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Truth, Dare… Or Both

It was pitch black. My flashlight beam bounced all around thanks to my shaky hand. I swallowed hard. There was no turning back. I had already accepted those fateful words:

“I dare you.”

I set out to accomplish my dare: cross a deserted country highway, in the dark, at 3am on a Sunday morning. It seemed simple enough, but to a group (gaggle? posse? flock?) of 7th grade girls, this was the dare of all dares. As I neared the middle of the road, I grew confident. “Pshaw. This is easy,” I thought to myself.

Suddenly, my friends start squawking and squealing. Headlights were coming. Sure, they were a good half-mile away, but WHO was driving on the road at 3am in the country? My heart raced. I turned and ran faster than I ever had in my life.  A jumble of screaming girls piled into the tent. We peeked out the zipper flap to make sure the car passed by.

But the car turned into the driveway.

We tried to stifle our screams of terror as waited to meet the unknown stranger that would surely be our demise…


Today I have the amazing opportunity to guest blog for my friend Laurie over at Living Power…  I DARE you to click over to Laurie’s blog for a little dose of TRUTH to get the rest of this story. Do you accept?

Oh, and PS… Don’t be shy about leaving a comment here and there! We both appreciate it 🙂 (Hint, hint, wink, wink, nudge, nudge.)

Taking the dare with a dose of truth,

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Operation Fortitude Fitness (Month #5)

Is it seriously June? Last I checked, June is month #6 in our calendar, which if my stellar math skills prove correct means we are nearly halfway done with 2012… seems like just 5 minutes ago we were ringing in the New Year.

I guess time flies when you are living for Jesus.

But a new month means another monthly reflection of my Smart Goals for 2012. So let’s hop to it!

SMART Change #1: Operation Fort-itude Fitness.  In short, my goal for 2012 is to log at least 98 miles per month via biking, swimming, running, elliptical etc to “travel” from Fort Benning, Georgia to Fort Riley, Kansas. Also, in order to stay on track with my strength training, I need to do 2,500 various reps per month. As of last update, I had logged 551 miles Jan-April and “arrived” in Thayer, Missouri.

RESULT: GOAL MET…  Sorta. May was a good month for working out. I started training for another 5K, which surprisingly kept my average mileage about the same but boosted intensity significantly. (It’s officially sweat season in Georgia, just for everyone’s info.) I still have about 3 weeks until my next 5K race, so I am excited to see where this training leads. (I have continued to break some personal records in this area… Praise you Jesus! I might become a “runner” after all.)

So this month, I logged 131.5 miles, mostly running on foot and at a higher intensity on stationary bike and elliptical. This brings my grand total to 682.5 miles since January. I have “arrived” just on the outskirts of Springfield, Missouri. Yeehaw! (Springfield is a great town. If I didn’t have to stick to a schedule, I might have to hang out there for a few days 🙂 )

Oh, and as far as the “sorta” part of this goal? Yeah, totally didn’t do much with strength training reps in May. Really gotta get back on that.

SMART Change #2: Spend significant time Lord’s presence by using my Jesus Calling Devotional and studying the accompanying Scripture. I will also continue to keep a prayer request list in a notebook and/or iPad.

RESULT: ON GOING I really lived and loved this goal in May. God’s Spirit is truly working in my life and I am watching prayers answered daily. (PS: I just received a new big kid parallel NIV/MSG study bible. I already LOVE it!) Oh, and in addition to this goal: In case you missed it, I attended the Blackaby Spiritual Leadership Coaching Conference. Talk about experiencing God in a whole new way!

SMART Change #3: Complete my 1000 Gift List (inspired by Ann Voskamp’s book) by the end of 2012.

RESULT: ON GOING  This month, I am at #941… an increase of  105 gifts from last month! I am relatively confident that I will “complete” this goal by reaching 1000 in June. But I shan’t be stopping. This is a wonderful scavenger hunt for God’s love!

SMART Change #4:   Memorize a book of the Bible, starting with 1 John.

RESULT: ON GOING Yeah, kinda fell short on this one– Didn’t make a lot of progress as far as memorizing new stuff this month, still hovering around the 1 John 4 area… But those first 3 chapters have created some new revelations and are really starting to sink in!

SMART Change #5: Ruthlessly Eliminate Hurry and submit to God DAILY in all areas of my life.

RESULT: ON GOING God is working. I keep asking to help Him to submit. It’s awesome. (I could write an entire post on this one alone. But I will spare you the details. For now.)

So yes, we are nearly halfway through 2012. Has God put any surprises in your path on your way to accomplishing your goals? How has he modified your walk with Him? I always dig your feedback– comment below.

Now if you will excuse me– a 4 mile training run is calling my name.

Marching onward,

“So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.” –Philippians 3:15-16 (MSG)
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Enjoy the Ride

The sun was bearing down on our necks. I tried to smoothly fan my armpits to make sure sweat didn’t show. I peered around the dude wearing huge flowered shirt in front of me, who was eating a corndog and funnel cake at the same time.

Was this line EVER going to move? HURRY. UP. 

Those were the days of theme park rides. I have to say that I have (sadly) grown out of that thrill, but for a teenager, “riding rides” was as good as it got. (Sidenote: unless you have a super strong stomach, don’t eat a corn dog and funnel cake right before you get on a ride that is name something along the lines of “Roller Coaster of Doom…” you will most likely embarrass yourself and gross out everyone around you. Just sayin.)

I have never been a thrill-seeker or fan of heights. When I was asked to climb on top of the grain bins while working on a pig farm one summer, I was so scared I thought I was going to have a stroke. But for some reason, theme park rides were a novelty that I sought out, regardless of the profuse sweat, long lines and uncertainty if I would live to see tomorrow.

Worlds of Fun, Six Flags, Disney World, take your pick. But the mother of all “Riding Rides” experience for the Lacey family was  The Missouri State Fair. (Specifically: the Tilt-A-Whirl and Scrambler. Two names that could easily insinuate what could happen if you ate a corn dog and funnel cake before boarding.) Those were the days.

Dad and my lil Bro Dal... at the Missouri State Fair in 2009.

But as of this writing, I can’t really remember the last time I went to a theme park or “rode rides” at a fair… Probably because I no longer need to seek that thrill. Why? Because most days, I feel like I am on one big roller coaster of adult life.

I don’t want to get all cliche-ish… but sometimes life really is one big theme park ride. And unlike the “rules” of my youth to avoid “upside down” and “leg dangling” rides, it seems that God really likes to make our lives exciting.

Up, down, twisting, turning, forward, backward, sideways, in the light, in the dark, through the water, out of a tunnel, plummeting to the bottom, creaking to the top… Theme park rides of life can be exhausting. Or awesome.

Yeah. This is how some of us feel daily about our ride of life...

Think about your life, right where you are today. Are you on a ride where you are squealing with joy? Or have you made it onto the ride, sat down and began to panic: “Let me out, let me off, I’VE CHANGED MY MIND!!” Or maybe you just wanna throw up. (It happens.)

God is our ride of life operator. He knows every twist and turn that we will experience. He understands when we are scared, excited, or simply sick with the thought of experiencing the ups, downs and all arounds. However, unlike that creepy carney from the fair rides of long ago, He doesn’t just stand around looking bored and checking his watch to see when he can close down.

Instead, God climbs into the seat next to us. He takes our hand. And changes our panic into peace.

God probably won’t give you permission to jump off the crazy upside-down, feet-dangling, million mile per hour ride and go sit on the bench, watching the action while you sip your Coke. But He will bring you such deep and overwhelming peace that you can sit back, relax, toss up your hands and enjoy the ride.

Embracing the ups, downs and all arounds,


“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15

OH… One more thing… Today is the LAST DAY for our Jesus Caffeine Giveaway… See Friday’s Post  for details, or simply comment and/or share here to enter!

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