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.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

BLOOMIN GARDEN

Genesis 2:15 "And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it."
Gardens that bear fruit; will enhance life to all those that partake!
We just returned from a mini vacation; thus we had gobs of catching up to do in our garden. With this recession that this world is presently in, millions of gardens are popping up all around. 
Our family has been gardening for many years now. There have been seasons of plenty and seasons of 'famine'. During the later we found it quite disheartening not finding fruit / vegetables on the those lovely green plants. Reasons vary; pests, disease, drought, over watered, imbalanced soil, not enough nutrients in addition-in our case this year, 'theft' is added on to the list. 
Tabby; she work hard  planting, weeding and watering our garden
Last year, we were so excited we had an abundant of luscious plants flourishing all over our garden.  Yet, to our misfortune we had to accept defeat to yet another season of famine once again. 
As I was working hard yesterday in my garden, with all three of my children; a feeling of strong determination arose once again, I heard myself say; "This garden is going to give me vegetables this year, no matter how hard I have work! [With a growl included!]
Laying in bed, aching with sore muscles-the Lord showed me a picture of my lovely green garden. He then compared it to my children, and so many children all around. As those bright green plants that appear so beautiful, strong and healthy grow, so do our kids, they LOOK really good! We raise them to be SMART and PRETTY; not surrounded by weeds-just standing tall and appealing. 
Felecia works so hard every year in our gardens!
Yet, where is the fruit which is the purpose of the (plant) child in the first place? What good is it to be just a plant without the fruit? Song of Solomon 5:1 "I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved." Wow! As parents, we are garden keepers. We do ALL we can to be assured that our 'fruits from God' will be prosperous for the His Kingdom. After they are grown, it is between the (plant) person and God if there will be good fruit.
So, what can we do then as parents or even as stewards for our own garden to be assured there will be fruit?
Answers are always obvious, God makes it quite clear in His Word-yet we still don't see it being applied to the majority of  spiritual gardens all around. Yesterday, I noted that I just saw a couple blooms on my tomato plants. It has been raining quite a bit in Illinois, thus the SUN has not been able to shine through the clouds onto my plants. 
Mark 10:14 "He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." It is VITAL that not only do we water our children with our love, feed them with God's Word, till up the weeds with discipline and work, but take them into the Presence of the SON ...to bask in His Presence daily. Not rush it, teach them to wait and dwell there. Walking in the Spirit, flowing doing His work. 
The result; a life for us as well as for them to be able to give to others. Nothing like a good garden tomato, and the vitamins a body receives as it is eaten. When our children are around our own family, neighbors, friends, church brothers and sisters and the lost of the world--what will they get to partake from your children's lives? From your lives? Is there fruit now? Do you see the blooms growing? If not, let that be a SIGN for you as a parent (or I am writing to one who is applying this to their own heart), STOP now; re evaluate your gardening experience. Line out your lives according to the Master Gardener...(in His Word) and take time DAILY to bask in His Presence! See the fruit grow!

It will be worth all the hard, diligent work in the end!
Our garden down south.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

DAD: A UNIVERSAL WORD

Daneille with her daddy-Rev. Paul F. Gray
  
No kidding! Dad is a true universal word used all over the world! Who is to blame?  Babies! It is one of the very first words (some say sounds) that babel out of the mouth of a little nipper. Easiest for their tiny chops to form; eventually the word; dad came to be what we use for father.
Toddler Felecia Mary Snowden with Daddy.
  The word for our Heavenly Father God; is more than just universal; but omnipresent (everywhere), omniscient (all knowing) and of course all powerful. Father to those who have called Him God and His Son Jesus as Savior. In 1670-80, the word dad was considered an euphemism for God (substituting a mild, indirect, or vague term). Simply put= Daddy is in a child's life to lead them in all what he does and says to the Heavenly Father.


Newborn Nathan Paul Snowden w/daddy.
   Considering that da-da (dad) is used all over this world; common sense (not sure if that exist in abundance too much anymore) would say a father (dad) is the norm God had planned within a family; for the entire human race. Yet,  "the United States leads the world in fatherless families,Alisa Burns and Cath Scott, Mother-Headed Families and Why They Have Increased (Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum and Associates, 1994), p. xiii."   "Roughly 24 million children (or 34 percent of all kids in the United States) living in homes where the father does not reside."  (Jim Daley) http://www.focusonthefamily.com/about_us/profiles/jim_daly/messages/200601-the-fatherless-family.aspx  
Tabby & Daddy on one Easter Morn.
  Can you remember when each of your children said; "Da da?" I can recall how my husband, Brad 'lit-up' hearing it. We were blessed being full time in the pastorate, where da da was around the kiddos for a great amount of the time. Security was never an issue! Their daddy was and for the most part still is around to provide, protect and love.  I in turn grew up the same way most of my childhood. I cannot remember when my dad was never there for me. Thank God! I know how blessed I was, I also know today how it helped formed me into what I am today for my own children and others.     
  Brad and I do get compliments about our children. Their behavior, sweet spirit and how obedient and helpful they are. I must attribute a great deal of this to the fact they have a wonderful, godly father. The kids see his many strengths and his weaknesses, making them love him all the more. One thing that is vital in their lives and was in mine was the fact that no matter how bad we were, how hard we didn't work - daddy still loved us!   
Daneille's Wedding Day
Daddy not only gave her away but
performed the wedding.
  The Bible tells us in the commandments in Exodus 20:12 "Honor your father and mother for the days shall be long upon the land God has given you." [First commandment with a promise] The Dictionary defines the word “honor” in the following way: “to regard or treat with honor or respect; to confer honor on.”    Let us just dive a bit deeper and get the hard core facts on what our Father God was instructing us all to do as He carved these laws on stone.   
  This Hebrew word is complex; quite difficult for us to re evaluate in our minute minds. The Hebrew dictionary says it means “to be heavy, be weighty, be grievous, be hard, be rich, be honorable, be glorious, be burdensome, be honoured.” I like how this author compared the term; "Like a huge boulder in the road, it is something we must make allowance for; Like a heavy weight, it is pressing upon our thoughts; Like something glorious, we have a sense of awe or reverence for the person or thing." (Ole Suit) [http://olsuit.wordpress.com/2009/04/12/the-meaning-of-honor/ 
Handsome daddy counselling
daughter. (Daneille)
Felecia Mary's Dedication
Grandpa dedicating and father
Brad cherishing. 
  I want to honor my darling husband who was raised by some pretty amazing parents (Ned & Mary Snowden) and my father Rev. Paul F. Gray. It is like a heavy weight that is pressing on my thoughts that does fill my heart with a "sense of awe" and of course reverence. All I have experienced in my own life is sacrifice from these men. Both could have been famous, rich and well known in the fields of their expertise. But, they 'fell in love' with their Saviour (Jesus) and  forsook all to follow Him. In so doing, they (Brad and my dad) took us all along a path that has been quite adventurous, fun (sometimes), sad and very educational. I honor YOU! I love you and I thank you. May God fill you and all Father's who have taken this path of serving Christ and as you do serving your family; I bid you all; God's Blessings! 
 
He deserves a break today!

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

Friday, June 3, 2011

The Lord is Not Slow

2 Peter 3:9  "The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance."
Joplin, MO--God kept us just a few miles away.  We visited a few days later.

  For years as a pastor's kid I have heard messages and personal 'word' (from my godly parents) about God's Divine Delays. Possibly, because I was a typical child who when I saw something I really wanted...having to wait for it felt like a major punishment. Do I hear an 'amen'?
  As the years passed and my husband Brad and I dove into full time ministry, the Divine Delays took on a rather different meaning, but my response felt the same. Well, at time...for example; whenever the Lord would give us a revelation on a direction we were seeking for; waiting for it to transpire was not in my vocabulary! I was one to drive on, and get ahead of God. Oh, my heart was heading in the right direction-just not at the right time. In that, plenty of mistakes happened (some were life changing). But, I do serve a God that is amazingly patient and He allows the lessons of life to be FELT and LEARNED. Then and now He takes us all further on the road of life He planned for us.
  The Lord opened a great door of opportunity for our family to use our vacation time to volunteer a week at The Voice of the Martyrs in Bartlesville, OK. We have read their monthly magazines for years during our family devotion times; learning about brothers and sisters in Christ  who suffer horrible persecutions for the Kingdom of God. This week was just a small 'offering' we could give to help the church all over the world. 
  We live in IL, so our route took us through Springfield, MO; then Joplin on into Oklahoma. While we were stopped to eat (at Lambert's-yum)  we noticed a tire on our van looked pretty bad. My 'even-tempered' husband was concerned and decided it would be good to get it looked at, and that was a good thing too, the tire was in serious shape. So, we had to wait awhile to get a new tire put on the van. 
  We finally got back on highway I 44 arriving close to Joplin, MO. Brad and I noticed the clouds were getting pretty dark. So, I flipped on the radio where station after station was telling everyone to take cover, a tornado had been seen on land. So, I texted a bunch of friends for them to pray. Not knowing the area we were at, and it was getting difficult to see,it felt as if we had no  where to go! It was then a very good friend; Dave Stankus called us, he had his radar on and told us, "we needed to take cover NOW!" As I was talking to him, the wind was picking up our van a bit as debris was flying all around us. The Lord led us off an exit right to a convenient store (Kum-n-Go). As we all piled out of the van, my kids and I looked up and in the distance (just a couple miles) we saw a large tornado moving our way. We got inside the store and immediately their power went out. A state policeman ran inside and instructed us all to wait inside the store's cooler. He informed us  that a large tornado was just a couple miles away. The store manager instructed that all the children go inside first, this separated us shortly from our girls. As we were in the cooler;  kind hearted people allowed me to squeeze by and be with them. During that wait; God gave me so much peace and oddly enough-joy. There were people crying and some froze (little from the cooler a lot from fright). So, I just told people about the Lord, how serving Him is worth all we face and go through. I continued on and said, that He is not only an all powerful God, but an omnipresent God (He is everywhere). As we waited, we could hear the powerful winds blow over us and then the hail.
Our visit to Joplin after the storm.
  Finally, we were allowed to come out of our little 'safe-haven' and into the store. The state policeman informed us we could travel, but semis and debris are everywhere. As we drove on down the highway we observed that very thing and saw so much more. We were re-routed around Joplin, to Kansas and back down to Oklahoma. As we drove we kept seeing fire trucks and ambulances coming from miles away. 
Our lives will NEVER be the same again!
  We did not know until the next day the severity of the tornado. Yet, a great reminder of God's amazing Delays rang loudly in our hearts; knowing that a bad tire needing changed caused us to be spared possibly our lives and or our health. I don't know why so many have died, and others are suffering-yet we were spared. Why was James in the book of Acts killed by Herod and Peter was miraculously released by God? A few weeks ago, one of the sweetest young men I have ever known (Luke Killian);  died instantly. He was a joyful 16 year old boy who had a heart of love and compassion. Why? Only the Lord knows the ultimate reasons for all of this. But, I do know that indeed; "...all things work together for good, to them that love God and to those who are the called according to His purpose." (Rom. 8:28). 
  My goodness, when I think of the many 'Divine Delays' through-out history, I think of one Divine Delay  we are blessed to learn from today. That is when God promised to Abraham that he would have a 'seed'...well, it turned out he had to wait until he was 100 years old and the seed came (the promise, in Christ hundreds of years later as well).  
  His time is about His perfect Will and plan for our lives (it's about HIM). When we all are in Heaven; the clarity will be amazing; we will see how all the bad tires and  waiting, are (were) all worked out for GOOD & for the GLORY of God.