We are the Godbreed

We are a sound; We are a song.
We are clothed in a fire of unending love.
We are a sacrifice of intercession;
We are the rattling bones of a revolution.
We carry the fragrance of intimacy, the torch of unity
and release the mighty waters of justice and equity.
We are a sign and a wonder; We are the sons of thunder.
We are servants; We are kings.
We are priests; We are heirs.
We are the open hands of healing.
We are relentless warriors.
We are mere shepherds of the field,
slaying giants with our stones.
We are fierce; We are fearless!
We are broken but in our weakness…
We are a sword of truth to set the captives free.
We are dividers of soul and spirit
by the power of God’s unending mercy.
We are like those who dream…

We are THE GOD BREED.

Written by: Sue Salles

Via Jason Lee Jones (@jason_lee_jones)

What Miracle Are You In The Middle Of?

From Mike Paschall’s Blog

I’m fighting like crazy here to keep from expounding on the gospel story of Peter jumping out of the boat. We’ve heard lots and lots about it, it’s all familiar and generally helpful, but from time to time we fall victim to the loss of focus. I read that story and I want to start screaming at the top of my lungs: “FOCUS dude, you are in the middle of a flipp’n miracle!”

When I read that my mind immediatly tries to apply it to my own life. What miracle am I in the middle of? What’s keeping me from focusing on my savior?

What miracle I’m in the midst of?
Us walking into God’s promise of a house, and our family being established.

What’s distracting me?
Lack of sleep, my own tiredness, exhaustion, and fear/doubt (are we really going to get it this time?/are we prepared?).

Isn’t it interesting how are situations are similar? Gotta keep this last paragraph in my head.

Peter later brought lots of solid teaching about focus. He had been to the school of trial and error. “Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” This word is spiritual but it also applies for the everyday grind. Have the courage to make honest assessments, make the adjustments, make the changes and then dive in. It takes discipline to develop the strength to swim against the world’s current and the appetites of our flesh. Any ole dead thing can float down stream.

Read the whole thing here. http://everytribeinternational.org/2010/08/04/focus/

Show me how to die

I like the poetry and the desire represented in this song.

You could plant me like a tree beside a river
You could tangle me in soil and let my roots run wild
And I would blossom like a flower in the desert
But for now just let me cry

You could raise me like a banner in a battle
Put victory like a fire behind my shining eyes
And I would drift like falling snow over the embers
But for now just let me lie

Bind up these broken bones
Mercy bend and breathe me back to life
But not before You show me how to die

Set me like a star before the morning
Like a song that steals the darkness from a world asleep
And I’ll illuminate the path You’ve laid before me
But for now just let me be

Bind up these broken bones
Mercy bend and breathe me back to life
But not before You show me how to die
Oh, not before You show me how to die

So let me go like a leaf upon the water
Let me brave the wild currents flowing to the sea
And I will disappear into a deeper beauty
But for now just stay with me
God, for now just stay with me

(“Show Me” – Audrey Assad)

Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but are yourself lost or destroyed? Luke 9:23-25

via Anne Jackson (@flowerdust)