Saturday, September 17, 2011

Susanna Wesley on Motherhood

Someone recently shared a quote from Susanna Wesley that really struck a chord with me. I wrote it in my commonplace book to read often, so I thought I'd share it with you too.

No one can, without renouncing the world in the most literal sense, observe my method, and there's few (if any) that would entirely devote above twenty years of the prime of life in hope to save the souls of their children (which they think may be saved without so much ado); for that was my principal intention....

Wow. I pray my attitude towards raising my kids won't be begrudging and "hurry and grow up" as it has been in the past. I pray it will be "renouncing the world in the most literal sense" to devote the prime of my life to these gifts God has sacredly entrusted to mine and Phillip's care. For He gave them to us and no other. Only we can do that job and we only have now to do it in.

3 comments:

Jennifer Clouse Photography said...

Love it girl....now that is some genuine godly encouragement !

phillipsgirl said...

You're so good and kind, Jennifer! Thank you.

phillipsgirl said...

I just read some more of her quote and she finished it with "however unskilled and unsuccessfully managed." so she had intentions and did devote her life, and still felt inadequate. Interesting.....