15 PAX posted THE ARENA yesterday.   3 FNGs; 7 HT Regulars, 1 CLT Area 51 visitor, and 4 Raleigh F3 Main.   Weather was perfect.  Here is how it went:

Warmup:        Run across the street between Rockpile and RR.  Circle up for:

  1. SSH x 20
  2. Imperial Walkers x 20
  3. Mountain Climbers x 15
  4. Windmills x 20
  5. Sir Fazio Magellan Old Ironsides Stonewall Hamma-Flamma-Jim-Jam Napoleon Swamp Fox Cortez Hop along Cassidy Vicks Vapor Rub Arm Circles x 10, reverse, x 10 again

Main:   Pick a partner…someone you don’t know.  We all started in the middle between RR Track and Rock Pile…was approximatley 100 yards.   We went through 4 sets of exercises, 60 total/exercise done 20 per PAX at a time.  After each 20, 1 PAX backwards ran to Rock Pile while his partner PAX ran backward to RR Track…then sprint back to the middle to do 20/PAX more…3X total.  After each exercise we counted to 10 with a twist….each number was called out by a different PAX.  The Exercises were as follows:

  1. Merkins
  2. Squats               Merlot was spilled by one of our FNGs
  3. Carolina Dry Docks
  4. WWII Sit ups

Mozey back to HT and Mary Circle for:

  1. LBCs x 20
  2. American Hammers x 20


Namarama had us naming 3 FNGs.   T Shirt earned by Mongoose….has posted 3 times.  Furley (David Eilers of Area 51 Charlotte) was our War Daddy at 54.  Prayers were asked…some good personal ones.  Devotion read by Orwell (CCd below).   Oswald Prayed us out well.

Moleskin:  One of our FNGs has been at Healing Transitions less than a week.  He is wearing a anklet provided by RPD.  He is to find out this upcoming week if he can stay at HT, or goes to jail….he asked for our Prayers that he gets to stay at HT vs. jail.     YHC doesn’t know what he did to earn his Anklet, but he has been on my heart.  The below devotion was chosen not knowing some HT FNG would post under this condition….and I hope it spoke to him.   I hope it speaks to you also.   Have Faith that when/while you are in your own Valley of Baca and weeping (however that may be going on), that the same valley always has a Spring for you to find that will quench and refresh you in a way nothing else can/will.

The Valley of Baca
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman
October 04, 2016

“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion” (Ps 84:5-7).

There is a spiritual law in the Kingdom of God. Every great leader in the Kingdom will pass through the Valley of Baca. Baca means to weep. It comes from the Hebrew word,bakah (baw-kaw’); a primitive root; to weep; generally to bemoan.

However, Baca is also a place of springs. There is nothing better on a hot day when you’re thirsty and weary than to drink water from a mountain spring. It refreshes. It renews. It gives you a second wind to continue your journey. Those who commit themselves to a pilgrimage with God will experience the Valley of Baca. But in the midst of Baca they will discover that in this valley they will also drink from a very special spring that refreshes with a different kind of living water.

It becomes the source of “secret things in hidden places” described by the prophet Isaiah (Isa 45:3) reserved only for those willing to journey on the Great Pilgrimage with God. Once you drink from this spring you will be energized in your spiritual man from strength to strength. Each Valley of Baca will result in a new spiritual spring from which you will drink. It is handmade just for you by God. But know this?it will be used to provide a refreshing drink for others you will encounter who are also on their pilgrimage.

Ultimately, Baca leads to the presence of God. There is something about being in a place with God that results in our weeping and crying out to Him. Do you find yourself in this place with God today? If so, know that His springs are also available to you. Ask him today to give you a drink from His spring only available in the Valley of Baca