Often, growing up, I heard about John or Charles Wesley and how they impacted the Christian faith. I was always amazed that their mother had nineteen children. Coming from a family of four that was a little hard to imagine. How does one manage nineteen children? Who was Susanna Wesley?
Susanna Wesley lived during the 1600’s. She was the twenty-fifth child of Samuel Annesley. She was intelligent and had a deep yearning to do something great for the Lord. What that was, she did not know. She yearned to start a fire in the hearts of the people of England that would transform the country.
She married Samuel Wesley in 1689 and together they began a life journey of sharing Christ in England. The times were uncertain as kings rose and fell. At times their parishioners were supportive and at other time Susanna felt all alone as she tried to raise her children and support the efforts of her husband.
There was much lose in her life. She gave birth to nineteen children but only nine survived into adulthood. When John was born she knew he was destined to do great things for God. She nurtured and schooled her children.
As John and Charles learned more about the Bible and salvation, Susanna did not always agree with them. Would she understand the relationship with Christ that was needed?
Find out. Susanna Wesley by Charles Ludwig is located in the mid-high section of our library. It is a great biography to help junior high and high school students understand the background behind two great men who helped to shape our country with their understanding of God.
Many times we as mothers don’t know the impact we can have on history as we try to raise our children in the Word of God. Only when others look back can they see the Hand of the Lord in our lives and those we have impacted.