it is well with my soul.
Horatio Spafford was a wealthy lawyer and investment realtor in Chicago, where he lived with his wife, Anna, and four young daughters. In 1871 the Great Fire of Chicago broke out and completely devastated the family, only beginning a series of tragic events. The fire burned their home, belongings, and all of their real estate properties. Following their financial ruin, Horatio decided to take his wife and four daughters to England to help a family friend DL Moody in sharing the Gospel. Just before they set sail on the 'Ville de Havre', a last-minute business development caused Horatio to delay. He persuaded his family to go as planned. Anna and her four daughters Annie, Maggie, Bessie, and Tanetta sailed East to Europe while Spafford returned West to Chicago.
On November 2nd 1873, the ‘Ville de Havre’ collided with another ship. It sank in only 12 minutes, claiming the lives of 226 people. Anna Spafford had stood bravely on the deck, with her daughters clinging desperately to her. Her last memory had been of her baby being torn violently from her arms by the force of the water. Anna was only saved from the fate of her daughters by a plank which floated beneath her unconscious body and propped her up. Upon being rescued, she sent Horatio a telegram that read 'Saved alone.."
With a heavy heart, Horatio boarded a boat that would take him to his grieving wife Anna in England. As his ship was sailing over the waters where his daughters had passed away, he wrote the timeless lyrics 'When sorrow like sea billows roll; it is well, it is well with my soul..'
I have always loved this song, and the lyrics seem to have garnered some major popularity among artsy canvas-painting people and Instagram captions and everything in-between. The story is so much more, and such a heartbreaking reminder that TRULY 'Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul!'
This is the beautiful original hymn sung by Hillsong Chapel.
This is a contemporary version by Bethel Music. Lyrics are inspired by the original.
The weather is warming up and I am stoked. Here are some fun outdoor activities!
The Outbound is an app that is AWESOME. "Our community of local experts has created thousands of the best outdoor adventures for you to choose from. Whether you're looking for local hikes, campsites, after-work runs, waterfalls, swimming holes, or the best spots to catch a sunset, we've got you covered."
Rent a Canoe/Kayak and float the Buffalo River. It is gorgeous, and at the top of my list this Spring!
St. Catherine's at Bell Gable is the cutest church I have ever seen. The property also has a barn. It is open to the public on Sunday's from 12pm-3pm
check it out:
Everyone knows I love podcasts. They're the best in the car and working out. Bri Forth told me about this one, and I can't wait to listen to my first episode later today.
"'Call Your Girlfriend' is a podcast for long-distance besties everywhere, hosted by Ann Friedman and Aminatou Snow. Every other week, eavesdrop as Aminatou and Ann call each other to discuss the intricacies of pop culture and the latest in politics. We’re highbrow and lowbrow, unapologetically feminist, and not afraid to realtalk each other about everything from menstrual cycles to workplace dramas." Aminatou Sow is a digital strategist and one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in tech. Ann Friedman is a freelance journalist, New York magazine columnist, and email newsletter mogul. We’re impressive individually, but unstoppable together.