It is Well With My Soul – Worship Wednesday

Worship Wednesday is a regular feature on Leveraging Life where I share with you a song and a video. It may be something familiar to you or something entirely new. When possible I will try to provide the story behind the song so you can see what inspired the lyrics and the music. I hope you enjoy this selection and don’t forget you can view all the previous Worship Wednesday selections by clicking here.

This post was originally going be called Can’t Get A Break and not something I would have included in the Worship Wednesday series, but as I thought about a minor setback from last week this song came to mind.

It Is Well With My Soul

Written by Horatio Spafford

Performed by Todd Fields

Here is a link to the story behind the hymn. Please take the time to read Horatio Spafford’s motivation behind the song, and I think you will not only listen to the song differently, but be in awe of the faith illustrated in those lyrics. Please also enjoy North Point Church Worship Leader Todd Field’s acoustic version of this inspiring hymn of Worship and Praise.

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As I said in last Friday’s post Your Prayers, I learned my chemo treatments were over and my oncologist’s parting advice was to not worry about my upcoming scans and learn to live life again without dealing with those treatments. Sure there would be follow-up blood work, tests, and scans moving forward, but I was anxious to find a new normal. Not the old normal, because once cancer enters your life there can never be a normal. Yet the very day in the middle of the night I get call from the alarm company that monitors our dealership saying there is an alarm, which means I have to get out of bed and check things out. Needless to say as I was getting ready to leave my left leg buckled underneath me and to make a long story short I sprained/strained my left leg, the area where there has been a degeneration of the bone due to the cancer spreading.

Yes, less than 48 hours from the advice to learn to live again I’m back at the hospital getting X-rays and a CT scan…hence the proposed title Can’t Get A Break.

Despite this setback I’m truly gratefully it was NOT a break, I was bummed by the fact the my new normal was put on hold once again. But in the midst of the disappointment there is a lesson, one I learned via the internet thanks to Sara Frankl who taught all who visited her blog the art of finishing well and leaving a legacy.

If we are not careful life’s circumstances can lead us to question our faith, but when we look past our circumstances and Choose Joy that simple choice may be the greatest testimony our life gives and something God uses to lead others to Him.

Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

 Yes it is!

~Tom

trusting God period!

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Leveraging Life-Now is the place where stories can be shared to influence and impact others as they create their own stories. As a cancer survivor I share how leveraging my faith and trusting God period was the key component to moving past my diagnosis and learning to live a life filled with purpose. I'm blessed to be married to Shari and stepfather to her teenage sons, Michael and Matthew. I volunteer with North Point Ministries as a MTR Leader and Re:New Mentor. I also serve on the board of directors at One Thing Men's Ministry.

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