Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him. (James 1:12)
Susanna Wesley is at the top of my list of nominees for the “Mother-Wife-Saint” award. The wife of a preacher in England at the turn of the 18th century, Susanna bore 19 children, nine of whom died. Two of these children, John and Charles, became the early leaders of the Methodist movement, and were mightily used by God.
Throughout her life, Susanna endured every trial a woman could imagine: financial ruin, a husband who left her, and many children who died. Yet trials seemed to cause her spiritual roots to grow ever deeper in Christ.