Clean Slate

Daily Prompt:  

Explore the room you’re in as if you’re seeing it for the first time. Pretend you know nothing. What do you see? Who is the person who lives there?

living room

Hmmm, this is interesting.  Kinda an old farmhouse, cute, quaint.  Let’s see what goes on here.  So this is the living room, the room where they spend most of their time.  They must be musicians, look at that corner – piano, bass, 2 guitars, and a djembe drum. OK, there are speakers in the corner, not like stereo speakers, but more like you would see at a concert. You don’t see that everyday!  And a mixing board under the couch table.  Kinda like a whole band righ there in the living room.

And look on the wall, there’s one of those shelves that holds old teacups…they all match, look pretty old. And what’s that, oh, looks like all kinds of homemade little trinkets that your kids would bring home from art class.    Alot of pictures hanging, looks like original artwork, they must have kids.  Yep, there’s the pictures…looks like a hockey player, a cellist, 2 really attractive young women, and 2 younger kids, a girl and a boy.  Wow, thats 6 kiddos – 3 boys and 3 girls, that’s a handful!

And look at that TV, how could you miss it, it’s freaking huge, one of those projection things.  Someone here must looooove movies.   And there are two laptops and an ipad…hmmm. Must be geeks.  Yep, there’s a laser printer on the end table.  Only geeks would put a laser printer on an end table.  Oh yeah, here’s more stuff, a computer bag on the couch, and a blue basket full of all kinds of random cat5 cables, power supplies, definitely geek stuff.

Furniture is lived in, but inviting.  Looks like 2 couches and a recliner.  Probably need two couches with 6 kids! That, or they have alot of people over.   I mean who needs two couches?  Speaking of cozy, isn’t that cute? There’s an electric fireplace on the back wall, dang that thing throws off alot of heat!

Hey, I found some books, lets see what they read.  Looks like  “Worship As it is in Heaven” ,” Worship Warriors”,  a Bible, and a journal.  Let’s peek, come on… ok, looks like dates and scripture verses, poems, or maybe songs.  Oh yeah, the music. I’ve got it Sherlock, they must play at a church or something.

And look at that cute little black dog sitting in the recliner.  She’s a bit chunky, but perky!  She must think she runs the joint.  She probably sits in that chair all day waiting for her people to come home.  Look at that tapestry on the wall, pretty gazebos in a garden, with a verse on it.  “Come with me to a quiet place and rest”.  This must be the peaceful place, the room where their family gathers by the fireplace, where the musicians sing and praise God, and the bloggers/geeks “do their thing”…

GOD’S PROMISE TO YOU:

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  (Matthew 11:28 NKJV)

But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.  (Isaiah 40:31 NKJV)

 I’ll refresh tired bodies; I’ll restore tired souls. (Jeremiah 31:25  MSG)

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord,  Thank you for coming into our homes today.  We are grateful that you love as just as we are at this very moment.  Thank you that we don’t have to have everything all neat and tidy for you to come in.  You are our friend.  Even when the dishes aren’t done, and the piles are on the table, we let You in.  We trust You Lord, You have been there through all of it, even if we didn’t see it at the time.

Bring us rest, and peace today Lord.  Let Your Holy Spirit fill us with peace that surpasses understanding.  Leave us speechless with Your presence.  Let’s just sit and be today.  Good friends don’t always have to talk, there is such comfort in the silence sometimes when you are with someone who loves you.

Let’s do this again, and again, and again…

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Take Two

DAILY PROMPT: Take Two

Run outside. Take a picture of the first thing you see. Run inside. Take a picture of the second thing you see. Write about the connection between these two random objects, people, or scenes.

Ok, I kinda put the pictures together…This swing is outside our front door, we are blessed to live in the country on about 2.5 acres. Together we have 6 kids, kinda the Brady Bunch thing, but no Alice! My husband, Bob, put the tire swing up last year for the kids. My dad gave us the wooden swing, it used to be at their campground. The pictures are original artwork made by my two oldest daughters, Jenny & Amanda. Jen is 24, Manda is 21. The pictures both hang on the wall in our living room. The connection? Jen and Manda are all grown up and on their own now, hence the wooden swing and tire swing are empty.

This post got me thinking about how quickly time passes, and how quickly our kids grow up. I still remember the girls and their turtle sandbox, the spaghetti in their hair, and the mud pies outside. And we would put on Stevie Ray Vaughn CD and dance in the kitchen. Then, in a blink of an eye, they are out of the house and on their own. I am constantly amazed at how beautiful and talented they both are. And smart, did I tell you that yet? I am so proud of both of them. They have overcome some amazing obstacles, and they are both such strong, independent women.

You see, they didn’t come from the “picture perfect” family. Life at our house was less than peaceful. Their dad and I divorced when they were 6 and 3. There was a 2 year battle for placement, I lost, and and they grew up living with their Dad. I lived in the next town over, but it wasn’t the same. Then, in my anger I went on my own little “spree”. I moved to NV, Maine, and Minnesota all in about a 3 year period. I was running from myself in those days. Let’s just say I was not the best mom in those days. I was not consistent. I tried, but I had alot of emotional and mental baggage I carried around from place to place. And no God, I was not a real believer yet.

Yet, despite my weaknesses and failures, they overcame. They did not let their past dictate their future. They are beautiful, talented, smart, and have amazing things in their future. Jen is getting married this year, Amanda is going to college…

Even though I am the mom, I think I have learned more from them. They taught me that your past does not determine your future. They taught me about forgiveness, when they “let me back in” their lives after my galavanting around the country. They taught me how hard work and tenacity pays off. And they taught me about love and forgiveness, and that’s it’s okay to make mistakes. They taught me that home is where the love is. They taught me about standing up for myself, about not being a “doormat” or a victim. They are both so strong, and I admire them so much. Thank you Jesus, for children, that teach us and love us despite everything. I love you Jenny & Amanda!

GOD’S PROMISE TO YOU:

1 Corinthians 13  The Message

The Way of Love

13 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

2 If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

3-7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end.

8-10 Love never dies.

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord, I ask you to watch over and bless our children.  Heal any hurts that we or others may have caused them.   Restore them in all ways.  Turn their sorrow into joy, and their mourining into dancing.  Fill them with love, peace, and joy.  Bless their coming in and going out,  bless the work of their hands. Bless their relationships.   Guide them, lead them, and protect them from the evil one.  Give them a double portion,  for surely they will see the goodness of the Lord  in the land of the living, in Jesus’ Name.

This is Your Life

Daily Prompt

If you could read a book containing all that has happened and will ever happen in your life, would you? If you choose to read it, you must read it cover to cover.

When is the last time you went to the movie theater? (or theatre, depending on where you live!)  Remember the person that is inevitably behind you.  I can hear them now, ” This is the third time I’ve seen this movie this week. I loooooooooooove it!”  Then the movie gets to a suspenseful scene and they say, “I remember this part, they are going to…”  at which point they blurt out what happens. Don’t you just wanna turn around and deck them at this point?  It kinda ruins the fun when you know what’s gonna happen.

So my answer would be no, I would not want to read it.  I can’t imagine knowing exactly what would come next in my life.  It would take all the fun out of it!   There would be no more surpirses, no more “ah-hah” moments.  If we knew the ending would we enjoy the moment? Would we have miracle moments?  I don’t think so. If I read something sad in the book, I would cry when I read it.  But then when it happened, I think it would be empty, almost void of emotion.  Same thing with joy. I wouldn’t wanna miss a chance to laugh!

One of the gifts of life is living it; with the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Would you even feel things like happiness, sadness, joy, or sorrow if you already knew what was coming.  I think I would feel robbed.  It would make me feel like a puppet in a play. Or an actor reading her lines.  Yeah, you could “pretend”, but it wouldn’t be the same.  Could you even call it life?

I kinda like not knowing.  It makes every day an adventure!  And what about building your faith?   Can you imagine a life without faith?  or hope?  You wouldn’t have to hope for anything, you would know what would happen already.  And you wouldn’t have to trust God or anyone, you wouldn’t need to.  And what about prayer, what would you have to pray about?  You would know what happens to yourself and all your family/friends/acquaitences/church, etc.  alreadly. Life without prayer would be unbearable.  The more I write about this, the worse it gets!

Oh yeah, then we could get political.  What about free choice?  You really wouldn’t have a choice in anything for the future, the ending is already written.  That must be illegal or something.  What about the Declaration of Independence, why  it would violate our civil rights! We like to choose, something about declaring these truths to be self-evident. (History was like my worst subject, well, other than gym)  Ok, simmer down girl…

GOD’S PROMISE FOR YOU:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.  (Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV)

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord,  thank you for the  life that you have given each of us.  Thank  you for the happiness, the sorrow, the good and the bad, and  for all of the things that we have gone through that have drawn us closer to You.  Thank you Lord, that You have come, to give us life, and life more abundantly.  We eagerly await whateverYou have for us next, for we know that You are the Author of Life, and the finisher of our faith.    You are a good God, and delight in giving your kids the best.  Thank you Lord, that You never leave us or forsake us in this journey.  And we are grateful that we can trust You with whatever comes next, in Jesus name.

When the healing didn’t come.

Thank you for helping me understand…

Promised Healing

This will probably be one of the painful posts for me to write because my wife and I both lost our mother’s last year. The feelings that I experienced were sadness, fear, anger, self-doubt, challenged faith, disappointment, and the list goes on

I remember pouring my heart out to God to heal my mother – joined in hand by my wife, my father, and my aunt and uncle. As we prayed, I felt the closeness of the Lord and put my faith in Him. Mom did have a couple good days after that and I was hopeful and standing in faith that she would be healed, but it soon became apparent that her health was failing. We continued to pray and visited almost everyday.jesus-outside-the-empty-tomb_thumb

My wife and I played music for my mother, singing praise songs and proclaiming the Word over her. I know it comforted it her, and again…

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32 FLAVORS

DAILY PROMPT: Vanilla, chocolate, or something else entirely?

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Hands down, it’s gotta be chocolate for me. Chocolate, a girls best friend, the one PMS medicine that works, and a wonderful “take me away” food.  Plus, trying to justify myself here, dark chocolate is  high in antioxidants, it may help lower your blood pressure, and it increases the endorphin’s in your brain.OK, I know how to use Google.  Truthfully, I would eat chocolate whether it was healthy or not!

I went to Baskin-Robbins (online), and there are pictures of all the flavors.

Kinda reminds me of all God’s kids,

many different flavors, but all good!

GODS PROMISE TO YOU:

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever.
 (Psalm 136:1-3 NIV)
Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.
(Psalm 136:26 NIV)

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Lord, we just want to say thank you. Thank you for loving us forever. Thank you for covering us with  Your grace and mercy.  Thank you for Jesus.  Thank you for the new life You have given us.  Thank you that we do not have to stay the same.  Thank you for delivering us.  

Thank you that we are Your kids. (Are we there yet Daddy?) 

And God, thank you  for ice cream!  

We know you love us in all 32 flavors!

1984

DAILY PROMPT: 1984 

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You’re locked in a room with your greatest fear. Describe what’s in the room.

I close my eyes, and remember a time, when I was frightened…

I don’t know if I am going to live or die today.  It is so dark but the air is so heavy.  Wait…I can feel that black spirit flying around my head again.  I hate this room.   Stop it!  I can’t believe I am back here again.  I told myself I was never going to come here again.   I am locked in a room with my PAIN.

There are so many places in my life where it snuck in, kinda oozed it under the door, and through the vents, and it’s inside the walls….I have stuffed it into this room for so long now.  It’s the “secret room”.  The place where I bury my PAIN…

There are too many hurts, too many betrayals, too many “incidents”.  Is what is left over, when you have survived abuse.

Here’s one of the poems I wrote when I was in that dark  place:

WE SUFFER IN SILENCE

© 2013 Diana Rasmussen

(from a long time ago in a faraway place)
We suffer in silence, Those in God’s fold,
When we live with Judas, in our not-quiet house.
To you he shows smiles, not a worry or care.
But we live with a traitor, all behind closed doors.
To you – words of peace flow and ebb from his mouth,
But the darkness come out when you’re not around.
F**k you b**ch! He shouts as he shoves you around,
Yelling and screaming, the insults abound.
“If only you’d this, If only you’d that”
His excuses are endless, he pulls them out of a hat.
Each day that goes on you stare in amazement,
As he smiles to the world, but throws things in your face.
Glass, wood, watch it shatter, you stare on in disbelief,
As he destroys all your things in front of you and the kids.
Your spirit he squashes, your dreams they are shattered,
Your hope has run out, when he asks “what is the matter?”
Destroy and devour, divide and deceive,
We cry out to God, Lord get me out of this place.
Every day that goes on, we keep the secret
The Devil’s alive and he lives in your house.
(Diana’s Disclaimer: Yes, I finally got help, and the kids and I are no longer with this man.  God sent Angels our way, and we are safe. Thank you Jesus!)

GOD’S PROMISE TO YOU:

14 “Because he[a] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”  Psalm 91:14-16 (NIV)

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord, You know all things and see all things.  We know that You have NOT given us a spirit of fear, but of love, and power, and a sound mind.  We aks You to shine Your light in the darkness, send your Angels to minister to anyone bound by fear.  Renew our minds as we ready Your Word. We know that your Word will accomplish that which You have set it out to do. Deliver us Lord,  for we acknowledge Your Name.   Lead us out of the darkness and into the  marvelous light.  Let Your light overpower any darkness and fear, in Jesus name.

A Word a Week Photo Challenge: Clouds

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OK, I’m kinda a cloud junkie…there, I said it! I am just in awe of God’s workmanship and beauty!  I am constantly taking cloud pictures. My daughter even does it now, she sees God in His glory too! This was taken right outside our door in WI.

Psalm 57:9-11

Amplified Bible (AMP)

I will praise and give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the nations.

10 For Your mercy and loving-kindness are great, reaching to the heavens, and Your truth and faithfulness to the clouds.

11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let Your glory be over all the earth.

A Word A Week Photo Challenge: Clouds

Teacher’s Pet

Daily Prompt: Teacher’s Pet

Tell us about a teacher who had a real impact on your life, either for the better or the worse. How is your life different today because of him or her?

I wish my head wasn’t so hard. I wish I didn’t have to run into the brick wall before I got it.  Oh well, it has made for an interesting journey.  I was one of the kids that did very well academically, but I had no common sense. I was even voted “Most Likely to Succeed” in High School.

I had many wonderful teachers, and with the wonderful way I could memorize things I could ace most tests. But I really didn’t remember much the next day.  I had a lot of book knowledge, but no wisdom. I looked in all the wrong places…

The world’s measuring system is different than Gods.  In the world I am a success if I have a good job, have a lot of money, stuff, knowledge, degrees, etc.  I bought into  that lie once in my life, but it is empty, and meaningless.

“There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.”(Proverbs 14:12)

Knowledge didn’t help me.  I have the college degree, it didn’t help me make good choices in my life.  Only wisdom could do that.  And wisdom doesn’t come from a teacher or a class, it comes from God.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5)

My Best Teacher: The Holy SpiritSpirit

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. ” (John 14:26 NKJV)

GOD’S PROMISE TO YOU:

“So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12)

“The Benefits of Wisdom”

” My child, listen to what I say,
    and treasure my commands.
 Tune your ears to wisdom,
    and concentrate on understanding.
 Cry out for insight,
    and ask for understanding.
 Search for them as you would for silver;
    seek them like hidden treasures.
 Then you will understand what it means to fear theLord,
    and you will gain knowledge of God.
 For the Lord grants wisdom!
    From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
 He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest.
    He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.
He guards the paths of the just
    and protects those who are faithful to him.

 Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair,
    and you will find the right way to go.
 For wisdom will enter your heart,
    and knowledge will fill you with joy.
 Wise choices will watch over you.
    Understanding will keep you safe.

 Wisdom will save you from evil people,
    from those whose words are twisted.
 These men turn from the right way
    to walk down dark paths.
 They take pleasure in doing wrong,
    and they enjoy the twisted ways of evil.
Their actions are crooked,
    and their ways are wrong.

 Wisdom will save you from the immoral woman,
    from the seductive words of the promiscuous woman.
 She has abandoned her husband
    and ignores the covenant she made before God.
 Entering her house leads to death;
    it is the road to the grave.
 The man who visits her is doomed.
    He will never reach the paths of life.

 Follow the steps of good men instead,
    and stay on the paths of the righteous.
 For only the godly will live in the land,
    and those with integrity will remain in it.
 But the wicked will be removed from the land,
    and the treacherous will be uprooted.”  (Proverbs 2 NLT)

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord,

We thank you for those people you have put in our lives that give us wisdom, not just knowledge. They touch not just our heads, but our hearts. Thank you that we can learn from Your Word as Your Holy Spirit teaches us all things. We are asking today Lord, give us wisdom, give us understanding.  Show us the plans that You have for us.  Show us your glory.

Forgive us Lord, for thinking we knew better, for thinking we could live a life without You.  There is no life without You, in Jesus Name, amen.

Helpless

TearsDAILY PROMPT: Helplessness

Helplessness: that dull, sick feeling of not being the one at the reins. When did you last feel like that –- and what did you do about it?

This was a hard year for our family, a year of enduring.  My husband ‘s mom passed away this past January  Then, we had fun with me breaking my leg in Feb, and being out of work for 6 months.  Then, my mom passed away in September.  Then, at the end of the year, even my father-in-laws dog died.  Sounds like a year of enduring, that or a bad country song.

It was (and still is) a time where I felt/feel out of control.  Christmas was not the same.  I didn’t even want to decorate this year, but you know, we have kids,  so 2 weeks before Christmas we bought a tree.  But honestly my heart just wasn’t in it this year.  This has definitely been a year of trials and testing.

As far as what I did and am still doing about it, I am daily choosing to trust God.  There are times you read His Word, and times you desperately hold onto it for dear life. this would be one of those times.  I feel like the kitty hanging on the tree branch.  Reading His Word gives me peace, gives me hope that things will change, and helps me endure whatever I am going through.

One of the most memorable moments I have had in this mess was sharing the Word with both of my moms before they died. I read parts of the “Father’s Love Letter” to both of them.  Have you read the Father’s Love Letter?  Here is the link

http://fathersloveletter.com/text.html

And yes, I cried all the way through it. But I did get to ask them the question, yep, the most important question we will ever ask anyone.  Do you believe in Jesus, that He came in the flesh and died for your sins, and was resureected on the third day?  Yes, thank you Jesus, they were saved.

God’s Word has a way of coming alive and it was and is what gives me hope when I have none.  When things are out of control and I can’t see my my way out, Jesus has lead me and carried me through.  I know He is faithful.

I also know what NOT to do.  I know that I cannot listen to the thoughts the enemy puts in my head.  I don’t know if you know what I mean, but there are some things that do not get a say.  There was more than one occasion I listened to “those voices” and I ended up in the psych ward for trying to hurt myself.  The devil does come to kill, steal, and destroy.  Some of us have lived to tell about it.  And we know that there is a God, because we are still breathing.

These are the times when I find a promise in God’s Word that has not yet come true for me, and read it, speak it, believe in it, hold onto it for dear life, until I see it come to pass.

GOD’S PROMISE TO YOU:

11 Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul?
Why are you crying the blues?
Fix my eyes on God—
soon I’ll be praising again.
He puts a smile on my face.
He’s my God.  Psalm 42:11 (MSG )

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord, I pray that you would renew our hope.  Lord, lead us, guide us, and restore us as only You can.  Let  Psalm 23 come true for us, we are relying on Your Word Lord, in Jesus Name.

Psalm 23 (NKJV)

A Psalm of David.He Restores

23 The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell[a] in the house of the Lord
Forever.

Don’t put a question mark where God uses a period…or what God says about healing.

Amen!

Promised Healing

As we begin to step out in faith and learn about healing, our initial step should be to find out what God says about healing. Our preconceived notions, experiences, and feelings have no impact on what God’s word says about healing. His word is the truth, and just like Him, His word has been, His Word is, and His word will be forever, Hallelujah!

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Psalm 145:9

New King James Version (NKJV)

9 The Lord is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works.

Acts 10:38

New King James Version (NKJV)

38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

These scriptures describe the nature of God and what we mean to Him. As a believer, when I read this and internalize it, I can…

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Don’t put a question mark where God uses a period…or what God says about healing.

Amen!

Promised Healing

As we begin to step out in faith and learn about healing, our initial step should be to find out what God says about healing. Our preconceived notions, experiences, and feelings have no impact on what God’s word says about healing. His word is the truth, and just like Him, His word has been, His Word is, and His word will be forever, Hallelujah!

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Psalm 145:9

New King James Version (NKJV)

9 The Lord is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works.

Acts 10:38

New King James Version (NKJV)

38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

These scriptures describe the nature of God and what we mean to Him. As a believer, when I read this and internalize it, I can…

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Finding Hope in This Crazy World

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