Sometimes the most profound truths come expressed in the innocent, joyful, and delighted forms that no theory or “best practices” can top… [click to continue…]


A year ago at this time I found myself reading and hearing a lot of people emotionally drop-kicking 2010 to the curb.  “Good riddance!” they all said.  “What a sorry year!  Here’s hoping 2011 will be better.”

I haven’t checked yet this year.  Who knows?  Maybe that’s what you’re supposed to say so that the first of January feels even more exciting and hopeful.  I just found myself really surprised by all that for some reason.

Don’t get me wrong.  I saw plenty of reasons to howl at the moon about how awful things were.  But I also plenty of other reasons to look back with gratitude and – dare I say it? – satisfaction.

I decided to be more proactive this year.  Believing that 2012 is going to be an extraordinary year, I spent a little time looking back at the past 12 months and sharing a few lists of things that helped shape my heart and my world.

But first, let me tell you a very quick story that captures the essence of this year for me.  A few months ago I was out driving in the middle of nowhere on a fall West Texas day.  It was about 4:30 in the afternoon. Just off the highway, to the right, I saw three does feeding.  I was surprised to see them out this early, but enjoyed the scene.

A couple of miles ahead, this time on the left, a saw a deer’s backside pointed at me as it was grazing beside the road.  “Oh,” I thought, “another doe.”  Raising its head, this is what I saw: [click to continue…]


Lord, what are mortals, that you notice them;

mere mortals, that you pay attention to us?

We are like a puff of wind;

our days are like a passing shadow (Psalm 144:3-4).

As this shadow passes across another year, what’s obvious on the playground becomes clearer in life:  the further away from that initial push, the shorter the passes are.

So… [click to continue…]


When Evening Shadows and Stars Appear

by Andy Wood on October 30, 2011

in 100 Words, Photos

Yesterday at sunset I watched the words to a hymn materialize before my eyes. [click to continue…]

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I Have a Maker

by Andy Wood on October 28, 2011

in 100 Words

Take a look at this picture.

Care to guess where these beautiful stones came from? [click to continue…]


I Kissed a Deer

by Andy Wood on September 22, 2011

in 100 Words, Photos

(Lessons learned from three fawns and a coupla’ mamas…)

Careful where you wander – you may wind up in the devil’s driveway.

Know where to run for safety.

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by Andy Wood on September 7, 2011

in 100 Words, Photos

They spend the first fifth of their lives exposing rookie parents

To the uncharted waters of raising adults.

They accept without much discussion the role of

Domestic Prime Minister or House Speaker –

While they’re idolized by younger siblings

And held to higher standards by parents. [click to continue…]

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It takes time and intention, this Soul-Anchoring Moment,

And a willingness to wait for those fleeting experiences

That are tomorrow’s soul roots.

(Did I mention a willingness to wait?)

A Soul-Anchoring Moment…

Maybe it’s the possibility of holding all of your scattered grandchildren in one day.

Or a chance to hear again the sounds common to your birthplace

And sigh with satisfaction at the most trivial and most special of memories. [click to continue…]

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Hands and Feet and Little Seats

by Andy Wood on March 18, 2011

in 100 Words, Photos

The Flintstones Vitamins people reminded us in 1987  that “this world takes a little growing into.”  That’s why it’s important to remember, however big or small you are, or however much you need to grow, to…


…advance boldly in the direction of your dreams…


…hold on to a stronger hand…


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Image of the Anointed

by Andy Wood on March 2, 2011

in 100 Words, Life Currency, Love, Photos

…the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.

Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me (Song of Solomon 2:12)

Be like the dove, He said… [click to continue…]