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The Kitten

June 17, 2020 Lonnie Wibberding
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The Kitten
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The Kitten
Jun 17, 2020
Lonnie Wibberding

A short devotional on Proverbs 17:22. For more ways to connect visit UmpquaConnect.org.

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A short devotional on Proverbs 17:22. For more ways to connect visit UmpquaConnect.org.

Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.

Today is Wednesday, June 17, 2020

As I record this, we have a new kitten in our house. A few months ago my oldest son's cat disappeared. This last Sunday he found a new kitten that is ten weeks old. That was three days ago.

Today, she has become completely comfortable with the whole house. She's spends her time sleeping on my laptop computer, or on someone's shoulder, or in a clothes bin. Or racing around, attacking imaginary threats, or eating to fuel the rambunctous body of a ten week old kitten.

She has brought a lot of joy to our house as she reminds me life is not all about duty and difficulty. It is about joy.

I think God created little kittens to remind us that life is suppose to be happy and cheerful.

Proverbs 17:22 says:

A cheerful heart is good medicine,
    but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

What do you need to make your heart cheerful? Perhaps you need to take some time to just play. Just do something because it would delight your heart.

Or maybe it's focus? There are joys and sorrows in life. When we get scared, it's natural to focus on the bad stuff to protect ourselves. This is good in a moment, but when focusing on the sorrows becomes our main focus, we can live with a crushed spirit rather than a cheerful heart.

It may make sense to stop and make a list, perhaps the top ten things you are thankful for. Change the focus from what crushes your spirit to what cheers your heart.

When we make the shift to a cheerful heart, it heals other parts of our life too. It's good medicine.

As you face the day today, and choose what kind of attitude you will face the day with, keep these words of the wise man in mind.

A cheerful heart is good medicine,
    but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

I'm still learning this, but our kitten gets it.

Thanks for connecting.

May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow