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, June 27, 2012

WE ARE THE BODY-JOINED TOGETHER


This is from my Mom's Praying for the Generations blog, to important not to share it here. 

  WE ARE THE BODY-JOINED TOGETHER
By Daneille Gray Snowden
FOCUS OF PRAYER IS: PRAY FOR THE CHURCH TO BE ONE.
[Please note all highlighted words directs you to a link.]
Recently the Lord has burdened me for Bodies of Christ in my own community who are deeply hurting as they are being torn apart. Groups are getting up and moving on to a larger church in town or starting their own little meetings scattered all around. This is such a common problem that has existed for decades. We all find ourselves not even flinching when this occurs. Kinda like marital divorce between husband and wife; our cultural has become somewhat callused to it. Yet, it is not God's plan for either one. I have counselled several lately from other bodies that are weeping over this painful brokenness that has occurred. I personally know the pain a pastor feels as this is going on. The pain is so intense, many times this is what is causing a lot of illnesses in pastors.[Please read: Depressed, Stressed and Burned Out by A. Hart] No matter the process of division, a sheer of grotesqueness to just sipping silently away; it's still a breaking off of the Body and leaves great dysfunction for a very long time. This commonly last for years and some churches never can recover. I love what author Karen B. Mains said in her book, The Key To A Loving Heart: "If only the Body of Christ would cease it's declarations of war, ... and it's bloodying of the bretheren-then use the Spiritual Gifts God has given instead." [Gifts of healing, hospitality, serving: Having the Mind of Christ.] I say; "The world would be won!"
  We read Operation World's Daily Prayer Journal as a family. As we read all about  a country's spiritual and physical needs, the  common prayer request is; "Pray for the division of the church." 
  My entire life I have lived in the pastorate, here in the great United States of America. The Lord has allowed us to live in various parts of the U.S.;  as well, the common need of prayer is division in the church of Jesus Christ, in the denominations and of course the individual Body of Believers. 
  We call this disunity. In Jn. 15 Christ said we are the vine and He is the Branch; all flowing from Him as one, to achieve growing fruit to fill the world with the Gospel.  As well as in John 17:20-23; stressing v.21 "That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me." We are quitting one another! We get bored, some want more control and much becomes fabricated that no one knows what is going on (we call this confusion); so people find others to share this discomfort with (to make them feel better about their negative ideologies); then the breaking apart begins. This begins way before individuals have actually removed themselves from worshiping with their church. Bit by bit the enemy will use any weakness each one has and then gnaw on them. This is where we need to exercise praying through in the mornings and evenings. Lack of prayer and lots of it is rampant in the Body of Christ. Remember that old quote; "A family that prays together, stays together." This is vital, a little 3 minute prayer is not healthy. Nor is it healthy for mom's, dad's and their children! It starts here, praying through together.   If there is just one inkling of discontent with the church, the pastor, Sunday school and even the color of the carpet...pray about this! Seek the face of God; then go to your LEADERS and pray with them with a loving, humble spirit and pray together. Let's not have those prayer meetings where there is more talking about the problem than praying about it either. That is a sickening tactic that has destroyed not only churches but individual's walk with Christ!   Don't be quick to leave, ask God to show you how you can pray and serve the Body He has placed you in, to make it even better to be the scriptural arm of ministry Christ created it to be. Too many times church is thought about what it can do for 'ME'; but it is about serving one another. We are a Body! We need each other! We must have a spirit (from God alone) of forgiveness; even right at the moment of hurt, insult and injury. From Karen Mains again; "Forgiveness releases us from keeping count, from the insistence to even scores." [P.165 The Key To A Loving Heart] 
  With that; let's pray for the Body of Christ! Here's a challenge for you; go early to church and if you are able go to the alter and start praying for the services, your leadership and community. I promise you, your heart will be softened to the blessed Holy Spirit as He is anointing the worship and the message through God's Word. Other's may be challenged as well and follow suite, praying with you. Who knows, this could even start an amazing revival all across the land!

In Him for You, 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

FATHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS FOR CHURCHES

7 FATHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS FOR CHURCHES

Out of desperation creativity is birthed. I hope to add on to this post through the years. Churches love to give to dad's on Father's Day; sometimes this can be redundant and or expensive.
A few short years ago we stepped out of the Evangelistic & Pioneer work to take a small church that is just great and out of the box. So, of course budget is minimal and I am 'it' when it comes to holiday decor and gifting ideas & doing them.
The 4 gifts that my family and I put together are as follows: 

                    POPCORN/CANDY/MOVIE 
We placed microwave popcorn, candy bar and a special Father's Day poem inside a popcorn bag. 









FRAMED ART FROM LOCAL ARTIST/MINISTER (Rev. Paul Gray)
 MADE THIS INTO A FRAME & ADDED A PEN.




                                     
     MINI GIFTS WRAPPED IN A HANKIE
Pocket knife, Voice of the Martyrs Pendant  & candy!


All wrapped up by my daughter Felecia, and ready to pass out for Father's Day!

       

HOME MADE PIES
Yes, I made several...(gobs) of home made pies. It was a hit and I was exhausted. But, many years ago I delegated the Women's Ministries to help me with it. It was a hit and I was not as wore out. 




This year (2014) my husband mixed the essential oils then the girls and I decorated the bottles for anointing oil for our Father's. Here is a few displayed.

Links to recipe's of anointing oils (we mixed our own recipe): Victorie Inc. Anointing Oils

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2015-
 This year we purchased the 'Courageous'  Movie for a great price for our dad's. And the theme will be Courageous Manhood. We will add popcorn, candy bar, a coke bottle and place in Oil Changing Pan w/funnel! My husband Pastor Brad Snowden came up with that one!
OIL PAN GIFT BASKET







 [Ignore my table, my 'summer-project,' I am scanning all my photos & putting them on one drive.]



Always place a cartoon drawn
by my father Rev. Paul F. Gray (who
was a Pastor for almost 60 yrs.).
 








Hope this helps and if you have an idea leave one here and even email me or connect with us on face book. 
Trying to Serve My Lord More,
Daneille Gray Snowden

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

LEGACY OF THE CROSS




Greetings my friends! Hope this summer has been spectacular for all of you. I wanted to share with you all my heart as I ponder on the legacy of the cross through fathers. Here is a personal note to my own daddy. Hope it inspires and blesses!

LEGACY OF THE CROSS 
Through My Father:   Rev. Paul F. Gray

Father’s Day 2012
   To many, the cross represents death. Obviously this is correct---but the cross is pointing! The Cross points to life beyond what we could ever imagine. When  the Lord Jesus’ died on the Cross of Calvary, there came a ‘gushing-out’ of much power and victory. In His death, souls were freed (even at that litteral  moment-Lu. 23:43); bodies healed, families restored and hope gained. 
   Not turning to the left or the right, but going forward carrying His cross our Lord did this for us, for our salvation and an example for all to live by.  In so much, as we all were once little children we had to learn by seeing as well as feeling and hearing.  Children need a continual  reminder on how to live in every capacity. 
   I know without a fact, that my walk with the Lord has been constant and steadfast for all my 47 years of life. The reason being is because I was taught by a shining example of my Lord through my own earthly father--Rev. Paul F. Gray. 
  As I ponder on my life as a child, one major example that stands out the most is how my daddy exhibited a life of sacrifice for his entire family. He sacrificed his pride, his own luxeries and desires so that we may have what we needed and yes even what we wanted. My extra large brown eyes would peer at him to watch His reactions, when life would get quite difficult. This  is when  I would see my father STAND! He may have been shaking on the inside but I never saw it. Whenever I needed to pour out my heart, my daddy was never too busy not to listen.  I loved how my dad protected not only my brother and I, but our mother. It brought deep comfort when he would shower mom with love. 
   My father’s heart would fill our own hearts with God’s Word continually. Being blessed to be a pastor’s kid, I actually looked forward going to church to hear MY daddy preach. I would be at the edge of my seat with the stories he would share and want to hide under the pew when I was the topic in his illustrations. It was always quite obvious that my father’s world was his family. 
   So, here I am today...in love with Jesus; leaning on Him as I face some of life’s challenges. Knowing with full confidence that my HEAVENLY FATHER will always be there regardless! He has and will  continue to provide, protect, comfort, strengthen and even give me treats (fulfilling my desires).  “He will never leave me, nor forsake me..” (Heb. 13:5) 
    Happy Father’s Day daddy! I sure love you and thank you so much for living the LEGACY OF THE CROSS!
    Your Daughter, 
                             Daneille Le Anna Gray Snowden
Father-n-daughter/wedding 1988 (in the shadow  is mama).

Father-n-daughter/baby yrs. 1965
Toon by Rev. Paul F. Gray (he sure lived this out).