Some more of John Newton's verses which I was shown recently. I thought that these are so suitable for mothers with little ones when it is difficult to have an uninterrupted service and we struggle with tiredness reading God's Word. I haven't found these in any modern hymnbook-this is from a facsimile of Olney Hymns-with the "f"s changed to "s"s for ease of reading.
By the poor widow's oil and meal
Elijah was sustained;
Tho' small the stock it lasted well,
For God store maintained.
It seemed as if from day to day,
They were to eat and die;
But still, tho' in a secret way,
He sent a fresh supply.
Thus to His poor He still will give
Just for the present hour;
But for tomorrow they must live
Upon His Word and power.
No barn or storehouse they possess
On which they can depend;
Yet have no cause to fear distress,
For JESUS is their friend.
Then let not doubts your mind assail,
Remember, God has said,
"The cruise and barrel shall not fail,
"My people shall be fed."
And thus tho' faint it often seems,
He keeps their grace alive;
Supplied by His refreshing streams,
Their dying hopes revive.
Tho' in ourselves we have no stock,
The LORD is nigh to save;
His door flies open when we knock,
And 'tis but ask and have.