‘Til All Is Well With Your Soul

Count your blessings, name them one by one
Count your blessings, see what God has done
Count your blessings, ‘til all is well with your soul
As I listened to the song “Count It All” by the JJ Weeks band, one phrase in particular caught my attention: ‘til all is well with your soul. This means whether doubt and fear are pressing in–whether the darkness is thick and the hurt deep–whether the valley is low and the mountain high– there is still a song to sing. We are to count our blessings until our heart overflows–until all is well with our soul. Not necessarily our world. God doesn’t call us to count our blessings only when life is good; he calls us to count them at all times. We are to never forget all his benefits. There is still much to be thankful for even in the midst of fear, darkness, sickness, and uncertainty.
Why?  How?
Every blessing great and small
Every breath every step we walk
Is a gift we don’t deserve from a love we cannot earn
We can’t earn life.  God gives it.  Each breath.  Each step.  Each heartbeat. Every blessing great and small is a gift.  A gift we don’t deserve.  A gift we cannot earn.
God has been showing me this in large doses recently.  The last eight days have been wild ones for our family.  A beloved family member was admitted to the hospital, underwent major back surgery, and is now in the beginning stages of regaining her strength and ability to walk.  It has been an exhausting journey, and continues to be for her and for those who are with her right now.
I confess to you that during the blur of this past week’s events my daily quiet time with God suffered.  Yes, I continued to pray to Him on behalf of my family member. Yes, I called upon Him throughout the events of each day.  But I was unable to have that morning quiet–that sit and listen time I look forward to every day. And I was feeling it big time.  My attitude was not where it should be, and I was physically and emotionally tired.
But this morning.  Oh, this morning. I was finally able to sit and listen. And as I sat and listened, God used another devotional to remind me of the importance of continuing to count those blessings–of continuing to focus my thoughts on Him.  So I did. I began meditating on those familiar passages of Scripture (Philippians 4:4-9, Psalm 23, Psalm 91, Isaiah 26:3, Psalm 46:10). In essence, I counted my blessings ’til all was well with my soul.  No, my circumstances didn’t change.  But I did.  My demeanor did.  My attitude did.  I had counted God’s blessings until all was well with my soul.  And…
Oh the power that’s released
When you know what you received
Oh the strength that you will gain
With every whisper then
Oh the joy that comes alive
Oh the peace that won’t subside
And everything around you shakes
And still you say

Every blessing great and small
Every breath every step we walk
Is a gift we don’t deserve from a love we cannot earn
There’s still a song to sing even in our deepest need
The valley’s low and the mountains tall
Take a breath and count them all, count them all, count them all

Therefore, I encourage you today to count your blessings. Meditate on God’s Word.  Give thanks.  No matter the situation, take time to pause and to focus–to focus on who God is and all He has done in your life.  No, this does not mean all will be instantly well in your world, but it will be well with your soul.  And that, my friend, is worth far more than anything this world could ever provide.
Bless the Lord , O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 
Psalms 103:2‭-‬5‭

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