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Saturday, March 31, 2018

In Good Company

This week, hallelujah! it's been warm enough to have my first meal on the deck overlooking the pond lake pond lake...whichever it is. You decide. Grilled salmon with honey sauce and roasted asparagus with EVOO, S&P and the gifted flowers which brighten up the table immensely.

Ste Chateau Michelle 2009 Riesling was the wine and thoroughly enjoyable. I'm not a fan of sweestish wines, unless dessert wine, but I did enjoy this. Heck, I enjoyed it all two nights in a row. Some years ago, I served Dave supper (we're Old School) and he commented on how good it was and how much he enjoyed it. I said, "That's great because when you see it again tomorrow night, please act surprised." Some meals are simply too good to eat only once.

All sorts of beasties kept me company; above is Pixie, she of Pixie and the Inkspots, born of Ole Bones whom you met last post. The cats give me heart palpitations each time they walk along the ledge. Said ledge is, at the shortest, perhaps seven or eight feet above the ground and, at the most, somewhere between fifteen and twenty feet above the concrete apron leading into the garage. I'll be SO glad when the deck is screened and they are no longer able to sashay on the ledge.

Sam P. Spade, Secret Angel Agent with Inky 1 and Inky 2, of the aforementioned Inkspots. The Inkspots are entirely black, as is Smudge Moonbeam (an elder kinsman) with not a hair of difference between the Inkspots. Smudge might have one or three white hairs but not more.

My first spring on this farm and I'm seeing all sorts of lovelies coming into bloom. I haven't a clue what this is but it is extremely pretty...and I'm usually no pink fan.

In the powder room, gazing upon the semi-bird cage is my Knight in Shining Armor. I haven't a clue who this is supposed to be but it's quite old...guessing 1930's...? He's hung on every wall of every place I've ever lived, a reminder of all the good in the world and, to my way of believing, God always triumphs (because His ways are not our ways...)

The "semi-bird cage" has Bible verses written on index cards which are trimmed with scissors cutting a pretty border. Anyone who visits is invited to add a verse and the goods to work with are in this

little egg basket, hand crafted by my Mom's Mother some 40 years ago. The milk stool belong to Aunt Bonnie, Dad's oldest sister and the same who taught me how to churn and instilled in me a love of farming, tending to animals, etc.  One Christmas season Grandma asked me, "What do you want for Christmas?" I asked for one of her hand made baskets. She said, "That's not enough. What else do you want?" I replied, "Two of your hand made baskets." That Christmas she gave me two baskets and a "Christmas" sweater which has gone the way of all flesh but those two baskets are still in service and Grandma is thought of with love every time my eyes rest upon either basket.

Yes, the scales do work; much to the dismay of folks who use them. (I can usually hear the screams of "OH NO! That CAN'T be right! ~LOL~)

Also in the powder room is this ancient bowl and dish. Memory denies me the pleasure of where or when the bowl was purchased...or did someone give it to me...? It's been carried with me for donkey's years and when I moved here, the dish under was being used on the back deck, holding cat food. Well. thrift stores are full of perfectly useful cat food dishes so I married my bowl and the cat's dish, bringing both inside and put into service as a soap dish. It brings me enormous pleasure every time I go into the powder room...small things can be SO joyful, can't they?

Whilst on the deck, one can look up at the second floor windows which is where Mellow likes to live. He's a rescue (What? No gasps of surprise?! haha) who has been with me for a week today. Beloved Sistah's neighbor moved, leaving all her cats, including (Marsh) Mellow (the first part of his name was dropped Post Haste!) to fend for themselves (yeah, don't get me started). Mellow had been de-clawed and was supposed to be an inside cat but... grrrr. Anyway, when Beloved Sistah would go out of town, I'd drive 60 miles, round trip, to feed the felines (and glad to do it!) and we'd decided I was going to bring Mellow home with me as he was already gentled. (After all, when there are so many to feed, what's one more, eh? However, at this point, I have stopped all rescue...all I'm saying...ALL!).  Wouldn't you know it!? The woman who'd abandoned the cats had the County Animal Control Officer go get three...leaving, at least, three more, one who is extremely old, eighteen or older and blind in one eye! Beloved Sistah told me, we talked about it and I said, "I cannot leave that cat in the shelter to be destroyed. I just can't. Mellow is a loving boy with a gentle, sweet disposition and acclimated to the household in two or three days. Five days into the household, Mellow and Sam were touching noses, getting acquainted and, once again, all seems to be well with our little world at Thistle Cove Farm. (Now, about the old boy, blind in one eye...yes, we're working on him...)

And, as on the back of my farm sign says...Y'all come back soon, ya hear!

Ponder this ~ 

"The power of finding beauty in the humblest things 
makes home happy and life lovely." 
~ Louisa May Alcott ~ 

Monday, March 26, 2018

A Splendidly Perfectly Beautiful Day

~ Hello Spring, Welcome Winter ~

Every morning, after tending to cats and dogs then having devotions, I sit and think. I ponder the day, consider the weather and decide what needs attention on my to-do list. There are times I simply rush into the day and put out the fire that's needing the most attention but as that's not such a judicious use of my time, I usually sit and think.

Lists are my best friend as are notebooks and this morning my to-do list got a good deal of attention. By 9:30 I was at the barn (not such a big deal considering I was up at 5:30), feeding cats and horses. The to-do list was left in the house so I took a gander and decided to ride up the driveway. I like to take a quick ride every morning, check out the pond, shed, land, etc. and make sure things are good and nothing needs immediate attention. I noticed a few tree branches that needed lopping then rode to the shed and noticed some branches behind the shed were rubbing the shed. It's easier to take care of problems before they get worse so I returned to the barn for my Fiskars 24 inch Titanium Anvil Ratchet Lopper.

When I saw these in the store, I had to talk myself into buying them; at almost $50 (not including tax) these babies aren't inexpensive (not to my way of thinking anyway). Now that I've used them for a while...I'd gladly hand over $50! The packaging says it'll handle branches of 2 inches but I know for a fact it'll do better than 2 inches! It has a ratchet, meaning once the titanium blade bites into the branch, I open the blade, let it back up until it clicks (yeah, you've loving this tech talk, aincha?! ) and bear down again. I keep doing this until the branch is cut and falls to the ground. 

This is about half the brush I cut and it'll stay here until I can get help; I don't like to burn by myself, too dangerous. While cutting brush, I discovered a 14' galvanized gate someone had pushed to the side; it still has the hinges attached and brand new costs more than $300! I mention prices because it absolutely amazes me someone would leave $300 on the ground; essentially, that's what they did by not putting this gate under shelter, taking care of it. Fortunately, galvanized steel is strong and lasts; this gate is going to be put to use at the shed where it'll keep tractor and equipment (blade, bucket, mower deck, hay spear, pallet forks) behind lock.

While I had the tractor out, I decided to move the plastic pallets from behind the barn to the shed. I eyeballed the HayHut and noticed the horses were finished their hay bale so moving hay was the next chore. Perhaps I've mentioned the HayHut before, but if not and you have horses, this thing is a gem! The HayHut covers an entire round role, preventing rot from weather and giving the horses some measure of protection while they're chomping down.

Nothing is ever easy, is it? This 800 pound hay bale is mostly off the pallet so....I had to get in front and push that sucker onto the pallet. Fortunately, round is easy to

Some days I take a lot of case there's an accident, I want to be as much help as possible in assisting the law in figuring out what happened. (gallows humor)

Ready to roll!

Using the pallet forks, I lift the HayHut off the old bales and move it to the new bale. (The black line, lower left, is some dumb thing I managed to do...please ignore.)

Please note the terrified beast standing left of the HayHut as it's being lowered over the new bale. Dandy Man decided he HAD to begin eating and was severely put out the HayHut made him move. No Fear Farm is our new name.

HayHut positioned over bale as pallet forks are lowered so I can back away. Dandy Man is still totally unconcerned with entire process. Later, I misplaced (lost...haha!) some keys and searched for them in this pasture. Dandy Man decided we hadn't had much lovin' so he followed me so he could rest his head on my shoulder while I whispered sweet nothings in his ear. The keys were, eventually, found near the shed in the exact last place I searched.

The rest of the afternoon was spent searching for Pixie and Inky who decided to go walkabout but were both found, crying like lost orphans. Animals aren't encouraged to wander from the house and barn but when they do wander, I look for them until they're found.

This is Ole Bones, Pixie and the Inkspot's mother. About two years ago, Bones wandered up the driveway, malnourished, thin as a whisper and said, "Please take care of me." It took about six months of constant TLC, de-worming, food full of calories, fat and protein (the other cats were jealous!) before she started looking any where near fit. I asked Dr. Anne, "Do you think she's healthy enough to be spayed?" Dr. Anne said, "For 120 years old, she's in pretty good shape!" Now, we all know Bones isn't 120 years but she is ancient; however, ten weeks later she delivered four kittens...three black males and one Siamese female. Those four are Pixie and the Inkspots, aka Inky One, Inky Two and Inky Three because there is NO difference between them!

You know you run a lax household when you find a potato on the floor...apparently, one of the kittens pushed it out of the bowl and was playing with it like it was a ball!

Someone mentioned from a distance, Sadie looks like a fawn. I immediately put this hand knitted blaze orange scarf around her neck. Just before going to the barn, she comes to me, looks up and waits for her scarf to be placed around her neck.

Sam doesn't have a scarf, yet, but both wear sweaters when it's nasty cold. Like it's been this "spring". Ahem. As you can see, Sadie wears both scarf and sweater like to the manner born.

I mentioned my raised beds...Quin at Comptonia is having a seed giveaway. (psssttt...Quinn did the beautiful watercolors on the seed packets!) My plans include ordering apples from Tom Brown in NC from Apple Search. Tom is a lovely man, truly dedicated to finding and saving heritage apples and buying from him aids in saving those apple varieties. Big Horse Creek Farm, in Ashe County, NC, also saves old apple varieties. If you do visit them, be sure and visit Ashe County Cheese for some of the best butter and cheese you'll ever eat!

In Virginia, the Vintage Virginia Apples at Albemarle Cider Works is the place to buy apples and drink cider. I adore cider and, years gone by, my family has gathered to press apples for cider. Remember Johnny Appleseed? He planted spitter's, so called because they were so tart when you bit into one, you'd immediately spit it out. But those spitter's make the BEST cider, ever!

Spring sprung with a (hopefully last) blast from Ole Man Winter. We had three inches of snow, schools and churches were cancelled and I stayed home.

The day after the snow, this heron wandered the pond bank, walking all the way 'round to the upper side. He's a frequent visitor, along with the Canada Geese.

Daffodils are showing their beauty everywhere; spring must be close!

Ponder this ~ "No winter lasts forever. No spring skips its turn." ~ Hal Borland

P. S. Not ONE solitary thing on my to-do list was marked off today. NOT ONE! Note to time, stuff list in pocket.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Sabbath Keeping - God Math

"So teach us to number our days
that we may apply our hearts
unto wisdom."

"Mathematics is the language in which God has written the universe." ~ Galileo ~

"Geometry is one and eternal shining in the mind of God. That men share in it is among the reasons that Man is the image of God." ~ Johannes Kepler ~

   1 cross
+ 3 nails
= 4-given

"God used beautiful mathematics in creating the world." ~ Paul Dirac ~

"I was good at math until they decided to mix the alphabet into it." ~ 

"If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is." ~ John von Neumann

"People have managed to marry without arithmetic." ~ Chaucer ~

"The laws of Nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God." ~ Euclid ~

"God created everything by number, weight and measure." ~ Isaac Newton ~

"I am an expert in higher level math: You + God = Enough" ~ Zig Ziglar ~

"Before creation, God did just pure mathematics. Then He thought it would be a pleasant change to do some applied." ~ John Edensor Littlewood ~

"It is evident that an acquaintance with natural laws means no less than an acquaintance with the mind of God therein expressed." ~ Joule ~

Math of Life

ADD Jesus to your life (Romans 10:9-10)
MULTIPLY your good deeds (2 Corinthians 10:8)
DIVIDE your blessings with others (2 Corinthians 9:11) and
SUBTRACT all your fears (1 Peter 5:7)
EQUALS a wonderful life (Psalm 16:11)

"In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God's existence."
~ Isaac Newton ~

"If I believe in God and life after death and you do not, and if there is no God, we both lose when we die. However, if there is a God, you still lose, and I gain everything." ~ Pascal ~

"Friends are like math...if they're not adding to your life, they're subtracting from it."
~ Dwayne Savaya ~

"The first gulp from the glass of natural science 
will turn you into an atheist, 
but at the bottom of the glass, 
God is waiting for you." ~ Werner Heisenburg

"And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love.
Whoever lives in love,
lives in God
and God in them."

Please pray for ~ Gladys ~ Jim ~ Dormouse ~ Lisa ~ 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sabbath Keeping - I bless you

"The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord life up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace."

"When I started counting my blessings,
my whole life turned around."
~ Willie Nelson ~

"An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day." ~ Thoreau ~

"A blessing is a circle of light drawn around a person to protect, heal and strengthen."
~ John O'Donohue ~

"Get up every morning knowing 
God gave you everything you need 
to fulfill your destiny." 

"You must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing." ~ Andrew Jackson ~

"Almost everyone has experienced some sort of loss, perhaps the greatest is the life of a family member. There is a truth to this; you never get over it. Time wounds some of it but not all of it, so the scars will remain, but interestingly, scars are tougher than the previous skin that was there. The skin where a scar is at can take a greater force without tearing. In a similar manner, what we lose in life and what pains we suffer can be used for good. They can help us come alongside someone who's hurting from the same thing we did. Our pain can help others. God never wastes suffering. What seems a great loss at the time can be great gain later." ~ C. S. Lewis ~

We are unable to count the blessings God pours upon us 
and we've not even asked.

"And God is able to bless you abundantly,
so that in all things at all times, 
having all that you need
you will abound in every good work."

Please pray for ~ Gladys and Jim ~ Marti and Ray ~ Dan and Leigh ~

We've had late March snows and are expecting more mid-week but today was wonderfully sunny, warm and absolutely perfect. Earlier this week I moved 70 bales of orchard grass hay, twice, and have paid for it ever since. Apparently, I've developed hay allergy and it's been brutal. So brutal, I have laryngitis, swollen eyes and a terrible lethargic feeling that's been a constant companion. Today, after church, I came home and took a long nap...felt wonderful and I was able to shake the slight fever I've had for a few days. If someone had offered me a nickle, I would have laid down in the pew and napped, that's how rotten I was feeling. To my right, the sun streamed through the window and my poor eyes took a beating until I just gave up and kept them downcast.

Pastor Mat's sermon was terrific and I always take notes; he's continuing his talk on hero's and today was quite inspirational. He asked, "What is Your Superpower?" and gave the following:

1. Spoken word - Prov 18:21, Ps 33:6 (Do we speak blessings or curses over ourselves and others? For example, do we say, "You're an idiot" or "That was a idiotic thing to do?" It makes a HUGE difference in the way we perceive ourselves or others. As Pastor Mat said, "Say it and the ears hear it and the heart believes it."  We all do stupid things but we are not stupid. How do you talk to yourself, your spouse, your children, your friends, etc.?)

2. Praise - Ps 22:3 (Shake yourself out of a bad day...good music, uplifting talk with a good friend, read Psalms and, my favorite, I talk to the Good Lord and, yes, He answers me.)

3. Say the name of Jesus - Acts 3:6 (There's power in the name of Jesus! I like to sing Jesus Loves Me or a little song I made up, Thank you, thank you Jesus.)

4. Live a righteous life - Job 17:9 (Live a right life before God.)

5. Be kind - Prov 16:24 (Kindness is SO lacking in this cold, mean world!)

6. Pray - James 5:16 (Trust me, if God doesn't get tired of hearing me, you're quite safe!)

7. Have Faith - Heb 11:32 (This, the "Faith Chapter" of the Bible is a good reminder of why we should remember. Knowing others have walked similar paths, bolsters our faith and gives us strength to carry on.)

8. LOVE - John 3:16 (God loved us so much, He sent Jesus, the Light of the World to show us the way Home.)

9. Live in Truth - 2 Cor 10:3-4 (The truth, Jesus, sets us free!)

Lately, I've gotten so lax about updating this blog; actually, I'm lax about all social media, e-mailing, snail mailing, telephoning...some of it has to do with so many boxes still to be unpacked. In a box, somewhere, is my address book and when I first moved, Century Link (my telephone company) told me the problem was with my telephone and I had to buy a new one. So I did, only to find out, two months later, the problem was with Century Link but they graciously gave me a $30 credit for not being able to telephone for those two months. My old telephone system had my contacts and phone numbers but without the address book or that phone system, I've been at loose ends. The only numbers my head contains are those of siblings and parents. I've missed talking with old friends and only wish they felt the same; I've not heard from them since I've moved...wonder what's going on there? It certainly can't be something I've said...chortle!

Finally found my pots and pans; I've been making do with one smallish pot and a soup pot. Some years back I bought a convection oven and that gets a lot of use. The box containing kitchen knives turned up as well so I'm moving closer to having an actual, usable kitchen! There's a good chance my furniture will be delivered this coming weekend; yes, the restored furniture of the Epic Mess of January 2017!

I'm helping with family and moving closer means I'm able to help with medical appointments. Since Mom has been home from hospital, I've been making and delivering meals with Beloved Siblings and their spouses doing their bit; it's been a family affair.

The animals are doing well, thank God, as am I (except for the hay allergy) and life is good. As a treat, I've bought Acorn TV and have enjoyed a lot of Agatha Christie and other such that I enjoy greatly. (By the way, Acorn has a special...$49 for the year...and it's been lovely!) If those blog 'bots don't stop giving stupid comments, I'm going to go to comment approval (or whatever it's called).

Sadie just told me it's well past her bedtime and as I look at the clock, I see it's dangerously approaching tomorrow. This is one reason I'm slow to update, it's because it takes me so long to post. I've been on the computer for hours. So, I'll leave you with a blessing...

May God bless you, yours and the work of your hands and heart. 
May His blessings overflow in your life 
and into the lives of those you love and like.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Sabbath Keeping

~ Great Grandmother, Grandmother, Grandson ~

"David said to the Philistine (Goliath),
"You come against me with sword and spear and javelin,
but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty,
the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands,and I'll strike 
you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the
Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know
that there is a God in Israel. 
All those gathered here will know that it is not by
sword or spear that the Lord saves; 
for the battle is the Lord's, 
and He will give all of you into our hands."
"As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward
the battle line  to meet him.
Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the 
Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, 
and he fell face down on the ground.
So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; 
without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.
David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine's sword and drew it from 
the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword. 
When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran."
~ 1 Samuel 17:45-51 ~

"Celebrities make a big splash
Hero's make a big difference."
~ Rick Warren ~

Today, at Blackstone Baptist Church, Pastor Mat spoke on John 15:12-13, more specifically, he spoke about hero's. The world lost a hero this week when Billy Graham died. He would have been 100 years old come November and was predeceased by his wife, Ruth, when she went Home in 2007.

"A hero is someone who understands the responsibility 
that comes with his freedom."
~ Bob Dylan

Many years ago, in another place and time, the Sunday School teacher said, "We don't have hero's anymore; I believe they are passe." I disagreed then and now and what I said was, "Are you serious? You don't have any hero's? How can you expect your children to have hero's if you don't?" (Ah, Jeremiah," I can hear Dave saying to me. "You've never realized it's all a game, you think it's real." Well, yeah, Dave. I did and I do. It's as real as heaven and hell and I remain grateful you made your peace with God only 5 days before you died.) The teacher asked me, "Are you saying you do have hero's?"

Since you asked (haha), my hero's are Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Billy and Ruth Graham, Jim and Gladys Bennett (yep! My parents.).

"A hero is somebody who is selfless,
who is generous in spirit,
who just tries to give back as much as possible and help people.
A hero to me is someone who saves people
and who really deeply cares."
~ Debi Mazar ~

It wasn't Roy and Dale's great singing the way, did you know Dale wrote their theme song Happy Trails To You and she introduced Roy to the Lord...nor their great movies. It was their staying power, their choice to stay true to Jesus during the tough times life throws while we're busy living. The shalom of God was needed when tragedy struck when their daughter, Deborah Lee, and seven others were killed in a bus accident. The shalom of God was needed when Robin, their Down Syndrome child was born and doctors advised, "Put her away". The loving parents decided to disregard that advice, took Robin home and that beautiful, heart wrenching story is told in Angel Unaware. Roy Rogers and Dale Evans were hero's not only to their children, families, friends and co-workers but to an entire generation who remember them with great fondness and, yes, call them hero's.
"A hero is one who kindles a great light in the world,
who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life
for men to see by."
~ Felix Adler ~

Billy and Ruth Graham are also my hero's. Mrs. Graham's book, Footprints of a Pilgrim, is a favorite and one I read and re-read for the wisdom and depth found therein. In April 1953, Billy Graham gave a crusade in Richmond, VA; I was three years old and Mom took me to see and hear Rev. Graham. It's one of a handful of cherished memories I have from that era.

Rev. Graham was a truly humble man who touched millions, including every POTUS from Truman to Trump. There was never a hint of scandal attached to him, in part because he never allowed himself to be alone with a woman other than his wife or family member. (As an aside, Ruth Graham McIntyre, the middle child named for her mother, gave an incredible testimony at her Daddy's funeral when she shared her messy life and the God who restored the years the locus had eaten.)

What's your Billy Graham story?

Jim and Gladys Bennett are also my hero's. I've seen them at their best and at their worst and the memory that's fondest and stands the test of life and time is the memory I have of them kneeling in prayer at the sofa or their bed as they called upon God for one of their children, each other, a missionary they supported and a long list of folks. Growing up, we had family devotions; we didn't have them all the time but they were memorable when we did have them. Before every trip we would gather in the living room ~ Daddy, Mom, Stephanie, Steve and I ~ and we would pray for God's mercy and blessings on our adventure. When we would leave Granddaddy and Grandmother's West Virginia house, a prayer would be said and, as a summer time treat, I was allowed to go with my other Granddaddy as he ministered and preached to folks in little country churches. Every Christmas Eve my family would gather in the living room and listen to Mom read Luke 2, the Christmas story, then we would pray. Mom and Daddy didn't just send us to church, they took us to church...BIG difference. They led, still do, by example and my life is richer, deeper and my relationship with Jesus more real due to their influence and prayer.

"It's not easy to be a hero.
You do it because of what you believe
not because of what other people deserve."
~ Patty Jenkins ~

In their own spheres of influence, all of these people have staying power, they all serve God, they all have stood the tests of both time and God and they are all either in heaven or bound for heaven. Mom and Daddy might blush at being called hero's but in a far more real application, day in and day out for close to 66 years, they are hero's and their Christian testimony has touched thousands and more.

At the end of his sermon and for the coming week, Pastor Mat asked us to pray:

~ Dear God, how can I live out being a hero in Your Kingdom? ~ 

Please, won't you join us?

All hero's have super powers: kindness, compassion, loyalty, love, patience, does the right thing, listens, sacrifices for others, is gracious, shows mercy, is teachable and teaches, is respectful and so much more.
Sometimes being a hero simply means you show up. 

"My belt holds my pants up
but the belt loops hold my belt up.
I don't really know what's happening down there.
Who is the real hero?"
~ Mitch Hedberg

Who is your hero?

"This is how we know what love is:
Jesus Christ laid down His life for us."
~ 1 John 3:16

Prayer Requests ~ Gladys ~ Jim ~ Rebekah ~ Mat ~ Gwen ~ Sandra ~ 

My apologies for being absent. EMS took Mom to hospital a week ago Monday and my time has been spent with medicos and family. Mom is doing, as they say, "some better" but your prayers are requested and appreciated. (This all makes my whine about furniture, people not showing up, etc. seem rather trifling in comparison, eh? /smile/)

Be someone's hero.
Make a difference in someone's life.
Grace, love, mercy and peace be multiplied to you.
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