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, January 26, 2012

Living the Dream

I have probably one of the most 'spiritual' face book home pages around. My friends post scriptural banners, quotes, prayer requests & praises . I usually get a great up-lift reading my face book.
Recently, it seemed many were writing about 'Dreams'.
One really jumped out; basically they were challenging the thought (I believe fact) dreams are every day; what we are experiencing today, which is our family, friends, experiences,work, ministry and prayer times.
I have always been a dreamer since I was a little girl. When I was little I loved the Walton's-needless to  say my dream then (get this now): was to be a writer, movie star, have 7 kids and live in a big house in the country. Uh huh...yup; unrealistic; but I sure loved the Walton's.
Then, when I turned 12 yrs. old at church camp the Lord called me into the Mission Field. When I turned 14 yrs. old, the Lord gave me a heart for India; and was blessed with the opportunity of going there as well.
When I married, I was always restless (does this sound familiar to someone); longing to achieve my 'DREAMS'- and feeling like the biggest failure because I never did.
Then God makes this 'wake-up-call' using life shooting by like a falling star; telling me; "Daneille, LOOK, look at your life you have  dedicated to Me!" 

No, I do not have a big fancy house.  No way do I see a size 3 body, or expensive clothes on this outer shell. So far we haven't  made it to the foreign field (though one day we do long to minister at different levels). Yet, we have made it to the mission field; pastoring in areas that a lot of pastors would not go to. We have been blessed to touch people's lives that in turn have touched 'droves' of others. Thus in all of this; making a true impact on the Kingdom of God.
But, still...that is not the knock on the head, or the wake up call that truly spoke deeply to me. It was the fact that because of the life we have lived; with God's grace, we have happy, God loving children.
You see, no matter what I could do and maybe one day will acquire or do in my life; this means more to me than ANYTHING ELSE (even a so called dream).
My son who is 20, loves God and people. He has had some ups and downs; but I see a young man that loves us and his Lord. You must know, he is the funniest kid along with his siblings. He is constantly doing things that make us laugh. For example; he just got a job at an IGA deli. He found out that customers get free samples. So, on his break he walked to the other side of the deli and proceeded to have a sample of everything they served. That night he paid a high price for it too.
Totally being silly...note their same facial expressions! 
My two girls are full of so much life. They are both servants; serving both my husband and I all the time. They are the true examples of godliness and
servanthood at church. ["Do not let anyone look down on you
Trying to be silly...Feesh can't keep a strait face.
because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, life love, in faith and  in purity." I Tim. 4:12] My other comedian-Tabby, who is my youngest went to the auto parts store with her daddy the other day;  she later told her sister she didn't like going there. When her sister asked why, she said "Because it smells like rubber boots." I have watched all my children help others and expect nothing in return, give financially when no one was looking and pray for others at the alter with a true passion and burden. The other day I was praying with my daughter Felecia, where  she led the prayer. I was deeply touched as she prayed with a broken heart before her King as she interceded for others.
I may not have much in the eyes of this world or even in the eyes of the 'American' Christian Church [i.e. research the book Radical by D. Platt]; but God has enriched my life with a godly husband who is a true humble servant. He never boasts on his special skills, or his knowledge. I have watched him when other pastors come along in a braggadocios tone, telling him all they know and how he needs to do this or that. Yet,  this wise man just quietly nods his head. That man has grace!
Dreams; oh sure I still have some:...I do want to do more ministry related to foreign missions, more for the poor as well. I dream my children and their families will be as happy as ours has been. I dream of bringing as many souls to Christ as  God Wills me to.
So, yea; I guess I am living the dream. Note, The Dream.....My Dream is HIS DREAM!
NOTE THIS: In God's Word about dreams there were for revelations and directions. For His Glory and to bring many to Him.
Scriptures on Dreams:
Job 33:14-18 
Jeremiah 33:3 
Daniel 1:17 
John 16:24
Joel 2:28
Acts 2:17
Matthew 7:7

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

LOOKING UP in the Midst of the Storm [Overcoming]

My husband Brad and I have been married for over 24 years now. Saying that makes me feel like I should be knitting and rocking in my chair. Yet, we have been enriched with a God-Centered marriage, so much that when all around is whirling; we can assuredly affirm that hymn: 'On Christ the Solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand."
Being Pastors the Lord has taken us to a good number of places to minister. We started off in the inner city of Indianapolis, IN. Here we were able to bring hope to the homeless, drug dealers, gang members and our favorite-the children. God led us to Pastor in Texas, North Carolina and Illinois. For His glory, we have had the honor to lay our hands on the sick and they were healed. Prayed the sinners prayer to many who were lost and counsel those who were heading to divorce. God has been so good to us.
Yet, when the Lord is doing His work in and through His children, then the enemy seems to want to have his part in the picture too. ATTACKS come, and they can be quite painful and wearisome.
Our family made a trip to the headquarters of Voice of the Martyrs last Spring (2011). In July, we committed and started training to become Area Directors for VOM in Illinois, plus start our own non for profit missions organization.
The very month we started, my husband was 'HIT' - he felt as if he was having a heart a tack. He was hospitalized for a few days where they found nothing wrong.
This  reoccurred again in September; but this time the cardiologist was convinced Brad had lymphoma. But, he didn't. Then they found a spot on his brain...he had all the symptoms of a cerebral hemorrhage. But, he didn't have that.
Then he was rushed by ambulance to another city a few hours away, the cardiologist at the large hospital was convinced he was having a blockage. Thus, they performed a catheterization and found a strong heart.
Then the Lord led a sweet couple to have him see a Lymes Doctor. This doctor, who is a Christian & a home schooler was who God used to finally diagnose my husband. The diagnoses is (DRUM ROLL PLEASE)- Lymes & Babesia (co-disease to lymes).
He suffers with: Breathlessness, Migraines (24/7), Joint pains, nausea, and weakness. He is quite ill and unable to work.
His work in carpentry & roofing was our only source of income.
Incredible isn't it?
Yet, God has paid every bill, kept food on our table, gas in our van and even blessed us with extras.
God takes care of His children. He meets every need in His time.
I love the story of George Muller; he NEVER asked for money; he just prayed to God. He had thousands of orphans who were the best fed, educated and dressed in the entire vicinity.
We pray and do truly rest in Him. 
Because the Lord has led us to start down different paths of ministry opportunities the attacks have come. Yet, we are assured- God will take care of us.
We are still working on our training, getting the paper work in motion for the missions organization & Pastoring a little church. Brad is still quite ill and struggles. We have no income coming in; but believing God for the ravens to be sent in His Way and time.
I shared this with you as I know my friend you must be facing some difficult trials yourself.
Look up, that is my slogan----HE ALONE IS OUR STRENGTH, OUR HOPE AND SOURCE. None else!
Psalms 62:5-8: "My soul, wait only upon God and silently submit to Him; for my hope and expectation are from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense and my fortress; I shall not be moved. With God rests my salvation and my glory; my rock of unyielding strength and impenetrable hardness, and my refuge is in God! Trust, lean on, rely on and have confidence in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him. God is a refuge for us---a fortress and a high tower. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!