From The Heart Of Pastors

Having lived the majority of my life in the home of pastors, I have seen the need for Pastors to share, as well as others to better understand our hearts and lives. I grew up as a pastor's kid (PK) and after graduating Bible College my husband and I took our first church when I was quite young. Come on in, make yourself comfortable, may the Lord bless and comfort you during this time (and always).

Monday, September 25, 2017

WHAT'S YOUR PURPOSE?


copyright(c)2017 Daneille Gray Snowden
2017
WHAT'S YOUR PURPOSE?

The Lord has been speaking to me about  'PURPOSE'; 'The God Purpose' for ALL OF OUR LIVES! He has intensely burdened me for ones who God has many plans for (quite frankly, that is everyone);  yet are not  listening, or willing to walk this particular path. Wow, this type of a 'WALKING PATH' --- 
is a CLOSE WALK WITH JESUS! It's quite intimate as you feel His Hand Holding and guiding you along; results are that we are being filled with  deep peace and a great joyful anticipation as well! 
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PURPOSE: deliberate plans for our lives. 
It is the -
SOURCE OF TRUE HAPPINESS which is done by living-out the purpose God has for all of us. 
GOD'S WAYS = TRUE PURPOSE

"And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day." Gen. 32:24 

I.) JACOB first had to be ALONE!  --- OUCHA! Nobody really likes loneliness... we can't even keep our phones far from us cause we long for some kind of human contact. 
BUT... this is where we will HEAR AND FIND OUR GOD;  we are NEVER ALONE ANYWAYS!
II.) Jacob had to wrestle God...ONE WHO WAS STRONGER THAN HE WAS! This is where we travail in prayer, it's where we (self) wrestle not against God but truly longing for our flesh to be placed under His subjection: His power for HIS BLESSING!

Is this where the 'CROSS' ROADS MEET? 
WHERE MANY STOP AND NOT GO ON?
Think about it; look what has happened to the alter in our churches and our prayer meetings? 
What about  praying through there and even in the alters of our homes?

III.) He Persevered All Night Long ("...till the break of day.")  --- Finding our purpose takes time, it takes fighting, it takes waiting and never giving up.
Gen. 32:26 "But Jacob said, “I will not let You go unless You declare a blessing on me.” 
It takes:
IV.) ONE TOUCH FROM THE KING OF KINGS...ONE BECKON CALL! 
To be labelled: 
*MY CHOSEN
*MY CALLED ONE
*ENTER INTO THE PLACE OF YOUR CALLING
“For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth." Deuteronomy 7:6-8

WHERE HAS GOD CALLED YOU?

WHAT AND TO WHO ARE YOU TO SPEAK  HIS LOVE AND WORD INTO?

Is this difficult to truly answer?

Has the path taken an abrupt change down another road of purpose? [It happens.]

This is definitely a road where we don't walk BY looking in the mirror of 'self!' Truly, where would that lead?

It's a path where GOD IS... where we clearly see and hear Him!

Where we will see the FRUIT of FAITHFULNESS living an obedient surrendered life in Him!

I know the ministry is HARD and 
it is very lonely!  
But, if we WALK IN THE PURPOSE God has ...NOT MAN'S, NOT OURS...BUT GOD'S --- the rewards are priceless!

Are you at a CROSSROADS right now? 
Take time out....sometimes that means a lot of time. 😃⏲
Wait in God's Presence! 
Wrestling will happen if you continue forward --- it's a good thing. Don't stop...for the 
BLESSING IS AROUND THE CORNER! 
The CALL OF OUR GOD /  HIS LEADING TO WHERE - TO WHOM -  & THE WHEN... indeed will come!

SEE THE PURPOSE HE HAS FOR YOU! IT IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
 
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts higher than your thoughts."
Is. 55:8-9





Wednesday, May 31, 2017

POWERFUL STORY OF GOD TOUCHING LIVES THROUGH OUR PAIN

copyright(c)2017 Daneille Gray Snowden
2017

POWERFUL STORY OF GOD TOUCHING
LIVES THROUGH OUR PAIN
As told to me by Sheila Hester

   This is a story about one of the godliest, loving ladies I know. Her life literally has been a Faith Walk.
Sheila Hester is a Pastor's Wife; who is an amazing support to her husband and church.
If you see her little frame from afar; (as she is walking with her cane and sometimes a little walker for years); you will notice HER SMILE THAT LIGHTS UP THE ROOM! Even when she is hurting!  When in a crowd, one can hear her laughter and joy as well.
At the same time; she cries and laments over souls, as well as for those who are suffering. She hugs tight and loves big.
She is well acquainted with suffering through the years battling one health issue after another, as well facing trials in normal life; especially in the ministry.
She shared with me recently what the Lord did through her and for her as she underwent serious surgery.
Most people are put to sleep but with her health issues she had to stay awake and 'feel' this procedure.
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     "I had to stay awake for the surgery, it was awfully painful!  Facing a problem during surgery; I prayed out loud for the doctors to have super-duper natural wisdom to know what to do.


[The doc told me later he had never had anyone pray for him...surprising I had the presence of mind to do so.]

This was a God-thing thing for sure!  After about an hour and a half; I told the doctors I had reached the end of my coping skills & they said they couldn't give me anything yet, and said I had to lay perfectly still. 

  I prayed to God for courage and for his help. Immediately, the Heavenly Father gave me the idea to sing to get my mind off the pain. 

I asked my surgeon if it was ok to do so; he said "Anything that could keep me from moving!"   So I sang every spiritual song I could think of, and  when I got breathless;
I quoted scriptures out loud to drown out satans words to cause me fear.

It all worked!!! 

   At one point, I cried out to the doctor; "PAIN!!"    Pain was in my chest, arm and jaw!  There was no response; so, I kinda screamed-out the second time.
 [They had told me to tell them if I had any chest pain.]

About 5 people appeared, but still no response.  

YET, God suddenly gave me peace. 

  They kept asking me; 'if the pain was subsiding?' I responded with a "no."
But finally it did lessen;  and they went on with surgery as they gave me benedryl to relax me.

I wasn't sleepy, but it helped.   Isn't our Father protective of his children?!?!
  When I was in recovery;  they pulled out 5 of "tubes" and then put pressure on my arteries.  One clotted and did well.

So, the  extra nurses left because an emergency came and they rushed off to help. 
When the nurse pulled out the artery tube, my blood wouldn't stop and I was bleeding out.

I was crying and screaming from the pain and from seeing all the blood!

  She was up on the bed with me putting pressure on my artery. Very calmly telling me to breath.  I had stopped crying and was holding my breath. I became calm plus the pain was tolerable.

  I looked at the nurse on top of me and saw she was sobbing. 
I told her I was okay; and this is when she opened her heart and shared with me.

She told me that she was raised Jehovah Witness.  And exclaimed that she wanted to hear about this Jesus ( I guess I was screaming for Jesus to help).

  I started telling her all about my Father-God and answered her questions, when another nurse came in; so I stopped talking & she said, "No...go on!
I want to hear about your Jesus. And that speaking in tongues thing!"

So, for 45 minutes;  I got to talk about my Sweet Savior. I told them to get a Holy Bible, go to the New Testament (I had to explain what the New & Old Testament was).

I told them all I could at that moment; that they could read for themselves and to ask the Holy Spirit (which I explained) would  teach them truth and told them how to receive  salvation. 

Out of the horror, God blessed (used) me to get to witness to the surgical team and two nurses!!! 

When they were getting ready to roll me away, I hugged the nurse and thanked them for saving my life. The nurse said I was bleeding out,  we both started crying.

I thanked God for using my sweet nurse to save my life!
In addition, God had told my older sister I was in trouble and she prayed for me.

God is such a hoot!😂I am home, VERY LITTLE pain.
My blood pressure and  heart rate is fine and I feel GREAT! 

Oh, Daneille;  remember my story of help & deliverance when y'all get on the mission field!!!   When you can't go on....God takes over! And no matter how weak you may feel; 

God will always honor your 'will' to witness of His great Love!" 💗
Sheila Hester
Pastor's Wife at Assembly of God
Odin, IL

Would you like to send Sheila a note?
Write her at:
To Sheila Hester
C/O:  Odin Assembly of God Church
PO Box 309
Odin, IL 62870-0309