Author Daneille Snowden

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I have been happily married for 26 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 19 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.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

DAUGHTER OF MAJESTY

 
 
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DAUGHTER OF MAJESTY
Instead of Tragedy
 
 by Daneille Gray Snowden
 
When it's the darkest, is when we shine the brightest. Hard to swallow, yet still a commanding reality to grasp.
 
What is you life story? Are there chapters of tragedy and long valley's? Does it have pages flooded with peaks of amazing, joyous times? All of us have many words to write that include both extremes of defeat and triumphs. As I have written many times in this blog, it's WHO WE ARE and WHOSE WE ARE in the midst of both. It is WHO we glorify, and WHO we run to, isn't it?
 
If you have followed my testimony, then you have read in my own story; how I have faced poverty, sexual molestation (numerous times), poverty again (smile), loneliness, sickness, death, betrayal ...well ya get the idea. YET...I have been healed, prayed for those that have been, miraculously provided for (over and over again), have a soul mate (my husband), children (who all serve the Lord and are healthy) and again...you get the idea.
 
When I am around a group of people, usually the first thing they ask is, "How is your husband feeling?" Or, "How are you guys holding up with all you are facing?" Inside this witty & a bit sarcastic mind of mine; I am thinking - "I don't want to be known for this!" People mean well, they truly do; it's what we all do; to exhibit the fact we care. Yet, I just want all to see great victory, success and beauty. Guess, that may sound a tad prideful; but hey - who doesn't feel that way: right?
 
My mind's eye turns to my hero; as He faced true tragedy and horrific pain, during it all not thinking of Himself and wearing a crown. [Symbols fallen humanity.] Did it glimmer and shine? No, it inflicted and was ugly. Through this tragedy, JESUS CHRIST traded this crown for one of  MAJESTY.   Revelation 14:14-15
14  "Again I looked, and behold, [I saw] a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud [a]One resembling a Son of Man, with a crown of gold on His head and a sharp scythe (sickle) in His hand."
 
Because of that, I can throw my shoulders back and hold my head up high, proclaiming: I am a DAUGHTER OF MAJESTY! Majesty means: "supreme greatness or authority; sovereignty" in the Hebrew it is  greatness of appearance, applied to dignity, pomp and splendor.
Jesus is supreme (highest in rank and authority) and I am His Daughter! You too are His daughter, or son if you have invited Him to be the Lord of Your life.
 
The periods of tragedy in our life ushers in an opportunity to be able to SHINE bright; because of WHOSE we are. For God's glory radiates right through the darkness of our circumstances; causing those who are watching (and listening) to embrace Hope as they too are facing difficult times.
"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
 

Where are you in your book of life right now? Are you in the places of thrill and excitement or is the chapter you are in right now of tragedy, difficulties and sorrows? GOD KNOWS... He see's; He is reaching out His Hand of strength right now.  Decide now and choose to be the Child of Majesty today; allowing Him to rule with SUPREME authority and power in your life. That's all you have to do, is to surrender. Trust me, even in the midst of this period in your life; the Lord will flood your spirit with confidence in WHO you are and WHOSE you are.
A DAUGHTER or SON OF MAJESTY!
 
"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of
 him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:"  I Peter 2:9
 
 


HAVING THE RIGHT ATTITUDE

 

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 HAVING THE RIGHT ATTITUDE
By Daneille  Gray  Snowden 
 
Philippians 2:5
5 "Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]"

Attitude means; "manner, disposition, feeling, position  / position or posture of the body appropriate to or expressive of an action, emotion, etc.:"


I absolutely LOVE taking the definition of a word pulled from scripture and reapply it to the same passage. Somewhat what other translations of the Bible do. Here, we see the word Attitude mixed with Purpose. Also, with the throwing in of  'humility' as a character inner mixed with the type of attitude that displays our Lord Jesus clearly.

May our 'feeling' be the same as the physical posture of our body; (when faced with various circumstances) clearly depicted by what our Lord displayed through out His amazing life on the earth. When I think of my Lord walking with His Disciples from place to place; I picture in my mind a astute postured man, walking steadfastly with great purpose.  Luke 9:51 we read, "He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem."  We see Him walking through the crowds, being touched by the woman with the issue, then moving steadfastly on to raise Jairus' daughter. Constantly, with great purpose, the Lord's attitude sustained (HOLY) purpose, love and humility, in addition, sacrifice.

Daily, it is good to 'check' our attitudes with God's Word as the instruction guide. Asking ourselves:
"Is the mind of my spirit in perfect agreement with the life of the Son of God in me, or am I mentally rebellious and defiant? Am I allowing the mind of Christ to be formed in me?" O. Chambers

How? How do we maintain this right heart, manner, and feeling? Zech. 4:6 says "It's NOT by might, nor by power, but by HIS Spirit - says the Lord..." When we try to live this life example out today, facing ridicule, hurt, disappoints and so on; we will be wore down. And many, many times it is to this point that we just feel the need to take things into our own hands and lay aside self-sacrifice by defending or usurping our needs above others. It happens to each and everyone of us.
"Christ never spoke of His right to Himself, but always maintained an inner vigilance to submit His spirit continually to His Father. I also have the responsibility to keep my spirit in agreement with His Spirit." O. Chambers
 
Therefore, it's vital - daily to plunge ourselves into the Presence of the Lord and partake of the Bread of Life. As we do, His LIFE...His attitude, purpose and mind will be in us! 

In Him (My Lord Jesus),
Daneille Gray Snowden


 

Monday, March 30, 2015

I WILL BOAST IN MY WEAKNESS


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I WILL BOAST IN MY WEAKNESS


"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities; for when I am weak, then I am strong."  2 Cor. 12:9

Right off, I will throw out the KEY OBJECTIVE from the Apostle Paul writing this potent message:
“SO THAT THE POWER OF CHRIST MAY REST UPON ME!” 

All for the "...sake of Christ!" Halleluiah! This encourages me, pulls me through my pride that wants to run the other way when weakness outshines any of my strengths. Just after I am insulted intentionally and unintentionally. As well as when the calamities and lastly the persecutions slap us down. Honestly, I do admit; I ask God just once can I show people I am 'smart' and or can do this or that really good? But, humility seems to win over; amazingly though, when we surrender this factor to our God - He takes our weakness and turns them into something quite amazing. Better than anything I could conjure up within myself. God is so good at that! (wink, wink)

Yet, almost daily either through ourselves or others; this weakness message is pounded by the fear of um, well being WEAK! Ouch?!?!
 "The market wants power to escape weakness in leisure, but Christianity offers power to endure weakness in love."[J. Piper]
T.V. commercials, info adds, and well most that comes out of Hollywood; preaches the message of: "...you got the power." " With this concept;  the true message (of the Word of God) is lost."
As Christians we are of course are filled with the power that comes through Christ. How it works is like opening the shades in your room to allow the sun to brighten it; we become broken, and opened for Christ's strength to be used to touch lives that will impact them for eternity. It's not a temporary work God does within us, as we face difficult times. If we allow it, it will change us from glory to glory! [I.E.- from my glory to God's!] As well, this can affect many others for eternity too!
"But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." 2 Cor. 3:18

 

God isn't saying; "The power of Christ is perfected in my bad choices." That is NOT the hardships Paul was writing about. Although, we will have to reap the consequences of the bad choices we make; the Lord will use them to teach us valuable lessons. In this passage of 2 Cor. 12:9; the emphasis is: Insults / Hardships / Persecutions / Calamities.

"They are circumstances and situations and experiences and wounds that make us look weak; things we would probably get rid of if we had the human strength." [J. Piper]

I Cor. 4:12-13 "When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; 13 when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things."
"These are circumstances and wounds that are hard to bear and that we can't remove either because they are beyond our control..." J. Piper

 BEYOND OUR CONTROL!
THIS IS WHEN:
*The weakness of others spouts off and drives a knife deep in our hearts.
*Sickness hits the breadwinner of the family, causing him great pain and poverty has come.
*Spat at, called names and maybe even physically harmed by those that (are intimidated and hate God's people who walk close to Him).
 We shake our heads, and usually ask ourselves and even God; what did I do to deserve this? Nothing, first of all; life happens. Sickness comes; and yes, we do have a healing God, yet even though we take care of our bodies it comes. Evil is in this world and when individuals chose to live a life of sin and or even allow their mouths (and actions) to say hurtful things, countless get hurt.
As I have written many times though, it's WHO we are in the midst of all of this. It's how we show others, we are a child of MAJESTY!

Maybe right now, your heart is asking how do I get to this point? How can I truly surrender, even when I am hurting (physically, emotionally, financially and so on)? For me, sometimes it is instant as I bask before the Throne of God...pouring my heart, crying my tears to Him. As well as giving my Lord my ear to listen to His healing words. Sometimes, I have to run daily (x2, x3...etc. a day); cause the pain, or fear, loneliness, memories of the hurtful deed done stirs in my mind - digging painful wounds within my spirit. Something amazing happens, a healing of this infliction happens.
It's tender, but there is a healing that has nothing to do with me (just WHO I run to). As the weeks, or even years go by I notice that I am a different person. I kinda like her too! (smile) The newer me is tougher (handling situations more with ease), more patient (although still growing), faith has exploded (being quite connected to the SOURCE OF LIFE). The scar that I know is there, or even scars (plural) have made me into a different person, stronger (as physical scar tissue is) and hopefully pliable to the Hand of my Lord.

My brother, and or sister; if you are facing insults, hardships, persecutions or calamities RUN to Jesus.  Cry out to Him, be patient and listen. Call a friend, a pastor whomever you trust and ask them to pray with you. the gentle Holy Spirit will turn you to Paul's declaration in our theme passage...and through this weakness you too will declare: I will boast in my weakness, ...

“SO THAT THE POWER OF CHRIST MAY REST UPON ME!” 

 In Him,
Daneille



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 Philippians 4:11–13    
11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be acontent. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and bhunger, abundance and cneed. 13 I can do all things dthrough him who strengthens me.