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.

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]


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WHEN HOPE DIES; HOPE WILL ARISE

WHEN HOPE DIES; HOPE WILL ARISE

  The question is where does our HOPE lay? As we live our lives, we face many storms and strong currents that pull us down, over and over again. Yet, we are back on top again riding along the waves that come. We learn that we do not have to live in fear, but to keep our eyes on Him who will pull us out of the torrential waters into a safe haven with Him; Who is the Lord of all, Jesus!
  Somethings in our lives, that have taken precedence over what God intended for us to prosper must die. Sometimes, we just face another END to a chapter in the book of our lives. Also, things that are staples in most people's lives are not be in ours and it is taken away. All of this is where we as humans tend to place our hope's in. 
  But let me tell you; there is a HOPE that is ALL POWERFUL, ALL PRESENT and ETERNAL and that is our Lord Jesus Christ! He had to die first, to then bring us ALL this amazing HOPE for our lives. Let things go, let people go by surrendering them all into the Hands of our Savior. Here you will find perfect peace and HOPE!
  Happy Resurrection Day to all! May you discover the HOPE that arose!
"And now, Lord, what do I wait for and expect? My hope and expectation are in You."  Psalm 39: 7
"Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for and hope for and expect the Lord!"  Psalm 31: 24

"The Lord is my portion or share, says my living being (my inner self); therefore will I hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him." Lamentations 3: 24