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7/15/2021 "Life influences
7/14/2021 "My Hope is found in Christ Alone. (7/14/21)
7/13/2021 "July 13th "Being loved.
7/12/2021 "July 12th "Inappropriately dressed
7/11/2021 "Dreaming Up Great News Headlines
7/10/2021"Is Church attendance optional?
7/9/2021 "Are You Blinded By Sin?
7/8/2021 "Everyone should Spend Time With God Daily.
7/7/2021 "Finding Inspiration
7/6/2021 "I can feel God's presence everywhere.
7/5/2021 "God Reveals That He Is Real!
7/4/2021 "Happy Independence Day!🗽🇺🇸 🎆
7/3/2021 "Everyone Has A Purpose With God
7/2/2021 "When We Get To Heaven, We Will Know!
7/1/2021 "I Feel God's Presence In Difficult Times
6/30/2021 "God Chose Me!
6/29/2021 "My Hope is Found in Jesus Christ
6/28/2021 "I feel So Alive With Christ.
6/26/2021 "I Experience God
6/25/2021 "Casting Our Burdens On The Lord
6/24/2021 "Jesus Blood Was For My Guilt
6/23/2021 "Don't complain against God
6/22/2021 "Taking Care of The Holy Spirit's Temple
6/21/2021 "Glorify God With Good Works
6/19/2021 "Friendships With Other Believers.
6/18/2021 "Forgiveness
6/17/2021 "Listening For God's Voice
6/16/2021 "I Enjoy Spending Time With God.
6/15/2021 "God Is My Everything
6/14/2021 "Sin Seperates Us From God
6/12/2021 "Angels Exist
6/11/2021 "God's Laws Lead to Success!
6/10/2021 "Perfect Love Results in Boldness in Christ
6/9/2021 "I Run On God's Strength (God can outlast the Energizer!)
6/8/2021 "I Praise God With or without Healing.
6/7/2021 "By His Stripes We Are Healed
6/5/2021 "May Our Souls Prosper
6/4/2021 "God Loves Our Soul
6/3/2021 "Put On Praise Like A Garment
6/2/2021 "God Is The God That Heals
6/1/2021 "Regular Bible study is important.
5/31/2021 "Have a Safe Memorial Day!
5/30/2021 "Learning from a challenge
5/29/2021 "God pursues peace.
5/28/2021 "Give it if you have it
5/27/2021 "Keeping God's commandments in my heart
5/26/2021 "God protects the righteous.
5/25/2021 "Wisdom Helps Us Sleep
5/24/2021 "Wisdom and Understanding Are Very Valuable
5/23/2021 "Nicknames???
5/22/2021 "God Disciplines Like A Father
5/21/2021 "Put God First In All You Gain
5/20/2021 "Always Ask God First
5/19/2021 "Keep Mercy and Truth Around Your Neck
5/18/2021 "Keeping God's commandments in my heart
5/17/2021 "Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness
5/16/2021 "Making The World A Better Place
5/15/2021 "Bound By Our Own Sin
5/14/2021 "Pigs Gone Crazy
5/13/2021 "Wisdom Knows How To Give A Soft Answer
5/12/2021 "Happiness Glows
5/11/2021 "Don't fall asleep in church.
5/10/2021 "Jesus did not disrespect his mother.
5/9/2021 "May 9th - Language/ Happy Mother's Day!
5/8/2021 "Hell, You Don't Want To Go There!
5/7/2021 "God Is My Everything
5/6/2021 "Speak the Truth Humbly
5/5/2021 "Heaven Is A Beautiful Place
5/4/2021 "What Would Jesus do?
5/3/2021 "May 3rd, 2021 - Favorite Bible Character
5/2/2021 "Jesus Destroys the Devil’s Work
5/1/2021 "God Wants Us To Love Ourselves
4/30/2021 "Self-righteousness Is Sin
4/29/2021 "Ask God First
4/28/2021 "Jesus Writes Mercy and Truth On My Heart ❤️
4/27/2021 "My life Reflects Christ.
4/26/2021 "I Love Praising God.
4/24/2021 "In Christ Alone My Hope Is Found.
4/23/2021 "Reading the Bible Gives Me Peace
4/22/2021 "I’ll Live For Him Who Died For Me.
4/21/2021 "Be ready to share the Gospel
4/20/2021 "The Lord Delights in Me
4/19/2021 "Jesus Christ Heals
4/17/2021 "Share The Gospel With Others
4/16/2021 "God Is Most Humble
4/15/2021 "God Sets My Path Straight
4/14/2021 "God Gives Me My Desires
4/13/2021 "God Orders My Steps
4/12/2021 "God Rescues His Children
4/11/2021 "Remembering Christ's Benefits
4/10/2021 "God's blessings are True Blessings.
4/9/2021 "The Just Are Very Blessed.
4/8/2021 "I Am Very Blessed When God is First
4/7/2021 "Fear the Lord above all others.
4/6/2021 "God Is My Refuge. I Trust In Him.
4/5/2021 "Keeping Righteousness and Judgement
4/3/2021 "God's Correction Is God's Love
4/2/2021 "Faithful and Wise Servant
4/1/2021 "Luke, Like the Beatitudes
3/31/2021 "The Joyful Sound
3/30/2021 "Dwelling in God's House
3/29/2021 "Has God Chosen You?
3/27/2021 "Blessed To Help The Poor
3/26/2021 "Pride Comes Before The Fall
3/25/2021 "Keeping God’s Word
3/24/2021 "Taste And See That The Lord Is Good
3/23/2021 "One Nation Under God
3/22/2021 "Having no Guile
3/20/2021 "Salvation Is A Blessing
3/19/2021 "Blessed For Trusting In The Lord
3/18/2021 "Offended In Christ?
3/17/2021 "Law Of Liberty
3/16/2021 "Believing Without Seeing
3/15/2021 "1st Resurrection/2nd Death
3/14/2021 "Scripture writing - Galations 5:13-15
3/13/2021 "Watching And Waiting For Christ To Return
3/12/2021 "Seeking God With Our Whole Heart
3/11/2021 "Long-suffering God
3/10/2021 "Isaiah 56:1-2
3/9/2021 "Blessed Are They Who Do His Commandments!
3/8/2021 "Psalm 1:1-3
3/7/2021 "Scripture writing - Ephesians 4:22-28
3/6/2021 "Enduring Temptation
3/5/2021 "The Salt of the Earth
3/4/2021 "Blessed Are The Persecuted
3/3/2021 "Beatitudes 5, 6, and 7
3/2/2021 "Beatitudes 3 and 4
3/1/2021 "Beatitudes 1 and 2
2/27/2021 "Love Others As Yourself
2/26/2021 "Best place for a Christian at All Times
2/25/2021 "Say “No” To Fear
2/24/2021 "Benefits of God’s Child
2/23/2021 "Walking In His Will
2/22/2021 "The Lord Is My Shepherd
2/19/2021 "Adults Being Child-like?
2/18/2021 "How To Resist Sin
2/17/2021 "Failure Is Not an Option
2/16/2021 "Why does God Allow Suffering?
2/15/2021 "Jeremiah 2:31 Explained
2/14/2021 "Thoughts On Prayer
2/13/2021 "Proverbs 14:14 thoughts
2/11/2021 "Touching the Garment
2/10/2021 "Should I Study the Bible?
2/9/2021 "God Holds My Hand

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August 19, 2023 at 10:32pm
August 19, 2023 at 10:32pm
I gave the elderly neighbor notice that on August first I would stop providing care. It was hard at first, because I had to say, "No" when asked to do things after August 1st. Finally, a little over a week later, Hospice finally placed her in a facility. It was about 6 days after that before we knew if it was a permanent placement or not. In the meantime, I took care of her little Yorkie. It has been determined that since the dog had already bonded with me that I would take possession of her. The neighbor's daughter also gave me the title to her car. It needs some work and has high milage, but it runs. God continues to provide my needs.

Another thing that has been up in the air is if we are moving or not. Our lease is up for renewal and rent is going up another $65 per month. So, this has been a tough decision to make as my roommate and I like living where we are. I think we are going to stay put, but their are still a couple of factors that could change that. So, continued prayers are appreciated.

I have been spending a lot of time this month just trying to recover and rest. This whole ordeal really took a toll on me mentally, emotionally, and physically. Thank God ts is finally coming to an end.
July 19, 2023 at 11:10pm
July 19, 2023 at 11:10pm
As you know, I have been caring for my elderly neighbor. She is on hospice but has been relying heavily on me for care. It is just getting to be too much for me. I will be giving her a notice that I will no longer be her caregiver as of August first. Prayers for me as I deal with this situation, and prayers that she will accept it and get the proper care she needs and be placed in a long-term care facility are much needed. I have tried to avoid having to give up on her care until I knew someone else would care for her, but she has to make that decision for herself and by me giving her notice she will have time to get other arrangements set up. If she fails to do so, it's on her. It breaks my heart to have to do it this way.
June 6, 2023 at 11:30pm
June 6, 2023 at 11:30pm

It's been a while since I have been able to be as active as desired. Life got kind of crazy. I have been trying to run my own multi-level marketing businesses, take care of my roommate, take care of my elderly neighbor (who I might add is requiring more and more care), keep both households clean, run all the errands and make the doctor visits for everyone. Needless to say, after several months of this, I am worn out. Plus, also consider that I have my own health issues.

I am in the process of making personal adjustments to get my life back on track and more manageable. I have learned that I am not Super Woman, or I need a new cape because the one I currently have is no longer working. (ha-ha)

Anyway, the elderly lady is on at-home hospice care which is pretty similar to home health care only it's hospice. Tomorrow, she is supposed to go to a facility for respite care. I am hoping they are able to evaluate her and realize that she does not need to be living by herself anymore. I just can no longer provide her with proper care that she needs. I am praying they keep her. I honestly don't think she will last much longer either way. She continues to grow weaker by the day. I hope I don't sound cold, but I honestly need someone to step up and take this responsibility off my shoulders. It's about knowing my limits.

I plan to make a diet plan and schedule to hopefully help manage the rest of it. It may take me a little time to fully recover. I hope and pray after that I can spend more time on WDC again. Life just got to be overwhelming. I would appreciate the prayers.
November 7, 2022 at 12:01pm
November 7, 2022 at 12:01pm
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November 3rd prompt
write about your favorite character in the Bible.

I think my favorite character in the Bible has always been David. For some reason, I have always felt I could relate to him in some way, especially in the Psalms.

November 4th prompt
Choose 2 scripture verses that you like really well to write about.

My favorite is Psalms 37:23-24
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.
What an awesome promise!

The first scripture I ever learned when I was in kindergarten was Romans 3:23
For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.

November 5th prompt
Is it right to say, "No!" when someone ask for help? Why or why not?

I struggle with this one personally. I desire to help everyone. It is hard for me to say no. I want to love everyone with the love of Jesus, but I cause myself to feel completely poored out because I need to learn to say no more often.

November 7th prompt
Do you fear God? Why or why not?

The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom. Yes, I fear God in a reverential way. He gave me life and he can take it away. Like a child loves and adores their parent and wants to be just like them, is how I love God. I fear him enough to obey him. I don't want to offend him or hurt him because I love him. When you are in a relationship with anyone, you don't want to hurt or offend them. That can hurt your relationship with them. It is the same with God. I don't ever want him to be so angry at me that he turns his back on me, and that is Biblical.

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November 2, 2022 at 7:05pm
November 2, 2022 at 7:05pm
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I believe in angels. Some people may think I am crazy when I tell them I have seen them more than once in my life. They are messengers and servants of God. There is a scripture where someone was going to worship the angel before them but they told them not to do so because they are fellow servant of God just as the man was. It is a beautiful thing if you ever get the experience to see an angel worship God. It is hard to put into words, but I have seen it. The love and true adoration the angel showed toward God completely changed the way I myself worship him. What a privalage for us to be able to enter into God's presence in praise and prayer. Yes, even while we are here on earth. He is here with us. Sometimes the experience with an angel can be so glorious and overwhelming, you can't even put it into words. However, I can say this. Know that God loves you. His love is overwhelming and overtaking. His love is glorious. His love is amazing and hard to comprehend.

Angels are not to be worshipped. Angels are spiritual beings. They are real. They are helpers. They protect us. They watch over us. They are entertained by us. They stand before God daily.

These are all the things that pop into my head at the moment.
November 1, 2022 at 12:45pm
November 1, 2022 at 12:45pm
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As we move into November, Thanksgiving is the next holiday. This holiday is not as controversial to Christians as Halloween. Do you believe a Christian should celebrate Thanksgiving? If you do, how do you plan to celebrate this year?

I believe that most of our "holidays" it seems have pagan roots. Yes, even Thanksgiving has pagan roots. If you do the research, you can find that out. I think what matters most is what is on your heart. I think Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on your blessings and give God praise. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

I feel kind of bad for blogging myself for a while, but life got crazy. I am going to try to get better at least on this blog. I should also share my thoughts with you. It is sharing one another's thoughts and examining ourselves that we are able to grow together spiritually. I appreciate your patience and understanding.

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August 8, 2022 at 5:01pm
August 8, 2022 at 5:01pm
These are just some random thoughts today. I have allowed myself to become overwhelmed. I am a person who aspires to do a lot of things all at once. For a while I seem to move along just fine with everything, moving back and forth from one project to the next. Then something in life happens to upset the applecart so to speak, and I seem to fall apart and get behind. Then I get overwhelmed.

I take care of my roommate who is disabled. I also have some health issues of my own. I take care of our elderly dog. I have a Pampered Chef business and a Tupperware business. I also sell handmade craft items. I have my duties here on Writing.com which I enjoy. I like to stay busy and occupied.

Then along comes and elderly neighbor and her adorable little dog. I love to help others. I did offer my neighbor assistance when needed. However, it has become more of a burden than I wanted. Now she depends on me as if I was her daughter. She can be demanding, smothering and obsessive at times, even possessive. I realize she is lonely. I don't want to hurt her feelings, but I do not wish to be responsible for her. I am just trying to be a good friend and neighbor. I try to love others with the love of Jesus. She will sometimes pay me to do stuff for her and she is good about giving me a ride when needed. I definitely don't want to lose the transportation aspect because I don't have a car of my own. I have gotten myself in between a rock and a hard place with her.

Anyway, a couple of months ago, my neighbor broke her hip and left rehab AMA after having a surgery to repair the broken hip. I have tried to be there for her and help her. It's no surprise she is still having issues with the hip. I have had to pick her up out of the floor a couple of times since she broke her hip. She has a follow-up doctor's appointment Wednesday. I am at a point where I wonder if I am truly helping her. I think she takes advantage of my kindness.

I have tried communicating with her daughter. Her daughter and her have a strained relationship. So that has gotten a whole lot of nowhere because they have a hard time getting along. In fact, the neighbor has tried to place me between her and her daughter because she is afraid her daughter will place her in a nursing home. Here I am in a place I don't want to be and not completely sure how we got here.

Then I am hard on myself because I don't feel like I am able to keep up with it all. I am behind on my house cleaning and have neglected my business a couple of days just trying to catch up. Then I ended up having an autoimmune flare up probably due to the stress of it all. I am left feeling frustrated and exhausted.

I want to keep up with my writing, and I am briefly jumping on here every day that I can. I am trying to keep up with emails and other things. However, it appears I may have accidently overlooked some. For that, I am sorry.

This is going to probably sound bad, but I was exposed directly to someone who tested positive for Covid Friday. I am actually thankful to have a few days of quarantine. I have to quarantine with my roommate because she is very high risk. However, that means I have a few days to stay in and just focus on my own responsibilities. If I don't get sick, maybe I can play a little bit of catchup.

...Pray for me...

I share all of this not to complain, but because I know I am not the only one who struggles. Life has its ups and downs no matter how "good" you try to be. We all fail. We are all human. I thank God that I don't have to face life's problems alone because I have his Holy Spirit with me. Sometimes, things meant by Satan to harm us can be God's way of giving us exactly what we need at that time.
July 23, 2022 at 8:19pm
July 23, 2022 at 8:19pm

July 2022:
(Getting extra personal this month-lol)

Do you care what others think of you?
To an extent. However, for the most part, no! People will think what they will.

Are you easily influenced by others?
I like to think that I am not. I have been accused of being a bit of a rebel.

How is your relationship with your parents?
They are deceased. However, when they were alive, it was very complicated, dysfunctional, and toxic.

Do you believe in soul mates?

What are the 3 most important things in a relationship?
Love, trust, peace

Can you accept people for who they are?
yes, but I don't always have to associate with them.

Do you feel accepted?
In some circles, yes. Other times, not so much.

Is there a relationship in your life you would like to change?
Yes, my neighbor drives me crazy. I care and want to help within reason, but wish I knew how and what bounderies to set with her. She can be quite difficult and demanding at times.

How would you change it?
As I stated above, I would establish better boundaries with her.

How do you fit into your family? What is your role?
That's a very good question. At this point, I don't know.

Your family is always the people you are related to.
Sometimes close friends are closer than blood relatives.

Which non-relatives do you consider family?
My best friend, Sheila.

Do you have any toxic friendships in your life? How can you deal with this?
I tend to attract the under dogs. So, yes, I sometimes end up with toxic friendships. Truthfully, I remind myself that Christ thought they were to die for and that every human on earth has value. They are here for a purpose.

Do you find it easy to apologize to others?
Most of the time when I truly feel an apology is owed.

Are you a good listener?
I try to be, but I know I can improve.

Have your views on love changed since you were a teenager? If so, why?
I know a lot more than I did back then. I can't say my views on love have changed too much though. I have just become smarter and wiser regarding it.

Are you a secretive person? Do you find it easy to confide in other people?
I am pretty much what you see is what you get. I don't always confide in others, but I am not completely private either. Just look at my Facebook page. lol

Who are you closest to in your family and why?
My cousin Teresa, who is also a writer on here because she is the one, I talk to the most.

Who knows you the best?
Sheila, my best friend

Do you share the same values as other members of your family?

Is there a big difference between your values and those of the older members of your family?
Somewhat, but it's hard to explain.

Are you attracted to the same personality type as yourself or the opposite?
I am attracted to both I think.

What one thing do you wish someone would say to you?
Would you like some help with that?

Do you make friends easily?

Who did you last spend quality time with? Why do you think you connect well with that person?
My best friend, Sheila. We have known each other from high school.

Do you think you are fairly judged by others?
No, I am frequently misunderstood.

Is there someone in your life you should be spending more time with?
I should probably spend more time with Sheila.

Is there someone you should be spending less time with?
Cathy and John

Have you ever loved someone who didn’t love you back? How did that make you feel?
Yes, it is deeply hurtful and life changing.

Have you ever betrayed a friend?
Sometimes life requires us to make hard decisions we don't want to make. Yes, unfortunately, but we have since made up.

Have you ever been betrayed by a friend?
More than once

Have you ever felt controlled by another person?
More than I care to mention

Who, in your life makes you feel special?
Sheila and Alex

Who can you share comfortable silences with?

Who are you most like in your family?
I am not sure and not sure I want to know

Do you think people look up to you?
A lot of times, yes

Who can calm you down?

Who are you not afraid to be yourself with?
anyone. I am who I am.

Do you think it is important, to be honest with people even if that honesty causes pain?
Most of the time, yes. A lie hurts worse than the truth if it is discovered.

Do you have friends who have different backgrounds from you? Do you feel this is important?
yes and yes

Who would you turn to in a crisis?

Have you ever been afraid of another person? How did you deal with this?
Yes, more than I care to mention. Avoid that person and situation if you can. Either that, find out where your edge is and use it for all you are worth.

Do you ever feel sad about people you have lost touch with who were once important to you? of course

How do you think your work colleagues feel about you?
I think most of them like me.

How do you feel about them? Do you have good working relationships?
Yes, I have good work relationships.

Do you feel that you need more encouragement from others?
Not necessarily, but it is nice to receive it.

Can you communicate well in a relationship? Do you talk out your problems?
I like to think I am a good communicator, and of course I talk them out. :)

Have you ever lied or cheated in a relationship? Did you come clean?
Yes, and yes, I came clean.

Do you regret it now?

What are your best traits?
my smile, kindness, creative, resourceful

What are your worst traits?
my temper scares even me.

What is the biggest compliment you have ever received?
I saved a child's life when it was choking and was called a hero.

What do you need to make you feel safe?
God and my faith in Jesus Christ

Where is your safe place?
Is there really a "safe" place?
At home

What do you worry about?
I try not to worry, but mostly about the safety and well-being of the people I love the most.

Do you worry too much? How can you deal with this?
I don't think I do. If I feel myself getting overly worried, I pray until I feel better.

What is your favorite song? What does it mean to you?
I have many favorite songs. I guess if I have to pick just one, it would be "Amazing Love".

What is your greatest accomplishment?
Graduating high school and technical trade school

What are you most thankful for?
Jesus' sacrifice on the cross

What would your ideal day be?
Hmm! Good question. I guess I would have gotten plenty of sleep the night before. I would have my Bible reading and prayer time. I would exercise and eat healthy and feel satisfied. I would spend some time with Sheila. I would spend time here on WDC. I would do what I needed to do for my businesses and work on my crafts some.

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July 19, 2022 at 9:57pm
July 19, 2022 at 9:57pm
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July 19, 2022
Write about your most recent Bible reading or study/devotion.

I was reading in 1 Kings, but then I felt led by the Holy Spirit to read some chapters in the New Testament. I have been asking God how I should go about praying for healing of my health issues. I was led to where Jesus prayed at the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus prayed, "If it be thy will, let this cup pass from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done." I think God wants us to ask him for healing with faith, but reality is that not everyone is healed instantaneously. We know God is capable of healing us since he created us. We don't always know the reason for our illnesses and suffering. We can know that God will be glorified rather it was for our sin, someone else's sin, to teach us, or for ministry or testing. We can be sure good will become of it even if we don't see it or understand it right now. So instead of demanding or trying to manipulate God, we yield to his will. Father, if it be your will, let this illness, problem, or heartache pass from me. Nevertheless, not my will but yours be done. In the meantime, God will be there with you through it all. We are to live in his presence at all times even if we don't feel like he is there. If I live or die, I am in his presence, and he is in control. Are you willing to suffer and be uncomfortable to be in his presence and in his will? I am.

May 30, 2022 at 12:30pm
May 30, 2022 at 12:30pm
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In your opinion, what is the best Christian movie you have seen and why?

I Am Not Ashamed is the best so far that I have seen. Here is the review of it that I wrote in my Rising Star program, "Review of I Am Not Ashamed.

How has God provided for you lately?

He has provided food, shelter, clothing. He is my constant and steady companion. He is my help when I need him. He is my anchor. He is my everything. What has he not provided? He provides my everything!

Do something for someone to show them you value them like Jesus values them, and then write about the experience. What did you do? How did it make you feel? How did the other person respond? Etc...

I try to do this with everyone every day. Today, I helped an elderly neighbor when they had fallen out of bed. Yesterday, I carried in her groceries. I try to put other's needs before my own within reason. Most of the time it is well received. Rarely, I get a negative reaction sometimes. It always makes me feel good to love others.

Write about someone you can share your faith with during the month of June. How will you approach them? Write out a plan. What are your concerns and what can you do about them? etc...

This is a good question even for me. There are a lot of people I know that don't know the Lord like I do. I am doing 2 network marketing businesses, and I can't help but notice the similarities in Christian soul winning. I think one of these days I need to write about how Christianity and network marketing are similar. It's really rather interesting when you think about it.

I would like to use my new network marketing skills to witness to others. There is a lot of negativity associated with it, but it isn't all bad. I am learning so much. Even if I don't make a lot of money at it, I value the things and skills I am learning from it. That in itself is worth the investment to get started in the business of network marketing.

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