many faithful believers. I remember a woman in a church I visited had said it was obvious that God didn’t want her living in that city because all she experienced since she arrived was one bad situation after another and this must be a sign. I told her that God doesn’t speak to us through fear and tribulation. If this city wasn’t right for her, she would have a peace about moving on.God would take her to another destination but it would come through a loving direction rather than despair. Immediately she relaxed and appreciated that perspective. She was relieved to know that Gods nature wouldn’t put her in harms way.
I have experienced times though when something didn’t feel right. Nothing bad happened but it was what I call “Spiritual Intuition” The situation wasn’t right or perhaps the person whom I encountered was not a good fit for me. This is one of Gods’ ways to prevent negative circumstances in our lives.

Feb 17

Ask Amazing Grace: Is looking to God for a solution realistic?

By Jenny Morris | Uncategorized

Q: There have been side effects from taking certain medications to help with having Attention deficit disorder ADD. Is it realistic to turn to God with this problem?

A: First of all, I will never give advice about whether one should stop taking medication, but am happy to share what I do know regarding the power of Christ.

A relative of mine has a son who was diagnosed with learning differences and ADD. His mother ,whom we will call Sally was never convinced that ADD was the actual problem and often had arguments’ with the boys’ father who we will name Harvey about this diagnosis. They had divorced years ago and had shared custody. Harvey insisted that their son take medication so he would do better academically in school as well as controlling any behavioral difficulties. Sally hired tutors and found some non-medical methods of helping her son. However, this did not satisfy Harvey who then filed for an emergency hearing with the court system claiming that the mother was not a suitable parent because she was with-holding medicine from their son. Sally started doing research on the various medications prescribed for this condition and was extremely concerned about the possible side effects written about for each of them. Sally hired an attorney who presented the outcome of the research to the judge. The judge did not make any ruling at this case management meeting but did make a side comment that many children take these medications and her son would probably have to try it and see if it works. Sally was devastated, the judge wasn’t on her side and her own attorney told her that there was no way she could win this case. Her attorney said that she will have to come to terms with giving her son medication after the next hearing date when the matter would be settled because the judge usually rules on the side of the expert reports. Sally called me and relayed the disappointing news she was given. Immediately I told her to that she could trust God because he was the only judge and I would pray with her. Though Sally was not a religious person, she does have faith and was willing to listen to some podcasts on how others had prayed and received answers to their prayers. We even found a non -profit group in the state Sally lives in that is trying to find solutions to court mandated medical reliance, but at this point they were a start -up company and didn’t have the legal help necessary to assist her. Again Harvey told Sally that because of her medical negligence he was going to ask the judge to take all medical decision rights away from her.

Every day on the way to work, Sally would listen to podcasts from a variety of religious leaders. She found one from a lady named Mrs Gooding who stated that God is the only lawmaker and decision maker, so it doesn’t matter what the reports are saying. Sally clung to these words even when her attorney needed to resign from the case due to a leave of absence from her job. Another attorney was assigned to this case and Sally again heard the opinion that she would lose this case. A child psychologist evaluated their son and wrote a 42 page document in favor of prescribing medication and a private school that was designed to help children similar to those her son was experiencing. Sally was willing to pay for it without any assistance from Harvey who baulked at the idea and told Sally that he would not allow for this. Sally continued to declare that God was the only Law and decision maker and it didn’t matter what the reports said. The autumn came and their son was enrolled in a public middle school. Sally feared that the middle school teachers would support what the elementary school teachers’ had said about their sons challenges with school work and behavior. But Sally never gave up on trusting that God was present and could make any adjustments necessary.

Both Sally and Harvey were given the cost of court fees if they couldn’t settle this out of court. The negotiations resumed and a conclusion was settled on. Harvey suggested that they bring their son to the pediatrician and whatever was prescribed, they would agree to follow. The pediatrician then gave them a questionnaire which needed to be filled out by all their sons’ middle school teachers, speech therapist, tutor plus Sally and Harvey. Every one of the teachers, the tutor and speech therapist said that their son was doing well in class. His grades were good and he was paying attention. The pediatrician looked at all the comments made and told Sally and Harvey that there was no need to prescribe any medication.

Glory to God! Nothing is impossible when we stand up for Gods ability to help us even when no one else can.

Nov 14

Ask Amazing Grace: After being abused by my father, how can I think of God as father?

By Jenny Morris | Uncategorized

Q: My whole life I have been abused either by my dad or another male figure. When I think of God as father, it does not comfort me. This makes it hard for me to trust God. Any thoughts?

A: You are not alone in this struggle.

I experienced the same conflict in finding comfort with the word father when applied to God. Through prayer, a mentor of mine sensed that something was holding me back from spiritual and occupational growth in my chosen field of Life Coaching and asked me to pray about it.

As I listened for God’s message, the root of the problem became clear. The words father and fatherhood created anguish within me because my human experience of father suggested a vindictive authority, one who could be intimidating and trample on my self-esteem.

But, I knew that this wasn’t the nature of God or the ideal of true fatherhood. I continued in prayer to free myself from the negative reaction I felt from these words.

First I focused on the phrases I found in the Bible that defined God’s nature. Among them are Shepherd, Love, Light and Mother, each synonym uniquely giving a clearer picture of God.

The second, and more arduous battle, was to redefine my perception of what fatherhood truly encompassed. I searched to understand the qualities that exemplified true fatherhood and found God’s attributes to include protection for all his children as found in the beatitudes, safety measures for a good life as found in the Ten Commandments and strength and care through prayer.

Nov 14

Ask Amazing Grace: Can the Bible help banish my night terrors?

By Jenny Morris | Uncategorized

Q: I have night terrors when I sleep. When I wake up, I don’t have any memory of them. Yet, I don’t feel rested at night. Is there anything in the Bible that can be helpful?

A: A friend of mine mentioned she too suffered from night terrors. My immediate thought went to Psalm 91:5, and I told her to pray with this verse: “Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night.”

She really embraced the message and promise. But, then I started pondering the next part of the verse: “nor for the arrow that flieth by day.”

I wondered if those “arrows” were what caused the night terrors. We started talking about the overwhelming amount of responsibilities placed on her at such a young age. Everyone depended on her to take care of their emotions, do all the cooking and cleaning, plus work outside the home.

She didn’t feel she could say no to anyone, and this put an insurmountable amount of pressure and anxiety on her life. She said yes to everything because she didn’t want to hurt anyone or have someone feel as though she wasn’t “there” for them.

As she shared her struggles to please everyone and recognized she had spread herself too thin, she also realized she disappointed those whom she wished to bless. She couldn’t do it all.

That evening she discussed our conversation with her mom, and they came to the conclusion that she needed to delegate some of her responsibilities with people who were the recipients of her nurturing talents.

A few days later, I asked her if she continued to have night terrors. Yes, she replied, but much less and more peaceful sleep patterns. Again, I went back to the “arrows that flieth by day” quote.

She revealed she was upset about being left alone. The last of her siblings was moving to be nearer the rest of their family, and she could not move for a while. She felt this was key to eliminating these night terrors.

I assured her God’s love for her is always present and will comfort her.

The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. Jeremiah 31:3

So, if you are dealing with nightmares or night terrors, rest assured that God has a solution. Pray and ask God to reveal to you what are those “arrows” pointed at you that are making you a target for terror. Here are some Bible verses to support your prayers.

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. — Isaiah 41:9-11

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:6-8

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. — Psalms 4: 8

 

 

When I adopted my daughter at age 3, she experienced great anxiety in the middle of the night and would seem to wake up. When I mentioned this to people involved in the adoption process, they explained that these were night terrors.