"It is well with my soul"
In my life recently, there have been a lot of things going on. Several people I know have been diagnosed with cancer. School and work have been stressful. Trying to start a small business (in addition to my other small business) has been time-consuming. We had several, very expensive and very unexpected expenses... All-in-all, it has not been great.
But I was reminded of the old hymn. I may not be able to say things are "great," but can I at least say "It is well?"
"Whatever my lot, you have taught me to say, 'It is well. It is well with my soul.'"
Things may not be easy right now, but I am working on keeping my priorities in order, and my number one priority is my relationship with Christ. He will never give me more than I can handle; through Him, I can do all things! And because I know those things and believe them with my whole heart, I can say, indeed, "It is well with my soul!"
I did this painting tonight. I painted a wooden board dark gray and did a coat of light gray dry brushing over the top. I printed outy words and places them in the board. Using a ball-point pen, I etched the outline of the letters. Then, I filled them in with white paint. My hand-lettering is not perfect, but I like the imperfections. It reminds me that not everything is always going to be perfectly beautiful. It might be "accidentally wonderful" instead. But I will still say, "It is well with my soul!"