Proverbs 6:19 God hates – one who sows discord among brethren. NKJV
We have all met at least one. A quarrelsome person. Someone who argues readily or judges. An unforgiving spirit, who seems to delight in finding fault.
It has always saddened me to hear of discord within families. Perhaps, we too, have family members that display such ornery characteristics. Each confrontation, or conflict, can result in years of disharmony; and it can occur within work environments and churches too. It is such a waste of time and energy.
Bristly personalities, who feel their opinion is the only one that counts, can readily discount the input of others and remain adamant in having it all their way. Their criticism can destroy harmony in an instant. Once broken, it can be difficult to reclaim.
Titus 3:9-11 ……. avoid foolish spirits, genealogies, contentions and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless. Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition, knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned.
Prayer: Abba, we are such fickle creatures and most of us know this is not your desire. Ideally, we need to follow the example of Jesus, who loved despite rejection, but knew when to leave an objectionable persons presence. Help us to recognize the times we are caught in such a trap and give us Your strength and grace to distance ourselves from quarrelsome folk. Let us pray for their troubled spirits and accept Your Will in our lives; to be the best that we can be for You. Amen.
The Littlest Christmas Kitten written by Leona Novy Jackson and illustrated by Kelly Dupre is a delightful book for small children. It will engage them immediately, when they read of a mother cat’s desperate search for her smallest baby.
The cats all live in a stable with the other animals and have been happy until the tiniest kitten cannot be found. Then they are sad.
As the story progresses, two humans arrive at the stable and this frightens the animals. Humans are not always kind to them. These humans, however, are different. The man and woman are very quiet and try not to disturb the animals. They are obviously tired. The lady rests and her husband takes care of her. Shortly after their arrival a baby boy is born. The man prepares to place him in a manger but finds a kitten sleeping there. In an instant mommy cat removes her littlest kitten. She happily lets the humans place their baby there instead. She knows that he is special to them, just as her baby is to her.
The animals are very happy that their smallest family member is back again, and is safe.
The humans are content that they have somewhere warm to stay and to rest from the cold. Their precious little baby will make the world very happy when they hear about his arrival. Lots of people will want to come to see him.
This book will be an excellent introduction to the story of Jesus. I am confident that the story will be a favorite of little children everywhere, as it is an easy-read format that even young children will learn quickly.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through BookCrash in exchange for an honest review. (Federal Trade Commission’s regulations).