February 25, Today’s thought – What God Has Done

feb24 007Our tulips live in these cans.
Most of the time they rest in the Farmer’s nursery
doing whatever tulips do to prepare to bloom.
When the weather gets warmer
we see the leaves poke out of the dirt
and the Farmer moves them here.
We watch them grow and wait for the blossoms

Good Morning

You have been saved by God’s grace
Ephesians 2:5

Read slowly and carefully
Paul’s description of what God has done for you:

“When you were spiritually dead
because of your sins and
because you were not free
from the power of your sinful self,
God made you alive with Christ,
and he forgave all our sins.
He cancelled the debt,
which listed all the rules
we failed to follow.
He took away that record with its rules
and nailed it to the cross.
God stripped the spiritual rulers
and powers of their authority.
With the cross,
he won victory
and showed the world
that they were powerless.”
Colossians 2:13-15 New Century Version

As you look at the words above,
answer this question.
Who is doing the work?
You or God?
Who is active?
You or God?
Who is doing the saving?
You or God?

He Still Moves Stones, Max Lucado

Colossians 2:13-15
And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. King James Version

I am thankful for ‘God’s doing’ . . .Today
With my prayers desiring yours, Leslie

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February 24, Today’s thought – HE IS

feb24 003A pink primrose among the violets.

Good Afternoon

Philippians 4:19
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Sunday evening’s service led by the young people
was a blessing to me.

What is God to you? was the theme.

I jotted down these answers:
He is my strength,
He is my defense,
He is my father,
He is faithful,
He is my constant companion,
I need Him every hour,
He is my friend,
He is everything to me,
He is contentment,
He keeps me from making mistakes,
He takes care of all my needs now and in the future,
He helps me have control in my life,
He is always there when no one else seems to be,
and He is my counselor, advising, listening, encouraging.

This morning I remembered the song
I couldn’t remember last night –

Every Need Supplied,
I asked the dear Savior
What He had purchased
For me when on Calvary He died
For all my past and all my problems
He said that he would provide.
He said Every need supplied,
Every need supplied
Cleansing, Healing, Sweet peace inside,
Every Need Supplied.
If I had to name
The greatest blessing
He’s given, how could I decide
For since he saved me,
I just have to say
That every need is supplied

(the best I can remember the words of this my favorite song)

What strength I have for this coming week.

Let God be Everything to you . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Sunday Bible Reading – Jeremiah 10:23-24

1959341_10203037148080570_1965218969_nGrandsons learning to play Mexican Train during our February Family Night.

Good Morning

Jeremiah 10:23-24
O Lord, I know that the (a) way of man is not in himself:
it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
O Lord, (b) correct me, but with judgment;
not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.

(a)Proverbs 16:1-3
The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits. Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.

(b)Jeremiah 30:10-11
Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the Lord; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid. For I am with thee, saith the Lord, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet I will not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.

Enjoy this Lord’s Day
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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February 22, Today’s thought – Carry Away the Song

feb19 004Coffee within arm’s reach of my chair.
Life doesn’t get much better.

Good Morning

Isaiah 30:15
For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel;
In returning and rest shall ye be saved;
in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength:

Do you know what Luther said?
“Suffer and be still,
and tell no man thy sorrow;
trust in God–
His help; will not fail thee.”
This is what Scripture calls keeping silent before God
To talk much of one’s sorrow makes one weak,
but to tell one’s sorrows to Him
who heareth in secret,
makes one strong and calm. Tholuck

“The little sharp vexations
And the briars that catch and fret,
Why not take all to the Helper
Who has never failed us yet?
Tell Him about the heartache,
And tell Him the longings, too.

Tell Him the baffled purpose
When we scarce know what to do.
Then, leaving all our weakness
With the One divinely strong,
Forget that we bore the burden
And carry away the song.
Margaret Sangster

Whisper in God’s ears . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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February 20, Today’s thought – It is Possible

feb19 007A ‘burn day’ so the Farmer burns brush

Good Morning

Luke 1:37
For with God nothing shall be impossible.

It is possible,
for those who really are willing to reckon on the power of the Lord for keeping and victory, to lead a life in which His promises are taken as they stand and are found to be true.

It is possible
to cast all our care upon Him daily and to enjoy deep peace in doing it.

It is possible
to have the thoughts and imaginations of our hearts purified, in the deepest meaning of the word.

It is possible
by taking complete refuge in Divine power to become strong through and through; and, where previously our greatest weakness lay, to find that things which formerly upset all our resolves to be patient, or pure or humble, furnish today an opportunity–through Him who loved us, and works in us an agreement with His will and a blessed sense of His presence and His power–to make sin powerless over us.

These things are DIVINE POSSIBILITIES, and because they are His work, the true experience of them will always cause us to bow lower at His feet and to learn to thirst and long for more.

We cannot possibly be satisfied with anything less–each day, each hour, each moment, in Christ, through the power of this Holy Spirit–than to WALK WITH GOD. McLaren

Believe in Possibilities . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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February 19, Today’s thought – Simple Gratitude

feb19 002A note to myself.

Good Morning

As I read this devotion, I thought:
“It is not always simple or easy to be grateful,
but it is best to be grateful.”

Psalm 100:4-5
. . . be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the Lord is good;
his mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endureth to all generations.

Being grateful is no Pollyanna-like response
to anxious times.
For most of us,
the daily practice of gratitude begins at mealtimes.
for many households,
it is not necessarily the calmest,
most serene time of day.
Frazzled from working all day,
Mom has to come up with a healthy,
nutritious meal in less than thirty minutes.
Dad isn’t in such great shape himself;
after the stress of the office
he tries to maintain order among fussy, hungry kids.
When everyone finally sits down to supper,
Sis is sulky,
the baby;s bawling,,
and brother is trying to tell everybody
about his day at school,
two decibels above his baby sister.
“Let us now be thankful . . . .”

But that’s where real gratitude begins.
Not when life is peaceful and serene
but when everything’s falling apart
and the resulting anxiety is enough
to drive you right through your eyeballs.
For anxious people,
being grateful to God is a miracle.
Simple gratitude helps us experience God
at work in every moment of every day.

A Place Called Home – Harriet Crosby

Try to be grateful . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Chats on the Deck


“Chats on the Farmhouse Porch” is a group of friends
gathering to visit,
sip their favorite beverages,
nibble delicious treats
and share their likes and dislikes.

Patrice and Wendell have invited me to join the chatting.
Patrice provides the questions,
we answer.

1.  Have you been watching the Olympics?

No, really not interested.

2.  Does the grey winter affect your moods?

No, the cooler/cold weather is better for me than the heat.

3.  When was the last time you held a baby?

About 2-3 months ago

4.  Do you do a thorough spring cleaning each year?

Again, NO, I don’t know if I’ve ever done a real spring clean.

5.  Please tell Wendell a bedtime story. He asked. I said I’d ask you.If you don’t feel that creative, tell him a favorite book you think he might like. please:)

Just for Wendell, but  the rest of you may listen.

This little horsie brought carrots at the market.
This little horsie washed them clean at home.
This little horsie made carrot soup.
This little horsie licked the bowl clean.
This little horsie slept all night with his belly full.
Ah, Home Sweet Home.

7973549-carrot-fresh-vegetable-group-on-white-backgroundDo you want to hear more stories?  Click here.

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February 18 – Today’s thought – God’s Idea

Good Afternoon

Jeremiah 1:4-5
Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

God planned and packed you on purpose for his purpose.
Heaven’s custom design.
At a moment before moments existed,
the sovereign Star Maker resolved,
“I will make ________________>”
Your name goes in the blank.
The he continued with,
“And I will make him/her ______________,
____________ and _______________ and
_______________and ______________.”
Fill those blanks with your characteristics.
Detail oriented
And since you are God’s idea,
you are a good idea.
What God said about Jeremiah,
he said about you-
“Before I made you in your mother’s womb,
I chose you.
Before you were born,
I set you apart for a special work.”
Set apart for a special work.

Care for the Common Life, Max Lucado

Accept God’s idea . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Three Quilts Went Home

new 004I’ve always loved quilts and quilting.
Sometimes quilts waited.
I explored and learned to love
the art of counted cross stitch.
During the past few years,
knitting has been my passion.

Each craft speaks to me through ‘getting it right’.
Matching corners and keeping all the points in quilts,
perfect crosses of counted work,
and the count of each row on target equals ‘getting it right’.

Each craft has color!
Quilts – who hasn’t stood in front of a quilt at a quilt show
and whispered “WOW!”;
or stared at a finished counted cross stitch piece
and watched the shading blend;
or walked into a yarn shop and
become over whelmed with the beauty.

Quilts are good waiters.
They don’t mind what state of unfinished they are
when set aside because I get side tracked.

During the fall of 2013,
I remembered three quilts
that were in assorted stages of completeness.
I purposed to get them done!
So borders got added,
binding cut and ready,
and off to the quilter, Quilt’m Sunflower Designs, they went.
Three quilts came back looking very pleased with themselves.
I spent some very quiet time
hand stitching the binding on the quilts.
I almost always finish my quilts by hand.
I spend that time thinking about and praying
for the dear one receiving the quilt.

Saturday three quilts went home.

One quilt was meant to live on the couch to comfort, warm, and ease.
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One quilt became the burrito shell  – she become the filling.

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One quilt was giggled at because she didn’t believe it was hers.
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I love the family who lives in the home where the quilts live.

(In an effort to be completely honest, the top picture was taken at a very rare moment in time, but it is a perfect blogging picture.)

I Was Bitten by the Quilt Bug

We went to Phoenix, AZ for vacation for 17 days. I visited a quilter friend. One day we looked through old quilt magazines together. Another time she shared several old quilts made by her mother and grandmother, and  some quilts she had made.  I ohhhed and ahhhed and got bit.

One quilt a sixteen patch block set with a snowball block got my attention.  I could see it made up with the 30’s fabrics waiting in the stash shed.   I bought the fabric for the snowball block.  For great niece, Jaden

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A quilt in the window of quilt shop, Fabric Garden,  called to me. I had plenty of 30’s in the box. I bought setting corner and binding fabric. For great niece, Anya.

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And then, my compulsive/obsessive gene kicked in and somehow fabric came home; Atkinson’s Yellow Brick Road, a quilt designed to use fat quarters  (a 18X21″ piece of fabric) is the designated pattern.  For great nephew,  Jacoby.

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At the first of the year I had 5 quilts on my ‘hope’ to do list for 2014, One of these quilts wasn’t on the list . . . then.

Right now not a whole lot of knitting is getting down, hhhhmmmmm.

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Carl Sandburg – Honey and Salt

Honey and Salt, a poem written by Carl Sandburg describes the many aspects of love.

Read it slow .   .   . let it speak   .   .   .

ps (It’s kinda long)

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Honey and Salt
Carl Sandburg

A bag of tricks—is it?
And a game smoothies play?
If you’re good with a deck of cards
or rolling the bones—that helps?
If you can tell jokes and be a chum
and make an impression—that helps?
When boy meets girl or girl meets boy—
what helps?

They all help: be cozy but not too cozy:
be shy, bashful, mysterious, yet only so-so:
then forget everything you ever heard about love
for it’s a summer tan and a winter windburn
and it comes as weather comes and you can’t change it:
it comes like your face came to you, like your legs came
and the way you walk, talk, hold your head and hands—
and nothing can be done about it—you wait and pray.

Is there any way of measuring love?
Yes but not till long afterward
when the beat of your heart has gone
many miles, far into the big numbers.

Is the key to love in passion, knowledge, affection?
All three—along with moonlight, roses, groceries,
givings and forgivings, gettings and forgettings,

keepsakes and room rent,
pearls of memory along with ham and eggs.

Can love be locked away and kept hid?

Yes and it gathers dust and mildew
and shrivels itself in shadows
unless it learns the sun can help,
snow, rain, storms can help—
birds in their one-room family nests
shaken by winds cruel and crazy—
they can all help:
lock not away your love nor keep it hid.

How comes the first sign of love?

In a chill, in a personal sweat,
in a you-and-me, us, us two,
in a couple of answers,
an amethyst haze on the horizon,
two dance programs criss-crossed,
jackknifed initials interwoven,
five fresh violets lost in sea salt,
birds flying at single big moments
in and out a thousand windows,
a horse, two horses, many horses,
a silver ring, a brass cry,
a golden gong going ong ong ong-ng-ng,
pink doors closing one by one
to sunset nightsongs along the west,
shafts and handles of stars,
folds of moonmist curtains,
winding and unwinding wisps of fogmist.

  How long does love last?

As long as glass bubbles handled with care
or two hot-house orchids in a blizzard
or one solid immovable steel anvil
tempered in sure inexorable welding—
or again love might last as
six snowflakes, six hexagonal snowflakes,
six floating hexagonal flakes of snow
or the oaths between hydrogen and oxygen
in one cup of spring water
or the eyes of bucks and does
or  two wishes riding on the back of a
morning wind in winter
or one corner of an ancient tabernacle
held sacred for personal devotions
or dust …yes     dust in a little solemn heap
played on by changing winds.

There are sanctuaries holding honey and salt.
There are those who  spill and spend.
There are those who search and save.
And love may be a quest with silence and content.

Can you buy love?

Sure every day with money, clothes, candy,
with promises, flowers, big-talk,
with laughter, sweet-talk, lies,
every day men and women buy love
and take it away and things happen

and they study about it
and the longer they look at it

the more it isn’t love they bought at all:

bought love is a guaranteed imitation.

 Can you sell love?

Yes …you can sell it and take the price

and think it over
and look again at the price
and cry and cry to yourself

and wonder who was selling what and why.
Evensong lights floating black night water,
a lagoon of stars washed in velvet shadows,
a great storm cry from white sea-horses—

these moments cost beyond all prices.

 Bidden or unbidden? how comes love?

Both bidden and unbidden, a sneak and a shadow

a dawn in a doorway throwing a dazzle
or a sash of light in a blue fog,

a slow blinking of two red lanterns in river mist
or a deep smoke winding one hump of a mountain
and the smoke becomes a smoke known to your own

twisted individual garments:

the winding of it gets into your walk, your hands,

your face and eyes.

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February 13, Today’s thought – Have you heard?

feb13A bit of spring sunshine in our kitchen,
thanks to the Farmer.

Good Afternoon

Heard From God Lately?

Job’s friend told him that, “God does speak; now one way, now another; though man may not perceive it.” (Job 33:14, NIV)

Job 33:14-16
For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,

This scripture both fascinates and encourages me,
for it shows how eager God is to speak to those of us
who are more likely not to hear what He is saying.
That doesn’t stop Him.
In fact, He speaks now one way, now another —
in whatever way necessary in order
to reach my dull and indifferent heart.
God knows me, and He knows my language.
He also knows how to bypass all the barriers
I have set up against His approaching love — fool that I am.
God speaks “now one way, now another.”
How delightful is God’s diversity.
His vocabulary is vast,
His understanding is unsearchable,
His love is unfailing,
and His resolve to reach my heart
with His Word is unrelenting.
He will speak in whatever way suits
His purpose to redeem my life.

In church; outside of church —
it matters not.
God speaks through the Bible,
through nature,
through circumstances,
through other people,
through dreams and visions,
and even sometimes even by supernatural means.

Charles Spurgeon wrote,
“In the field we have a study hung round with texts for thought.
From the cedar to the hyssop,
from the soaring eagle down to the chirping grasshopper,
from the blue expanse of heaven to a drop of dew,
all things are full of teaching,
and when the eye is divinely opened,
that teaching flashes upon the mind far more vividly
than from written books.
Our little rooms are neither so healthy,
so suggestive,
so agreeable,
or so inspiring as the fields.
Let us count nothing common or unclean,
but feel that all created things point to their Maker,
and the field will at once be hallowed.”

Notice, finally, that the verse adds this hopeful phrase,
“though man may not perceive Him.”
It does not say that man cannot perceive Him;
rather, its says he may not.
That means, on the other hand,
that he also may perceive what God is saying and doing.
And therein is hope for each one of us.
It is possible that I may indeed hear God’s voice today!
How about you? Heard from God lately? Ryle

Listening . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Ten on Tuesday – I Love Red!


On Tuesday’s Carole hosts ‘Ten on Tuesdays’.
She chooses a topic – we list ten items.

10 Favorite Things that are Red

My title says it all, “I love RED”

Dark RED cherries

My RED and black PJ’s

RED ink pens

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My tweedy RED sweater

RED headed little children

A ruby RED Park Avenue I used to own, I loved that car.

RED and white coffee cups

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A Christmas tree decorated with white lights and RED bulbs

A RED shawl in the knitting, hopefully done by next winter

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and RED ketchup!

but I like to be in the BLACK   .    .    .   not in the RED.

Want to see what RED things others like click here.


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February 11, Today’s thought – Rest in God

feb11You’ve heard the saying, “While the cat’s away the mice will play”, well, guess what,
burr clover decided to grow while the Farmer was away.

Good Morning

Psalm 33:18
Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;

Few people know how to rest these days.
Even on vacation,
many people rush to cram in as much as they can
before returning to there jobs,
where they spend twice as much energy
catching up on the work and mail
that has piled up in their absence.
Many of us need vacations just to res from our vacations!
perhaps we have been looking for rest in the wrong places.

Jesus said,
“Come unto me and I Will give you rest.”
Like peace,
rest can be found only in one place,
from one source,
and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. . .

Despite the headlines in the newspapers
and some of the scenes we see on television,
we know that all is going according to
God’s plan and foreknowledge.

Jesus gives us the ultimate rest,
the confidence we need to escape
the frustration and chaos of the world around us.
Pest in HIm
and do not worry about what lies ahead.
Jesus Christ has already taken care of tomorrow.
from Quiet Places of the Heart in Winter

Psalm 33:18 Behold, the Lord’s eye is upon those who fear Him [who revere and worship Him with awe], who wait for Him and hope in His mercy and loving-kindness,AMP

Sweet rest . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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February 10, Today’s thought – Contending With Horses

May 24-27 - phoenix 007Last week our trailer was parked on the grassy spot.
From this view you would not be able to see the water pump.
It is a very peaceful place, even with the roosters.

Good Morning

Contending With Horses

“How shall you contend with horses?” (Jeremiah 12:5)

Jeremiah, a young man facing opposition
and growing increasingly impatient,
complained to the Lord about the injustice in life —
the wicked prosper, and the righteous suffer,
and God seems to sit back in silence.
“Lord, I have a problem here – why do the wicked prosper,
and the faithless always succeed?”

Have you ever wanted to say something to God along those lines?
Before you do, you should hear
how He answered young Jeremiah’s complaint.

“Jeremiah,” the Lord said,
“if you get tired in a race against people,
how can you possibly run against horses?
And if you complain in fields of ease, w
hat will happen when your encounter
the high tides of the turbulent Jordan?”

There God goes again, speaking in riddles.
What on earth does this mean?
He is telling Jeremiah that tough times are ahead,
and these present difficulties are only
preparing him for the steeper climb.
And the question God puts to him is the same
we must answer in our ever darkening world.

And even though the wicked may seem to have it made now;
in that day when their world comes crashing down around them,
will you have what it takes to stand?

If we cannot handle the inconvenience of the smaller thing,
then how shall we meet the challenge of the greater thing?
If we stumble over that which is now before us,
how shall we advance to that which is yet beyond us?

To be sure, the Lord wants us to make measured moves
to greater levels of opportunity and responsibility,
but the climb is beset with necessary challenges
that can only be mounted by an unflinching faith.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. said,
“Faith is the highest passion in a human being.
Many in every generation may not come that far,
but none comes further.”

None but those who contend with horses.  Rylie

Jeremiah 12:1-5
Uncompromisingly righteous and rigidly just are You, O Lord, when I complain against and contend with You. Yet let me plead and reason the case with You: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are all they at ease and thriving who deal very treacherously and deceitfully?
You have planted them, yes, they have taken root; they grow, yes, they bring forth fruit. You are near in their mouths but far from their hearts.
But You, O Lord, know and understand me and my devotion to You; You see me and try my heart toward You. [O Lord] pull [these rebellious ones] out like sheep for the slaughter and devote and prepare them for the day of slaughter.
How long must the land mourn and the grass and herbs of the whole country wither? Through the wickedness of those who dwell in it, the beasts and the birds are consumed and are swept away [by the drought], because men [mocked] me, saying, He shall not [live to] see our final end.
[But the Lord rebukes Jeremiah’s impatience, saying] If you have raced with men on foot and they have tired you out, then how can you compete with horses? And if [you take to flight] in a land of peace where you feel secure, then what will you do [when you tread the tangled maze of jungle haunted by lions] in the swelling and flooding of the Jordan? Amplified Bible

I’m thankful for God’s plan . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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