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Chocolate Vent’s Quote of the Week: “I’M NOT LUCKY, I’M LOVED.”

If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.” {John 15:10}


Confidence In The Valley

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. (Psalm 23:4)

Today’s Word
For each of us, there is going to be those times in our lives when we find ourselves in the valley.  The valley is the times in our lives when we experience seemingly dangerous and deadly situations.  The valley is also the place in which our hopes and dreams are exposed to attacks by our enemies.  However, because the Lord is our shepherd, we can face each of those situations with a heart full of confidence.  This one of the blessed results of the Lord’s coming into our world for us.

Father, as we reflect upon all of the wonderful things you have done for us, we thank you and praise you for the confidence we have through Christ Jesus our Lord.  Keep us close to your heart.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

– Joel & Victoria Osteen

#SaturdayStamps: Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable

Du Sable, whose French father had moved to Haiti and married a black woman there, is believed to have been a freeborn. At some time in the 1770s he went to the Great Lakes area of North America, settling on the shore of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Chicago River, with his Potawatomi wife, Kittihawa (Catherine). His loyalty to the French and the Americans led to his arrest in 1779 by the British, who took him to Fort Mackinac. From 1780 to 1783 or 1784 he managed for his captors a trading post called the Pinery on the St. Clair River in present-day Michigan, after which he returned to the site of Chicago. By 1790 Du Sable’s establishment there had become an important link in the region’s fur and grain trade.

In 1800 he sold out and moved to Missouri, where he continued as a farmer and trader until his death. But his 20-year residence on the shores of Lake Michigan had established his title as Father of Chicago.


Failure is an important part of success. Through our mistakes, we can:

1.Learn what NOT to do – If what you’re doing isn’t working then you know that it might be time to try something different. This doesn’t make you a total failure, but this information can at least guide you towards changing things up.

  1. If you’re not reaching your goals, ask yourself, “Why not?” – Find out what it is that’s standing in your way between you & success. Is it not having enough time or insufficient funds? Maybe it’s naysayers or lack of resources? Whatever it is, pinpoint those reasons & start working on them one by one.

3.Learn what to keep doing – Between the things that went “wrong,” there are probably a million things you did right. Remember these things & improve upon them.

4.Build resilience – Trying & failing at something teaches us about facing adversity and overcoming our challenges. Resilience is a valuable skill to apply to your professional and personal life.

5.Gain confidence – Viewing failure as a learning opportunity takes away the scariness of trying something new. Not to mention confidence is sexy!

5.Discover hidden strengths – In many cases, failing at one thing will show that you’re better at something else. You never know what you may discover about yourself!


Here’s your challenge: Identify a few of your recent failures. Jot down what you learned from them and think about what you can do to improve your actions (and your responses) in the future. Share your list with a friend, and encourage them to do the same – then offer your advice/support to help each other make the best of your failures!

Feel free to share in the comments some of your biggest successes & even share pictures if you’ve got some!