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Blog: Top 7 = A grant, LifeLift is coming, Free t-shirt

blog top 7 Dec 13, 2021

The top 7 for last week… 

(And, as always, it doesn’t mean there weren’t MORE than seven great things, it’s just that… well… at some point… you don’t have time to list them ALL…)



Fitness = The afternoon run

I think this makes the list every week— I love my morning routine. In fact, I tell most people that it’s, really, the essential part of your day— how you “wind up” and get started (just like in a foot race, the beginning of a book, the start of a movie, etc.). 

Part of my routine includes exercise. But, there are some days it just doesn’t happen…. 

… and, when that course, I like to get out anyway.      

(Or, the morning routine happens, but then I need a mental break, so I go for a quick run anyway that afternoon.)

πŸ‘‰ Note: you can watch the “power up + power down” video from the Advance Planner Workshop here—  



Finance = Crosswinds receives a grant

 A few years ago I began working for Crosswinds Foundation for Faith & Culture. With my friend Bob Waldrep, who founded the organization back in 2008, I co-wrote a curriculum for veterans with PTSD and/or Moral Injury.

Then we shot a video course. 

Then we created a live-training / certification.

Then Covid hit, just as we were about to do MORE live events.

The year of Covid (2020), we focused on creating more resources, including a book for families. And, we wrote several grants. 

(Over the past 6 months, the Crosswinds team has been editing a documentary for Warrior Families.)

This week, we received word that a grant from Alabama Power has been approved…



Family = The boys wrestling tournament(s)

This has been a fun ride, taking the boys to do something I used to do. This weekend, was a mad-house. Levi had a varsity wrestling tournament at Mountain Brook; Judah had a junior high tournament at Homewood Middle. Levi’s was an individual tournament; Judah’s was a team tournament. 

I didn’t time the “back and forth” very well, at all…

So I missed three of Levi’s matches, but saw Judah.

The junior high team won, by the way. And, no, none of the boys actually faced the cameras as we shot the pics.



Field = LifeLift meetings 

I’ve posted about the LifeLift book project a few times, as it’s been something that’s been rolling in the background for about 3 years.

I did the write-up of it (500 pages) back in 2018.

Then my Dad and I sat down to do the content edits in 2019.

I walked away with the intent of breaking that resource into 4 smaller books— 

  •  One on identity in Christ
  •  One on the role of the Holy Spirit in the Christian life
  •  Another on the gifts of the Spirit, and how they work with our created design, and how God has uniquely designed each of us— so much so that the complete package of how we’re made helps us find our purpose in life in a highly specific way
  •  A final book adding perspective an insight on the above
  •  A workbook people can use, based on the content above 

Other projects took precedent in 2020 (I did a series of podcasts on the book, which helped me further refine the language and content of the book).

πŸ‘‰ go here for the LifeLift podcast episodes: episode 32 and following

This year, I re-read the book (again), and finally broke it into the four…

We’ll have a hardback of all 500 pages (all four books in on book), as well as the four smaller books…

Here’s where it gets good…

I spoke with a local ministry leader from the Metro Baptist Association this week, who wants to implement this resource…

… and then spoke with a state rep.

I had lunch with the local leader, and will meet face-to-face with the state leader first week of January. 

I SHOULD finish the workbook over the next few weeks, then hope to begin teaching the material (and creating a video course) sometime in February or March.



Faith = The Freedom March

We’re three weeks in, and I’ve been learning so much as I lead the training. 

I won’t write much about this coaching program here, because I have several videos posted on my site: 

πŸ‘‰ to see if this project is for you.



Friends = The Courage to Lead Team

 Here’s the local team for Courage to Lead, eating at Half-Shells in Trussville. We had no idea when we arrived that we would be— 

  •  Treated to dinner
  •  Gifted with an early Christmas happy 

But, that’s what happened… 

I'll write next week more about the most recent projects with the team.



Fun = Date night, free shirt

This week we decided to visit Big Whiskey πŸ₯ƒ in the Hoover area. We’ve had several friends talk about it, so we decided… sure, why not?

I walked away with a free Big Whiskey shirt. If I was thinking ahead I would have put it on and grabbed a pic, but… alas… no.

Here’s how I got it: 

I asked.

That’s it.

I simply asked, with no strings attached to the outcome (i.e., don’t punish the person emotionally and call them names, etc., if they don’t comply. Let them genuinely decide— and, amazingly, you see that people respond so much better to freedom than they do control).

It was a fun night.

And free is always more fun than not free, right?



This is the Top 7 for last week. Every Sunday afternoon I sit down for 45 minutes or so, map out the upcoming week, and look back at the previous. As I do, I make a few notes in my “weekly review” about the highlights from the previous 7 days… 

I record them here— just the highlight reel— from the “three things I’m thankful for today" that I complete every evening…

BTW, you can download the UPDATED version of the planner at 

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