Devotional: Jeremiah 23:20

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Jeremiah 23:20:  “The anger of the Lord will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart.  In days to come you will understand it clearly.”

Note:  God has a heart just like us!  He cares.  He feels.  He hurts.  He rejoices.  God’s purposes will be accomplished whether we see them on this side of heaven or not.  As we grow older, we begin to see more and more of God’s threads intertwine and make sense.  God will fight till the end.  That’s what we need!

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Puff, The Magic Dragon

I don’t know what it is about this song and I can’t even really tell you where or when I heard it as a child but I remember it.  And I remember it fondly.

Now, it’s a relatively new picture book by the original author of the song and poem, Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton.

The story behind the song that has left such an indelible impression in my mind and the minds of many others is fascinating and has to be a God thing.  Lenny Lipton typed up a poem he had swimming in the back of his head on Peter Yarrow’s typewriter and left it there, thinking no more on it.  Year later, Mr. Yarrow contacted Mr. Lipton, saying he’d like to make his poem into a song and give him credit for writing it.  Now, Mr. Lipton still gets royalties from this song.

This is amazing.  First, Mr. Yarrow tracked down Mr. Lipton and gave him credit and money–rare these days with all the plagiarizing around.  Second, that this story even made it and has become such a classic in children’s minds forever is inexplicable–only through God.

I got this book from the library which comes with a CD. Unfortunately, the CD is missing from the book so I have this book saved in my Amazon list to order at a later date for my kids.

This story is such a joy for me personally and I think its the reason why I have always loved dragons.  Puff brings a warm, fuzzy feeling to my heart that is truly inexplicable.

You can read more of the history behind the song here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puff,_the_Magic_Dragon

It’s amazing how God works and how He uses people for His purposes in only ways He can.

Cyrus, anyone?

If I Had Another Life…

I’d be a bartender in a pub in Ireland.

I actually did this when I was in college and would do it again in a heart beat.

But, that was not my intended path.

As I was unpacking stuff from my move, I came across a pint glass I had stolen from Spain (the only one to survive the flight.  I actually brought home dozens but they all broke in my luggage).  It brought a surge of memories back.

During this time in my life, I was always searching for something.  It was a chaotic time and not at times a happy one.

Instead, God led me to my husband.  He meant me to have kids, who brought me back to God and led me to write novels which will hopefully one day serve His purpose.  He put me here for a reason.  And I intend to fulfill that reason.

Who knows?  Maybe one day I could end up back in Ireland.  I do hope to visit again with the family.

Whatever It Takes…

I’m adopting this as my new mantra for the moment.  I’m not happy with where I’m at right now in terms of my calling.  I have so much more inside of me to give.  To much is given much is required which I believe I have been given a lot (talents, abilities, desires, ambition, God’s love) and I need to get all of that out in God’s way for my life.

I must remember God is in the now, in the moment and He can do anything.  He never gives up on me when I have given up on myself.  He is in control.  Life is about risks (you can gain the world but lose your soul).  I’m ready to start taking them.  I can’t just continue leading the life of ‘whatever’.  I must take the next steps.

Why do you think you’re here?  What are you doing with your life?  What are you doing here?  What’s this all about?

Answer for me:  striving everyday to fulfill God’s purpose for my life.  Working towards those goals.  Raising beautiful babies with morals, values, and beliefs.  Helping others.

Whatever it takes to fulfill God’s purpose for my life.  However long it takes, however much sweat it costs, however many tears I must shed, I will succeed.  For God has deemed it so in my life…and in yours.