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May not the foregoing account be an encouragement, in this, as well as in other ways, to seek FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteousness; relying upon the promise, that all things needful shall be added (Matt. vi. 33)? “Trust IN THE LORD, AND DO GOOD ; SO SHALT THOU DWELL IN THE LAND, AND VERILY THOU SHALT BE FED."
HOUSEHOLD AFFAIRS, HERE is nothing that smooths the rugged pathway more effectually than thorough self-dependence. The woman who in early life resolves so to familiarise herself with the duties of her household, that, in the
event of a reverse of fortune, she knows and feels that she is able to do that, which under prosperous circumstances would be performed by others, is the possessor of a consciousness of self-power that will bear her bravely up, when others who are ignorant of these duties sink in almost hopeless despair. Were it possible to arrive at a correct estimate upon the subject, it would be proven that a very large proportion of the worriments, perplexities, and discords of wedded life, are traceable to want of familiarity on the part of wives with household duties. Unable themselves to direct, they are necessarily compelled to depend upon others, and mainly upon those who have least interest in doing things well, or seeing that they are done as they should be.
A woman thus circumstanced is an object of pity. However honest her intentions, and however earnest her desire to please and gratify her husband, she finds in many cases that this is impossible; her best efforts are generally failures; and sinking beneath her own weakness, she gives up in despair. Every girl has it in her power to arrest this calamity,—for a calamity it must be regarded. All that is necessary is the determined resolve that, whatever her position in life, she will acquaint herself with household duties. Having thus resolved, let her set apart certain hours of each day for the acquisition of such knowledge, and prove that she is in earnest by her supervision of matters, or by her personal assistance in the kitchen, the sewing-room, the bed-chamber, in fact everywhere in the house where her presence or services can be protitably engaged. There is nothing dishonourable or degrading in this ; on the contrary, it is ennobling and dignifying. One of the proudest ornaments of society, in our estimation, is a woman who “ looketh well to the ways of her household” (Prov. xxxi. 27).
What Is Your Life ?- The celebrated John Foster compares human life to a reservoir, from which we constantly draw, but into which no fresh streams can enter. How nearly exhausted it is we do not know. It is diminishing every day and every hour. With thee, reader, it may be nearly dry. Read Ps. xc. 12.
THE USE OF FLOWERS. “ Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow.”—Matt. vi. 28.
OD might have bade the earth bring forth
Enough for great and small —
Without a flower at all.
For every want of ours, –
And yet have made no flowers.
Then, wherefore, wherefore were they made,
All dyed with rainbow light;
Upspringing day and night;
And on the mountains high,
Where no man passeth by ?
Then wherefore had they birth?
To beautify the earth ;
Whene'er his faith is dim;
THE SIN OF UNBELIEF.
F we would see sin to be exceeding sinful, we must
look at it as pardoned; we must believe that it is our Lord, our Husband, against whom we have sinned. I
never hate sin so much as when I hear my precious Lord saying, “I have blotted it out." I never feel so ashamed of my uncleanness as when Jesus says, “Thou art
all fair, my love : there is no spot in thee.” Do not, I entreat of you, give way to a doubting frame of mind : it is not sufficiently wrestled against, it is not sufficiently hated by the children of God, as that which so grieves and dishonours their blessed Master. It will wear the cloak of humility; it will speak so plausibly, that it oftener meets with approbation than with that reapprehension which is its due. It may promote a legal bondage, but not filial obedience; it may keep alive that fear with which devils tremble, but none of that holy awe with which cherubim and seraphim veil their faces, and worship round the throne.
Would you work out your own salvation with fear and trembling? Do it with the assurance that it is God who worketh, and will work in you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure.
Labour to make your calling and election sure; and fight against a doubt as you would against an open sin. I do believe it is that sin that goes nearest to the heart of Jesus, and which most dishonours Him. Whatever our frames and feelings may be, whether in our most lively or most desponding hours, we who believe are alike "complete in Christ.”-Miss Plumtre.
“WE ARE MADE PARTAKERS OF CHRIST, IF WE HOLD THE BEGINNING OF OUR CONFIDENCE STEADFAST UNTO THE END."--Heb. iii. 14.
the structure and working of her whole nature she
ideal of our blessed Saviour as He appeared on the earth." She was descended from Rev. John Fiske, who emigrated from England to America in 1637, concerning whom Cotton Mather says, he was the son of “pious and worthy parents, yea, of grand-parents and great-grand-parents eminent for zeal in the true religion.” In the family, for at least three hundred years, the line of the holy seed has been preserved. The wife of one of the Fiskes, who lived about a century ago, frequently set apart whole days to pray that her children might be a godly seed, even to the latest generation. In 1857, three hundred of the descendants of this praying mother were members of Christian Churches. Let parents observe this, and pray much for their children.
Fidelia was born in 1816. Her father was a New England farmer, who lived near Shelburne, and was “mighty in the Scriptures.” Fidelia was early remarkable for the thoroughness with which she learned everything assigned to her. She had always been more or less impressed with Scripture truth; but it was when she was thirteen years of age that she was converted. Her Sabbath-school teacher one day faithfully addressed her class on the importance of personal religion. Fidelia went from school in great distress, mourning over the sinfulness of her heart. She lay on her bed at night weeping. For months she concealed her anxiety. At length her mother suspected the state of the case, and inquired. "Mother, I am a lost sinner," was the reply. She soon found joy and peace in believing in Jesus. Soon she began to plead with her companions to seek the Saviour, and before long became a teacher in the Sabbath-school, urging her pupils both at school and at their homes, “to win Christ and be found in Him."
In 1839, she entered Mount Holyoke Seminary, an institution for the instruction of ladies, which had a high reputation for religion as well as education. It was then presided over by Miss Lyon, one of the most gifted, and one of the holiest of women, whose life Fidelia afterwards wrote. “Our school is large, consisting of about two hundred, and embraces a most interesting circle of young ladies. Three-fourths of them are hopefully pious. Last year, about forty who came among us strangers to God, were numbered among the followers of the Lamb before they left us. Our seasons of prayer and religious conversation are deeply interesting; and we hope the Spirit of God is, indeed, in the midst of us.
In 1842, Dr. Perkins, missionary to Persia, came to Mount
Holyoke and asked for a young lady to go with him as a missionary to Persia. “If counted worthy, I should be willing to go," wrote Miss Fiske. On her last visit to her home, before leaving, she wrote to her cousin,-“ Give your children unreservedly to your God: it is your great privilege. I was recently exceedingly interested in knowing the facts of one pious mother's consecration of her little ones to the Lord in their early years. She had been out to a missionary meeting, where she was led deeply to feel the claims of a dying world. She asked herself, 'What can I do?' Of worldly substance she had little; but as she entered her dwelling and saw her three lovely children engaged in their play, she said, ' These will I give to my God. She retired to her closet, and there, in a covenant not to be forgotten, she surrendered them to her Father. In due season, one by one, He called for them. The eldest, a daughter, married one of our most devoted home missionaries, and now labours amid the desolations of the west. The second was called to a foreign land. Her life was short, but it proved a blessing to benighted souls. The third, a son, has just finished his studies, and in a few weeks will leave for Persia, there to spend his life in labouring in the cause of Christ.”
In March, 1843, she sailed with Dr. Perkins, Rev. Messrs. Stoddard and Bliss, and their wives, for Persia; and in due time arrived at Oroomiah, where she laboured for sixteen years among the Nestorians. When the missionaries went to Persia, there was just one Nestorian female who could read. The houses and habits of the people were filthy. Lying and profanity were almost universal among men, women, and children. There were not five Christians known in the whole Nestorian nation. Miss Fiske was exceedingly anxious to commence a school for females, but the difficulties were great. In due time, however, she succeeded. In 1846, there were many conversions both in the boys' and the girls' school. “ The first Monday of the new year,” says Miss Fiske, “ was observed by the mission as a day of fasting and prayer. We had spoken of passing that day in wrestling for souls;' but we
ad only begun to seek, not to wrestle, when we learned that souls were pleading for themselves. For three weeks after the revival commenced we had but little company. The time seemed to be given us to labour expressly for our pupils, and it was to us like one continued Sabbath. Every place in our house was consecrated by prayer, and all our work was for souls. At the end of three weeks, Nestorians from without began to flock around us, and now our dear pupils were true helpers. I often had as many as ten or fifteen women to pass the night with us, I stayed with them till midnight, and then, from my room, heard them pray all night. I love to remember those nights of watching with the Lord Jesus for those precious souls.”
In the beginning of 1849 there was a still more extensive revival. “The Holy Spirit had come like a rushing, mighty wind. Most