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Selections from The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence 
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"Let him then think of God as often as he can. Let him accustom himself, by degrees, to this small but holy exercise."

Third Letter from Brother Lawrence

We have a God who is infinitely gracious, and Who knows all our needs. 

He will come in His own time, when you least expect it. Hope in Him more than ever. Thank Him with me for the favors He does you, even in your challenges. Comfort yourself with Him, and give thanks for all.

I admire the fortitude and bravery of your friend. God has given him a good disposition, and a good will; but there is in him still a little of the world, and a great deal of youth. Let him think of God as often as he can, especially in the greatest dangers. A little lifting up of the heart suffices. A little remembrance of God, one act of inward worship, are prayers which, however short, are nevertheless very acceptable to God.

Let him then think of God as often as he can. Let him accustom himself, by degrees, to this small but holy exercise. Nobody perceives it, and nothing is easier than to repeat often during the day these little internal adorations.

Recommend to him, if you please, that he think of God as often as he can. It is a very fit and most necessary practice for a soldier, who is daily exposed to dangers of life. 

I trust that God will assist him and all the family, to whom I present my service, being theirs and yours.

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