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Once it was the blessing, now it is the Lord; Once it was the feeling, now it is His Word; Once His gifts I wanted, now the Giver own; Once I sought for healing, now Himself alone. Once &ls;twas painful trying, now &ls;tis perfect trust; Once a half salvation, now the uttermost; Once &ls;twas ceaseless holding, now He holds me fast; Once &ls;twas constant drifting, now my anchor's rest. Once &ls;twas busy planning, now &ls;tis trustful prayer; Once &ls;twas anxious caring, now He has the care; Once &ls;twas what I wanted, now what Jesus says; Once &ls;twas constant asking, now &ls;tis ceaseless praise. Once it was my working, His it hence shall be; Once I tried to use Him, now He uses me; Once the power I wanted, now the Mighty One; Once for self I labored, now for Him alone.

- A.B. Simpson