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.

Friday, December 30, 2016

WALKING WOUNDED

copyright(c)2016 Daneille Gray Snowden
2016

WALKING  WOUNDED

Imagine this, you get injured and have an open wound that possibly sliced some nerves and ligaments.

Yet, you are just too busy to properly get it fixed which would entail; stitching, repairs, antibiotics and most importantly time to heal (including therapy).

 As time goes by the outer wound heals after fighting off pain plus possible infection. Yet,  if not attended too; a torn ligament for example, can result in weakness in the muscles. Eventually, it could even affect and injure the muscles and tendons trying to compensate for the weakness of the 'un-healed' injury.

Recently, the Lord took me to this particular issue of un-healed wounds. He showed me how it's up to us if we are truly healed within. He gives us a 'REMEDY' to follow.

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"He lets me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still and quiet waters.
He refreshes and restores my soul (life);..."
Ps. 23:2,3a 
Photo by Tabitha Carin Snowden

This is a remedy to a wounded heart! It's the 'time' to heal; a therapy that 'STILLS' us enough to HEAL, plus be strengthen. Our culture measures success on 'staying-busy'; if you are not you are regarded as lazy, basically wasting your time. Instead of listening to the leading of God's Word; we bid to the craziness of a spinning world as we chase after each crisis and daily activities.

Let's take a look at what the  'GREEN PASTURES' & 'STILL WATERS' are:
He leads by His tender guidance - [He leads, less I wander.]

"He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young."
Isaiah 40:11

This brings sustenance, providing rest, and enjoying tranquility, peace, and safety; in the green pastures.
Photo by Tabitha Carin Snowden

*TENDER GRASS was the 'first-shoots' that were tender enough to not only walk on, but also to lay upon. Plus, it was the most nutritious grass to feast for the shepherd's weary sheep. 
The green pastures; "literally means, in grassy homesteads - " the richer, oasis-like spots, where a homestead would be fixed in a barren tract of land." THE BEST!

Think about this for a moment; this takes time and using that restful, time to be fed, strengthened and restored to completeness.

*STILL WATERS:
Photo by Tabitha Carin Snowden
"Waters of rests, or refreshments: quiet and gentle waters, running in small and shallow channels, which are opposed to great rivers, that frighten sheep with their great noise, and expose them to be carried away by their swift and violent streams, while they are drinking at them." [Commentary- Bible Hub]

Where do we go for healing? Is it somewhere like this? Peaceful, quiet, nourishing???
Think about it; seriously -- as ministers and even Christians where do we go? Do we watch a movie?
Play games, or go work even more?

This is the place the shepherd:
-Counts His sheep.
https://equipherlife.com/2011/06/23/the-shepherds-oil/
-Inspects them.
-Pours healing oils and ointments on their wounds.
-Makes sure they are eating and drinking.
-He comforts them all.
Many times shepherds were known to sing to their sheep, which caused them to feel safe and calm. He would prod with His staff those who needed to be moved out of danger and into a closer place with Him.

Oh, we sheep can be quite stubborn and more so, those of us who have been deeply wounded think we can 'keep going!'  NOT SO! Remember the scenario stated above!

My daughter had broke her leg as she was spending the night at a friends house. She had been jumping on a little trampoline and 'SNAP!' But, she continued to play on it because she didn't want to go home. She wanted to stay and have fun with her friend...EVEN THOUGH SHE WAS IN PAIN!
Of course the next day; after being home for several hours she showed me her leg which was purple and swollen. She kept jumping on a broken leg; causing even more injury.

Can we just listen to our SHEPHERD; to the One Who made us ...
"For he knoweth our frame;..."
Ps. 103:14

I love that old worship chorus: "Let's take time, to wait upon the Lord. Let's take time to listen to His Voice. Unless the Lord builds the House, we labor in vain; so let's take time to wait upon the Lord."
I have said it and I know just about everyone else has too; "I DON'T HAVE TIME TO WAIT, TO REST AND LAY BESIDE THE STILL WATERS."
YET...we are the same folks who grumble and complain, or cry over our wounded hearts and needs.

It reminds me of a typical individual who longs to loose weight, and learns about the 'how-to' the do's and don'ts; but still doesn't make the efforts to follow it. Then complains about not feeling good and being over-weight.  [I know, I've done that! 😉]

Look at Psalms 23:1 
"The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me],
I shall not want."
 Then verse 2b :
"HE LEADS ME..."


The Lord kinda gave me HIS FATHERLY TONE; when I wanted to declare I have not had the time or place to be HEALED (and strengthened). "I have limited time, income and resources"; I told Him.
"Then dear one; YOU ARE NOT ALLOWING ME TO LEAD YOU!" He replied.  

OUCH!

What we are telling God, is I rather just go on with my un-healed wounds, and even cause more instability in my life than to trust YOU FATHER, to take me to those 'still-quiet places'; for healing.

'The place of TIME and even space; where He can take HIS TIME in HIS PRESENCE to operate on our inner being.'
~Daneille Snowden

We clearly see, written by one of the wisest men ever to live that TIME for every purpose is DESIGNED by our ALL-MIGHTY / ALL-KNOWING God! [Ecclesiastes 3:1-8] Verse 3b says:

"...a time to heal;..."

Yet, we still won't 'BE STILL' enough to HEAL! Hear the Lord crying out to His children; FOLLOW ME,  and wherever I take you, I will CARE for you. Even when we need to rest beside the still waters and have healing balm applied to our hearts: trust God with everything else. Life is not going to end there; it's just a period of time set aside for healing and restoration.

Remember, every TIME has it's PURPOSE. Let's not miss out on the purpose the Shepherd has for LEADING US beside the still waters, and tender pastures. Oh His Words will speak VOLUMES to our souls; His anointing oil will cleanse and mend our hearts, His Spirit will infuse His sweetness causing us to sing and dance again!

Take time, if you know you've been wounded and never took out the proper time and place to be healed; ask the Lord to lead. Allow Him to open your ears to hear and feet prepped, ready to go wherever He leads.

~Daneille



WHERE HE LEADS ME
By E. W. Blandy
"Where He leads me I will follow,
Where He leads me I will follow,
Where He leads me I will follow,
I’ll go with Him, with Him all the way."




Tuesday, December 6, 2016

SEEING OTHERS THROUGH GOD'S EYES

copyright(c)2016 Daneille Gray Snowden
2016

SEEING OTHERS THROUGH GOD'S EYES!



                                                    by Daneille Snowden

   I sure would like that for myself; people to love me and see my heart. Instead of all my imperfections (which our countless).

   I too...(all of us who serve Him): Must see through our Father's Eyes!

  As we do this we shall see a precious soul, created to be so much; by encountering life, touching yet others lives with His Love.

   There is great potential in all people, it's just up to them. Yet, for us - we see this in loving others through Him as we become His Hands and Feet to all!

1 Samuel 16:7 "But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

Thursday, November 17, 2016

RETURNING TO GIVE GOD GLORY

copyright(c)2016 Daneille Gray Snowden
2016

RETURNING TO GIVE GOD GLORY


Luke 17 :17 “Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine—where are they? 18 Was no one found who returned to give glory to God, except this foreigner?”
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Recently, as I meditated on the Lord and was just praising Him, He brought my mind back to this portion of scripture. A simple story of Jesus healing the 10 lepers and only 1 man came back to thank Him and give Him the glory.
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Makes your heart sad doesn't it, to see how people can receive such a blessed touch of God; relieving them of horrific pain, and even death and be ungrateful. It's that 'heart' who God is richly blessed that see's WHO and WHERE their blessings come from!

"Leprosy is a terrible condition where a person’s skin begins to rot and fall off. Many lepers lose all of their fingers and toes because of the disease. It is very painful and smelly. You could tell if a person had leprosy because their body would be covered with sores. People with these sores are commonly referred to as lepers." [From: bible.org] This still exist in many countries in the world.
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Sin still exist too today; the result of sin is separation from God. Sin leads to depravation and destruction. Jesus shed His Blood to save all man, woman and child from sin and death. PtL for an open door to HOPE and LIFE! Yet, many just simply don't care. God breathed life into each of us, where is the thanks and appreciation He deserves?  Human nature see's only within the realm of 'SELF' and selfish needs and desires. To stop and see LOVE that was defined by self sacrifice is frightening! To give homage to this may mean I have to stop thinking about 'ME'.
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May I say; LIFE BEGINS WHEN WE ACKNOWLEDGE JESUS and then PRAISE HIM FOR ALL HE IS AND DOES!
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Another observation the Lord revealed to me was so many don't want  TO SEE AND ACKNOWLEDGE HIS MIRACULOUS TOUCH!  For example; when someone almost runs into you with their car as your driving. Instead of seeing God's protecting Hand, the response usually is; it's good driving. When we find a job, instead of giving God the praise we chop it up with all our hard work looking for one.
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We start feeling better, we just say; "Well, all in due time we have recovered." We lean more to flesh for what is truly a gift from God.

Look at this story and understand it was the Samaritan that came running back to Jesus. Jews had nothing to do with Samaritans; so much they wouldn't even touch one another. The other nine that were healed were Jews. For Jews to be declared 'unclean' in leprosy, as well as 'clean' it all had to be done by the Priests which was a long, long ceremonial process. This was not so for the Samaritan. He didn't have to be 'unlearned' from the ceremonial/religious ways. He just fell down and worshipped Jesus!
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I like what one of my favorite preachers (David Wilkerson) shared; "Of the many multitudes He has cleansed and made whole, only a remnant are drawn back to Him! So where are all the others? I'll tell you where - they are in the same place the nine healed lepers ended up: lost in the church! 90 percent of those who are touched by Jesus end up going back to some dead, dry church. They never get into Jesus - because they get lost in religion! "
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'The other nine  went back to the priest, to church, society, respect and the good life.'  Do we see this today? God blesses in various ways; by answered prayers no matter how big or small, then what?
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The question is; 'Who do we want to be?'  Self-centered, religious, or like that crazy...passionate happy Samaritan; and FALL DOWN AT JESUS FEET?  So many are embarrassed to raise their hands in worship at church, shout an 'amen' or praise the Lord. People turn red when they are hangin out with me and I am in a public place smiling, laughing and sharing God's Love with even strangers.
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God has done so much for me; Jesus died for me...He still puts up with my messed up life and LOVES ME. I have seen, and received many blessings AND miracles; YES, I am going to praise Him in the most passionate way, as He receives the Glory.
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So, you can pay your bills because ya work hard every week. Praise Him...tell all how much He has blessed you in this way.
You are able to be athletic and exercise cause you work out daily. Thank Him for the breath in your lungs and the body to move.
You have a wonderful marriage that wasn't always that way; PRAISE HIM! Tell others because of Jesus our marriage is amazing.
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MY CHALLENGE THIS THANKSGIVING SEASON ...WHICH IS ALL THE TIME:
RETURN TO GIVE GOD GLORY!

Psalms 107:1
"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, and his loyal love endures! 2 Let those delivered by the Lord speak out, those whom he delivered from the power of the enemy,"



Tuesday, November 1, 2016

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED

copyright(c)2016 Daneille Gray Snowden
2016
THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED



"Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." Robert Frost


When my family was smaller (my husband, son & I); went on a vacation into the lower Rockies. I have had the blessed experience of traveling through the Smoky Mountains; but this was an entire new adventure in itself.  My husband knew my dread of heights and tried to keep me calm. But, how can one ignore the beauty of God's creation in such magnitude, as I inspected those mountains!
Then it happened; the road became narrow, space for two vehicles were squeezed tight and the shoulder -- where was the shoulder of the road? Ha! All we saw was 'NOTHING'!
My enjoyment of God's great beauty burst and what evolved was panic! It didn't help that the air was actually thinning as I felt myself hyperventilating!  It was fun, adventurous, momentous even and I wouldn't trade that little (big) trip for anything! The experience was priceless! We saw places we had not seen together as a couple before and sense.

Twenty years later; in my time with the Lord, He brought me back to that summer and our needed vacation. Ya see, I was reflecting on our life, and ministry with all it's ups and downs. At that moment, I must admit- I was down. I asked the Lord;
"Why did we have to travel down a different route a lot of others haven't?" [I.E. - the smaller churches, challenges with being new in a community, financial, physical and the emotional difficulties as well.]  Then God took me to the winding roads up the Rocky Mountains.

My dear Heavenly Father reminded me saying; "I called you, not you or others. I saw the lost souls, the unloved, the misunderstood that are not among the crowds but off by the way side. I needed One of My children to love on them. I knew you would do this.
Those among the wayside saw your struggles and that caught
their hearts attention. It was the 'net' that drew them to Me.
And your faithfulness has only drawn You even closer to my heart as well.
I know the road less travelled is long and quite lonely. Many don't understand you and the vision I have placed within your soul. Yet, I placed My Hand of Favor on Your lives; with that there is an eternal Joy that strengthens your feet to move on.
As you look back and see how far you've come, and all the many places + faces you've encountered - in your soul may your spirit rejoice seeing the fruit multiplied!"

This has been my encouragement as we are now on another winding road; to a place quite unfamiliar. All we want to do is LOVE those along the way. To stop and minister fully to them, filling all with His Hope and Purpose.

Our thrust is: trusting in the Lord's leading as the patriarch Abraham who took the step forward with His family obeying God's Voice to leave His kin and pursue the Call!  Many didn't understand him, he left his friends and all he knew (from his culture) to please His God! [Acts 7:2-3  "Ur was justified in its boast of being a highly developed civilization.he turned his back on a great metropolis, setting out by faith for a land about which he knew little or nothing and which could probably offer him little from a standpoint of material benefits." [link]
Genesis 12:1: “Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you.’”
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"By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going." Hebrews 11:8

As I gaze back in the beginning of my life-walk in the ministry;
I saw a willing and passionate couple who yet, had so much to learn and grow in (and still do). Both of us feeling like Abraham who, "...at the point of his call, he was a man whose faith was meager; real, but meager." [bible.org quote] 

Are you on the 'ROAD LESS TRAVELED'? May I encourage you to 'STAY THE COARSE!'  It is worth it; every single life touched, and faith that has grown will and is even now producing lasting harvest for eternity and God's Glory!

~Daneille

Sunday, October 2, 2016

MAKING AN IMPRINT OF GOD'S LOVE WITHIN EACH HEART

copyright (c) Daneille Gray Snowden
2016

MY LIFE'S DAILY GOAL:
Just to touch a life...making an imprint of God's Love within each soul I know! That's all I ask...it's all I want.
I want all to know they are LOVED, that they have been planned for a great purpose and they are not alone! As well as; they shall be affirmed in the person 'they-are' as they live out a biblical life before our Lord.
I love all people; because of Jesus and His Heart He placed within me!

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"On my heart imprint Your image, Blessed Jesus, King of Grace, That life's riches, cares, and pleasures Never may Your work erase; Let the clear inscription be: Jesus, crucified for me, Is my Life, my hope's foundation, And my glory and salvation!"


Friday, September 9, 2016

HEALED FOR A PURPOSE

HEALED FOR A PURPOSE
Watch our video of God's divine healing of Pastor Brad
Snowden. Through it...and I mean THROUGH the
healing God opened the door and called us to
Africa!
Watch

Thursday, September 8, 2016

PRAISE HIM ANYWAYS


copyright (c) Daneille Gray Snowden
2016


PRAISE HIM ANYWAYS
God's really 'got' this!




                           How has life with it's UPS & DOWNS, taught you?
Well, better way to put it; have we learned through the lessons God teaches us through the storms and sunny days? It's important isn't it? For our sanity, health, peace and even for others. 


--- Ok - so we are wading through sewage backed up.
Brad is digging this all up by hand (have to wait till Julie comes to use a backhoe). Looks like a complete plumbing job (ha with no pay $...but the payback is being able to ...use our facilities). Then, there is the car- our wonderful car God paid for. She is sick; old blueberry has transmissions problems. Beyond my dh's methods to fix it (as he usually does) Cost looks like a couple thous. 

Now, just a couple years ago...My dh was seriously ill; well, was told he was dying. No income, vehicle (then) useless...church trials etc... THEN & NOW -- Where do we go? To the ROCK ...MY FIRM FOUNDATION! 


When I say; "God's got this!" HE DOES --- We have such peace He will supply all our needs (no work as of late), He gives us strength & even joy. SERVING HIM is more about THINGS...it's life flowing out of us to all around...HIS LIFE! May others see Jesus in the real struggles that do come & See Jesus when Blessings flow! To God be the glory!



Matthew 7:24-27
"Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

Friday, June 24, 2016

SNOWDEN'S WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY - #1

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2016


WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY - #1
Daneille Gray Snowden
I write this to only inspire others who basically feel there is no hope in trying to loose weight.
That is a LIE! God is One True Amazing God, that when we lay our burdens in His Hands...He will be faithful to complete it!!!
Phil. 1:6 "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:"

Like many woman with hormonal imbalances...GALORE, and health issues that were strange (due to chronic lymes)...my battle to loose weight was a loosing one.

I am grateful to my husband who loved me in spite of how bad I believed I looked. He proved the Love God places in a marriage founded on the Rock: Christ Jesus, runs far deeper than the physical.

I am a 5'0 petite woman, when weight started piling on; it turned me from an hour glass to a ball shape.

I found when driving, I struggled breathing for I had to be folded up, cutting off my diaphragm.

Bending down to put on my shoes...well, I didn't. I had to have my kids help me. I never would allow my picture to be taken, I was so ashamed.

I was pre-diabetic, my joints were failing me. I finally got to the place where enough was enough...I surrendered this to my God. Literally, I just threw myself at His Feet - letting go and asking for Him to take complete control: And that He did! For me, He used a book written by 2 sisters...who are 'sold-out' to Jesus. They worked diligently for over 5 years researching and putting the book: TRIM HEALTHY MAMA together.

I had heard some good reports about it, and started researching. Immediately, I felt the 'pull' to purchase the book and the rest is history.

I was into a size 18...the biggest this 5 foot tall girl has ever been in. I usually stayed in a 14 for about 15 years. My size should be about a 5. Yet, here I was and well... goodness gracious!

We took it slowly at first, this lasted two weeks. Then, I filled up a couple large black trash bags full of pastas, flours, tortilla chips and anything that was sugar laden. I donated it to others (although inside I felt bad doing that to them).

Temptation left the building!

We went to 'town-and-back' on all the recipes in the book. I slowly acclimated to the stevia in my coffee as my taste buds changed. The entire family has changed!

Once a month we have a 'blow-it' and it is ice cream or a donut. Yet, anymore; we are not liking how we feel when we eat gluten or sugar. We are truly SATISFIED with meals with fruits, veggies, good protein, also using coconut & almond and so on. 

For example; tonight I made zucchini brownies, made with coconut flour, almond flour and stevia etc... It was amazing! Plus, knowing these components are GOOD FOR ME; I feel we are finally getting the philosophy of ;'Eat to live, not live to eat.'

I will try to post more about my weight loss journey; yet if you have any questions, I sure would be happy to help out. Now, I still have a very long way to go. I am in my 50's, and fight the lovely hormone battle (which has greatly improved), + deal with serious problems with my joints. Still, it is coming off and I am very grateful.

Here are our stat's:
*Brad (52 yr. old): 235 lbs   to  180 lbs Size 38 waist to 32
*Daneille (51 yr. old): 40lbs lost.  Size 18 to Size 10
*Felecia (17 yr. old): Size 10 to Size 4
*Tabitha (13 yr. old) Size 7 to Size 0,1

NOW:                                              BEFORE:







Saturday, June 18, 2016

MY FATHER'S DAY LETTER TO MY DAD



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My dear father is 85 years young. A true man of God, pastor, minister, and great leader.
We are leaving (hopefully April 2017) to live in Mozambique, Africa to not return for at the least for- 4 years. This is my tribute to him- I want to honor my father publicly and hopefully show other men how a true man of God is to parent his children.

MY FATHER'S DAY LETTER TO MY DAD
Author, Daneille Gray Snowden with
her father -Rev. Paul F. Gray
Father’s Day 2016

Dear Dad;

I have found myself drilling in my mind; what do you tell your father all you want; knowing that possibly this MIGHT be one of last Father’s Day for him and me.  

Well, I don’t have time to write a book; yet I could, (quite possibly a novel).

Why me, why of the entire woman on this earth did God give me one of the godliest, loving man there is; to be my father? [Brad (my husband) being the other.] I am sure not worthy, but it helped to make me who I am.



Author Daneille Gray Snowden, her brother
Paul F. Gray with their Pastor Father -
Rev. Paul F. Gray
I know that as a human, you may only see your flaws. But, we your family only see how truly blessed we are. My husband has a father that approves of him in you, he has someone that has taught, counselled and affirmed him. Because of that, he is able to move steadfastly toward God’s anointing as a Pastor, Missionary, and father. Thank you for loving Brad as you have…I embrace this with such gratitude.



I see a lot of characteristics of you in Nathan (my son); his sense of humor, goofiness, his cowboy movies and artistic (+ music) abilities. He is very gentle of heart and so generous too. You filled him with so much and GLORY to God we do see this!



My daughters; oh how they adore their Grandpa Gray; they giggle when you and Grandma bicker…and you tease her. They love your easy going and funny ways. They sit super close to you I believe because your love draws them in. They feel affirmed and well, safe when they are with you. Being accepted and edified is a lost art & ‘help’ and yet, our daughters are blessed to feast on it when they are with you. Thank you for pouring into them ‘JESUS’ & His Word. Thank you for teaching them about art too. It’s a passion for Felecia for sure, and you have just helped to ignite it more so.




Dad, all you have done for me…(as my eyes well up with tears); you have LOVED ME…with unfailing love! Not just with your words, but with your actions, your reactions, with your listen ear & heart, with your intercessory prayers and the with the heart of a godly warrior: you have fought for me. I have been blessed; not spoiled – (spoiled is a rottening…making useless) – I have been INCREASED because of your walk with Your Lord, thus it  transpired down to fathering your children.   I think it makes me ‘different’; a bit more secure – my shoulders are held high and my face is forward –because of the training I did receive. You didn’t hide the ugliness that does exist all around; but you taught me about it and how I should be.

Grandpa with his oldest grandchild (who is 25 yrs. this
year). He's asking; "Am I having fun yet?" He was!







You taught me the value of diligent hard work, but for it not to take the place of stealing away valuable time with family. [There is a balance.]



You taught me how a woman should be loved and revered by a husband; as you did mom and do Karen. You honored her, you cherished her, and you never allowed anyone to speak bad about her. You protected her; you were her best friend and valued her in front of all. Mom and Karen, I know feel (& felt) safe and well respected by you. Ya know what; I found that too in my husband as well. It helped me to know what I needed for a husband, by how you were with my mother. Thank you by the way!

Dad with my youngest (Tabitha 14) dad
is 85 yrs. old.

Dad with my oldest daughter Felecia (18 yrs. old
this year).

Dad, in the past several years; I have called you countless times needing someone to allow me to say what was on my heart without being condemned (or judged). We all need people like this in our lives; and you have always been both Brad and my ‘go-to’ for this. You listen, you perceive what is deep in our hearts and then you patiently bestow great wisdom into our souls.



I look back too, and cherish deeply my daddy’s sermons. Did ya know I sat in the pew beaming with pride as you ministered? I sure did, and your messages even when I was iddy biddy captured my heart and mind; I LOVED to listen to you preach and couldn’t wait to run to the alter. You were able (I suppose because you are an artist) to preach messages filled with illustration (accompanied with droves of the Word) that exploded in my spirit.

My father performed our wedding. 1988


Dad, the prayers…praying with me at bedtime especially (after reading from the Bible); wow- do you know how that comforted and fed me? I went to sleep feeling safe and spiritually fed.



You have been my example, my mentor (and to my family as well). Even during these past several years, when in the world’s eyes it seems you have been placed back on the shelf as younger ministers continue doing the work of God; you are being used greatly! First, all you poured into my life & your son’s life has been passed on into our families. All the souls you pastored have gone on and passed God into their lives. Churches have grown and multiplied: It still is going forward! And then, you are there in prayer and encouragement during our most difficult times. Dad; I PRAISE GOD FOR THIS! I know you intercede now; you reach out to us and even your grandchildren. You are so vital to God’s Work!



Lastly, I want to promise you dad, that I will ‘go forward’ – and preach the Gospel with my life. [To my dying day!] I promise to love all with unconditional love, I promise to live out with HIS JOY (as you have). I promise to valiantly declare that: ‘ALL IS WELL!’  I will pass on the attributes that are of the Kingdom of God (that poured from you to me by the Holy Spirit) into my children and grandchildren and to all I minister to.

I thank you dad for all you have done and are doing for me and my family…our family.
Toon by my dad; Rev. Paul Frank Gray

Genesis 22:18 – “And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.”





HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

I LOVE YOU!

Daneille Le Anna

Saturday, June 4, 2016

GROWING TO BE LIKE JESUS

copyright(c) 2016 Daneille Gray Snowden
2016





Lovely sunset this evening with all the yellow, pink and even purple colors; it was all so serene. God knew I needed to embrace such beauty, He does that.

As I was sulking, He pointed me to His Majesty causing me to look up and thus: Praise Him.


Then, He said- "My child, I do care about your pains...but when your tears become more about the Lost Souls of Man...then; even you shall see how You have grown more to be like Me."


~Daneille Snowden


"I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh." (Romans 9:1-3).

Thursday, May 26, 2016

PASTOR'S DEALNG WITH THE LIES OF OTHERS

                                                                            copyright(c) 2016 Daneille Gray Snowden
                                                     2016
Art by Rev. Paul F. Gray

PASTOR'S DEALNG WITH THE LIES OF OTHERS

The first time I saw this banner my own father drew many years ago, my heart sunk into my stomach. My husband, Brad and I were just starting the Pastorate ministry. I had grown-up in a Pastor's home, and saw this ..... 

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

FAMILY HARMONY

 Copyright(c) 2016 Daneille Gray Snowden
2016
FAMILY HARMONY


UNITY...is needed for stability + strength; correct?
YES! Unity in our country...(oh Lord bring it),
Unity in our places of worship (i.e.-the church) and
 MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL=
 Unity within our families.
Our families are the foundation for this world. God created family; husband and wife, and the children:
 ALL to be ONE with Him as the foundation.
Even as our children grow to be adults; unity within the immediate family is vital.
FOR PRAISE, FOR POWER, FOR WITNESS, FOR UNIFYING IN PRAYER, FOR EDIFICATION & STRENGTH. 
 The enemy will always try to throw a weapon of offence, affliction OF SEVERERING away.
Notice it early...anything, any word, any action, any persons - combat this with prayer, communication, then prayer again together and strive for love & unification.
NOTHING I say it again:
NOTHING ELSE is more important! 

 1 John 4:7 - "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God."
John 17:21 " That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me."

Monday, March 28, 2016

I GOT THIS!

Copyright (c)2016 Daneille Gray Snowden
2016
"I GOT THIS!"

Recently I was floundering around, mulling in my heart a personal ‘Calvary’ that I was feeling. It felt as if someone was using a spade: digging deep into my heart. I begged for God to take care of this situation; which presently, is something I have not yet faced before.

Vigilant Shepherd by Artist:
Brent Borup [For sale on
this link.]

During my tearful plea, I heard HIM; it was as if He literally bent down and looked deep within my eyes as His voice rang ‘so’ clear and defined, when He (with sternness) told me: “I GOT THIS!” My Jesus, told me (in His authoritative voice): “When I bring the walls down, I flatten them!” 

Instantly; like a little girl, held tightly by the strong arms of her father; I felt calm and assured. I am presently staying right there too…right in the arms of my all powerful God; with the affirmation that; “All is Well!” No matter what it still looks like to my weak little heart; I declare that my Jesus’ – well, He’s got this!

Is. 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”

Psalm 37: 23, 24 “Though (if) he falls, he will not be utterly cast down (completely destroyed, at a loss) for the Lord upholds him with His hand."

Isaiah 41:13 "For I the Lord thy God will hold your right hand, saying unto you, Fear not, I will help you."