Wife of Joel Osteen, co-pastor of Lakewood Church, author and inspirational speaker.
Posted 12/12/14 at 11:38 AM | Victoria Osteen
One of the most quoted Psalms is Psalm 23 which begins, "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul..." What a beautiful picture this paints of us walking with God in beautiful, lush, fragrant pastures. It is a picture of peace, security and contentment. But then, the very next verse talks about very different surroundings. In a seemingly abrupt transition, verse four reads, "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me."
How in the world did we go from green pastures to the valley of the shadow of death in a single verse?
You know, sometimes life is like that. Unexpected circumstances, tragedy and trials take us from one place in life to another in an instant. But no matter where we are in life, no matter what has happened, God is still there. When we look to Him, we don't have to fear. He always brings peace. He always brings comfort. And notice that it says, "Though I walk through…" It doesn't say, "Though I end up in the valley of the shadow of death." We have to remember that the dark times don't last. We don't have to live in the valley of the shadow of death; we are just passing through. Sometimes, when circumstances are so overwhelming, we can begin to feel stuck and limited. If you feel that way today, let this truth sink down into your heart: you are never stuck in the valley. He is leading you to a place of safety and rest. There may be seasons of uncertainty, but that's when trust kicks in. There may a season of mourning, but God is near to the brokenhearted. He is near to all who call on His name. Lift your eyes to Him, focus on His goodness, and let faith rise up in your heart again. Know that God is good. He is not the author of confusion but of peace. John 10:10 tells us that the thief comes to kill, steal and destroy, but Jesus came to give us everlasting and abundant life. God is always on a mission of hope, healing and restoration—a mission of love. FULL POST
Posted 12/9/14 at 10:27 AM | Victoria Osteen
During the holiday season, people often spend more time with family than any other time of the year. And let's face it, sometimes family members can challenge our love walk more than any other people in our lives. This year, let's make sure that we guard the atmosphere of peace during family gatherings and that your good intentions to help others won't open the door to offense either.
For example, when you see someone doing something differently from the way you would do it, what do you do? Do you try to "help" them by offering your advice? Do you try to correct others when you know of a better way or disagree with their methods?
Oftentimes, we don't even realize we are doing this because we genuinely care about the person and want to offer them the wisdom that we've learned over the years. Unfortunately, more often than not, that unsolicited advice actually drives a wedge in relationships. I see this all the time between husbands and wives, parents and children, and even close friends. Most people already know the areas they need to work on. They don't really need to have someone point out their shortcomings or "fix" them. If you think about it, when you set out to "fix" someone, what you're really saying is, "You're not good enough the way you are." But that's not what people need. What people need is to know that they are loved unconditionally. They need to know they are approved and accepted even when they miss the mark. People want to know that they can count on your love and support no matter what happens. FULL POST
Posted 12/2/14 at 1:51 PM | Victoria Osteen
In our front yard, we have this gorgeous oak tree. Its trunk is so strong, and the branches create this beautiful canopy over the front yard. When I look at it, I think about how at one point, it was just a tiny seed. Over the years, it developed into this tree because of the conditions it has been in. Just like that tree, you and I have everything we need inside of us to grow strong and steady in this life and become all that God has called us to be.
Sometimes we don't feel equipped. Sometimes we don't know if we have what it takes. It's like when I pack my suitcase for a trip. Over the course of my life, I've done a lot of traveling. As much as I have packed, it seems that every time I go to close my suitcase, I start thinking, "Did I forget something? What am I missing? What if the weather changes? What if our schedule changes and I need something different?" I never quite feel like I have everything I need. FULL POST
Posted 11/28/14 at 10:47 AM | Victoria Osteen
This time of year always warms my heart and reminds me of many wonderful holidays spent with family and friends. But, I've found that if I'm not careful, I can find myself getting wrapped up in the busyness of the season, things to do, people to see and gifts to buy. I think this is true for most people. Many people live life "maxed out" before the holiday season even starts, and then adding just a little extra stress on top creates a recipe for frustration, hurt feelings and strife.
The Bible warns us in James 3:16 that when strife comes in, it opens the door for "every evil work." We have to close the door on strife and use wisdom when planning our days. We have to consciously make the effort to receive God's grace, extend mercy to others, and hold on to peace.
Grace is God's supernatural favor, mercy and empowerment upon you. It's His ability working in you to accomplish what you need to. When Jesus left the earth, He said, "I may be going away, but I'm sending One who will never leave you—the Holy Spirit will reside in you and teach you all things." When you align yourself with the Spirit of God, you will be equipped for every good work by His grace. His grace will empower you to love others and help you navigate the holiday season! FULL POST
Posted 11/26/14 at 10:57 AM | Victoria Osteen
Sometimes we can set out to do something with confidence in ourselves, and then we hit a point where we realize—you know what? This is hard! We think, "God, You told me to do something, and I just really want to do it well, but I don't know if I can." We start to struggle, trying to do our best for God when all the while, God is saying, "I haven't asked you to do this alone. I said I'll always be with you. I'll never leave you nor forsake you!" Sometimes we put more confidence in our ability than we do God's ability. Not intentionally, but what we focus on is what will be magnified; and when we focus on our strengths and limitations, we can hit a plateau in life.
Jesus said, "I am the vine and you are the branches. Apart from Me, you can do nothing." It doesn't matter how good you are at something in the natural, without Him, you can never fulfill your destiny. You'll never see your greatest feats. You'll never dream your biggest dreams or accomplish your biggest successes without placing your faith in Almighty God. That's because God is our power source! We need to get up every morning and power up with Him. FULL POST
Posted 11/21/14 at 1:54 PM | Victoria Osteen
Oftentimes, heaviness starts out as a little care or concern. What begins as a small burden grows and grows. Then, you start taking on responsibilities that aren't yours. You start thinking that you have to keep everyone around you happy, or you start worrying about things in the future. All of this piled on becomes very heavy on your heart and mind.
The Bible says that heaviness is actually a spirit. The goal of heaviness is to distract you and get you off track. Heaviness tries to keep your head down so that you can't even look up to the heavens—the place from where your help comes. Heaviness tries to wear you out and take the place of God's spirit, but do you know what chases that spirit of heaviness away? Praise and thanksgiving. Scripture says that God inhabits the praises of His people. He literally comes into our praise and works! When you start praising, God shows up in your midst and every negative spirit has to flee! FULL POST
Posted 11/18/14 at 1:09 PM | Victoria Osteen
For every problem you face in life, God's Word has a promise! In Second Peter, it says that He has given us His great and precious promises so we can live the life He's called us to. In fact, did you know there are over 7,000 promises? That's more promises than all the problems I could ever think of! But, it's up to us to attach those promises to our problems.
The other day, I was reading this email that had an attachment. So I opened up the attachment, and that file became bigger than the original message. It covered my whole computer screen! I thought to myself, how many times does the enemy send us messages to try to discourage us? That's when we have to attach God's promise to that message—we have to open up His Word and allow it to become bigger than that message. We have to let His Word become the biggest thing in our lives. FULL POST
Posted 11/14/14 at 10:43 AM | Victoria Osteen
Every day, life brings new opportunities and presents you with thousands of new choices. One of the first choices you get to make each day is about your attitude. Yes, whether you realize it or not, attitude is a choice. You can't just wait and allow your circumstances to dictate your attitude; you have to be on the offensive and choose your perspective for each day. When you wake up with enthusiasm and choose to be grateful, you are "putting on" the right attitude. You are setting your day up for success and opening the door to be used by God in a powerful way.
Everyone faces difficulties. We all have obstacles that can seem impossible to overcome. However, the difference between those who are able to rise above their adversities and those who get stuck in them is attitude. I've heard that attitude determines altitude!
You don't have to be around our ministry very long to hear a message on the importance of having a thankful attitude. A thankful attitude is a form of praise. It shows that your faith and hope are in Almighty God. I believe it is one of the main keys to living the abundant life God has in store! FULL POST
Posted 11/11/14 at 10:56 AM | Victoria Osteen
When speaking about sexual purity at my church, I told parents that if they are going to let their children have internet access in the privacy of their own rooms, they may as well buy thousands of pornographic magazines and stack them in their children’s closets and then say, “Don’t ever look at those.” It amounts to the same thing.
After my message a sincere Christian mother came up to me. She was offended by my warning to parents to not allow their children to have unmonitored, unrestricted internet access.
“I can’t believe you said that,” she began. “My son has internet access in his room, and I trust him! He’s a good boy.”
I told her, “I used to be a seventh grade boy. I’ll tell you right now, you think you’re honoring your son by trusting him, but you are setting him up for a fall. You could hand him a gun, and his life would likely turn out better than if you just hand him over to the internet like that.” FULL POST
Posted 11/11/14 at 10:38 AM | Victoria Osteen
God has given us so many wonderful promises in scripture! Maybe you've read some of them, but you aren't experiencing them yet. I want to encourage you today because receiving the promises of God takes two things: faith and patience.
Scripture says we've all been given a measure of faith. We've also been given the tools to develop that faith. Romans 10:17 tells us that faith comes by hearing the Word of God. When you read, study and meditate on God's Word, you are feeding and nurturing your faith. Developing faith takes an outward action on our part, but developing patience is an inward action. Patience means that when things aren't happening the way we want them to, we don't take matters into our own hands. Exercising patience means choosing to trust God even when the circumstances haven't changed yet. Patience is having endurance, constancy, steadfastness and perseverance. FULL POST