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.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

WE ARE HERE FOR: WHY?

WE ARE HERE FOR:   WHY?
By Daneille Gray Snowden
 
Artist drew this for us, to let us know how much
he appreciated the Love we showed before he
took his life.

  Have you ever been at a place; literally living somewhere, attending a church, working at a place and wonder --'WHY AM I HERE?'

  Sometimes, it just feels we are going through the motions just moving about our everyday tasks. It's as if we are in a race, swimming as hard as we can to get to the finish and hopefully win. Yet, when we get to that place, we find there is yet another race.

  I picture myself doing this, then - ALL OF SUDDEN...stopping, and looking around me. Discovering there are people all around me; swimming, struggling, and some drowning and all their eyes, too are on the same finish line (of life).

  Perspective totally changes, our vision and life goals are rerouted off of my/our finish line and onto helping others in whatever way we can possibly contribute.

  For me, it's pointing to the ultimate strength and hope for all man/womankind: Jesus Christ. Without Him not much gets accomplished in the realm He created us all to be. That is to encourage, pray for, give and serve others.

  The greatest thing for anyone who is a child of God, is to lead others to the Salvation of their souls! Being a part of this amazing, momentous event is the 'highest' feeling anyone can experience. Throwing out the 'Life-Line' to people is that: SAVING THEIR LIVES.


  My parents neighbor for the past 15 plus years just passed away yesterday. She and her husband have been the best neighbors to them. Although, as my parents would reach out and tell them more about Jesus they just received a polite refusal. Yet, they continued to reach out and this couple continued enjoying the fellowship they had with my parents. This past week, the lady called and the Holy Spirit prompted my father to ask about her soul again. They talked and she bubbly opened up and said she rededicated her life back to Jesus and prays all the time to Him. She died two days later. Her husband come over right after her death, pouring out his heart. He was able to hear of his wife's last conversation with my father. He then gave his heart as well to Jesus.

  My parents live in a simple neighborhood, longing to do more for Christ. Yet, they have led several to the Lord and prayed for many who have been despondent and ill.

  I recall one time, our next door neighbor had her cousin staying with her for awhile. The Lord had used me to lead my neighbor to Christ. Thus, I started a friendship with her cousin as well. He was very quiet, and quite respectful but unfortunately, unmoved. So, I didn't press him anymore. One day, he was alone and very depressed and took his life. The last days of his life, he had drawn the first picture above (of Jesus) for us to have. It has been in my living room everyday since. Not only do I love Who the figure in the drawing is...but it is also a reminder...I (Daneille) AM HERE --- At this particular address for:  A LIFE - A SOUL.

  I/We are at our local churches for the people who need God's Love in different ways. We are at the local grocery store to shed God's Glorious LIGHT in the darkness. We work next to a soul or souls who need to hear and feel God's Love.

  So much of our lives is all about 'US' in the race of life, and not seeing those all around.

Remember, so many are hurting out there and we may be the only Jesus they will see. Save a life, reach out and 'THROW-OUT THE LIFE LINE'. For life is very short, time is ticking and we have a work to do.

For we are here to give hope, and life to this world!
 
 
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As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. (John 17:18)
 
Come, follow me, Jesus said, and I will make you fishers of men. (Mark 1:17)
 
Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. (Proverbs 24:11)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

PRAYING THROUGH - 2014 to 2015

PRAYING THROUGH -  2014 to 2015 
 
by Daneille Gray Snowden
 
 
I just recently asked my friends what their traditions were for New Years Eve. and Day. I just Love hearing what families do on this day.
 
Of course, it caused me to ponder back regarding New Years as a child and a pastor's wife. 
 
 I recall year after year as a Pastor's kid attending church, there would be singing and then challenging preaching. As the clock ticked away, midnight was quickly prancing upon us. Several minutes till; all the individual families would gather hands and PRAY-IN the New Year.
 
My entire life I have done this with my parents, later my husband and now my children. Thanking God, we have never missed a year. Even when Y-2K came...(ya know, when the world was going to end).
 
I saw this with such deep conviction and heart. Praying, hand in hand with my loved one's symbolized what my life's vision: 'IS'!
1st - Serving God, Seeking Him First and Foremost in all I do and say.
2nd - Being With My Family...the most important people on this earth to me and birthing that into their hearts as well.
3rd - Enthrusting into my children: That when we seek the Lord first - even at the VERY BEGINNING of each year... HE WILL:
DIRECT OUR PATHS, REWARD THOSE WHO DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM AND REALIZE THE BEST PRAYER PARTNERS YA GOT ARE YOUR FAMILY.
 
 
PRAYING THROUGH!!!  THROUGH: past; beyond /during the whole period of; throughout/ having reached the end of / all the way /  completed / moving to a destination /
 
When we pray, it's a conversation with the ALMIGHTY, our Savior the all powerful source of life.
I was raised, when you talk with someone, you give them your UNDIVIDED ATTENTION. I in turn, have taught my own children that eye contact is respectful and essential when you are engaged in a conversation with someone. Also, that we are to LISTEN until the conversation has ended.
 
Yet, when many pray to God...it's a list of wants and maybe a quick 'thank-you' for this or that. Look at the definitions of THROUGH.
Prayer (talking with God), goes BEYOND ourselves, and what we could ever imagine. For when we truly HEAR His Heart for each of us...the vision (which is seeing ahead) directs us into many wonders that lay beyond our own imaginations.
 
COMPLETED - Another term for 'through'; is such an accomplishing feeling to have. For example; when you complete school and graduate, or get all the Christmas presents wrapped and such. Completing a task is an awesome feeling. It's 'getting-er-done'! When we PRAY THROUGH ...we know we have what has been desired or needed, for we have assurance from the Holy Spirit...saying: '"It's done!"  Praying; 'ALL THE WAY'; was the message the Lord Jesus was trying to display at the Garden when He asked His disciples to watch and pray with Him.
 
My dear one, if I could say anything to one's who claim Jesus as their Lord and Savior is to PRAY THROUGH! This is to the One Who loves us more than anyone else (even ourselves), the One Who knew us before...Who planned for our lives. Why do we not pray through?
 
If you have one goal this year...make PRAYING THROUGH this year...praying through daily and leading others to do so as well be your ultimate goal.
 
One little story, my 84 year old father told from his early years of  ministry (1950's): A typical questions brothers and sisters (in Christ)
 would ask one another was in their initial greeting; "HAVE YOU PRAYED THROUGH TODAY?"  Do we dare do this today? 
 
Pray through my friend...complete and go all the way with God!
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR OF 2015!
 
Ephesians 6:18 "Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,"
 
Deuteronomy 4:29 "But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul."
 
2 Chronicles 7:14
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.


 


Friday, December 19, 2014

 
Merry Christmas To All!
 
Art & Message by: Rev. Paul F. Gray