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Pobody’s Nerfect (Repost)

When I was a pre-teen, I spent a few days every now and then working in a little country store back home. Jeanie’s was a tiny place with two booths and a menu that consisted of cold sandwiches or fried food. She also kept in stock the “necessities” for life, including milk, eggs and toilet paper. (Which was really convenient since the nearest town with a “real” grocery store was 20 miles away.)

On the cash register hung a sign with words I remember to this day:

“Pobody’s Nerfect.

It made me laugh. And still does. I love the irony of switching the first two letters to emphasize that true, nobody is perfect… even the maker of the sign. (I love ironic humor, just FYI.)

You are a beautiful creation... perfectly imperfect... a work in progress... you have everything you need to fulfill your purpose... don't dilute yourself for any person or any reason... you are enough... be unapologetically you.

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Every now and then, that idea of “Pobody’s Nerfect” pops into my head. It resurfaced in my brain last week during my quiet time with the Lord.

I was reminded that nobody on this earth is perfect. Jesus was the only perfect man, the rest of us are kind of messed up. (Can I get an AMEN?)  I’ve noticed that so many people don’t want to follow the call that God has placed on their life because they don’t feel that they will able to do it perfectly.

Newsflash: They are right. They won’t be able to do it perfectly. But God doesn’t ask for perfection. He asks for obedience.

Let me give you an example. Say that I begin my daily work out…perhaps a run. Sometimes, I just have off days. Why, I have no idea… Maybe it starts raining, or I can’t find my pace or I didn’t sleep well the night before. At that moment, I have a choice.  I can do something and be obedient to the call of trying to get my body in shape, or not even attempt it because I know it’s not going to be perfect.

If I acted on only the things I could do perfectly, let me tell you what people… I would probably never get out of bed. I wouldn’t blog. I wouldn’t exercise. I wouldn’t minister to people. The list goes on and on.

Here’s the deal. God doesn’t call the equipped. He equips the called. Think to yourself for a moment: What is God calling you to right now? What’s stopping you? Is it your fear of not being “perfect?” How can you turn to the Lord to ask for help? I would love to hear your feedback… Leave a comment below!

Please remember, my sweet readers… God isn’t asking for perfection. He just wants obedience. He made you and He knows how flawed our flesh can be. He also loves you, has called you and knows first hand that when it comes to the population of the world that “Pobody’s Nerfect.” But… We ALL can be obedient.

I’m pobody, I’m nerfect,

“And none of us is perfectly qualified. We get it wrong nearly every time we open our mouths. If you could find someone whose speech was perfectly true, you’d have a perfect person, in perfect control of life.” ~James 3:2 (MSG) 

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Change and Chocolate Mousse (Repost)

I’ve always heard that change is inevitable… except from a vending machine. Ain’t that the truth? (Yes, I said ain’t. I’m being grammatically lazy today.)

Change IS going to happen in all parts of life: family, weather, jobs, circumstances, finances, our age… everything. If it is such a common occurrence, why do we fear it so much?

I know people personally that will go out of their way avoiding change, even tiny changes that involve finagling schedules or trying a new restaurant. That must be exhausting.

Don’t get me wrong. I love stability and consistency. I sometimes struggle with the ever-changing “plans” of the army, our future, our life. But I love the adventure of experiencing something new!

The other day, a friend here at Fort Benning emailed me a new recipe… It sounded extremely bizarre, and even my adventurous “I will taste anything once” self was a bit skeptical.

The recipe was for avocado chocolate mousse.

Say what??

That’s right. Avocado chocolate mousse. I like avocados. I LOVE chocolate. But together?  As a a female, I thrive on opportunities to eat seemingly fancy foods that are easy to prepare and relatively healthy.

So I decided to try it. I was going over to a friend’s house for Valentine’s Day since my husband is away doing army stuff and her hubby was working. Instead of eating an entire bag of Dove Chocolate to satisfy my V-Day semi-solo self, I thought I would give this avocado chocolate mousse a try.

It took a whopping 4 minutes to prepare. I made a “half batch” of the following recipe.

  • 4 ripe avocados
  • 1 cup agave nectar (I used honey) 
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Cup open avocados and scoop out the insides. Combine with other ingredients and blend until smooth.

And guess what? Even though I was apprehensive, it was AWESOME. For real. It is super rich, so the half batch essentially made four generous servings. We paired it with strawberries and blueberries. You would have thought we were eating a $30 dessert on some fancy island somewhere.

Strawberries, blueberries and yes, AVOCADO chocolate mousse. Best. Dessert. Ever.

Here’s the kicker… I wouldn’t have known what I was missing if I didn’t take that chance to change things up a bit. What was the worst that could happen? So it could have tasted like poo and I would have thrown it out… Big whoop. (Not that I am a proponent of wasting food. I try to be a good steward.)

As I was indulging in this decadent and healthy dessert, I couldn’t help but thing about all the changes that God puts into our lives for a reason. Like the mousse, the “idea” might make us wrinkle are noses and immediately take on an attitude of skepticism. God, you want me to do WHAT? Why? When? NOW?!? 

Is God calling you to change something in your life today? Perhaps change a habit? Turn away from sin? Be more courageous in sharing your faith? Start small. Submit to Him and embrace the change. Make your own version of avocado chocolate mousse, even if the ingredients He gives you don’t really seem to fit perfectly together. Trust our Master Chef. Be  obedient and take a step of faith to answer His call of change… If you do, He might just reward us with an experience that is smoother, richer and more incredible than that avocado chocolate mousse.

Satisfied by His Recipe for my life,


“Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” –Romans 12:2 (MSG) 

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Hidden Ah-Ha’s: No Fear of Bad News

There are few things in this world that make my heart jump into my throat faster than a phone call from my Beloved that starts like this:

“Hey, Sharita. So… I’ve got some news.”

Please excuse me until I stop hyperventilating. (Just kidding.)

But seriously. I can vividly remember early on in our relationship (during a deployment) how those words could bring me to my knees almost immediately.

See, my husband has a great perspective on life. (Plus one of his spiritual gifts is faith. Lucky.)  He’s been in the army for a decade and understand how things work (even when they are less-than-ideal.) He’s an optimistic and I don’t think I have EVER heard him say “I have BAD news.” To him, it’s just news.

Me, on the other hand– now I try to be an optimist, but I think I am more of a realist.  Or maybe a “panic-right-now-and-calm-down-later-because-I-know-it-is-gonna-be-ok-ist.”

Which brings us to today’s Hidden Ah-Ha Bible Verse:

No Fear of Bad News

“They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” ~Psalm 112:7

How’s THAT for perspective? This verse is jam-packed with great stuff… So let’s break it down…

First: “They have no fear of bad news.” That in itself is the bomb-diggity as far as I am concerned. No fear of bad news. How many “bad news” things in life are we potentially afraid of? A call from the doctor with test results? Or a note sent home with our kiddo about behavior issues? A meeting with the boss about a job change? A peek at our bank account to see how much money we do (or don’t) have?

The list can go on for miles. But in this verse, we have no fear of bad news. Such freedom in that!

And WHY should we not fear?? The answer is obvious in the second half of this verse. “…Our hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”

So, I know the “now” definition of steadfast, but I wanted to see what it meant in Bible terms. In this Psalm, the word used is “fixed” which means established, firm, prepared, set in place, made ready, stable, faithfulness, perfect…

Hmmm… Makes you think, eh? Our hearts are firm. Our hearts are prepared. Our hearts are stable. Our hearts are faithful. Our hearts are established…

Our hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.

And why are our hearts steadfast/fixed/faithful/prepared/etc? Because God is trustworthy. Loving. Sovereign. Ever-present. All-knowing.

God is a God of incredible character. Which makes our hearts steadfast– and then we have no fear of bad news.

I think I might have found one of my new favorite verses. 🙂

Friend, take a moment and think to yourself– do you fear bad news? Have you ever received “bad news” and God wasn’t there? (If you have an active relationship with Christ, I’m guessing the answer to that one is no.) So, then, why should we fear bad news? How can we start TRUSTING God at a deeper level so that we can live our lives anxiety free?

If you struggle with any of these things, I challenge you to mediate on this verse throughout the week. I can personally testify that God is a God of heart-change. While I still have my brief or occasional “panic” moments when life kicks me in teeth, I always remember that God is a God we can trust.

He is our steadfast God.

Because of this, we should have NO fear of bad news.

And that, dear friend, is great news.

Fixed on Him,

“He is not afraid of receiving bad news; his faith is strong, and he trusts in the Lord.” ~Psalm 112:7 GNT

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Hidden Ah-Ha’s: Stand Firm & Fall to God

I remember singing that old (as in 1993!) country song by Aaron Tippin.

He’d say you’ve got to stand for somethin’ or you’ll fall for anything
You’ve got to be your own man, not a puppet on a string
Never compromise what’s right and uphold your family name
You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything

Back when I was a little girl, I didn’t really give much thought to those lyrics. But now, “standing” for “something” has a totally different meaning for me.

And by standing for “something” I mean standing firm in Christ.  In fact, STAND is my OneWord for 2013 and it’s been interesting to see how it has developed over the past 10 months.

Which brings us to today’s Hidden Ah-Ha Bible Verse from Isaiah 7:9b…

Stand Firm

“If you don’t stand firm in your faith, you won’t stand at all.”

Oh, SNAP. That is some pretty straightforward stuff, right?

Let’s set a little bit of context here. God is talking to Isaiah because things are chaotic in Israel, everybody fighting everyone (shocker) but God is giving Isaiah a reassuring pep-talk. He’s saying that Judah’s enemies won’t prevail. He’s telling Isaiah to tell His people and his son to chill out, and stand firm.

Then it gets interesting.

Right after God makes this powerful statement telling Isaiah that if they stand firm in the faith they will be legit, He speaks to Ahaz, the current King of Judah. But Ahaz is a little overwhelmed with the whole situation. Then Isaiah steps in and prophesies the coming of a savior named Immanuel who will be born of a virgin.

Now, I am no history buff (that’s my husband’s calling) but I still think that is pretty cool.

God is calling us to stand firm in our faith on a daily basis.  He reminds us that Jesus has come, has gone, but WILL COME AGAIN.

I don’t know about you, but I think that is a pretty awesome rock to stand on.

Plus, I would much rather stand firm in our certain faith than not stand at all. Not standing at all sounds kind of scary. And painful. And lonely. And unfun.

So friends, think about the areas of your life that you are standing firm in the faith. What about the areas that we seem a bit shaky in? Perhaps it’s worrying about stuff we can’t control or casting a judgmental eye at a passerby or skimping on our tithe to the Lord?

Let’s be proactive and avoid falling for the junk in this world. Just as this verse reminds us, we MUST stand firm in the faith or we won’t stand at all.

It’s time to STAND FIRM… And fall to God.

Standing on the Rock,

“If you don’t take your stand in faith, you won’t have a leg to stand on.” ~Isaiah 7:9b MSG

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The Laundry Monster (Five Minute Friday)

Five Minute Friday
Hi friends! It’s time to link up with Lisa-Jo Baker for Five Minute Friday.

So let’s get to it.

Today’s Prompt: LAUNDRY


It’s always there. Sneaking around, seemingly taking over every room of my house.

It’s the laundry monster.

Out of all of the household terrors, this monster is really dedicated. I’m talking employee of the century dedicated. I mean, it never quits. No matter how hard I work, at the end of the day, the laundry monster has reproduced and left more laundry to tackle the next day.

The way this monster procreates, you would think it’s part rabbit.

And it is creative. Not only does it make tons of laundry on a daily basis, it also misplaces it. I swear I started with ten pairs of perfectly matched socks… But by the time they make  it out of the dryer and into the laundry basket, we have 36 socks… NONE of which match.

This monster keeps me busy. It distracts us, and sometimes we forget about the laundry load in the washing machine just long enough so that it starts to smell musty… then we have to start all over. Or it brainwashes my Beloved, convincing him that the laundry hamper is evil and clothes must stay strewn about.

And when this monster is really feeling feisty… He puts an ink pen in the dryer.

What might a laundry fail could be a faith victory... Your choice.

The laundry monster strikes again…

But in all honesty, I have to say that the laundry monster keeps me entertained. Busy. Determined. And overall, blessed. Because we DO have tons of clothes to wear AND the equipment to wash/dry them AND closets/furniture to store them in.

So while the laundry monster might try to dictate my life, it really just brings me back to my blessings… And how God has gifted us with laundry to do.


Hmmm… Interesting (and very different) prompt today. What did you think? Does your laundry monster overwhelm you or remind you of your blessings? Think about it…

As usual, thanks for stopping by, my friends. May your weekend be blessed– and your laundry be stain free and Downy-fresh.

Cleaned by Christ,

“Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean, scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life.” ~Psalm 51:7 MSG

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Hidden Ah-Ha’s: It’s not a Vocabulary Issue

Welcome to 7 Days Time.

Today, we will be talking about vomit.

Whoa, whoa, whoa! WAIT! Don’t leave. We aren’t talking about THAT kind of well, ya know… (Sheesh, give me some credit, man. Gross.)

I’m talking about WORD vomit. You know, that flow of words that just seems to bubble up out of the depths of your being and spew everywhere before you can say, “I think I’m going to be sick.”

Something that I am (unfortunately) pretty familiar with. SIGH.

For me, gross word yakking situations happen when I let my circumstances dictate my attitude.

And when my heart isn’t in the right place.

Which brings us to today’s Hidden Ah-Ha Bible Verse…

“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart.
For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
~Luke 6:45

I’ve always heard “What goes down in the well comes up in the bucket.” And this Scripture backs that statement up.

Because this “word-vomit” problem isn’t a vocabulary issue… it’s a heart issue.

Oftentimes, when we are saying words that are not helpful, encouraging or loving, it is an indication that our heart isn’t quite right. Maybe we skipped Quiet Time that morning. Or are harboring unrepented sin. Or Satan has wedged his slimy self into our attitude.

Whatever the reason, it’s not ok. And something needs to be done.

Because the mouth speaks what our heart is full of.

If our heart is full of gratitude, love, joy, peace, that is what we will speak. If it is overflowing with anger, bitterness, impatience… well, you get my drift.

Now, don’t beat yourself up for this. God isn’t calling us to be perfect… because let’s be honest, that ain’t gonna happen. (As much as I would like to convince myself otherwise.) BUT when we are self-aware and realize what we are saying, we can be proactive to fill our hearts with good God-things.

The truth is that the more God we have in our heart, the less room we have for the gunk.

And then the words we speak breathe life into those around us. Which puts more God in their heart, removes a little gunk… and the cycle grows in a positive direction.

Think about the last 24 hours… what kind of words have you spoken to your spouse? Your kids? Your co-workers? Your neighbor? Yourself??

Were they God-honoring, fruit-of-the-spirit-filled words of love? Or were they judgmental, harsh, or snippy?

If I’m being completely honest with myself (which I always try to do here at 7 Days Time) I would have to say my words in the last 24 hours were a combo of the two categories. Sigh.

So I leave you with this prayer…

“Father, cleanse my heart. Remove all of the junk and fill it with you. Help me to be slow to speak, quick to listen and slow to anger. Equip me to recognize when my words aren’t YOUR words. I pray, Lord, that just as Christ gave His life for us, that my words would be life-giving and hope-filled. In your precious name, AMEN.” 

If this is something you struggle with, please feel free to copy/paste/print it out and pray it daily until your words are words that Christ would be pleased to hear you speak.

And be encouraged, friends… we have taken the first step. We recognize that the mouth speaks what the heart is full of…

We know it’s not a vocabulary issue. It’s a heart issue.

An issue that Christ is ready to help us resolve.

Speaking His Truth,

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” ~Proverbs 4:23 NIV

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She Was Well (Five Minute Friday)

Five Minute Friday
Hey friends.

It’s Friday again. Time flies, eh?

Friday can only mean one thing around 7 Days Time… It’s time for Five Minute Friday. I link up with Lisa-Jo Baker. She gives us a prompt. And we write. For 5 minutes.

Simple as that.

Today’s Prompt: SHE



She was scorned.

She was cast out.

She felt unloved.

She was ashamed.

She tried to lie.

She was ever-so-thirsty.

She was uncertain.

She was lonely.

She was broken.

She was lost.

She was a Samaritan.

She was just the “Woman at the Well.”

And then…


After her encounter…

She was assured.

She was encouraged.

She was faithful.

She was thankful.

She was quenched.

She was saved.

She had hope.

She was loved.

She shared her testimony.

She was no longer just the woman AT the well…

She WAS well.

It was well with her heart.

It was well with her soul.

She was well… because she was now a daughter of Christ.



I’m always interested to see where God takes me on Five Minute Fridays… And this one was exceptionally surprising. I welcome your feedback and pray this encourages your heart.

Remember, dear readers… No matter where you’ve been, where you are or where you are going… You can be well… With Christ at the center of it all.

It is well with my soul,

“Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, ‘Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did.’ Could this be the Messiah?” ~John 4:28-29 NIV

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Lord Have Mercy (Five Minute Friday)

Five Minute Friday
Hey gang. Tis time for Five Minute Friday.

Here’s the skinny: Each Friday, I link up with Lisa-Jo Baker for this super fun quick writing adventure. She gives us a prompt. And we write. For five minutes flat.

Not overthinking or tweaking or editing. We just write.

Let’s get going, shall we?

This weeks prompt: MERCY



The microwave is beeping. The baby is crying. The dog is puking (again– the 5th time today!) on my new beige carpet.


I forget a password to an important online account. I glance at the clock and we are running late– again. The main ingredient I was going to use for supper has apparently passed its prime and smells (and looks) like some freaky refrigerator science experiment.

Lord. Please, please, have mercy. 

Life in this world can be hard. Stressful. Annoying. Exhausting. And on those days especially, I find myself talking to God more so than normal, asking for His supernatural strength, patience and energy.

Oh. And His mercy. Because I can’t handle this on my own. I sin. I fail. I fall short.

No, I know I’m not being martyred for my faith or fighting for my life… But these small challenges in life matter to me. And as we’ve said before– if it matters to us, it matters to God.

So as long as I am on this side of heaven, I will continue to ask for His help, sustainment and yes, His mercy.

And you know what? He always delivers.



Dear friends, I pray that whatever today brings, you cling to the truth that God loves you, cares for you and will help you through it. May your day be filled with His love and mercy as you walk with Him.

Praising our Merciful God,

“Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy.” ~Psalm 28:6

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Hidden Ah-Ha’s: Starting out Popular

So, I have to admit that I wasn’t really “popular” in high school. (Shocker, right? You would think that with my love of inky pens and new school supplies, I woulda been a shoo-in…)

Honestly, I didn’t really want to be popular.  Because even in a high school graduating class of 18 (yes, 18!) people, the popular kids always seemed to be dealing with more trouble than their “social status” was worth. (Sidenote: Nothing against the popular kiddos, especially if that included you. 🙂 )

I was friends with pretty much everyone but sure wasn’t fashionable or the party gal or the most entertaining. (Heck, I’m still none of those almost 10 years later. Ha.)

After a while, though, the “popular crowd” would usually lose some of their… um, popular-ness.  Maybe it was because someone new moved into town or we all went our separate ways after graduation. Nowadays, those individuals are still valued and loved (as they should be) but people’s love for them has deepened in a new, rich kind of way.

So here’s my point. (You knew I would get to it eventually…) The idea of the “popular crowd” relates to our new Monday series here at 7 Days Time: The Hidden Ah-Ha’s of the Bible.

Today, we address the “popular crowd” of Bible verses before we dig into our hidden, less well-known ah-ha verses.

The “popular crowd” of Bible verses are just that– popular… You know ’em, you love ’em, you probably even have them on a sign in your living or on a bookmark in your journal.

They are incredibly powerful and remind us of God’s love. The popular verses, just like ALL verse in the Bible, are inspired AKA “God-breathed.”

And I couldn’t very well skip over some of the classics before we embark on our Hidden Ah-Ha treasure hunt next week.

Think about some of your favorite verses. Oftentimes, folks share the following as their favs:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” ~John 3:16

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~Jeremiah 29:11

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” ~Romans 8:28

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” ~Philippians 4:13

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” ~Proverbs 3:5-6

Again, these verses are very powerful, very important, very loving and certainly must be acknowledged.

But they are only the beginning.

In the coming weeks, we are going to be digging much deeper into His Word, searching for verses that aren’t necessarily on bumper stickers and signs in our living room. We will discover hidden gems of the most wonderful Love Story ever written.

Take time this week to think about some of the more popular verses, perhaps some of them listed above.  Which one(s) is/are your favorite? And what are you most looking forward to in this new series? Any hidden ah-ha verses you want to see included in the new series?  Don’t be shy– comment below.

So grab your tea/coffee/soda/beverageofchoice, get into some comfy clothes… and get ready to explore some of the beautiful Hidden Ah-Ha’s of His Word.

Hidden in Him,

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” ~Hebrews 4:12

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Get ready to go on a Treasure Hunt for Truth.
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The High-Way (Guest Blog)

There’s something you should know about me.

 I’m kind of a nerd.

 Not quite a nerd of Steve Urkel magnitude, but a little bit of a nerd nonetheless.

I love inky pens, journals, and most office supplies in general. I treat books as old friends, totally dig résumé editing, and while I despise numbers, nothing gets me more excited than formatting a color-coded spreadsheet. Oh, and I listen to army cadence while working out.

 Wait. What?

Army cadence is awesome. Maybe it’s because I’m married to a U.S. Army Infantryman. Or maybe because the beat is the bomb diggity. Or maybe I’m just a nerd.

My beloved husband recently got done with a two-year duty of being a drill sergeant. During that time, I learned a lot of cadences. Here’s a little piece of one of my favorites: (Try to yell this in your head in a marching, rhythmic tone…)

“Just the other day I heard a drill sergeant saaaaayyyy… It’s my way or your way and your way’s the highway.”

Hmmm… It’s my way or your way and your way’s the highway. Think about that… While it’s a fun play on words, revamp the context a bit and this catchy phrase also has significant application in our walk as Christians…


Curious as to where I am going with this post? (Yeah, I was too while it was in the making…) Then pop on over to my dear friend Laurie’s blog to see how this army cadence has to do with our Christian walk. It will be worth it. I promise 🙂

Taking the High-Way Today,

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” ~Isaiah 55:9

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