Even So, It Is Well

Even So, It Is Well

It is well with my soul. It is well; it is well with my soul.
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I think everyone has heard this song at least once. Lately, more than ever, it has been resonating with my heart. Recently God revealed to me something that I never saw coming. I am beyond blessed for the opportunity laid out before me, but that doesn’t make the situation easy.

Making big decisions isn’t easy. Making life decisions isn’t easy. A lot of life isn’t easy, let’s just be honest. God never promised easy, He promised to be there with us through it, and to give us strength though the journey.

Life has a way of testing us, and tempting us to drift. If we place our trust correctly, in the rock of our Redeemer, our trust will hold no matter the forces fighting against it.

No matter what we go through, God won't leave us stranded in situations that we can’t handle. That doesn’t mean that we won’t face trials and temptations. God is going to be there with us no matter what, and it is well. He is well.

When you chose to leave mountains unmovable, give me the strength to be able to sing it is well with my soul.

When my world feels like it is crumbling below me, it is still well.

If God is calling you to something and you haven’t seen His goodness manifest in it yet, it is still well.

If your dream was crushed, He holds that, and it is still well.

If your relationship is failing, it is still well.

No matter what, it is still well, He is still God, and He is still good.

When all is well, then all is well.

In Painful times, God is strengthening you, and it is well. In peaceful times, God is restoring you, and it is well. In ALL times, God is loving you, and it is still well. The love of God is stronger than we can ever hope or dream. No matter what is going wrong, it is still well. You’ve been made new again. I speak release, I speak that it is truly well with your soul.

I pray for the souls of those reading this. I pray that they have peace in knowing that no matter what You’re doing in their hearts, God, that they can see that it is still well. God, that whatever stressful situations they’re in, whether it be in school, in their job, at home, with their kids, whatever it is God, that you just let them know that it is well. Sometimes we can’t understand why things are happening the way that they are, but I pray that we can start seeing your goodness in everything and have faith that it is well with our souls, no matter what, it is well, God…

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They tell you in sex ed that sex causes you to form a bond with someone. They throw some big chemical names at you that are apparently in your body and cause that emotional attachment to happen, then you move on (or back to) how important condoms are and why STDs are so scary.

As a middle schooler or teenager, you can't understand what it means to become permanently connected to someone as a result of a quick, physical act.

If you haven't even had your first kiss, you really can't imagine what it's like to develop such a complex and intimate connection with someone because you have yet to feel the butterflies in your stomach from a kiss. So you really don't know what it's like to have a whole different type of feeling in your stomach.

You never forget your first love. It's one of the most cliche things you consistently hear, but it's true. Ask anyone. I guarantee your parents can still spurt out their first love's name in a few seconds. And most people never forget their first time. I know all my friends can recount that often awkward and slightly terrifying moment as if it happened an hour ago. When you mix those two, especially if you are in your teens, oh boy.

You never forget that. No matter how hard you try.

Everything you hear about sex is true: it's amazing, fantastic, life-changing, etc. There's a reason people have done it as frequently as they do, for as long as they have. But every time you sleep with someone, you leave a piece of yourself with them. Every time you choose to take that final physical step with someone, you cannot go back and collect that piece of your dignity and soul that you left with someone.

So, imagine what happens when you break up with someone you've slept with. Or that you just hooked up with. You have given someone a little slice of yourself forever. And you can never get it back. And imagine what happens when you do that multiple times. You give a piece of yourself to five, 10, 15, 20 or more people. Then you meet the person that you want to spend forever with. And you no longer have that whole part of you. You've given pieces away, and you can no longer give those to the love of your life.

So, save those pieces for your future spouse.

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Angels Are Always Above Us, Watching And Protecting, But Christmas Reminds Us How Much They're Missed On Earth

Maybe it is not the most wonderful time of the year because if it was, you would be here.

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Each day as you grow older your Christmas list's becomes shorter and shorter. Mainly because the things you want can't be bought anymore. If you are experiencing another holiday without your loved ones, you know how true that is.

With the season rapidly coming up, I can't shake off these feelings of you not being here. Whether it has been a couple months, a couple years, or a couple decades, the reality is that you are not here anymore.

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So, the happiness and joy slowly start to fade away.

Every holiday season without you does not get easier. There is still a void in our hearts, that seem to never get filled. There is one less person who gets to open their Christmas presents, one seat left empty, one slice of pie not going to be eaten, one less person to hold hands with each other to say the prayer, one less person to text Merry Christmas and one less smiling, joyful face to see at the holiday time.

As the holiday's approach, you now have an angel ornament on your Christmas tree, you now might have an angel as your tree topper and angel decorations in your front yard. It is the little things you start to notice, those things are the things that let you know you will be OK this holiday season.

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I have confidence you are up in heaven celebrating with your passed loved ones, and celebrating with those angels who are far away from home as well. I have confidence you are at peace, which helps guide me through this holiday season as well.

I know you'll be with us in spirit this holiday season.

Merry Christmas to all the angels who were a little far from home this Christmas.

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