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Comments on: What’s Your Button? http://www.mommyofmany.com/2012/10/05/whats-your-button/ Doing the Dance of the Children Sun, 11 Aug 2013 14:55:07 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.5 By: Susan http://www.mommyofmany.com/2012/10/05/whats-your-button/comment-page-1/#comment-8469 Susan Wed, 17 Oct 2012 12:33:39 +0000 http://www.mommyofmany.com/?p=4759#comment-8469 Oh, Jenn... I'm so sorry that you had to face that. I know exactly where you're coming from and how you're feeling. And it's so easy to doubt yourself or turn around and be stern with your own children - just in case... Don't allow yourself to get sucked into that or weighed down by it. Not that you shouldn't evaluate and reevaluate things from time to time simply out of due diligence. How ridiculous, though, for someone to make such accusations about you and your family! The catty girlfriend in me wants to come over and flash her claws at that woman. However, I think that, especially in situations like this one, it is so easy for us to desire so badly to feel justified or to be allowed to be seen that we were clearly the ones in the right. It is hard for our egos to sit tight and suck it up through any sort of false accusation. It has been tremendously helpful to me in reading about Saint Therese of Lisieux, and seeing how she dealt with false accusation and being berated. She counted them as sufferings with Christ and allowed knowing that He knew and she knew the truth about things to be her comfort. Not at all the easier path, but better for the soul, I have learned. I am hopeful that some kind words and encouragement will come your way soon. May God give you wisdom and strength as you continue to serve Him and your children - and even your your meanest of neighbors. If you do want to prove her wrong, though, it's very easy. Just love her and your other neighbors - especially the kids - to pieces. Be light and salt and joy! Be the home that people want to visit. Love to you, dear sister! P.s. it was such a treat to see you last Sunday! Oh, Jenn… I’m so sorry that you had to face that. I know exactly where you’re coming from and how you’re feeling. And it’s so easy to doubt yourself or turn around and be stern with your own children – just in case… Don’t allow yourself to get sucked into that or weighed down by it. Not that you shouldn’t evaluate and reevaluate things from time to time simply out of due diligence. How ridiculous, though, for someone to make such accusations about you and your family! The catty girlfriend in me wants to come over and flash her claws at that woman.

However, I think that, especially in situations like this one, it is so easy for us to desire so badly to feel justified or to be allowed to be seen that we were clearly the ones in the right. It is hard for our egos to sit tight and suck it up through any sort of false accusation. It has been tremendously helpful to me in reading about Saint Therese of Lisieux, and seeing how she dealt with false accusation and being berated. She counted them as sufferings with Christ and allowed knowing that He knew and she knew the truth about things to be her comfort. Not at all the easier path, but better for the soul, I have learned. I am hopeful that some kind words and encouragement will come your way soon.

May God give you wisdom and strength as you continue to serve Him and your children – and even your your meanest of neighbors. If you do want to prove her wrong, though, it’s very easy. Just love her and your other neighbors – especially the kids – to pieces. Be light and salt and joy! Be the home that people want to visit.

Love to you, dear sister!

P.s. it was such a treat to see you last Sunday!

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