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The Earth Below My Feet

The Earth Below My Feet

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Have you ever prepared to do something that you knew was the right thing, but it seemed crazy? Almost everyday we are asking, “are we crazy?”

In these times we keep our eyes on the why. What is God’s purpose that will prevail according to Proverbs 19:21?

As a family we love most of the words to Mumford and Sons songs. I say most because there are some songs, we need to skip over 😊. We can relate with their passion, their deep sense of words, and their inquisitive wonder. A song that has felt like a theme song for the trip has been “Below My Feet”. In this song Mumford writes,

Keep the earth below my feet

From my sweat, my blood runs weak

Let me learn from where I have been

Keep my eyes to serve, my hands to learn

Keep my eyes to serve, my hands to learn

This song reminds me that we are going to be very close to the ground we came from. The Daley family as a unit will be touching more ground than we ever have in one season. We will be close to the dirt, the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean, the mountains, camper hookups, the elements, firepits, waterfalls, hiking trails, relationships, clients, and so much more. 

We will also be in contact with less people we know. We are in a sense removing ourselves from our current community where we are known. It feels humbling and modest. It fills us with trepidation! Yet, three years ago God planted this idea in Greg’s mind, and I can’t ignore the excitement we had and the drive that has pushed us to follow through. Without a shadow of a doubt, I know part of God’s purpose that will prevail is the Daley’s contribution to the world around us. How will God keep our eyes serving? How will God keep our hands learning? How can we serve and learn with you?

I’m excited to find out.

What is God doing? Pray for continued Clarity of Vision, the state of being able to see where to serve and where to learn……to be continued.

Peace

Peace

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Thank you to those who have chosen to join us in prayer, fasting or both for the Xcelerate Daley Roadtrip.

Today we need Prayers of Peace. Peace in the midst of preparation is vital as we have so many things swirling around in our heads. We can’t think when we don’t feel peace. Peace is described as freedom from disturbance. Don’t you feel pulled in 1000 directions each day veering you away from the important and back to the urgent? Important items are not as tangible because they are focused more on mission, purpose, values, and goals. Important items take forethought and planning, yet that is what propels our vision forward. It is easier to feel more productive with the urgent because it solves the here and now. Urgent items focus on tasks that require a reaction because they scream for our attention while the important simply whispers softly.

Please pray we stay grounded in the important. Please pray we aren’t distracted by the urgent. We need a spirit of restfulness, exuding a quiet and soothing quality about us when we interact with our children, our family, our team, our clients, and the world around us. We all have a lot on our minds and our responses can make or break the daily interactions with those around us. Are we being kind to the staff at stores during holiday shopping? Are we being inquisitive when we notice someone is hurting? Do we notice the homeless man or woman at the corner of a stoplight? Are we available to help lead and intentionally develop our team? Are we present when our kids want to tell us about their day? Are we available to pick up the phone?

Do you have your biggest arguments with the people you love right before a big trip? That’s why we need Peace Prayers! With this big trip coming around the corner and time isn’t stopping, our stress levels are rising, and the check lists are growing.

 

Thank you for your Peace Prayers at noon today!

Preparation for the Road

Preparation for the Road

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On the road…

You may have heard by now that we (The Daley’s) are going on the road for 6 months WITH our 4 kids IN an RV! Yes, it might be crazy, but what started as a dream 3 years ago is becoming a reality.

How did it start?

Well, Greg came home one day and said “what do you think of taking an RV around the U.S. for a time and allowing our kids learn more experientially?” I (Jessica) loved the idea and we continued to dream, and then reality set in and all the questions like, “what if our kids get behind in school for life?” and “how will we all survive in 350 square feet of space?” We threw it in the “maybe someday” category until we saw a Fort Collins Magazine article about a family in Fort Collins who had just come back from a similar RV Trip. Our idea, had a name…Road Schooling. We thought if they could do it then maybe, just maybe we could too.

The next thought was could our business be ready for this?

We shared it with our growing team and actually put it on our strategic plan as taking Xcelerate on the road. We were already a virtual company so work could get done with just an internet connection, however, this dream caused us to do a deep dive into our processes, our systems such as Quickbooks Online, Intuit Online Payroll for Accountants, Karbon, Smartvault, T-sheets, Expensify, and our people.  Leaders already worked at our company, but we needed to empower them. The Xcelerate team rose up to meet the challenge so we could shift our focus of being in the business to more working on the business. The Xcelerate team has walked this vision with us for years without really knowing the HOW of it all.

Where are we going?

Our truck and travel trailer will take us south from our home in Colorado and then trace the outer edge of the country counter clockwise. Xcelerate client churches are all along the way as well as many of our team members we call stakeholders. As a virtual company we often use video conferencing to meet new clients, but this way we will get to meet them in person. Computers have really allowed us to run a business with a much larger impact then if we could only work with churches close to us, but there is something special about meeting face to face. We will even get to worship on Sundays with our churches and really see how God is using them.

A time of preparation?

At the beginning of 2018, Greg and I chose One Word that we felt the Lord impressing on us. My word was Curious and Greg’s word was Resilient. We knew if we were to get in a confined space for any amount of time with the 6 of us, we needed to prepare our hearts just as much as our business. We just didn’t know how, but God SHOWED up! With intentional eyes and ears and with God-given guides in our lives, we both dove in to our own stories. It was hard. It was scary. Un-dealt with emotions and stories had lived for too long and we needed God’s healing. Some of the destinations on the trip hold some of those hard stories and we needed to face them before we embarked. Hurting people hurt people, but the flip side is also true, healed people heal people.  We have already seen the changes in our parenting, our marriage, our relationships, and our friendships.

Our business coach, Scott Conners from Crankset Group, used to say “do you have clear eyes and a full heart?” anytime we were headed into something new or hard. We now are able to say, “YES.”

Will you join us?

No not in the RV :) We have 40 days before we take off. We know the last thing that the enemy wants is for any of us to have life, healing, restoration and purpose. We want to pray Proverbs 19:21 over our trip which says, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” We have already discovered that God’s purpose for this trip is way more than we could have ever imagined. God will Prevail!

We are going to take the next 40 days and fast during lunch and pray. Would you pray with us? Each day we will pray for something specific and we need your prayers as well. If you want to join us in the fasting from lunch each day or even just once a week, we need it! But, anytime you can join us in prayer would be great.

Today we need Prayers for Protection of our Health. Over the last twelve weeks, we have all struggled with long-term colds and coughs that will NOT go away. At least one to two of us have been sick for the last twelve weeks. The kids need energy to finish well at school, church, and with their friends. We need energy to leave well with Xcelerate, our home, our friends, our family, and our 2019 vision.

Thank you for joining our journey!

The Daley Family