IT IS WELL

A PARAPHRASE OF THE CLASSIC HYMN: IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL
By Marcie Bridges

© Tee-Tee Barnes Photography, 2014
And he said:“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there.

The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:21 (NKJV)

**When peace, like a river, attendeth my way – – When everything is going well and right

When sorrows like sea billows roll; – – When life has taken its heaviest toll

Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say – –
                   No matter what is going on in my life You have taught me this one thing

It is well, it is well, with my soul! – – All is alright, With You by my side, 
                                                                                                    My soul is at peace.

©Tee-Tee Barnes Photography, 2014

It is well – – Thank You Lord!
With my soul – – With my whole being
It is well, It is well – – I rest in You, I trust in You,
With my soul! – – With my whole heart, soul and mind
                             With all I am, all I have
                              My inmost being.

© Karen Murphy Photography, 2014  

Thank You LORD that no matter what has come into our lives, whether because of something we have done, or someone else has thrown us into a pit, we can rest in You and we can find peace in our inmost being. I praise You LORD that one day the clouds will part, and You will call us home and we will have no more sorrow, no more pain, no more sin. Until then LORD, may we find within us the words to say, BLESSED BE YOUR NAME IT – IS WELL WITH MY SOUL.  
The Gaither’s Sing It is Well With My Soul with David Phelps soloing:
** Lyrics “It is Well With My Soul” by Horatio G. Spafford, Circa 1873, Public Domain

© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2014
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FIRM(LESS) FAITH

“On Christ the solid rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand!”
 (“The Solid Rock” is a Christian hymn written by Edward Mote in 1834.)

Matthew 7:24-27 (NKJV)  Build on the Rock:

24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

I KNOW, THAT I KNOW, THAT I KNOW if I were to die today I would go to Heaven. I know it without a shadow of a doubt. I’ve lived this faith for many years and I’ve believed every single word of the Bible without a doubt in my soul.

Recently I encountered something I truly had never heard of before. That God’s Word is all a myth based off of folklore from India and the Persians. I was so side-swiped by the idea I am not sure I heard the rest of the what was being said to me. I began to look into the claims and as I did I was warned not to look too closely because it might lead me down a road of disbelief. As I looked at the book in my hand that was going to supposedly tell me the truth of whether the Bible is true or just a bunch of made up stories, I looked at my husband and said, “Wouldn’t it be sad if after 37 years of living my life according to a solid faith that I would read one book and it would shatter it all?” The whole idea made me very sad and a little sick to my stomach. What a shaky faith that would be!

Job 19:24-26 (NKJV) says, “That they were engraved on a rock, With an iron pen and lead, forever! For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God..”

Here’s my question: Do you know what your faith stands on? Is it a firm foundation, or, is it sinking in the sand? Is it a house built on a rock standing firm in the storm, or, a sand castle that is destroyed easily by the tide that rolls in? The Apostle Paul exhorts us, “Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.” (Romans 14:5) and for each of us to be ready with an answer as to why and what we believe.

If someone were to look you in the eye and ask you, “What do you believe?”, what would you say?


FIRM FOUNDATION?

The beginning. The very beginning.
Of time, of space, of man, of race.
Doesn’t matter what you really think
Or what you really believe
How it all started, or,
Does it?
Because, see, here’s the thing –
Opinions are great and theories grand
Somewhere it became part of a strand
Perhaps even the most elaborate of scams
Stand for something or you’ll fall for anything
BUT
Conviction of the heart is EVERYTHING
So whatever it is that you think you know
Whatever faith you want to exhale
Believe it. NO!
Consume it – deeply –
Stand firm, never, ever wavering
Because it would be so sad now wouldn’t it
To truly believe and then with one book,
With one look, one wink of a different view
To have it all crumble, crash around you
Have it all taken away in the sinking sand
of firm-less faith.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©16 May 2014

© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2014
Top pictures © Bridgescreations, 2014