Today I’d like to tell you the story of an amazing woman who lived in the late 1600s.

The youngest of 25 children, she was raised as a preacher’s kid. After marrying a pastor, she gave birth to 19 children of her own. Life wasn’t easy for Susanna. Nine of her children died as infants. Money was always tight and their home burned down – twice. She took on the education of her children (six hours a day) and led family services on Sunday afternoons when her husband was out of town.

Despite her busy life, she set aside individual time with each child every week. In this way, she developed solid relationships and purposefully invested in their lives.

And, she organized her children’s schedules so that she could spend two hours a day in prayer. Often under the cover of her apron if there wasn’t an empty room available.

What is the fruit of her life? One of her sons, John, started a nation-wide revival in England while another, Charles, penned over 9000 hymns. Susanna Wesley is called the “Mother of Methodism” because the faith and example she lived daily transformed the lives of her children.

In her words: “I am content to fill a little space if God be glorified.”

What about you? Do you think she was a “success” in life? Why or why not? Had she figured out how to love God and love others?

Friday Focus – Susanna
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2 thoughts on “Friday Focus – Susanna

  • January 22, 2010 at 10:10 am

    >Yes, she was a success. I believe God calls us all in many of the same ways, but also differently. I believe she fulfilled her calling from Him.
    A special woman indeed! 🙂

  • January 22, 2010 at 11:05 am

    >Hi Candee –

    Susanna put her whole heart and soul into what she did, which made her a success. Her childrens' characters reflected her efforts and example.

    I see her as putting in time to achieve long-term goals. She didn't allow any negative circumstance to hinder her.

    What a lesson for us!

    Susan 🙂

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