A Godly Influence

A Godly Influence

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

The youngest of twenty-five children, Susannah Annesley was raised in a Christian home. Born in London, England, in 1669, she was taught the importance of faith and knowing the Bible. She developed a passion for evangelism and every day prayed that God would make her life count.

In 1689, she married Samuel Wesley, with whom she had nineteen children (although only ten survived to adulthood). She came to realize that she could serve God best by raising and educating these children. Susannah believed in discipline and based their home life on a systematic regime that included regular prayer and Bible study. A longtime student of history, she made it a central part of their education.

She saw the fruit of her labors as two of her sons, John and Charles, founded the Methodism Movement, which later became the Methodist denomination and changed lives around the world. As adults, they continued to call on Susannah for advice.

Even to the end of her life, she sought to serve God and be a good example. On her death bed with her children gathered around her, she made this last request: “As soon as I am released, sing a psalm of praise to God.” Susannah demonstrated how one woman could influence millions of people by being faithful, teaching others godly principles, and providing a good example.

Seek to make your life count for God. Let Him influence others for Christ through you.