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Why does God allow children to suffer?

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This is a very difficult subject that I would like to talk about today. It’s about children suffering. Yesterday I watched a YouTube video of beheaded children and families. I was horrified. I don’t why I watched it…but I did. Then that same night someone my husband and I know has a child born to their family who has a very severe illness and this child has suffered greatly.  A few years ago someone else we know had a child born with a congenital heart defect who suffered for 3 years and eventually passed away. There are many other stories of children and adults who have suffered greatly.

The big question for many people who have experienced this kind of suffering is…”why would God allow this?” This is a power packed question and I believe God doesn’t mind if we ask it.

God is a mystery. His mysteriousness is somewhat revealed dimly to those who are believers in Jesus Christ but is a complete mystery to those who are not Christians.  There is no human who can understand why God allows certain things to go on and why He does what He does. This is the mystery of God. The more that you try to understand why…  the more confused and bewildered you will become.

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One of my children had a massive brain injury when he was born and has cerebral palsy as a result. Doctors said he may never walk or talk. I was given a miracle from God and my son graduated college at the top of his class and walks without assistance. I have seen many other children affected by cerebral palsy and they are in a wheel chair. Of course I thank God for what He did for my son…but my heart has always gone out for those more afflicted with this disability. I’ve ask myself why was my son healed and others were not.  When Jesus was on earth He didn’t heal everybody…..

Mark 6:5 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them.

One of the greatest evangelists in the bible Paul ask for a healing 3 times and did not get healed on earth.

2 Corinthians 12:9 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

When really bad things happen to people through some kind of catastrophe… people get really mad at God and blame Him….but they don’t seem to pay much attention sometimes to all the good things He has done in their lives over the years.

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Job 2:10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.

I have had a lot of really bad things happen in my life…too much to discuss in this blog today…but I tell you I’m going to trust God until the end of my life because God has given me the strength to handle all the horrible trials in my life and He promises me great rewards for being faithful to trust Him.  The greatest reward will be living with Him forever and never experiencing any more pain and suffering.suffering child 5

Children who die go to heaven!!! From the second they breathe their last breath… they are in the arms of Jesus and they are experiencing the greatest love one can only try to imagine.

Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

In the bible when David’s son was ill… he prayed really hard for His child to get well. David’s son died anyway. David said that his child will never come back to him…but he will go to his child which he knew was in heaven.

About the Children who are suffering on earth right now…I have no direct answers about that because that goes into the why and only God knows why. I do know that He cares about each and every one of His children and will provide you with the strength you need.   Maybe not get out of your very hard trial but to get through it.

If you’re not a Christian…then you’re completely on your own and without supernatural help from above….BUT you can make a decision today to repent from you sins and accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. Please don’t let your anger at God get in the way of this important and life changing decision.

Evil came into this world because of Adam and Eve. When they were disobedient…they opened up Pandora’s Box and all hell broke loose on this earth. All suffering is a result of that unfortunate event. Bad things happen to every living human being…no exceptions.

In the Book of Job in the bible…All of Job’s children died….He lost his health and he lost his wealth!!  He didn’t understand why.  Even his wife and friends were quite puzzled.  Even though Job whined about it he didn’t curse God and remained faithful.

If you are suffering right now with some great tragedy…my heart goes out to you!!  I wish I could take away your pain.  I can’t solve your problems through this blog today…but I can tell you about a problem solver and His name is Jesus Christ.  Ask Him for help and strength today.  ( Please read 1 Peter 5:7 this scripture will help you greatly. Do what it says do!)

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalms 23:4

Dear God,

The person reading this blog today may need your help. I ask you to please help them, strengthen them and guide them. Speak to them through your Holy Word the Bible. I pray the Holy Spirit will comfort them. Heal them or that special person in their life. In Jesus name I pray….Amen.

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Why Pray?

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I‘ve struggled with this question on and off during my Christian walk.  But ever since I did a blog on predestination a few weeks ago I have been like…”why pray if God has already predetermined everything.  I’ve been thinkin’…”God’s gonna do what God’s gonna do”.

I wasn’t happy about my recent way of thinking and so I’ve been praying to God for clarification about my question….”why pray?” This is what the Spirit opened my eyes to…..

The first answer I received and that was made very clear to me is… because God commands us to in His word.  I was like…”duh!”  I know that but I wasn’t thinking that at the moment. So it kinda hit me upside the head…like thump…duh!  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests…..  (Ephesians 6:18)

My second answer is because something happens to US when we pray.  We receive peace which will keep our heart and mind in check.  If our heart and mind are protected… then the devil will not be able to penetrate it and we will not become weak, depressed, and discouraged. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

 

We are not puppets.  God allows us to make chooses and we must pray to make biblical choices for ourselves.

We are not puppets. God allows us to make choices and we must pray so we can make good biblical decisions for ourselves.

 

 

My third answer is that we can receive good gifts from God our Father if we ask Him.  Good gifts doesn’t necessarily mean money, things or anything you ask Him for…but gifts that line up with His word, His will and purpose for our life.  It could be provisional things, emotional things, material things or spiritual things.   I know for a fact that it will be good and what is BEST for us from God’s perspective. If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! (Mathew 7:11)

My forth reason to pray is to stay focused so you will keep from doubting.  When you take your eyes off of the Lord you will get a sinking feeling.  Fear will rush right in… so you pray often to stay focused on who can really help and support you. Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. (Daniel 6:10)

My fifth reason for praying is that it shows Father God that you are trusting in His ability to take care of you.  It’s telling God that you trust in Him, respect His authority in your life and that He”is” the supreme ruler.  This sets off something in God’s mind and He Said’s to the other two of the trinity(Jesus and Holy Spirit)…”My daughter/son believes everything about me.  They have faith in us and believe that We are powerful.  I want to bless them because I see them as righteous in their heart and mind.  I want to bless them because I love them so.”…. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16)

God can and does do amazing things when we pray.  I have MANY instances of amazing answered prayer but for the sake time which would result in me writing a book on the subject… I’ll tell you one great true story.

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After having 3 children which were all girls I became a committed Christian and for some reason I felt like my husband and I should have a son.  I never wanted one before…but after reading about God’s Son I wanted one.  For many years my husband and I tried but no pregnancy.  I discovered I had large fibroid tumor and no chance of pregnancy but I didn’t let that stop me from asking God for a son. 6 long years went by and no child.  I prayed like you would not believe.

When I tell you I begged God….I begged really bad.  I told Him that He had a Son so He must think it’s important.  I continued my begging and then it happened….I’ll leave out the details LOL!…but I knew the day my prayers were answered!!  I did get pregnant and God told me to name my son…Joshua.  The events surrounding His is birth is a story for another blog…but I tell you this… next month my son Joshua will be 30 years old.  I believe with all my heart that God blessed me with something I wanted really bad because I really believed that God could do it.  I believe it was His good pleasure to give me something I really wanted.  He doesn’t always do that with me because I would be a spoiled brat and I know that in my heart of hearts.

There are a few strange things about our prayer connection to God I’d like to share.  God collects our tears.  Yup… He keeps our every tear we shed in prayer…good and bad.  Our prayers mean something to Him.  They are important because we are important to Him!!!!   His ears hears our prayers, He is not far from us, He will never leave us and He covers us with His feathers, He keeps eyes on us and here is how He does it….He uses angels….and this is our greatest help for answered prayer….the power of HOLY SPIRIT!  God is all over us so ….Why pray?  Because we are going to get help because God preplanned for us to get help and our needs met in our lives. That’s why we 1Peter 5:7 casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you.

Will we fully understand the question…why pray in light of God’s sovernity?  Absolutely not!  There are MANY MANY things that we’ll never understand about our Father God because we are human and imperfect.  But one day…we will see Him face to face….we will experience the “I AM” and we will know and understand the mysteries of God.  Until then….we need to continually pray to Him.  Not only pray but…trust Him.

 

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P.S. – Here is a great true bible story of answered prayer….learn and gleam from it:

 

2 Kings 20:1-7 In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.

Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, saying,

I beseech thee, O Lord, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.

And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lord came to him, saying,

Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord.

And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.

And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

 

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Let’s all pray all the time without stopping. We need to do this for God?….No We need to pray for us!!

Getting intimate with God through Worship

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To get a glimpse of God or to understand this prayerful worship is this….You can know God from your knowledge of the bible…but it isn’t until you worship in the secret place of the most high that you can truly experience the mental, physical and emotional  connection with God.  This kind of worship and prayer along with the intense presence of the Holy Spirit allows us to have a very intimate relationship with God our Father.

This type of prayer is different from other kinds of prayer because it involves not only thinking and speaking to God, but you move into a very deep spiritual connection that allows you to feel Gods presence to the point that you forget about yourself and everything around you.  It’s just you and Him.  This kind of prayer makes you want to cry your heart out in love for God or you may want to lie out on the floor face down.    You may want to lie very still and be taken over by the Holy Spirit and be one with God.  You may feel like you’re in a trance and God is ministering to you and speaking to you.  He could give you a vision or give you a song that you know or one you never heard of before.  You will experience the Glory of God and during this time you will feel like nothing in the world can harm you.  You will feel extreme love from Him and very relaxed in your spiritman.

To pray and worship God this way you need to get ALONE with Him.  It would be great if nobody was home or you could be alone in a room.  This is a very special time…just with you and Him…nobody else.  Some people may feel uncomfortable praying this way and I can understand that.  But this relationship supersedes all other relationships and if one can be intimate with their husband…this relationship truly surpasses it.  This is our God the Supreme Being in the universe, creator of everything and ruler over all and He is so in love with me and you!  We just don’t get the majesty of Him but we do get a small glimpse and supernatural experiences when we get into our secret prayer closet.

So why am I telling you all this very personal stuff?  Because I want you to experience God like I have.  I’m not special…I just love God so so so much and I open myself up and let go and let God have His way with me.  I told God a long time ago that I want to know and experience everything thing that a human being can experience with Him.  There use to be a TV commercial for a bath water softener that said” Calgon… take me away”.  I’ve said that to the Lord….” Lord… take me away!”  Tell me everything and show me everything about yourself.

 This life….our world….our existence is….ALL ABOUT HIM!!!!  HE IS EVERYTHING!!!  WE OWE HIM EVERYTHING!!!!  None of this stuff down here on earth is as important as He is!!!  We just don’t always remember or can’t grasp the fact that this is not our home…we are passing through on our way to the greatest thing that will ever happen to us….eternal life with our God!!!!

Just thinking about all God is and what He’s done for us makes me want to cry out from depths of my heart…”I love you God!!!”  Thank you Jesus!!!  We can’t even thank Him enough….all we can do is cry out our love and appreciation.  We need to live our lives for Him so that we can bring glory to His Holy name.

I want to worship God in the deepest way I can.  The more I worship God the less afraid I feel about getting through this difficult journey of life.  I’m feeling this message very deeply.  I feel the Holy Spirit is leading me to write this message today.  I am stepping out on a limb with this message because it’s extremely personal but I feel led to give it.  The cure and the answer for the Church…which is you and I is to love God very deeply.   We should humble ourselves….. worship the Lord….and love Him from deep inside our heart.  Stop all the busyness.  All the running all over the place…get off that cell phone….turn off the TV sometimes….cut back on all the extra activities and get to the secret place and worship the Lord your God.  Time is running out.  Catastrophes are happening so fast and furious that nobody is promised 1 more day of life.  We must seek God and get others to seek God with all their heart.

This Supernatural Being is our God and Father.  We should …in our mind and heart…be on our face before Him bowed down in a very humbled position because… who are we really?  We are His humbled servants and this is what we will be doing in heaven.  Every knee will bow to God… but who is willing to do it now….when this act of humility will impress God the most because we have never seen His face but we believe everything about Him.  Oh people of God…..let’s worship Him now.

In the days to come….I feel God will be giving me messages for this season in human history.  We all see the signs and we all sense that something is going on.  All eyes should be on God.  We should all be looking to the Hills.  I feel urgency in my spirit today unlike I’ve never felt before.  Oh Lord…my God….I do so worship you!  I bow before you and give you all the honor and praise that you deserve.

 “Lord…help us to see the seriousness of the times and help us to know how much we need to worship you.  Holy Spirit help us in our worship of God.  Help us to have a humble servants heart and attitude.  Help us to completely let go in our secret prayer closet and get into that place of deep worship.  Thank you for all you’ve done and will do for us….in Jesus name …Amen”

God rewards those who diligently seek him or in other words…..sincerely or earnestly look for Him!

 

Oh no Lord!!! Do I really need a makeover?

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Jeremiah 18: 1-4 1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2 “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.

Did you ever see those makeover shows on TV and the person comes out looking like a hot mess and then “woola!” they come back out and they look amazing?  Well God does makeovers like that too.  We can be a spiritual hot mess….but the master has all the right stuff to make us beautiful inside…..a makeover.

God said to me today I need a makeover, a remolding, a renewal, a refreshing, a change and a reshaping. No He was not talking about my full figure self ( well maybe that too) but me as a child of God, who I am as a person…..my attitude, my emotional self, my mind, my behavior, well….all of me. OUCH! I recently read this scripture Psalms 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:  I said to myself no way because I know that there are things I don’t want to face about myself and then wait for a trial that the Master will use to fix me.

Even as I write this I feel bad about thinking that way. I have a lot of trials going on in my life right now so I don’t want any extra test and trials….but wait…….these ARE the trials and test that are remolding me!!! ….Whew!  I’m wiping my brow right now! I have told the Lord to change anything He doesn’t like about me in the past during intense prayer.

This is why I need to get into that secret place with the Lord because when I am that deep in His presence I am so much more submissive to His will because I feel His powerful presence ….I’m more aware of my weak flawed flesh. I’m so humbled before my almighty Father. His Holiness is too much for me to even gaze at. God looks at my heart when I’m deep in the spirit of prayer and He finds things and reveals them to me then I confess my sins to Him and Jesus forgives me. He will fix the problems we have through trials and test so you will learn to not do the negative sinful things again. Come on now…. you know how we humans are….let’s be real…I know I’m not the only one. I want to do right things all the time but like it says in the bible…..the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. (Matt.26:41).

I wrote this poem in 1992:

Potter’s Wheel

 

Help! I’m on the potter’s wheel again

It seems to have no beginning

It seems to have no end

Help me to have patience, perseverance, obedience, and trust

If you don’t help me Lord

I feel I will bust

I’m spinning you see, almost out of control

I can see you’ll get the Glory

As my Story unfolds

Your tender mercy, is just what I need

With your amazing Grace

I know I’ll succeed

Message for today:  Don’t jump off the potter’s wheel….hold on……trust the Master’s skills…..Pray for endurance while He works on you!  I can tell you with 100% assurance we will come out PERFECT in the end. Are you ready for your makeover?

Do you have on your good pajamas ?

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1 Thessalonians 4:17 After that,  we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

As soon as I began to pray today the Lord said to me He is coming back soon!! ….Very soon. We are going to be caught up. I kept hearing that word in my mind “caught up”. I have a charm bracelet with many charms on it and sometimes depending on what I have on it can be tricky wearing my bracelet.  I’ll raise my arm and my blouse will be caught up in the charms and snatch my blouse up with the bracelet in an instant.

That’s how we are going to be caught up with Jesus. First our loved ones who have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior will be caught up and then all living believers will go. This will happen instantly. Are you ready?..…are your family and friends ready?….. Have you told other people about Jesus so they can be caught up?

Do you have your good pajamas on?  Let me explain this statement. When my children were little I taught them about the rapture and every night before they went to bed I would say: “do you have your good pajamas on because Jesus might come back tonight”. I would try to make them so excited about His return. Of course we know Jesus can come back at anytime day or night, but it was my special thing I did with my kids. Therefore stay alert, because you do not know the day or the hour” (Matt.25:13)

Message for Today:  Don’t get ready….be ready for the Lord’s return.

Remember the story of the 10 virgins  (Matthew 25:1-13)

Note from my heart- There has been much talk lately about the day Jesus will return and the Bible is very very clear that nobody knows.  But God gave us clues in the bible. As a prayer intercessor I sence this and I know there are others out there who feel this too……it will be very soon. There are too many things going on right now on this planet not to figure this out. Truly these times are like a woman in the last stages of labor.  Pray fervently everyday for people to believe in Jesus Christ….time is running out…..I can hear the Lords footsteps…….getting louder, coming closer…..my heart beats hard with anticipation. The bridegroom is coming for His bride. Are you ready……. Do you have your good pajamas on?

The Supernaturalness of God

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1 Corinthians 2:9-10

9However, as it is written:

“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”
the things God has prepared for those who love him—

10these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.    

A website’s dictionary meaning of the word supernaturalness is:  a quality being attributed to power that seems to violate or go beyond natural forces.  I would like to add….. That man can understand or explain.

In my prayer time with the Lord this morning I experienced the supernatural with God. I have physical manifestations and I can feel what feels like oil being poured on my forehead. I have had this phenomenon happen a year after accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. I had this happen this morning. I also saw several visions. Some visions were of people I am to pray for and one vision was a white dove flying.
God presence was on me in a powerful way….it was real…..I felt it and it is unexplainable in human terms. I have held peoples hands when I was praying and they have told me they felt what they described as electricity from my hand to theirs. I have told people things that I could not possibly have known. Does this happen to me all the time…….”no”…..Does this mean I’m special…..”No way”. God is no respecter of persons and He uses all His children in different ways. If you are available to God He WILL use you.

To understand the supernatualness of God you have to study the bible carefully and understand His attributes and then you have to spend time in prayer and God WILL reveal Himself to you by the power of the Holy Spirit. You must seek Him and trust Him. When it comes to having this supernatraul relationship with the Lord I trusted Him like a little child with his father. I didn’t question God a lot I just wanted more and more of Him and He kept doing more things in my spiritual life and showing me more visions.

I WANTED MORE OF GOD SO BAD that for the first about 7 years of my born again life I prayed up to 8 hours a day almost every day. My husband understood because God was doing special things in a different way with Him. Family members thought I was a little strange. I would not answer the phone or go out at during those prayer times.

There is no other Being like God in the WHOLE universe!!!!!  He is unique, different, unusual……He is nothing that we can even begin to imagine or explain. He is superpowerful and can create things out of thin air and make anything disappear. He can make people…look in the mirror. He makes planets and galaxies. He can speed up time or slow it down or make it disappear because He has no time constraints. God is awesome!!

And guess what……..I’m His daughter……this powerful awesome supernatural God is my Father! And if you are a child of God He’s yours too.

I thank God for my special time with Him this morning. I so pray what I have shared with you today although it might be a little strange and personal will inspired you to hunger after God and ask Him to reveal Himself to in a much deeper way than you are use to communicating with Him. He is gentle patient and kind and would never force Himself on anyone or make you feel uncomfortable. Trust Him like a child. Open you arms and cry out for your Abba Father. Our Dad is there to be everything a supernaturall father can be to you….if you let Him.  God bless you I’m praying for you!

Message for today:  Yes God is supernatural but even so He can and is so willing to reveal Himself to you. He can do this through the power of the Holy Spirit and because of the sacrifice of His precious and only Son Jesus Christ who bridged that gap between you and God and put you in a right place to receive blessings.

3 Things God has given us for our well being

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Psalms 91: 11, 12  For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

Today God reminded me of 3 wonderful gifts that He has given me. There are many others but this is what I needed to hear today.

Angels have many duties for God and one of their duties is to take care of me….and you.  I could list out the many things angels have done for us in the past but you might want to do your own study because it’s a lot of examples in the bible. God wants me to know He has provided SUPERNATURAL assistance for us 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year…. for every second of our living here on earth. That is awesome people!!! How special is that? Wow!

The next thing He told me this morning is He has put EVERTHING we need to know about Him and life in the bible. The bible is the bestselling book in the world! It has survived the most critical scrutiny and is still powerful because it is the living word of God. Once you read it it’s in your mind and heart and the Holy Spirit will bring the word of God right back to your mind when you need it.  Oh I so needed to remember this today.  Thank you Lord!

So let’s see….we have angels….the living word of God…the bible and we have love.  Love is a gift God gave the world.  (John 3:16) He gave us and show’s us what love is and we are able to give and receive love. I think if we as humans don’t receive love we would get very depressed and eventually lose our mind. ( To get love we need to give love….a little hint for today)

This morning as God is ministering to me I feel His love and not only His love but other love that He’s given me through other people on earth…my very loving husband, my wonderful adult children who have been showing me soooo much love(thank you..I love you too) my parents, family and friends.

Because of the message the Lord has given me today I feel good in my heart right now. It’s His love is working in me and for me.

 

Message for today:  God is all over me!! My comings and my goings are covered.  I should not walk in fear…..I am blessed!

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