Spiritual Inspiration Messages

  • September 24, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY ANGELA MONROE, MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

    As we continue to navigate the world in a pandemic, this quote is a great reminder to always look for the helpers.

    "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'"


  • September 23, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LISA J. ARTHUR, RESIDENT WELLNESS DIRECTOR, VOA-NCNN

    “It is amazing the quality of human beings that are in this world if we can just get past people not dressing the way we want them to dress.”

    ― Joyce Meyer


  • September 22, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LOGAN IVEY, VISUAL MEDIA MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    Ships don't sink because of the water around them; ships sink because of the water that gets into them. Don't let what's happening around you get inside you and weigh you down.


  • September 21, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY CHRISTIE HOLDEREGGER, CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, AND COMMISSIONED MINISTER, VOA-NCNN

    Life

    Life consists of two days, one for you, and one against you. So when it is for you don’t be proud or reckless. And, when it is against you, be patient because both days are a test.


  • September 20, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY JILL FOX, DIRECTOR OF QUALITY ASSURANCE AND COMPLIANCE, VOA-NCNN

    Sometimes simplicity is the key - some rules for a happy life.


  • September 17, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY ANGELA MONROE, MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

    “Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.”

    — Mother Teresa


  • September 16, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY REEM AL-AMIN, GRANTS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    Fear guides me forward

    Fear does not stop me today from doing what is right. I interrupt fear with the courage to love. I walk towards the kind of fear that leads to expansion and growth; I walk away from the fear that is not serving me anymore.


  • September 15, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LINDA GRACE, SOCIETY MEMBER, VOA-NCNN

    "The strength of faith is a knowingness greater than all intellectual assumptions. It can only be found in the inner chamber of the heart.”

    - Claudia McLaren Lainson


  • September 14, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY PASTOR PAUL W CURRY, MAINTENANCE MANAGER, VOA

    Philippians 4:13
    "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

    Let's Pray: Lord, as we watch the world fall apart around us Lord, help us keep our eyes on You.
    Help us seek Your face, help us come to You for answers, and when You tell us to wait help us wait with anticipation knowing You are going to take care of things. In the Holy name of Christ Jesus we pray, Amen.


  • September 13, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY JILL FOX, DIRECTOR OF QUALITY ASSURANCE AND COMPLIANCE, VOA-NCNN

    If you want something different - you need to think differently.


  • September 10, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LISA J. ARTHUR, RESIDENT WELLNESS DIRECTOR, VOA-NCNN

    “To be happy and beloved, have a tender heart, blissful thoughts, and a non-judgmental mind.”

    ― Debasish Mridha


  • September 9, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY ANA BANKERT, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AND COMMISSIONED MINISTER, VOA-NCNN

    No matter where you are in life, celebrate it! It's either a product of your growth or a place that will help you to grow. Cheers to today!


  • September 8, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY REEM AL-AMIN, GRANTS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    My simple self-care is radical love

    I enter this morning with a heart ready to receive-and I am ready to respect my needs. I awaken the smallest moments that feel nourishing. Mere seconds become gateways to a greater life of devotion. I practice filling my own cup!


  • September 7, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LINDA GRACE, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, VOA-NCNN

    “There is a force in the universe, which, if we permit it, will flow through us and produce miraculous results.”

    - Mahatma Gandhi


  • September 3, 2021

    Submitted by Scott Benton, Assistant Director of Operations and Compliance


  • September 2, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LINDA GRACE, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, VOA-NCNN

    “Through silence, we expand our capacity to respond skillfully and gracefully to life’s joys and challenges.”

    -Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche


  • September 1, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY REEM AL-AMIN, GRANTS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    Beliefs and Good Deeds

    The Quran stresses that righteousness is not in precise observance of the rituals but in acts of compassion and kindness. It says that the litmus test for true belief and genuine worship is that it leads to compassionate living:

    Goodness does not consist in turning your face towards East or West. The truly good are those who believe in God and the Last Day, in the angels, the Scripture, and the prophets; who give away some of their wealth, however much they cherish it, to their relatives, to orphans, the needy, travelers and beggars and to liberate those in debt and bondage; those who keep up the prayers and pay the prescribed alms; who keep pledges whenever they make them; who are steadfast in misfortune, adversity and times of danger. These are the ones who are true, and it is they who are aware of God.

    (Al Quran 2:178)


  • August 31, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY PASTOR PAUL W CURRY, MAINTENANCE MANAGER, VOA

    Psalm 20:

    May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble; May the name of the God of Jacob defend you; May He send you help from the sanctuary, And strengthen you out of Zion;
    May He remember all your offerings, And accept your burnt sacrifice. May He grant you according to your heart's desire, And fulfill all your purpose. We will rejoice in your salvation,
    And in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill your petitions.
    Now will answer him from Him holy heaven With the saving strength of His right hand.
    Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our
    God. They have bowed down and fallen; But we have risen and stand upright. Save LORD !
    May the King answer us when we call.

    Lord Jesus help us stay focused on who You are in our lives not on the things of this world; in Christ Jesus we pray.


  • August 30, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY JILL FOX, DIRECTOR OF QUALITY ASSURANCE AND COMPLIANCE, VOA-NCNN

    Some great advice on how to achieve excellence in all we do.



  • August 27, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY REEM AL-AMIN, GRANTS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    Peace is my priority

    I don't need to know, have, or do anything in order for peace to live inside of me. I can approach anything from a place of inner ease. I don't chase peace, because it's already here-seeking me. I just open my heart and let it breathe.


  • August 26, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY ANGELA MONROE, MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

    A great reminder to live in the moment!

    “Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.”

    – Will Rogers


  • August 25, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LISA J. ARTHUR, RESIDENT WELLNESS DIRECTOR, VOA-NCNN

    “An open mind is better than a clenched fist.”

    ― Matshona Dhliwayo


  • August 24, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY PASTOR PAUL W CURRY, MAINTENANCE MANAGER, VOA

    Psalm 125

    "Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
    As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the Lord surrounds His people.
    From this time forth and forever;
    For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest.
    On the land allotted to the righteous, Lest the righteous reach out their hands to iniquity.
    Do good, O Lord to those who are good, And to those who are upright in their hearts.
    As for those who turn aside to their crooked ways, The Lord shall lead them away with the workers of iniquity. Peace be upon Israel!"


  • August 23, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LINDA GRACE, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, VOA-NCNN

    “Humility is the precious quality that allows us to see past all that is mundane, toxic, and superficial in our daily circumstances. It awakens our senses to the true, essential, and radiant nature of life itself.”

    - Delores Manning


  • August 20, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY PASTOR PAUL W CURRY, MAINTENANCE MANAGER, VOA

    Psalm 146:

    "Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! While I live I will praise the Lord;
    I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. Do not put your trust in princes, Nor in son of man, in whom there is no help. His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; In that very day his plans perish. Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the Lord his God,
    Who made heaven and earth, The sea and all that is in them; Who keeps the truth forever; Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The Lord give freedom to the prisoners.The Lord open the eyes of the blind; the Lord raises those who are bowed down; The Lord loves the righteous.
    The Lord watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless widow; But the way of the wicked He turns upside down. The Lord shall reign forever Your God, O Zion to all generations. PRAISE the Lord!"

    Lord God, show me how to love those who You give me to love. In Christ Jesus we pray.


  • August 18, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY REEM AL-AMIN, GRANTS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    I am ready to receive what is meant for me!
    I welcome every lesson that would support my soul's progression-even setbacks give way to comebacks. I am open to this sacred journey of becoming who I am and unbecoming who I am not. My path is perfectly my own.


  • August 17, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY JILL FOX, DIRECTOR OF QUALITY ASSURANCE AND COMPLIANCE, VOA-NCNN

    Dolly Parton has always been an inspiration to me. She brings a humble heart, kindness and compassion to every situation. We can all learn a lot from her. I know I have.


  • August 16, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY ANA BANKERT, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AND COMMISSIONED MINISTER, VOA-NCNN

    Dear God, I pray that today you remind us that in the midst of stress, the busyness of life and all the noise we can find peace in you. You promise us a peace that surpasses all understanding, it is a peace that we may never fully understand, but I pray that we take a moment and try to. You are our shield, our strong tower and I thank you for making it possible for us to experience this peace when we are in your presence.

    Amen.


  • August 12, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY ANGELA MONROE, MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

    "For every door that’s been opened to me, I’ve tried to open my door to others. And here is what I have to say, finally: Let’s invite one another in. Maybe then we can begin to fear less, to make fewer wrong assumptions, to let go of the biases and stereotypes that unnecessarily divide us. Maybe we can better embrace the ways we are the same. It’s not about being perfect. It’s not about where you get yourself in the end. There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there’s grace in being willing to know and hear others. This, for me, is how we become."

    - Michelle Obama


  • August 12, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LISA J. ARTHUR, RESIDENT WELLNESS DIRECTOR, VOA-NCNN

    "It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop."

    – Confucius


  • August 11, 2021

    Submitted by VOA Employee (Anonymous)

    Luke 12:6-7

    "Are not five sparrow sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows"


  • August 10, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY REEM AL-AMIN, GRANTS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    One of the ways to attain the ultimate love, taught by the Prophet, is to love one another. The Messenger of Allah said:

    "You will not enter Paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another. Shall I inform you of something which, if you do, you will love one another? give greetings (peace) amongst yourselves."


  • August 9, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY PASTOR PAUL W CURRY, MAINTENANCE MANAGER, VOA

    Psalm 139:23-24 is my Prayer Lord God Almighty.

    "Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting."

    Lord You know our struggles, our anxieties. Lord help us seek Your Kingdom first and Your righteousness. Help us keep our hearts and minds focused on You and You alone.
    In Christ Jesus, we claim Your Strength and Peace over our lives; let God be who we run to first.
    Jesus loves you more than you will ever know!


  • August 6, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LOGAN IVEY, VISUAL MEDIA MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    "Working hard for something we don't care about is called stressed; working hard for something we love is called passion."

    - Simon Sinek


  • August 5, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY ANGELA MONROE, MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

    "Some days, doing 'the best we can' may still fall short of what we would like to be able to do, but life isn't perfect--on any front--and doing what we can with what we have is the most we should expect of ourselves or anyone else."

    - Fred Rogers, The World According to Mr. Rogers



  • August 4, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY REEM AL-AMIN, GRANTS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    To worship Allah while having gratitude in our hearts is one of the most fulfilling experiences in life. When we look at our lives and the wonders of the universe, we will definitely see that there is a Divine presence amidst this amazingly intelligent design in creation.

    "And if you should count the favours of Allah, you would never be able to number them. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful" . (Surah An-Nahl, 16:18)


  • August 3, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY PASTOR PAUL W CURRY, MAINTENANCE MANAGER, VOA

    Psalm 40

    "I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry.
    He brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps.
    He has put a new song in my mouth"
    Praise to You God!
    Lord God Almighty, You are my Rock and my strong tower, in You I put my trust.
    In Christ Jesus we claim this


  • August 2, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LINDA GRACE, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, VOA-NCNN

    "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread. Places to play and pray in, where nature may hear and give strength to body and soul".

    John Muir


  • July 30, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY REEM AL-AMIN, GRANTS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    I am practicing peace

    If I can remain calm in the stillness, I can learn to remain calm in the flow. I have survived everything so far; I trust in the power that carries me forward. I am Peace in training. Every moment of inner stillness is a victory.


  • July 29, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LISA J. ARTHUR, RESIDENT WELLNESS DIRECTOR, VOA-NCNN

    "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." –Teddy Roosevelt


  • July 28, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY ANA BANKERT, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AND COMMISSIONED MINISTER, VOA-NCNN

    Psalm 139:13-14
    "For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother's womb.
    I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."

    Be encouraged and reminded of who you are today!


  • July 27, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY Elizabeth Phillips, Gift Administration Manager, VOA

    “Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.”

    - Dalai Lama


  • July 26, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY PASTOR PAUL W CURRY, MAINTENANCE MANAGER, VOA

    Psalm 108:

    "O God my heart is steadfast, I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.
    Awake lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn. I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples,
    And I sing praise to You among the nations. For Your mercy is great above the heavens,
    And your truth reaches to the clouds.
    Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, And Your glory above all the earth:
    That Your beloved may be delivered, Save with Your right hand, and hear me."

    Thank You Lord God Almighty


  • July 23, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY ANGELA MONROE, MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

    “Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further.” —Thomas Carlyle

    This quote inspires me to take life one step at a time. It's not about the destination--it's all about the journey.


  • July 22, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY JILL FOX, DIRECTOR OF QUALITY ASSURANCE AND COMPLIANCE, VOA-NCNN

    A.A. Milne offers some meaningful insight on asking for help.


  • July 21, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY ANA BANKERT, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, AND COMMISSIONED MINISTER, VOA-NCNN

    “There are many shortcuts to failure, but there are no shortcuts to true success.”

    - Orrin Woodward


  • July 20, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY PASTOR PAUL W CURRY, MAINTENANCE MANAGER, VOA

    Psalm 107

    "Oh give thanks to the Lord for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
    Let the redeemed of the Lord say so; Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy"
    Lord God Almighty thank You for never giving up on us!


  • July 19, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY REEM AL-AMIN, GRANTS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    I have a trillion reasons to live

    My hands are for helping and making, my arms for embracing. My feet are for kissing the earth, my legs for discovery. My heart and head co-create with love. Life saturates every cell of my body, celebrating a trillion reasons to live.


  • July 16, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LISA J. ARTHUR, RESIDENT WELLNESS DIRECTOR, VOA-NCNN

    “Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.”

    ― Buddha Siddhartha Guatama Shakyamuni


  • July 15, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY JILL FOX, DIRECTOR OF QUALITY ASSURANCE AND COMPLIANCE, VOA-NCNN

    This is a very simple but powerful reminder about seeking light in darkness.


  • July 14, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY PASTOR PAUL W CURRY, MAINTENANCE MANAGER, VOA

    Psalm 150

    Praise the Lord!
    Praise God in His sanctuary;
    Praise Him in His mighty firmament!
    Praise Him for His mighty acts;
    Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!
    Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet!
    Praise Him with the lute and harp!
    Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes
    Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals!
    Let everything that has breath praise the Lord
    PRAISE THE LORD!
    Thank You Lord God Almighty


  • July 13, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY REEM AL-AMIN, GRANTS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    One of the ways to attain the ultimate love, taught by the Prophet, is to love one another. The Messenger of Allah said:

    "You will not enter Paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another. Shall I inform you of something which, if you do, you will love one another? Give greetings (peace) amongst yourselves."


  • July 12, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY ANA BANKERT, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, AND COMMISSIONED MINISTER, VOA-NCNN

    A simple prayer for you today...

    Dear God thank you for being all knowing and "oh" so loving. I pray that today doors will open for those who feel stuck, I pray for an encouraging word to come to those who need it, I pray you send a smile to someone who is feeling low and a reminder that they are not alone. Thank you for always knowing exactly what we need and help us never grow weary of doing good. Amen!


  • July 9, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY ANA BANKERT, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, AND COMMISSIONED MINISTER, VOA-NCNN

    "Be happy not because everything is good, but because you can see the good side of everything."


  • July 8, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY ANGELA MONROE, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

    ― Albert Einstein


  • July 7, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LISA J. ARTHUR, RESIDENT WELLNESS DIRECTOR, VOA-NCNN

    "The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and human responsibility."

    Václav Havel


  • July 6, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY PASTOR PAUL W CURRY, MAINTENANCE MANAGER, VOA

    Psalm 100:
    "Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
    Serve the Lord with gladness;
    Come before His presence with singing.
    Know that the Lord He is God;
    It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
    we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
    Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
    And into His courts with praise
    Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
    For the Lord is good His mercy is everlasting,
    and His truth endures to all generations."

    Lord God Almighty, thank you for never giving up on us! Open our hearts and minds, in Christ Jesus we pray.


  • July 2, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY ANA BANKERT, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, AND COMMISSIONED MINISTER, VOA-NCNN

    “Will we take time to do what is necessary for an abundant life and an abundant ministry (or worklife), or will we try to ‘get by’ without it?”

    - Dallas Willard


  • June 30, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY ANGELA MONROE, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein


  • June 29, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LISA J. ARTHUR, RESIDENT WELLNESS DIRECTOR, VOA-NCNN

    "Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret."

    - Miguel Angel Ruiz


  • June 28, 2021

    From the Book of Common Prayer

    The Song of Zechariah: Luke 1:68-79

    Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people and set them free.
    He has raised up for us a mighty savior, born of the house of his servant David.
    Through his holy prophets he promised of old that he would save us from our enemies,
    from the hands of all who hate us. He promised to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant.
    This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, to set us free from the hands of our enemies, Free to worship him without fear,
    holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.

    You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
    To give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins.
    In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
    To shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death,
    and to guide our feet into the way of peace.


  • June 25, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY REEM AL-AMIN, GRANTS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    “And the Hereafter is better for you than the first [life]. And your Lord is going to give you, and you will be satisfied.”

    Quran 93:4-5


  • June 24, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY ANGELA MONROE, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN


  • June 23, 2021

    Submitted by VOA Employee/Minister

    So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

    ~ Isaiah 41:10


  • June 22, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LOGAN IVEY, VISUAL MEDIA MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

    - Ralph Waldo Emerson


  • June 21, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LISA J. ARTHUR, RESIDENT WELLNESS DIRECTOR, VOA-NCNN

    "By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning."

    - Lao Tzu


  • June 17, 2021

    From the Book of Common Prayer

    Psalm 34:18-20

    The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.

    Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD rescues them from them all.

    He keeps all their bones; not one of them will be broken.


  • June 16, 2021

    Submitted by VOA Employee/Minister

    "But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the LORD"

    ~ Jeremiah 30:17


  • June 15, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY ANGELA MONROE, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

  • June 14, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LISA J. ARTHUR, RESIDENT WELLNESS DIRECTOR, VOA-NCNN

    Happily the spell is taken off for me
    Happily I walk, impervious to pain I walk,
    Light within I walk, joyous I walk
    ... In beauty I walk
    With beauty before me I walk
    With beauty after me I walk
    With beauty above me I walk
    With beauty above and about me I walk
    It is finished in beauty
    It is finished in beauty.

    - The Night Chant, Navajo Native American Chant


  • June 11, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LINDA GRACE, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, VOA-NCNN

    "Compassion reduces our fear, builds our confidence, and opens us to inner strength."

    Dalai Lama


  • June 10, 2021

    From the Book of Common Prayer

    Psalm 71:1-3

    In you, O LORD, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame.
    In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me and save me.
    Be to me a rock of refuge, a strong fortress, to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.


  • June 9, 2021

    Buddhist Prayer

    "May we all be well, happy and peaceful. May no harm come to us.

    May we all also have patience, courage, understanding, and determination to meet and overcome inevitable difficulties, problems, and failures in life.

    May our parents, our teachers and mentors, our friends and may all living beings across the world...be well, happy, and peaceful. May no harm come to them.

    May they also have patience, courage, understanding, and determination to meet and overcome inevitable difficulties, problems, and failures in life."

    -Thilini Ariyachandra


  • June 8, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY ANGELA MONROE, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    “People have niceness and kindness mixed up. Niceness might mean saying positive things. But kindness is doing positive things: being thoughtful and considerate, prioritizing people’s humanity over everything else.”

    ― Luvvie Ajayi Jones, Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual


  • June 7, 2021

    Submitted by VOA Employee/Minister

    “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” — Matthew 11:28


  • June 4, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY REEM AL-AMIN, GRANTS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    “Allah (God) makes the impossible possible.”


  • June 3, 2021

    From the Book of Common Prayer

    Psalm 8 (NIV)

    Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
    You have set your glory in the heavens.
    Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
    When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
    what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?

    You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.
    You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet:
    all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild,
    the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.

    Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!


  • June 2, 2021

    Submitted by VOA Employee/Minister

    The Serenity Prayer

    "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference."

    -Reinhold Neibaeur


  • June 1, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LOGAN IVEY, VISUAL MEDIA MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    "Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out."

    - Robert Collier


  • May 28, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY REEM AL-AMIN, GRANTS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    “Be like a diamond, precious and rare, not like a stone, found everywhere.”


  • May 27, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY ANGELA MONROE, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try spending the night with a mosquito.”

    -African Proverb


  • May 26, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LISA J. ARTHUR, RESIDENT WELLNESS DIRECTOR, VOA-NCNN

    “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

    ~Henry David Thoreau


  • May 25, 2021

    Submitted by VOA Employee/Minister

    Lamentations 3:22-23

    The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.


  • May 24, 2021

    Submitted by Scott Wong, VOA Board Member

    “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”

    - Margaret Mead


  • May 21, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY A VOA-NCNN EMPLOYEE

    Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

    - 3 John 1:2


  • May 19, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LISA J. ARTHUR, RESIDENT WELLNESS DIRECTOR, VOA-NCNN

    “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”

    ― Amit Ray


  • May 18, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY DAVID THOMPSON, HEAD HOUSING MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    When the inside prosperity is developed we then are able to steward the limitless resources of Heaven. #TrueProsperity


  • May 17, 2021

    FROM THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER

    Psalm 40:1-6

    I waited patiently for the Lord, and he inclined to me, and heard my call.
    He brought me out of the horrible pit, out of the mire and clay; he set my feet upon the rock, and secured my footing.
    He has put a new song in my mouth, a song of thanksgiving unto our God.
    Many shall see and fear, and shall put their trust in the Lord.
    Blessed is the man who has set his hope in the Lord, and has not turned to the proud, or to those who go about lying.
    O Lord my God, great are the wondrous works which you have done, and also your thoughts toward us; there is none who can be compared with you.


  • May 14, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY ANA BANKERT, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, AND COMMISSIONED MINISTER, VOA-NCNN


  • May 13, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LOGAN IVEY, VISUAL MEDIA MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”

    - Earl Nightingale


  • May 12, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY ANGELA MONROE, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    "Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people."

    - Mister Rogers


  • May 11, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY REEM AL-AMIN, GRANTS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    “Give love in secret by praying for one another.”


  • May 10, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LISA J. ARTHUR, RESIDENT WELLNESS DIRECTOR, VOA-NCNN

    Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen. Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor's cup full, and then kept on pouring.

    The professor watched the overflow until he could no longer restrain himself. "It is overfull. No more will go in!" "Like this cup," Nan-in said, "you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”

    ― Nyogen Senzaki


  • May 7, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY ANGELA MONROE, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN


  • May 6, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LOGAN IVEY, VISUAL MEDIA MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    "I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better."

    - Maya Angelou


  • May 5, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LISA J. ARTHUR, RESIDENT WELLNESS DIRECTOR, VOA-NCNN

    "The opposite of anger is not calmness, its empathy."

    -Mehmet Oz


  • May 4, 2021

    FROM THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER

    Romans 12:1-2 (NRSV)

    I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.


  • May 3, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY REEM AL-AMIN, GRANTS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    “Call upon Me, I will respond to you.”

    Quran 40:60


  • April 30, 2021

    Submitted by VOA Staff

    "For the word of the Lord is right, and all his work is done in truth. He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord."

    Psalms 33:4-5


  • April 29, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY ANGELA MONROE, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    "If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person."

    - Fred Rogers


  • April 28, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY REEM AL-AMIN, GRANTS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    “Indeed, Allah (God) will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.”

    Qur’an 13:11


  • April 27, 2021

    FROM THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER

    Psalm 47 (NIV)

    Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.
    For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth.
    He subdued nations under us, peoples under our feet.
    He chose our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob, whom he loved.

    God has ascended amid shouts of joy, the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets.
    Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises.
    For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise.

    God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne.
    The nobles of the nations assemble as the people of the God of Abraham,
    for the kings of the earth belong to God; he is greatly exalted.


  • April 26, 2021

    Submitted by Cynthia Mae Redmon, Friend of VOA

    “When my heart is heavy with doubt and my resilience wears thin, I find strength and comfort in the morning’s new light.”

    - Dan Bryant


  • April 23, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LINDA GRACE, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, VOA-NCNN

    A Breath Prayer...
    As breath is spirit
    Fully breathe in this moment
    taking time with eternity
    Let the stillness soak into your being.
    Breathe in forgiveness
    and breathe in grace,
    Breathing out gratefully,
    releasing your spirit to expand.
    By faith, breathe in the Holy Spirit
    and breathe out, giving thanks
    You might silently say ‘thank you’
    Breathe…embracing belonging, releasing gratitude
    Release, like a trust fall into the arms of God
    focusing in the presence of the eternal.
    Breathing in and out
    Resting and soak in the presence of God.
    Slowly bring yourself back into the present.
    Reflect and as you can, carry this with you, practicing the presence of God in your daily life.


  • April 22, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY DAVID THOMPSON, HEAD HOUSING MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    True prosperity is not what you acquire on the outside but what is developed on the inside.


  • April 21, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY REEM AL-AMIN, GRANTS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    “A busy life makes prayer harder, but prayer makes a busy life easier.”


  • April 20, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LISA J. ARTHUR, RESIDENT WELLNESS DIRECTOR, VOA-NCNN

    "Real magic in relationships means an absence of judgment of others."

    -Wayne Dyer


  • April 19, 2021

    FROM THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER

    Psalm 9:1-10

    I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
    I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
    When my enemies turned back, they stumbled and perished before you.
    For you have maintained my just cause; you have sat on the throne giving righteous judgment.
    You have rebuked the nations, you have destroyed the wicked; you have blotted out their name forever and ever.
    The enemies have vanished in everlasting ruins; their cities you have rooted out; the very memory of them has perished.
    But the LORD sits enthroned forever, he has established his throne for judgment.
    He judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with equity.
    The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
    And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.


  • April 16, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY VOA-NCNN STAFF

    I will love You, O LORD, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

    Psalms 18:1-2


  • April 15, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LINDA GRACE, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, VOA-NCNN

    “How shall we live with the enormity of the world’s sorrow? Walk in humility and live with compassion.”

    - Talmudic Text


  • April 14, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY DAVID THOMPSON, HEAD HOUSING MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    If you don’t find your voice, you’ll only be an echo of somebody else’s.


  • April 13, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY ANGELA MONROE, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    “As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has--or ever will have--something inside that is unique to all time. It is our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression”

    -Mister Rogers


  • April 12, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY REEM AL-AMIN, GRANTS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    “Dua (supplication) has the power to turn your dreams into reality.”

    -Anonymous


  • April 9, 2021

    Submitted by Scott Benton, Outreach Supervisor, VOA-NCNN


  • April 8, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LISA J. ARTHUR, RESIDENT WELLNESS DIRECTOR, VOA-NCNN

    'What will they think of me?' must be put aside for bliss.

    - Joseph Campbell


  • April 7, 2021


  • April 5, 2021

    FROM THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER

    Psalm 24

    The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world and all who dwell therein.
    For it is he who founded it upon the seas and made it firm upon the rivers of the deep.
    “Who can ascend the hill of the Lord? And who can stand in his holy place?”
    “Those who have clean hands and a pure heart, who have not pledged themselves to falsehood, nor sworn by what is a fraud.
    They shall receive a blessing from the Lord and a just reward from the God of their salvation.”
    Such is the generation of those who seek him, of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob.
    Lift up your heads, O gates; lift them high, O everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
    “Who is this King of glory?” “The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle.”
    Lift up your heads, O gates; lift them high, O everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
    “Who is he, this King of glory?” “The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory.”


  • April 4, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LEO MCFARLAND, PRESIDENT AND CEO, COMMISSIONED MINISTER, VOA-NCNN

    For the millions of Christians worldwide, Easter Sunday is the celebration of the resurrected Jesus from the tomb on the third day after his crucifixion. It is the most significant date within Christianity as it is the foundation of the Christian faith. The Resurrection of Christ promised an eternal life in heaven to those who believe in his death and resurrection.

    Easter is also aligned with many symbols of the season. There is the Easter Bunny who brings multicolored eggs, or my personal favorite, chocolate eggs. Easter Sunday morning is a symbol of life and spring renewal.

    The traditions many of us have today come from decades of symbolism that have been passed down.

    Early Christians and many other ancient cultures viewed eggs as a symbol of Life. We can thank the early German immigrants who immigrated to America for bringing us the “Easter Hare.” German children would make nests for the Easter Hare in hats and bonnets. Once finished with their nests, the children would put them in a secluded spot with the hopes of finding a nest full of colorful eggs the next morning.

    Of course, each of these cultural traditions expand across the eras to embrace new ways of celebrating the advent of spring and its promise of new life.

    For many of us, Easter presents an opportunity to celebrate all that is good and fresh in the season: the inherent glee of the children who gather in the grass to hunt colorful eggs together; the vibrant spring colors we wear and beautifully decorated straw bonnets; gathering as family to share the spiritual and seasonal wonder of being together. It is an opportunity (in most years) to hug, embrace, and to share what is most important, our love for each other.

    This is a service we hope to extend to those beyond our immediate families. Ministry takes many forms, and we are privileged to extend the love that God has shared with us to the men, women and children who struggle every day. May God’s promise to all of us remain a call to action to serve our neighbors in need.

    Blessings to you today,

    Leo McFarland


  • April 2, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY ANGELA MONROE, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    This weekend we will celebrate with candy and eggs and bunnies with baskets, but today is a somber day.

    Today we acknowledge hardship, betrayal, and death.

    At VOA, we often meet people at their lowest. They have been beaten, bruised, and morally injured. Their souls are heavy. Their lives have not gone as planned, and they don’t know what to do.

    But then, people like you come along.
    People who listen, who really care, and who view them as a whole person without judgement. People who can look past their circumstances and see the potential they have.

    These people, our VOA angels, bring our clients out of the darkness and into a new and promising life.

    Easter is a beautiful depiction of life from death, rebirth, and new beginnings. At VOA, that’s what we’re all about.


  • April 1, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LOGAN IVEY, VISUAL MEDIA MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

    - Helen Keller


  • March 31, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY ANGELA MONROE, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    "If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat! Just get on."

    –Sheryl Sandberg


  • March 30, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY REEM AL-AMIN, GRANTS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    “Taking pains to remove the pains of others is the true essence of generosity.”

    Abu Bakr (R.A)


  • March 29, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY PASTOR PAUL W CURRY, MAINTENANCE MANAGER, VOA

    Psalm 143:
    O Lord hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief. Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you. The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in darkness like those long dead. So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed. I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. I spread out my hands to you; I thirst for you like parched land. Answer me quickly, Lord, my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Rescue me from my ememies, Lord for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God may your good Spirit lead me on a level ground. For your name sake ,Lord preserve my life in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble. In your unfailing love, silence my enemies, destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.

    IN THE HOLY NAME OF JESUS I CRY THIS PRAY OF DAVID


  • March 26, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LINDA GRACE, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, VOA-NCNN

    May the wine we drink, the Torah we share, the food we eat, and the stories we tell remind us of who we have been who we are now and
    Move us towards who we are intended to be.
    May that knowing fill our hearts, pump through our veins, and surge into every cell of our being
    Illuminating body, mind and soul with purpose and connectivity
    And with gratitude.
    May we lean in to all that releases us,
    Rest our backs on Now’s pillow
    Take a deep breath and hold her deep.
    May we open our homes to all who are hungry
    For love, truth, a kind word or a hot meal,
    Please G-d, give us the means to feed and sustain each other.
    Let our vessel be strong
    And let us be brave enough to relive the story we tell.
    The bitter and the sweet,
    The rupture and the repair.
    Let us not be afraid to feel – to break or to rebuild.
    Let us pulsate with the joy that comes from whole and a broken heart.
    Let us know, sweet G-d, in the deepest way that we are one people, with one heart.
    Let our differences in story-telling highlight our unity.
    Let us paint a communal mural on ancient stone with soul and spirit –
    Let the gap between Heaven and Earth be our canvas.
    Let our work until now be enough to bridge that gap.
    Let each cup we drink be an elixir to both spirit and tongue.
    Let us speak true – speak straight – speak wise and speak right.
    Let every word shared on this blessed night bring us closer to what matters.
    Closer to You.
    Let freedom be a bucket You release from On High.
    Let us dance and sing in it that rush.
    Help us be more ready than we have ever been to hold all this and more
    And let us step slowly and proud, with dignity and with grace into redemption
    Together.
    Amen.


  • March 25, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY ANGELA MONROE, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    “Through touch, God gave us the power to injure or to heal, to wage war or to wash feet. Let us not forget the gravity of that. Let us not forget the call.”

    - Rachel Held Evans, Searching for Sunday


  • March 23, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY DAVID THOMPSON, HEAD HOUSING MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    Obedience does not depend on your circumstances, Adam sinned in paradise, Jesus obeyed in the desert.


  • March 22, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY CHRIS MANN, EMPLOYMENT SERVICES SUPERVISOR, VOA-NCNN

    For the word of the Lord is right, and all his work is done in truth. He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

    Psalms 33:4-5