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Excerpt from Journal of the Life and Religious Labors of Sarah Hunt: Late of West Grove, Chester County, Pennsylvania
He that created me vouchsafed to watch over me and teach me that His law is written in the heart; that if I would be happy I must fulfill it even in very small things; that I must not be vain, though I might be cheerful. But the vivacity of my natural disposition often led me beyond due bounds, and I had to repent with sorrow. Having brothers and one sister older than myself, I went into com pany young. This, however, continued but a short time. At seventeen I retired from all young company that as sembled for pastime, and chose my associates among my seniors in age and experience. By the secret workings of Divine grace in the heart, I saw my peace consisted in re tirement, watchfulness and prayer. I laid aside the super ﬂuous part of my apparel, - though there was but little, it caused disquiet; and with regard to dress I saw that I must not wear anything that was not useful, and that must be simple. I gave all up and found rest - sweet indeed. Instead of going into company I retired to my own room, where anthems of praise and thanksgiving ascended to my God for His mercy in redeeming my soul. I saw that my tongue must be restrained from too free expression, even of things that were true, and that I ought not to speak very positively. Oh the care I found necessary to keep a con~ science void of offence! Or, in other words, to keep peace within.
My companions sought my company, and pleaded the i n nocence of their amusements, but I replied that they were not so to me, and they soon ceased to solicit me. At this period I entered into covenant with my God, as did Jacob of old, that my life and my all should be devoted to His service if he would keep me and preserve me, and furnish ability to do His will. During this season of exercise, many who were entire strangers to me were dipped feelingly into my state, and enabled to minister to my condition, confirming and establishing the reality that the work of regeneration was begun, and if not resisted would be perfected to the praise of His grace who alone has power to redeem the soul from all the pollutions of sin. The messengers of the Lord, speaking a word in season, comforted me and strengthened my resolutions to walk in the narrow way that leads to life, and often did I bless God on their behalf. I mention this to encourage those called to speak in the name of the Lord, who go bowed down under discouragement, and feel that their labors are of little avail. Unknown to them the incense of grateful hearts may ascend in secret before the throne of the Most High.
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