Hi, Denise Cook-Godfrey here…God wants to do new things for you in this new year. According to the Jewish calendar, we have entered into a new year. God not only wants to do new things but unusual things. He also wants us to understand our spiritual “times”. Our times are definitely in His hands. I am prophesying a suddenly and a springing forth of new things and also a springing forth of things that were spoken and declared in previous years!
Now, enjoy the place of His presence. He wants to hide you in His secret place. REJOICE IN HIM!
Recently I ministered in dance at a Women fellowship. I planned, prayed, and prepared for the event in the midst of numerous other responsibilities and assignments. I was ready but not ready so to speak but eager to minister. But guess what? Two hours before the event God changed the song! This was not the first time this has happened but feeling the way I was and being as preoccupied as I was it was a shock! The song was also an older song that I had not heard or danced in over five years!
Okay, I have enough history with the Lord to know that He would be with me so I stepped out in obedience. The ministry was phenomenal! As soon as the song begun, people were already filled with anticipation, weeping, and worship! I did not once have to worry about choreography, technique, or anything! As a matter of fact, I mostly interacted with the audience. God is so amazing! Regardless of your assignment, never stuff our Lord in a box and expect Him to always move in the same manner. Be ready to be stretched and watch how He moves! I could see the manifestation of God’s presence resting upon so many faces!
“Have the people of Israel build me a holy sanctuary so I can live among them.” Exodus 25:8
God still wants to hang out with us! Are you worshipping in spirit and truth? When I calmly think of the flaming sword and the cherubim that were set up to prevent the man from entering a certain place in the garden of Eden, and the scripture above, it gives me renewed hope that I can walk and live out my desire to come boldly before His throne of grace whenever! See Hebrews 4:14-16, 10:19-23.
Be encouraged and know that you are a welcomed guest in His house!
Mentorship is one of those Biblical principles that is sometimes forgotten, especially in the area of the arts! Worship dance, praise dance, and interpretive dance can sometimes be overlooked when it comes to mentorship. If you are in a position where you need to stop and receive some guidance for the next phase of your dance ministry, please contact us. We want to partner with you in order to bring wholeness, deliverance, and encouragement to many lives!
2019 will definitely be a year where new things will spring forth, many will walk into the path of destiny, and so many will give birth to what they have carried in the bosom of their spirit in earlier seasons. Not only has the Lord spoken this to my heart, but I have heard many other men and women of God sharing this same prophetic declaration!
While this is exciting news, I want to caution us to continue in a focused place. Why? Because the Holy Spirit is teaching us that the birthing position is a very serious one! We have to know how to endure the pain that takes place right before the baby comes forth! No worries though. For most of us, there is just one last, long hard push left! Hallelujah!
Ask Holy Spirit to grace you to know when to breathe and when to take that last push in this new season!
Praise the Lord! It is always great to receive a refreshing from the Lord. One thing that I am learning is that God will speak to us “comfortably” and “tenderly” when we are in extreme warfare OR when we are in a reaping season of discomfort, difficulty, hard trials, etc. He speaks peace and blessings as if the warfare has already past by.
Yesterday during the fourth watch (between 3 & 6 a.m.), a snippet of a scripture was brought to my remembrance as I worshipped and interceded for my family. The reference came from Isaiah 40:2:
“Speak tenderly to Jerusalem. Tell her that her sad days are gone and her sins are pardoned. Yes, the LORD has punished her twice over for all her sins.” NLT
I knew from this that some of the trials we face are a direct result of past sin, choices, and disobedience. I also know that it is almost over! When one season ends, a new one begins. What about you? Can you press through the present trial that you find yourself in only to see a glorious future of blessings and greatness as you walk into your destiny? When the prophet spoke these comforting words to Jerusalem they were still in captivity! The words came forth as if they were already released! Think about it. Your sad days are gone and you are about to see with your eyes the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Keep waiting, hoping, and trusting.
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!
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….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!