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Would you rear a monument to your own memory?
“Dig a well.” Paul, and Howard, and Henry Martyn, and Harlan Page, each “ digged a well.” We trust many good men and women are now digging their wells. They are laying up for themselves enduring riches—building lofty monuments which time will not crumble.
Do you wish a fountain to slake your own thirst? Dig a well.” The person who digs a well, not only supplies others, but also supplies himself. It is an order of Providence that Christian beneficence shall re-act for the good of him who exercises it. “He that watereth shall be watered also himself." (Prov. xi. 24, 25; 2 Cor. ix. 6-11.) This is the very figure we have been using. It is God's idea. Facts seem to confirm these Scriptures. A gentleman in 1853, gave £20 to the British and Foreign Bible Society; in 1854, he gave £2700; and in 1855, £5600. When asked how his charities increased so largely, he replied, “The more I give, the more I get."
MOTIVES. HAT motives can we find strong enough to influence our children for right, when inclination, or expediency,
or evil companions, tempt them to do wrong? Some persons constantly hold up the sentiment of honour !
“My boy,” they say, " tell the truth, for it is mean and dishonourable to lie. Be generous, be considerate, be courteous : no gentleman will ever be otherwise. Take no unfair advantages in the race of life. Keep your honour without spot!”
It is undoubtedly good advice; and yet many a one, starting nobly, has come to fearful wreck by taking only honour for his pilot. Actions unkind, cruel, murderous, have been committed through trusting to a false notion of honour. Moral cowardice makes a bulwark of miscalled honour, and thinks itself brave ! We need something higher than this, to actuate the young minds that, full of eager enthusiasm, and beset on every side, gird themselves for the struggle.
Some set worldly gain, an infinitely lower thing, before their children as an incentive. Honesty is the best policy,” they say; and putting politic reasons in the place of right, they need not wonder if the result of their training be to make the trained crafty, shrewd, and merely wise for earth. As low a motive is that which has its root in the love of praise. Praise is not, per se, an evil thing, but like the love of money, the love of power, or any other love selfishly pursued, it works out its own ill consequences. “Woe unto you when all men shall speak well of you,” said our Saviour; and too often we find that one of whom all speak well
has gained his renown at the expense of personal rectitude, or by some sacrifice of principle.
Let us from the first cultivate in our children the feeling of accountability to God. Even the very little child can understand that this thing or that must not be done, because it is against God's command. Let the Bible be the supreme code of laws in our homes! “Such conduct would displease our Father in Heaven ;-hear what He says about it,” we should oftener say to the dear ones, who take our words with absolute trust, and who so readily believe the words of God.- A MOTHER.
GLEANINGS. CRUELTY TO ANIMALS CULMINATING IN MURDER.— The following anecdote proves the correctness of the Baroness BurdettCoutts's theory, that humanity should be inculcated in childhood, for the cruel boy too often becomes the cruel man.
H. F. was sent to a good mercantile school in an eastern county. He was frequently reprimanded for acts of cruelty to animals, and on one occasion the master, finding his reproofs unheeded, said, in the presence of his pupils, that if 8. F. did not reform, he would certainly come to a bad end. The boy became a man, and one day the public mind was greatly shocked by the news of a cold blooded murder; the perpetrator of the dreadful crime was H. F., his guilt was clearly proved, and he died upon the scaffold !
UNDOUBTING FAITH.-The Christian must trust in a withdrawing God. The boldness of faith ventures into God's presence, as Esther into Ahasuerus’s, when no smile is to be seen on His face, no golden sceptre of promise perceived in His hand. Yea, faith trusts not only in a withdrawing, but in a killing God. (Job xiii. 15). Now, for a soul to make its approaches unto God, by a recumbency of faith, even while God seems to fire upon it, and shoot His frowns like envenomed arrows into it, is hard work, and will try the. Christian to purpose. Yet such a masculine spirit we find in that poor woman at Canaan, who, as it were, took
the bullets which Christ shot at her, and, with a humble boldness of faith, sent them back again to Him in her prayers.-Gurnall. "THE MASTER IS COME, AND CALLETH FOR THEE.
Not for your pastor, or the deacons, or some gifted member of your Church, but
for thee.” No matter who you are, or how limited your sphere, it is you he calls for. No lack of gifts can excuse you. If God calls you, it is simply to do what you can, however little that may be. Jesus said of Mary, “She hath done what she could.” The poor woman who cast into the treasury two mites, did all that she could, and Jesus commended her. "Go thou and do likewise.”
HINTS FOR THE HOUSEHOLD.
it; you can add a little lemon, or Out up a fowl into pieces; the any flavouring you like. It can leg and thigh into two pieces, be eaten either hot or cold. each wing into two pieces, the Tapioca jelly is made just in back into three, the breast into the same way.
Both tapioca two, which, with the
merry and sago dissolve more easily if thought, will form in all fourteen
you soak them in water before pieces. Take a Spanish onion, making the jelly. cut it up small, put it in a stewpan with two ounces of butter
TO MAKE A BREAKFAST-CUP OF and a little cayenne and salt. Let
ARROWROOT. it stew gently for about an hour
Take a tea-spoonful of arrowuntil it is in a complete pulp. root, mix it very smooth with a Half an hour before you want it,
little cold milk, pour over it half a put in the fourteen pieces of pint of boiling milk, stirring it all chicken, let them stew for half-an the time; put it into a saucepan ; hour, and when done, put into give it a quick boil up, taking your silver dish a teaspoonful of
care the milk does not boil over,Spanish or French garlic vinegar;
up in an instant,--and it if that is not liked, the squeeze
is ready. You can flavour it with of half a lemon, and you will
lemon or spice, and eat it with or never again want to taste insipid
sugar. boiled fowl. It requires no
ARROWROOT DRINK. water ; the fowl will be done in
Take a teaspoonful of arrowits own gravy.
root, mix it very smooth with a
little water ; take a pint of boil. RICE JELLY.
ing water and pour over it, stirBoil well together 4 oz. of sugar ring it all the while ; sweeten it in 1 pint of milk; have ready with moist sugar, and squeeze into 4 oz. of ground rice, mixed very smooth with a little cold milk;
it the juice of half a lemon. Strain put it into the boiled milk, stir it
it through a piece of muslin. You
can make it any thickness you well, and boil all together till quite thick. Put it into a basin please, by adding a little more or
a little less water. or shape, if you have one; it will look prettier when turned out.
Put y pint of tamarinds into a TAPIOCA OR SAGO JELLY. jug; pour 1 quart of boiling water Put 4 table-spoonfuls of sago over them ; cover them up; let in 1 quart of water; simmer it them stand for an hour. It will by the fire till the sago is quite be ready for use.
If dissolved, taking care not to boil very clear, strain through muslin.
you want it
BOOKS RECEIVED. Bright Glimpses for Mothers' Meetings.—Home Thoughts for Mothers (Nisbet & Co.).-Good Words for Mothers (Book Society).Hints on Nursing the Sick (Partridge & Co.).—Plain Paths.-- Precious Truths (Religious Tract Society).--Home Visitor (Hunt & Co.).
The nature of a successful Christian education we propose to notice. And we would not here dwell on subjects which are generally acknowledged, such as
prompt obedience and the honouring of parents, but would rather point out things which are too often neg
lected. 1. The first thing is rightly to know the TRUE FOUNDATION OF OUR HOPES of success. This is nothing less solid than the sure promises of God's word, many of which are very precious to a Christian parent's heart; such as Deut. vii. 9; Psalm xxxvii. 25, 26; c.5; cii. 28; ciii. 17, 18; cxii. 2; Prov. xi. 21 ; xx. 7; xxii. 6; Isaiah xliv. 3–5; li. 8; lxv. 23; Luke i. 50; Acts ii. 38, 39.
2. We must join with this a clear view of the only governing cause of success; THE FREE AND RICH GRACE OF GOD OUR FATHER. All his children are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. Here is the origin, here is the maintaining and continuing strength, here is the final triumph of all our efforts; and to cultivate a habit of constantly looking to, and habitually depending upon God, in daily prayer, in every struction, and in every plan formed for our children, is a main principle for obtaining their spiritual good. The faith and prayers of a parent are specially prevalent with our gracious Redeemer (Mark v. 23; vii. 24–30; ix. 23, 24). VOL. VIII. No. 9.