October 10, 1736

1736 October 10 (Sunday).  Too much of Diverting amusements about Temporal Matters.  Am exceedingly put to’t to keep my Self to my Spiritual and Ministerial Duty.  O that God would pity, forgive and Assist me!  I preached on Phil. 4.19 a. and p.m.  I admitted Mary (wife of Beriah) Rice, and Patience[1] Daughter of Jonathan Forbush and Administered the Sacrament.  I bless God that I have been in any Measure assisted and restrained in my Thoughts, being encompassed as I am with So many Temptations and Vain Amusements.  O that God would Still be Gracious to Me, and pardon the Extream brokenness and imperfectness of my Devotions before Him!

[1]Patience, dau. of Jonathan and Hanah Forbush, b. Feb. 26, 1720 (MVR, 74).