Saints of any class have a variety of lessons to learn, several books to read, and several exercises to perform. And when they are occupied with any one of these, the rest seem to disappear or to be dormant for that time, though that is not so in reality.
But the way is to learn one lesson at a time. Sometimes saints are most concerned about their own emptiness and insufficiency; sometimes about the riches and freeness of grace; sometimes about the beauty of holiness and the usefulness of good works; sometimes sorrow and fear; at another time love and joy take hold of them.
Taken from the book Learning in Christ's School by Ralph Venning 1675