Having had many experiences in pioneering the work of the Lord, wherever my husband felt he could accomplish much in this work, many of my brothers and sisters in Christ, as well as my family, encouraged me to write this book. Preaching the gospel is the greatest work there is, and to be a preacher's wife is certainly an honor, so it is her responsibility to help, and never hinder him in that great task of saving souls. This is the purpose of this book.
May the wives of preachers say like Paul the Apostle - I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, and realize that God is our refuge, our very present help in trouble, and regardless of how rough the path may be, keep going.
I thank all who encouraged me to write this book, and special thanks go to Brother Horace Teddlie for assuming the responsibility of the printing and publishing of this narrative and also to his wonderful wife for her aid, especially in selecting a title.
For every hill I have had to climb,
For every stone that bruised my feet,
For all the blood and sweat and grime,
For blinding storms and burning heat,
My heart sings but a grateful song,
These are the things that made me strong.
For all the heartaches and the tears,
For all the anguish and the pain,
For gloomy days and fruitless years,
And for the hopes that lived in vain,
I do give thanks; for now I know,
These were the things that made me grow.
From Friendly Obstacles -- Author Unknown
MRS. J. C. BAILEY
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