Chelsea Crockett

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Falling Victim to Nyctophilia

Nyctophilia (n): An attraction to darkness or night; finding relaxation or comfort in the darkness. Do you ever experience Nyctophilia? Maybe it sounds something like this: You know what you’re…

Nyctophilia (n): An attraction to darkness or night; finding relaxation or comfort in the darkness.

Do you ever experience Nyctophilia? Maybe it sounds something like this: You know what you’re doing isn’t right, but it’s comfortable. So instead of changing your actions of lifestyle, you remain in this “darkness” that the world offers, instead of looking up to God for change or direction.

We’ve all done it from time to time. We stay with the things that are familiar and comfortable because we’re too scared to take the next step.

This is when we fall victim to Nyctophilia. Instead of taking a step forward, we remain where we’re at due to fear and the “what ifs.” This keeps us doing the things we’re comfortable with, the things that cause us to turn away or ignore God.

1 John 2:15 says, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.”

God understands the appeal of the world and the easiness of it. It’s easy to do what everyone else is doing and to desire those things, as well. But our actions are the reflection of what we stand for and what we believe in. So, like the verse says, when we show love for the world more than we show love for our heavenly Father, God’s light cannot shine through within us.

Titus 2:11-12 says, “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “no” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.”

 The grace of God extends with no limit. It covers our past sins, our present sins, and even the sins we haven’t committed yet. When we seek the darkness of the world and everything it has to offer, God gives us his perfect gift of grace. But just because God is merciful to us doesn’t mean we should use this as an excuse, continuing to seek the ways of the world and proceed happily in our bad habits.

It’s okay to desire comfort and ease, but the moment it keeps you from making a positive change or taking a step in the right direction, it becomes a problem. God wants us to be comfortable and relaxed, but in his way. His way is much more satisfying. It’s eternal, joyful, merciful, and so much more.

I urge you to step out of your Nyctophilia at least once this week. It doesn’t have to be anything big, but pick something you can work on in your life for the better. Maybe for you it’s gossiping, jealousy, anger, your desires, etc. Whatever it may be, try using that time spent on those actions, thoughts, or emotions, and spend it on your spiritual life.

Instead of being jealous or angry toward someone, simply start talking to God. Ask him for help and guidance on how you can change your darkness into light! 🙂

– Chelsea

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Why Do We Pray?

Prayer is one of the best things in the world. It calms me, secures me, and strengthens me when I need it. It’s something so intimate that connects us to…

Prayer is one of the best things in the world. It calms me, secures me, and strengthens me when I need it. It’s something so intimate that connects us to God and lets us feel his presence all around us.

I’ve often heard people question the “why” behind prayer. Why do we pray if we can’t hear God back? Why do we pray if God already knows the will he has for us? There are so many reasons to pray, you just have to discover them!

We pray for others.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” – Ephesians 6:18

God has no limits on who and how he can work in the lives of others. When we pray for our friends, our family, or even the people that aren’t easy to pray for, he moves among them. We may not see the results of our prayers right away, or even at all, but we can be confident in knowing that God hears us no matter what.

We pray for our requests.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.” – 1 John 5:14-15

Whenever I need or want something, I go immediately to God. Although I know he may or may not answer my prayer, he always hears them. If God doesn’t answer, I know that his will for my life is different from what I had planned, and that’s okay! This verse gives us confidence in knowing that he hears our every request and knows the wants and needs of our hearts.

We pray for humility.

But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’” – James 4:6

Humility is something everyone struggles with. It’s hard to be humble in every season of life, especially when everything seems to be going our way. When we practice humility, we become more and more like Jesus. He was completely humble, putting others before himself in any and every situation. Pray for help from God in this area and practice it daily!

We pray for peace.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” – Colossians 3:15

This world could definitely use a little more peace. Whether that be peace with yourself or peace toward others, we are called to peace. Even in Jesus’s darkest days, he had peace in his heart in knowing God’s ultimate plan for his life. We need to have this same trust in God and have faith in his plans for us!

So, next time you’re finding it hard to pray, remember these things. Remember that God uses prayer to equip us with the things we need in life. We use prayer to help ourselves, to help others, and to simply talk to God and present our requests to him. Prayer is so powerful, so use it to feel the presence of God all around you!

– Chelsea

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The Importance of Serving Others

Serving others is one of the biggest underlying themes of the Bible. Throughout the old and new testament, there are so many examples of people laying down their lives for…

Serving others is one of the biggest underlying themes of the Bible. Throughout the old and new testament, there are so many examples of people laying down their lives for others. In the new testament especially, we can read about all the different ways Jesus served his disciples, his followers, and so many others that he encountered.

The Bible is filled with SO many lessons that teach us how we should act and live. The lessons that teach us selflessness and love for others are the ones we should always take note of. The world could always use a little more love, so why don’t we show God’s love by extending a hand toward others!

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” – Galatians 5:13

God gives us free will to do what we want in life. He doesn’t force us one way or the other, instead he gives us the choice to act selflessly or selfishly… which is sometimes the easier option. When we serve others, it humbles us and reminds us of the bigger picture in life.

There’s a story in the Bible that tells of a time when Jesus humbled himself and served his disciples by washing their feet. John 13:5 says, “After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”

Then Jesus said, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

This story is so important because it shows how even Jesus Christ humbles himself and puts others’ needs before his own. If even Jesus, who is greater than all the earth, can practice selflessness in even the hardest of times, then we should do so, too.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.” – Romans 12:1

Have you ever thought of serving others as a form of worship? God notices when we take our own needs and wants and sacrifice them for others. It’s not always what we want to do, but it’s something that changes our mindsets and our hearts to reflect how Jesus wants us to think toward others… no strings attached, not hoping for something in return.

Consider all of this the next time someone asks you for a simple favor or something even bigger. Think the way God wants us to and extend a hand to the people you normally wouldn’t. A serving heart is a happy heart!

– Chelsea

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The Power of Prayer Walks

If you are unfamiliar with the term “prayer walk,” then you’re about to learn how you can pray for your home, your school, and the people around you! Prayer walks…

If you are unfamiliar with the term “prayer walk,” then you’re about to learn how you can pray for your home, your school, and the people around you! Prayer walks involve praying for the places, and people in those places, where we desire to see God’s presence.

Prayer walking is one of the coolest things to do, especially when you see your prayers eventually fulfilled right in front of you.  God promises that when we ask for something in his name, he will deliver. So why not try to ask God for blessings over the places you go and the people in your life?

When it comes to prayer walks, think of what that place needs from the Lord. If you want to pray over your house, pray for your roommates, your family, or whoever else you live with. Pray for security and safety over your house and the people in it.

Ephesians 6:18 says, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

No matter where you are, it’s always a good time to pray! There is no such thing as a bad prayer. Present any and every request to God and he will always hear you!

Start with a prayer walk in your home. Whether that be your apartment, your dorm room at college, or wherever else you call home. Once you’ve prayed over your house, take a prayer walk through your neighborhood! Then, do the same on your drive to work, praying for every house you pass and every community you drive through. You never know which places are in definite need of prayer!

You can even use verses from the Bible to guide you through your prayer walk to get some ideas of what to ask God for.

2 Samuel 7:28-29 says, “Now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you, O Lord God, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed forever.” 

Ask God for blessings over your home. There is nothing too big or too small to request from God! Ask God to grant grace, security, health, etc. to your home and any other blessings you can think of!

Another verse I like to think of is Psalm 122:7. It says, “Peace be within your walls and security within your towers.” Let’s pray for peace and safety no matter where we’re at. Especially in our houses, apartments, dorms, or wherever we find ourselves spending most of our time, ask God for these things.

After doing a prayer walk, write down the things you prayed for. Then you can eventually look back and see how it has impacted your home! 🙂

Start today with as quick as a 5-minute prayer walk! See what and who needs prayer, and start there!

– Chelsea

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Grace to Grow

As children of God, we are so blessed to be able to experience the grace of God every single day. I recently listened to a sermon that revealed to me…

As children of God, we are so blessed to be able to experience the grace of God every single day. I recently listened to a sermon that revealed to me a new perspective on God’s grace and how we, as Christians, can learn from grace and grow from it, too.

Throughout our lives, we’re constantly growing into the people we’re meant to be. During this process, there’s a lot of regret, forgiveness, realizations, and much, much more. One thing that God freely gives us is grace. Grace over our sins, grace over our weaknesses, grace over our future… The list goes on and on.

Without grace, we’re stuck at a standstill. There’s no room to grow into the person God wants us to be, both in our spiritual lives and daily lives.

2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

What does it mean when God says his grace is sufficient? Sufficient means “adequate for its purpose; enough.” God’s grace is enough for us and he gives us this freely. We’re always going to have setbacks and downfalls throughout our lives, but the Bible instructs us to boast about our weaknesses because this is where God works most in our lives.

Ephesians 2:8 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God…”

Through what Jesus did for us on the cross, we’ve been saved, forgiven, renewed, and so much more. He gives us grace that covers all our sins, even the ones we think are too bad to be forgiven. It’s necessary to remember that we, ourselves, are not solely responsible for our both personal and spiritual growth. “It is not from ourselves, it is the gift of God!” We too often forget about this simple statement, and it’s one that holds so much importance!

I think we sometimes forget how amazing the grace of God is. When Jesus extends grace over our multitude of sins, we can live freely in him and grow into the person we were meant to be. This quote I once stumbled upon is a good reality check when it comes to God’s grace.

“Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.” – Jerry Bridges

We should never think we’re too far passed the help of God’s grace. We should also never think we’re too content to have the need for God’s grace. These two points are so important to remember because God’s grace is such a gift! We are never too far gone or too far satisfied to receive the grace of God!

How will you use God’s grace to grow today? How will you act in such a way that you can live freely and happily in your own walk with Christ? These are things to think about that will change your perspective on grace and how you react to it!

– Chelsea

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For When You’re Feeling Low…

Whether you’re feeling lonely, anxious, depressed, or anything below average, you know that common feeling of a pit in your stomach and a head filled of wandering thoughts. These emotions…

Whether you’re feeling lonely, anxious, depressed, or anything below average, you know that common feeling of a pit in your stomach and a head filled of wandering thoughts. These emotions chip away at your happiness and make you start to believe the “what ifs” you’ve been telling yourself all along.

God never intended for us to feel sadness, anger, heartbreak, or any other negative emotion. But because we’re human, we feel all of these, sometimes separately and sometimes all at once. Although it may be rare to audibly hear the voice of God, we have the Bible which is the closest thing to it.

Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”

It’s easy to let your mind take control. What’s harder is replacing those thoughts with those of which that are truly lovely and praiseworthy. There is so much power in positivity and thanksgiving, so make a conscious effort to trade your bad thoughts for happy thoughts like the Bible says to!

Psalm 34:17-18 says, “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Whether you have to read this every night or even make it your phone background, do it! Knowing that the Lord is close to us in our brokenness is something that’s so comforting and reassuring. He loves us in our sad times, in our dark times, and even in our rebellious times.

For the times you feel worthless, know that God thinks just the opposite. He sees you as his perfect child that he loves and cares for more than we can even comprehend. 2 Corinthians 6:18 says, “’And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me,’ says the Lord Almighty.”

When God calls us his children, we need to fully understand what this means. God calls us his own, and he protects us, loves us, and extends his grace and mercy to us. What more could we possibly ask for?

Once again, we are human. It’s common to experience the feeling of sadness and loneliness more often than not.

Lean on HIM! Read deep into his word and feel the presence of God all around you. It’s okay to feel low and it’s okay to feel abandoned, but it’s not okay to let those thoughts take over.

Here’s a simple prayer you can pray to God when these feelings start to resurface. Say “Dear Lord, when feelings of inferiority, insecurity, and self-doubt creep into my heart, help me to see myself the way you do. Help me to recognize that I am your child, loved by you and perfect in your image.  Amen.”

Use this prayer when you need it and even when you don’t. It’s a perfect reminder of how God sees us through his eyes: his perfect, beautiful, wonderful creation.

– Chelsea

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My Sin Is Great, Your Love is Greater

We live in such a sinful world that we don’t even think about the sin surrounding us daily. Sin is such a part of our lives that half the time…

We live in such a sinful world that we don’t even think about the sin surrounding us daily. Sin is such a part of our lives that half the time we don’t even realize we’re doing anything wrong in the first place.

Think of the last time you gossiped or got angry with someone. You probably didn’t even consciously think about the fact that you could be sinning by doing so.

Although we’re not perfect, Jesus has given us the free, undeserving gift of forgiveness and mercy. We are sinful people living in a sinful world, yet there is so much love and grace in store for us.

There’s a song called What a Beautiful Name by Hillsong Worship and there’s a line that I fell in love with the first time I heard it. The lyric says, “my sin was great, your love was greater,” and that has always stuck with me since I heard it. We often get so wrapped up in our own sin that we forget how powerful the love of God is.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

Once you’ve been redeemed by Christ, you are no longer drowning in sin. You’re a new creation, made pure and perfect in his sight. We oftentimes beat ourselves up for the sins we’ve committed. I know I do at least! But knowing that I am forgiven and made blameless in his sight gives me the hope I need for the days to come.

Psalm 103:12 says, “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”

Think about the significance of this verse. The east to the west is never ending. It goes on and on and never stops. God removes our sins from us and never thinks of them again. In Micah 7:19, it says, “You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” To think our Heavenly Father forgets the wrongs we’ve done against him is amazing and something we are so undeserving of.

It’s natural to feel regret and pain for the things we’ve done in our life, but we can’t forget who our creator is. His love is so big and so wide, and he wants us to know the depth of his mercy and forgiveness.

If we don’t think God truly forgives us for what we’ve done in the past, then we don’t know who God is at all. Have faith and dive deeper into what is character really is. He is merciful, loving, caring, and perfect in all that he is.

I’ll leave you with a quote I found that gave me a peace over my heart. It says, “God is not waiting to love you until you have overcome your weaknesses and bad habits. He loves you today with a full understanding of your struggles” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf.

Write this on your mirror, make this your phone background, put it on a sticky note on your dashboard. Read it and believe it. God’s love overcomes all sin, today and every day!

– Chelsea

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Make Humility a Habit

“Humble yourselves, then, under God’s mighty hand, so that He will lift you up in His own good time. Leave all your worries with Him, because He cares for you.”…

Humble yourselves, then, under God’s mighty hand, so that He will lift you up in His own good time. Leave all your worries with Him, because He cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:6-7

Humility is a learned trait. It’s something that doesn’t come easily for most of us. Whether it be humility toward God, humility toward our friends, or humility toward the people around us, it’s something that we have to be conscious of to actually put into practice.

There are so many situations in which humility should come into play. You may think you’re almost always humble, but I never realized how much I could actually grow in this area of my life.

Humility Toward God

Having humility toward God is a concept I never really understood until I got a little bit older. I always wanted to take control of every situation and plan out my own life instead of letting God do that for me.

God wants us to get rid of our pride and be humble in knowing that we can’t be Him ourselves. When we humble ourselves, we enable God to come into our lives and transform it under his sole power. So, let God take control. It’s always better that way!

Humility Toward Friends

When we’re around our friends, it can be easy to boast about the good and successful things in our lives. It could be about your new boyfriend or a good grade you got on a test. Finding a balance between bragging and informing is the solution to humility in these situations!

What are your intentions for what you’re about to say? Knowing the “why” behind your words is important to assure that you’re staying humble around people that are closest to you. Are you telling them about your good grade because you’re trying to “one up” your friend that always aces her tests? Consider your intentions every time!

Humility Toward Society

Social media can be a number one contributor as to how people view you as a person. Think of how many people you know solely through Instagram, Twitter, or other social media platforms. They really only know you by how you perceive yourself online!

You’ve probably heard this over a million times, but we need to watch what we post on social media. It seems like so much of it has turned into showing off our lives and boasting about what we’re doing or where we’re going. Stay humble even through what you post! Use your platform to spread love and positivity. Talk about what’s going on in the world. Discuss your favorite things. Think outside of the box!

Humility takes a conscious effort to achieve. Think of how you can apply these different things to your own life. What areas do you struggle in most?

Ask God to make you humble. Ask him to show you what you can work on to gain humility in all areas of your life. Ask him for knowledge to know the difference between confidence and boastfulness. Simply praying to him helps you every step of the way! What’s stopping you?

– Chelsea

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What is the Grace of God?

Grace is a word that I’ve heard time and time again. But if you were to sit three people down and ask them to define it, you would probably get…

Grace is a word that I’ve heard time and time again. But if you were to sit three people down and ask them to define it, you would probably get three different answers.

A lot of people think grace is the same thing as forgiveness. Although it may be similar at times, there’s more to grace then just forgiving a person for something they did wrong.

A lot of people think grace is the same thing as mercy. Once again, although it may be similar, grace is more than simply showing mercy to someone who may not deserve it.

If you want the dictionary’s definition of grace, it defines it as “the free and unmerited favor of God.” In other words, God’s free, unearned, undeserved favor. What’s more beautiful than that?

Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”

In other words, we have been saved by Jesus Christ because God had favor on His children. He loves us so much that he sent his son to save us. We have his divine favor that is given to us as his perfect gift. According to the verse, we can’t be saved through pointless works and deeds. We can only be saved through our faith in Him! 

2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 

After knowing the true definition of grace, these verses make me smile. God, the creator of the entire universe, gives us His favor. This verse from Corinthians is one of my favorites because it explains that even though we are weak, through Him we are strong.

We can boast about our weaknesses because we have God’s favor and power over us, which is far greater than any weakness that tries to bring us down.

There’s a quote about God’s grace that has always stuck with me. It says, “You may not think that you’re good enough, but God’s grace and love are bigger than who you think you are.”

We are so undeserving of God’s grace, but he gives it to us freely, without thought, especially when we don’t deserve it.

With the grace of God, we are unstoppable.

Think of what this means for you. Knowing you have God’s favor over your life, where will you go from here? Take note of the weaknesses in your life and remember you have the power of God resting in you. Let the grace of God lead you into something great.

– Chelsea

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Do What’s Right, Not What’s Easy

What’s easy and what’s right can oftentimes go hand-in-hand. These situations are easy to approach knowing that the right thing to do is also going to be the easy thing…

What’s easy and what’s right can oftentimes go hand-in-hand. These situations are easy to approach knowing that the right thing to do is also going to be the easy thing to do.

The situations that take you doing the right thing when it isn’t always the easiest, now these are the situations where your boldness comes in.

God talks about this in the Bible, over and over again. As a Christian, we will face persecution for the things we say and do. What God wants for us will more times than not differ from what the world wants for us.

Eventually, there comes a choice. How will you know which choice is honoring God and which is for your own benefit? There are several verses that talk about how we can live and decide through godly wisdom.

Colossians 3:17 says, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

When you’re stuck at a crossroad, you should ask yourself this question: What would Jesus want me to do? Think of the best possible way you could honor him.

Not just in what you do, but in what you say. In word and in deed, we should always think of how Jesus would respond to the situation. It can be hard to go out of your way to apologize to someone that doesn’t deserve it, but in the end, what’s right is showing mercy and grace to those who most definitely don’t deserve it!

Ephesians 5:15-20 says, “Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”

God makes it very clear to us in the Bible that our days are numbered. We never know how many more opportunities we have to display the light and love of God through our lives.

If making the most of every opportunity means showing kindness and love in every situation, then we should do just that. Just because it’s not the easiest thing to do, doesn’t mean it’s not the right thing to do.

I once saw a quote that puts it perfectly: “Keep a good attitude and do the right thing even when it’s hard. When you do that you are passing the test. And God promises you your marked moments are on their way.”

Think of life as a time filled with many tests. We should want God to be proud of our actions and who we are when the world isn’t looking.

So, do good, be good, and spread goodness. At the end of the day, people will remember the times you did the right thing instead of the easy thing, every single time.

Being a follower of God isn’t supposed to be easy, that’s why God calls us to a life so much greater than this. Listen to his word and his wisdom and apply it to your life. You’ll feel content, rewarded, and an all-around better person at the end of the day!

– Chelsea

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Life Lessons from Proverbs 16:24

Proverbs 16:24 says “Gracious words are like honey. Sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” What does it mean to be gracious? To me, I think that it…

Proverbs 16:24 says “Gracious words are like honey. Sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.”

What does it mean to be gracious? To me, I think that it means being a forgiving person. It means that you treat others how they should be treated, not how you necessarily want to treat them. It means believing the best in people, and being kind. Using gracious words means being gentile and kind with how you speak to people. It means building others up and taking the high road. God’s word tells us that when we use gracious words, they are actually good for us. They are mentally and spiritually healthy. You are more joyful and happy when you show others grace instead of holding on to grudges and hard feelings.

Next time you are in a difficult situation, remember to be gracious in the way you handle it, because it is better for you and for those around you in the end.

XOXO, Chels

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