Worth

Only one is of ultimate worth–God–because He gave with no thought for Himself.  He gave knowing full well how much He would suffer, and He gave anyway.  No one has ever done that.  That is why I love and worship Jesus alone.  And if His selfless love is manifest through me in even the smallest…

Given Like a Star, Given Like a Tree

The Starry Night (Vincent Van Gogh) The following is something I wrote in my journal four or five years ago. *** I don’t know how to put this into words, so I won’t even try to do it well… I was sitting outside tonight, enjoying my yard, enjoying the night.  Suddenly, the world was opened…

The Hall and the Vision

Back in October, I wrote about the day I was born again.  That was a powerful experience.  But I wasn’t ready to follow the Lord afterwards.  The next four years, there was little evidence of Christ in me.  I investigated Taoism and made a go at practicing Buddhism.  My personal life continued in its immoral,…

Bloom without End

Photo by Carrie McKamey If you’ve followed The Voice of One at all, you know weakness is a theme that comes up regularly.  I’m thinking about it again tonight.  Weakness usually comes to mind when personal failures or shortcomings break out of me like a caged animal.  Or when it seems my soul is surrounded…

The Holy of Holies in Action

The following is an entry from my journal written in December 2007. *** Sometimes I worry that I’m not with the Lord enough, that He is always shoved out by circumstances.  Today, the Lord is again telling me to trust Him.  As I was trying to pray, He said, “Can’t you see how much striving…

Me and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

I woke up this morning in a grumpy funk.  As I tried to finish waking in the shower, my head filled with visions of the whole family going out for muffins and coffee.  Post-shower, I told my wife.  She said she planned to work out.  Could we do it mid-morning after the workout?  Well, that…

Cancer. Suicide. Grief.

“One Act” by Patrick Murphy My dad died of cancer nearly five years ago.  For some reason, I’ve been thinking about him, missing him, and grieving the last couple days. I’m a social worker by occupation.  I manage in-home caregiver services for people who are disabled and/or elderly.  On New Year’s Eve, one of my…

What Poppins Preached to Her Parrot

Mary Poppins, Disney 1964 Something I wrote in my journal in November 2010: At the end of Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins watches from the front step of the Banks family home as they walk down the street to fly kites together.  During her time with them, Mary has wrought an amazing transformation in the family, and especially…

What the Lord Said Today

Picture by Darrell Creswell Something the Lord said to me today: “You have been discouraged about who you are. Be encouraged by who I am.” ” Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the…

Our Christian Pantheon

There is a need that is continually on my heart: That Christ be known and magnified as He is in scripture. I fear there isn’t enough of this among Christians. Many godly things and subjects draw bigger crowds than Jesus: the end times, miracles, and growing leaders; social or doctrinal contoversies; evangelism, social justice, and…