It Is Well with My Soul


It Is Well with My Soul

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.


It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.


My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought—
My sin—not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!


For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.


But, Lord, ‘tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh trump of the angel! Oh voice of the Lord!
Blessèd hope, blessèd rest of 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.

This was one of the songs my family sang in my mom’s hospital room the last couple days. We sang Great Is Thy Faithfulness, Trust and Obey, Bless Thou the Lord, He Lives and a couple songs in Russian, too. My mom had many ups and downs over the course of her time. The following photos show some of those ups and downs. Tonight she is home in her and my pop’s apartment on Hospice Care.

mom praisingThese photos were taken while singing It is Well with My Soul and praying over my mom.

mom watermelon

The next day my nephew Tim brought this cut up watermelon for us all to share in the hospital room and my mother really brightened up when she saw it.

mom episode

My father is always at my mom’s side. This was another down episode my mom had. She could go from alert and cheery to very difficult periods.

mom blessing

She rallied again and was so intent on my father praying a blessing on Caleb and Marie who will be getting married on August 10th. She wanted my Pop to bless them in Russian and then she spent quite a good chunk of time giving Caleb and Marie some advice and counsel. She told them that they have to forgive each other among other things.

After I left for the airport and my family was waiting for my mom to be discharged my sister shared the following:

Yesterday as we were waiting for mom’s release process we were singing hymns and people were stopping by to listen. We then received a request to sing for a patient. After we sang and prayed with one patient, a nurse asked if we could sing for yet another patient! It was such a wonderful experience to be able to minister to others in their time of need!

I am home again and thankful that I could make a quick trip to Southern California to see my mom and pop and be with them through these hard days. My siblings and I were able to talk through some decisions we have to make soon and talk with my parents about their wishes and resolving to honor those wishes. We had wonderful times of fellowship in my mom’s hospital room praying, singing, reading, laughing, sharing with family and friends. At one point we had 19 of us crammed into her small hospital room. After that the staff moved my mom to a much larger room so we could have more space. The staff at St. Jude Hospital in Fullerton were wonderful and they offered us some great hospitality even when we were clogging their halls!

Now we wait on God’s timing for my mom’s life.

Thank you for your prayers. I appreciate you all…

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

22 thoughts on “It Is Well with My Soul

  1. I have thought of you and your family on and off today and was glad to see your post. The family your mother and father made has rallied round and it must be such a comfort to your parents to know that you are together, supporting one another.

  2. What a sweet blessing that you have shared with us today. It blesses me so to see Believers walking in faith and living their testimony. Your mother and father are such beautiful examples of what a Christian’s life looks like. Now it will not surprise me in the least if your parents are able to attend the wedding after all. Thank you for sharing your precious family with us. Many prayers for peaceful transitions.

  3. Such a precious godly heritage your parents have given your family. I watch from a distance and am blessed. Will be praying for you all…

  4. I know how difficult it is to see your Mom in this way. I am thankful that Katrina and I went to see your parents while I was there visiting recently. We had a wonderful visit and Aunt Nadia was the most gracious hostess. We prayed together and it was a blessing. I know how especially hard it is for Uncle Moisi and he is in our thoughts and prays as well as the rest of the family.

  5. Oh Ellen, my heart felt such warmth and love in your family as I was reading this. May your mother and father feel the Lord’s nearness in this time not knowing when the Lord will call her home. Peace to all of you….

  6. How wonderful to see your mom’s smile for the camera. I’ve been thinking of you and praying for you. I know how hard this is. May you and your family stay hopeful and supportive during this time of decision making. Another beautiful and appropriate hymn today!

  7. Your post is ever touching and moving as we think of your mother and her family ‘celebrating life’ It looks like she has blessed all those that God has brought to her mind and the family is releasing her to a ‘graduation ceremony’ shortly. Prayers and blessings to your whole family.

  8. Ellen, Ellen. Such days are so hard and yet joy awaits your dear mother. Praying for you and the family (St Jude is just a couples miles down the road). And all shall be well.

  9. A wonderfully sweet post … made me cry. Thank you for the update. I can imagine how hard it was for you to leave….been there. So glad you were able to go and that you and your siblings agree…what a blessing.That is not always the case. Will continue to pray.

  10. I love the sweet picture of your parents!…such love…and how wonderful it is to be able to pray as a family during those times.

  11. Your mom is a beautiful woman, Ellen. I’m glad you were able to encourage her with the familiar hymns and the promises they carry. It’s a hard time for you, but a glorious future ahead.

  12. Precious is His love, He is enough, the tomb is empty, rejoicing for special moments. Praying peace for all according to the number of her days. What a wonderful heritage in your family. So thankful you had the time with them….what a gift.

  13. How wonderful to see your family rally round your dear Mom and Dad in this time of hardship and pain – and to do it in songs and hymns and reading scripture. What a testimony to those around you there and a comfort to your dear parents..

  14. So touching and beautiful…and what a wonderful testimony to all who were nearby. Continuing to pray for your mom…your dad…and all of you as family.

  15. I always pray to St. Jude as he is known as the saint of the “impossible” –that is why the large cancer center for children in the US founded by the actor Danny Thomas is named after him

    The day my Mom passed there was another family in the next cubicle in the ER speaking Russian. My Mother spoke Ukrainian, but she understood a lot of Russian too. She told us it was nice to hear her almost native language again after so many years. We would never guess that less than an hour later my Mom would leave us for her heavenly rewards.

    I’m glad you were able to spend some beautiful, quality time with your Mother, Ellen, and that he path is prepared when the Lord tells her it’s her time to join Him. I’ll continue to pray for her and your family!

  16. There is such a wonderful peace amidst the sorrow when we can sing It is well with my soul and Great is thy faithfulness. Thank you for letting us join you in this very tender time. The gracious hand of God has been upon your mom and pop, and He has promised to remain faithful. We are praying for you dear friend and your family. She is on heavens door step and still ministering to those so dear to her heart. May the Lord be near to your Pop and give him strength in these moments. There life long love story is so evident…their faith, trust and love for God also so evident. Love you dear Ellen.

  17. Hi Ellen,

    What a touching post! Love the hymn you have included with the post. We sang it at church on Sunday, and I was once again immensely touched by the words. I prayed for your Mom over the weekend (sorry, didn’t get a chance to comment on your previous post). Will continue to pray. Blessings to you and yours.

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