QUOTE: She also resolved to set apart some time every evening to converse privately with each child “in something that relates to its principal concerns.” John’s turn came on Thursday. How he prized the opportunity may be seen from his letter to his mother, written when he was Fellow of Lincoln. “If you can spare me only that little part of Thursday evening which you formerly bestowed upon me in another manner, I doubt not but it would be as useful now for correcting my heart, as it was then in forming my judgment.”
NOTE: Later, it would be on Thursday night when John Wesley would give his ‘advices’ to those who came to him, much as he had turned to his mother for clear instruction.
Wesley’s methods with his disciples, his spiritual children, were influenced by and followed the pattern of his own childhood. Spiritual parenting often models natural parenting.
The quote above is from The Life of John Wesley by John Telford – Chapter 2, CHILDHOOD AT EPWORTH and is found at http://wesley.nnu.edu/?id=84. Copyright © 1993-2011. Wesley Center for Applied Theology, c/o Northwest Nazarene University. All Rights Reserved.