Passages from the life of a daughter at home [by S. Stephen]. (Google eBook)

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Page 16 - That I may see the felicity of thy chosen : and rejoice in the gladness of thy people, and give thanks with thine inheritance.
Page 63 - Anna could not speak; her heart was full,— there was again silence for a few moments, and at length she whispered, ' Go on, Margaret, your words sink into my heart, as words never did before.' ' Were you to look again, Anna,' continued her cousin, ' at your own evil, and barren, and froward heart, and attempt to draw from anything there, that you are at peace with God, you would still find it impossible to believe yourself so loved, and by such a being: but while you look steadily at the glory...
Page 118 - ... amenities. It is at best only one species of work untimeously displacing another, which cannot be pleasing to the God of order and design. We quote the following admirable passage from the accomplished authoress of " Anna ; or, Passages in a Home Life." " When God is teaching us lessons on this subject, we begin to see that circumstances as well as commands are but an expression of His will. We then feel that no outward thing can really 'hinder' us. A 'vexatious interruption to duty,' we perceive...
Page 118 - When God is teaching us lessons on this subject we begin to see that circumstances as well as commands are but an expression of His will. We then feel that no outward thing can really "hinder" us. A "vexatious interruption to duty" we perceive to be a contradiction in terms. If we have ever formed to ourselves an ideal of moral dignity and beauty, after which we have sought to model our life, and which we have thus desired to realize for its own sake, and without reference to the will of God for...
Page 118 - Let us thank God and take courage when it is so with us ; let us take the full comfort of this fact, — that we are servants, and have really no work of our own to do, — nothing which we are striving to accomplish on our own account. We have no selfish schemes which circumstances may thwart, we acknowledge no selfish hopes which they may destroy. It is blessedness, indeed, to have accepted as our only portion, that His will should be done, — in us, and for us, and by us for ever...
Page 53 - Except a man be born again, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." — " Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Page 52 - The Scriptures indeed throw full light upon our difficulty,'—continued Margaret;—'they tell us that the difference between the bad and the good, as recognized by the Eternal Judge, is not, as it appears to us, one of degree at all; but that it is a difference, first in title, and then in nature. In other words, we learn that the acceptance of the good is not on account of any degree of merit of their own—their only title to everlasting blessedness being through the merits of another.
Page 62 - Anna, the solemn alternation which you once admitted; and again look steadily upon it. Are you then in fact, choosing evil in some form or other, instead of the supreme and only good ? Have your prayers been the prayers of an hypocrite ? Is the thought of holiness distasteful to you ? Would you willingly continue in any sin, if you could escape from its punishment?

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