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pentance, I have seen him regain his footing in the way of Life, and go on his way rejoicing.
What say you, then, my sisters, will you join this association for the improvement of our homes ? Will each of you that means to be a working member of it, hold up her hand ? Why, I think the woman's hand that would refuse to be held up in such a cause, and for such a purpose, must be a withered hand, and certainly must belong to a dead, withered heart. But, oh! that together with your hands, you will silently lift up your hearts in prayer to God that you may “obtain mercy to be faithful" in this thing. Nothing short of coming to Christ yourself will help you really to carry it out. You must possess life yourself from Him before you can be a centre of life and blessing to your home. There is an old fable that tells us of a snake caught in a circle of fire, beseeching a man to deliver it from its danger. “ But if I do,” said the man, “ you'll bite me.” “Oh, no, I won't; I promise faithfully I won't.” The man delivered the snake, and it bit him. “Oh !" cried the man, wringing his hand, “ you promised me, foul reptile, that you would not bite." “ True; but what are promises and resolutions when my nature is to bite ?” What are promises and resolutions, I say, when it is in your very nature to sin, to be careless, to lose your temper, to be self-indulgent and cross, to love dress more than economy, to be unpunctual and gossiping,--all these “ little sins," as they are called, which eat so cruelly into the comfort and peaceful beauty of a human home? Do you not see that it is your nature which needs changing? You want something more than good resolutions; you want the Holy Ghost,—that blessed loving Holy Spirit of our God which He has promised to give to all who ask Him. You want the higher motive of love to some perfect One who loves you. That One is Christ. Your soul will have no rest till He, your rightful Lord and Master, walks upon its restless waves, and you cry, “Lord, save me, or I perish.” Then there will come upon you a “great calm ;” and “the peace which passeth understanding” will leave you free to be a blessing to others. For this at least I have found,—that in most cases it is the clean heart that makes the clean home; it is the peace of God in the bosom that makes sweet peace in the home; it is the hope of heaven dwelling in the soul that makes the light of heaven shine in upon the earthly dwelling.
INDEPENDENCE.—Let a child wait very much upon himself; do not let him be waited upon hand-and-foot by servants; it will make him a poor creature if you do. Besides, a child is never so happy as when he waits upon himself, and when he can be useful to himself and others. A spirit of independence should be instilled early into him-it will make him a manly little fellow; he will then truly know “the glorious privilege
Of being independent."-Burns.
PAYING HER WAY.
pay for her washing and mending ?
And the hands have grown larger and stronger ?
If the debt runs many years longer ?
Dear little feet! How they fly to my side !
White arms my neck are caressing;
Fair head my shoulder is pressing.
From evil may angels defend her-
For love is a legal tender!
THREATENING A CHILD.-It is a wrong system altogether to threaten a child with punishment—the mother the while not having the slightest intention of putting her threat into execution. In the first place, the child from experience knows full well that the mother will not punish him; he consequently loses confidence and faith in her truthfulness, which is a grievous state of things. In the second place, her threats have no deterring effect upon him —they only encourage him in his naughtiness. A mother ought never to threaten punishment without, if he persists in his disobedience, executing judgment, and carrying out the punishment to the
-a child must see that the mother intends what she says, and that she does not mean either to trifle or to be trifled with.
BE STILL IN GOD.
Enduring peace shall know, For honour, wealth, or might!
bread Be still in faith! Forbear to seek
Finds favour in God's sight.
Be still in sorrow ! "As God wills!"
Let that thy motto be;
Submissive 'neath His stroke receive Be still in love! Be like the dew
His image stamped on thee.
Be still in God! Who rests on Him
And with a spirit glad and free
HINTS FOR THE
FOR THE HOUSEHOLD.
out beautiful pink, glazed “I never suffer ardent spirits pudding. in my house, thinking them evil This pudding can, of course, be spirits. If the poor could see the only procured for a family when white livers and shattered nervous apples are very cheap. In this systems which I have seen as the case the pudding will cost a mere consequences of drinking, they trifle, as the stalest bits of bread would be aware that spirits and
can be used in making it. poisons mean the same thing."
LINIMENT FOR RHEUMATISM. Sir Astley Cooper.
GOOD ALSO FOR CHILBLAINS, STIFF CHRONIC RHEUMATISM.
NECK, ETC. Sleep and ease can in some Take a large tea-spoonful of cases be got by rubbing the pain- flour of mustard, put it into half ful part with Windsor soap for a
a pint of spirits of turpentine, quarter of an hour, and leaving
the let it remain twenty-four hours, soap on afterwards all night. The shaking it up constantly; then soap must be just sufficiently mois- strain it off very clear through a tened to rub off easily on the skin. fine piece of muslin, and it is
Turpentine fomentations are ready for use. You must take excellent. Have ready a bit of great care that no grain of mustard rag wetted with turpentine; lay remains undissolved in
the it on the painful part, bind it up liniment, else it will irritate the with flannel wrung dry out of skin terribly. boiling water. Keep it on as
AN EXCELLENT PUDDING. long as it can be borne without injury to the skin-ten, fifteen,
Boil a small tea-cup full of rice, twenty minutes, or even half an
about 6oz., till quite tender; let it hour.
stand till it is cool. Have ready a few plums, or an apple chopped
up fine, or a little treacle; add Soak a pie-dish full of stale three table-spoonfuls of flour, bread in cold water, crust and 5 ozs.; mix all well together with a crumb altogether. When the little water and a pinch of salt; bread is thoroughly soaked, put it into a deep dish, and bake squeeze it out, but not too dry; for an hour. have ready a deep pie-dish or tin, The same pudding can be made well greased. Put a layer of tied up in a cloth and boiled ; an bread at the bottom, then a layer hour will cook it. of apples pared and cored, then This pudding makes a meal for sprinkle over the apples a little
five children. If you like, you coarse brown sugar and a little can use stale bread instead of spice; put a layer of bread over flour, having first thoroughly this, and a layer of apples, and so
soaked the bread in cold water, continue till your dish is full. and squeezed out the water with Cover it up very closely to keep your hand. Either way the the steam in, and bake for three pudding will cost about twopenceor four hours in a slow oven. Let halfpenny. it stand till cold, and it will turn
BREAD AND APPLE PUDDING.
ENCOURAGEMENT TO PRAYING MOTHERS.
HRISTIAN mothers ! few of you know how largely
the souls of your children are at this moment depend
ing on your prayers and influence for their conversion to God. Facts will speak far more loudly here than any
mere words can do, and I beg your serious attention to the three or four cases of Christian mothers which follow. Very many more such could be given, had the writer but
the means of collecting together only those cases which have come under his own notice.
The influence of a devout Christian mother is something truly wonderful; and a body of facts in support of this statement could, I believe, be brought together which would greatly astonish the reader, and if herself a mother, would as greatly encourage and humble her. There is indeed plenty to encourage and humble any mother really concerned for the souls of her children, in the few cases which follow.
A mother had been for years the only disciple of Christ in a family consisting, besides herself, of her husband and nine children. She felt that God had committed to her care ten unconverted souls, dear to her as her own life, and that if any one of them were lost, it should not be through any wilful neglect of duty on her part. She made use of all means that a mother's wisdom and love could suggest; but her great trust, after all, was in a mother's earnest prayers to God. Christ's promise was, “ All things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer believing, ye shall receive” (Matt. xxi. 22). She used at first to pray for her family all in a lump; but she found that in this way her prayers lacked directness and feeling, and after a time she changed her plan. She began to plead separately, by name, one by one, for her children and her husband, with God. It was long before any kind of change was to be seen in any of them. Still the mother prayed on! Christ had told her in His word that we are always to pray, and not to faint” (Luke xviii. 1). At length, after many years of seemingly fruitless prayers, the answer came, and came with such overwhelming fulness that all her children were given her of God.