January 2, 1851. Last week I began reading from the book of Proverbs. My heart has been refreshed by the following passage: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths" (Prov. 3:5- 6). By the grace of God, I do acknowledge the Lord in my ways. I have the comfortable assurance that He will direct my paths concerning this new Orphan House.
"The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them" (Prov. 11:3). My honest purpose is to give glory to God, and therefore, I expect to be guided by Him.
"Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established" (Prov. 16:3). I do commit my works to the Lord, and therefore, I expect that my thoughts will be established. My heart is calm, quiet, and assured that the Lord will use me further in the orphan work.