I read Hero Tales by Dave & Neta Jackson to the children each day after lunch. I'm not sure who enjoys them more - the children or I! We are currently reading Volume II which includes excerpts from the life of Elizabeth Fry.
What a faithful woman of God! I was struck by a few important details of her life - primarily that she suffered with a chronic illness, but she didn't allow that to stop her from following her calling. She was a Quaker and mother to 11 children; she was involved in starting Sunday Schools, charitable societies and schools.
It was after her 10th child was born that she felt God's calling to make a difference in the lives of the women who were imprisoned in Newgate Prison in London, England. Her reforms and ideas are still the basis for many of our current prisoner rehabilitation programs, and there are Elizabeth Fry Societies in many countries worldwide continuing her work.
One of her goals for her children was if they lived to adulthood they would be useful in helping others and not caught up with themselves. She complied a daily Scripture reading book for busy mothers and had it bound in red leather. Her daily prayer:
"Whatever I do in anything,
may I do it as to Thee."