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November 8, 2011

The Diary of a Godly Housewife (Pt. 34 “Mr Chown preached at the Metropolitan Tabernacle”)

by Aaron Dunlop

April 3rd 1885 Good Friday; Tom, Baby and I went to tea at Fathers. Oh with what pleasure I think of the pleasure of having him to go to see; and I did so enjoy even that afternoon with him. Then Mrs. Kelk and Willie went to hear the Messiah at a Hall close by and were much charmed with it. Easter Monday; Dear Granma kept baby and Tom and I went to Albert Hall. We felt it a great treat and our Easter holiday afforded us all a nice pleasant rest and change.

April 5. Mr Chown preached at the Metropolitan Tabernacle on the three favoured disciples. He spoke of the three occasions when they were admitted alone with Jesus and of their future career.

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November 3, 2011

The Diary of a Godly Housewife (Pt. 33 Emily’s advice for training infants)

by Aaron Dunlop

January 24th 1885 “Went down to dear Father’s Tuesday previous much to my joy and against my expectation. Dear Alfred ever forgetful of himself took a deal of pains to make us comfortable. I believe he and father were repaid by the comparatively cheerful time we spent together.

My much loved baby who I had hoped would give cause for commendation for her good behaviour was however excitable, irritable, unwilling for me to turn my back and this troubled me much more because I knew she had hitherto been unchecked and paid far too much attention to by us all.

Dear Alf once more increased my obligation to him by helping me to teach her to go to bed awake and understand she was laid down for the purpose of going to sleep. Also that it is naughty to cry and she must not have what she cries for. What a mistake do people make who think babies do not know when they can have their own way!”

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October 20, 2011

The Diary of a Godly Housewife (Pt. 32 Mr. Spurgeon “Tenderness in the midst of Almightiness”)

by Aaron Dunlop

Sunday Evening, Nov. 16th 1884. This morning heard young Mr. Spurgeon (this was not C. H. Spurgeon but one of his sons) from “The Lamb in the midst of the Throne.” He formed his remarks on a paraphrase which ran thus “Tenderness in the midst of Almightiness”. Grace Clarke came to tea. Tom and she went to the Tabernacle. My sweet babe gone to bed after what I call one of the best of ‘baby days.’ She has had a very bad cold with slight bronchitis. But Friday, Sat. and today has been well again and shown signs of such good temper as to please me much.

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October 12, 2011

The Diary of a Godly Housewife (Pt. 31 Training the children to be “well behaved in God’s house”)

by Aaron Dunlop

Oct. 12 1884 Sunday evening. Being wet, Tom has gone to the Tabernacle instead of me, so I am housekeeper. Dear little Lizzie is gone to bed without a whimper. She gets more good tempered as she gets older indeed never cries unless uncomfortable or in pain. She is a great delight to us all, sits up at the table and is quite one of the family. Her aunt Jennie sent her a pair of cardinal knitted socks which she has worn today. She gets too noisy for the morning service unless asleep, but today I managed to hear most of the sermon with her awake. I am not sure that I shall venture again until she can understand she must be well behaved in God’s house, a thing I trust she will early learn.

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October 3, 2011

The Diary of a Godly Housewife (Pt. 30 Prayer for brother’s Marriage)

by Aaron Dunlop

Sept. 24th 1884 My birthday! And last Saturday my little daughter was 6 months old. She cut her first tooth in the night of Saturday and in the early morning I felt it and was quite delighted. She gives promise of much sweetness as each day she makes progress in some little way. I cannot think she is very irritable as she never cries merely at being put out of her way, as for instance in bus or cab at night she smiles and plays even when sleepy.

I seldom subject her to this but did tonight from 7.30 to 9.00 coming from Mrs. Pepper’s. This morning I received four beautiful birthday cards which I greatly appreciate. Also a loving letter from poor dear Father who is in bitter sorrow through Alfred’s unfortunate marriage.

He and his wife were legally separated about August 4th the Sat before bank holiday. They have gone through untold bitterness through her annoying aggravating ways. By God’s mercy in answer to our prayers dear Alf was restrained from doing her personal violence and only by God’s mercy has it been. ‘Tis a most mysterious trial in its character and weight but God has his own purpose to answer by it. My chief prayer now is that dear Father may be more cheerful and take less heavily the cares which oppress him. Also that we may be an unbroken circle in Heaven where we shall know what we cannot understand here. My precious husband is the subject of God’s kind providence and our prayers together for him have been and are wonderfully answered. He takes a holiday from business next week.

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