1st Jan 1831 I am to begin today the practice of learning a little of the Bible by heart every morning before breakfast
19th June 1831 Also, Satan suggested today that I could never have a high place in heaven; and this proud imagination vexed me, till the Lord showed me reason to be contented, if I got to heaven at all.
7th Sept 1831 An old Christian – Peter Ramsey – who sits and prays or meditates all day long, asked me what I was to be, that he might pray the more intelligently for me.
9th Oct 1831 Taught again by God’s providence to put no trust in man, and yet I ever slide back to try that broken cistern.
Feb 19th 1831 Often I have to drag myself to visit the poor. This shows me the great corruption in my heart, how very little love and zeal, how little I dwell in heavenly places.
1st Jan 1833 I began last year the custom of private fasts, and never have I found more answers to direct petitions than since then.
12th Jan We should, if we would be thankful, notice God’s mercies at the moment we get them, and not wait till afterwards until we thank Him.
9th Aug I thought today, had all the world been willing to be saved, and had God been unwilling that any should, oh what a scene of groans and cries and agonies.
If you want to read more of Andrew Bonar, the best online resource is his biography of Robert Murray McCheyne – he was also well known for his edition of Samuel Rutherford’s letters, but I will put some more extracts up from his diary as I come across them.