SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND
by Marsha Burns

 

John 3:8  "The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes.   So is everyone who is born of the Spirit."

Year of Extremes

SEPTEMBER 2020

September 26, 2020:  In a vision I saw a tangled rope, and I heard the Lord say, "For those whose lives have been a tangled mess, put your trust in Me to untangle and straighten out every place of misunderstanding and confusion. I will make the crooked places straight.  Only believe."  Isaiah 45:2-3 I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze And cut the bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel.

September 25, 2020:  You are about to get unstuck. Spiritual blinders will be taken off so that you can see clearly, and roadblocks will be removed to allow you to move forward without hindrance. Things that you have tried to accomplish for quite some time will now be possible. I speak to you of a new level of freedom and insight that you have craved. Seek My face for wisdom and come into My presence for restoration. Renew your partnership with Me. Psalm 27:8 When You said, "Seek My face," my heart said to You, "Your face, Lord, I will seek."

September 24, 2020:  Pay attention to subtle reminders of past mistakes or bad judgment calls. Circumstances will come up again as a test to see whether you grasped what you needed to learn. Internal work is the order of the day to bring you to a higher spiritual plateau. Your interaction with this opportunity can easily be missed, so be on high alert and get ready to move forward. Proverbs 8:32 "Now therefore, listen to me, my children, for blessed are those who keep my ways."

September 23, 2020:  Set yourself in a protected place so that what you see and hear is godly and uplifting. Otherwise you could give in to contention, which is not good for you or those around you. I would have you find a righteous place in which to abide, a place of walking and living in My Spirit. Galatians 5:16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

September 22, 2020:  I speak to those who have become exhausted and drained of physical and mental resources. Separate yourself for a time from the things that have used you up. If you try to wrangle your way through this time by sheer natural strength, things will only get worse. Come to Me for a time of refreshing where you will find rest for your soul. Matthew 11:28-30 "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

September 21, 2020:  When you encounter delays, do not try to force anything.  Let your current circumstances play out.  You have heard that the devil is in the details, but that is not true. I am in your details when you commit your life to Me, and I will give you the guidance you need to succeed.  Hold fast to what you know is true and trust Me to direct your steps. Psalm 119:133 Direct my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me.

September 20, 2020:  Don't be in a hurry. Every moment of every day will produce opportunities to know yourself and to know Me better. When you rush through life, you are likely to miss some important details. Those details will come back around until you have gleaned the value and applied it to your life. Pay attention and be aware of what I am showing you. Proverbs 5:1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom; lend your ear to my understanding.

September 19, 2020:  In a vision I saw a bridge spanning a deep chasm, and we were making our way across the bridge. I believe this has to do with transitioning into the new spiritual year. We are leaving the past behind and moving to the next phase of existence to embrace whatever the Lord has for us as we learn and grow spiritually. Mark 4:3-8 "Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it. Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away. And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred."

September 18, 2020:  This is a time of sifting and sorting.  There are things to keep and things to throw away. You are already aware of this process, but you have not finished the course.  This exercise will not only be in the physical realm, but will also be an activity of the soul.  Internal work will continue with greater clarity than ever, as you experience more spiritual refinement.  Psalm 66:10 For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined.

September 17, 2020:  To those of you who are spiritually sensitive, the conditions of this present time have overwhelmed you and made you want to retreat. And, I say to you that when you retreat you must find your place of safety in Me. Let your life in the Spirit spring up into a fresh, new beginning that will produce strength and hope for the days to come. Isaiah 58:11 The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

September 16, 2020:  You can make significant headway if you will take advantage of opportunities presented as well as the help that is available to you. Help will come both naturally and supernaturally. I am your very present help, and you can call on Me and lean on Me. Matthew 11:28-30 "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

September 15, 2020:  In these uncertain times, almost everything you hear is distorted and exaggerated for the purpose of manipulation and control. It is more important than ever that you walk in the Spirit and in the gift of discerning of spirits. Your place of safety is in seeking Me for truth and direction. I will show you the way. John 14:6a Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life."

September 14, 2020:  Refuse to become short-sighted. It is important for you to be able to look beyond the difficulties of this time to see the big picture. Do not become a victim of the problems that seem to overshadow optimism. Set yourself to go forward in the power and strength of the Spirit. The flesh is weak, but your spirit is strong when you abide in Me. Matthew 26:41 "Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."

September 13, 2020:  You can achieve some sense of normalcy by establishing yourself in a spiritual flow to include time spent with Me. Well-being cannot be attained when you focus on all that is wrong in your life, your neighborhood, your country or the world. Rise above the things that drag you down and seek the place of peace and safety that comes from Me. 2 Thessalonians 3:16 Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.

September 12, 2020:  When you evaluate what you are stressed about, you will find that most of that tension comes from things you have no control over. Take action where you have responsibility and authority, and let go of the rest. Release to Me those things that concern you. I can do what you cannot. Trust Me. Matthew 11:29-30 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

September 11, 2020:  This season of change will require your flexibility, and dependence on the wisdom and direction that only I can give. Your most valuable asset is relationship with Me and the ability to quiet your soul and listen for My voice. Do not overreact to events that surround you, but rather maintain a sense of calm stability. Faith is a vital component of moving from chaos to peace. Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

September 10, 2020:  You will be tempted to resent current limitations, but you need to understand that you are not out of the woods yet, so to speak. Difficulties and dangerous situations still exist. Your security will rely on how able you are to be content and your willingness to allow My grace to be sufficient.  2 Corinthians 12:9 And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."

September 9, 2020:  Can you sense the change in the spiritual atmosphere? Prepare to truly leave the past behind and embrace that which is being made ready for your future. You have endured the difficulties of the present time and have trusted in Me nonetheless. That trust will be rewarded. Continue to stand strong in faith. 2 Chronicles 15:7 "But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded!"

September 8, 2020:  Beloved, you have always been set apart for My purposes.  However, I am doing a further work of separation so that you can more completely fulfill your destiny.  Rise above everything mundane and fleshly.  You can no longer do things that you know to be marginal.  You belong totally to Me and must not tolerate small talk and gossip.  Proverbs 11:13 A talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter.

September 7, 2020:  Just as the moving of water within the confines of a river bank is adaptable, you must also adapt to the fluidity of life changes. You can do this with grace by moving with the flow of My Spirit. Resisting change will not be effective, but know that I have your best interests at heart. I care about your welfare and will give you the wisdom and direction necessary to navigate this time with simplicity and confidence.  Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.

September 6, 2020:  Breakthrough will not be a single significant event but rather a series of victories both small and great. If you will trust Me to lead you in the way of success, blessing will become a way of life. Get ready to leave behind pessimism and attitudes that have kept you from achieving your goals and purpose.  Look to Me for direction and instruction.  Hebrews 12:2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

September 5, 2020:  Regardless of your hardship or the feeling of being out-of-pocket or displaced, I am with you. Refuse to give in to fear, worry, or vulnerability. Rise up to walk in the Spirit where you are safe and secure in My presence. You belong to Me and I am your help in every situation. Have faith in Me! Psalm 46:1-2 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.

September 4, 2020:  You have often been urged by My Spirit to deal with unholy attitudes and motives.  Opportunities will come around again for you to do the internal work necessary to overcome and be done with the carnal triggers that keep you from total victory.  Examine yourself to see where you continue to be trapped, and make a deliberate decision to respond in ways that are pleasing in My sight.  Matthew 26:41 "Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."

September 3, 2020:  The doors of days gone by are closing, and new doors will begin to open that will allow you to forge ahead. This process will not necessarily be a quick turn-around but will be a significant change. Do not resist change; it will be an outward sign of inward spiritual growth. Maintain an open mind and heart so that your movement will be of and by My Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

September 2, 2020:  I was reminded of the lyrics of a song I wrote some time ago:  "A new day is now dawning; it's the fourth watch in the tower.  The Son of Man is appearing at an unexpected hour.  Guard your post and stay ready, knowing the Father's will.  As lightning flashes east to west, the Word He will fulfill.  I will stand watch to hear what he says to me.  I'll set myself on the rampart to see what I can see, to see what I can see."  Luke 12:40 "Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect."

September 1, 2020:  You are still in the process of moving from the past to embrace the future. This in-between stage can be disorienting and produce a sense of loss. However, your spiritual investment is not in belongings or circumstances and situations. Your investment must be in Me. I am your solid foundation. I never change. I am always the same. Trust in your eternal God.  Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

AUGUST 2020

August 31, 2020:  Beloved, I have called you to be strong in the face of adversity and challenges.  This is no time to let down or give up.  I am with you to strengthen you when you feel weak and encourage you when you are in despair.  Rise up in the realm of the Spirit and receive all that I have made available to you.  I have called you by name, and I will protect you in times of trouble.  2 Corinthians 4:8-10 We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.

August 30, 2020:  The changes that you have endured were and are necessary to prepare the way for that which is to come.  There must be an end of the old order before the beginning of the new order.  This transition has been in process for quite some time, and now you will begin to see the culmination.  Do not fear.  I have been with you in the hard times and the easy times, and I will be with you as long as you are in Me.  2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

August 29, 2020:  When you don't know where to go or what to do, quiet your soul, your thoughts and emotions, and turn to Me.  Ask Me.  Trust Me.  I will direct your steps and lead you where you need to go and show you what you need to do.  Refuse to allow fear or uncertainty to override the work of My Spirit.  Proverbs 3:5-6 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.

August 28, 2020:  The days are evil, but you must remember that you are a warrior. You are called to defeat the devil at every turn. Have you forgotten that you have been given the power to do so? Rise up in My strength, armed with discernment and the sharp sword of My word. You are more than a conqueror in the Spirit. Luke 10:18-19  And He said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you."

August 27, 2020:  One phase of your life is coming to an end, and you are in preparation for the next series of events.  Be sensitive to My leading and make every step be one with Me in Spirit.  The days following can be either depressing or exhilarating.  It will depend on the choices you make as you go forward.  Set your hope, your faith and your gaze on Me and I will bring you through in victory.  Hebrews 12:1-2  Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

August 26, 2020:  You have been transitioning into a new era, and change is becoming a way of life. You have not yet arrived, but you have made steady progress. I will lead you forth with great grace.  It is still one step at a time and one day at a time on the way to your destination.  Trust Me to show you the way and give you peace when the feeling of being unsettled begins to overwhelm you.  I am on this journey with you.  Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

August 25, 2020:  Let the glory of My presence permeate every fiber of your being.  I will fill you with love and peace.  I will strengthen and heal you.  I will lift you high above the darkness into My glorious light where your soul and spirit can thrive.  Come!  Come and be one with Me. John 17:22-23 "And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me."

August 24, 2020:  You have heard the old adage, "If it seems too good to be true, it probably is." You may be tempted to believe something that is not true, but you would do well to stay firmly planted in reality, both naturally and spiritually. Put aside your wishes, desires, and fantasies so that you can know the unvarnished facts and truth.  Keep your eyes wide open as you walk and live in the Spirit of the Lord.  1 John 2:27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.

August 23, 2020:  Know that when you are going through a rough patch it is for the purpose of learning something valuable about yourself as you relate and connect to Me.  Look for the silver lining in every dark cloud, and appreciate the opportunities you are given to grow and gain spiritual strength.  Job 12:22 He uncovers deep things out of darkness, and brings the shadow of death to light.

August 22, 2020:  Despite the overwhelming sense of despair and hopelessness, know that there is an end to the difficult problems you face.  When you walk with Me, you walk as an overcomer in the land, and you will overcome.  Refuse to give up.  Stand in the spiritual strength that is available to you.  Do not be afraid.  2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

August 21, 2020:  You will be tempted to get stressed over things you can do nothing about. This is an effort in futility. Stay in the place of serenity that comes from strong connection with Me. Most of what you worry about is not as bad as you have imagined. Life's circumstances will play out with or without your emotional investment.  Be at peace. John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."

August 20, 2020:  Prepare to be stretched beyond your comfort zone. You will be moved in ways that surpass usual  personal expression and will test your ability to be flexible. Keep your focus and trust in Me. I am with you in this time of expansion. Discern what I am doing and where the Spirit is moving and stay in that flow. Psalm 46:4-5 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.

August 19, 2020:  I am taking you to new heights, to places you would never have dreamed of. I speak of spiritual high ground. You want to advance, but hindering forces have stood in your way. Now is a time when you can break through the barriers and see more clearly the wonders of My kingdom and to know more completely what you are capable of in the Spirit. Get ready to rise!  Proverbs 4:12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble.

August 18, 2020:  Seek Me for wisdom so that the tragedies of life can produce victories.  Do nothing apart from the leading of My Spirit.  Refuse to be overtaken by carnal reactions to difficult situations.  You are blessed when you follow My leading, hear My instructions, and heed My corrections.  2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

August 17, 2020:  This is a time of letting go.  Let go of everything that keeps you from spiritual progression.  Your fussing and fretting will do nothing to solve problems and concerns.  Find the solid foundation of life in the Spirit and then what you build will last.  Build on the Word of truth and righteousness.  Do not allow the things of the world to become a snare.  Proverbs 10:25 When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, but the righteous has an everlasting foundation.

August 16, 2020:  Watch for your tendency to hearken back to simpler times.  You know that you cannot go back.  You can only move forward.  The lessons you have learned through life's challenges are among your most valuable assets.  The one constant in your life must be your walk in the Spirit.  You should neither deify nor rue your past.  Both positions will distort the reality of what was.  You cannot relive the past or live in the future.  Stay present with Me.  Colossians 3:1-2 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

August 15, 2020:  Beloved, refuse to allow frustration to cloud your judgment.  It is easy for your emotions to dominate, but that's not the best course of action for you.  Settle down and be pragmatic.  Work every problem by being realistic and sensible.  And always seek Me for guidance in solving difficult problems.  James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.

August 14, 2020:  Develop an attitude of patient endurance in these times of suffering.  You have indeed endured times of difficulty and unpleasantness.  But, just as I (your Lord) suffered to eradicate sin, you can use your current suffering to overcome the carnal nature and become a better person.  Do not despise these days, but rather use every situation to your spiritual advantage. 1 Peter 5:10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

August 13, 2020:  If you seek Me for wisdom, I will give you perfect solutions to what seem to be difficult problems.  In these situations you often forget that you can call on Me for answers.  Change your mindset to always look to Me for knowledge and good judgment in every circumstance.  I will not disappoint you.  Psalm 51:6 Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.

August 12, 2020:  Your uncertainty does not reflect My heart.  I am never uncertain.  I know the beginning and the end and everything in between.  And I call you to be in the spiritual place where you trust so completely in My ability to lead and guide you that you are not uncertain either.  Your natural mind wants to worry, but your spirit, grounded in Me, will choose to trust.  Be strong and unwavering.  Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

August 11, 2020:  To those who are grappling with a difficult problem, remember that you can ask Me and I will give you a solution. I will show you the way. Stand firm on the assurance that I will help you. Do not fret or worry. Silence your inner turmoil so that you can hear My still, small voice. Zechariah 2:13 "Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord, for He is aroused from His holy habitation!"

August 10, 2020:  Refuse to allow condemnation to dominate your thoughts and actions.  This is a work of the carnal nature and of feeling like you don't measure up.  When you live and walk in the Spirit it is no longer you who live, but Christ who lives in and through you.  Instead of beating yourself up, recognize who you belong to and remember your divine connection and destination.  Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me."

August 9, 2020:  When things become to difficult and complex, focus on the basics of what is important to your well-being.  Get back to the word of God and the power of redemption through the Cross of Calvary.  Establish yourself again in things that actually matter in terms of eternity.  Refocus and regain your sense of simplicity.  1 Corinthians 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

August 8, 2020:  Keep your soul pure as you strive to be straightforward and honest.  These are days when you cannot always trust those around you to tell the unvarnished truth.  Prejudice will twist the facts to fit a certain narrative.  Open your heart and mind to know that which is correct, accurate and genuine without personal bias.  The devil is a liar and the father of lies. 1 Peter 3:10 For "He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit."

August 7, 2020:  Your relationship with Me is similar to every other relationship.  Neglect will erode the closeness that is necessary in maintaining a good connection.  Staying connected to Me is vital to your spiritual well-being, so you must take the time and make the effort to stay close.  Avoid things that are upsetting and rob you of intimacy and peace.  John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."

August 6, 2020:  In a vision I could see large groups of people half asleep, yawning and stretching as they tried to wake up.  Many of them were so groggy that they couldn't get on their feet.  The enemy had drugged them with complacency.  Then, some of them began to deliberately shake their hands, arms and legs to get life flowing again.  It seemed as though their eyes were still stuck shut, but they were doing what they could to wake up and feel alive.  Others just rolled over and went back to sleep.  Isaiah 60:1-2  Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.  For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.

August 5, 2020:  When you feel distant or far away from Me, it is not I who moved away.  You have become distracted with the issues of life and things of the world.  Religious culture and ritual will not bring you back.  It is your desire to know Me and your effort to come into My presence that will narrow this widening gap.  Seek Me with an undivided heart.  Psalm 53:2 God looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God.

August 4, 2020:  Take advantage of the uniqueness of this season to do internal work.  Examine your thought life and see how you respond to others.  Be honest about the things you fear, for those things will undermine your faith.  You choose a different outcome of your thoughts and actions when you turn from evil and unbelief.  Ask for revelation of the condition of your soul, and it will be revealed to you by the Spirit.  Luke 11:9 "So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you."

August 3, 2020:  I speak to those who feel like a race horse waiting for the gate to open.  Your prancing up and down will not make the gate open any quicker.  Settle down.  Conserve your strength and energy.  The time will come when you can run the race again, and you will run well.  Now is not that time.  Be patient.  Luke 21:19 "By your patience possess your souls."

August 2, 2020:  Do not despair.  Your breakthrough will come.  It will be like the breaking of a dam, which begins as a trickle and then bursts forth in ways that are unstoppable.  Right now, today, that seems to be an impossibility.  But it will come.  Your hope and faith in Me will bring forth its reward.  Wait for it.  Hebrews 10:35-36 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.

August 1, 2020:  When you focus on things you cannot do, you are likely to get discouraged.  There are things that you can and should do at this time.  Set yourself to do what you can to overcome darkness and live in the light of My grace.  I am with you to ultimately bring you through to victory.  Be strong and resolute.  John 15:5 "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing."

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Bill and Marsha Burns
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