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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



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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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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Ministers-Do You Really Know What You Are Carrying?

On yesterday after ministering in dance at an event in a nearby city, a very sweet young woman walked up to me, hugged me, and told me that I had an “anointing.”  Well I have heard this many times before from different people.  I have even had people to state that they experienced healing or could see me as if I am “floating” while dancing!  While I always endeavor to remain humble and respond by giving God the glory, honor and credit for the anointing upon my life, I was still reminded by the Lord that I am to never lose the essence of what I am carrying  on the inside!  In other words….”daughter, don’t ever just get used to hearing those compliments and lose focus on how important, serious, and precious it is!”  The same Spirit that rose Christ from the dead dwells within us, praise God!

A couple of years ago I wrote a book entitled, “The Day I Danced Under an Open Heaven.”  This book references the revelation that we are glory carriers.   In John 17:21-22, Jesus prayed to the Father and declared that He has given us the same glory that the Father gave to Him! (Read John 17:21-22) God wants to allow us to hear the heartbeat of heaven as we minister to people, as we walk along the pathway of life, and even as we sleep!  I pray that I will never lose sight of just how deep and honorable it is to have God’s anointing come upon me and live on the inside of me.  I long to see more of His glory so that He can be glorified and that people can truly experience His presence through me.  Lord teach us how to appreciate and how to handle the Holy things of You!

Minister Denise Cook-Godfrey

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Why is My Bruise Incurable?

So many today are walking around with pain from the past that has been suppressed and buried deep within their souls.  They smile on the outside, but inside, there is a whole different story book.  I know this to be so.  I have personally experienced this.

After becoming saved some twenty-three years ago, I never dreamed that a person could be saved, sanctified, filled with the Holy Ghost, and still have soul wounds that affect the quality of their spiritual lives as far as joy and contentment.  Think about it.  We are three part beings.  We are spirit (where our conscience of, communication with, and wisdom of God is stored), soul (that part of of us that holds our mind, will, and emotions), and body (blood, flesh and bones).  All 3 parts make up one being, just as God is one God but has three distinct personalities (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).  If we are not aware of these truths, we can walk around with past hurts that will affect us spiritually, emotionally, and even physically due to stress and depression.

I am convinced that one must ask God to heal their soul wounds, even if they have been born again.  These soul wounds will remain open, festering, foul, and diseased unless God’s power binds or closes them up. Read Psalms 147:3:

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds”

Cry out to God if you are experiencing sadness, dissatisfaction, and torment from past wounds and disappointments.  Do not hide them any longer.  Trust me.  These soul wounds will not heal on their own.  It may appear for some time that they are all better but just when you least expect it, something will trigger the pain and the bleeding will begin again.  Don’t place a bandage on your wounds.  Trust God to make you every bit whole!  You deserve it.

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Who is this MAN?

Mark 4:41: the disciples were terrified.  “Who is this man?”  they asked each other.  “Even the wind and waves obey Him!”  God, through the mouth of His prophet said that we could enjoy perfect peace when we focus our thoughts on HIM!  (Isaiah 26:3) This promise was spoken to Israel during a very dark time in their history.  Are you experiencing perfect peace?  What is it anyway?  Perfect peace is a condition and state of being within the soul!  It is a state of being undisturbed, at rest, and confident even through the worst storm.  It is a state of complete serenity.

Today, I will evaluate my mind and soul so that no matter what comes upon me, I will focus my thoughts on God’s Word.  I want to identify with the Man that got up and rebuked the storms, the waves, and the winds!  I want to live in that supernatural peace of God no matter what is going on.  We cannot avoid troubles and difficulties, but we can control how we respond.  Let us practice living in the peace and comfort of who we are in JESUS CHRIST!


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