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Is It Well With Your Soul?

In Christian services around the world, people sing the great hymn, “It is Well with my Soul.”   Most have no idea who the writer of the words was or what was his background.

Horatio Spafford

Phillip Bliss

His name is Horatio Spafford with music composed by Philip Bliss in 1873.

The question you may ask, after hearing about his life’s story in the video below, is how could he have ever penned those words?



Anyone who has gone through times of trial or the most disastrous events in their lives know that they have to find something or Someone greater to cling to in order not to lose sanity or their faith in God.


Some people may never quite get to a point in faith to say “It is well.” The author of this hymn also went out on a limb in his personal beliefs. Nevertheless, in the end, his great song has been a lifeline to many as they find out that Christ is the only answer to our sufferings because He knew suffering well.

Here are the words to It Is Well With My Soul by Horatio Spafford.

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to know
It is well, it is well, with my soul. 

It is well, (it is well),
With my soul, (with my soul)
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul. (Refrain)

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! (Refrain)

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life,
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul. (Refrain)

But Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul.  (Refrain)

And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
A song in the night, oh my soul!  (Refrain)  ( from Wikipedia)

Here is Horatio Spafford’s story and the tune to his song.  (turn up sound)

May you be blessed in your soul.

A “Come to Jesus” Moment…Just as I am

GOD, I really need a "Come to Jesus" moment.

GOD, I really need a “Come to Jesus” moment.

Sometimes we hear someone exclaim,  “He had a Come to Jesus moment”   when they are talking  about how someone came to their senses or experienced something very special.   It is  a little on the slang side, but the meaning is there for coming to Jesus is something that happens to people everyday.   Whoever they are…wherever they are…rich, poor, sick, well, successful or on the street…it is a moment in their lives they never forget.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, a mystical thing takes place in the heart and mind.   It is a confidence that has never been experienced…and peace beyond understanding.    He does not ask us to do anything, but to believe …and in believing…he takes us to Himself…forgiving our sins….and making us clean.  The Holy Scriptures says that He remembers our sins no more.

Charlotte Elliott wrote the hymn  JUST AS I AM

Charlotte Elliott

Below are the words and music to the song  “JUST AS I AM”   written by Charlotte Elliott in 1835.  She was a member of the Church of England.  She was also an invalid and suffered greatly  during the last 50 years of her life.  Charlotte was confined to her home and unable to attend church services. After 13 years of being an invalid, at age 32, Charlotte wrote the five verses to “Just As I Am”.

When we come to Jesus, we must come as we are…for it is level ground at the foot of the cross.   No one earns their way ….but simply comes to Him.

I often say I like to pray in the shower…so I challenge you to find a quiet place…and pour out your heart…for He is listening.   Perhaps whether  you know it or not…you  have been looking for a “Come to Jesus” moment in your life.