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These preparatives thus premised, I proceed to some general directions for a more comfortable walking in the way that is called holy.
I. ON FAMILY DUTIES.
First, and before all other things, have a special eye and attendance to a sincere, constant, and fruitful performance of holy duties, of God’s services. I say nothing particularly at this time of private reading the Scriptures, public hearing the word, personal prayer, and with thy yokefellow, if thou live in that state, singing of psalms, meditation, conference, days of humiliation, etc., of which thou must proportionably make conscience in their due place, observing also in them the ensuing cautions; for a known gross customary neglect of any holy duty, religious exercise, divine ordinance, in its season, may bring a damp upon the rest, and a consumption upon the whole body of Christianity. To leave these and the like, in their courses and turns also, to be performed with all good conscience and following cautions, I only at this time purposely advise, for the better sanctifying thyself and all about thee to a more comfortable and successful managing of all affairs, businesses, and undertakings, either spiritual or civil, that thou, being master of a family, (for I single out such a one for instance) be ever sure to glorify God amidst thy family, by morning and evening sacrifices of prayers and praises to his heavenly Highness.