Fr oz e n D r e am s“How to Break the Ice”Author, Prophetess Deniece E. Senter
2 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________ This book will enable you to reach the top of your mountainand claim your victory. As you begin reading my story you willfind yourself and watch in awe as the ice surrounding your dreamsbegins to melt. Many of us have gone through life believing that we are nothingand cant seem to find our purpose. As we watch the televisionprograms roll across our screens, we try to imagine how celebritieslive, and we find ourselves asking these questions: "How did theydo it? How did they make their dreams come to life? I wish I coulddo something like that." If you find yourself in this category, asking these samequestions, this book is for you. It is my prayer that by reading thisbook and answering the questions recorded, you will begin to seethings in you that you never thought existed. As you begin todiscover your talents and gifts, God will then breathe on them andmake them come to life. This book is a must for those with visions and dreams. It isespecially designed for the procrastinator, and those who need apush to get them moving in the right direction.
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 3______________________________________________________ FROZEN DREAMS “HOW TO BREAK THE ICE” Copyright 2005 BY AUTHOR PROPHETESS DENIECE E. SENTER ISBN: ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. NO PART OF THIS BOOK MAYBE REPRODUCED IN ANY WAY WITHOUT PERMISSION IN WRITING FROM THE AUTHOR. CREATIVE SERVICES AND PRINTING THROUGH: Senter Chord Publishing 4249 East State Street Rockford, Illinois 61108 TOLL FREE: 866-993-4624 www.dsenter.org TO ORDER: fenter Chord Publishing Incorporated4249 E. State St. #101 (866) 99-DINAH Fax (815) 394-0394Rockford, Illinois 61108 www.dinahministries.com ALL SCRIPTURES AND SOME REFERENCES AREQUOTED FROM THE NELSON STUDY BIBLE KING JAMESVERSION AND NELSON LIFE IN THE WORD STUDY BIBLE USED BY PERMISSION. PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
4 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________ DEDICATIONThis book is dedicated to my wonderful husband, Pastor John F. Senter, for all of your loving support, prayers and wisdom. I love you.
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 5______________________________________________________ Table of Contents1. At Birth……..………..………………………..Page 92. The Beginning of Your Destiny………...........Page 173. Character Unthawed………………………….Page 254. Dreams Unthawed……………………………Page 395. Unfolding Season…………………………….Page 596. Submissive Season…………………………..Page 657. Walk Into Your Season………………………Page 798. The Time Is Now……………………………..Page 879. Build the Foundation………….………….…..Page 9310. Your Title………………………………….Page 10111. The Finish Line……………………………Page 107
6 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________ Introduction Healings, miracles and deliverance are not just promises, theyare established facts. In order to use your gift of faith you cannotpray, “Lord if it be your will heal me.” It is always in God’s willthat these things are given to you; therefore, lay your hand on yourbody and command your healing. Speak to your circumstances andcommand your miracle and your deliverance. So many people aretrapped, frozen in one position because they do not understandGod’s will for their life. Put some heat on the situation and thawout, the time is now. But you must run to be obedient and fight todo what is right, whatever God gives you to do. So the question is:what are you waiting for? Sit down at the computer and starttyping, and watch how so many gifts and dreams will begin tounfold. In order to walk in obedience and walk in your divine destiny, itwill require an act of faith. Your faith will be tested and tried; youwill have to become a water walker like Peter. Step out of the boatby faith. Even if the grounds seem to be unstable, keep your eyeson the prize and press toward the mark. Should you stumble ormiss the mark, God will be right there to catch you before yousink. Your obedience will move God, and He will turn His facetoward you and shine upon you. God will then give you all thetools necessary to carry out your assignment. Your calling anddestiny began at birth. This book is designed to help you find your place in God andduring your private devotions God will begin to reveal Himself to
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 7______________________________________________________you. In the pages that lie ahead, you will read about my birth andlife experiences as a guide to help you discover your destiny andpurpose. After you read my experience, find yourself in your ownexperience and follow the directions, answer each question andpray each prayer. Now pray this prayer with me “Father God in the Name of Jesus, I pray that as I answer thesequestions, and as I begin to walk in my high calling that you wouldreveal to me your perfect will for my life. I pray that you wouldlead me in the right direction, make every crooked road straight,and guide my feet so that I would not stumble and fall. I bind thespirit of confusion, and I cast out every false imagination in thename of Jesus. I come up against the spirit of complacency, thespirit of fear, and the spirit of fatigue, and I bind the spirit oflaziness in the name of Jesus. Lord as I begin to answer thesequestions, I ask that the Holy Spirit would rise in me and do thewriting for me. Lord I ask for your forgiveness in wasting precioustime and for not being obedient. In all these things I ask in Jesus’name. Amen.”
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 9______________________________________________________ In His Image Chapter One At Birth March 4, 1969. It was a cold winter morning, ChristinaMartinez stood 5’9 inches tall, and her silky wavy jet-black hairran down the center of her back. As she spoke, her Puerto Ricanaccent would accentuate her beauty; her tanned, smooth, flawlessskin made her beauty radiant. But what was once her tall, lean,beautiful 115 pound body was now stretched out like a balloon. Atnine months pregnant and 170 pounds, her feet were swollen andher head was in terrible pain. Christina lay down next to herhusband for an afternoon nap. All week Christina had beencomplaining about feeling fatigued. Christina sat up in bed, facedher husband, as he too was fatigued after returning home from along trip overseas. “Harold, Harold wake up, my head is pounding and my backhurts!” Christina said. A sharp pain rushed across her pelvic area,and then another one. “Oh!” She cried, “I think it’s time!”
10 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________ Harold, half awake, sat up in bed, “Christina, you have been infalse labor all month, you know what the doctors said, don’t comein until your water breaks.” “I know but this feels different, the pain is shooting from myhead to my back, oh my God! Harold please, call the ambulance,oh, my stomach!” Christina screamed in agony and pain, sheclutched her stomach and slowly stood up, and made a sound as ifshe was trying to push. As she began to walk toward the bathroomshe fell to the floor as water rushed through her legs. Haroldjumped out of the bed and yelled, “Oh my God, Christina, are youall right? Don’t push!” “I can’t help it, My God, it hurts!” She raised her legs upwardand bore down hard and began to push. “Christina,” Harold yelled, “wait, I don’t know what to do.”Still in his boxers he rushed out of the bedroom and ran down thehallway towards the front door, and grabbed the car keys that weresitting on the table next to the door. As he opened the door hequickly noticed six inches of snow had fallen on the ground. Whenhe stepped his foot onto the porch he realized he didn’t have anyshoes on and quickly discovered he didn’t have any pants oneither. He rushed back into the house slipping and sliding acrossthe floor. As he ran down the hallway he heard Christina’s screams,“Harold, it’s coming!” He yelled back, “I’m coming Christina, hold on, I’m coming!” Oh, how he loved her-they had been married for two years.They lived in a small duplex apartment numbered 1638 on 16th
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 11______________________________________________________Street in Chicago, Illinois. Christina was his first love; her radiantbeauty captured his heart. She was very elegant, but shy. Hershyness is what drew him toward her. Harold Bridges loved a mildtempered woman with flair, one who could hold her own.Christina was all that and above. Harold was stationed in theUnited States Army and was home on leave. One of his prayerswas that he would be home during the birth of his first child.Christina had a one-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.Harold loved her as if she was his own, but now he was about tosee what his own seed could produce. Harold came from a mixedbackground. His father was African American and his mother wasCaucasian. Harold stood six feet tall with beautiful silky, naturallycurly dark hair. His smooth tan skin color was Christina’s favoriteattraction. Now married to a Puerto Rican he often wondered whathis child would look like. At any given moment, Harold was aboutto find out. He rushed back into the bedroom, there Christina lay with herlegs spread apart, and what was once water, was now blood.Harold began to shake; he could feel his knees buckling beneathhim. He fell on the floor beside her, and held her in his arms. Christina lay helplessly on the floor soaked in perspiration,water and blood. In excruciating pain she whispered, “Did you callthe ambulance?” Harold snatched the phone cord and pulled the phone off thedresser toward him and quickly dialed 911. While he was waitingfor the person on the other end to answer, Christina screamed andbegan to push. Harold dropped the receiver and rubbed her back.
12 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________Oh, how he wished he could help her and take the pain for her.She pushed again and yelled, “it’s coming!” Harold rushed toward her legs and pulled her panties off to seehow far along she was, but all he could see was blood. He racedtoward the end of the bed and grabbed his shoes; he slipped on apair of Army fatigues and ran back toward Christina. The pain hadsubsided some but was still there. “Do you think you can standup?” Harold asked. “I don’t know,” said Christina. “Here, let’s try to get you on thebed.” Harold positioned his hands under Christian’s arms, and ashe slowly raised her up blood flushed out like a water faucet.Christina’s tan colored body began to look an ash brown color.Christina yelled, “Harold, I feel the head!” She clutched herstomach and gave a final push, and screamed a loud cry. As soonas Harold looked down, he froze in shock as this tiny little bodycame out covered in blood with a long cord attached to it; its headhit the floor. Both Christina and Harold fell backwards onto thefloor and Christina began to sigh in relief. Harold began to tremblein fear because the baby didn’t cry. Harold regained his balance,and placed a pillow under Christina’s head. Very carefully, hepicked up the little body, reached his arms out toward the bed andquickly pulled the sheet off. As he gently wrapped it in his arms,he discovered it was a girl. She began to wiggle in his arms. Hethen took a deep breath and blew it out as he was relieved of hisworry; his baby girl was okay. “Hello, is everything alright? Hello,hello, hold on, help is on the way,” a voice said through thereceiver.
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 13______________________________________________________ Christina sat up, still in pain and eased her way onto the bed.Harold held the baby close to her, as the umbilical cord was stillattached. As she sat in the bed he placed their new arrival in herarms. Harold picked up the receiver and began to talk: “We have abeautiful bouncing baby girl.” The operator had stayed on thephone the entire time. As Harold was talking the doorbell rang. He finished talking tothe operator, placed the phone back on the handset, and gaveChristina a warm kiss on her forehead and left the room to answerthe door. When he opened the door there stood two men in blueuniforms with a red cross on their shoulder holding a stretcher intheir hands. Behind them, parked on the curb was an ambulancetruck with lights flashing. One of the men said, “We got anemergency call that there was someone at this address needingemergency care.” “Yes sir, come this way,” Harold said, and led the men into thebedroom where his wife and new baby girl lay. “Congratulations!” said one of the attendants. He looked atChristina and their new arrival and noticed that the umbilical cordwas still attached. He commanded the other attendant to get somehot water and towels. The man nodded his head and looked towardHarold, who led him toward the kitchen. They came back into thebedroom with a small tub filled with warm water and towels. Theman attending to Christina reached toward Christina with his armspositioned outward; Christina carefully placed her baby in hisarms. He took a pair of sheers out of his emergency bag and cut theumbilical cord, then gave the baby to the other attendant. He
14 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________placed the baby into the small tub and began to wipe her body off.He reached into the emergency bag and pulled out a long tubing,and began suctioning out the baby’s nose, and for the first time shecried. “Is she okay?” asked Christina. “She’s fine,” the attendant said. Once he finished suctioning hernose, he turned her upside down and gave her one spank on herbottom; she let out a loud scream and cried uncontrollably.Everyone in the room laughed. “That’s my girl!” yelled Harold. Then he said, “She’s strong asan ox.” The attendant gave the baby to Harold to help his partner workon Christina and positioned pillows to support her back, as she layback on the pillows and positioned her legs upward. The attendantpressed down on her pelvic area and pulled out this small sackfilled with liquid and blood, and placed it in the small tub. Haroldstared in amazement as he watched everything that was happening,while bouncing his baby girl in his arms. The attendant graciouslylooked back at him with a warm smile. He cleaned Christina up,asked his partner to hand him a hospital gown from his bag andhelped Christina put it on, then gave her some instructions. “Doyou feel like you need to go to the emergency room?” he asked. “No,” she said. “That’s if everything is okay.” He replied, “Yes, everything is fine, but for precaution we haveto ask.” He pulled out his clip board and began writing, thenlooked up toward Harold, and asked, “so what time would you sayshe was born?”
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 15______________________________________________________ Harold replied with a proud voice, “1:20 p.m.,” then gave thebaby back to Christina. “Is that the birth certificate you’re fillingout?” Christina asked. “Yes it is,” he said. She then looked up toward Harold and said,“Honey, what should we name her?” He quickly answered as if he was already prepared: “DenieceEloise Bridges.” Eloise was his mother’s name. So her birthcertificate read, Deniece Eloise Bridges born March 4th 1969 at1:20 p.m. to Christina and Harold Bridges. Just as they were talking, a baby’s cry came from another roomacross the hall. The attendant writing said, “Oh, you have anothersmall one in the house.” “Yes,” answered Christina, “that’s my one year old daughterRegina. I was wondering when she would awake, and she sleptthrough the whole thing.” Harold went into her bedroom to check on her. He reached intoher baby crib and placed her into his arms. Her cries ceased as sherecognized his touch. He walked back into the room whereChristina, their new baby and the two men were. “Hi Regina, look-you have a new baby sister; her name isDeniece,” said Christina. Harold stood close to Christina and theirbaby, and stooped down toward them so Regina could get a closerlook. As little Regina looked at the baby she made a baby’s giggleand laughed. Everyone in the room laughed. “Ah, she’s so cute,” said the other attendant. “Here’s your birthcertificate, and instructions on how to take care of yourself for thenext six weeks. Do you have any questions before we leave?”
16 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________ “No sir, I think we’ll be fine. As you can see we haveexperience,” Christina said as she looked into her new baby’s eyes.Harold placed Regina down on the floor and walked the twogentlemen out the door. “Thanks for all your help,” Harold said, “Icouldn’t have done it without you.” “You’re a brave man, congratulations,” said one of thegentlemen. “Thanks,” said Harold, and closed the door behind them. When Deniece began to cry, Christina unbuttoned the first threebuttons on her night gown and pulled out one of her breasts andplaced her nipple into Deniece’s mouth. The baby began to suck onher breast in a speedy motion. “Ouch,” said Christina, “Slowdown.” This was her first time breast-feeding. She wanted to breastfeed her oldest daughter Regina, but at the time it was moreconvenient for her to bottle feed. Harold walked back into theroom with a proud look on his face. He was now a father, and hisoffspring was hard at work feeding off her mother’s milk, and hewas the one who delivered her into this world. What a beautiful sight; this was a picture perfect moment.Harold wished he had a camera. This moment was one of the greatest moments in his life, andbecame a topic of discussion throughout his generation.
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 17______________________________________________________ Born to Be King Chapter Two The Beginning of Your Destiny In reliving my birth I discovered I came into this world in ahurry, born at home to a multi-cultured couple into the arms of mybiological father. On a positive note, throughout my life I soughtthe approval of my natural father, and had a unique bond with him.I’m a “daddy’s girl.” I loved and respected him deeply. To this dayI’m a mover and a shaker, always in a hurry to get things done. Iam not a procrastinator. I’m quick to obey the voice of the Lordand seek His approval. I am culturally diverse. I can hold aconversation with anyone of a different background. I have norhythm, but I am very creative and have the strength of an ox. Ilove colors and enjoy all of God’s finest foods cooked in a varietyof ways. Just like falling to the floor and hitting my head at birthwithout crying, God has equipped me to stand against all odds andbreak through every barrier without a scratch. My natural fatherreceived me into his arms and blessed me from the very beginning.And guess what? The same is true for you. Even if your natural
18 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________father wasn’t there, you have to believe in your heart that yourheavenly Father was there. If He weren’t, you could have beenaborted. On a negative note, the devil was standing right beside mymother while she was giving birth to me, desiring to take my life.Satan knew God’s plan for my life, and sought to kill me bythrusting my head against a hard wood floor hoping the blow to thehead would destroy me or cause major brain damage. But instead, Iwithstood the blow, and live to testify today that with the Lord onmy side I am more than a conqueror. What the enemy failed torealize is God had angels positioned ready to help and aid me indelivery, whispering into my father’s ear telling him what to donext. And you too had an angel at your birth, and that angel is stillwith you today. At Christmas time I love to watch the movie Scrooge. Scroogewas a wealthy old man who owned a business in a small town. Buthe was very selfish, stingy and mean, and he hated Christmas.Everyone in town knew of his reputation and would try to avoidhim. But one day while he was asleep, a friendly ghost visited him,woke him from his sleep and took him on a trip into the future tovisit people he had been mean to. As they arrived to each home,they would look through the windows and see the pain in the livesof people caused by this evil old man. When the friendly ghostreturned him back to his home, Scrooge had learned a valuablelesson, and changed his mind about Christmas. He made a point tovisit those whom he had been mean to and gave them gifts, andgave raises to his employees. Everyone in town was amazed at his
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 19______________________________________________________change of heart, and couldn’t believe this was the same man. Fromwatching this movie, I discovered that even the meanest person isassigned an angel. It is God’s desire to reach the hearts ofeveryone. From the very beginning God has released His angels to standalong your side throughout your entire life to see that His purposefor your life is accomplished. So the question is: have you calledon your angels today to help aid you in your life? Have you prayedout to the Lord and asked Him to guide you in your purpose? Ifnot, let’s begin today. Let’s consider our Heavenly Father and the birth of His SonJesus. Revelation 12:3 says, “And another sign appeared inheaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads andten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail drew a third ofthe stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragonstood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour herchild as soon as it was born.” The attempt of the dragon to devour the newborn child revealsthat the strategy of Herod to kill the baby Jesus was satanicallyinspired by Satan himself (ref NKJV). Matthew 2:1-16 says, “Nowafter Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herodthe king, behold wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,saying, Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For wehave seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and allJerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priestsand scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the
20 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________Christ was to be born. So they said to him, In Bethlehem of Judea,for thus it is written by the prophet. But you, Bethlehem, in theland of Judah, are not the least among the rulers of Judah; for outof you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.”Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determinedfrom them what time the star appeared. And he sent them toBethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child,and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I maycome and worship Him also.” When they heard the king, theydeparted; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East wentbefore them, till it came and stood over where the young Childwas. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly greatjoy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the youngChild with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him.And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts toHim: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Then, being divinely warnedin a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed fortheir own country another way. Now when they had departed,behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream,saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt,and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek theyoung Child to destroy Him.” When he arose, he took the youngChild and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and wasthere until the death of Herod that it might be fulfilled which wasspoken by the Lord through the prophet saying, “Out of Egypt Icalled My Son.” Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceivedby the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 21______________________________________________________to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all itsdistricts, from two years old and under, according to the timewhich he had determined from the wise men.” Jesus’ birth meant trouble for Satan and his kingdom; thereforehe sought to kill Him before He could even get a chance to speakHis first words. Satan also knew the bond that Jesus and His Fathershared. “Born King of the Jews,” These words struck terror andfury into the heart of Herod. King Herod killed every male childtwo years old and under to make sure he would kill baby Jesus.Yet, through God’s divine intervention, King Herod’s attemptfailed. Five dreams of divine guidance emphasize God’sorchestration of these perilous events (ref NKJV). God went through extreme measures to protect His Son.Angels were positioned around and during the birth of baby Jesus.In obedience to God, Joseph and Mary’s life was interrupted andchanged forever; they were forced to live in a foreign country.Can you imagine the stress level this may have caused them? Maryhad to quiet baby Jesus at certain times in order to protect his life.She had to go to the market with Him wrapped tightly, praying thatno one would want to play with or touch Him. Joseph and Mary’spride level had to drop to zero; they couldn’t tell a soul about theirnew arrival’s purpose or name. The King of the Jews was born tosave the world and God chose this couple to bring in the greatestgift to the world, all to be revealed at a specific time. Knowing thisthey remained silent, for too much was at stake. God wasn’t goingto let anyone or anything interrupt His plan He designed for HisSon’s destiny.
22 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________ To make a long story short Jesus’ life was protected, and Hereached His destiny. Hebrews 12:2 says, “Looking unto Jesus, theauthor and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set beforeHim endured the cross despising the shame, and has sat down atthe right hand of the throne of God.” God chose Him to show theworld His glory, to show the world love, joy, peace, longsuffering,kindness, gentleness, faith, hope and patience. Through manytrials, tribulations, pains and hurts, Jesus endured and finished Hisrace. And when it was time for Him to lay down His life to die forour sins, love was manifested in its most perfect form just for youand me. God then took His most precious gift and ascended it backto heaven to sit at the right hand of His throne. He sits with HisFather in His glorified body with the nail prints in His hands andfeet, waiting until you and I meet him face to face. Thank youFather for the birth and life of your Son; teach us how to love Himthe way You do. As you have read, Jesus’ birth was unique, and His life was themost valuable life that was ever born to this earth. I have sharedwith you His beginnings as well as mine to help you discoveryours. By reliving your birth, you too can begin to understand yourpurpose. You too may have something in your birth that is unique,and as you discover what your beginning was, you will begin todiscover your birth was the beginning of your destiny. You willalso discover why you do things the way you do, and how God’sdivine providence protected your life.
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 23______________________________________________________ Take a moment to relive your birth. If your parents are livingask them to explain to you your birth in detail, and answer thefollowing questions:Where were you born?___________________________________________________What is the meaning of your name?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________What is your nickname?___________________________________________Why were you named this nickname?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________If you were to rename yourself, what would your new name be,and what is the meaning of it?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Are you named after a member of your family? If yes, what is theircharacter like?________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
24 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________Did both parents raise you? If not who raised you?______________________________________________________What were some of your struggles while growing up?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Do you like to be around people? Yes _________ or No ________Do you like to speak in front of people? Yes ______ or No ______ Now pray this prayer with me “Father in the Name of Jesus I pray for your anointing to fall onmy life; anoint every gift, anoint every person who will come incontact with me. Close every door that needs to be closed and openevery door that needs to be opened. Give me wisdom andknowledge through Your Word that I may apply it daily. Call meto the things that are mine and show me how to capture everydream and take by force all things that belong to me. In Jesus’name I pray. Amen.” Now you are ready for step two.
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 25______________________________________________________ The Secret is Out Chapter Three Character Unthawed Your memory is the sharpest at the age of five. Not only that,but at this age you obtained information at a fast pace and askedmany questions concerning your surroundings. And the enemy isonce again quick at work to try and destroy you while your thoughtprocess is being developed. Through my own experience, let meexplain. By the time I was five years old my mother Christina and fatherhad given birth to three more children. My father became veryfrustrated with working long hours trying to make ends meet.Being enlisted in the Armed Forces made things more difficult,and it seemed like every time he was home on leave, Christinawould become pregnant. He would return to duty having to ask fora promotion and look for other ways to make money. His familywas in great need, he could no longer keep the duplex apartmentwe were living in, and he had a difficult time finding a new placefor us to live. However, he was determined to find us shelter since
26 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________being outdoors was not a part of his plan. Due to only one incomehe was forced to rent a tiny three bedroom apartment in one of thenastiest projects in Chicago. The complex was infested with ratsthe size of cats, and roaches were everywhere. Oh, how he hated toleave his family in such ruins. But he thought to himself at least itwasn’t outdoors, and decided to make the best of it. Christina on the other hand became resentful and complainedevery waking moment-the responsibilities of motherhood weregetting the best of her. Five children and a husband in the armedforces was not what she intended for herself in life. My fatherwould send money home to her every month, but unfortunately shewould waste it on meaningless things trying to satisfy heremotions. The small amounts of food she brought home wouldonly last for a week. Two children in pampers were gettingexpensive. This once happy family was beginning to fall apart. Harold would often call home only to discover that she wasnever there. Instead I would answer, “Hi daddy, I miss you.” He would answer, “Is that my Niecy?” This was a nickname hehad given me. “Yes daddy, it’s me.” I always knew what was to follow. He would reply, “Is mommy home?” I would always answer, “No.” I could feel the disappointmentin his voice. Oh, how I wished he were home, and so would he. The phones were soon shut off for non-payment. Consequently,hearing my daddy’s voice and waiting for the phone to ring ended.My mother was never at home: where she would spend her time,no one knew. I became the baby sitter and taught myself how to
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 27______________________________________________________cook hot dogs and make syrup sandwiches, tea and cheese toast.Milk was rarely in the house and my baby brother would often cryfor his bottle. I would fill it with water, but the plain taste wouldn’tsatisfy or ease his hunger pains: instead he would throw it down onthe floor and cry uncontrollably. I didn’t know what to do, I wasafraid to ask the neighbors for help. Before my mother would leavehome, she would always threaten me by saying, “Never answer thedoor, or go outside: if you do, DCFS (Department of Children’sFamily Services) is going to come and take you away, and you willnever see each other again.” With those words in mind, I would tryto keep my brothers and sisters quiet. My stepsister Regina was theoldest but the laziest. Instead of helping she would always cry outto me for everything, and I had to do it all: change pampers, cook,pick up after my brothers and sisters, and find ways to entertainthem. I remember one incident as if it were yesterday: my babybrother was crying so hard he became red and his navel wouldstand out. His stomach was swollen: I began to cry and said tomyself, “Oh God! What am I going to do? He won’t be quiet andhe looks sick.” At the age of five I remember saying, “Lord helpme.” At that moment, I picked up his bottle and put some water init and looked at the sugar jar, and something inside me said putsome sugar in the water. I did so, and gave it to my brother. Guesswhat? He drank it and stopped crying. Oh how relieved I was, Iwill never forget that day. For months he survived off of sugar andwater. Thank you Jesus. One day someone became suspicious. I remember one of ourneighbors coming over asking my mother questions. She made up
28 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________stories about her being home and said we were just being loud andnoisy kids. Unfortunately the neighbor believed her, and mymother was never questioned again. My mother began to actstrange toward us and became abusive. She would always hit mybrother Harold, Jr. I would say to myself, “Why is she acting likethis? What did we do?” Regina was her favorite: she would takeher with her, and I would be left in the house to take care of mybrothers and other sister. Regina would come home bragging to usabout where she had been. I cried so much on my pillows at night until my face becamescaled and flaky. Oh, how I wished my daddy were home. I wouldpray every night for months begging God to send my father home.Although we’d never been to church, from watching TV I wouldoften hear somebody mention God, or watch movies with peoplesitting on long benches in a tall building with a sharply pointedroof with a big cross on it. They would begin shouting as a manstood behind a wooden stand with a microphone in his handshouting, “If the Lord’s done anything good for you, you ought toshout amen!” And they would do as he commanded, and I would alwaysshout “Amen” with them. At the age of five, God became my bestfriend, and I would often daydream and wish that I could see Himface to face. My prayers were finally answered. My mother said, “Yourdaddy’s coming home. Are you satisfied?” “Well I am,” she continued, “because I’m tired, I can’t do thisanymore.” I remained quiet as I listened trembling, afraid she
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 29______________________________________________________might strike at any moment. She packed her and Regina’s bags andgrabbed the rest of our coats. “Hurry up-put these on, he’ll be home soon.” I was thinking to myself, “If he’s coming home then why is shepacking and putting our coats on?” Then my imagination ran wild. Maybe daddy is coming to takeus away from here. So I asked my mom, “Are we moving?” “I don’t know, and I don’t care,” she said, as she continued topack her and Regina’s things. That’s when a knot developed in mystomach. I felt sick as if I was about to throw up, and I felt astrange sense of separation. My mother finished packing and puttheir things into the car: that’s when I knew that my other sister,brothers and I weren’t going with her. She yelled, “Niecy, go getJoseph: Harold, Jr. and Lou come out here, now!” We hurried outof the house as she told us to sit on the front porch. “Oh no!” I said to myself. “It’s freezing out here, what is shedoing?” She looked at me and said, “Niecy, I’m sorry, you may notunderstand now, but some day I hope you will.” She said, “Meamour (I love you).” And she left. “Mama, Mama, Mama!” I cried! And she never came back. Iwrapped my baby brother in my coat and rocked him to sleep, andasked my dear friend God to please send my daddy home quickly.My friend then blew warm air on us in the midst of the cold.Thank you God, thank you. A few hours later my dad drove up, I was so glad to see him.“Daddy, Daddy, Daddy,” we all yelled! Tears streamed down hisface. His fatherly instincts had warned him that something was
30 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________wrong. I didn’t have to say a word, he knew she was gone. Myfriend had once again answered my prayers. He wrapped us intohis arms and held us close to his warm body. We all hopped intohis blue 1972 Impala. One Unforgettable Night My father later remarried and things began to improve. Our newmother was very loving, as she did not have children of her own.She loved us as if we were her own. But we would often talk aboutChristina and Regina wondering what they were doing and if wewould ever see them again. Later we learned not to mention theirnames too much, as this was a subject our stepmother didn’t wantto hear. Money was still scarce. My father was discharged from theservice and finding a job was very difficult. Our new mother wasforced to work outside the home and had to work long hours tohelp make ends meet. Once again I was left to baby sit, andbecame a pro at it. Still at the age of five I often wondered, whyme? Our new mother had to work night shifts to get extra pay. Soshe decided to ask her brother to baby sit us, as she would feelguilty about leaving us alone at night. My father found a job andalso worked night shifts. That’s when the worst of my troublesbegan. “Hey kids come in here, I’m going to be your baby sitter. Theseare the rules, I don’t want no mess out of you all, or else,” saidUncle Pete. We all looked at each other with confusion. A part ofme wanted to shout for joy as I thought now I can be a kid and play
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 31______________________________________________________outside with the other children. But another part of me didn’t trusthim. He would often look at me while licking his lips and say,“You sure are a pretty girl, what color did your daddy say yo’mama was?” I would quickly drop my head toward the floor anddetested the way he looked at me. Every night before going to bed, with laughter and joy wewould jump up and down in our beds throwing pillows across theroom, and with every leap I would feel like we didn’t have a worryin the world. Until one night Uncle Pete pushed in our bedroomdoor and screamed in a lazy slurred speech, “What ya’ll doin, stopall dat noise.” At the sound of his voice we instantly stoppedjumping and turned toward him. “Neicy, get o’er over here, now!” I slowly jumped down from the bed; the closer I got to him Icould smell this awful smell of whiskey coming off of his body.He grabbed me tightly around the arm and turned the lights off andtold the other children to go to bed. “Uncle Pete, you’re hurting me,” I said as he pulled my arm anddragged me down the hallway. “Shut up,” he snapped and shoved me into one of the otherbedrooms and threw me hard onto the bed. He began to look at mestrangely, again licking his lips. I sat up in the bed, and my heartbegan to pound as if it was going to come out of my chest. I looked up at him trembling with fear and said, “Uncle Pete Ipromise I won’t do it again, please don’t hurt me.” “Don’t talk back to me!” He yelled and raised one of his handsand slapped me across my face throwing my 44-pound body across
32 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________the bed and onto the floor. He walked over to the television set,turned it on and turned up the volume. Lying on the floor with my face in my hands I began cryingsaying, “I want my daddy, I want my daddy.” “Shut up!” he screamed as he raced back toward me and pulledme up by both hands and slammed my body hard onto the bed.And with all my might I began to scream as loud as I could, but thetelevision set was overriding my voice. He pounced on top of me,placed his hand over my mouth, unbuckled his pants and did theunthinkable. He raped me. His breath reeked with alcohol and sounded heavy as he tookshort breaths pounding hard against my body. For a few secondsmy mind went blank, and I felt nothing. My body felt numb andlimp. I lay there wishing that none of this were happening. I gazedinto space wondering what I had done that was so horrible for himto do this to me. After he finished he got up and buckled his pants, and said, “Ifyou tell anyone, I’ll kill you, and besides you’re not my real nieceanyway. Get up.” I couldn’t move. I couldn’t even raise my head. He pulled meup off the bed and noticed blood on the sheet. He quickly wrappedthe sheet up and placed it under his arm. My legs felt weak, but Ifound enough strength to stand. I looked down and noticed that myunderwear was torn and soaked in blood. I remember askingmyself why he did this to me. He strolled me down the hallwayinto the bathroom, ran some water in the bathtub, stripped me ofmy long pajama top and bloody underwear and placed me in the
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 33______________________________________________________tub. He found a plastic bag under the counter, took the sheet fromunder his arm along with my underwear and placed it in the bag.“Hurry and wash up and come into the kitchen when you’refinished,” he said. As soon as he exited the bathroom, I placed my hands on myjaw and slowly moved it up and down. The pain in my jaw hurt sobad I thought it was broken. I set in the cool water looking for myfriend God; I raised my head up toward the ceiling and asked,“Where are you? Can you see me?” I began to cry. I finished bathing myself and dried myself off; I was inexcruciating pain. With his words, “If you tell anyone, I’ll killyou,” in my mind, I remained silent and told no one. This remainedmy secret for years. I eased my way into the kitchen where he was standing over thestove making some tea. He turned toward me while pulling theoven’s door down and turned it on. He reached across the roomand pulled a chair close to the oven’s door. He said, “Here, sit inthis chair and have some tea, get nice and warm then you can go tobed.” He looked me over to see if he had done some damage. “Ah,you’ll be alright,” he stated as he turned toward the kitchen sink,got a cup and poured some tea into it and placed it in my hand. Isat there hating I was born, hating my life, and hating my birthmother. That night made me into an angry, bitter little girl. Every timemy uncle would become angry or have too much to drink, hewould take me into that room, turn up the volume on the televisionand do the same thing over again. I had become his rag doll to do
34 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________with me whatever he pleased. I began to wet the bed and wouldsuffer with constipation, and when my bowels did move, theywould move too fast to give me enough warning, soiling myunderwear. And this would always happen while at school. I wastoo embarrassed to tell anyone, but the stench would raise aquestion. I would ask to go to the bathroom and would throw myunderwear away. The other children in the classroom would pointtoward me and make fun of me. That’s when I began to lie, and sayit wasn’t me, and put the blame on someone else. And theirattention would quickly turn away from me toward the otherperson. That’s when I discovered the power in a lie. I became ahabitual liar. I lied when I became fearful, I lied about my birthmother, I lied about us living in a different place. If attention werecoming toward me in any way, I would make up a lie just to get theattention off me not caring who I hurt, even my brothers and sister. One day something happened and our uncle was asked not tobaby sit us again. “Thank you,” I said to my friend God. The dayhe left I made my friend God my best friend and would often talkto Him whenever I pleased. Occasionally someone would see metalking to my invisible friend and comment about it. I would justsmile and quiet myself and wink with one eye at my friend and goon about my business. I quickly discovered that people would notunderstand my relationship with my friend and decided to speak toHim when no one was around. And to this day I still speak to myfriend. This incident made me bitter but it also brought me closer toGod, and from then on when I got into trouble, speaking to Him
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 35______________________________________________________and Him answering my prayers made me into a believer. You toomay have experienced trauma in the early years of your life as Ihave. They were meant for you to get close with God and look tothe hills, from which comes your help. Yes, even at the age of five.The devil intended for me to be broken into pieces and thrownaway hoping I would be forgotten. But God has proved him to bewrong again. I am still here, writing books about my experiencesand spreading the gospel to all nations because my best friend isstill with me. You have the same privilege. If you’ve lived a hard,miserable life it is because the enemy knew that your life posed athreat to his kingdom. So he decided to stand next to your motherwhile giving birth, to snatch her seed. He puts snares and obstacles,rejections and pains in our way from the very beginning. Andguess what? He never quits; these struggles remain throughout ourentire lives. But God kept you alive in spite of your trials,obstacles, miseries and pains to show the enemy that you are morethan a conqueror. Through my horrible experience, my character was revealed. Iloved to believe in what I could not see. I didn’t know then, but Iknow now that is called faith. Because of my destiny, God wantedme to know from the beginning who He was so I would neverdoubt Him. And my faith had to be stretched to its limits becauseof the obstacles I must confront in order to be used for thekingdom of God. The Bible says, without faith it is impossible toplease God. No matter what happened to me, He was there.Maybe God knew that if I didn’t have such a difficult life, I wouldhave never turned toward Him the way I did and call Him my best
36 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________friend. Through many trials and tribulations, when I couldn’tdepend on my biological parents, I could depend on God. Even atthe age of five, He communicated with me in a way that only Icould understand, just to let me know that He was there. The Bible doesn’t reveal to us Jesus’ fifth birthday but the Bibledoes reveal to us His twelfth year, which we will discuss in thenext chapter. But you can rest assured that Joseph and Mary wentthrough extreme measures protecting Him. I believe Mary didn’tdepend on others to take care of her child. He was the Savior of theworld, a precious gift given to her by God Himself. She lovedHim, and she knew His purpose even before He was born. Godchooses certain parents for certain children to make up his perfectgift He wants to present to the world. If you are a parent, I urge you to love your gift from God.Protect and cherish it. Circumstances today don’t always allow usto be home with our children; we are forced to depend on others tohelp care for them. It is our duty to investigate those who arehelping with our children, including relatives. Remember that Godtrusts you to protect His gift. Ask plenty of questions, ask forreferences and have background checks done. Your child is tooprecious to be thrown into the hands of an abuser. If you too werea child who was a victim of abuse use your experience to warnothers. Pay attention to gestures and the ways that your child orsomeone else’s is being touched. God has given you discernmentin this area. You are able to detect an abuser, and when in doubtthe answer is always, no. If you have been abused, God needs youin His Kingdom to warn parents to help them protect their gift. In
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 37______________________________________________________today’s society the hustle and bustle of the world keeps us so busyuntil this area is often left with little concern. The enemy wantsyou so busy that you work harder in your jobs and busy routines,rather than what’s more important-your gift, your babies, yourcherished ones. God has entrusted you with their lives. What aresponsibility, but also what a joy. No one is perfect and we allmake mistakes, just do your best and ask God for help. It’s nevertoo late to keep trying over and over again. The powerful tool oflove will change any circumstance. Find your character in your circumstances, and rather thanbecome bitter you should become useful. Forgive all those whohurt you, and ask your friend God to deliver and save their souls.
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 39______________________________________________________ Truth Revealed Chapter Four Dreams Unthawed Later my father’s job moved us to Fort Worth, Texas into abeautiful home to call our own. At the age of nine, I finally askedmy friend God the question: “Friend, is God your name or do youhave another name?” Later my parents converted their faith to Jehovah Witnesses. Inthe beginning I was excited because I had asked God for His realname, and through their teachings I learned His name was Jehovah.He had a Son named Jesus whom they referred to as being justanother man. I would look at Jesus’ picture in a Jehovah’s WitnessParadise book nailed to a stake with blood running down His armsand wonder, why did this happen to Him? When I read the story itwould mention His birth, His mother and father Mary and Joseph,the three wise men, His twelve disciples, and Him as being a greatteacher. It even mentioned His death. But it never mentionedsalvation, or the real reason why He died. That’s when confusionabout our faith began to unsettle with my spirit. I raised a lot of
40 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________questions but no one could answer them, including my parents. Infact they taught us to never call on Jesus’ name. We were taught toonly use Jehovah’s name. “Why would God let this happen to Him? Was this all fornothing?” I would ask. So I decided to ask my best friend nownamed Jehovah, who was Jesus, and why did He die? My friendremained quiet on this subject until two years later. At the age of eleven, we went to my Grandmother’s house onone of our visits to Chicago. Like all of our other visits she wouldwait until my parents left and would put some oil on her hands,wipe it on our foreheads and begin to pray this long prayer. Butthis time was different: she kept saying Jesus’ name over and overagain. I said to myself, “Wow, she must know who He is, maybe Ican ask her.” “Grandmamma, can you tell me who Jesus is?” I asked. All of a sudden out of nowhere she began to jump up and downand started yelling, “Thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus.” I lookedat my brothers and sister and asked is she alright, but they seemedto be uninterested and went outside to play. She continued on with her jumping and yelling for whatappeared to be a very long time. Finally she calmed down and satin a chair, gasping for breaths of air. Come here she waved, let meshow you something. She opened up her Bible and turned to John1:1-3; 14 and it read, “In the beginning was the Word, and theWord was with God, and the Word was God. He was in thebeginning with God. All things were made through Him, andwithout Him nothing was made that was made. And the Word
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 41______________________________________________________became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, theglory of the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth.”She said, “Now listen to me very closely. God is the Word, and theWord was with God since the beginning when God made theheavens and the earth and all creation through His Word. Hewrapped His word up in flesh, which is His body born to a womannamed Mary and named Himself Jesus. This was the only way hecould live with His people so they could see His glory throughmiracles, signs and wonders He performed without them becomingafraid, and He taught them how to love one another.” As she was explaining this to me my heart began to pitter-patterand a warm feeling came over me. Tears began to fall from myeyes. She looked at me first with concern but then she smiled andsaid, “I know honey, the same thing happened to me.” “Grandmamma, if the Word is God and the Word is Jesus thenthat makes Him God.” “Yes it does honey,” she said. “Oh no!” I said, and began cryingeven harder. “We believe in something that’s not true. We believeJesus is dead and he is not God. We can’t even say His name.What am I going to do? I have to warn my parents.” I began to cryuncontrollably: she handed me some tissues, I wiped my face andlooked at her. She went on to say, “That’s not all. Jesus allowed people totreat Him cruel and mean: he even let them kill Him in order tosave our lives.” “I don’t understand, how can somebody who isdead save someone who is alive?” I asked. She went on to say,“That’s it honey, He is not dead, he’s alive.”
42 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________ She knew how much I loved the Bible, and how much I lovedto talk to my invisible friend. Although she never expressed it, Ibelieve she knew that God was going to use me to work in HisKingdom. Her long wrinkled slender fingers turned the pages ofher Bible to John 20:11-18 and it read, “But Mary stood outside bythe tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and lookedinto the tomb. And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at thehead and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She saidto them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do notknow where they have laid Him.” Now when she had said this, sheturned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know thatit was Jesus.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be a gardener,said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me whereYou have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said to her,“Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say,teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yetascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, Iam ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God andyour God.” Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that shehad seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her.” After reading this I was in total shock. I sat back in my chairstunned and said, “Grandmamma, Jesus is alive and He lives inheaven with His Father. Is He still alive today?” “Yes, He is, and He also lives in you.”
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 43______________________________________________________ “Grandmamma, if Jesus is God then who is His Father? Is HisFather also God? Do we have two God’s?” I asked. “No, honey, there is just one God: you see, God can beeverywhere at once. While he was busy working in heaven, at thesame time He was busy being God on earth as Jesus just to save us.That’s just how much He loves us.” She explained that Hismajesty, His power and what He is capable of doing cannot becompared to human living. Everything began to make sense to me. I asked, “Grandmamma,what does it mean to be saved?” She explained, “After Adam andEve sinned in the Garden things became very bad for us, manbegan to sin and do wicked things in the eyes of God. Our sinscaused us to be separated from God. Because of God’s holiness,the only thing that could bring us back to Him was a bloodsacrifice, which meant something had to die. When Jesus died onthe cross, His death represented a spotless lamb offered up to theLord as a sacrificial offering. And by His stripes we are healed,and by His sacrifice we are saved into the kingdom of God. Oneday we will live with Him in heaven and see Him for ourselves.He committed no sins, and did no wrong. His main purpose forcoming to earth was to bring us back to God and save us from thismean, hateful world.” She went on to say, “But for now, you areable to speak to Him anytime you please, kind of like yourinvisible friend,” she smiled. With excitement I said, “But Grandmamma my friend is real.He speaks to me in different ways and He answers my prayers.”
44 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________Then all of a sudden it dawned on me, everything she had told mewas true. He is alive and He lives in me. I said, “No one will ever believe me, how do I explain this tothem.” She rubbed her hand across my hair and smiled and said, “Mychild all you have to do is introduce Him to them and Jesus will dothe rest. Kind of like what I have done for you today.” Now repeatafter me, and together we said, “Lord Jesus, please come into myheart, and forgive me for my sins, I believe that You died for me,and rose again with all power in Your hands. Amen.” “There, you are now saved into the royal Kingdom of the Lord,and shall meet Him face to face,” she said. About one month later my grandmother died. Oh, how I missedher, especially now when I had so many new questions to ask.Something inside me began to melt. What was once cold as ice andhard as a rock was turning soft and warm. The Lord had taken mystony heart and turned it into flesh. I became compassionate andwanted to please God like never before. I had learned the truth andcouldn’t wait to tell the world. I thought things would get betterwith this good news I had to share but instead they grew worse.Every time I tried to tell someone this good news, they would askme to be quiet, or say, “don’t let your parents hear you talk likethat.” So I would go to my friend, now in His new name. To meHis first name was Jehovah and last name was Jesus. I would say,“Jehovah Jesus, Why doesn’t anyone want to hear about you? AndI hate having to be quiet, and I hate standing on the corner everySaturday with these magazines: they don’t tell the truth about
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 45______________________________________________________you.” But when I would ask these questions my friend wouldremain quiet. Then I remember asking Him if He was sad aboutthis. And for the first time I heard Him weep. And tears began toroll down my face. For some reason our parents love for us was beginning to feeldifferent. Being the oldest I was often left in charge of my brothersand sister when our parents weren’t home. We would do thenormal kids stuff and play with our toys or go outside to ride ourbikes. Until one day my parents came down hard on us with strictrules: we weren’t allowed to play outside the yard anymore norride our bikes off the block. We were never allowed phone calls,but at least we could go next door to play with the neighbor’schildren. Now that was forbidden. What had we done? School became our only outlet. We became the smartestchildren in the school district. My brother Harold, Jr. and I wouldmake straight A’s and would rush home with excitement about ourreport cards. I remember us going into the principal’s office to betested and because of our high I Q scores we were advanced to thenext grade. My parent’s were praised on our efforts and were oftenasked how they got us to be so interested in school. Reading bookswas one of my favorite hobbies. I would find a quiet space andread as often as I could. The Jehovah’s Witnesses were talking ofthe world ending soon and we were taught not to invest in theworld or save money for the future, but instead to live each day asif it were our last. My parents took that literally and did just as theelders commanded. Not investing in the world to them meant onlybuying necessities; name brand clothes were out of the question.
46 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________Popular items were looked at as being worldly and materialisticand not spiritual. We would go to school and see children step outof their parent’s luxury cars dressed in name brand clothing andwish we were them. I thought to myself, “Why change the rulesnow?” Our home was beautiful, and we lived in a niceneighborhood. Were those things now considered sins? Will wehave to move? The more involved my parents were in the Jehovah’s Witnessesfaith the more strict they became. My father was determined toprotect us from the world and he took this assignment to theextreme. There were no balance, it was strictly Jehovah,Watchtowers and Awake magazines and field service. Televisionwas not allowed. We were forced to live this make believe perfectlife we could not live up to. Things I used to get praised forbecame useless. My parent’s expectations were too high for me toreach, and now I could never please them. I stayed in trouble andwould always be on punishment. I was labeled as being a habitualliar and people were told not to trust me. My life was beginning tofall apart. I began to think of ways to kill myself. On the way toschool while sitting in the back seat of the car I would attempt toopen the car door while on the highway so I could jump out hopinga car would run me over, but the safety locks were always on. Ibecame withdrawn and isolated myself. The only friend I had wasGod, and He is the only reason I survived. Surviving through your trials and tribulations is not for yourown pleasure but for the pleasure and Glory of God. If you’vefound yourself in these similar situations or have felt like I once
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 47______________________________________________________did, then this scripture applies to you. Romans 8:37-39 says, “Yetin all these things we are more than conquerors through Him wholoved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angelsnor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things tocome, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall beable to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesusour Lord.” You are more than a conqueror, and cannot beseparated from the love of God. As it was for me the same appliesfor you. The safety lock that was on to protect you from hurt, harmand danger is called God’s grace. The greater your obstacle, the greater your blessing. To helpyou discover your character answer the following questions.Where do you currently work?______________________________________________________What is your job description?________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Can you see this job as your career?Yes_______ No _______Do you believe that God has called you to this job?Yes _______ No _______
48 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________If you answered No to the last two questions then why are youworking at that job or in that field?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Do you like your current job? If yes, why?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________What are your hobbies?________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________What things do you like to do in your spare time?________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Do you like to read? If yes what types of books?________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Who is your favorite author?______________________________________________________
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 49______________________________________________________Make a list of everything that comes to you naturally that does notrequire a lot of work.________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Have you ever been convicted of a crime or done something youknow should have gotten you convicted but somehow you escapedpunishment? Please explain in detail.________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Is your character like your father or your mother?_____________________________________Which parent are you close to?_____________________________________Are you a daydreamer? Yes _______ No _______Are you a procrastinator? Yes _____ No _______Do you get things done quickly? Yes _______ No _______Are you a leader or a follower? ____________________________
50 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________ Now look through your answers and pick out every gift orhobby and all things that come to you naturally and ask God toanoint those gifts and talents. The questions you have just answered apply to your character.Who you are and what has been passed down to you through yourbloodline or generational curses. If the questions you have justanswered are not appealing to you, or you detect generationalcurses that may have attached themselves to you, pray this prayerwith me: “Father in the name of Jesus I come up against everygenerational curse, I bind the enemy right now in the name ofJesus and command him to flee and never return. Lord I stand onYour word: everything that the enemy means for bad I ask that youwould turn it around for my good. Show me through your wordhow to break free from the claws of the enemy and press towardmy destiny. Lead and guide me that I may know that it is yourhand protecting me from all hurts, harm and danger. In Jesus’name I pray. Amen.” You have the power to change your life and turn it around sothat you may become prosperous and live life abundantly. Yourcharacter and your nature come from God. You cannot change that,but work them for your good. Use your character to the best ofyour advantage. If you are an outgoing and courageous person, youhave the ability to conquer and triumph, therefore you are a leaderand can lead leaders. Use your courageous personality to possess,dominate and claim territory, and don’t be afraid to take chances.Faith and trust play an important part in this person’s life.
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 51______________________________________________________ The danger in having this type of character is obtaining toomuch at one time. Without wisdom and knowledge from God, thistype of person can have tremendous downfalls that can keep themfrom recovering. It is vital to your future that you read your Worddaily, and remain faithful and pray daily for wisdom. God honorsfaithfulness. If you are one whose life is headed for doom and destruction,you have the power to change it right now in the name of Jesus.The devil is a liar; your trials and tribulations are designed tostrengthen you and equip you for what’s to come. That sametenacious, bold and daring spirit that caused you to get into troublecan be used for your advantage. Put it in the spirit, and use it forthe kingdom of God. God is looking for people who are not afraidto fight. The Bible says the people of violence ought to take it byforce. You can forcefully snatch back from the enemy all that wasstolen by never giving up and demanding your goods. A people ofviolence in the spirit means prayer warriors, those who are notafraid to stand on the front lines of the battlefield and help fight forthose who are wounded. In the army of the Lord, there arepositions and levels we must obtain in order to reach our goals andour destiny. If you are chosen to be a squad leader (a person whoranks or rules over a small group of people in his/her section) thenbe the best leader you know how to be to your squad, and don’t tryand lead someone else’s. When at war, know when to call for acease-fire and know when to fight. I would choose a tenacious andbold person to become a member of my team before one who’s
52 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________fearful or too sweet. When your life is in danger or in jeopardy,you need a fighter. Don’t be afraid to be yourself, your personality and yourcharacter came from God. God accepts you just the way you are.Have no fear, He will shape and mold you for His kingdom. To all those who have lived dangerous and hard lives, thekingdom of God needs you. Don’t be afraid or ashamed of yourpast, instead stand and let the enemy know that you are now on theLord’s side. Pray this prayer with me: “Lord, please forgive me ofmy sins, and come into my heart. I believe that you died for mysins and rose again on the third day that I might live. Save meJesus and guide every day of my life. Use me for your kingdom, inJesus’ name I pray. Amen.” You have just accepted Jesus into your heart and are saved.From this day forward your life has changed, and God has thrownyour past sins into the sea of forgetfulness. You have been given asecond chance, and have been given the right to inherit thekingdom of God. Beware, the devil is angry-he is going to put up a fight andcome up against you. But know this, you are not in this fight alone.When you accepted Jesus into your heart, God released angelsfrom His heavenly kingdom to stand and fight with you. There is acloud of witnesses in heaven cheering you on, and coaching you.They have one goal in mind and that’s to see that you make it tothe finish line. To better understand your salvation here are the key terms ofyour salvation.
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 53______________________________________________________ The Key Terms of Salvation(NKJV Romans reference guide)Faith (Romans 1:17;4:9;12:6) “Belief trust:” faith is the means bywhich sinful people can experience and enjoy all the blessings ofsalvation. It is a complete trust in Jesus for salvation from sin andthe coming judgment.Gospel (Romans 1:16;11:28) “Good News:” Paul uses this wordto refer to the wonderful message of forgiveness and eternal life inChrist.Grace (Romans 1:5;5:2;12:3) “The unmerited favor of God:”this term refers to God’s inexplicable giving of good things(especially salvation) to undeserving people who could never earnit. Salvation is a free gift made possible by Christ’s death on ourbehalf.Justification (Romans 4:25;5:18) “The act of being declaredrighteous:” a legal term used by Paul to describe the spiritualtransaction whereby God (the judge) declares those who trust inChrist and what He has done for them on the Cross, to beacceptable before Him. Such a verdict is possible only becauseChrist has settled all the claims of the Law against sinners.Law (Romans 2:12;4:13;7:12;10:4;13:8) “The commandmentsgiven by God:” Paul emphasizes both the holy character of theLaw and the inability of sinful people to live according to it. TheLaw becomes a burden and a curse until we allow it to point us toChrist, who perfectly fulfills all its requirements.
54 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________Propitiation (Romans 3:25) “The satisfaction of God’s holywrath against sin:” rebellion against God results in the wrath ofGod and must be met with judgment. By dying in our place andtaking our sins upon Himself, Jesus satisfies God’s righteous angeragainst all who believe.Redemption (Romans 3:24;8:23) “The act of freeing someone bypaying a purchase price:” this economic term is used by Paul in atheological sense to describe how Christ paid the penalty requiredby God for our sins (that is, death) by giving His own life on theCross. When we believe, Jesus frees us from sin.Righteousness (Romans 3:5;5:17;9:30) “God’s standard ofpurity” or “God’s own truthfulness and faithfulness:” God isholy, therefore, He cannot tolerate sin. It is through Jesus Christthat we can find righteousness that is acceptable to God. Christ notonly takes away our sin, but He grants us His perfect purity.Salvation (Romans 1:16;10:10) “Deliverance:” this word is oftenused in the Bible to describe someone being rescued from physicalharm. The word is used by Paul chiefly to denote deliverance fromsin and its deadly consequences.Sin (Romans 3:9;5:12;7:11;8:2;14:23) “Missing the mark” or“disobedience to God’s law:” several different Greek words areused by Paul to describe the tendency of humans to rebel againstGod. Sin can be broadly defined as any attitude or action thatopposes the character and will of God. Sin is what brings death-that is, separation from God. That my friends, sums up your Salvation. How priceless it is.You should value your salvation with your life and stake your life
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 55______________________________________________________on it. No one person or thing can undo what God has done.Hallelujah! Now that you have accepted Christ into your life or rededicatedyour life back to Christ, it’s time to establish your purpose.Because once you discover Christ He has a plan and a purpose inmind for you. The only way to find out why you were created andwhy you are here is to know Christ. Without Him it is impossibleto live out your destiny. Look through your first set of questions in this chapter and pickout the answers to the questions that came to you the easiest.These answers should have been some of your natural talents.Now ask God to anoint these talents. This is the first step towalking into your calling, your purpose and your season. Beware of strange people who try to attach themselves to you.The enemy recognizes that you are ready to fulfill your dreams andpurpose, so he will try and attach ungodly soul ties to you to causeyou to delay your pursuit. Ungodly soul ties enter into your seasonwith one purpose in mind, and that’s to rob you of your valuablesand replace them with junk. In other words they will come onboard pretending to have answers to unsolved problems, when inreality they are relying on you and others to bring them success. Maintaining your season requires strength and endurance,strength to fight against the enemy and endurance to overcome.These next sets of questions will show you your weaknesses andyour strengths. But before answering these questions, pray this prayer with me.“Father in the name of Jesus I pray for strength and endurance.
56 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________Lord I ask that you will guide me through my season. It is myheart’s desire to please you in all of my endeavors. Let your wordbe my protector and attack unseen dangers. At this level God Itrust and depend on you for all of my help. I pray that you wouldgrant me favor and a peace that surpasses all understanding. InJesus’ name I pray. Amen.” Watch in anticipation and see how your season will begin tounfold before your eyes.Where do you live?______________________________________________________Is it suburban or city?______________________________________________________Are you acquainted with your neighbors? If no, explain.________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Are you currently on any church committees? If yes, pleaseexplain.__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Who is your mentor?______________________________________________________
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 57______________________________________________________Why is this person your mentor?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Are you an only child? Yes _______ No _______Are you the oldest? Yes _______ No _______Are you the youngest? Yes _______ No _______Are you a middle child? Yes _______ No _______What is your favorite animal?______________________________________________________Why is this your favorite animal?____________________________________________________________________________________________________________Are you trustworthy? Yes _______ No _______ Can you feel the ice melting? Is your dream finally becoming areality? As the ice breaks, open up your heart and let your dreamsunfold.
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 59______________________________________________________ It’s Your Turn Chapter Five Unfolding Season Let’s define season. According to the Merriam WebsterDictionary, season means one of the divisions of the year (as inspring or summer), a special period. Your season is a specialperiod which God divided from the other times in your life. Myfriend you are reading this book because this is your season. Thisis your special period. Your spring has come. It’s time to blossomand move forward. It’s now time for you to apply everythingyou’ve learned to your advantage. People, places and things willbegin to come to your memory to help you through the process.Your season is designed for your success; increased favor will bebestowed onto you. This is the time to beware of new attachments or ungodly soulties. People want to be involved with people who are going places,there is nothing wrong with that. But there is something wrongwith those who come to drain you and take from you. If they can’tadd to your success or help push you forward, then they are not
60 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________allowed to be a part of your season. They are simply poisonousweeds looking to smother and devour the roses. It has nothing todo with you, but it has everything to do with your season. Believe it or not your success can start as early as age twelve.As you have read, around the time of my twelfth year, truth wasbeing revealed to me and I was able to discern right from wrong.Unknowingly my season had just begun. Let’s discover the twelfthyear of Jesus’ birth. Luke 2:41-52 NKJV says, “His parents went to Jerusalem everyyear at Feast of the Passover. And when He was twelve years old,they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast.When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesuslingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did notknow it; but supposing Him to have been in their company, theywent a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives andacquaintances. So when they did not find Him, they returned toJerusalem, seeking Him. Now so it was after three days they foundHim in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, bothlistening to them and asking them questions. And all who heardHim were astonished at His understanding and answers. So whenthey saw Him, they were amazed: and His mother said to Him,“Son, why have you done this to us? Look, Your father and I havesought you anxiously.” And He said to them, “Why did you seekMe? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’sbusiness?” But they did not understand the statement, which Hespoke to them. Then He went down with them and came toNazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 61______________________________________________________things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, andin favor with God and men.” Can you imagine the fear that gripped the hearts of Jesus’parents? Where was their precious gift? They must have felt likeHe was out of their safety, out of their reach. Jesus was missing forthree days. Mary must have been pacing the floors up all nightwondering where He might have been. We must understand theiractions. Any mother or father would have been worried. Afterthree long days, Jesus was found at the temple in His Father’shouse sitting among teachers. The teachers were Jewish rabbis.Jesus was not lecturing, but engaging the rabbis in theologicaldiscussion. Even at the age of twelve, Jesus knew that God hadcommissioned Him to accomplish certain tasks on this earth. Hisstatement, “about My Father’s business” was evidence that Heknew He had a unique mission and a unique relationship to theFather. His questions to His mother were not disrespect, but weretruth revealed. He was letting her know He knew His purpose. Hethen subjected Himself to her authority until it was time to carryout His mission. As He subjected Himself He grew in wisdom andknowledge and found favor with God and men. At the age of twelve you are capable of knowing right fromwrong. You are able to distinguish between a lie and truth. At thisage you are held responsible for your actions. Even Jesus was heldresponsible. His mother asked Him questions for an explanation.Your twelfth year of your life is a new season of new revelations.To help you break the ice and completely unthaw your dreams,answer the next set of questions and pray this prayer with me.
62 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________ “Father in the name of Jesus I ask that you would reveal to methe things learned and the things applied to me during this stage ofmy life to better equip me for the work of Your Kingdom. Father Ipray for wisdom and knowledge and increase in favor andunderstanding. I thank you for allowing me to experience what Ihave, and I thank you for bringing me through the fire; yourprotective hands lifted me above my storms. In Jesus’ name I pray.Amen.”What were your talents at the age of twelve?____________________________________________________________________________________________________________What were your favorite subjects in school?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Were you always into trouble? Yes _______ No _______What were your dislikes?____________________________________________________________________________________________________________Who encouraged you?______________________________________________________Who was your favorite teacher?________________________________Were you ever in the principal’s office? Yes ______ No ______
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 63______________________________________________________If yes, please explain.__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________What were some of your struggles?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Do you still struggle with these same issues today?Yes _____ No _____What sports did or do you play?____________________________________________________________________________________________________________Did you have many friends? Yes _____ No _______At the age of twelve who was your best friend? _______________Why?____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ If you have answered all of the questions asked to this point,then you are halfway through your biography. Have you everwanted to write a book on your life and didn’t know how to getstarted? Or are you a procrastinator? Now you have a head start.Surf through your answers and write the first few chapters of yourbook. Are you ready for the second half? Let’s discover the power in submission.
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 65______________________________________________________ Answer the Call Chapter Six Submissive Season As we have previously read, Jesus was submissive to Hisparents. After he submitted to them, He grew in wisdom andstature. He also received favor from God and men. Submission willgain you access to the Father, it will also gain you unmerited,uncommon favor. A person who submits to authority is a humbledperson. Submission allows you to glean from kings and queens. Italso allows you to gain wisdom and knowledge. It’s hard to teach aperson something when they already know everything. Have youever known a person who had a story to tell about every topic orclaims to be involved in everything under the sun, or they knowsomeone who has? This type of person has wisdom but has notapplied that wisdom to their life. Unapplied wisdom does no oneany good. It’s better not to do something because you did not havethe wisdom or knowledge to get it done rather than have wisdomand knowledge and not apply it. Only a humble, submitted personcan apply wisdom and knowledge to their life. 1 Peter 5:5 says,
66 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________“Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders.Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed withhumility, for God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”Humble yourselves, show humility and serve your elders. Godespecially honors servants; their servant lifestyle pleases Him. Itshows Him their heart. A servant’s heart does the work of theministry joyfully, not merely as a duty. Not for dishonest gain.Christian leaders need to make sure that their work is notmotivated by money, but by a passion for the good of thosebelievers put in their charge. If you are going to be a leader youmust first be a submitted, humble servant. Matthew 20:25-28, “But Jesus called them to Himself and said,“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, andthose who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall notbe so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you,let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first amongyou, let him be your slave just as the Son of man did not come tobe served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” God called His Son to die in order to gain an eternal positionwith Him in Heaven. He died to gain. He told His disciples, “I goto prepare a place for you in my Fathers’ house where there aremany mansions.” Jesus is on an assignment right now for you andI. He is interceding our case before the Lord. You were called toserve Christ. He does not require that we return His favor. Yet youshould at least show Him that you are grateful for how He hasserved you and you should serve Him. How can you serve the
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 67______________________________________________________Lord? You can serve Him by following His commandments, andby studying His teachings and following Him. In this next phase I will explain to you in detail my calling. Asyou read mine, I pray you will find yours. The Call As my life progressed with pain and tribulations, I rememberasking God, “Why me?” I began to ask Him questions. If He wasmy friend then why did I have to suffer so much rejection? Whydid He take my grandmother? Why did my birth mother walk outon us? Why do I have to believe in the Jehovah Witness faith?And why did He allow me to know the truth and not be able toshare it with others? My mind was full of confusions; I had no oneto turn to. God would always answer, “It’s all for a purpose my child, youwill understand more later.” I wanted to understand now; I didn’twant to wait until later. But God would say, “Be patient, goodthings come to those who wait.” I felt like I didn’t have a way out. I felt as if I couldn’t turn tothe left or right. No one understood me. I buried my head in mybooks and became a straight “A” student. One day when I receivedmy report card I ran all the way home and rushed through thedoors to show off my success; instead I got disappointed. My parents said, “Neicy, don’t get caught up in worldlypossessions, only the kingdom of God will last.” Although theirstatement was true, I felt like my achievements weren’t
68 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________appreciated. To me this was not the time for religious paranoia.All I wanted my parents to say was, “Well done.” Instead I tookmy grades and placed them back in my pocket and went in mybedroom and cried all evening. In the eighth grade and excited about graduation, I couldn’t waitfor my turn to walk across the stage. We practiced our graduationceremony for weeks. Everyone was discussing their plans for highschool. Girls were talking about dating and wearing makeup. Onthe other hand, I would always talk about schoolwork or what newclasses I wanted to attend. Yes, my friends, as much as I hate toadmit it, I was a nerd, a bookworm, as this was my only outlet orcontact with the “real world.” Graduation day came and went. Thesummer had passed, it was now time for me to enter into thisunknown world called high school. But just as I was gettingenrolled into this new high school atmosphere, my dad rushed intothe office. “I’m sorry sir, but she won’t be attending this school,you’ll have to un-enroll her.” “Why dad?” I shouted. “What’s going on? I want to go here,please daddy let me stay.” “I’m sorry honey, but we’re moving back to Chicago,” heanswered. “What? But dad, I’ve worked so hard to attend this school.” “Iknow honey, but things took a turn for the worse. I lost my job, wehave no other choice.” It felt as if a thousand bricks fell on me atonce. I hung my head down and walked out of the school with mydad. What’s the point of trying to get somewhere only to getdisappointed again? From that day forward I hated my life. At the
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 69______________________________________________________age of 13 I felt like failure was a way of life. My theory was: Whytry if it’s not going to work? Therefore, my efforts to succeedbecame less and less. To my surprise, once we got to the car my mom, brothers andsister were already packed and ready for the road. I didn’t even geta chance to go back to the house. “Dad, are my things alreadypacked?” I asked. “Yes honey, everything is taken care of.” “What’s wrong andwhat’s the rush?” I yelled. He only gave me a blank look. I satback quietly in the back seat and wished this nightmare would end.The ride was long and boring; I couldn’t wait for it to end. When we got to Chicago, we drove in front of this worn downgray and white two-story building. I felt a sick feeling in mystomach. The look of the building confirmed my dad’s statementsbefore leaving Texas. I was enrolled in Corliss High School. High school was horriblefor me. Girls would make fun of my “no name” clothes and makerude comments on my “no name” shoes. They were stuck up andhad their choice about whom they wanted to associate with. Iwasn’t one of them. At lunchtime I would sit alone eating mygovernment bought lunch and would pretend like everything wasokay. I isolated myself and became very distant, even at home. Noone understood me; no one seemed to care about what I was goingthrough. On different occasions those feelings about ending my lifewould return, but there was always an invisible force around me
70 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________protecting me from harm. My emotions ran wild and soon mystraight A’s began to fall to B’s and C’s and occasionally even D’s. One time I was made fun of so much that I ran into the girlslocker room and cried until my eyes became swollen. I peepedthrough my tears and looked into my gym locker staring at mygym shorts, shoes, and t-shirt. We could not afford to buy theschools t-shirt or logo shorts. Instead I wore a gold t-shirt andblack shorts. Material things were not an issue for me. I askedmyself what the big deal was. So it was not the school’s t-shirt orlogo, it still served the same purpose. That day I decided for thefirst time not to let them bother me and decided to move forward.Although the laughter and crude remarks continued, I would blockthem out of my mind. I became determined to be me. Popularitynever interested me. In a class of 400 I couldn’t care less if peopleknew who I was. As far as I was concerned 400 was considered toosmall a number to try and gain attention and popularity. Popularityto me was to be nationally known instead of locally known and Ibegan to look for ways to succeed and beat the odds. The ninth grade is where I discovered my God given talents. Ienrolled in a sewing class and taught myself how to make my ownpatterns. After four advanced sewing classes, by my sophomoreyear I was making my own stylish clothing. I was asked by juniorand senior girls if I could make their prom dresses. This shy andtimid nerd became the “fashion designer” of Corliss High School.Any time I needed money I would make an outfit for someone tocover the cost of my schoolbooks and fees.
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 71______________________________________________________ My father discovered my gift and decided to enroll me intoJones Commercial High School (business school for juniors andseniors). My father would often say, “If you’re going to have yourown business, you must have business sense to advance yourbusiness.” Jones Commercial is where I learned how to type, file,database, and develop contact lists. I learned downtown Chicagolike the back of my hand. For the first time in a long time I beganto feel good about myself; I felt like a human being and wanted toexperience more. Here is a great time to discover that you want more for yourself.Please take a moment to discover ways you can fund your talentsand gifts. Start with the most achievable talent or gift and choosethe one that fits you best.What gift are you trying to fund?______________________________________________________Are you making a career out of this talent or gift?Yes _____ No ______If yes, whom would you choose to be on your team? Please list atleast five people.______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Who do you know who has the same talent or gift?____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
72 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________Please list supplies needed for your talent or gift? Be specific________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________What is your short-term goal to purchase these items?____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Please note: It is very beneficial to ask for donations, e.g. officesupplies, computers, desks, chairs, etc.Here is a sample letter to help you get startedDear Manager,Please accept this letter as a request for donated office suppliesneeded to help us complete our mission. Ourministry’s/organization’s mission is ____________________.Our vision is ____________________. It would be greatlyappreciated if your company would help us meet our goals bysupplying us with some of the enclosed listed items. Yourgenerosity is greatly appreciated.
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 73______________________________________________________For more information about our ministry/organization, pleasecontact me at 555-555-5555, and/or log onto our website:www.dsenter.org.Thank you,John DoeManagerEnclosure Items Needed 1. Office desk 2. Office chairs 3. 4 (3) land phones 4. Office supplies, e.g., paper, pens, paper clips 5. 2006 Office XP computer software 6. 2006 Publisher computer software 7. Computer 8. 6800 series HP printer 9. 6800 series HP color and black ink 10. Business cards 11. Card stock paper
74 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________ In your list of things needed, please be specific and don’t beafraid to ask for what you need. This is the same list I submittedthroughout the community when developing my ministry andreceived all I asked for and more. Keep your letter simple and tothe point and explain your mission and vision statement. God willdo the rest. Be prepared to fill out an itemized invoice of thingsgiven with the calculated value for tax purposes. Don’t be afraid of a slow start. I heard someone say, “Slow issteady, but fast is fragile.” From experience, I must say thisstatement is true. Before you take drastic measures, make sure youhave your mentor help guide you through the process. If possible,work closely with them and volunteer your services. Hands ontraining can be one of the most effective ways to learn a field. To help you in your new workspace, I have prepared for you alist of Work-World Codes from the Word In Life Study Bible.Paul’s letters have much to say to believers as we live out our faithin the work world. As he does in Colossians 3:22-4:1, Paul usuallyspeaks to both leaders and workers about the tough character andchoices required to honor Christ in a difficult workplaceenvironment. For example:
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 75______________________________________________________ Work-World CodesGuidelines for Guidelines for Workers and Those underManagers and Others Authorityin AuthorityFinance Tasks • Workers • Don’t try to get out of your current deserve situation too quickly (1 Cor. 7:17- payment for 24). their work (1 • View stress and trouble in Cor. 9:7-14). perspective (2 Cor. 4:7-18). • You are accountable for fair employee compensation (Col. 4:1)Work Relationships Supervisors • Value people • Develop a respect for authority highly (Gal. (Rom. 13:1-8). 5:14-15; Eph. • Do your work wholeheartedly and 4:31-32). respectfully (Eph. 6:5-8; 1 Thess. • Treat and 5:12-15). motivate • Give your employers obedient, hard employees work (Col. 3:22-25; 1 Thess. 4:11- with respect 12). rather than • Honor bosses, whether they are threats (Eph. believers or not (1 Tim. 6:1-2). 6:5-9). • Have a reasonable view of yourself (Rom. 12:3).Communication Coworkers • Accusations • Develop a reasonable self-estimate must be (Rom. 12:3). verified (Matt. • Acknowledge differences and accept 18:15-35; 2 the contributions of others (1 Cor. Cor. 13:1; 1 12:1-8). Tim. 5:19).
76 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________ • Communication • Help others, but do your job. should always be gracious and truthful (Col. 4:6).Responsibility (Gal. 6:1-5). • Fulfill your • Learn to speak appropriately and commitments sensitively (Col. 4:6). (Rom. 13:6-8). • Understand others and treat them • Remember respectfully (1 Tim. 5:1-3). your • Develop a reputation for good accountability relationships (Titus 3:1-2). (1 Cor. 3:9-15). ____________________________________ • Care for the Responsibility poor and the • Give your whole self to God (Rom. weak (Rom. 12:1). 12:13; Gal. • Develop the art of discernment in 2:10). order to live responsibly (Eph. 5:15- • Learn how to 18). handle times of • Do your work as if you are working bounty and for God (1 Cor.l 3:13; Col. 3:17). leanness (Phil. • Don’t let your responsibilities weigh 4:12). you down with worry (Phil. 4:6). • Remember, • Take responsibility for yourself (1 God’s Son gets Thess. 4:11-12 2 Thess. 3:8-9). the ultimate • Develop a godly “workstyle” (Titus credit (Col. 2:9-10). 1:17-18). • Develop a friendly attitude. • Be sure to care for your own family (1 Tim. 5:8). • Discern needs and meet them (Titus 3:14).Management Finances • View time not • Live frugally and do not steal- only in terms of including shoplifting (Eph. 4:28). time • Care for your family (1 Tim. 5:8). management,
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 77______________________________________________________ but also in light • Don’t be quick to judge your of the long- employer, rather, try to put yourself term in their shoes. implications of • Don’t cut down or disrespect your your decisions employer to other co-workers. (2 Cor. 4:16- • Don’t complain about your job or 18; 2 Pet. 3:8- discuss issues that should be between 13). you and your employer to other co- • Help each workers. employee • Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. discern the best thing to do (1 Thess. 5:14- 15). • Be willing to change your opinions (2 Cor. 5:16-17; Philem. 10-14). Post this biblical list of Work-World Codes on your desk andkeep God before you in your every day tasks.
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 79______________________________________________________ Write the Vision Chapter Seven Walk Into your Season The Word in the Life Study Bible speaks of Spirituality ofevery day work. It poses the question: Is it possible to hold a“secular” job and still “seek those things which are above” ratherthan “things on the earth”? Or would it be better to quit one’s joband go into the ministry? The issue here is spirituality which is the capacity to know,experience and respond to God. How is it possible to bringspirituality into “secular” work? Consider: If Christ is Lord over all of life, then He must be Lord overwork, too. Colossians 3 does not distinguish between the sacredand the secular, but between the life that Christ offers (the “thingsabove”) and its alternative-spiritual death apart from Him (the“things on the earth”). This is clear from the preceding context(Colossians 2:20) and the rest of chapter 3: “earthly” things includefornication, uncleanness, passion, etc. (vv. 12-15). Spirituality hasto do with conduct and character, not just vocation.
80 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________ It also has to do with the lordship of Christ. Christ is Lord overall of creation (Colossians 1:15-18). Therefore, He is Lord overwork. Whatever we do for work, we should do it “in the name ofthe Lord Jesus.” That is, with a concern for His approval and in amanner that honors Him. In fact, Paul specifically addresses twocategories of workers-slaves and masters, in this manner. The Spirit empowers us to live and work with Christ-likeness.Spirituality has to do with character and conduct, regardless ofwhere we work. Christ gives the Holy Spirit to help us live in away that pleases Him. That has enormous implications for how wedo our jobs, our “work style.” Furthermore, Scripture calls us “temples” of the Holy Spirit (1Cor. 6:19). An intriguing image: In Exodus 31 and 35, the spiritenabled Hebrew workers to use their skills in stonecutting,carpentry, lapidary arts, and other crafts to construct a beautiful,functional house of worship. In an even greater way, we can expectthe Spirit to enable us to use our God-given skills and abilities tobring glory to God. God values our work even when the product has no eternalvalue. A common measure of the significance of a job is itsperceived value from the eternal perspective. Will the work “last?”Will it “really count” for eternity? The assumption is that Godvalues work for eternity, but not work for the here and now. By this measure, the work of ministers and missionaries haseternal value because it deals with the spiritual, eternal needs ofpeople. By contrast, the work of the shoe salesman, bank teller, ortypist has only limited value, because it meets only earthly needs.
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 81______________________________________________________Implication: that kind of work doesn’t really “count” to God. Butthis way of thinking overlooks several important truths: (1) GodHimself has created a world which is time-bound and temporary (2Peter 3:10-11). Yet He values His work, declaring it to be “verygood,” by its very nature. (2) God promises rewards to people inevery day jobs, based on their attitude and conduct (Eph. 6:7-9;Col. 3:23-4:1). (3) God cares about the every day needs of peopleas well as their spiritual needs. He cares whether people have food,clothing, shelter, and so forth. (4) God cares about people, whowill enter eternity. To the extent that a job serves the needs ofpeople, He values it because He values people. Workers for the Kingdom In the book of Colossians, Paul urges us to focus on the “thingsabove” rather than the “things on the earth.” The distinctionbetween these two spheres has caused no end of misunderstanding.It has been said that heavenly things matter and earthly thingsdon’t. But that’s not what Paul says. When he tells us to “set yourmind on the things above,” he’s challenging us to make Christ thecenter of our lives, because Christ is what matters, certainly morethan anything this world has to offer. And yet it is precisely because heavenly things matter thatearthly things also matter a great deal and this is also why Paulimmediately launches into a long exhortation about every dayissues such as character and conduct, relationships and work. Howwe handle earthly affairs such as time, money, personal energy,
82 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________emotions and our relationships reflects the focus of our mind.These “mundane” things show what matters to us. Do you ever wonder what your life contributes to the work ofGod in the world? If you are in a “secular” occupation, you mayconclude that the only way to further the kingdom is to pray forand contribute financially to those who are in “full-time” Christianwork. But are those your only options? Paul described Aristarchus, Mark and Justus as “fellow workersfor the kingdom,” indicating that they may have been vocationalChristian workers. However, there is no way to say whether theywere employed in that work as a full-time occupation. In fact, ifthey followed Paul’s example, they probably had other jobsthrough which they made their living. The point is that drawing a paycheck for doing “ministry” is notthe criterion by which to judge whether someone is a worker forGod’s kingdom. Kingdom work involves promoting the values,beliefs, and lifestyle of the kingdom. That may involveprofessional employment such as pastoring a church or serving ona mission field. But kingdom workers are also found amongdoctors, accountants, engineers, painters, salespeople, automechanics, and homemakers. Wherever believers are furtheringthe goals and objectives of Christ, they are working for Hiskingdom. How does your life promote the purposes of God? Do you useyour skills and abilities toward that end whether or not pay isinvolved? Or have you given up and concluded that because youare not a vocational Christian worker, you aren’t really serving the
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 83______________________________________________________Lord with your life and career? If so, you’ll want to reconsiderwhat it means to be a worker for Christ’s kingdom! (Life In TheWord Study Bible). You have no more excuses, and by reading through thesechapters, I pray you have no more fear. After answering the nextset of questions, you should clearly know what goals you want topursue. But before you answer these questions, pray this prayerwith me. “Father, we thank you for revealing your glory in our life. Wethank you for explaining to us your feelings on working for Yourkingdom. We ask forgiveness for all ungodly thoughts towardsYour kingdom. We thank you for trusting us to work in yourvineyard. We know we can never match your glory, and we cannever fully understand your mysteries. From this day forward Ipromise to begin working in my calling and completing myassignment. It is my prayer that when You search the earth, Youwill find me hard at work in your vineyard. In Jesus’ name I pray.Amen.”Where would you like to start your business or career?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
84 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________If you have access to the internet, type in your business name orcareer in the search engine and begin your research. Write yourresearch here. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ If you don’t have a website, it’s time to invest in one. A websiteis a necessity to your thriving business. People want to have accessto what you have to offer any time they need to. A website willallow them to contact your business 24 hours a day. They canleave their contact information as well as request service.Websites can be found on the internet for a small price. There arefree website templates on the internet and computer software tohelp you build your website. First, choose a domain name for yourbusiness e.g. www.dinahministries.org. For profit businesses, yourwebsite domain name should end in “.com;” and for not-for-profitbusinesses or ministries, your domain name should end in “.org.” A website can have many domain names leading to onewebsite. Some domain names might not be available, so think ofmany names that would draw your customer to you. This helps thecustomer find you quickly and your company or business will beplaced in major search engines quickly. Let’s get started. Howwould you like for your domain name to read? Choose three orfour and make it easy for the customer to find you. Make sure youre-mail address matches your business. Avoid using personal
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 85______________________________________________________slogans or cute phrases that have nothing to do with your business.Although these sayings may mean a lot to you, they don’t meananything to your future client.How do you want your domain names to read?________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Make a tag line, this is your slogan. A slogan is how you wantpeople to recognize your business. For example, Deniece SenterMinistries’ tag line is “Reaching the Dinah(s) of the world.” Everytime someone reads our slogan, they will automatically think ofDinah-the forgotten and abused woman mentioned in Genesis 34.Think carefully about how you want your slogan to read and list ithere. Keep it simple and give the reader something to think about.____________________________________________________________________________________________________________List phone numbers of resources and leads.______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
86 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________Is anyone else achieving or have they achieved what you are aboutto accomplish? If so, list their names and projects here.________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________List names and address of all your relatives, friends and people youwant to sell your product/book/talent to. This list is very important.It is your blood line. Daily you should add to this list to keep yourbusiness flowing.Name Address Phone__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ So there’s only one more step to go. Step three-get to work!
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 87______________________________________________________ Don’t Give Up Chapter Eight The Time is Now After discovering what I was able to accomplish during highschool, I became determined to succeed. I looked for ways to winand began climbing the ladder of success. After graduating fromhigh school I moved out of my parent’s home and began myadventure. I made some horrible mistakes and suffered manyfailures, but I never gave up. I advanced from “the fashiondesigner of Corliss High” to a business owner, an author, a TV talkshow host, a giver and a lover of Jesus Christ. If I can do it, I knowyou can. Never give up and don’t give in. The time is Now! In getting started, the fear of failure is one of the number onereasons why some people never finish what they’ve started.Although fashion design never became a number one goal for me, Istill use it in my ministry to further things along. My daughterstarted a praise dance group “Dinah’s Garments of Praise” and wasin need of costumes. Knowing I was capable of getting the jobdone, I purchased some material and made their outfits. This saved
88 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________the ministry hundreds of dollars. Every gift God gave you is meantto push you further into your destiny. Luke 12:48b says, “Foreveryone to whom much is given, from him much will be required;and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask themore.” Whatever God has given you, is what you will be requiredto use and make something out of. Not only did I use my sewinggift to make the dancers garments, but I’m also looking fordifferent designs and clothing styles for our future Dinah’sGarments clothing line. All gifts given to you can be used as toolsfor incomes. Throughout your journey you will need differenttypes of income streams to help support your goals. There willalways be room for improvement and advancement. Give yourchosen career or job your absolute best, and don’t cheat youremployer or your employee. What you make happen for others,God will make happen for you. Take it by Force Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and theviolent take it by force” (Matthew 11:12). In Duane Vander Klok’sbook “Unleashing the Force of Favor,” he says that this scripturemeans that the place where God is ruling, where His favor is, isactively chosen by those who on purpose press to take hold of itand receive its benefits. That is where endurance works. Faithendures to receive what is promised, while doubt endures to dowithout. Expecting the favor God has for you is faith. I must agreewith him. When you make it up in your mind to apply your faith
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 89______________________________________________________to your work, God will unleash his favor to you. This is the faiththat pleases God. In order for you to achieve the unachievable youhave to take it by force, press in to the kingdom of God and takewhat you see. If God showed you gold, then go and get it. If Godshowed you a mega ministry, believe it. If God showed you beingthe CEO of a company, then believe it and do whatever it takes toachieve that goal. That’s taking it by force. This is a perfect opportunity to list the things God has shownyou or spoken to you concerning your gifts and your purpose. Butbefore you make your list, pray this prayer with me. “Father, please bring to my memory all positive words thatwere spoken over my life. Bring to my memory all visions anddreams that were from you. As I make this list, I believe myvisions and dreams will be unleashed and the favor of God will restover my goals, plans, purpose and destiny. Amen.” Make a list of all spoken words, visions and dreams you’veencountered concerning your purpose.List prophetic words spoken to you by an evangelist or prophet,and approximately how long it has been since you’ve receivedthese prophecies.__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
90 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________List the dreams and visions you’ve had.____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Books or magazines you’ve read referring to your purpose.____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________3 John 1:2 says, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all thingsand be in health, just as your soul prospers.” The Greek word herefor prosper means “to travel well on a journey.” That definition fitswith its use in a blessing. Furthermore, it is not something oneshould actively pursue, but rather a gift that one should look for, asense of “wholeness” like the Old Testament concept of shalom.Put simply, people are joyful when they follow God’s precepts andlive in His power. One thing you don’t have to pursue is a blessingfrom the Lord. It is His will that you become prosperous andsucceed. Now that you’ve received the blessing from the Lord,what are you waiting for?
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 91______________________________________________________ Be Committed Commitment is in jeopardy these days. Some even call it the“C” word, as if to shame it as something we won’t evenacknowledge. After all, the demands and costs are too great.Today, convenience usually wins out over the sacrifice involved inbeing committed to someone or something. There are no right or wrong answers, just trust God ineverything you do. Your baby is your baby, and no other mother orfather can care for it or love it the way you do. Yourbusiness/ministry is unique, and requires your undivided attention.Your original ideas are what will bring you success. Never copysomeone else’s work. God wants your originality and the gifts Hegave you to work for His kingdom. He created the world withhuman beings with different personalities, cultures, style andcharacter, all for originality to work together and create a worldfilled with a variety of things to choose from. In saying this, I mustpause a moment and ask you the next set of questions.What does your unique business or unique ministry have to offer?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Whom do you think will benefit from your business/ministry?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
92 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________Why do you think you are the best person for this job, business orministry?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________How will/do you commit or apply yourself to your job, business orministry?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________What sacrifices are you willing to make accomplishing your goals?______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Who is your prayer partner?______________________________________________________If you don’t have a prayer partner, who would you like to be yourpartner?______________________________________________________Do you have someone and/or a business or church supportingyou?______________________________________________________If no, then immediately begin searching for help. God sometimesuses supporters to help keep you accountable and committed toyour work.
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 93______________________________________________________ Get to Work Chapter Nine Build the Foundation Start building your foundation in prayer. Praying before youmake decisions will keep you from making many mistakes, andyou will develop a closer relationship with God. Your creatorknows what you need and when you need it. Prayer is the key to allunlocked doors. God will guide you to every entry way and youwill enter without force. God cannot lie. Titus 1:2 reads, “In hope of eternal life whichGod, who cannot lie, promised before time began.” Whatunderstanding of God do your co-workers, friends, and familyhave? Is there a variety of opinion about spiritual issues amongyour peers? Do you face a mixture of hostility, detachment,distortion, or accusation that reflects badly on the faith? Pick andchoose carefully who you put on your team. In the book of Titus ittells us to develop leaders who could be trusted. Train allbelievers-young and old, male and female, servants or free-topursue changed lifestyles reflecting integrity, control, and purity.
94 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________Call all believers to lives characterized by action, not just words.Whoever you make a part of your team will have to answer to Godfor their commitment to your business/ministry. It is imperativeyou know how to operate your own vehicle (business/ministry).Never give your keys away to your car without first making aspare. You own the master key and they own the spare. Althoughthey have the keys and are allowed to drive it from time to time,this doesn’t make them the owner. Don’t be afraid to take controland give orders. Philippians 1:6 reads, “Being confident of thisvery thing, that He who has begun a good work in you willcomplete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” No Work! No Eat! 2 Thessalonians 3:6-12 reads, “But we command you, brethren,in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw fromevery brother who walks disorderly and not according to thetradition which he received from us. For you yourselves know howyou ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you; nordid we eat anyone’s bread free of charge, but worked with laborand toil night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you,not because we do not have authority, but to make ourselves anexample of how you should follow us. For even when we werewith you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work,neither shall he eat. For we hear that there are some who walkamong you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but arebusybodies. Now those who are such we command and exhort
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 95______________________________________________________through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eattheir own bread.” Paul urged that those who would not workshould not eat. He may have been dealing with the laziness andidleness of those who thought there would be no tomorrow becausethey expected the immediate return of the Lord. Two thousandyears later, we still anticipate the Second Coming. But it’sinteresting that nowadays people generally work as if there will bea tomorrow without a return. (Ref. The Word In Life Study Bible) It’s worth noting that these Macedonian believers, if they werethe same ones that Paul referred to in 2 Corinthians 8:2, lived inabject poverty. It is common in poor communities, where jobs arefew and many of those that do exist pay too little to support eventhe basics, for some to grow discouraged and give up all attemptsat finding employment. That could also explain the “disorderly”behavior Paul rebuked. (Ref. The Word In Life Study Bible) God wants us to take responsibility to provide for our materialneeds and those of our families. God has created a world ofresources for this purpose. He gives us authority, along withstrength and skills, to use those resources to earn our living. Workis His gift to us, a means of supplying what we need. Do not grow weary of holding to high standards of integrity orperformance. Do you resent a lack of recognition? Are you fed upas you see others around you maneuvering to get out of work?Paul was referring to believers who are “burned out” on doinggood. Keep in mind that God never forgets you. You are the objectof His attention and love. He sees the good that you do when no
96 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________one else is around and He’ll never forget it! (Ref. The Word in LifeStudy Bible) Accountability Accountability is easy to talk about but difficult to practice. Noone likes to be judged by others. In modern society it’s especiallyeasy to feel that one’s personal life is no one else’s business. But astudy of Scripture reveals a number of important principles aboutaccountability: (1) As believers, we are accountable not only for our actions, but also for our attitudes. In the performance- oriented work world, evaluations tend to measure results alone-higher sales, greater cost control, more clients served. Everything is quantitative. But God is interested in our innermost heart. He looks at the quality of our character. As God told Samuel, “The Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1Sam. 16:7) (2) Accountability depends on trust. To hold ourselves accountable to others is to trust their judgment and to believe that they are committed to the same truths and values that you are. (3) Accountability is directly related to the principle of submission. Every person must struggle with the natural tendency toward rebellion against God.
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 97______________________________________________________ Accountability involves allowing others to enter into a struggle with you. But that means that sometimes we must defer to the judgment or counsel of another, especially when they challenge us with clear-cut Scriptural truth or the wisdom of personal experience. It is not surprising that participation in the body of Christ wouldinvolve accountability, because all of us experience accountabilityin many other areas of life. For example, the government holds usaccountable for obeying the law and paying taxes. Likewise,corporate officers are accountable to stockholders for quarterlyfinancial results. In short, accountability touches us at home, atwork, at church, and even at play. But our attitudes toward accountability in general ultimatelyreflect our attitude toward accountability to God. If we arerebellious toward the One who created us and loves us most, howwill we be able to submit to others? Your authority will be challenged. Sooner or later, almost allleaders have their authority questioned. Sometimes they arechallenged directly, but more often indirectly by rumor andinnuendo. Jesus faced a direct challenge to His authority from the chiefpriests and elders, the top leadership in Israel (Matthew 21:23-27).In this instance He didn’t argue with them, but simply tossed theball back into their court. He showed that one very effective wayof responding to threatening questions is to ask questions in return.Jesus was neither upset nor caught off guard by His attackers. Forone thing, He had endured their criticism before, and no doubt
98 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________expected it to increase. But He also knew with absolute certaintyabout the very thing that His challengers were attacking: He knewwho He was and whose authority He wielded. His response is areminder that intimidation is something we allow to occur. Peoplemay threaten and confront us, but only we allow ourselves to feelfear. The real question is, are we certain who we are as followersof the King? You must be able to withstand criticism, and be willing to walkalone. Everyone will not celebrate you or agree with what you aredoing. It is imperative that you know you are a chosen vessel byGod to complete His assignment. Faithfulness True success means faithfulness. The Story of the talents(Matthew 25:14-30) is about the kingdom of heaven, but it offersan important lesson about success. God measures our success notby what we have, but by what we do with what we have-for all thatwe have is a gift from Him. We are really only managers to whomHe has entrusted resources and responsibilities. The key thing He looks for is faithfulness, doing what we can toobey and honor Him with whatever He has given us. We may ormay not be “successful” in terms of wealth, prestige, power, orfame. In the long run that hardly matters. What counts is whetherwe have faithfully served God with what He has entrusted to us.By all means we must avoid wasting our lives, the way the third
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 99______________________________________________________servant wasted his talents, by failing to carry out our Master’sbusiness. Throughout this book you have been given secrets to obtainsuccess. You have searched your past to begin your future. Youhave answered questions that made you think and you have readabout the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. The Bible says write thevision and make it plain. If you have answered each question orstatement, then you have written your vision; your plans and goalsare starting to come to life. Congratulations, you have completedthe first step. I am proud to say, you are no longer a procrastinator,rather you are an achiever, a go-getter and a legend. We have taken away all excuses and fears, so with all you havelearned and with all the information I have prepared for you I wantyou to help me complete this book. The next chapter belongs to you. To help you get started, I haveprepared a guideline for you to follow. Don’t worry and don’t beafraid. I trust you will do a wonderful job and I trust the anointingon your life to help me complete our book “Frozen Dreams”together. With you and the Lord on our side, we can complete Hiswork. Thank you for helping me to complete my assignment.
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 101______________________________________________________ The Beginning Your TitleIn the space provided, write the title of your business, ministry orjob and write a few paragraphs explaining what you have to offer. _______________________________________
102 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________ Your Resume or BiographyWrite a brief description about your accomplishments and why you are the number one person for the job.
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 103______________________________________________________ Your Website! In the space provided draw an outline of how you want yourwebsite to look. Be creative, cut pictures out of a magazine or ad if you have to. www._________________________________
104 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________ Your Business PlanWith all the information you have learned, in the space provided, write how you plan to start your business.
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 105______________________________________________________ Business Plan Continued
106 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________ Business Plan Continued
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 107______________________________________________________ God Wants You Chapter Eleven The Finish Line God is a worker! Perhaps you’ve never thought of Him thatway. But that’s how He first appears in Scripture. In the creationaccount (Gen. 1-2) He wears no end of occupational hats-strategicplanner, designer, civil engineer, real estate developer, projectmanager, artist and more. Using these skills, He created somethingthat was “very good.” How good? As good as God! No wonder thecreation is said to “glorify” or praise God. His work is worthhonoring, and it honors Him. Furthermore, God continues to work, maintaining the creationand providing for His creatures. He also carries out the work ofsalvation. And He uses people to help Him accomplish these tasks.Think what that means: 1. Work itself is inherently good. God didn’t mind “getting His hands dirty,” so to speak, in creating the universe. Genesis says He “worked” to bring it into existence (Gen. 2:2). But that means work must be good in and of
108 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________ itself. By definition, God can only do what is good. It also means work reflects the activity of God. The engineer who designs a bridge, the zoologist who studies animals, and the farmer who raises crops all carry out jobs that God did at the beginning of the world. 2. Your work is important. It matters. The work that God gives you has dignity to it. In fact, God created you “in His image” (Gen. 1:26-27). Just as He works, so He has created you to work. Genesis even says that God has placed human beings in authority over the creation as His managers. As you use the abilities He’s given you, you can be a partner, a co-worker with Him to carry out His work. For example, God can use the nurse to meet the health needs of patients, the grocer to distribute food to customers, the researcher to provide accurate information, the lawyer to promote justice for clients, the career homemaker to nurture growing children. God values these kinds of jobs because they help to carry out His purposes in the world. These things matter to Him. 3. There’s no such thing as “secular” or “sacred” work. God certainly uses ministers and missionaries to meet spiritual and personal needs around the world. But they are not the only people doing “God’s work.” God is just as interested in the physical, emotional, intellectual, and other needs that people have. He also cares about the
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 109______________________________________________________ management of the earth itself. It takes all kinds of skills, and all kinds of people, to do what God wants done in the world. 4. You should do your work in a way that honors God. Your work has dignity. You’re created in God’s image as a worker. You’re a coworker with God. You have God-given abilities to carry out important tasks that He wants done. All of this says that what you do for work and how you do it should bring glory to God. He should be pleased with it-and with you as you do it. (1-4 The Word In Life Study Bible Ref.) After you have completed your business plan, have anotherperson (mentor, prayer partner or supporter) look over your plan.A second pair of eyes can detect flaws or add something valuablethat you may have overlooked. 1 Corinthians 1:29-31 says, “That no flesh should glory in Hispresence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for uswisdom from God-and righteousness and sanctification andredemption-that, as it is written, He who glories, let him glory inthe Lord. God uses what is considered foolish and despised in thisworld to reveal His truth, so that He alone will receive the glory.Otherwise, the powerful would boast that they had found the truth.Instead, God sent His Son to become a humble carpenter and to diein the most despicable way, on a cross. Jesus’ life and deathreveals God and His wisdom. Since Christ not only impartswisdom but also righteousness, the Christian cannot boast, exceptin the Lord.”
110 Frozen Dreams______________________________________________________ Begin speaking your business plan or vision into existence.Speaking Is believing. If you have faith for something, if youbelieve it, do you know what happens? You begin to speak it out.That spirit of faith deep inside of you rises up and overflows inyour words. “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks,”Jesus said (Matthew 12:34). He also told His disciples, “Assuredly,I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say tothis mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; andnothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20). (Unleashingthe Favor of God by Duane Vander Klok) If you have faith…you will say. You will speak. But most of usdo not talk to our mountains as Jesus instructed. We talk aboutthem. So do not accept a long-term problem as a permanent part ofyour life just because that is the way you have always been. Doyou have a problem with anger? Speak to that problem: “I amdelivered from anger in Jesus’ name.” Pornography? “I amdelivered from pornography in Jesus’ name.” Greater is He that isin me than he that is in the world” (see 1 John 4:4). Whatever yourproblem, release your faith through your words to move thatmountain and begin working your destiny. Don’t let anything keepyou from making it to the finish line. My dearest friend, this book was completed just for you, on mybended knees in prayer. It is my prayer that your soul prospers ingood health and in good wealth. To God be the glory for the thingsyou have endured, to God be the glory for what He’s about to do inyour life. From this day forward you are free to work in the
Author, Prophetess Deniece Senter 111______________________________________________________kingdom, and living a life of freedom means having no secrets andhaving no fears. Remember, don’t allow fear to keep you fromstarting and don’t allow intimidation to keep you from finishing.You are blessed to be a blessing, and I can’t wait to see yourbusiness/ministry in the kingdom of God. May the Lord richlybless whatever your hands find to do.--Prophetess Deniece E. Senter