Spiritual Inspiration Messages

  • 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 6, 2021

    From VOA National


  • 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