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For some time I have been mulling over some thoughts about giving and receiving.

Like most people I grew up hearing that "It is more blessed to give than to receive." I believe this to be true. But there is also a side to this that we often forget. If the receiver does not receive then there is no blessing for the person who is giving the gift. Realizing that there has to be someone to give to, means that the gift carries two blessings. There is the blessing that comes from giving from the heart realizing that you are being God's hands in someone's life. And there is a blessing for the person receiving. The receiver sees that God does indeed hear prayer, that God does indeed care deeply for our well being, and also that God desires only good for His children.

The giver must be connect to the Lord so that he/she is sensitive to the leading of the Lord while the receiver must walk in the mind of Christ. It is just too easy for pride to over take the mind of Christ. When we act ungrateful or turn a gift away we deny the giver the blessing of the Lord. There is a very narrow path we walk. We who receive need to not think the gift is owed to us. True humility comes from a thankful heart that is in tune with the Lord.

I found myself in the position of being the receiver recently. It was an uncomfortable position to be in because for most of my life I have been the giver. I tried to stop the gift from being given and then remembered a story I had read earlier this summer of a young ministry couple who were barely making ends meet. Another pastor from town brought by some food and they almost turned it away. With gentleness the older minister asked if they were okay with denying him and his church a blessing. So realizing that it would be a very long time down the road before Mike and I would be able to get what was being gifted. I thanked the Lord for His wonderful timing and than said thank you to the couple that was giving the gift.

Remember that there are two sides to every gift. Both sides have blessing attached. Isn't our God wonderful!!!!!!

Believe you can and your halfway there.
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Very early this morning while I lay awake waiting for it to be time to get up; I was thinking on the ‘Word’ and I envisioned the episode as documented in the Book of Judges, chapters 17-18. The story reads like this: There was a young Levite who was traveling looking for a place to live and it just happens that he runs into a man named Micah. This man had stolen silver from his mother and heard his mother pronounce a curse over it; so Micah returned the silver to his mom. His mom took and gave some of the silver to a silversmith and had some idols made. He consecrated one of his sons as priest. However when he ran into the Levite; Micah offered the priest the job with a salary and a place to live. It was a tempting proposition and the Levite accepted; even though being a Levite priest he had to be familiar with the Ten Commandments which prohibits making idols and worshipping them as gods. They did this in the name of LORD which is a contradiction to the Original Scriptures which had been given to them by Moses. Afterwards, the tribe of Dan came by and stole “the Levite priest who was a descendant of Jonathan the son of Gershom, the son of Manasseh, and his sons were priest to the tribe of Dan,” along with the idols, “ until the day of captivity of the land.” They also killed a whole city which they took over to set themselves up. Before this account, the intro gives a reason for this, “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (17:6).

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The scripture that I got this morning, just before I accidentally opened up this link instead of the one I usually do, was 1 Cor. 2:5 "That your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men but on the power of God". I have to run, but I wanted to share that this morning! Also, I've been in a battle, and was on the way to school crying out to the Lord and He impressed upon me to not leave home without my sword! So I'm taking this with me today, and believe it was NO accident that I clicked on this link! Thank you for sharing!!

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Several months ago as I was praying, my eyes saw a vision of a white horse running along a beach while I heard the words, “Run to Win.” The book of Corinthians was impressed upon me so I read the book and realized that verses 24-27 of chapter nine refer to running in a race in such a manner as to win the race. Paul is emphasizing the importance of taking our salvation seriously. Do you pray? Pray for real, with love and anticipation. Do you fast? Fast without hypocrisy and with a pure heart. Do you give offerings? Give voluntarily with joy. Do you love your Savior? Love with your whole heart. Yes, this race is run 'with all your strength.' The white horse was running with a purpose.

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In the following link, I share my reflections on Psalm 23

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Ephesians 2:19-22 collaborates what you are saying, "Now, therefore you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a habitation of God in the Spirit." You are definitely on track. We as a body are the temple where the Spirit of God lives. Paul says that "the foundation" is the teachings of the apostles and the prophets; and the Savior Himself is the 'chief cornerstone' in other words, He is the Truth in which the temple is built. The Scriptures are emoticon

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In Luke, chapter eleven 'Jesus' describes the people as, “an evil generation. It seeks a sign." He assures them that the only sign which they will get is his death and resurrection as the prophesied Messiah. The Savior goes on to describe how Nineveh repented after the exhortations of Jonah; yet they did not repent at His preaching. Those people were taught by the Scribes and Pharisees; therefore they were taught traditions and falsehoods invented by the leaders to control that nation. Christ, the light of the world came to shine the Truth upon them but they preferred to stay in their ignorance of the truth. Then ‘Jesus’ pronounces these profound words,

“Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness.”

That is why He would say, “Be careful how you hear” in other words; be selective in the teachings which you accept as truth. The message to the churches emphasizes, “If you have an ear, listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.”

Yes, it is a blessing that we have the Scriptures to use in our search of Truth. Afterwards, knowing that “the rocks cry out,” we can follow-up on the latest news in archaeology which will also verify the historical events documented in the Scriptures.


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You are so welcome. Knowing that we are each facing some difficult times and when I came across this in my devotions I knew that it would help the rest of us as it helped me. May it touch a need in each life.

Dore

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Thank you for sharing, Dore, sometimes it is hard to keep in mind that there is more to life than just this world, but I have to keep that in mind because when times get difficult, I have to remember that we are just passing through this world and that God is preparing something for us that is beyond our imagination. Sometimes I wish I could just have a glimpse so that it would be easier to get through the tough times but I guess that is where our faith comes in, not seeing, but believing.

"Change never happens until the pain of staying the same is more than the pain of changing." (from my friend, Jo)


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Wanted to share a little of what the Lord showed me this morning in my devotions.

Deuteronomy 30:10-16,20

Moses is commanding the people of Israel to harken, to obey, to cleave, to keep the commandments of the Lord. All of those words are words of devotion. Devotions to all that God says and is. Each carries a promise and a blessing. God does not desire that we strike out on our own. Unlike the momma bird, He will not push us out of the nest. He will teach each of us how to "fly" but it will be with His help, never alone. These words are words of dependance, words, of faith, and words of obedience. All this at this time in the Bible was to be done without the work of the Holy Spirit. We struggle today with His help, what must it have been like to follow God without the power and strength of the Holy Spirit.

I love verse 20. Our promised land is Heaven with the Lord. That is our destination when we obey God. Moses reminds the children of Israel that God is their life and He is their length of days. How often do I live like that is true in my life. Is He my breath? Is He my purpose? Is He my all in all? Verses 11-14 assure us that God is not difficult to find nor is He far away. He waits for us to choose Him, to absorb Him, to live Him.

Father,

Today I am reminded that you loved me so much you sent your son to make a way for me to be forgiven, to be washed clean so that I could draw near to you and not worry about my sins separating me from your holiness. You have never been hard to find. You are always close by waiting for me to turn to you for the help I need, for the direction that is best for me, and for the love I need to live. I seek a closer walk with you but at the same time I fear a closer walk because I know that the closer I get the more of "my" stuff has to go. But I also know I won't be happy until I am as close as I can be. Continue to draw me, continue to show me all that you have for me, and continue to love me even as I struggle against that amazing love.

Thank you Father for you word and the truth of it. Make it real and alive in my life that others might see you at work. I am blessed every day as you show me the amazing truth of who you are.



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Greetings,

Jo - thank you for sharing. We are so quick sometimes to point the finger at others only to find out we should be pointing at ourselves because we too have some of the same issues. God's Word is so good at pointing out to us our faults but also showing us how to live for Christ.

Thank you again.

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I haven't left yet, so I got to finish it! I think a lot lately about how extremely patient God is with us. I think as a society we must be far worse than Sodom and Gomorrah and wonder how long he is going to put up with all of this! I am thankful that he is opening my eyes and thankful for good Christian friends who help to keep me accountable. It can be so difficult at times in a culture such as ours. I have not been sleeping well lately at night, so I pray and maybe that is God's intent, for me to pray more. Thank you for sharing, we need to use this thread more.

Mary

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MARY: I posted it too soon! My next reading (I try to catch up on some days) was Numbers 14 where the Israelites....right after suffering the plague for complaining about the food, refused to go into CANAAN, the promised land, b/c the enemy looked formidable and they did not trust God to make their way for them! I added it to the post below. Oh how I see myself in this! LORD, once more, I pray for you to forgive me and give me the faith and courage I need to please you in all I do!



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Thank you for sharing, Jo, I think we all should be counting our blessings these days and that is a good reminder! I am trying to remember something that I read, it was about a little girl who prayed for something that she really didn't need. Her father then said to her, "God didn't answer your prayer, did he?" The little girl said, "Yes, he did, he said, no."

I have been trying to be careful how I pray and trying to be patient and wait on God as I know his way and his timing is perfect but you are so right, how we love to be in control.

Mary

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OK folks. This thread has been pretty quiet for awhile. This morning I read the passage below in my "read-through-the Bible" passage (I'm behind as usual, but I just keep plugging along...it usually takes me about a year and a half, but I'm on my 8th or 9th time now) and I thought it really applies to ALL of us.

We all have "issues" with how our lives are going. If WE were in control, surely we would arrange things differently, right? Whether it is about how much food we can eat without gaining weight...or the kinds of foods, or our relationships with family or friends, or our health issues, or housing issues, or church issues.....we ALL have issues...right?

I used to be quite "judgmental" about "those Israelites" who kept complaining and disobeying God over and over again after ALL OF THOSE MIRACLES He performed FOR them and right in front of them!! Goodness....how dumb can you be? And yet here I am, the recipient of miracle after miracle and the witness to many more...right here in THIS GROUP of women!! And still I struggle to fully trust ABBA FATHER!! Are you kidding me?

So...I'm printing out the passage for all of you to read. Pray for the Holy Spirit to be in you/with you as you read it so you can receive all of its message for you:

NUMBERS 11

The People Complain
1 And the people complained in the hearing of the LORD about their misfortunes, and when the LORD heard it, his anger was kindled, and the fire of the LORD burned among them and consumed some outlying parts of the camp.
2 Then the people cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to the LORD, and the fire died down.
3 So the name of that place was called Taberah, because the fire of the LORD burned among them.
4 Now the rabble that was among them had a strong craving. And the people of Israel also wept again and said, "Oh that we had meat to eat!
5 We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic.
6 But now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at."
7 Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like that of bdellium.
8 The people went about and gathered it and ground it in handmills or beat it in mortars and boiled it in pots and made cakes of it. And the taste of it was like the taste of cakes baked with oil.
9 When the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell with it.
10 Moses heard the people weeping throughout their clans, everyone at the door of his tent. And the anger of the LORD blazed hotly, and Moses was displeased.

NUMBERS 14

Numbers 14
The People Rebel
1 Then all the congregation raised a loud cry, and the people wept that night.
2 And all the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The whole congregation said to them, "Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness!
3 Why is the LORD bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become a prey. Would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?"
4 And they said to one another, "Let us choose a leader and go back to Egypt."
5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the people of Israel.
6 And Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes
7 and said to all the congregation of the people of Israel, "The land, which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceedingly good land.
8 If the LORD delights in us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey.
9 Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the LORD is with us; do not fear them."
10 Then all the congregation said to stone them with stones. But the glory of the LORD appeared at the tent of meeting to all the people of Israel.
11 And the LORD said to Moses, "How long will this people despise me? And how long will they not believe in me, in spite of all the signs that I have done among them?
12 I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they."

OH ABBA FATHER, please forgive me for being so much like those Israelites!! Forgive me for forgetting so quickly all of the answers to prayer you have provided! Forgive me for only wanting more! Forgive me for having so little trust and faith. LORD, I BELIEVE! Help my unbelief!! Jo

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Thank Jo -

I did know of the connection and it will be a part of my study.

Mary - You are not alone. I too mentally know this but have such a hard time putting into spiritual practice.

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Dore, It is a shame that I know, that my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit and I certainly do not treat it in that way. I do not take care of it the way that God intended and I know that there are consequences to that. I am also cluttered. I want to use this time before Easter, to examine myself and my behaviors more closely. I would truly like to be proud of where I house the Holy Spirit of God and be a better example for others.

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DORE: This doesn't exactly "fit" in with where you are in this study but I thought it might make a difference to you in the kinds of notes you take as you read. I heard a Beth Moore teaching on Revelation and how much of what is described in heaven by John resembles the Tabernacle. I think it would be interesting to take detailed notes while studying the Tabernacle and all the details and then get them out when you study Revelation. Jo

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My 2nd observation.

As I continue to read through the 1st 5 books the of Bible, God lays out His plan for the tabernacle. As stated yesterday, the tabernacle was in the center of the encampment for the sole purpose of keeping the people reminded of who should be the center of their lives.

Then next thing I noticed is that the plan for what the tabernacle contained in the way of furniture was very specific. Each piece has a designated purpose and place. In the instructions for building each piece is also the location withing the walls of the tabernacle or out in the court yard. The children of Israel were not to add one more piece of furniture. It didn't matter if someone thought the arrangement look incomplete. God had a set purpose for every piece.

As the temple of the Holy Spirit I have come to realize that I am cluttered with too much "stuff". It is understandable because today the stress of living is heavy. There is an unwritten code that the world has put upon us to be acceptable. The thing I am find though is that this code clutters up my life. God really does desire simplicity. I don't have to meet so many of the "requirements" of our world today to be accepted by Him.

I find it is time to do some house cleaning. How can I serve God when my temple is so full of things that shouldn't be there. There is no room for God's furniture because I have chosen to redecorate on my own. Sadly I am beginning to realize that my sense of "style" doesn't fit with God's temple.

So I am aiming to declutter and simplify.

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Hi ladies,

I thought that I would resurrect this thread so that as I work through the study on the tabernacle and the temple I could share it here. I would appreciate any comments or thoughts as I know it is possible for me to see something in God's Word and not get it right. I am praying that it will bless you as what I have already done has helped me so much.

I have not gotten deep into the study. I am actually still reading the first books of the Bible. Most of what I have right now are observations from the reading.

1st observation - is that the tabernacle was in the center of the Jewish community. There is a detailed description in Numbers of just which tribes were on which side of the tabernacle. This means there was order to their encampment. Also that all of their life took place centered around the tabernacle - the rest of life per se radiated out from the tabernacle. They camped so that the front doors of their tents looked upon the tabernacle.

Question - Where is my temple located? This of course is spiritual in meaning but just where is my temple located? Will have to do a very close inner inspection to make sure I have not moved my tent.

Dore

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Does anyone have any scriptures to share on being more positive and thankful? I really need to work on counting my blessings!

"Change never happens until the pain of staying the same is more than the pain of changing." (from my friend, Jo)


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Jan -
That is where I am taking the verses that I am doing. I am digging deeper to find the strength of God's Word to overcome this problem.

They have so helped me that I am sharing.

Dore

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Dore thanks for sharing.
I really like Beth Moore. I am reading one of her book now. I like the praying God's Word book. I was just thinking of it a few days ago and had wished I brought it with me on this trip.
I was praying the verses daily for several months especial the section on overcoming weight problems. They helped lots. I need to get back to it.


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Mary - I am so glad that what the Lord gave to me was a big help. I started checking out the verses as a way to get my heart and mind in the right place. I then thought that if it was helping me it might help others also.

I look forward to the things you will be sharing.

Have a great weekend.
Dore

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Thank you so much for sharing, Dore. I totally agree with needing to immerse ourselves in the Lord and make Him most important in our lives. I know that I feel so much better when I am not allowing food to control my life. I have wasted so many years being a slave to it. Jesus died so that sin would no longer have power over us, but only if we turn to Him. I would like to think that I am making progress. I do know that I cannot allow myself to become complacent and think that I can do this on my own.

In the past, I have wanted to lose weight, mainly for looks, then it became more about health. What we really need to do is be obedient to God.

I would love to hear more about your study as you go through it and anything else that others would like to share.

Good idea for a topic on sharing God's word.



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Bible Study on Beth Moore’s book - Praying God’s Word, Chapter 8, Overcoming Food Related Addictions.

Bible Verse 1
Proverbs 16:3

Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established. KJV

Roll your works upon the Lord (commit and trust them wholly to Him, He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and) so shall your plans be established and succeed. AMP.

Webster

1) Commit - v. - to give in keeping, to entrust.

2) works - n - physical or mental activity undertaken to achieve a purpose and involving the expenditure of effort.

3) thoughts - n - the action or process of thinking, an idea or pattern of ideas, (think - v - to engage in the process of arranging ideas in a pattern of relationships or of adding new ideas soon to be related to such a pattern.)

4) established - v - to place on a firm basis.

Strong’s

1) commit - 1556 - gaw-lal’ - prim root, to roll - (lit or fig.) commit, remove, roll, (away, down, together), rundown, seek occasion, trust, wallow.

2) works - 4639 mah-as-eh’ - an action (good or bad) abstract - activity, a think made, ware of, something wrought.
6213 - aw-saw’ - prim root, to do or to make - to accomplish,

3) thoughts - 4284 - makh-ash-aw-baw’ or makh-ash-eh’-beth - a contrivance, (abst.) - intention, plan, imagination, invented, means, purpose thought.
2803 - khaw-shab’- prop. To plait or interpenetrate, (lit) to weave or to fabricate. (fig.) to plot or contrive - hence from the mental effort to think, regard, value, compute.

4) established - 3559 - koon - prim root. - prop. To be erect. (I.e. stand perpendicular) hence to set up (lit) establish, fix, prepare, apply, (fig.) appoint, render, sure, proper, or prosperous.

As I studied this, the picture of a person on the top of a mountain getting ready to push a boulder down the mountainside came to mind. Once the boulder begins to roll, it is committed to its downward movement. Thus the Amplified’s concept of rolling our works upon the Lord. It implies a no turning back, a not stopping.
Another concept in commit is the idea of wallow. That word brings up the picture of pigs and the pigsty. Here the idea is to be so completely covered, immersed that the two become one. Our commitment to the Lord should close the gaps in identity. When we think of one we think of the other. There should be no room for misrepresentation. Our commitment to the Lord needs to be complete like the boulder, and also is should identify us completely with the Lord.
But in this verse what are we committing? Clearly it is our actions, our behavior, or the things that we say and do. This covers all of life. It is not just our jobs, it is everything that we do. Webster says that the noun works means a physical or mental activity undertaken to achieve a purpose and it involves the expenditure of effort. The Hebrew concept is an activity, a thing made, or something wrought. So works is something we put effort into to produce an effect. This is what is committed to the Lord. We roll the project, effort, or the activity into the Lord’s control. Like the boulder, once this is done there is no turning back. Like the pig, it is totally immersed in God’s plan and His way.
The next idea is that once the above is done then . . . . . Here the word used in the KJV is thoughts. The Amplified uses plans and so do both the NAS and NIV. The Amplified also states that when the above action takes place a change in us takes place. Our thoughts become agreeable to His will. In other words, His ways become our ways. This is a closing of the gaps that have separated us from God for a very long time. We are in the process of becoming like our Lord, into His image.
The last concept here is this change becomes established. Whether it is our thoughts or our plans, God’s Word says that this change, this new direction is fixed, it is set up, and it is sure. It carries the idea that now we will be successful, we will prosper. But the prospering depends upon the commitment. When speaking about commitment to the Lord, there are no levels, it is all or nothing. We totally commit or we don’t commit at all.
Applying all of this to food related issues means that whatever the issue, we commit it to the Lord and that means it becomes His concern. We must become completely immersed in the Lord so that our attitudes and thoughts becomes His attitude and thoughts. He becomes the focus not the food. Food becomes a necessity not a craving. Our craving is now the Lord. This is one craving we don’t need or want to break.
Now that I have stated the meaning of this verse, how do I apply it? I am bombarded everyday by images of food and eating. My kitchen is full of food. I have to prepare food for others to eat and plan meals. Food is a constant companion. Especially right now as I put up the food that we have harvested from the garden. There is food everywhere. So how? I believe that this where the immersing of myself in God’s Word becomes so very important. Having God’s Word not only close to my heart but always on my thoughts will help me to overcome the pull of the food. Hearing what God has to say to me is very important. Know the truth will help me to stay focused on the Lord.
I need to realize that the goal is not to cut food from my life, it is not to lose the weight so that I can be picture perfect, nor is it for me to please others in these two areas, but rather it is that food no longer runs my life. It is an addiction for me. When I am stressed, depressed, sad, or tired I turn to food. I am getting better at recognizing this and turning to the things that will enable me to break the hold that food has on my life.
Even though I truly don’t have a clue what it will mean in my life, I want only one master. I am pulled in so many direction and I can give none of them my full attention. I know that by only having the Lord as my master, I am committing myself to letting go of some things that I have put value in. But I also know that nothing compares to the value of my life in the Lord. Nothing.


Proverbs 16:3

Commit (roll away, trust, wallow) they works ( to do or to make, to accomplish) unto the Lord, and they thoughts(effort to think, regard, imagination) shall be established. (fixed, to set up, to stand)

Hope that this makes sense. It is something that I have been working on for some time. I pray that it is a blessing to you.

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Believe you can and your halfway there.
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