What do you tend to worry about?

Tell me “nothing” and I won’t believe you.

Anyway, that’s my line.  For years I’ve told people, legitimately, that I’m not a worrier. I HATE fear. You can wake up any of my adult children at 3:00 in the morning (assuming they’re asleep) and say, “Complete this sentence: ‘We don’t make decisions…’”

They’ll reply, “based on fear,” roll over and go back to sleep.

We’ve hammered that into them, and I love to see them living that out in fearful times like these.

That said… well… true confession coming…

I do that sometimes.

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Closer – My 2019 Christmas Prayer for You

by Andy Wood on December 26, 2019

in Prayers

As the night falls on another Christmas and you face a new year, my prayer for you is that in your waiting, working, and worship you’re drawn afresh to the abundant life and fulfilled purpose we’re all seeking.

I pray that regardless of the challenges or hardships you may face or the mountains you may climb, you will live with the expectancy that the breakthrough you await is getting here soon.

I pray that your sorrows and losses will point you to the healing and joy that comes from knowing the steadfast, ceaseless love of the Lord as you draw closer to Him.

I pray that your limitations, that others may use as excuses, point you instead to a Christ whose strength is made perfect in your weakness and His grace.

I pray that the birth of Jesus is a reminder to you of the faithfulness of God to swaddle His message of love in an intimate language you and I can understand.

I pray that this Christmas will remind you of the blessings God has shown you through the years and that His goodness will inspire new dimensions of gratitude and draw your heart to want Him more.

In all the buying and giving and receiving this Christmas, I pray your soul awakens to your Pearl of Great Price, who offers beauty for your ashes, and for your spirit of heaviness He offers a garment of praise to adorn you.

In the fatigue of the busyness and the grind of the schedule, I pray that “peace on earth, good will toward men” is more than a phrase or song – that in Him that’s something you see for yourself.

Finally, in those seasons when you feel most alone, I pray that you would find in Him that the nearness of God is your good, and that the promise of Emmanuel – “God with us” – isn’t just for the world… it’s up close and personal for you as well.

Merry Christmas

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Dear Cole

by Andy Wood on June 18, 2019

in Five LV Laws, Life Currency, Love, Principle of Legacy

You entered our world on a bright, beautiful summer day today, June 18, 2019. I appreciate you being born – now we can officially know what your name is. Picking that has been quite an adventure. Finally, your mom and dad decided they’d know your name when they saw you. Now we all know! And I must add, one look at you and as far as I’m concerned, they could name you anything and it wouldn’t measure up to how beautiful you are.

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To Touch and Be Touched

by Andy Wood on June 13, 2019

in 100 Words

It’s one thing to envision something from a distance; it’s another to lay eyes on the problem.

It’s one thing to imagine something in the abstract. It’s another to see it in the concrete.

Anybody who ever solved a problem or reached a goal started with an idea or a vision.

But nobody ever solved a problem or reached a goal just by romancing it.

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Dear Juliet

by Andy Wood on May 10, 2019

in Photos, Turning Points

That was fast! But today, May 10, 2019, we welcomed you into our world. And I’m sure your parents and some new friends are happy you gave them a few days to arrive in Colorado (8 to be exact) before you decided to make an early entrance!

But enter you did! All 5-14 feisty little pounds of you.

This is the tenth such letter I have written, but only the second I’ve ever written to a granddaughter. In between you and Queen Laura Kate is a merry band of boys, three of whom lay claim to being your brother. Every one of your cousins and siblings is remarkable in his or her own right, but I have no doubt that you’ll take your own place in the grand design of things.

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An Unholy Beginning to Holy Week

by Andy Wood on April 15, 2019

in Tense Truths

This is embarrassing.

No precedent for this.

The late George Carlin once said that the funniest things happen at the times you’re supposed to be the most serious. He was prophetic.

No class in seminary, no 32 years of church leadership ever prepared me for this dilemma.

I know it’ll bring theologians out of their ivory towers and critics far and wide. But someone (a fool probably) once said that confession is good for the soul. So here goes.

It was an unholy beginning to Holy Week.

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Never Alone

by Andy Wood on February 11, 2019

in 100 Words, Life Currency, Love, LV Cycle, Waiting

Your confusion doesn’t confuse God.

Your weakness doesn’t separate you from His hand of power.

Your wandering doesn’t isolate you from His leading.

Your loneliness doesn’t deny His steadfast presence.

Even your death is no barrier to His manifest care.

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You awake?

That’s what the text read at 11:00 one night last week. My son-in-law, Curtis.

Yes, I replied, and soon the phone was vibrating.

What do your kids or in-laws or whoever call you about at 11:00 pm? This one got interesting very quickly.

“Hey man, I was sharing this with Cassie about this and she said I should call you.”

Cassie also said later I should blog about it. So there. You’re welcome.

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I was talking to a friend recently. He’s at something of a crossroads. Ready to move forward, but stuck where he is. Wanting something different, but not sure how to define it. Caught somewhere between disappointment and desire, he hears the lament of the Grouse.

That’s a voice I’m all-too-familiar with. And I suspect you’d say the same thing. When I hear the Grouse speaking, the voice sounds exactly like mine. And when you hear its moody whine, it sounds like yours.

The Grouse often sounds logical. Sometimes fearful. Sometimes it takes on a protective, caring tone; at other times it mocks you. Sometimes it whispers, sometimes it sings. And sometimes it screams like a spoiled child.

Crazy thing is, nobody can hear the Grouse but you. But it’s as real as Minnesota snow in January.

The Grouse is an internal voice that stays quiet so long as we play it “safe,” and never attempt to change anything. But let a man dare to dream in the wake of big disappointments, and out comes the Grouse. Let a woman turn her wishful thinking into bold action, and the Grouse will start sounding the alarm.

The goal of the Grouse is to get you to do nothing. Stay comfortable. Don’t offend anybody. Avoid disappointment at all cost. Don’t embarrass yourself or make anybody else uncomfortable either.

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My 2018 Christmas Prayer for You

by Andy Wood on December 25, 2018

in Prayers

As the stillness of a silent night gives way to the glory of Christmas dawn, I pray for you this year that the message of the coming of Jesus into this world would speak peace and delight to your longing for life.

I pray that the Birth that continues to bring joy to the world would give birth to new joys and gratitude in your own life and your family.

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