Say Goodbye To May

Well, it has come the time to say goodbye to May, and step into June. It is already hot and not even summer. We have covered a lot of topics for mothers, rest , peace, proverbs. I was able to tie a lot in together. And we can look back to review if necessary.

While I am planning to get some rest and much needed time away from study and blogging. I will be posting in June, and though my titles may have you thinking otherwise, these posts are definitely for women. I love what I do, but sometimes, I tend to overdo, so I need a break. How about you?

We want to take care of ourselves so we can take care of others. So often others, don’t see that. A nap doesn’t make you lazy. A mess in your house doesn’t mean you don’t keep it, just that family members may not. I spend a lot of time planning and organizing, I can’t say the same for everyone else. Can you?

I just want to leave you with a few good verses and our last proverb of the month, and wish you all a blessed summer.


For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.…Jeremiah 29:11,12.

Call to Me and I will answer and show you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3 Berean

Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor Me. Psalm 50:15

Seek the LORD while He may be found; call on Him while He is near. Isaiah 55:6,7.

Our last proverb….. By wisdom a house is built and through understanding it is established, and by knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. Proverbs 24:3,4.

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Walking With Enoch

We want to walk like Enoch. His life is a few words in Genesis 5:24, that he walked with God, and was not for God took him. Indeed, this patriarch , the seventh from Adam, must have been a righteous man, he was the father of Methuselah who lived to be 969, whereas Enoch was a mere 365. a year for every one of our days.

There was still a time of grace in those days before the commandments, people could talk to God, they still made sacrifices. He had sent angels to teach men at one point, but here were righteous people up until the time of the Flood. God has always wanted to be our Father, it would be a long time to redeem mankind with the coming of Jesus and the crucifixion, and still to walk with Him and choose Him, although He really chooses us.

Enoch must have been a man who magnified God. His day was probably constant communication with prayer and praise. People just don’t disappear into thin air without explanation, we are told that God took him, and the only other soul that happened to was Elijah, who magnified Him as well and was whisked away in a chariot.

So what was it about Enoch? He walked with God. He was communicating with God, that means he was praying or just talking and God was speaking to him. It is said he was the last to know the language of angels, however, some of the things I have read can get over false doctrine, if you are not careful. I Corinthians mention speaking with the tongues of men and angels and that is a gift of God, the Holy Spirit knows all languages.

He could have spoken to Jesus, perhaps. I could not say for sure. And I don’t know for sure but perhaps one day, he walked along the seashore and was just translated like Philip, who was moved bodily to witness to the eunuch.

Or maybe, he walked out his front door and a chariot with an angel whisked him away to heaven. Methuselah might have even looked for him.  What if he just went to sleep and was lifted in a cloud of glory to heaven. We don’t know exactly, it’s fun to consider the possibilities.

We want to be that way as the Rapture or catching away of the church comes, we want to be walking with Jesus. We will be just whisked away before that terrible Great Tribulation. Since we do not know the day or the hour, we should be walking worthy of the Lamb. We should be walking in white as beautiful brides of Christ.

We should be walking by faith and not by sight and following after love and desiring spiritual gifts that we may speak to God in a heavenly language all our own and bless His name and be blessed by Him. We should be seeking Him and redeeming our time, walking in the Spirit.

Who knows? There may be a lot of Enochs walking around today, waiting for Jesus. And we should be magnifying the Lord. Not just to get whisked away to heaven or even to avoid hell, but just because He has been so good for so long, even more than we know. And we might be walking with God and then we were not because He took us.

This post is not only for mothers, but anyone who wants to walk with God.

The mind of man ( or woman ) plans his/her way, but the Lord directs, his/her steps. Proverbs 16:9

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Where Mothers Can Run

I found myself working on June and realized I could use a few more for our mother’s month of May. I have been able to tie in a study of Proverbs with some of the posts I had written but this one is definitely for the proverb.

The name of the Lord is a strong tower and the righteous run into it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10, and this picture suits it perfectly. Maybe, some of you will be on vacation soon, and have a chance to see or visit a lighthouse. Lighthouse were built to guide ships home in a storm and that is why I chose it.

But the image could be a castle or a fortress, even a towers as it says. The place known as Masada, meaning fortress and it is is still there. It is Herod built not one, but two palaces. The Sicarri invaded it during the first Jewish Roman war, and the historian Flavius Josephus tell of the mass suicide of the Siccari and their families rather than being captured by the Romans soldiers. Apparently only two women and five children survived, hidden in the cisterns.

Masad is there in Israel and a tourist attraction, it is still solid and being excavated. Mass suicide may not sound like a place of safety, but that was their choice rather than be Roman slaves and I’m sure they were greatly outnumbered. We know we have more for us than against us with God on our side and an army of angels.

He is better than a castle or fortress and more powerful any army, Roman, Nazi or whomever. With the world the way it is, we need that lighthouse to shine in the spiritual darkness and guide us back to safety in Him. Though waves crash and storms roar, He is there saying, ” Peace, be still. ” And guess what? As believers, we are in His boat. And if we have to, we can walk on water as long as we don’t  take our eyes off Him.

Mothers want their children to be safe, and so does God. That is why we are firmly in His hand as we accept Christ as Lord and nothing separates us from His love. Romans 8:37-39. I just received a book about Romans and I’ll be reading that in June along with the actual book if anyone cares to join me.

I just wanted to remind us again as storms have raged this spring and the threats are always looming, that we have a place to go and that is the name of the Lord. Mothers or any of us, have the name of the Lord as a strong tower to run to and we are safe.

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Mother, May I Give You My Peace?


I have loved Jesus since I was a little girl. I watched my mother struggle, work and try to just ” make it through the day “, but that was a bad prayer she would pray, especially since she had already prayed better ones and had not even realized it.

She was always good with children, it is how I learned to good with them, except I have little or no tolerance for bad behavior. I was always able to find something to do as a child, even unbeknown to me, His peace was at work, His healing was at work.

I was writing like a pro at twelve, too bad no one noticed. My writing dream was mocked, but it is still on God’s agenda, it was His idea, and now I minister His grace on the blogosphere.

Fast forward to when I started to pray, in earnest, for healing for my life in general. I did have some peace and a real hope, again it was on hold. But the Holy Spirit has gently worked His way into my life and my words. The power that I once feared and now just reverence, is also my peace.

I guess I was always studious though I have no degree. I could read, listen to music, wrote or watch an old movies. I like art, but I was petrified of the internet,  now I have learned a great deal, love gets rid of fear, peace pursues us. Actually, He caught us when we were born again and gave us the gift of John 14:27.

While there is nothing wrong with active, and energetic. Fear, dread and panic, hyper, will put you in the darkness and keep you a prisoner in chains, while there is life and peace in the Spirit. After a major spiritual attack and a lot of prayer, by His grace I was spared to keep learning and growing in Him. While I have delved into deep study and worn myself out in prayer, I was prompted to relax, He is in control. If this message is fo me it surely is for others, to slow down, to rest in His love, to seek peace and pursue it.

The words of John 14:27 have hovered over me for months now. His peace is a gift. It is unlike any other gift. It is not the world’s idea of peace at all. This peace is tangible, like the anointing, it is tender and loving, it was His peace that calmed the storm. It is His Spirit that teaches your children making their peace obvious, the pleasant, happy baby with little need for crying, the cheerful toddler who is not a terrible two, the eager preschoolers who are sponges to learn and not eye rolling teenagers, the teenagers who are responsible and willing to communicate.

So, the best gift I could ask for mothers is His peace and I pray His peace for you, it is more than roses or perfume or a fine dinner, it more than new furniture or a vacation, it is life and health in Jesus. Peace, I leave you Jesus says, mother, may I leave you my peace this summer, He asks? Ana Francisconi / pexels

I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27

And our proverb today is 10:12, Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over wrongs.

His love gets us to peace for He is peace.


What Time Is It?

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” What time is it? ” One of the most often asked questions ever, right up there with, ” Are you alright? ” Without getting into major detail, let me say I have learned a lot about time lately.

I know we are to redeem it. I know God lives in eternity and views it differently, He wastes no time. But we do. Resting in Him isn’t lazy, nor being still, it is not a waste of time and neither is extra sleep.

Do you care if people know you nap or if they think you lounge around all day when you don’t? God knows, He knows times and seasons and He knows hearts. A couple of weeks ago, I had made some plans. They didn’t happen. A lot of what I hope my entire life hasn’t happened, but is in control and His ways are better.

Oh, not again. The usual almost, ” Why me, Lord? ” You want to know what you did, well, first of all you asked Him to be your Lord, and now? Are we listening or if we are, are we hearing. His Spirit has the answers.

The weekend turned out to be restful, and some things that needed doing got done. I still had a little get together, but what I was looking forward to had changed. And I later found out why, protection.

Not mine, but the little cardinal family, and even more than that, I discovered a sparrow family, and I see a robin on occasion, there must be a nest close by. While I wanted to entertain and have dessert on the porch and watch the babies. God’s plan was different and better, much wiser.

While I could sit still and watch and listen, even use a camera zoom lens, that was me. Not everyone would do that, cooperation is not always what you get, is it? And a flock of baby birds flying around might not have been such a good idea after all.

I was disappointed my little balls of fluff had opened their eyes and were gone after only ten days, but that was God’s timing. He knew just when the nest would be built and where, when I would find it, that I got to see them hatch, eat and open their eyes. And soar.

He knew just how long they would be there, I enjoyed the cardinals, not even knowing the sparrows were there. They were out of sight, hidden until the very last. Like extra blessings just for me. His eye was on those sparrows and cardinals. It was beautiful for me in His time and He knew just when they would leave and when the noises or crowds would be too much for the babies. I wasn’t disappointed after all.

They flew on to a new home and I learned a lesson about time. His plans are better and my weekend wasn’t a loss. I am learning to rely on His words and His timing, learning to open my eyes and to soar, feasting on His goodness and promises, He makes it beautiful in His time. And this post ties in well with our study of Proverbs.

For the Lord gives wisdom;

from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.

He holds success in store for the upright,

He is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,

for he guards the course of the just

and protects the way of His faithful ones.

Proverbs 2:6-8, and verse 6 can be sung to memorize, it was a song we sung in family daycare.

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Mother, May You Rest.

Rest is such an important part of our lives as women, mothers or not, and whatever our ages. I used to run all day, no matter what was wrong. I thought I had to be the strong one, keep it together, that if I had some super faith I would be healed. I even felt that if I had been a better Christian, I may have been a better influence.

It was easy for me to blame myself and it was easy to shame me, though I was not a bad person. I felt like such a failure and a flop, I surely didn’t need that to be reinforced. I heard a lot of verbal abuse, others at first, it wasn’t until later that I remembered some the awful things said to me. I was forgiving and following Jesus, but some things I could laugh off, it hurt too much.

I knew words were powerful, I move people to God with mine. I move them to His love. He is not condemning, He is not accusing, He does not have to rail. He is love, all the time. He will correct, He will discipline and never abuse or accuse. He can make His way known by His Word and His Spirit.

In all this confusion of daily life, the chaos that overtakes us and how we think about ourselves. We have to seek His rest, God wants us to enter it, otherwise we will surely be wondering how to fit in in heaven. For He looks at us through the work on the cross, He knows if we believe, and He knows if we are striving and fight the good fight of faith, but isn’t that what we are suppose to do?

Yes, to a point, but we do what we can and stand. He fights for us when we are still. Exodus 14:14. His resurrection power is at work while we rest. Strife is no way to live, I know because I have lived in it. And sometimes trying to explain, leads to the moat and beam, family may have the idea, ” If I do it it’s okay, if you do it is wrong. ”

Surely, we need to step back and look at what goes on in our home. Are they sanctuaries, fortresses, protected by God? Or are they battlefields with mama in the middle, or left with too many chores and choices, too many decisions that should be decided as a couple or a family. And not so many activities that there is no time to rest. No quiet time, no peace. He is speaking His peace to us and we need to hear it. It is not the world’s gift, it belongs to believers. It is not a false peace that depends on the whims of world leaders, or taxes or resources but on God.

Remember He is the author of peace and not confusion, and our homes should be restful and peaceful. So as a mother, aunt or grandma or whatever your title,even friend.  Get some rest.

Today’s proverb is right in line with this post. A generous person will prosper, whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25  In order to be generous, we will have to know how to rest and refresh. Even this photograph is refreshing, by Jill Wellington from Michigan, she does great work.

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Help, I’m A Mother!

Help, I’m a mother! Although I have no children, I have worked with plenty, many were like my own. Some, I was glad to see them go home. I’m just being honest. I have been blessed to have raised puppies, even kittens that were put up for adoption, And now I have new babies, three little cardinals in my roses.

I watch them every evening and had to write a post like this. That cute little couple, they are young birds, feathered that nest, and mama laid three pretty little eggs, I think they must have hatched on subsequent days, one day they were eggs and I didn’t check the next night, and then I had two babies and couldn’t see number three until the next day. Admittedly, I need to read up on the subject.

One night they were sleeping like three sweet little triplets, side by side. Another night they were sprawled all over the bottom of the nest. And still another, they were on their little bird bellies and wings folded behind them like tiny cherub wings. I wish I could get the pictures of these memories, but they don’t cooperate like real children, if you disturb them, they want to eat, little balls of down and beaks will open their mouths waiting for their bug stew.

At a little over a week old, their eyes are open. Puppies open their eyes at about two weeks. Isn’t it wonderful that real mothers, or women, I should say, can look right into the eyes of their babies? Wrinkly, pink and splotchy, sometimes crusty with cradle cap, they count fingers and toes, and draw them right to their hearts, soft spot and all.

I know women who have had children with different fathers, and not married. I have seen teen pregnancies, tried to talk to girls before they became pregnant. I knew women with careers get messed up and had children they could handle, one was so desperate, sobbing. I told her the Lord forgave her mistake, not he baby, the sin, and my mother helped her. Her little boy stop screaming so  much. But she was still a parent, her parents in another state, raised a Christian, she was now a parent with a boyfriend with another girlfriend and he was not of her faith. It was a consequence, she would deal with. Another woman had a little boy, needed surgery and her boyfriend never went to the hospital. When she was better, she called the police and moved her stuff out. My heart hurts for women like this, they are beautiful, bright, some have careers and some don’t but where is love for them, don’t they know how much God cares?

I have even seen some women who did not appear as affected by miscarriage or the abuse of a boyfriend.  I am convinced that we are in the days when people of any age, men of women are without natural affection. Not all but more than ever, there are too many cases of abuse, custodial kidnapping, horror stories that make the news, and I don’t care to repeat.

Rela mothers know love, even if they make the difficult choice to have their child adopted. I recently read of a woman who adopted the child of a college student who made that decision so she could return to school. She may have appeared to be selfish, but seeing the woman who has the child. I say she made the right choice and with love.

I know another woman who has taken in two, one had to be given methadone. But they are doing well, while the mother has had more children. We all have difficult decisions to make. The best one is to wait, feather your nest, have some education and a little nest egg, wait for the right person. Proverbs, as we are studying this month talks a lot about wayward women or prostitutes, luring men astray. And truly, they do.

Men also make promises, break them, and are sometimes, are just immature. Many times it will fall back on the mothers to help with the grandchild. Please know the Lord is not condemning, He forgives sins, He just had a plan for families, and it has been under attack. Women do not have to prostitute themselves for love, that isn’t it anyway. Girls and women need to know they are loved by God, and He forgives and never condemns and will make a way for babies, He has a place for them, and the right husband or wife, just wait, allow His love to fill you and wait. Simple enough.

Young mothers are often overwhelmed, diapers, dishes, they forget what sleep is. So if you know  someone who needs a hand offer it, in love and wisdom, applaud her efforts, take the time to teach like a Titus woman. We could all learn a lesson from the little cardinal parents. He helps her feed the babies, he will even feed her so she can feed the babies, and birds are monogamous, and I hear them talk, I have learned to recognize their voices even from a distance, they communicate. he actually talks to her, and listens. He’s a pretty red bird with a beautiful singing voice, and she is the tan colored one with a burnt orange beak and a chirp, but they talk to each other and they understand each other. It is evident that they love each other and their little family.

Wouldn’t be nice if people could follow the plans God laid out for families, then the little ones would be safe, and secure. The little nest has withstood the wind and rain, a breeze was rocking it the other day, and the sun warms it. We all make our plans but guide our steps, another proverb. His plans are better if we can follow them, so listen, even if you find yourself saying, ” Help. I’m a mother! ”

How much better to get wisdom than gold and insight rather than silver. Proverbs 16:16, Parents really need wisdom, and my birds were flying off at eight days old.

Accepted In The Beloved


He has accepted us into the beloved. Ephesians 1:6

How wonderful that our Heavenly Father has richly blessed us with this most precious gift. As if salvation wasn’t enough, He gave us grace and truth in His Son. The price Jesus paid was a high one, coming from heaven to a fallen world, going to hell to regain Adam’s authority, restoring it to believers as they grow in grace.

Salvation included many aspects, healing, peace, deliverance and protection. He loves us like He loves His beloved Son, Jesus. And He died on a cross to give us His Father. His body representing the veil of temple, rent for us to have access to the very throne of God, and He wants us to come boldly.

When Jesus was baptized in the Jordan river by His cousin, John, the dove descended bodily on Him and He received the Holy Spirit’s power, for He was in a human  body and needed the Spirit, as do we.

When we are baptized, and there are two baptisms, John’s and the one with the Holy Ghost and fire, we may not see a dove bodily, but we will certainly learn to listen to the Holy Spirit.

God accepted the sacrifice of Jesus, He was every offering, He died once and for all who would receive. In John 17, Jesus prayed for His Father to love them just as He had Him. That is why we should also get to know the Father, Jesus was one with Him, and we are one with Him in His Spirit, if we can learn to discern and obey.

The Holy Spirit is here to teach and guide you into all truth, pray for you, protect you, He will bring things to our rememberance, He speaks only what He hears, we will learn His voice.

The same voice that called Jesus His beloved Son and said to hear Him, our Father calls us today, are we listening, to the one who accepts us a beloved son or daughter because of the sacrifice of His Son.

He was pleased with what Jesus did, though His heart was broken. God so loved the world that He gave us His beloved Son, and then we we came to know Jesus, He accepted us into the beloved which is Jesus. And He gives us His rest if we enter, Hebrews 4 and the sleep of the beloved. Psalm 127:2  What a wonderful Father! Renato Abati / pexels

And our Proverb to is wisdom to believe we are accepted. ” The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10, wow, He will give us the knowledge of the Holy One.

Moms, God Is Good!

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It wouldn’t be the first time someone thought I was crazy, they thought Jesus was too. But it doesn’t matter if the laundry is piled high, the dishwasher needs unloading, you’ve got a headache and a deadline. It doesn’t matter if your children need a bath, the dog needs a walk, or you burned dinner.

God is good, all the time. Yes, God is good, all the time, He is good, all the time. I have been hearing that while writing, it just popped into my memory. I have clothes in the dryer, my living room is noisy with the television, and a CD is going beyond that. Family members come and go and stay, but God is good, all the time.

I got to take a nap, didn’t have cook dinner, it is a Saturday evening that I am writing this, and He is good, all the time. I know I am purposely being redundant but it is to make a point, that no matter what is going in our lives, He has made us a way of escape.

We can be thankful for His rest, that we can receive it and walk in it. And that He loved us so much to give His Son for us, that He sends us angels, opens windows to heaven, doors no one can shut. Even that He protects us, at times we don’t even realize it.

So you burn a dinner or your toast. It is not the end of the world. It wasn’t your house. Maybe, you had an accident, you weren’t killed. And believe me this is not the power of positive thinking, faith is more than that. It is not even the glass half empty or full.

Faith and fear are about perception and deception, all the fear, clamor and torment, the chaos and confusion, even the dreadful and foreboding is from the enemy. Because God is peace, He brings peace to our chaos. It is deception to take your mind off Christ, from perceiving that He Lord and that He has good plans.

While we can’t control others, or what happens as a result of their actions, we can rely on Him for His fruit of the Holy Spirit to reign in us, as we lean on Him and His rest, confident He is control even if we feel like we are not.

So whatever is going on in your life right now, as a woman of faith He is beside you, He is your hope and peace, delight in His words, and remember, God is Good, All the Time! Rebecca Jones / energicpic pexels, thanks.



And our Proverb today is, ” A gentle answer turns away wrath. ” Proverbs 15:1



The Healing Rain


It’s been raining. And there have been storms. It’s been raining and there has been peace. It has been raining and there has been healing. Many people, even believers walk through the world oblivious to the spiritual realm, the unseen warfare between good and evil, and a just God who makes sure good will ultimately prevail.

Faith is believing in what we don’t see, sometimes, faith is misplaced. But never in Jesus, nor in the love of the Father who gave Him for us nor in His Spirit. The Bible is full of imagery.

The Holy Spirit is a dove, peace, oil and rain. He is the former and the latter rain. Revivals have always been a part of the church, whether they were called that or not. There have been many seasons, many appointed times set aside by God.

Without specifics, I can tell you, I see people hurting. They have been ill, hurt, suffered loss. And there is, at times, hopelessness. Depression and oppression have reigned throughout the church when we were destined to. You know from the times we live in His return is ever closer, and I thought it was close when I first became a Christian.

God exists in eternity and He is eternal love, He is never too busy and not limited in any capacity. He is mighty to save. He has a righteous right hand and reaches out to the righteous, we are only righteous because of Him, Jesus finished His work, the price has been paid, He ransomed us from the wicked one, He took our place.

And not only exchanged our eternal death for life but gave us His words to be life and health to all our flesh. It’s raining, and there is a gentle breeze blowing, I sat on the back porch and watch dark clouds move past one by one, there is no imagery lost on this child. He is calming the storms, restoring peaceful hearts, He is sending the latter rain.

While people enjoy singing and dancing in the rain, and jumping into puddles, throwing back there heads and letting a fine mist fall on their faces, like kisses from the Father, there is still the spiritual rain of the Holy Spirit falling. Be still and know God. Psalm 46:10.

Walk in His love and receive, stand in the rain, no umbrella, no raincoat or galoshes. It is the healing rain, the latter rain before His return. Will you walk with Him in the gentle rain?

Maybe, you are one in need of His guidance and healing, maybe, you need a powerful touch. Let Him soak you and drench you. Water is a powerful force, it washes away soil and even the sturdiest of structures sometimes collapse. How much more can the Spirit of power, love and a sound mind, move the destroyer?

For he cannot stand where the blood has been applied, nor against a flood of the Spirit, He rushes in when we call for help. We may not always see immediate results, but He sees and hears, and is able to do way above what we ask. His ways are better, His timing is perfect.

It’s raining, the last outpouring before His return. If that is what He is speaking in peace to your heart, do not turn away from Him. Stand in the rain. He will come to us like the rain. Hosea 6:3

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.  Proverbs 11:30.  Did you know that He will save and heal you at the same time? What a wonderful way to become a believer and have a good testimony. If you need that, it is my prayer for you today. Here’s the story.

But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said, “Why do you harbor evil in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’or to say, ‘Get up and walk?’ But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins…” Then He said to the paralytic, “Get up, pick up your mat, and go home.”… Matthew 9:5

The religious always challenged His authority, people will challenge ours, He gives it to us. And if you know Him already, I pray you can believe and receive the health He paid for with a beating and scourging and the mental afflictions with a crown of thorns, be healed in Jesus’ name! He will pour out his Spirit, so stand in the healing rain.

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