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Aug 27

The Secrets of the Scriptures

By Jenny Morris | Uncategorized

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 | Uncategorized

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 | Uncategorized

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 | Uncategorized

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.

Nov 14

Ask Amazing Grace: How do I find my niche, even when I struggle with faith?

By Jenny Morris | Uncategorized

Q: I don’t know a lot about God, but I am open to him helping me. I am not sure what to do with my life. Though I have a double major in college, neither seems perfect for me. Can prayer help?

A: Yes! Turning to God, no matter how big or small your faith is always a step towards progress. Jesus tells us:

If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. (Luke 17:6)

Many people find themselves working in jobs unrelated to their interests, but continue working in that capacity because they don’t know what else to do. I spoke with several individuals struggling with this dilemma. We talked about what inspired them. They all presented their visions as a dream that wouldn’t come true due to a list of obstacles.

Not knowing if any of them had any faith in God, I still suggested the option of turning to him, who is Love and Wisdom itself, to find clarity and affirmed that an all-powerful and present God had a perfect plan for them.

I back up these declarations with the following promise from the Bible.

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (Matt.: 7-8)

Each one had an earnest passion for a particular occupation, but saw the constant obstacles in their way as reasons ‘why’ their career choice couldn’t be achieved. Time, money, competition and the seeming lack of the world’s need for their talent, were among the most-mentioned reasons why these God-given gifts weren’t being utilized.

I asked, “If time and money were unlimited to you, what would you do?”

One wanted to participate in fashion, others in research, cooking and social services. In all these situations, the intent was to help others.

I found that when I asked this question in my coaching practice, the majority of answers also involved serving other people. Whether they knew it or not, each one was following a God-given directive found in Galatians 5:13:

For you, brethren, were indeed called to freedom; only do not let your freedom be an incentive to your flesh and an opportunity or excuse for selfishness, but through love you should serve one another. (Amplified Bible)

God created you for a specific purpose, and if a motive is based on love, truth, integrity, peace, justice and the infinite characteristics of a good God, then you will achieve these goals. Prayer will help you discover your specific niche in life.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. (Jer. 29 11-13)

Having that mustard seed of faith is effective, as stated in 1 John 5:4:

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Nov 14

Ask Amazing Grace: Friends or Lovers?

By Jenny Morris | Uncategorized

Q:  Every woman I have dated in the past 11 years just wants to be friends. This happens especially after I bring up the importance of God and spirituality to me. No one seems to appreciate the topic. Do you have any suggestions?

A: It’s wonderful that you want your dating choices to include God.  In fact, that is your most important relationship.  And yet, if you have ever been on the receiving end of the comment “let’s just be friends,” it might feel like a very personal rejection.  We know what the person truly intends to say is “let’s be acquaintances” because if we find that special person in our life we want them to be our best friend.

So, the question is how to attract a woman who shares your love for God, common human interests and values your dedicated friendship.  Since marriage is not my expertise, but biblical relationships and communication are, here are a few suggestions that will help you whether you are dating or not.

  • Appreciate your talents, skills and unique individuality that are the pure expressions from God.
  • Enjoy being you!!! Be certain that you are your own best friend and love your neighbor as yourself, not better than yourself.
  • Consider the various characteristics you find compelling about another individual.  Are they honest, kind, adventurous, courageous, intelligent, playful, and/or creative etc.?
  • Then find those qualities within and display them daily.  If you are looking for a genuinely godly person then they will be attracted to godly qualities more than physicality.

Also, we are created to both give and receive with one another. If you are being burdened by giving extremely more than receiving then this needs to be balanced. It is unwise to allow someone to take advantage of your good nature. The same is true for the reverse.  If you are abundantly blessed by someone’s good nature, return the care and concern for their life.

John tells us in the Bible that God is love.  Not just loving, but actually love.  So when we love others or feel loved, that is God’s presence in our life.

A perfectly yoked marriage is simply wonderful.  But if you are currently single, then take your abilities and volunteer to help others. As an example, I knew several men and women in church were working during the holidays and many of them didn’t bake.  So, I spent the week making sugared pecans and cakes and combined them with other goodies to give to them.

Having a church family filled a void Christmas week and allowed me to contribute my talents to blessing others. Take time to be the spouse God wants you to be even to those you aren’t dating.

Develop those skills now.  I am not talking about intimacy, just to be clear. Rather focus on being a willing listener and exemplifying true friendship.  Then you will naturally attract someone to date who appreciates character more than personality.

In the story of Ruth in the Bible, it seemed almost impossible that she would find a spouse.  She was a widow in a foreign land and lived with her mother-in-law, who was also a widow.  Ruth had to depend on her strong work ethic so she could provide for both she and her mother-in-law, Naomi.  She had followed Naomi to a country where she knew no one because of her loyalty and her love for God, whom she came to know because of her husband’s family.

A wealthy man named Boaz took notice of her good character and said, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband—how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before.” Ruth 2:10-12.  Eventually they got married and had a son who was King David’s grandfather.

Deep friendships found in marriage and in a single life are part of God’s love-filled plan for each of us because we are made complete.

Claim your completeness consistently so you feel the confidence that no other person can determine your worth.  God thinks his creation is awesome and this includes you.