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A. B. Simpson declared, You will have no test of faith that will not fit you to be a blessing if you are obedient to the Lord. I never had a trial but when I got out of the deep river I found some poor pilgrim on the bank that I was able to help by that very experience." My life is but a weaving Between my Lord and Me, I cannot choose the colors He worketh steadily. Oft times He weaveth sorrow And I in foolish pride Forget He sees the upper And I, the underside. Not till the loom is silent And the shuttles cease to fly shall God unroll the canvas And explain the reason why. The dark threads are as needful In the Weaver's skillful hand as the threads of gold and silver In the pattern He has planned. Lord, I've never moved a mountain and I guess I never will. All the faith that I could muster wouldn't move a small ant hill. Yet I'll tell you, Lord, I'm grateful for the joy of knowing Thee, and for all the mountain moving down through life You've done for me. When I needed some help you lifted me from the depths of great despair. And when burdens, pain and sorrow have been more than I can bear, you have always been my courage to restore life's troubled sea, and to move these little mountains that have looked so big to me. Many times when I've had problems and when bills I've had to pay, and the worries and the heartaches just kept mounting every day, Lord, I don't know how you did it. Can't explain the wheres or whys. All I know, I've seen these mountains turn to blessings in disguise. A clay pot sitting in the sun will always be a clay pot. It has to go through the white heat of the furnace to become porcelain. - Mildred Witte Struven, in Bits and Pieces, September 19, 1991, p. 6 Never attempt to bear more than one kind of trouble at once. Some people bear three kinds&md;all they have had, all they have now and all they expect to have. - Edward Everett Hale He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity. - Ben Johnson Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle. - J. R. Lowell God brings men into deep waters not to drown them but to cleanse them. In adversity we usually want God to do a removing job when He wants to do an improving job. To realize the worth of the anchor, we need to feel the storm. No, I've never moved a mountain, for my faith is far too small. Yet, I thank you, Lord of Heaven, you have always heard my call. And as long as there are mountains in my life, I'll have no fear, for the mountain-moving Jesus is my strength and always near. - Author Unknown