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Mud Run 2008

On September 20, 2008 my wife, Lori and I completed the USMC Mud Run.  What an awesome experience!  This is a military obstacle course on the Marine Corps Reserve base in Eastover, SC.  We were “invited” to be on a 4 person team by our good friends Jairus and Stacey.  When they first mentioned it, we chuckled a little bit thinking they were kidding.  They weren’t.  We were immediately intimidated by the thought of it based on what we thought we knew about it.  Since they had participated in the Mud Run last year, they could better explain what we were going to be doing.  Finally we just said “OK, we’ll do it”, even though we were both nervous about it.

It was a blast!!  The course is 4.2 miles with 30+ obstacles of all kinds on it–climbing, jumping, mud-walking, mud-swimming, mud-running, mud-sliding, etc.  You get the picture.  It’s called the Mud Run for a reason.  We were covered in mud.  A picture tells the story much better:

Lori & Scott after Mud Run 2008
Lori & Scott after Mud Run 2008
God's Pottery
Team 879: God's Pottery

The best part was doing it with my wife.  I am so proud of her for not just trying but completing this crazy challenge.  I have a whole new respect for her, and we will remember this forever!  We are already talking about how we are going to break our time of 1:06:45 next year.

Love Dare

Several weeks ago my wife and I went to a Marriage Impact weekend at Ridgecrest Conference Center in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  It was the first time we had been away on a weekend without the kids in a couple of years.  We had an absolute blast!  The teaching was excellent.  The topic was based on a movie that is coming out in theaters later this month called Fireproof.  In this movie, the main character played by Kirk Cameron is struggling to understand why he and his wife are having problems.  His father recognizes the root problem, and gives him some advice and challenges him to spend the next 40 days going through a book called The Love Dare.  My wife and I were both encouraged by the speaker at the conference to get it, and each take the challlenge to take the next 40 days, and do what this book says.

As of today, we are on Day 19, and it is wonderful!!  Each day, the authors pick an aspect of love to focus on–things like patience, kindness, etc.  After the daily reading, is the “dare”.  The dare always relates to the reading, and they pick some very creative ways to get you to connect in a very positive way with your spouse.  I highly recommend every married couple (or engaged) to pick up two of these books and go through together.  You will learn exactly what God says and what God gives us to make your marriage relationship exactly what it should be.

Guidance

Someone sent this to me so I wanted to share it:

“When I meditated on the word Guidance, I kept seeing “dance” at the end of the word.  I remember reading that doing God’s will is a lot like dancing.  When two people try to lead, nothing feels right.  The movement doesn’t flow with the music, and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky.  When one person realizes that, and lets the other lead, both bodies begin to flow with the music.  One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back or by pressing lightly in one direction or another.  It’s as if two become one body, moving beautifully.  The dance takes surrender, willingness, and attentiveness from one person and gentle guidance and skill from the other.  My eyes drew back to the word Guidance.  When I saw “G”: I thought of God, followed by “u” and “i”.  “God, “u” and “i” dance.”  God, you, and I dance.  As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust that I would get guidance about my life.  Once again, I became willing to let God lead.  My prayer for you today is that God’s blessings and mercies are upon you on this day and everyday.

May you abide in God, as God abides in you.  Dance together with God, trusting God to lead and to guide you through each season of your life.  And I hope you DANCE.”

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