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Day Five: Daily Devotions

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

I have many "favorite" songs in many different genres, but when it comes to the old Hymns one of my absolute favorite hymns is "It Is Well with My Soul". I have heard the story of the writing of this song and it touched my heart even more. This story is told often and many of you may already know this story but I am going to tell the story as best as I can...

Horatio Spafford was the father of four daughters and he loved them so very deeply, but like many fathers he wanted a son. His wife gave birth for the fifth time and praise God it was a son. Horatio felt like his family was finally complete.

Not too long after the birth of his one and only son was born that same son died. Then to add to that grief the great fire of Chicago burnt down his law offices and he lost everything he had materially.

Dwight L Moody was one of Horatio's friends and he was going to be in London, England to preach and Horatio decided to send his wife and daughters hoping the time away would lift their spirits.

On the journey to London, the ship that the ladies were on sank. Horatio received a telegram with only two words on it; those words were; "Saved alone" and they were from his wife.

Horatio needed to get to his wife as soon as possible. He took a ship to London...

While on his journey, the captain of the ship knew what had happened and knew about Horatio's daughters, so when they arrived to the spot in the ocean that the ship went down the captain told Horatio, "This is the place that your daughter's lost their lives." Horatio replied, "This is the place where their real lives began."

Then he went to his cabin and wrote these words:

When peace like a river attends my way,
When sorrow like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot thou hast taught me to say
It is well; it is well with my soul.

Sheila Walsh, in my devotion book wrote about this man:
"Horatio was a man who had found God so faithful in the past that even as he stared into the cold waters of the North Atlantic, the peace of Christ flooded over him."

January's Theme is HOPE:

What a great display of hope in action. He has such faith but also HOPE that he can have the confidence that his daughters are right where God promised they would be...

What faith...


If you are a Christian you have more than likely heard this song but David Phelps is amazing in this verse and chorus. I bust out in tears every time I hear this song with such passion and power. Praise God & I pray that It is All Well With My Soul...

My Mom is in God's house tonight. My dad is there as well. I know this to be true because they were the ones who took me to church and they were the ones who taught me about Jesus and the sacrifice he made for me. They were the ones that taught me right from wrong based on their understanding of scripture. They were the ones that insisted we pray before we ate and before bed. They looked to God for help. They set the example for me. And I WILL see them again because PRAISE GOD His promises are TRUE. My sister is in God's house tonight along with my grandmothers. There are family who are not there but praise God these that I have mentioned are there and I too will be there some day.

I love that song and it fills my heart with HOPE because Horatio wrote those powerful words in the midst of losing all but his wife.

The Bible tells us not to lay our treasures up on earth because everything on earth will pass away, but lay your treasures up in heaven because heaven is eternal...

I want to give you all a resource to check out...
If you do not live in an area where you can get a radio station called K-LOVE please check it out online. They are broadcast worldwide and they are free on the internet. They play Christian Contemporary Music but they have been doing a Daily blog about a book called "Made to Crave" written by Lysa TerKeurst. It is about more than wanting to lose weight it is about how to Crave God instead of other things that dilute our spiritual life. I have been listening...

Today was day three...so we are not too far behind. You can listen online and the segment has been on the radio at about 7:20 to 7:30 am EST. It has been very uplifting and inspiring. I am going to see if I can get the book next payday.

The women from Proverbs 31 ministry were some of the ladies doing this book/blog.

Check it out...I am lovin' it...
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Thanks for sharing. That is a beautiful song, I had not heard the story behind it. My favorite song is "In the Garden".
    3747 days ago
    Hmmmm..."It Is Well With My Soul" IS my favorite hymn and I knew the story behind it. Very sad!

    I love how you're grabbing life with gusto. WTG! BYW, did you get to join the Y?
    3747 days ago
    I love that song. It is such a beautiful song. The story is sad, but encouraging. He lost his children, but went on. My favorite hymn is "And Can It Be That I Should Gain?"
    3747 days ago
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