Testing Times

Testing timesSome trials come into our lives like a wind that rustles leaves in atreeSome trials come into our lives like a hurricane that uproots treesTesting timesLike a spy who reveals to the enemy the strengths or weaknessesof the walls of a fortressSo does the way we handle the trials in our livesreveal to The Prince of this world whether the walls of our faith arestrong or are weakTesting timesTrials are like an armed banditWho robs the wicked man of years of his lifeBut to the righteous man they are a school masterof wisdom and a builder of faithTrials test the substance that love between two people is made oflike fire burning off the impurities in a piece of goldSilent Songs: written by Stephen J. VattimoSept 13, 1998

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Stephen J. Vattimo born 1965, in the Philadelphia area of the state of Pennsylvania.
Spent child hood in privet boarding school,due to hyper activity and not able to function in structure setting.
graduated from boarding school and attended regular public High school and graduated.
Served in the U.S. Military ,U.S. Army,Pa National Guard,Army reserves,Civil Air Patrol.
Artistically: Painter,Poet,Humorous short stories,commentator

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  • Pagly2
    Pagly2almost 7 years ago

    and the many trials that a man is given also gives him strength…..and builds his character……
    a beautiful piece.thank you

  • Estelle O'Brien
    Estelle O'Brienalmost 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this thoughtful poem Stephen…it’s very true. Fortunately we have One who sees us through all our trials.

  • Tony Ryan
    Tony Ryanalmost 7 years ago

    Very true Stephen.I believe many in society hide from tests. They do this by either becoming agressive or by trying to pretend the hurt or test did not come and instead throw themselves into happy situations or thoughts. I believe to ever be truly free we must fear nothing including fear itself.

  • Annette "Netr" Knight
    Annette "Netr"...over 6 years ago

    the part about love describes what i’m going through right now… great writting

  • Stephen  J. Vattimo
    Stephen J. Va...over 6 years ago


    Thank you for taking the time to comment on the poem Testing Times . Any relationship will bring trials into our lives because we all have a sin nature. But through relationships God exposes our rough edges that need to be sanded smooth, so that we can be molded in to Christ image, hang in there for relationships that are valueble like gold take a lot of refining.Stephen
  • solareclips~Julie  Alexander
    solareclips~Ju...about 4 years ago

    Well written! Trials are what make us stronger and they are very much a part of life!
    Amazing work!

  • Thank you for featuring my poem,Testing Times on Freedom To Shine. I am glad God saw it fit to touch you heart with my poem.


    – Stephen J. Vattimo

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