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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.

Dancing Among the Hounds of Hell

Worship Dancers…your task is rewarding. Do you know that you were anointed by God to undo oppression, encourage, edify, and preach through your dance?! This is indeed an important assignment; however, there will be times when your ministry will be attacked from every corner! It will be as if you are dancing among the very hounds of hell! Satan will ensure that you are distracted, hated, and persecuted.

“Psalms 18:5 -The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.

How do you face these hounds in the midst of the ministry? When you actually know that there are ones among you who are not for you? How are we gonna dance? Well, it’s like God told the Prophet Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1:8, we are to go forth UNAFRAID of their faces, for our God is with us! God dances over us in love, and He dances with us in warfare! The next time you feel the fierce and fiery darts of hell coming against you before, during, and even after dance ministry, just know that you can bind the spirit of fear and that God is with you. Dance anyway! Dance afraid if you have to, but just dance! The hounds of hell may be at your heels compassing you about, but go ahead and compass about in the wind and wings of the Spirit of God as you twirl, turn and leap! God always wins! He is the Champion!

Minister Denise Cook-Godfrey

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Birthday Blessings!

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Denise Cook Godfrey

Minister/Author/Play writer/Liturgical Dance Instructor

When the Thrill is Gone

So….what happens when the “thrill is gone” from your song and dance???  Its funny how those old fashioned blues songs that your Dad listened to when you were a child always has a way of creeping back into your head.  The “Thrill is gone” is the title of one of those blues songs that I remember hearing as a child; however, I do not quite remember the rest of the lyrics nor the Artist.  So, what are we actually talking about here in relation to the praise dance?  Have you ever experienced those times when you completely lose your fire and desire for the song that the Lord gave you five or six weeks ago?  You have choreographed, you have listened to the song over and over again, you have practiced and prepared but now…..the fire and passion that you had when the Lord first gave you the idea for ministry seems to have faded away.  You may not even like the song anymore!  What are we to do in this instance.  Well, I have experienced this a number of times.  As I thought on this just today, the Lord reminded me of some profound truths that I would like to share:

  • First, pray and ask our Father to take you back to the place where you first received the inspiration and to rekindle that fire and passion that you had at first.
  • Next, it is a good idea to revisit the song’s narrative and meaning.  Look up a couple of scripture references that speak to the meaning of the song.  Meditate on the verses of scripture in order to stimulate your faith and regain your focus.  You may have already meditated on verses at the onset so just go back to these verses if that is the case.
  • Change your mindset!  Realize that if God truly gave you the command to minister this particular song, then He has not changed His mind!  Realize that it is never about us and what we like.  It is always about His purpose, plan and intent for the song and the ministry.
  • Finally, know who you are ministering to.  Minister to the Lord in worship and by faith, minister to His people after you have spent that extra time ministering to Him!  It is not about what we do but about who we be!  We are His children.  We walk by faith and not by sight.  We minister in dance by faith and not by feelings.

Denise Cook-Godfrey

Minister/Author/Play-Writer/Liturgical Dance Instructor

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Warning: Detour Ahead

I’m reminded that although some of us have received awesome promises from the Lord concerning the blessings and transformations that are to take place this year.  For several of us, the wait is simply over, and we are advancing toward our “due season”.  However, this does not mean that there will not be mountains, rivers, and other DETOURS on our way into our promised land.  The enemy is already hitting below the belt.  He will not play fair (as if he ever did anyway!).

Hold fast to the word of God.  You will make it to the other side THIS YEAR!  Don’t faint along the way.  One verse that is giving me hope this morning is this:

The LORD is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in him. (Nahum 1:7 NLT)

Yes, the Lord is close to us.  He is near to us and very intimate with us as we draw near to Him during the difficult detours that we are probably facing now and in the near future.  Rest confidently in His word and know that His word will come to pass for you this year!

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Pining Away!

Before “He appeared”, my human spirit was “pining” away!  Yes, my spirit was a wasteland of darkness, gloom, and despair!  But then something happened!  Jesus, the Son of God was born on a Holy Night! Then hope was given to all.  Oh, that night when our Wonderful Saviour was born was indeed a very special night like no other.  After that night, a new day dawned.  Are you living in that new day?

Is HE worth it?

“Am I worth it to you?”  “What is your suffering in comparison to Mine?”  Well, these questions resonated within my heart this morning right at the close of my devotional.  I was spending time not in prayer, but just spending time worshipping the Father.  I had troubled thoughts before I even attempted to enter His presence in order to given Him about an hour of uninterrupted time.  You know when we plan to spend intimate quality time with the Father, we will have those distracting thoughts but I wrestled and stayed with it.  Just when I was about to close out the hour, He spoke!  Yes, He spoke to me concerning my troubled thoughts regarding a message that I must deliver.  This message is not the usual “sunshine” that I am accustomed to.

When God gives us a message for ourselves and for others, it will not always be an easy and enjoyable task.  In my experiences as a Teacher and Minister of the Gospel, I have mostly had to deliver teachings and messages that were very encouraging and comforting.  But what happens when there is a message that exhorts the hearer to take action concerning some negative aspect of their character or to resolve some difficult painful incident that is still pending from the past?  What if YOU are included in the message?  Wow.  These are the times when fear of not being received, fear of rejection and ridicule, and the thought of suffering persecution for the sake of the word will flood your soul.  So the next question that challenged me at the end of my devotional this morning was this:  “IS HE WORTH IT?”  As I cried, i chose to say “YES!”  My Lord is worth the suffering.  Jesus was despised and rejected of men.  Jesus was acquainted with suffering and sorrows.  He shed His life blood as an atonement for my sins and yet in my struggle against sin, i have not yet resisted to the point of shedding any blood! (Isaiah 53:3, Hebrews 12:4).  So yes, my God is worth it all.  Of course I repented for feeling this way.  What a long-suffering and mighty God we serve!

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Minister Denise Cook-Godfrey

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A Place in the Distance-2018 is our Year!

Wow!  It is hard to believe that in just a couple of weeks this year will come to a close.  Yes, another chapter in our lives will be completed.  What are you anticipating in the new year?  Can we even know?  I do believe that some of us are pregnant, or expecting something out of this world!  For some of us, we will come to that place that we have only been seeing in a distance but unable to touch it!

Are you excited?  I sure am.  So what about that place in the distance?  If you are like me, you have been in a waiting room so to speak for some time now.  Don’t become weary in your well doing and for God’s sake, do not give up.  What God has shown you in visions, dreams, and through prophetic words will come to pass.  Renew your strength in your waiting according to Isaiah 40:31 and receive the strength that you need to give birth to that which you are expecting in 2018!

God bless you!

I am Denise Cook Godfrey, Minister/Author/Playwriter/Liturgical Dance Instructor

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It’s What’s Right About You!

Stop worrying and wondering what it is about you that causes some people to refuse to connect with you, celebrate you or respect you!  This is what the Lord revealed to me about a year and a half or so ago and today I am having to revisit this word and encourage myself with it.  This word actually came in the form of a post from an Anointed Woman of God.  I know that it was specifically for me because of the timing of it and also the prompt from the Holy Spirit as I read it.  Here it is:

“There is nothing “wrong with you” that causes people to reject you! In fact, it is “what’s right with you” that causes some people not to be able to connect with you! God is covering your purpose and rejection is just a part of your assignment! After all, Jesus was despised and rejected of man; when you truly belong to Him, that is also your lot!—“

You see, just a day or so prior to me reading the Word of the Lord from this Anointed Woman of God, I pondered within my heart..”why?”  Why do some reject me and just don’t like me for no apparent reason?  Why do they look at me hard, exclude me and treat me with contempt?  I even tried back tracking, just to see if I had said or did something offensively toward them…I could find nothing.  I prayed.  I cried.  I cried.  I prayed.  Then God spoke.  I am satisfied knowing that God is shaping my destiny.  God is covering me!  Even though from time to time I still go through bouts of hurt because of this issue, I quickly remind myself that It is not me…it is the enemy of my soul influencing others to reject me.  God is allowing this for my good.

So, if you can relate to this, stop worrying.  As long as you are not offensive to others and doing the will of God, just know that your purpose is covered by Him and you are on the right path to destiny, even though it is hard at times.  Take care and be strong during the seasons of alienation from others.  God is with you!

Denise Cook-Godfrey

Lover of my Soul

I’m satisfied with Jesus….I’m satisfied with Jesus, I’m satisfied with Jesus in my heart…this is a song that I used to hear the older folks sing at church when I was a little girl. They would go on to say…He’s my bread and water when I get hungry and thirsty and so on….I did not understand that song back then. It made no sense to my little creative and logical mind. Now, I know and realize that it is a dangerous thing to not allow Christ Jesus to bring satisfaction into our hearts….If we don’t…we will be prone to wander and run after other lovers! We will search for love in all the wrong places. We will do all we can to fill the void within by attaching our selves to Other gods……..So yes, I love my Spouse and my family but I love them in their rightful place….Jesus has a seat on the throne of my heart…I pray for the grace to keep it that way!

For the past week I have been seriously taking a look at my inner life.  My soul.  My thoughts.  My cravings.  My desires.  I invite you to do the same thing.  Spend those extra moments with the Lord and ask Him to show you YOU!  Examine your own thoughts and see how much is junk and how much is Godly and productive.  Pray and fast.  Seek change through entering into the presence of the Almighty God.  Let Him satisfy every void place and wait for Him to fulfill every promise to you.

Denise Cook-Godfrey

When You Just Know You Haven’t Lost Your Praise!

Wow……the creative juices are flowing everywhere today as I am listening to a certain song, looking back over my life, and searching for lost things!!! Ahhhh yea….lost time, dreams, missed opportunities, loss of self esteem, loss of respect, loss of loved ones, etc.  Then I looked and contemplated all of the overwhelming challenges, the storms, the fire, etc.  One thing I can say is that I am overwhelmed as I see the incredible ability that God gives me to reach down within myself and realize that I have not lost my will to move ahead.  I still have my trust, even though I have had to look deep down within myself and find that trust and that awesome love that I still have for God no matter what.  With this, I know that I have not lost my praise even though I have lost so many other things.

Even when I was broken, misused, disrespected, unappreciated, and the like……and even when I said within my mind that I was done, through with it all…..nope, just couldn’t stop believing that the misplaced peace and discomfort will NEVER cause me to give up on my destiny.  Even though on this road to destiny there are so many road blocks and detours, I refuse to believe that God has given up on me.

So I will keep going and I am writing this to encourage someone right now.  Not looking for sympathy or a pity party.  Just want to reach out and encourage someone who is going through.  To the soul that is sunken down low, the broken heart, the one that can’t seem to catch a break…..just find a way within yourself to love and trust God no matter what.  Grab a scripture, a song, a sermon, whatever it takes and hold on!  Your change is coming after while.

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