In a letter dated February 21, 1732, Susanna Wesley responded to numerous requests from her son John to explain in writing her method for educating and training her children. (That he wrote and asked his mom ought to tell you something about the roles of fathers and mothers in and of itself!). John and Charles Wesley are the two best known of Susanna’s 19 children!
Her reply was as follows;
“The writing anything about my way of education I am much averse to. It cannot, I think, be of service to anyone to know how I, who have lived such a retired life for so many years, used to employ my time and care in bringing up my children. No one can, without renouncing the world, in the most literal sense, observe my method; and there are few, if any, that would entirely devote above twenty years to the prime of life in hopes to save the souls of their children, which they think may be saved without so much ado; for that was my principal intention, however unskillfully and unsuccessfully managed.”
What a testimony of a Godly mother. She is dead on. To do what she did in raising so many children, two of which had major Kingdom impact on the Church and the world, most definitely requires tremendous sacrifice, but also tremendous faith that there is a beautiful, glorious prize that supersedes all that the world says ought to be of most importance to women.
Sadly, I think she is right on the money again when she says few there are who see this prize and high calling of motherhood, and that was in the 1700’s!
Praise God for all you mothers out there who are passionate about the development of Christ in your children through discipline, training, education, discipling, prayer; and above all, a humble faith-filled reliance upon the grace of God to work through the agency of His Word, your faith in action in the home, and the activity of the Spirit in the Church to bring about the salvation of their souls, and the equipping of their beings for service in the Kingdom of God!
Be encouraged! Be consistent! Be expectant! Be strengthened in His enabling grace!