Author Daneille Snowden

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I have been happily married for 25 years to my best friend, soul mate and partner in the ministry-Brad. Graced by God with three wonderful children of whom I have home schooled for 18 years. I am also an ordained minister and love to teach God's Word as well as lead worship in our churches we pastor. Oh and yes, my dh and I have Pastored for over 22 years and thank the Lord for using us.

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Letter To My Persecuted Brothers & Sisters in the Lord

A Letter To My Persecuted Brothers & Sisters in the Lord
http://horizonweekly.ca/news/details/38406


Dearest Brothers & Sisters;
  I need to tell you, that my heart is breaking when I see and hear of the pain, sorrows and deprivation you are facing. Hearing your stories and seeing your faces has stilled my soul. The things I have been facing in life (which are difficult) seem so very insignificant when I see your pain. 

In my greeting, I called you brother and sister; for truly you are. We are united by the Blood of our Saving Lord and King. As the writer of Hebrews shares with a great heart; 
"Remember those who are in prison as if you were their fellow prisoner, and those who are ill-treated, since you also are liable to bodily sufferings." [Heb. 13:3
You are suffering, unjustly for sure. Many around me are very angry, which is completely understandable. 

Yet, I hear you say that though it's been hard, "You forgive your persecutors." 
YOU FORGIVE THEM! At this, I just shake my head in great wonder. Somewhere in your walk with Jesus, you graduated to that place of understanding God's Mercy and Grace. In that, you have grasped the entire vision of our Lord Jesus when He said; 
“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you... If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you... because they do not know Him who sent Me." [John 15:18-21]

"They do not KNOW WHO SENT ME"...if only the world knew Jesus as we do, He is so patient, loving and kind. He listens to every whimper and touches our bleeding hearts. He whispers in our ears, "Not much longer my sweet child and I will be carrying you home. I am very proud of you...hold on to my promises - I will never leave you, nor forsake you." 

Sweet little girl and boy, who has lost your mommy and daddy; I am so sorry. I wish I could hold you and comfort you. But, I am praying that Jesus holds you so very tight..through the arms of another mommy and or daddy. To my sister and brother who's child was ripped from your arms and permanently taken from you; I am broken hearted for you. I pray for God to up-gird you with His All Powerful Arms, and through this sorrow - God reveal to You; that your baby is singing praises to our Lord. 

During these past couple weeks, as the suffering of the persecuted church of Jesus Christ has only increased, my intense desire is to be there with you. To offer a hand to hold, a shoulder to cry on...to pray with and love you. Yet, I am here; in a country so far that allows me to worship my Lord without the risk of being physically harmed. So, I shall pray, I will grasp the 'horns of the alter'  [Exodus 27:2] and cry out to Jesus on your behalf. 

Some of you have made it here to us in the States and I have heard you say that the persecuted church in N. Korea, Arab Countries, Iran, Iraq, China...etc.  are praying for the United States and European Countries. That you have a burden for us, seeing that the church is loosing her first Love (Jesus). You are witnessing in our government that the Christian witness and convictions are being ruled out, as ungodly/immoral life styles are winning over. You have seen here also, that Pastor's are being ridiculed if they preach not only of Christ's Love but also sin and living a righteous life. Also how Christians in their schools, work place, neighborhoods, social network will be cut-down if they speak out about Biblical truths of sin. [Galatians 5:19-20] I hear that you are fasting and praying for America! Yet, you lay it all down to be TRUE WITNESSES of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. [Definition of a witness is a martyr.]

I want to express that you are my earthly heroes and I am humbled by your LIVING SACRIFICE. Of all the trials I have faced, (which have been labeled pretty difficult in the culture I live) they pale next to the fiery trial you have been thrown into. I thank my God for you, thank you for HOLDING TIGHTLY to the faith...setting your face as a flint and not turning back on Jesus. 

I will set out an alarm as loud as I can, to call the church to prayer. Also, knowing your hearts...I will ring another loud alarm to wake up the sleeping church to arise and be what God has intended us to all to be - evangelists; sharing Jesus to all we know and meet. In addition, warning the world that Jesus is coming very soon, and before that, times will continue to become more difficult in every category. 

So, my dear brothers and sisters who have lost most every material thing you have; I join with you in my heart praying for this troubled world. My heart is knitted with you, and I ache for you thus I shall always pray for you.

In The One We all Love the Most -- Jesus Christ, 

Daneille Gray Snowden
https://www.osv.com/Article/TabId/493/ArtMID/13569/ArticleID/15884/Help-persecuted-Christians-and-in-Iraq-and-elsewhere-in-the-Middle-East.aspx
Persecution International: http://www.persecution.org/
Voice of the Martyrs: http://www.persecution.com/
Bible Says About Persecution: http://www.openbible.info/topics/persecution
Write a letter to a Persecuted Christian in prison: http://www.prisoneralert.com/

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

THE CALLING OF THE FATHER: Being the Priest of His Home

THE CALLING OF THE FATHER:
Being the Priest of His Home
                                                           
                                                      By Daneille Gray Snowden June 2014

I love watching my husband playing with my children. He seems to be the 'fun' parent. The kids giggle the hardest and run the fastest when daddy is there. Another thing that I just LOVE; is when my husband rises up and teaches God's living word in deed and instruction. My children quickly hush and peer into the eyes of their father as He instructs them from the passages of the Bible. 

Sunday being Father's Day, we will be ministering about the role of a father as the Priest of his home. Praying that the vision our God projected in both the Old and New Testament be perceived by all the Father's attending. This is the KEY we believe for healthier families, stronger churches and a godly country. When our men rise up and be all what God created them to be, we do believe this  will usher in a solidification within the church of Jesus Christ; thus a strength we haven't witnessed in many years. 

Woman who are married, especially Christian woman long for their husbands to not only protect them and their family; via physically but also spiritually and emotionally. I feel at peace when my own husband rises up and leads our family. The children feel secure, a trait that is required for a healthy spiritual and emotional individual. 

Kohen is the Hebrew word for Priest;  in the Arabic we find the root word -  'Orab', meaning ‘to draw near’. Thus, add it all together and we have: "one who may 'draw near' to the Divine Presence."  The KEY to being the PRIEST OF THE HOME is...Being in the Presence of the Almighty. By doing so, changes a persons appearance and demeanor. God's Ways become our ways, God's Words become ours and even, God's Hands reach out through us to others. When we speak to, pray for and even hold our precious children, let it be - the TOUCH OF GOD they feel and HIS VOICE they hear. All from dwelling in His Presence and applying His Words permanently on our hearts. 

Fathers, this is a beckon 'CALL - OUT' to you! Wives to and fro are praying to God for their spouse to be the Priest of their homes. We are desperately needing you to fulfill God's Plan for your life and the entire family. We will follow, we will praise our God as you rise up early to seek the Lord, as well as teach our children.
 Deuteronomy 6: 6 "And these words which I am commanding you this day shall be [first] in your [own] minds and hearts; [then]
You shall whet and sharpen them so as to make them penetrate, and teach and impress them diligently upon the [minds and] hearts of your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up."
May all the Christian Father's across the land declare:
Joshua 24:15 “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Is It Obvious Where You Have Been?

   IS IT OBVIOUS WHERE YOU HAVE BEEN?
By Daneille Gray Snowden
   Picture this, someone knocks on your door and you open it; your visitor see's you covered with flour-her first remark is; "I see you are cooking!" Not only does she know what your are doing, and also where you were, she then likely knows what you are fixing for dinner.   

   It has happened to me more times than I can count and it was either a pie, chicken-n-noodles or some type of bread. I am quite talented in basking myself (literally) in what I am doing. 
   As a Christian, (which is one who is to be Christ-like) we are to be LIGHTS in this Dark world. We are to shine Hope, Help and Love to all who are in our path. The question is; are we? My devotions brought me here today, I was reading Oswald Chambers in his book My Utmost for His Highest (April 22). I have read in the past his life story, thus my respect for his words (in his wife's pen) speak deeply. Today's devotion was called; The Light that Never Fails . Excellent title, but may feel a bit overwhelming. God never intended us to carry the burden of this world; we simply can't and live. Yet, our Lord did call us to be a LIGHT shining the way to Him. "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." [ Matt. 5:16]  

    How? How do live life before others so that they see, hear and feel Jesus? Especially when we are struggling with hurt, pain and loss. There is a true lady of God in our church we pastor who's amazing husband just passed away. They have been married for several years, raised 4 beautiful children and now he is gone. Yet, when I see her she SHINES, she truly glows with God's glory. How is she doing this, facing such sorrow? I know her, I have heard her...call out to God in her dark hour of grief. I have seen her worship Jesus with all her heart and I know she spends time in the Presence of her God. Thus, His Glory is radiating off of her to others, who's lives have been stirred by her testimony. 
   O. Chambers said; "Allow nothing to keep you from looking with strong determination into the face of God...  A Christian servant is one who perpetually looks into the face of God and then goes forth to talk to others. The ministry of Christ is characterized by an abiding glory of which the servant is totally unaware."
  In regards to my first question; Is it obvious where you have been? Does the world see God's glory in our appearance, words and demeanor?  "When Moses came down from Mount Sinai... he did not know that the skin of his face shone and sent forth beams by reason of his speaking with the Lord." [Ex. 34:29]  
    My Pastor-father and now my husband and I stick a little note on our pulpit, it's a quote from God's Word; "...Sir, we would see Jesus?" [Jn. 12:21] It is a policy we have that we will never get behind that pulpit without first basking in the Presence of God, thus our objective is for people to See and Hear Jesus! Yet, we all are behind a pulpit aren't we? Is it our hearts desire for people to see and hear Jesus? May it be our intentions that they be engrossed with the Glory of God that shines so brightly from our lives! "And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." [2 Cor. 3:18] 



GOD'S GLORY REVEALED!
"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." [2 Cor. 4:6]