Author: Chocolate Vent

After This

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“And after this it came to pass that David smote the Philistines, and subdued them…” (2 Samuel 8:1, KJV)

TODAY’S WORD

Your life is not over because you had a setback. God has an “after this” in your future. He has another victory planned. He wants to take you further than you ever dreamed possible!

When you go through tough times, don’t be surprised if the enemy whispers in your ear, “You’ll never be as happy as you used to be. You’ve seen your best days. This setback is the end of you.” No, let that go in one ear and out the other. God is saying to you, “After the bad break, after the disappointment, after the pain, there is still a full life.”

Know today that you have not danced your best dance. You have not laughed your best laugh. You have not dreamed your best dream. If you will stay in faith and not get bitter, God has an “after this” in your future. He’s not only going to bring you out, He is going to bring you out better than you were before!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father, thank You for victory in store for my future. Thank you that “after this,” I’m rising higher. I’m coming out stronger. I’m more prepared for my future. I’m better equipped and empowered to fulfill the destiny You have prepared for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.

— Joel & Victoria Osteen

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#SaturdayStamps: Roy Campanella

Nicknamed “Campy,” Roy Campanella (1921-1993) was the first black catcher in the history of Major League Baseball. Known for his years with the Brooklyn Dodgers, the famous “Boys of Summer,” Campanella is remembered as a talented all-around player. He hit 242 home runs during his 10-year Major League career, he was a catcher in five World Series, and he was named Most Valuable Player three times.

Born in Philadelphia, Campanella began his career by playing ball with a semiprofessional Negro League team, the Bacharach Giants, during his teens. He played for the Baltimore Elite Giants from 1937 to 1945 and was considered one of the best catchers in the Negro Leagues. He also played in briefly in the Mexican League.

Campanella began playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1948. During his 1953 MVP season, he hit 41 home runs, chalked up 142 RBIs, scored 103 runs, and batted .312, considered one of the best seasons ever recorded by a catcher. With Campanella, the “Boys of Summer” won five National League pennants between 1949 and 1956 and won the World Series in 1955.

In 1958, Campanella was paralyzed in a car accident, but for decades he worked behind the scenes and in community relations for the Dodgers in Los Angeles. In 1969 he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1991, two years before he died, Campanella and his wife founded The Roy and Roxie Campanella Physical Therapy Scholarship Foundation, which provides support for those living with paraplegia and funds scholarships for students who pursue degrees in physical therapy.

Chocolate Vent’s Quote of the Week: “DON’T TRADE YOUR DESTINY FOR DECAY”

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” {Jeremiah 29:11-12}

Who Are You?!

You may or may not have heard uplifting words spoken over you while growing up. You may not have been told you’re beautiful, or worthy enough to step into your preordained greatness.
You may have been one who spent lots of her time comparing herself to others while feeling as though you don’t quite measure up to the next person. You may have only been told you’re beautiful by a man only when he wanted sex from you. Though this may have been your past experience, it doesn’t have to be your present and most definitely doesn’t have to dictate your future. More important than what man says about you is what God says about you.

God says you’re beautiful and that you’re fearfully and wonderfully made.  Psalm 139:14
God says you’re more than a conqueror made in His image and likeness – which means when He created  you, He created a carbon copy of Himself.  Romans 8:37; Genesis 1:26

God says you are His workmanship created unto good works and that you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood and a holy nation to show forth the praises of Him who called YOU out of darkness into His marvelous light.  Ephesians 2:10, 1 Peter 2:9

God says you are worth waiting for, and the man He has for you is worth the wait, if that’s what you desire, but while you wait God wants you to be reminded that right now, that He’s all the man you would ever need.  Philippians 4:19

Speak over yourself, every day out loud if you have to.  Don’t allow the enemy’s thoughts which creep into your mind that go against what God says about you determine who you become – let God determine who you become. No, you’re not a victim, you are victorious In Jesus Name!

You’re victorious because you are in Him, and in Him you live, move and have your being. Acts 17:28. Don’t let situations or circumstances shut you up or cause you to no longer believe you are who God says you are. You are who God says you are simply because you’re His.  Speak the Word over your life and watch, you’ll see, eventually you’ll BECOME all God ALREADY predestined you to be.

*Originally published on Kim on the Web.