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, August 21, 2013

BLIND FAITH

BLIND FAITH!!! 

Ever heard that said? Faith really is believing w/o seeing. Or is it?
On a personal level for myself (& my family); as we have declared we only long to draw closer to our Lord, to be in His Perfect Will doing His Work to bless others. To escort one's who do not know Him as Lord in this saved/Savior relationship. 

The storms arise and the darkness falls. Yet, to accomplish this, the unwavering faithful must be tried to be strengthened in the power of FAITH! We feel the inner man wavering. Emotions start taking over and despair blossoms out.
BLIND FAITH is it really blind? Not really, blindness is no sight. Our vision should be filled with the Presence of Jesus-stilling us and causing our souls to stand fast in the storms surmounting all around. Say His Name-JESUS! Get alone and call out and be still and KNOW He is God. Then with His Sheltering Arms stand and see the salvation of your God.
This is what we are doing as we face some of the greatest trials on every avenue. We would sink if we didn't. 

Hold fast and see Jesus!

Exodus 14:3
"...Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, ..."

Friday, August 2, 2013

God's Plan of Suffering

God's Plan of Suffering 
by Daneille Gray Snowden 
 I do not know one person, who in their personal lives are not facing some type of suffering. All of us will grieve, many of us have been and yes will be ill in one type or form. All of us will be emotionally hurt by others. Lastly, we will experience exhaustion to the point of being burned out.
  In my life, God enriched me, by living in a very godly atmosphere.  I was then, and still am surrounded by His Love and Presence to the point I find myself greatly humbled. 
  Growing up in the ministry I was avowed the opportunity to learn more about my God by traveling down unique roads that pastors, and most ministers do take. We would be in homes where people were suffering from loss, abuse, illness, poverty and family struggles. We kids were blessed being there when our parents would pray through with these particular individuals seeing lives transformed.
  BUT....this made the enemy of our God quite angry. Thus the battles began in countless forms. He is evil and wants to destroy the children of God! If He can get us to question God's Word and His Love by using the instrument of suffering then he has done his job! As a child I was sexually abused by my step grandfather, my mother was seriously ill (and eventually died in my arms), people were quite cruel to my family, we suffered poverty, and discouragement. YET...we experienced countless miracles, and was filled with great joy and peace within our hearts. Of course, being confident in our hope for eternity, assured knowing that one day we will hear God's Voice say; "Well done!" 
  In my adult life, my family and I have had such amazing and vast experiences. We have not only traveled through out this country but lived from one side to another. Experiencing some really fun and enlightening things. We love to go down memory lane together. Again; the more God would use us the more intense the attacks on our lives became. Increasing to a place where total exhaustion has wore us out. My husband's health is serious as he is still a father of children in the home. I must admit, I have come to the place of total bewilderment, exhaustion, burn-out, hurt, dismay, ending up at  very low place. Not realizing that this is a good place. "WHAT? Daneille, did you really say suffering is a good place? Are you nuts?" Well, I can say that I am peculiar but not crazy. I recently just heard a minister talk about the 'lowest place'. Being at that low place where we are no longer in control, so low that God's Presence (flowing as a river) just flows all over us. This is a good thing!
  I had been writing articles on suffering last year: when someone, who really did write to me in love, but not in true understanding of godly suffering; really 'blasted' me on writing about this subject matter. Their scriptural support came from the 'Word of Faith' belief system. Just simply stating that my parents must  must have enjoyed suffering, and as well as ourselves. At the end of her letter she simply stated: this is why we were still suffering. I promise you, my family and I do not take pleasure seeing my husband seriously ill. Yet, we rejoice in our sufferings! [Rom. 5:3]
   My daughter and I have been talking about this a lot lately. She has grown so mature for her age in her spiritual walk. Her understanding of the scriptures, and her godly character all have revealed to me this has been a priceless growing experience. She and I were sharing on how some avoid really talking to us in deep conversations; the Holy Spirit revealed that it's simply a 'lack' of understanding regarding 'SUFFERING'. People usually avoid what they do not understand.
   So, I want to do something a bit unique for me. I want to share with you from a book regarding this subject. The first book being:  'Don't Waste Your Sorrows' by Paul Billheimer. If you are going through a difficult trial. Please know that you are not alone. First, Jesus is right there and 2nd, there are many brothers and sisters who are suffering as well. Just stay the course. Draw even closer to the One Who Loves You Best- JESUS. 
Now...read on and try to purchase this book if you can. [Click on highlighted link.]  
Preface:  [Quotes & Notes]
     "Suffering is a prerequisite for overcoming." [Rev. 3:21]
    "God ...designed that SUFFERING, which is consequence of the fall, shall produce the CHARACTER and DISPOSITION, the compassionate spirit which will be required for rulership in a government where THE LAW OF LOVE IS SUPREME."
    "Because tribulation is necessary for the decentralization's of self and the development of deep dimensions of agape love, this love can be developed only in the school of suffering."
    "...show why the greatest saints are the greatest sufferers."
    "...deep dimensions of [God's] of [Agape] Love are learned only through the school of suffering."
    "If we suffer, we shall also reign' - because where there is little suffering, there is little love; no suffering, no love; no love, no rulership."

Chapter 1 
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
"For our light, momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory [beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease!],
18 Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting."
  Affliction: (Greek) pressure, anything causing pain or distress; implies any sorrow, suffering or heartache imposed by illness, loss misfortune, etc.
 "We never learn anything new about God except by adversity." Watchman Nee
Psalms 119:67, 71
"Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now Your word do I keep [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying it].
It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I might learn Your statutes."
'Worketh': [Wycliff Bible Commentary] create
Our light affliction is CREATING an eternal weight of glory.
Romans 8:18
 [But what of that?] For I consider that the sufferings of this present time (this present life) are not worth being compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us and for us and conferred on us!

Romans 5:3-5
"Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance.
And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character (approved faith and tried integrity). And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of] joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation.
Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us."

   "In a fallen world, suffering of some kind is universal. There is no permanent release or escape from it, either by rank, holy living, health or wealth." 
John 16:33
"...In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration;..."
End of Chapter 1 of   Don't Waste Your Sorrows .
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Chapter 10
  "If God healed everyone immediately where would be the opportunity for character training? If He delivered everyone ...at the first call, where would be the opportunity for the perseverance that creates character." 
  "To many it's a mystery how a subjective attitude toward an objective situation can so modify its effect that pure "evil" is transformation into a sublime dimension of "good."
  "Rank in heaven will be determined not by magnetic personality, glittering talents, towering intellect ... but by the depth and quality of one's love."
Job's Decentralization
  "Before he suffered, Job knew God by reputation only. Afterward, he said, Now mine eye seeth Thee."
Before his trial he argued with God afterwards, he repents.
1 Peter 4:1  "Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin."
  "...then all afflictions of every kind that are not removed in answer to prayer should be understood as God's way of disciplining character into the pattern of God likeness which is fitting one specifically for his particular role in the ages to come."
  Paul says to glory in tribulation, this in turn serves us to achieve God's purpose within us.
  "If we fight against it by SELF PITY and REBELLION, by MURMURING and COMPLAINING ...- we are wasting our sorrows."
  "If a child of God could actually see into the future and fully visualize the exalted rank that the school of suffering is creating for him, it would be easier to glory in tribulation -which often immerses him in deep depression."