You’re My One Thing – Rich Mullins


I love Rich Mullin’s songs, especially all the songs on this particular, “Songs,” album!  I grew up constantly hearing his music in our house, and almost know each song word for word by default 🙂  He was SUCH an amazing man (passed away too young, but God must have wanted him early), and was an authentic Christian, living out his faith by severely limiting his income from his fame and song writing/performances.

To me, he was the real deal 😉

The song above I’ve actually felt so clear, and in an almost new way, sometime time last year somehow… imagining myself hanging over some kind of dark pit, or sometimes off of a cliff we are constantly climbing (representing hard times) and holding on to God’s Hand.  In my imagination of this scenario, I’m telling God that, “He’s my one thing, the only thing that matters,” as everything else fades away.  Somehow holding tightly to His hand brings so much peace and contentment, no matter whatever is going on in the physical realm.

Here is the verse this song comes from,

“Whom have I in heaven but You?  And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.

My flesh and heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart, my portion forever.

But as for me, the nearness of God is my good;  i have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all Thy works.”

Ps. 73:25-26, 28


  1. I’ve known the name Rich Mullins, but only in passing. I may have heard him on Christian radio and not known it was him. Did not know he penned “Awsome God”. Songs is a really good album. New music to me. It is playing on YouTube in the background – has played down to “If I Stand” now.

    Re. your comments: In the lead-up to the version of the Lord’s Prayer, Matthew 6:6-7, Jesus says (paraphrased) – when you pray, don’t us a lot of words, because your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

    I’ve faced situations that made me anxious, not knowing how they would turn out. At some point, those words from Matthew really took hold in my life and I found myself thinking I have no clue how this is going to turn out. But God already knows how it is going to turn out, as I stand here with my anxious thoughts. Thinking that way did not take away my need to get through what I was facing. But it brought a new, calming perspective. God might know how the thing was going to turn out, but I didn’t. So I would / and do pray for courage and strength and wisdom to get done what needs doing. But knowing that God already knows how things will turn out puts things in proper perspective for me and helps clear my thinking. And then I link my thoughts to the rest of the story … For all things work together for good …

    Thanks for the music. And Merry Christmas to you and yours if our paths don’t cross again in the ethernet before then.

  2. Rich’s Screen Door song put me in the mind of this one. I assume you are familiar with Gaither. I’m going to post twice, two different versions. Both good in their own way. Good piano on the first one. Studio version on the second; different sonics altogether. Hopefully you have something bigger than a smart phone on which to play these. Put on your dancing shoes, grab Patrick, and have a righteous go at it. Probably little miss sunshine will want to jig along.

  3. I’m so glad you liked it Richard! Your comment was so good to relate to, thank you so much for sharing that. Merry Christmas to your family, too!!! Hope y’all have a wonderful holiday!

  4. Such a sweet song LOL!!! I’ll have to play it for them in the morning, the Little Miss Sunshine definitely dances and loves music 😀 Thank you!!!

  5. Stephanie – my condolences to Patrick, and you also – re the officer down. I’ve read that they have the guy who did it in custody.

    You probably already know this – but keep in mind that grief has its own schedule, and it is often not our schedule. It shows up unexpectedly, whenever it wants to. Patrick is going to need to grieve, as are you I imagine, over Patrick’s grief. So I am going to drop this here. I dropped it somewhere recently, and thought it was here. But maybe an earlier thread at Spawny’s. You guys really did not need this happening now, pregnant and Christmas. But, as always, there is:

  6. Well – that was supposed to be Peace in the Midst of the Storm. by the Brooklyn Taberacle Choir. I’ll try once more. If it doesn’t come up, go to YouTube and it should be at the top of the list on the upper right-hand side.

  7. Thank you Richard… it’s been complicated with it being around Christmas with little ones… plus it actually happened on the morning of one of their birthdays 😦 So I did get emotional when first hearing and processing it, then again when he got home, but I had to basically mask all that and carry on with what I’d scheduled for the stuff we were going to do that day.

    Grief definitely does come on it’s own schedule, and I think it comes and goes as well. There are times when as we were celebrating, I completely forgot if only just temporarily… but I’m sure it’s much harder on my husband. At least I could tell he was able to have some fun being together and with our kids these past couple of days, and seemed to forget for some moments. The little ones don’t know anything about it, only our oldest understands.

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