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Worthy of Imitation


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My life is an example to many, because you have been my strength and protection. That is why I can never stop praising you; I declare your glory all day long. Psalm 71:7-8

Why do women feel the need to out-shine, copy, or compete with other women? Why do women feel the need to put other women down? Why do women feel the need to brag and boast about themselves? Women, naturally have a spirit of competition and a need to rise to the occasion, especially when they feel threatened. All throughout the Bible we can find examples of women against women for the sake of competing for whatever cause. There is always some kind of fight, war of words, or power play to trump another woman or her actions. Consider Sarah and Hagar (Genesis 16), Rachael and Leah (Genesis 30), Hannah and Peninnah (1 Samuel 1).

The truth of the matter is that women do not ask or trust God to give them what they want. They just go straight into a battle making their own way. James 4:1-3 sums it up, “What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.” Women start mini wars with each other to get what they want. These mini wars turn into battles and broken relationships. Good, close friendships and family bonds among women get broken over the need for power, attention, popularity, and satisfaction. The list of sin this entangles goes on.

One time I wrote a poem and read it to someone who I had known for many, many years. I felt safe reading it to this person. I was very self-conscious about my writing for a long time. In fact, I do not even think I let anyone else read this particular poem. The feedback that I received from the person was wonderful and I was told that I did a get a great job. The following week the same person called me to say they had written a poem and asked if I would like to read it. I read the poem by email and after I did, the person went on to say how they got inspired to write the poem (that had nothing to do with me sharing one the week before), how she took it to her job and read it to other people and how the staff director was going to frame it and hang it on the wall for everyone to admire. She continued to brag about the success of her poem and how great she thought she was because of it.

Suddenly, I realized that this was the person I read my poem too. The spirit of competition had reared its ugly head. This person probably was not even thinking about writing a poem until I shared mine. Of course, she had to make it seem as though she conquered my poem because people took notice of her work. Since this was not my first competing encounter with this woman, I asked God why does this particular person always feel the need to compete with me? I asked why does this person always have to try and out-shine me? What is with the bragging? Although frustrated with the incident I continued about my daily chores. It was petty right? Yes, but it was still annoyingly petty.

Believe it or not, God gave me the answer. He said you should be happy that the person is copying you and trying to out-shine you because that person is imitating you – you are worthy of imitation! I stopped what I was doing had the biggest laugh ever and a praise party to follow. I went to my Bible and studied it out. People are always seeking out examples to follow. God told me that I am a worthy example to be followed. I never thought of it like that. God showed me the difference in seeing the situation negatively as opposed to positively. That little part about the bragging is addressed in Proverbs 27:2 “Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth— a stranger, not your own lips.”

Now when I see this woman or anybody copying me or trying to compete with me I just laugh and smile. I can’t let people imitating me, intimidate me! I do the same thing with my kids. They are all girls and when they come to me and say one of them is copying the other, I just smile and say you are worthy of imitation. God has empowered me with the wisdom to recognize such battles of women against women. Eventually these women cannot own up to the imitation process. They end up making a fool of themselves. Such was the case for the Peninnah, Hagar, and Leah whose names were but a mist. They left a mark in the world of women scorned not adorned.

There are women worthy of imitation and things they do that we should incorporate in our lives for good. The things worthy of imitation should not be used for evil and certainly not for competing against one another. When you find a woman copying you or trying to put you in your place or putting you down just remember it does not have anything to do with you. It has to do with the war that is waging within them. Praise God, pray for the person, and remember – You are worthy of imitation!

Pray With Me

Dear Lord,

Thank you for making us beautiful women. We pray we can be just as beautiful on the inside as the outside. We pray that we would consider how we treat one another. May it be with kindness and words that help build each other up. We can naturally tear each other down out of fear, but those reactions are not of You. Calm the war that is waging within us. Please forgive and our hearts for the fear we experience when women seem to overpower us. Help us not retaliate. May we seek You, find you and be imitators of You so that we can inspire each other not intimidate each other. May we find peace in knowing you find us worthy to be imitated.

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Trusting Circumstances


Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

YouVersion is a very good spiritual tool to utilize for bible study. It has a website and a mobile app version. I love it because I can access it wherever I go. I can also join reading plans, bookmark my favorite verses, and share them with my friends through social media.

Today, YouVersion’s verse of the day was from 1Thessalonians 5. I kept reading the verse over and over again thinking I know this verse. It didn’t sink in until I actually inquired of the Lord what he wanted me to get out of it.

Since I moved, it was my expectation to be employed right away. I have applied for job after job to no avail so far. That is when the word circumstances jumped out at me. Circumstances are the existing conditions or state of affairs that affect us and our actions. They can affect us mentally, physically, financially, and spiritually. Circumstances can limit us or empower us depending on our attitude.

God challenged me on the point of being thankful in all circumstances because this is His will for me. I realized I was complaining quite a bit about my non-employment circumstances. (Yikes! Sorry God). Although, I cannot see the entire picture of what His will entails, He expects me to trust Him and be thankful for my circumstances.

Honestly, even though I have not been employed for the last seven months, my family and I have been well provided for. For that, I can certainly be thankful. God had me share this today because there are people affected by circumstances that are doing just what I did-complaining, questioning faith, and envying other people.

Dwelling on the negativity of our circumstances does not help us overcome them. It just leads us to see more negativity. Circumstances can be a kill-joy and sadly that is just how the devil wants us to feel about them. We have to counter the negatives with the positive by being thankful and trusting God.

Eventually, these circumstances will be a testimony of our faith. In hindsight, we will be able to understand why God has us in our individual circumstances. Trust Him and thank Him. Be grateful for where you are now. Likely, we are all better off than what we were. Hallelujah!

Pray With Me

Lord, please forgive me. Thank you for my circumstances. Thank you that I am not where I was. Thank you for where I am going. Thank you for keeping me in your will. I pray to put my trust in You and your plan. I pray for the faith to know that you will take care of all things. I am already provided for; I am already healed; I am already saved! ~In Jesus’ name~ AMEN!

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Get Ready for Your “Wow” Moment


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But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.

Jeremiah 17:7

How is your trust in God going? For me, it is already the challenge I knew it would be. Have you ever felt like God has let you down? Recently, I was waiting in expectation for something that did not work out the way I had hoped. Actually, it happened on more than one occasion.

I had to fight the clawing sensation within me not to take control by getting what I did not get in my own way. It is hard to have trust when confidence and hope are broken. There are times when our human confidence is misplaced and we set ourselves up for dashed hopes. We have to be mindful of putting our hope in God and not money, things, or people.

Dashed hopes used to get me down and keep me down. I used to dwell on the “why” of that moment over and over again. For a long time I failed to realize that I should have been preparing myself for the “wow” moment that God has planned for me. I began to notice that every time I had a disappointing episode that God began to deliver something even better later on. “Wow,” meaning waiting on wonders, is an awesome surprise from God. It is the blessing that God bestows on those who trust Him. When we wait on God to do things on our behalf we can experience those “wow” moments.

Learning how to trust God is part of the daily battle. There are so many instances that attempt to steal our focus from that trust. God has “wow” moments planned for us. They are the moments when all else has failed and suddenly a silver lining appears that is meant just for us. We will not too many of those moments unless we trust God. Psalms 119:65 remind us of the good things he has for us, “You have done many good things for me, Lord, just as you promised.”

Keep up the good fight of trusting God. He has your back like a good parent should. He knows what is best for you. His timing is always perfect. Get ready for your wow moment.

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Pray with Me

Dear Heavenly Father,

Please forgive me for desiring to do things on my own power. I know You are in control. I panic when things do not go my way. I get so emotional. I have so much history of being let down that it is so hard for me to trust You or anyone. Please show me the wow moments that you have for me. I want to experience the divine power of Your promises to me. Then people will know You and seek after You because of what you have done in my life. My story will glorify you. ~In Jesus’ name~ AMEN!

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WHERE IS YOUR FAITH


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MATTHEW 6:25-33

Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

More often than not, when I hear people speak or when I am reading I hear what I call, “TITLES” in my head. This morning while reading it happened again. What I read was, “Where is you faith,” but what I heard was “Where IS you Faith?” Is your faith in yourself? Is in the government, your job, your bank account, your friends, or is it in GOD?

So many times because of disappointments, distractions, and let downs we tend to lose our faith in God or we just lay it aside not really realizing that it was ever missing. When we do that we unknowingly are putting our faith in ourselves or other things and not in God. Through the distractions and disappoints that arise in our lives the enemy has lulled us in to putting our shield of faith down. God does not want us worrying about anything at all. I know that is a hard thing to comprehend sometimes especially when life is hitting you hard but its the truth. We see from the scripture God is saying, “What are you worrying for, if I can feed the birds, if I can clothe the fields with beautiful flowers, then surely I can handle what you need.” Its our job to BELIEVE that, to put our faith and trust in Him and His word.

Philippians 4:19 And My God shall Supply ALL my needs according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus.

So today, I challenge you to ask yourself, “Where IS my faith, where did I lay it down?”

CHANTEEA

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Testing the Spirits of Media Faith


Testing the Spirits of Media Faith

Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world. (1 John 4:1 NLT)

I’ve done my share of following the trendy crowd of TV evangelists. It is really easy to turn on the TV, get a good word in quickly, and go about your day. There are excellent TV programs and evangelists that promote the word of God correctly.
There are some evangelists on social media who give an encouraging word during the day. However, it is necessary to acknowledge that some of the messages delivered through media avenues such as TV, radio, internet, social media are not always aligned with the word of God. Some messages sound good and they make sense, but are they spiritual or worldly? That is why John said that not everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit should automatically impact or overrule our belief. There are people who manipulate the Word for their own purpose. Paul communicated the same message to the Galatians in 1:6-7 by saying, “I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ.” If Christians were being led astray even back then, how much more are they being misled now. We have to test the spirits against the word of God.
Media faith should be rated PG for parental guidance. God is our Father in heaven. He desires that our whole heart to be devoted to Him. As His children, he wants us to listen and view media faith responsibly. In order to do that we must screen what our eyes see, ears hear, and our heart receive. We have to discern the truth of what is being said. Media faith needs to be a supplement to our faith and not a replacement. Anything that we hear through media channels should be our confirmation of God’s message to us. In doing so, we are testing the spirits.
Spreading Good News is definitely aligned with God’s purpose. It is still our responsibility to spend personal time with God, test the spirits, and discern the truth of media preaching.

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Can God Trust Me?


Trust

Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you. Psalm 37:5

As I was writing the blog post, Trust Him, God immediately spoke to me that trust works both ways. He reminded me that I said, “Trust means that there is a “confident reliance” in something or someone. It means that you can rely on someone and that person establishes a confidence with you and vice versa. It means you have a refuge you can rely on at any time. There is security among entities that build trust.” Thus came the question, can God trust me? At first, I had no idea what that meant. Then I realized that it was a valid question since trust works both ways. (Sigh)

Can God trust me? Am I that “go-to” person that He can rely on? I replayed that question in my mind searching for an answer. Digging a little deeper I tried to recall any instances in which God had to trust me to do something. Did I hear Him? Did I do what He asked? Did I ignore His prompting? Did I disagree with Him about doing something? Did I do what I wanted instead?

I had to face the fact that God had every right to question whether or not He could trust me. Given the opportunity to wake up early in the morning and spend quiet time with God- I would probably just sleep in. Given the opportunity to serve- I would probably let somebody else do it because I have enough commitments. Given the opportunity to get something done- I would probably figure it can wait until I get to it. Given the opportunity to help someone- I would probably pass because I’m busy and they have asked me too many times already. Given the opportunity to run an errand for the Lord- I would probably pass as I am comfortably seated and unwilling to move.

It appears that God can trust me just about as much as I can trust people. Sadly, that is not very much. God does trust me with certain things of value. God trusts me to have a spouse and children. He trusts me enough to have a home to live in and a car to drive. He trusts me enough to have friends. God’s trust in me has boundaries. That is gut punch that should get my attention.

How do I get myself in a position where God trusts me more? Just like a child trying to develop a parent’s trust to do more things and go more places is the best example to shed some light on this. Parents want to trust that their children will do what they say and go where they say they will. They want to believe that their child will not be led astray by the people and enticements of the world. That is the same way with God. He wants to be able to trust us to do what He expects.

The key to God trusting me more is getting out of my comfort zone and practicing more obedience. Doing things when God wants them done, especially when I don’t want to do it is sacrificial. Abraham and Moses were chosen servants whose names are forever remembered because of their obedience to God. They were sacrificial. They committed everything to God and they trusted Him. In return, God helped them. God wants me to have the obedience that Jesus had upon going to the cross. He wants me to have a “die to self” attitude on a daily basis.

God will trust me more when there is less of me at the center and more of Him at the center. I have to put aside my own to do list every day and inquire of the Lord what He needs me to do. When I trust God enough to do this, He will trust me more as well. God’s trust should never be taking for granted. Thank you God for helping me realize that trust is a two-way street.

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Trust Him


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I have to confess that I have no clue why God does or allows some of the things He does. I try to rationalize it and explain it, but sometimes I just don’t get it! I have questions. I wonder why things are the way they are. Why did you make me this way? Why did you allow that situation to happen to me? Why didn’t I get that job, promotion, or lateral move? How come I wasn’t approved for that credit card, car loan, or student loan? Why can’t my life be like that of a certain celebrity? Why do other people have things that I don’t? Why am I afflicted with a disease, pain, or grief? How can you let the people I love suffer and die?

I have shared this story frequently but it applies yet again. The year my maternal grandmother passed away, I was nearly 3,000 miles away. God knew how I felt about my grandmother. She was my “Nan” when I was growing up. She was an active grandmother. Every chance she got she made sure to impress values and morals upon me. A few times she scolded me, but I always felt that she cared about me. I cherished our relationship. So, why did He call her home before I could get there? How come I didn’t get another visit with her? Why would He take something so valuable away from me? I wrestled with that for so many years after her death and I begged Him for an answer.

After several years passed and I had a few more life experiences, God finally spoke to me about watching someone die or pulling the plug on a life. It’s not easy to be in a room of a person who is transitioning home. It is not easy to let go of the people we love in the physical sense. He knew it would be better for me to work through my guilt and grief than to witness her trauma and taking of her final breath.

God knew He had to spare me of that painful moment even though I thought I was entitled to it. He never wanted me to have the memory of watching my grandmother die. He wanted me to remember the good times we had and the lessons she taught me. I found comfort in knowing that she was in a better place. I didn’t like it, but I had to trust that His way was right.

Trust means that there is a “confident reliance” in something or someone. It means that you can rely on someone and that person establishes a confidence with you and vice versa. It means you have a refuge you can rely on at any time. There is security among entities that build trust.

I trusted my grandmother who was one of the first people in my life who established that confident reliance with me. She was one of few people who I trusted at all. I have more than my share of reasons not to trust anyone. Honestly, trust is a virtue I am still learning how to discern and apply. There is huge difference between human and spiritual trust. Over the years, I have learned that a lifetime of broken trust among people does not measure against the trust God establishes with us. He expects to be our confident reliance.

God has been showing me why I should trust Him. He has shown me how rejection turns to blessing. He has shown me how disappointment leads to something better. He has shown me how grief turns to joy. He has shown me that broken hearts can heal. He has shown me that there is a reason and a season for everything. He has shown me that restoration can take place. He has shown me how love conquers all.

Going into the New Year, my 2013 theme will be based on Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding” –Everything happens for a reason- Trust Him! My challenge for 2013 will be to surrender, trust in the Lord, and try not to operate by my own power. God has his reasons for everything. I may not agree but I am taking that step of faith to trust Him and believe that everything happens for a reason. My hope is in Him.

A few more reasons to trust God in 2013:

Jeremiah 17:5-7

This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord. 6 They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land. But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.

Nahum 1:7

The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in him.

Psalm 37:3-5

Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. 4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.5 Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.

Prayer Starter

Dear Heavenly Father,

Please forgive us. We are not trusting people. We have had too many broken confidences to count. Therefore we feel the need to operate on our own power and in human spirit. Help us stop keeping that record count today. Give us a new heart that believes and agrees to trust You more in 2013. We pray that we rely on your strength, power, and presence more than we ever have. In doing so, our obedience will bring forth blessings and cancel the curses. May we commit all that we do to You and pray that we see the fruit of our labor that glorifies You. Going forward, we put our hope, confidence, and trust in You. In Jesus Name ~Amen~

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HAPPY “RE” NEW YEAR!


HAPPY "RE" NEW YEAR!.

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HAPPY “RE” NEW YEAR!


Do not remember the former things nor consider the things of old. Isa 43:18

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. Phil 2:5

Happy “RE”New Year!! I actually started this blog on New Years Day but due to unforeseen events I could not finish it. So January 2 was my second attempt to “RE” start what I had already started, and I was well on my way, got to the end of the blog and hit the wrong button and LOST IT ALL!!! So here I sit having to “RE” do it all over again!! Isn’t that where we find ourselves at the end of every year. Having to “RE”start things we had already started in the beginning of the year?

The prefix “RE” means to do again, to start over, or to turn around. Ha! Ha! Ha! Jokes on me right! God sure does have a sense of humor. At the end of every year we sit down and “RE”view the previous year. The progress we made, the obstacles we did or didn’t overcome. The promises we made to ourselves that we kept or didn’t keep. We make New Year “RE”solutions to better ourselves in the upcoming New Year. We are going to lose that extra 50 pounds, we are going to get out of debt, finish school, etc, etc,…But aren’t those the same goals we had in previous years? I mean seriously, take a look back over your life right now and ask yourself, “Just how many of those goals have I actually accomplished?” Do you find yourself having to begin all over again on goals that you set in the beginning of last year? Why do we have to keep “RE”starting over again every year? Good question, the answer is YOU CAN NOT BEGIN A NEW YEAR WITH AND OLD MIND. If you take your old mindset into the new year the only thing that will have changed is the date on the calendar.

The Lord spoke to me and said in 2013, THE NEW IS UP TO YOU!!! If you want to experience a NEW YEAR like never before then YOU have to do something about it! God had already given us everything we need to succeed in life. First of all He sent His Son Jesus to die on the Cross so that we could have eternal life. (John 3:16) With the acceptance of Christ and what He has done for us, we gain a NEW life and a clean slate. That’s called “RE”pentance. We have turned from the way we were living before we accept Christ and the sacrifice He made for us and we have a chance to start fresh. All the mistakes we made, are making, or are gonna make are forgiven.

Secondly, He has given us His word, with which we must “RE”new our minds. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the “RENEWING” of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Rom 12:2) The word of God has the ability to give us a NEW mind. Our old ways of thinking and doing things will change once we “RE” make our mind over with what the word of God says about us. When our minds are changed our lives will change. There is Power in the Word of God, but in order to experience that power working in our lives we have to work the word. How do you do that, you ask?

Your mind and life will be “RE” made over as you read and speak the word over your circumstances. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (Prov 18:21) You must search the Word of God for the scriptures that pertain to your situation and start speaking them over your life even when it looks like nothing is happening. On January 1, when I sat down to begin this blog the unforeseen circumstance wanted me to bring my old mind into the New year. The thoughts that I was having were screaming, “this year is gonna be just like last year, you are not gonna see anything different just more of the same struggle and fight, BUT, THE DEVIL IS A LIAR AND AIN’T NO TRUTH IN HIM! I know what promises God has given me concerning certain situations so when circumstances arise that scream otherwise its my job to STAND on what the Word says, even if I have to do so with tears in my eyes. You see its important that you watch your words and not speak against what God has promised. That is exactly what the enemy wanted me to do that day. He wanted me to agree with him that the only thing that had changed was the date on the calendar, he wanted me to give up on coming back and starting this blog all over again. He made sure I didn’t have the time to do it either. I may have had to wait a couple of days but you can best believe God had a plan.

IF you want to experience the newness of 2013 then you must realize that the “NEW IS UP TO YOU!” You must realize the new has to begin in your mind. Make a decision to search the word and watch your life change for the better.

Father God,

We come before You now asking You to forgive us where we have fallen short. We thank You for the gift of Your Son, as well as Your Grace and mercy. God the Your Word says that YOUR Grace is sufficient for us and YOUR strength is made perfect in our weaknesses. Help us God to accept that and press on towards the life You have predestined us to live. Empower us with Your spirit that we may do what we know to do when the enemy comes against us. Give us wisdom in all areas of our lives as we walk in the NEWNESS of this NEW year. Help us to realize that every test we have walked through in 2012 will bring forth a testimony to encourage someone else in 2013. We thank you for keeping us and all that You have done for us in the past, present and future in Jesus Name AMEN!

THE NEW IS UP TO YOU!!!!
CHANTEEA

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