Monday, January 31, 2011

It is Well . . .

This week, while I was struggling to contend for joy and thanksgiving, the hymn, “It is Well With My Soul” by Haratio Spafford was bubbling up inside of me.

I went to YouTube to play it and sing along and I stumbled across this version, sung by Brian Doerksen. I sat there with tears streaming down my face feeling quite humbled. I had heard of the history behind the writing of this hymn, but seeing it right there with real photos was quite touching.

I was cut to the heart with shame over the petty things I had let frustrate me and render me barren of thanksgiving. How could someone suffer such horrible loss pen such beautiful words, while I wallowed in self-pity?

I repented. I began to give thanks with new vigor after this.

Continuing on with the counting . . .

  • a fresh word
  • determination to win this battle
  • praise report about Joanne
  • playing the ‘Southern Belle”
  • giggling children
  • heart shaped Salisbury steak
  • blessing of training children
  • getting organized
  • being organized
  • being a mom
  • snuggly nap
  • memorized all of Ephesians 1
  • beginning Ephesians 2
  • bad dreams that remind me that my life is amazing
  • struggles ALL morning
  • clean house, for now
  • making bread
  • sweet children
  • teaching “joyful obedience”
  • responding with gentleness (surprise!)
  • forgiving because they know not what they do
  • warm heater at my feet
  • a little girl’s halting reading as she learns
  • the wonder of being young and learning new things
  • the wonder of being old and learning new things
  • seeing change in my heart
  • doing the ‘to-do’ list
  • clean dresser
  • 1 John 3
  • husband waking me up each morning
  • ORDER!!
  • worship time each morning
  • consistency
  • dreams, again
  • maybe, sorta understanding ‘coming full circle’
  • learning to cry out
  • sweet fellowship with sweet family


Mrs. Stam said...

Children are indeed a real blessing

cooperkelly4 said...

I had a "be still" moment with this very same song! Amazing to see the author's heart behind such loss...
I blogged about it at the beginning of the year and shared my favorite take on this beautiful song. =0)

His bondservant said...

This is my favorite hymn Michelle. So God-honoring. Love to read your thanks unto God! Blessings to you, Jackie

Anonymous said...

Wow Michelle this is really good. Paul and Silas Praise and gave thanks IN the inner prison: I am learning that no matter the side of the scale I may be on Pleasure side or the pain side of the scale ...the Father is the center of both sides and HE supports me all the way by never leaving me nor forsaking me and it is always HIS LOVE: This morning your sweet reminder of giving thanks IN the moment is but one more token of God's Love and instructions to me. Thank you so much! God Bless you