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That Time Again

Yes, it’s the time of year that I love most; Fall/Winter.  I don’t know if its because of what it represents, hibernation of nature and renewing itself for the warmer months that are sure to come back, or if it’s because of the changing of colors of the trees, to start anyway, and then the snow that makes everything so beautiful when it first falls.

This time of year does represent something spiritual for me.  I remember a long time ago that somebody told me that the colors that the leaves change to are always there, they just don’t appear until it’s their season, their time.  For some reason this struck me as information straight from God.  I thought to myself, “that’s just like the people of God.”  You know that God has a work for all of us to do, but the timing and release for us to walk in that work isn’t always when we think or desire.  While we are waiting for God to release us, we are molded, cultivated, pruned, trimmed, plucked, planted, fed, and watered.  All those things keep us “green” while the Lord perfects us and when our “season” comes, He releases us and our “colors” come through.

Then when it comes to the snow, it puts me in the mindset of the Blood of Jesus and how he covered, but rather took away our sin.  The snow when it first falls is so white and untouched.  God looks at us through the blood of Jesus and the finished work of the cross, so when the snow falls it always gives me a gentle reminder of what The Father has done for me.

The colors of Fall are so rich and warming. Sometimes I can even detect a hint of Fall fragrance in the air when I see certain colors, just warms me right up on the inside.  Then we have the Christmas season of winter, with the decorations and lights, and festive colors.  It keeps me in a festive, yet creative mood and mindset throughout the whole season.  I love to go to different cities where there are different cultures to see how they decorate and celebrate.

The food, the movies, cartoons, clothes, getting together with friends from near and far, taking silly photos, hugs, kisses, Hot cocoa, sweet potato pie, and a host of other things that just give me a warm fuzzy feeling at this time of year.  Sometimes I wish that I could bottle or box it all up, and open it up to pour out in the middle of summer because for some reason people are more loving, more caring, and more considerate of others at this time of year.  If we could get that going all year, the world would be a better place, but that’s wishful thinking.

Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts.  I hope you have an Amazing Day!

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2012 in General, Spiritual Encouragement

 

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Behold, I Shall Do A New Thing!

Hello Everybody!

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything and I’ve really been going back and forth in my head as to what to write about, whether it be what’s new with Fragrance Cafe’ or my personal life adventures 🙂 or, my spiritual journey.

Well, many of you can probably tell that I’ve chose the Spiritual Journey.

To fill you in a little; my hubby and I joined ourselves to a new ministry after being loyal members of another ministry for about 12 years.  This happened after God began to show some things that He wanted us to know concerning His Kingdom, Kingdom Living, and the true function of a ministry.

As He began to reveal some things to us, it became evident, although not comfortable, that it was time for us to get ready to leave this particular ministry.  We stayed before God concerning this matter because after all, I was spiritually born in this particular ministry.

OK, fast forward, at the beginning of this year The Father began to speak through His prophets concerning His Will for us and what it is that He has in store for us as well as what He wants to do through us.  All year long He confirmed and reconfirmed all that He started speaking at the beginning of the year, and now He is speaking some things to me that are new.

It’s funny how when you receive a word from the Lord through one of His Prophets, you get that feeling of “uh oh, so, that is God and I’m not crazy”  or some may call it a feeling of confirmation.  At the beginning of the year The Lord began to tell my husband and I that He is going to restore us.  Then He said it again, and again, and again for a total of six times.  I’m thinking to myself, “when God tells you something concerning your life, you feel honored that He would speak to you. After all I’m speaking of The Creator of The Universe.”  The fact that God would send 6 different people who don’t know each other, or me and husband, to say “I’m going to restore you” you tend to not only be convinced, but if there is any gratitude in you at all worship should flow from your lips like a fountain.

Then one day a lady came to me and said “yes, you are a prophetic psalmist.”  I was like oh God, please don’t do this…why is it that we always feel unworthy, when God has deemed us worthy?….She began to tell me how God knows that I’ve been holding back and that He didn’t want me to hold back anymore.  She said “Apostle already knows, he’s just waiting for you to come to him so, you need to be obedient and go.”  So, I did, I went to my Apostle and told him what had been said to me and he said “yes, I knew it the first day you took the pulpit, I’m just sad that it hasn’t been cultivated before now, but its there and don’t worry, we’re watching and we’re with you.”

Since the first time the prophetic word was spoken about me moving in the realm of the prophetic, God continues to confirm over and over that this is what He wants for me.  I’m so honored and in awe of God right now.  I continue to say “yes Lord, be it unto me as You have spoken, I accept the call.”  I continue to ask God to bind my ear to His voice.  I continue to worship Him with my life, and learn and study how I can be a blessing to others.  Just when you think you’ve got it all down, God says “Behold, I shall do a new thing!”

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2012 in Spiritual Encouragement

 

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Being——-Human

So many times we are referred to, and it is true, as human beings.
Lately though, I have found myself existing as a “human DOING.”
Doing this, doing that, planning for this, finishing up that, looking at this, finding that…just always moving and/or doing.

Even in my quiet time with God this morning I found myself struggling to bring my mind in and concentrate on Him. I’m normally able to just zero right in with Him and get my refreshing for the day. I found myself thinking of what I needed to do as I came out of my time with Him and really having to pull myself back in. I just wanted quiet. For about the last week, and especially the last few days, I have been looking for quietness. Stillness. Nothingness. No conversation. No plans. No list. No needs. No wants….Just longing for a place within myself of still and quiet.
The phone rings, and I glance at it as though it is a literal enemy. “I don’t wanna talk to anybody” I say to myself. “I don’t want any reports, whether they are good, bad, mediocre or otherwise. I’m feeling really good on the inside. I have a spirit of great expectation, but I still just want Quiet, Nothing, Stillness.

I know that as the day progresses I’ll have to come out of my little cocoon I’ve created in the morning to bring a balance to myself, but if I could just have it a little longer, and a little more often.

What do you do to bring your balance back with the world seems too loud around you?

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2012 in General, Spiritual Encouragement

 

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My Absence

Hello Everyone and Happy Friday to you. It’s been so long since I’ve been able to access my blog thanks to an unmentionable search engine (internet explorer), but I’m back now.
It was so frustrating not being able to connect with you all. Those that come to my email I could read but not respond at all. So, look forward to some responses on some past blogs on my favorites.

So much has been going on. I’ve created some new fragrances and a couple new products. Of course I’m always reading and researching to see what I could come up with next.

Things are moving right along at the new church home, it’s been officially 5 months since we’ve joined now.

Of course you can’t have life without its ups and downs and I’ve had a few of those too. I’ve also had some very inspirational contact with old friends and new ones. I’m grateful for that.

Now tell me, what have I missed with you all…don’t spare any details.

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2012 in General

 

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Get Inspired!

Happy New Day to you! How was your weekend? Did you get out and do something inspiring or encouraging?

I got a chance, for the second week in a row, to go to an art and craft show outdoors. One week it was Farmington Hills, MI and this past weekend it was Berkley, MI Art Bash.

I love going to art shows and craft shows because just to be able to get into an enviroment where the focus is things made by or put together by the hands and minds of creative people is inspiring for me. I create things all the time and write so, my creative ability flows, but sometimes I just like to get out and see what others are doing. I like to see the passion that drives others to do what they do.
The art show that hubby and I went to in Farmington Hills thrilled me because my husband got a chance to see exactly what he is able to do with his art photography. I’ve been pressing him for a couple years to do something with the beautiful photos that he has taken, but for him to be able to see what I’ve been talking about all this time made me happy because his eyes just glowed with inspiration and made him ready to jump to it. He has created some beautiful photos for friends and family and even a couple ministries that we’ve been affliated with, but nothing really for monetary purposes. I always think about the prophet Elijah when he asked the woman “what do you have in your house?” when she came to him with a debt delima.

When we set out this weekend we actually got to enjoy the Detroit Institute of Arts, of which I haven’t been since 3rd grade (shame on me). It wasn’t the art that drew us there, but the Friday Night Live Jazz Series featuring one of my favorite local jazz bands. Honestly since I didn’t really go for the art I need to go again and just take it all in. I did see some beautiful pieces so, I will be making a return trip soon. Then Saturday we went to the Berkley Art Bash. It was kind of small, but that’s ok with me. I like small mangable type events sometimes. It allows you to take in everything around you and really enjoy what the small town or city has to offer. We spoke with some beautiful people and saw art made from things like glass and wood to hand crafted candles and housewares made from things like granite and yarn, copper and brass, recycled materials and some things that you would never think, at least I wouldn’t, could be made into art and sold…We even found a new little place to get some good food. Actually it was two places. One was a mom and pop type place and another was a bar and grill. The smoke free atmosphere that we have in Michigan now in the bar and grills make it easy for us to enjoy some good food in a place we wouldn’t normally go to avoid coming out smelling like smoke.
So, I say next time you’re feeling a little blue and want a change of scenery, find an art show or something similar in your area and Get Inspired.
What have you done to get inspired lately?

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2012 in General

 

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Good Deeds For Sure

Ok, so last weekend a few friends (the hubby, and the worship team of my church) and I all got together to see the new movie by Tyler Perry. The main reason I wanted to see it is because I had been reading a few Face book stats from men saying that it was a typical “Tyler Perry, angry woman gets saved by a nice guy” movie…and I not only disliked the remark, but just felt that Tyler has so much more in him than that.
So, during the movie I had some moments of laughter, thought provoking moments, and truly gut wrench crying moments. This movie put it all out there. I mean just when you think that you know the woman that you might work with, how she’s always angry and snappy, how she seems to always be running late and having excuses; this movie makes you stop and say “wow, you just never know what the next person may be dealing with in their life outside of the job.”
I found myself shaking my head in pain for this woman as one bad thing after another, after another, after another just seemed to fall in her path. I know a few women that have dealt with the very thing that this woman dealt with in this movie, but the only thing is that they had to just struggle through. Nobody came to their aid, nobody was in their life who could really do a “Good Deed” to bring them out of their situation. When you see people in your life struggle, regardless of how they got there, and you CAN’T do a thing to help them directly it crushes you on the inside. I watched this movie with so much emotion because to me it was like watching a 20/20 story or documentary…well in actuality it was a documentary. How many of you have been or know of somebody who’s been in that situation or almost in that situation? Either way it is a scary thought.
Even the seemed to be angry and ungrateful brother had some underlying issues as to why he “seemed” angry, ungrateful, and even bitter. You just never know what is in the heart of a person; which is why its so important to walk in love toward people in this world. As humans we face 100 million things on a day to day basis, some of which connect us in so many ways that we really don’t have the room or time to be judgmental of each other because we all have something that we are dealing with. What you deal with may not be what I have to deal with, but it still remains that we all are connected by certain human struggles.
At first look this woman just seemed to have a really really bad day, but as you sit and watch and take in all that is going on you see that she is in this predicament do to a loss in her life and her having to make a quick decision to keep her and her daughter afloat.
Wesley, who is “The Man” in the movie, even had his own issues that he had to deal with, but as he learned more about this woman, he also learned more about himself and his real dreams and desires for life. His character showed me the sacrifices that we as people sometimes make, all with good intentions, but can be detrimental to our own dreams for our lives. His desire to make sure that the dreams of his father and mother stayed afloat was draining him, to say the least, as he worked endlessly to appear in control of it all. He had dreams of his own that were on the back burner because of what his mother “wanted” for the family business. The disrespectful and degrading relationship of the younger brother and the mother made me literally want to slap his face…LOL…I’m so serious, but later I understood, he too had a dream. It was amazing to watch one brother live the dream of the other while putting his dream on hold and the other brother become bitter and resentful to him for “living his dream” so to speak.
When Wesley really found out the truth of what was going on with this woman there was something in him that would not allow him to just sit by and watch, but he absolutely had to do something. This was so inspirational to me because of the dreams that I have to help people on a larger scale, but for now I do what I can.
What a different type of world we would be living in if as a people when we see others that truly need help step up and do something to help them. We may not be able to do it all but there is something that we all can do and if we just start there change would really be obtainable.
One thing I can say about this movie, without making this movie review into a book, LOL, is that it pricked my heart. It made me take a lot of things into consideration in my life and the lives of those that I come into contact with. This movie makes you go into yourself and for me that’s always a good thing to leave a movie with. Entertainment is a good thing, but a life changing thought provoking movie encounter is something totally different. I’m proud of Tyler Perry and Good Deeds. If you haven’t seen it, you should go see it.

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2012 in General

 

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Strategic Prayer

The Bible says in Matthew 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
 
We see that iniquity is abounding and the love (common compassion) of many is waxing cold. Let us begin to truly seek the Face of The Father to shield and protect our loved ones and even those that we don’t know.
 
I am requesting that you not only pray the prayer with me, but send it to other prayer warriors that you KNOW will PRAY.
 
Father, we come humbly before your throne seeking grace to help in the time of need.  We remind You of Your Word that states if any two agree as touching anything, whatsoever we ask will be done.  So we come in the Mighty name of Jesus Father on behalf of the City of Detroit, the State of Michigan and this Nation.  Father, we rebuke the spirit of violence, rage, murder, rape, molestation, lasciviousness, hatred, destruction and decay, lies and deceit in the name of Jesus.  We come against every evil assignment and bind the hands of the strongman assigned to the region of Detroit, the State of Michigan and this nation. We loose him from his assignment in the name of Jesus, we Plead the blood of Jesus over every citizen, over every home and business,  we rebuke every spirit of fear and drawback in the name of Jesus.  We rebuke the spirit that comes to dishonor Fathers, and Mothers, and the elderly in the name of Jesus.  Father, we continue to ask that You return the heart of the fathers, and mothers back to the children in the name of Jesus.  We stand in unity Father praying for restoration of everything that has been broken down, destroyed, and decayed and we thank You for doing it even now Father in the name of Jesus.  Cause intercessors from all over the world to pick up this prayer in the spirit realm and began to prayer to strengthen the stand of righteousness in the name of Jesus.  Cause the saints everywhere Father to be Sober and Vigilant, and to stand and fight against the enemy that is on the prowl and seeking to destroy. 
 
In the name of Jesus Father, we ask that you would send the same anointing that You sent to the burning bush that burned before Moses, but was not consumed, send that anointing of fire Father to burn in the city of Detroit, the State of Michigan and this Nation, and to sanctify the ground and make it Holy. Send revival Father and turn back that hearts of the people to You in the name of Jesus.  Help the saints of God to redeem the time Father, catch us up in the spirit realm to do the work that You have set us in this Earth to do in the name of Jesus.  We thank You Lord for answering our prayer in the name of Jesus.  This is the confidence that we have, that You hear us, and if we know that You hear us, we know that whatever we ask according to Your will You will do it.  We know that Your will is to bring redemption to every soul and we decree and declare it to be so in the name of Jesus. Amen.
 
BE ON YOUR POSTS WARRIORS! THIS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS!!!
 
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Posted by on March 12, 2012 in General, Spiritual Encouragement

 

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EGG SHELLS??

I’ve arrived at a time in my life where I’m realizing and accepting a lot of things.
The first thing that I’ve really come to accept is that I’m not perfect. Yes, yes, yes, I know you’re thinking “well, none of us are perfect,” but saying that and living it with conviction is two totally different things.
Living the fact that we aren’t perfect means that when people put their expectations on us we no longer try to live up to those expectations without regard for our own life’s happiness. The past for me was a lot different. Having people in my life that put their expectations on me, and try to hold me up to some higher standard when it comes to my treatment of them had me for years walking on EGG SHELLS…I’m mean to the point that everything that I did I always stopped to consider whether or not it would hurt one particular person or a group of persons feelings. For a long time this made miserable because little did I know that the more I accepted their behavior the more I gave them permission to treat me that way.
I was always double checking to see how what my decisions would do to them or if something that I said or did offended them. I never took into account my own feelings and how their treatment of me was affecting my outlook about myself. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that we are suppose to act in such a manner that we could care less about what the people that we have in our lives say or think, but what I am saying is that it is wrong for a person to hold anybody to a standard of expectation in a relationship that clearly under minds another. All relationships that we have or engage in should be MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL. To allow a person to always take, take, take, from you in anyway, whether it be naturally, physically, emotionally, or spiritually, and they don’t pour back into you is to set yourself up to be depleted of all of your resources regardless to what they are.
I have learned that when people hold you up to their expectations that’s exactly what they are, THEIR EXPECTATIONS. I came to a decision that Egg Shells were never made to be walked on and therefore, I have decided to retire my EGG SHELL WALKING and move on to walking on a clear and stable path for myself, my life in general, and even in my life with my husband (which began to be affected by my Egg Shell Walking)…I’ve taken my life back.
I know that there are those that no longer desire to be a part of my life, but that just makes room for more MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL RELATIONSHIPS; after all, that’s what I asked God for.
I must tell you that it is far better and easier to just be me, and let others be who they are. We as people don’t have to always agree, but I feel that we can always find a way to respect each other, and honor each other without pushing our expectations off on each other.
I’ve learned to truly accept that I’m not perfect, striving to always grow to be better, and the fact of the matter is nobody else is either, so, I won’t push my own expectations off on them.
NO MORE EGG SHELLS!

Feel free to comment, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2012 in General, Spiritual Encouragement

 

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Adventures On The Road Home-Landed

Well, we finally made it.  We’ve chosen a place to settle in as our “home” church.  It has truly been an exciting, fulfilling, and faith building journey.  In the beginning we called it a church tour, we had some ministries that we had wanted to visit for a long time, but religious thinking and allow others to control our actions kept us from doing so.  It feels so good to just really be free in the Holy Spirit. 

In the beginning we created a list of things that we want God to do for us in this year.  The first thing on our list is Confirmation.  We wanted confirmation of our decision and on some other things in our lives and God has been more than faithful to fulfill our request.

It seems that every time we visited a place God would use somebody to say “restoration is coming to your house.”  I mean yesterday in service must have been about the 5th time God used somebody to speak to us concerning all that we’ve been through spiritually over the years, naturally, emotionally and the list goes on.  What I love about God is that He wanted to make sure that get the message of Him saying to us “I’m restoring you.”   Since the beginning of the year we’ve have been given specific words that pertain to us personally and to us as people of God as a whole.  I have truly come up, and so has the hubby J, in a level of faith.  I have learned what it means to be free in God even more than what I thought it could ever mean.  I have also learned that some people that I thought were with an for me and what is best for me really aren’t ; that is a hard thing to accept, but God is faithful to heal all hurt and pain from the past.  He even said that He is going deep to remove some things that I didn’t even realize I had allowed to set in. 

God is so mindful and attentive of us and He will stop at nothing to make sure that we get what He wants us to have if we stay faithful in seeking Him and what His will is for our life.  My husband and I have suffered a lot in “ministry” and for a long time we thought that it was all just a test.  What a relief to know that we were on the right track about some things and not just being rebellious.  When God begins to reveal His truths to you, nothing in you will accept any different from that, but when you’ve allowed yourself to be steeped in one way of thinking for so long, when truth comes, sometimes its hard to break free.   I’m grateful to God for His faithfulness, of which He does not owe any person, to continue to chase us just as we chase Him…Now I know the true meaning of “blessed are they which do hunger and thirsted after righteousness, for they shall be filled.”  Shall is a promise and God keeps, always keeps His promises.

So, I say to those who are struggling to come out of religious thinking, be encouraged.  Keep your ears bound to the voice of God, keep your eyes on God and be ready and willing, however scary it may be, to just trust God and step out on faith to do what He has instructed you to do.  He will not lead you astray and He only wants the best for you.  Now I won’t tell you that you won’t be tested by the enemy when you first step out there because he wants to try and convince you that you aren’t serious about God.  I will tell you that when the enemy comes, humble yourself under the hand of God, resist the devil and he will flee…and even better than that, as you continue to trust God, He will continue to prove Himself just because He loves you. 

It feels so good to finally be “HOME.’

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2012 in Spiritual Encouragement

 

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No More Religion

At first glance one would think that I am having a problem with God.  Not the case.

It is the complete opposite.  What I do have a problem with is the traditional way of doing things.  God began to deliver both my husband and I from  “religion” and “religious mind sets” a couple years ago.  Over the last 9 months He has really been opening our eyes to alot of things that concern us and what our place in Him should be.  I am one who has always believed and taught that God does not desire religion, but He desires relationship with us.  If we look back through the Bible we see where God spoke directly to those that He had relationship with.  He spoke and gave them direction, instruction and advice to those that sought to hear His voice, and those that had relationship with Him.

Most of the time we see where God gave instruction to people it was not always the popular or expected traditional thing to do.  God does not change, but His methods don’t always stay the same, I mean He is God so He can do that right? LOL!   For so many years people have been locked into a certain way of doing things, whether it be in our personal lives, in church, or ministry and even our work lives, but I wonder what would happen if we start to adopt a way of doing things for the reason of purpose, living life as God sees fit, and for the benefit of ministering to our family and friends; especially when it comes to those in our lives who don’t attend church.  How will we reach them with the love of Christ if all we do is sit up in church all the time? 

Now don’t get me wrong.  I believe that as believers we aren’t suppose to “forsake” the assembling of ourselves together.  For it is in fellowship with the brethren where we draw strength, hear from God and receive encouragement for a long anticipated week ahead, but we just can’t isolate ourselves from friends and family just because we have to “go to church” all of the time.  Jesus gave of His time to people in all situations, and we should be doing the same.  We show people who Jesus really is in our humanity.  Letting people see that believers are people that care enough about them to take off from “church” sometimes to minister to the needs of people whether it be naturally or spiritually.

Today is Christmas.  Normally my husband and I would already be at church making sure that everything in our respective “auxiliary” is in order.  We would probably be so aggrivated right now because since it is Christmas and “the world” is coming to church today, we want everything done in more excellence than normal, and getting no cooperation from the people around us, but we aren’t at church.  I’m sitting here with my laptop blogging, he is working on a photo project and I don’t feel any pressure to perform for people or any condemnation from others trying to make us feel guilty for not being there.  We recognize and realize that God is shifting us.  He has changed our thought process and the way we do things.  I know that there are those who would frown on “christians” not going to church on Christmas, but our being in service is not the grounds for our salvation from God or the basis of the relationship we have with Him. 

In a relationship you spend time with the one that has your heart.  You make time to talk to them and share your heart on a regular basis.  You find out what it is that’s important to them and you make it your business to make sure that they know that whatever is important to them is important to you.  Well, our relationship with God should be the same way.  We apply the word of God to our lives daily, spend time talking to Him and learning Him and His ways, and what pleases Him.  We have a mindset that matches His and practice those things on a regular basis to show Him that not only are we interested in Him, but truly interested in pleasing Him.

Religion on the other hand says go to church everytime your church has a service, make sure that you don’t put anything before God is what they tell us….but, let me help you with something, putting our family or even strangers before a church service is not putting them before God.  God has placed believers here to be reconcilers of people to Him and people to people and we cannot reach our family or other unchurched people if all we do is go to church evertime the doors open.  It is past time for us to be so in tune to the voice of God that He can direct us to do things differently than what is expected of us by man, and we not feel guilty about it.

Religion says “can’t nobody judge me but God” but a relationship with God says I want to think, act, respond, live, and be like Jesus all day everyday of my life.  God is still holy and He still expects us to be holy.  Now I didn’t say “spooky and deep” I said holy….simply put, whatever God considers sin so do we, and whatever calls right we call right.  It’s not in the clothes, the fine speech, or where we come from, but by grace are we saved through faith.  God wants relationship, and when we begin to tap into that relationship with Him, religion won’t have such a high place in our lives.

Merry Christmas to all and may you begin, if you haven’t already, walking in a real relationship with God and say….”No More Religion”

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2011 in General

 

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