Saturday, October 30, 2010

Godly Influence

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Nothing is known of Mary Bunyan's childhood, and the record of her marriage in the late 1640's has been lost. We do know she had no dowry when she married rowdy John Bunyan-who later described himself as having few equals in cursing, lying, and blaspheming the name of God. Instead, she brought two books to their marriage: The Plain Man's Pathway to Heaven and The Practice of Piety. Bunyan said, "I should sometimes read with her, wherein I also found some things that were somewhat pleasing to me."
Mary's books were pleasing enough to cause John to think about making changes in his life. For a start, he began attending church with her and, after a long, painful struggle, he became a Christian. Later he was imprisoned for preaching--illegal for those not ordained by the Church of England. Because he wouldn't stop preaching, John was often in jail where he wrote books destined to be classic religious works. His most famous writing was The Pilgrim's Progress, an allegory of the Christian life. Yet, it all began when a young woman wisely wielded influence on her husband.
As you pray for opportunities to influence people for God, you may be guided to say kind words to a friend or give a carefully chosen book to a family member. God doesn't need much; one wise act can have positive effects for generations.

Taken from Jewel Johnson's Devotions for Women

The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life; a wise person wins friends.
Proverbs 11:30 NLT

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Sewn With Grace said...

May we all learn from this example. Thank you for sharing, I did not know this history. God bless!

myletterstoemily said...

such an inspiring story about a foul mouthed
man turned to glory.

and a beloved book for all generations.

Virginia said...

Wonderful story. You never know what small gesture or thing can influence someone to find Christ..
Thanks for sharing.

Joan said...

I love these stories you share. They are so encouraging.

sarah said...

"one wise act can have positive effects for generations." This is soooo sooo true. I know it to be true. Have a great weekend.

Saleslady371 said...

Talk about persistence! I love this story.

nannykim said...

I remember reading about this when I read some book about his life. I wonder why she married him--I don't remember reading about that part...interesting.

Annesphamily said...

Now persistence! I was meant to come blog hopping today. Love all these wonderful thoughts. I love "Pilgrims Progress". Thanks for sharing today. Anne

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Such an inspiring story. We never know when we are being watched or the influence both good and bad we can have on others.
Thanks for sharing.

Charlotte said...

Wow, Lisa, what an inspiration. I did not know these facts. Thank you so much for sharing them with us.

Donnie said...

This was a lovely post. Your words were so meaningful. Have a blessed day.

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