Count Your Blessings

The song "Count Your Blessings" was written by Johnson Oatman in 1897. The song is a wonderful reminder of the many blessings from God. The song's verses recollect the troubles and tribulations of life, but each verse ends with the reminder to focus on the Lord's blessings rather than the turmoils of this life. When … Continue reading Count Your Blessings

It is Well with My Soul

This hymn was written by Horatio Spafford and composed by Philip Bliss. First published in Gospel Songs No. 2 by Ira Sankey and Bliss (1876) . Horatio Spafford penned this song after several tramatic events in his life which included the death of his son, financial ruin due to the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, and the loss of his 4 daughters in … Continue reading It is Well with My Soul

Nearer Still Nearer

Today I discuss the song Nearer Still Nearer written by Lelia N. Morris. This song holds a special place in my heart because I grew up singing this song at my home congregation, Pennington Bend church of Christ in Nashville, TN. This song was a favorite of the minister, W.K. Johnson and he regularly requested … Continue reading Nearer Still Nearer

Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross

This song was written by Fanny J. Crosby. The song was first published in 1869. Crosby wrote the lyrics after hearing the music composition by William Doane. Crosby wrote over 8000 hymns and songs. Even though Crosby was blind since six weeks old, she possessed a great talent for writing with vivid imagery. Jesus Keep … Continue reading Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross