Author Daneille Snowden

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When I was 7 years old I was born again! Five years later, the Lord filled me with His Holy Spirit and called me out to serve in full time service in the ministry. My heart is missions and a longing to love people into God's Kingdom.
I love to teach God's Word, pray with people and write. 
Soon, we are hoping our Jesus opens amazing doors to walk into mission endeavors.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

THE FAMILY CHRISTMAS TREE

THE SNOWDEN FAMILY CHRISTMAS TREE 2010
My girl friend Vicky and I were gazing at our little tree the other night. We were chatting back and forth about our trees. I said, "I know it's nothin fancy,  just special ornaments from years that have gone by." Vicky agreed and replied; "Ours too, it's a simple Family Tree."
A family tree, wow! Rooted in the soil of God's Love bearing fruit for all to see and even to  partake what God made us for. That is to replenish, strengthen and help grow even other 'trees' for the Kingdom.
In this case, I am thinking of our personal Christmas tree. There is not one simple color or theme,  just a bunch of special ornaments that have a unique meaning to each member in our family.
This cute little angel on the star was mine while I was in college. My husband and I have placed it on top of our tree for 22 years. It is worn, but now has grown to be cherished in our hearts. Causing to reflect on many Christmases through out the years.
When we went ornament shopping with our children back when Tabby (our baby) was just 4 months old, we just fell in love with these little boots for her.

How about these cute baby bottles all hung so dainty; this is now 19 years old. Our son Nathan's first ornament. You can be assured he still makes sure it gets hung 'just right'.
My 12 year old daughter loves butterflies and so this year she picked out a lovely, sparkly ornament that glistens on our tree.
And I cannot forget our chocolate lab now can I? This is Hershey's!
So many memories, every Christmas holds certain events, individuals, emotions and spiritual revelations all in our hearts chambers. My first Christmas without my mother was also my first Christmas with my son and with a new mother, new sister & new brother. Pretty eventful to say the least!
We travelled for several years during the Christmas Holiday season, for we pastored in Texas...but couldn't be away from parents. I just loved the warm feeling climbing out of the car with our bundles into a warm cheerfully decorated home.
The family tree was lit deep in all our hearts!
Christmas two years ago stands out as well. The recession hit our home pretty hard. My husband looked everywhere for work and there was nothing. Though for many years we didn't really do gifts much at all, we had started making them for each other. This year was one the kids were elated about. They had drawn up their plans in what they were making for each member of the family. They went to work and was having fun! They also rolled up their sleeves and we all got busy making cookies for our neighbors (like we had for many years-with a card noting God's Love for them). They made beautiful home made ornaments for the tree as well. Adding to the memories for the years to come. That Christmas people came to our house, the UPS truck would come several times, the mail man would drive up our drive bringing gifts upon gifts for our children. There was no room to place them under the tree. Our children saw and felt the Love of our Lord as His love poured through the hearts of His children to us.
The family tree, so many memories...that laid a hold of our hearts for a lifetime.
When my children unpack the tree and open up the boxes of ornaments their eyes light up and their heart bubbles out with joy and excitement; recalling the special Christmases gone by. Thank God for that! Thank God we have that 'un-fancy' tree! What a blessing for the Family He has given to have this treasure for eternity!
Tabitha Carin-my 8 year old ornament on my tree.
Felecia Mary my 12 yr. old ornament on my tree.
My angels! (yea on my tree)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Nathan my 19 yr. old ornament, on my tree!

Merry Christmas and may you have the most glorious Christmas of all...placing more special ornaments on your family tree as well!


Love, The Snowdens -Brad, Daneille, Nathan, Felecia & Tabitha



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My Family in 2014
 Felecia 16 (in Nov.'14) She plays
the piano and helps in Sunday Worship Service
at our church.
 Tabitha 12 (her Western Theme Party)

Nathan 23 (in Nov. '14)
Who now lives in Bartlesville, OK. Had
volunteered as a Voice of the Martyrs Volunteer.
Now, preparing to become a policeman and settling down
there.
Time flies by so very fast.






Saturday, November 27, 2010

THE FAMILY PRAYER

Tonight as I was preparing for worship on Sunday, I stumbled onto to this song on youtube. It epitomizes who my husband and I are and have been through-out our life together! Our vision for the ministry, yet mostly for the family is when we do all things as  unto the Lord is:  'For the Generations'. It starts with what the Lord has graced us with; our family.
Did you get to spend time with your family this Thanksgiving? I sure hope so, we did--I was so grateful for that too! Especially this year with coming close to loosing my husband.
My children were getting all the Christmas decor out today; their faces just glowing, giggles and energy completely filled the house. My husband and I had less to do this year. I started crying, holding my husband asking him how many more years do we have like this? This is because we have an adult son now, he will soon be finishing his college here and will be ready to move on with his life calling.
No matter---this song is what our hearts are and I do hope yours as well. Listen and be blessed as I was.
Joshua 24:15 "...as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_wJtQfYddc&feature=related

Snowden Family over 3 years ago. (Since then, Brad & I have lost over 25 lbs. separately) My son is now 19 and my daughters are 12 & 8. My favorite people in all the world to hang-out with is my family!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Hold Strong to Him NOW and Always!

Hey, GOD IS AWESOME! He never stops being AWESOME either! He never stops Reigning as the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords!
Isn't that ridiculously just out-of-the-mind breath-taking?
I was raised in a Pastor's home, ministered in different countries, my B.A. is in Missions and been a Pastor's wife and Co-Pastor with my dh for 22 years. Yet, the Lord has been so gracious to me by revealing to me, again in such a grand way how He loves my family and I so much.
If you have read my last Post, I wrote about the Love of my Life being in the hospital and really suffering with horrendous pain. They released him on a Wednesday and then two days later he just wasn't getting any relief from the pain, his heart rate went up to 128 and then his chest starting hurting.
He became un-responsive; I called a dear friend of ours who is an EMT and with his assessment we decided to call an ambulance.
But, he wasn't admitted to the hospital until Monday when they took an EKG where they had found he did suffer a heart-a-tack. They put him on different medications along now with a heart pill.

I will have to tell you, this whole thing just 'Rocked-My-World'!
I was amazed the strength the Lord gave me; not just daily but really, moment by moment. Brad and I always made decisions together, we always prayed together and shared each others thoughts. I lost that for three weeks.
Yet, God sent His Love through His Children...dear friends in a drop of hat were there for me, for my children, listened to my heart...gave me loving counsel. Many prayed with me; we received emails of such love and support.
Then as people found out that we do not have an income right now...the cards start coming in with precious financial gifts here and there.
When we finally got home from the hospital; friends brought food, visits (some from Texas and TN-we live in ILL).
Feeling so unworthy, the Lord kept pouring in His beautiful sustaining Love.
Our friends know our life, they know we just simply answered the call to serve our Lord via the ministry. Touching souls, loving them into the Kingdom of God is our passion. In so doing...we are the ones being touched this time.
We know the Lord is re-making us for a new work...for something just amazing!
I was praying Saturday night preparing for worship for Sunday. I started crying praying for my dear, loving husband. I told my Jesus; "Brad is already a humble man...why is he being so broken down?" You see, Brad is very weak, lost 20 lbs. since his surgery and so much more. The Lord just simply replied; "I am breaking him now not to humble him as much as to re-mold him into something new, an instrument that will be used in an effective and powerful way for this generation today."
Jeremiah 18:4-6 "And the vessel that he was making from clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he made it over, reworking it into another vessel as it seemed good to the potter to make it.Then the word of the Lord came to me: O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does? says the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel."
Thank the Lord, He does do all things well!
We do have an interesting and long road ahead. I know we will continue to see the Lord again..."sending the Ravens" of strength and supply. Our plans for now is to remain faithful in all He has set before us. Philippians 4:19 "And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus." [NASB]
Our children's faith has grown incredibly deep during this season of learning. Two of my children are on our worship team. The anointing on them just pours out as they sing and play their instrument. Also, the character that is developing in their spirits as they personally have experienced fear, sadness, confusion and even loneliness (missing their family all together).
It was Felecia's 12th b-day last Wednesday. We had planned to take her to Chicago to the American Girl store so she could buy her doll she had saved up for. But, instead we were in the hospital. Not once did she complain or say anything about her special day. The Lord did bless her by having her daddy released on her birthday.
My friend, you may be facing a difficult trial right now, if not you very likely have or will. Irregardless, KNOW HIM--Know in Him indeed all is well. He is faithful, He will take care of you in every part of your life. Hold strong to Him NOW and always!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmWafMJOTVM  Darlene Zschech - The Potter's Hand

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Brad in the Hospital

I complained last week about being so busy; compared it to be on a merry-go-round; that I wanted to get off.


Didn't realize that I was speaking it: oh be careful little mouth what you say. Brad had a simple meniscus repair done on his left knee last Monday. Thursday night he was admitted to the hospital with a very large blood clot to the back of his knee. If it was any higher very likely he would not be here today.
They put him on blood thinners that resulted in the extra bleeding in his cavity where the surgery was done. This enlarged his knee to almost 3x the size. Giving him horrible pain...all types of pain killers were not getting it.
Here we are on Tuesday---the day to vote (which I so longed to do): and we are still in the hospital. Off that Merry-Go-Round! Not this way! I am ready to have my healthy dh back and running.
With him not working as well we have no income. But, the Lord is sending the Ravens...another article I shall write one day. He has sent many prayer warriors, people to take care of my girls from friends to grandparents, people filling up our gas tank, ones bringing food and yes funds to pay our bills.
The Lord had told me when I had to go for a walk not just concerning this but some ministry issues that are hitting close to our heart (honestly-hurtfully). He simply said: "Daneille, I love you! I am Your Father too...All is alright." As a Pastor I am constantly saying this to others...like I told a friend once--who Pastor's a pastor? My God...He sure does.
My Soul-Mate Pastor Brad Snowden
Thank you readers and friends for your support in so many ways. Just know, walk close to Him, trust Him and know; "He does work all things out for Good to those who love God and to those WHO ARE THE CALLED according to His purpose."

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

How We Present Our Children to Others

The Snowden Kids
The power of the tongue can persuade, deceive, enlighten, encourage and much more. Perhaps that is why God gave us one!
Our Mighty Maker also gave us another powerful instrument as well and that is our children.
When my first born, who is now going on 19 in less than a month, was born; my heart was bubbling over with love and joy. I was proud of my boy! Why? Because he was MINE! To me, he was perfect, he could do nothing wrong but only bring me joy.
Then he grew! Any mom and dad out there can see where I am going here?  I would find candy wrappers hidden in his room or step on ragged edged Lego's (when he was told to put them away) and then he ask; "Why?" when I would tell him to do something. That perfect child that brought me so much joy, began bringing me more...heart brake, frustration and disappointment. My love for him never changed, but my 'outlook' altered. ?
Glad the Heavenly Father never changes His outlook on me...though I know I must disappoint Him too, many times.
Today, I heard my son say something that struck my heart  deeply, he said that he was criticized in front of his friends and now they are showing him great disrespect.
When a parent puts his or her child down in front of others (needless to say anytime) will then result in greater harm that will imprint the deepest hurt and damage into the heart of our children. In turn, this will cause a domino affect of relationships being forever damaged, low self-esteem and how even our  children will treat others; including their own.
All because of our tongues; which could be a wonderful instrument when God is in control. Yet, the flesh takes over...and 'slash' the knife cuts the heart, over and over again.
I know that I have been flippant on how I talk to or about my son to others, including his friends. I may be upset he didn't help like I needed him to around the house, or just being 'up-to-par' to my standards of 'my' child. So, I let grace just take wings and allow the flesh to drive. Resulting in my son hurting, not just with me or my husband; but then others I shared in turn disrespect him.
Sad isn't it! I have seen first hand how when a child does grow up to be a husband, then a father;  still battle the pain of being disrespected by the ones he 'loved-the-best.'  This can be detrimental to so many; frankly for generations.
I had a girl friend when I was in my teen years. She was a wonderful girl. Her mother on the other hand hurt her by constantly putting her down, in front of me and fellow family members. She didn't complement or encourage her at all. My friend tried so hard to please her mother, yet to know avail. She was a very sad young woman.
Today, I personally sent letters to some friends and loved ones I feel I have presented my son disrespectfully to. I asked for their forgiveness, but mostly to let them know I was WRONG. I asked them in turn to respect my dear son who indeed is a great young man of God. I will go on to say; he is generous beyond measure, compassionate, loves His God and His family, hard working and the list goes on.
Taking time to let our children know how much we appreciate them for just anything will lift their spirits. Cause them in turn to respect us.  My girl friend had no respect for her mother, who was even a minister. Even then, I use to say to her; "Respect reaps respect and it should come from the parent first." To be fare, I don't criticize my son hardly; I edify more so. But, just the little bit I did, caused him to be hurt by me through his friends who were affected by my words of strife.
Parents; I know this was long...but I ask you to pray about this. Take my testimony and apply it to your relationship with your precious children.
In the end, I want to know my kids knew I loved them and respected them and also that they had the utmost respect for me.
Goodness, I can say that easily about my godly mother and father who raised me with so much grace and edification. Someone once told me I was spoiled. Yes, I was...by parents who never put me down but lifted me up. Parents who I have the 'utmost' respect for to this day!
My Father: Rev. Paul Gray (on his 80th b-day)
Can't you just see how sweet he is...how did I ever get to be so blessed to be his daughter; I shall never know?

Friday, October 22, 2010

To Complain in Low Mumbling Tones

Ouch! A term that I can most defiantly identify with, as well as everyone who has ever lived can too! MURMURING!
Philippians 2:14 "Do all things without murmurings and disputings:" [KJ] The American Standard even said; "Do all things without murmurings and questionings:" still yet another says; "without protests and arguments:"
Today, when I asked my young daughter to do an unpopular chore, I heard the quiet murmur. I will have to tell you that it actually hurt me. It deeply affected my spirit, then my mood. I had to ask God to give me His grace for the moment. Then He graciously prompted me how familiar He is with this emotion as well. The emotion of being hurt and grieved how His own children complain constantly about almost everything.
Major conviction there! My mind did a quick re-play on  just a few of the moments I have murmured to myelf (and others). If God would play the dvd of my life just on my murmuring moments it would fill up my computers capacity! Sad too...cause each time never helped me, but hurt HIM.
This is of course is beside the fact how our protests and questionings hurt others and the Kingdom of God as a whole.
Ask God to prompt you when the murmurs and disputings seem to gush out of your spirit through your mouth. "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks" [Luke 6:45]. We don't want this anger, distrust and selfishness to be in our heart anyways.
I know I could and maybe should go deeper. Presently, I ask you to pray with me--"Lord Jesus, I ask for Your forgiveness right now...I am sorry for my selfish heart, for not trusting you and allowing anger to rule my life. I am so sorry for complaining about doing all you have told me to do. In Your Name I pray-Amen."
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Thursday, October 14, 2010

PRAYER FOR MY 12 YEAR OLD NEPHEW-KALEB

I am sitting here tonight in total consecration; with prayer and meditation in the Word of God. Why? I just received a phone call that my 12 year old nephew Kaleb,  just had a stroke and is being taken to the Kansas City Children's Hospital.
Wow!
It is painfully so sad that it takes a tragedy such as this to cause our entire being to be in absolute postulation towards our God. When, all the time every few seconds souls are being whisked away to an eternal Hell! In response the CHURCH should be crying before the Throne as well.
I am presently praying for my sister who accompanied her son in the ambulance. Her heart being ripped apart...her baby is suffering. I can hear her just crying out to God.
I can see Kaleb's pretty blue eyes full of tears wondering what is happening to him.
Jesus, I ask you right now-please heal my nephew. Comfort and strengthen my sister and her husband and protect their baby girl. I pray they will come to you with all their hearts...send the WORD to them right now. Use your WORD to do what it does best-saves, delivers and heals!
In Your Name I ask-Amen!
Psalm 107:20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. (KJV)

20 … He sent out His word, and it healed, and from their corruptions it freed! (Fenton)

Proverbs 4:22For they (His Words) are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. (KJV)
Thank You reader for allowing me to share my heart with you on such a personal note. I appreciate your prayers!

UP-DATE: Kaleb was sent home. Amazingly he started talking and then regained movement. The neurologist found a clear MRI. We are still believing for a complete healing. Readers, thank you for praying!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

“And for Thy Pleasure…”

Take joy oh my heart, God has desired us! We are HIS desire, created by Him to bring great satisfaction to Himself.
Ahhh, doesn’t that make you feel so good? Even secure, knowing we are not a mistake; or just something else that is living on this earth.
It clearly states in Revelation 4:11: “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” (KJV)
The original greek term for Pleasure is Thelma; meaning ‘will’. In this God was filled with determination and purpose to create everything and everyone!
This passage is one of my children’s many memory verses. They quote this everyday and for some reason they forget to say “and for His Pleasure…” . I don’t know why, but I hound it in them each time. Today, it pricked my heart. The word pleasure, it just popped out and spoke to me so clearly. My God does take pleasure in ME. Silly, stupid, old me! I have a purpose! Guess what? You have a purpose, my kids learning this verse, everyone  God has carefully chosen and desired to live a life in Him and through Him has a purpose.
Yet, why can’t He hear us sing praises all day long. Returning to Him the thanks due? In
Col. 1:16, 17 it says; “All things were created by him and for him, and he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” So, that is why we hear the birds sing all day, why animals don’t look like they are in a panic like we humans. I watch my Labrador through out the day, she just lounges out in the sunshine and enjoys her little life.
Revelations 4:11 starts off with “Thou art worthy, O Lord to receive glory, honor and power…”. Isn’t He ever!
He created it all, everything and everyone! Even the past and the present and yes the future.
Know this today: YOU ARE HIS DESIRE, HIS WILL, HIS PLEASURE! So, in turn tell Him: “Lord, I give You all the Glory, Honor and Power and Praise!” Just love Him today, show Him by how you live a joyful life of worship in each moment that comes your way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJy1yd4f_jg  THOU ART WORTHY the song.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Promise I Needed At Midnight

THE HOLY WAY
Is. 35:8 "And a highway shall be there, and a way; and it shall be called the Holy Way. The unclean shall not pass over it, but shall be for the redeemed; the wayfaring men, yes the simple ones and fools, shall not err in it and lose their way.
v.9 No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous best come up on it; they shall not be found there. But the redeemed shall walk on it.
v.10 And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing, and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away."
[Amplified Version]
It exists! It's real, a true path for me that leads to everlasting JOY! For me! I am amazed that the Lord cared enough to keep me wide awake weeee hours in the morning to receive a promise that I desperately needed. You see, it's been an incredible what some would say; "ride"! I knew when we accepted our Lords call into the ministry including also for me to be a home school mom (that means a stay-at-home-mama): that life would have its struggles for sure. But, WOW! [Yet, I must say there have been far more rewards!]
This past year,  just a few months ago we lost our house because of this lovely recession (though we NEVER missed a payment); presently facing another type of foreclosure and my husband not getting work for months on hand. We have such a longing to do so much more in the ministry that it literally HURTS! Presently, my dh is facing surgery now...we see souls hurting and needing ministered to, the believers needing to be taught and a lot of work to do with the outreach ministry of our church, gobs and gobs of stuff. Yet, we find our hands tied to do nothing.
One thing I know I shouldn't do is ---DWELL ON ME. The Lord has taught me this over and over again. Lately, He has had me listen almost daily to: When I Think About the Lord . Man! When I do that--everything seems to flow right where they are suppose to be giving me His Peace and Contentment.
You see that is the HOLY WAY! When this happens, again I am filled with that 'everlasting joy'! God, You are too good to me! Thank You! I hold tightly to this Word from You!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THgccy_EyFY

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sunday Afternoons

Picture taken on a fun family day 2009
Wow, have Sunday afternoons ever changed for me! What about you? I grew up in a Pastor's home, thus on this 'first' day of the week...we were always in church. Starting way in the morning hours for Sunday School flowing right into the morning service. Then the funnest part came when we went out to eat. Oh, my it was either at a fine church ladies house for some home made fixens or at times with the church folk to a Mom and Pops eatery where we could get the best fried chicken. We then would come home and mama made sure we kiddos would get a mid-afternoon nap in. That was NOT my favorite time of the day. But, it was a necessity for sure.
Sunday evenings came...I just loved to hear my daddy preach! They were the best services. Everyone was more relaxed and just enjoyed worshipping God and hearing His Word. Best of all, praying around the alter. Then yea, the fun part again--in the summer times we would go out and get some ice cream. Then during the cooler months we did a funny thing; we would go to the grocery store and everyone in the family picked out their evening snack. Mine was sardines and a candy bar of some sort.
We would relax and watch some type of movie on tv and then bed.
When my husband and I began our ministry adventure...we kinda kept the same routine for several years. Then culture changed on us,  (its been about 5 years now), Sunday nights attendance dropped down to the point that we had to stop having our services. Yet, the Lord gave us a great peace about this. We had to work outside the church at this time in our life and even for us it gave us more time with our family and our people with theirs.
For our little ones this is what they know now more than our oldest.
Sunday afternoons have become totally dedicated to just the family. We rest together, play together and lets not forget eating together.
Today, for example...we actually vegetated on the couch for a couple of hours and watched a movie. Then we took our chocolate lab (Hershey) to the lake to swim and play. We enjoyed the simplicity of it all, laughing and just playing together. My oldest, Nathan decided he was going to plug up a hornets nest with a stick. The problem came when he missed...all five us ran as fast as we possibly could. We looked so crazy!
All of us love to play outside playing fun, silly games, also going for drives in the country and just listening to one another share stories.
Sunday afternoons are 'family-afternoons' and I would never trade them for anything in the world. With the busyness of  life through-out the week, families barely have the opportunity to eat and pray together. Exhaustion can be another issue; but that still means we all need to be more diligent than ever about  being together during the week. Sunday afternoons is a 'no-brainer' for us.
How about you? How do you spend your Sundays? I hope and pray they are indeed with the gift God has given you--Your Family!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

SnowDEN with the Fam': Teaching My Daughters on Virtue

SnowDEN with the Fam': Teaching My Daughters on Virtue: "Presently my 12 year old daughter Felecia and I are doing our Bible curriculum on virtue. We are reading Raising Maidens of Virtue by Stacy..."

Teaching My Daughters on Virtue

Presently my 12 year old daughter Felecia and I are doing our Bible curriculum on virtue. We are reading
Raising Maidens of Virtue by Stacy McDonald.
Excellent writer; she mesmerisers you with use of words and allegory.
We have only read two chapters and wow! The first one was on Fence Dwellers. Then today was on femininity in today's world. I love how she noted that people do not refer to the girls as daughters much any more.
In the old days, young woman were referred to as maidens and virgins. Being a virgin wasn't really about sexuality but the young woman as a whole. Today that is what it is all about.
She asked the question how my daughter felt people thought of her. Could they look at her by her appearance and how she postures herself that she indeed is a Christian? Much much more. I am so glad the Lord led me to this book.
I never intended to do a book review. But, this is how I long to teach my young maidens; for one day they will be wives serving the Lord by serving their husbands.http://www.visionforum.com/browse/product/?productid=68538&cid=596