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It Is Well With My Soul

Did you know, the song “It Is Well With My Soul” was written by a successful Christian lawyer Heratio Spafford?

His only son died at age 4 in 1871. In 1872, the great Chicago fire wiped out his vast estate, made from a successful legal career. In 1873 he sent his wife and four daughters over to Europe on a summer trip on the ill fated SS Ville du Havre. Since he had a lot of work to do, he planned to follow them later. The ship sank and he lost his four daughters with the wife being the only survivor. She sent him a telegram which simply read, “SAVED ALONE……” On his return home, his Law firm was burned down and the insurance company refused to pay him. They said, “it’s an act of God.”

He had no money to pay for his house and no work, so he also lost his house. Then while sitting and thinking what’s happening to him, being a spiritual person, he wrote a song – “Whatever, my Lord, You have taught me to say – It is well, it is well with my soul.”

A good attitude will determine your altitude. When you look at your life, career, job or family life, what do you say? Do you praise God? To simply be alive is a blessing given to us by God.

World Death Rate
Deaths per Day: 163,898
Deaths per Hour: 6,829
Deaths per Minute: 114
Deaths per Second: 1.90

Too often we reflect on what we want, not what we have. Too often we act to our benefit, not to the benefit of others. Too often we demand our desires, not our needs. Be blessed and don’t be envious or shocked when others are prospering because you don’t know what they have been through to get there (test, trials and tribulation), so thank God for what you have – because you have more than 163,898 people have that day; simply because you woke up.

“Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come
Let this blest assurance control
That Christ has regarded for my helpless estate
And has shed His own blood for my soul.”
“It is well with my soul!”

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