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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