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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.

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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

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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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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