"Such fatigues and hardship as these
serve to wean me more from the earth; and, I trust, will make heaven the
sweeter. Formerly, when I was thus exposed to cold, rain, etc., I was
ready to please myself with the thoughts of enjoying a comfortable house,
a warm fire, and other outward comforts; but now these have less place
in my heart (through the grace of God) and my eye is more to God for comfort.
In this world I expect tribulation; and it does not now, as formerly,
appear strange to me; I don't in such seasons of difficulty flatter myself
that it will be better hereafter; but rather think how much worse it might
be; how much greater trials others of God's children have endured; and
how much greater are yet perhaps reserved for me."
Compiled by Thomas George