Random toddler tantrums in supermarkets, constant errands, endless housework, and no sick days. Motherhood is a difficult, often unsung job.
But in this blog written by a Christian mother of three, it's easy to see how the little, everyday tasks of motherhood can become points of stress and frustration without mothers even realizing it. And though the author is not of our faith, this certainly is a thought-provoking way LDS mothers can look at how Satan would have us feel about motherhood.
Fashioned after C.S. Lewis' famous book, The Screwtape Letters, this article is written from the perspective of one devil to another.
My Dear Wormwood,
I was thrilled to hear you have been making progress with the mother. You have a good lead, from what I hear. She feels over-worked, unappreciated, and discouraged? I’m so glad to hear it. If you tread carefully, this can be a great opportunity. With the kids waking her up every hour last night, we already have an advantage. A tired Mom makes for a more emotional Mom, and an emotional Mom is a vulnerable one.
I do have a few tips. First, aim your best efforts at her marriage.
As you know, we cannot do much with a unified marriage. Luckily for us, a cranky and exhausted wife can do wonders to change that. We must convince her that her husband is no longer the friend and ally she first married. Instead, we must reveal every sin and selfish habit, especially drawing attention to his thoughtless actions (mal-intended or not) against her.
Sometimes it’s the less obvious things, things the husband doesn’t even realize, that we can use to offend her the most.