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Minister Denise Cook Godfrey is the wife of Assistant Pastor DeForest L. Godfrey. Minister Denise has devoted her life to God in true worship and desire to be used to motivate, inspire, and arouse the Body of Christ to worship God in Spirit and in Truth. Minister Godfrey’s vision also involves teaching the Body of Christ to utilize the arts such as praise and worship dancing, interpretive movement and expressive signing, drama, and poetry within the local church in order to bring edification, comfort, exhortation, and deliverance. She is the mother of two children and is a loving grandmother. Minister Godfrey enjoys writing, aerobic exercising, and just spending time with her family.

When Life Spins out of Control!

Do the circumstances of your life seem to be spinning way out of control?  Chaos, darkness, loss of peace, confusion, etc.?  Well it’s no secret.  Life is filled with overwhelming challenges!  I call it “raw” life!  Take heart though, think of El Elyon (the Most High God).  This is one of the Names of God that comes to mind when I visually see the tidal wave of chaotic things in my life right now.  This Name describes that part of God that is in total control of this universe!  He is the Almighty Creator and nothing or no one can take Him by storm!  God is in control and will perform His word in your life.  Rest in Him!

Minister Denise Cook Godfrey

 

 

A Recipe for Success

This morning upon waking and snoozing and waking again, and dreaming and awakening again, I began to think of all the overwhelming responsibilities and activities on my plate.  Immediately the Holy Spirit interrupted my thoughts with a portion of this scripture from Proverbs 16:3:

Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.

I soon got out of bed and read this verse over and over and began to declare and decree the success of every plan because I intentionally committed my works to God’s Hand. I also asked that He grace me to know His will and timing.  This is a true recipe for success in all that we are doing and plan to do for the Kingdom of God.  It is easy to get overwhelmed but when we take the time to trust God to keep His word after we have truly given these works over to Him, we can make it.  We do not have to be swamped and overwhelmed.  But how?  This is the famous question that I often ask the Holy Spirit when He tells me something.  I realize that the answer most times is a progressive learning process.  In order for our plans in ministry or any other area to succeed, we have got to cast our cares (worries and anxieties) on the Lord as well as believe that God is working alongside us.  We do this through meditation, prayer, and worship on a daily basis.  We keep our mind renewed so that the activity itself will not drain us and take our joy!

Thanks for reading.  Remember to enjoy your journey.  Roll those works on the Lord and keep your mind free from the clutter of worry, doubt, fear, and any other hindering thoughts from the enemy.

Love,

Minister Denise Cook-Godfrey

The Dance from Heaven

 

 

 

Yesterday I heard tthe Spirit say,  “choreography that originates from heaven and also music that originates ffrom heaven!”  I was in awe!  May we all as praise dancers, worship dancers mime ministries, expressive signers,  etc,  be reminded that we must spend intimate quality time in the presence of our Lord before choosing our choreography and music for the ministry! We must simply ask and invite Holy Spirit into our prep time so that He whispers into our ear what Heaven has spoken ! (John 16:13)

 

 

 

What Do You Want?

Do you dance in the secret place?  As a worship dancer, this is extremely important!  Minister to the Father in your secret closet long before engaging an audience. The worship dance is different from the praise dance in that your dance is always for the audience of ONE! The onlookers should at some point cease watching your choreography and begin to engage the heavens for themselves.

So….what do you want out of dance ministry?  It is important to speak it!  Not only your own desire but do you know God’s desire for not only the dance ministry but any type of ministry and your purpose in general?  Watch this video that I made during a brief moment of meditating into deep thought regarding the passions that burn in my heart.  Passions and desires that God gives BURN!  You cannot afford to ignore them or put the fire out!

Minister Denise Cook Godfrey

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Deeper Worship Choreography is back!

Hello to all of my Beautiful Worship dancers.  I have a question for you:  “from whence do you choreograph your pieces for worship dance?”  Sounds a little odd doesn’t it?  Well, this is a question that I heard from deep within my spirit just a couple of weeks ago.  It is crucial that we understand the place from where to begin and end our choreography.  Even if you do not primarily choreograph your own pieces, it is still important to have foundational knowledge of this.

The question prompted me to be resurrected in some ways.  See, I have been involved in dance ministry for a lot of years.  Recently I began to notice a decline in my passion!  This is something that I thought would never happen to me but this prompting, along with another tremendous door of opportunity that the Lord has recently opened for me has sure re-kindled my passion and desire for the worship ministry like never before.

To celebrate this re-kindled fire, I am launching a new online worship dance course.  The course is for 4 weeks and will cover some basic Biblical studies of dance and choreography dynamics.  There will also be interactive activities at the end of each lesson that will give the student a chance to put what they learn in each lesson to work within their own ministries!  I am excited to offer this course.  If you are interested, please reply in the comments or contact me via email at dcookgodfrey@gmail.com.  Enter “Online Course” in the subject line.

Why Do You Dance?

The month of May is filled with times of celebration and completion on so many levels!  It is indeed a busy month.  I typically give my Youth dancers a summer break from dance ministry during the months of June and July; however, I do make myself available for dance mentoring!  Summer is a great time to block off time for the biblical study of dance and to brush up on choreography tips for the next season.  God has been dealing with me concerning preparation.  Be sure to invest in your dance ministry by studying to show yourselves approved as workmen understanding how to rightly divide God’s word concerning the dance.  It is well worth your time and energy to study as well as maintain the physical aspect of your dance ministry.

Pick up my book:  “So You Say You Can Praise Dance-Now What?” on Amazon or click the link on this website to receive an autographed copy!

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Give Me You!

“Give me You….everything else can wait!”  This is a song by Shana Wilson.  I love it!  It speaks volumes.  I am wondering how awesome our knowledge and revelation of running our busy lives, ministries, and businesses would be if we incorporated time where we put everything else to the side, and just cried out for God’s presence?!  Wow…..this is a great reminder for me.  When we practice meditating in the presence of God for purposes of worship to Him, then yes, we can afford to let everything else WAIT!  Once we do this as a culture and a lifestyle, then it will become easier and easier to know how to do what we do, because we have pieces of Him as the residue from quality time spent on our knees crying out and worshipping Him.  Remember, everything that you need is in His presence!

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Minister Denise Cook Godfrey

Author, PlayWright, Liturgical Dance Instructor

Wait For Your Wealthy Place!

Wait for Your Wealthy Place!

Wow, the title of this article is so rich! No pun intended! The title actually comes from Psalms 66:11-12. When we fix our heart on these verses, we see that life sometimes comes with great distress, discomfort, and anguish of soul. God allows this. He is the one that the Psalmist says is responsible for “bringing us into the net” of the fire and water of trials. Yes, it’s true. God allows suffering and it always works together for our good. The wealthy place is mentioned, but let’s be careful and not expect that to be materialistic all the time. Sometimes our wealthy place is a place of grace, satisfaction, and an abundance of peace! This inner peace during trials is surely something that money will never be able to buy. So if you are in the wilderness of fire and water right now, pray for God to lead you out to your very own “wealthy place!” Do not miss out on it by entertaining preconceived notions that this is a place of something materialistic. Remember Paul’s thorn! God’s grace was sufficient then and it is today as well.

 

Minister Denise Cook-Godfrey
Author/Playwright /Liturgical Dance Instructor
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There is Always Someone Who Wants What Belongs to You!

Make sure that no one is immoral or godless like Esau, who traded his birthright as the firstborn son for a single meal. (Hebrews 12:16 NLT)

The word of God declares that we are to bless the Lord from very core of our soul and to not forget ALL His wonderful benefits. Sometimes as an Author, Psalmist, Play-Writer, Entrepreneur we tend to take for granted that there are precious treasures deposited deep on the inside of us and that we are overshadowed with the favor of God! Too many times God’s favor and the blessings can become “common”, so to speak. We become especially vulnerable from this standpoint of forgetting when we hit those times when things are not moving or manifesting as we seem to think they should.

In the passage of scripture above, we see the writer of Hebrews referring to Esau’s carelessness of what belonged to him rightfully! Poor old Esau did not know a good thing when he saw it. By law, he stood to inherit the family birthright and blessing. Esau did not regard it as precious. He took it for granted! Let’s not take for granted our birthright. We have inherited a blessing by grace through faith. We have been adopted into the royal family of God!

Entrepreneurs, Authors, Psalmists, Dancers, etc. know that someone will always have their eye on what you possess. Sometimes someone else can see more clearly in the favor of God on your life than you can! Look at what Jacob did! He cheated his brother out of the birthright because Jacob really knew the value of it, while Esau carelessly let it go for a meal! Later, Esau wept bitterly for what he had lost but it was too late.

God has dealt with my heart a couple of times about this very thing through two different dreams. In each dream, there was a lost purse involved. In the first dream, I never found my purse but in the second one, I did; however, the purse was found sitting in a corner on the floor. The purse or wallet in a dream typically represents favor. God was prompting me not to take for granted all the wealth of treasures deposited on the inside of me! I took heed. Never again will I allow the enemy to trick me into false humility or being fearful to step out and work the gifts He has bestowed upon me! What about you? Have you ever been cheated out of an opportunity because you were inferior, fearful, or just careless? Remember, there is always someone who wants what you have! Guard the favor of God on your life as if your life depends on it because it really does!

Minister Denise Cook-Godfrey
Author, Play-Writer, Liturgical Dance Instructor