Being A Parent Is Such A Joyful Burden, AMEN!

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

Even when we think our kids aren’t paying attention…they are! They notice everything: our words, our actions, our beliefs. Showing your faith in Jesus Christ may be important when you’re out in public but it’s absolutely critical when you’re at home. This applies to those of us that don’t have kids. You can be a positive influence on younger siblings, nieces and nephews, or friends’ children. This beautiful poem will bring a tear to any parents eye!

When you thought I wasn’t looking…

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I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately wanted to paint another one.

I saw you feed a stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.

I saw you make my favorite cake for me and I learned that little things can be the special things in life.

I heard you say a prayer, and I knew there is a God I could always talk to and I learned to trust in God.

I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I learned that we all have to help take care of each other.

I saw you give of your time and money to help people who had nothing and I learned that those who have something should give to those who don’t.

I felt you kiss me good night and I felt loved and safe.

I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it and I learned we have to take care of what we are given.

I saw how you handled your responsibilities, even when you didn’t feel good, and I learned that I would have to be responsible when I grow up.

I saw tears come from your eyes and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but its all right to cry.

I saw that you cared and I wanted to be everything I could be.

I watched you, and I learned most of life’s lessons I need to know to be a good and productive person when I grow up.

I looked at you and wanted to say, ‘Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn’t looking.'”

– Author Unknown

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