by Julie Neils from Ungrind – Warrior Mama
Editor’s note: Why is everything a spiritual struggle for Quiverfull women? I raised my children relatively easily without all this inner angst and warrior on a battlefield struggling that many Quiverfull mothers express. Motherhood isn’t all roses and champagne but neither is it a battlefield, unless you deliberately make it one. How many generations of mothers have raised children without it being a battlefield? Plus who are all these nasty cruel people saying hateful things to children?
The battlefield I was headed towards was every bit as real as the one I had just left.
I love C.S. Lewis’ simple, yet profound depiction of spiritual warfare. “There is no neutral ground in the universe. Every square inch, every split second is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Satan.”
So too is every square inch of motherhood.
These days, the grocery store is often my battleground. I feel it keenly almost every time I run in to pick up some diapers. With all five of my children. The looks and comments I receive are often insensitive and discouraging. The root lie, however, lurking beneath is an insidious, destructive arrow.
“Are all of these children yours?”
“I’m glad I’m not you.”
“Your poor son. He’s the only boy in this huge group of girls.”
The bewildered, crushed look on my children’s faces is a loud cry to put on my warrior paint. After one such comment, my oldest daughter looked up at me and, crestfallen, asked, “Mommy, what is wrong with us? Why do people say those things?”
“Not everyone knows Jesus, sweetheart,” I responded. “And not everyone believes Him when He said, ‘Children are a blessing.’ But you are. So is every member of our family. God has beautifully put us together and we are grateful.”
QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders, cultural enforcers and those that seek to keep women submitted to men and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull and Spiritual Abuse honestly and thoughtfully.
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