Inspiration: Susanna Wesley

I feel very honored to bare the same name as this woman, even if it is purely coincidental. Susanna Wesley, mother of John and Charles Wesley, is in my estimation one of history’s most amazing women. Not only did she raise two of England’s foremost preachers but she did it all almost single-handedly. Her husband Samuel was by all accounts a less than stable man who would abandon the family for extended periods of time over minor disputes with his wife and he landed in jail twice. Their house burned down twice. They had nineteen children together, nine of whom died as infants and at her death, only 8 were surviving.

Through all these trials, it seems Wesley never lost sight of what her God-given role was as mother and this quote from a letter to her husband gives clear evidence she possessed a passion for living a godly, sacrificial life. She writes:

“I am a woman, but I am also the mistress of a large family. And though the superior charge of the souls contained in it lies upon you, yet in your long absence I cannot but look upon every soul you leave under my charge as a talent committed to me under a trust. I am not a man nor a minister, yet as a mother and a mistress I felt I ought to do more than I had yet done. I resolved to begin with my own children; in which I observe, the following method: I take such a proportion of time as I can spare every night to discourse with each child apart. On Monday I talk with Molly, on Tuesday with Hetty, Wednesday with Nancy, Thursday with Jacky, Friday with Patty, Saturday with Charles.”

God is so good to raise up women such as Susanna Wesley. For one thing, reading about her life makes any trials I may face look like mere trivial matters…and her passionate desire to raise up a godly heritage even if she had to do it on her own for the most part, is an amazing inspiration!

Read more about Susanna Wesley here.

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2 Responses to Inspiration: Susanna Wesley

  1. The Matriarch says:

    Realize I made comments on the last post which were meant for this one. In any case, there have certainly been at least three Susannas I can think of well worth imitating; Susanna Wesley, Susanna Spurgeon, and the Susanna in Scripture who followed Christ. The first was indeed amazing. Have you read a biography of her? I read one a few years ago but do not remember where I got hold of it…

  2. Grace says:

    Great post. I love that quote…how blessed her children were to spend individual time with her!

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