Wife of Joel Osteen, co-pastor of Lakewood Church, author and inspirational speaker.
Posted 8/1/14 at 5:42 PM | Victoria Osteen
I heard a story about a couple who had a big fight. That night, the man and wife were still not talking to each other, and since the man didn't want to give in first, he left her a note saying, "Wake me up at six o'clock in the morning." The next morning, the man woke up at eight o'clock and was furious. He was about to go find his wife and give her a piece of his mind when he noticed a note on his side of the bed that read, "It's six o'clock; wake up!"
Have you ever been so upset at someone that you ended up giving them the "silent treatment?" When someone hurts or offends us, we can be tempted to disconnect and close our hearts. But, we have to remember how valuable our relationships are. People are what matters most to God, and our relationships are the only thing we have that has eternal value. FULL POST
Posted 7/28/14 at 2:47 PM | Victoria Osteen
God chose you before the foundation of the world because you are valuable to Him. He chose you because He knows your worth, and He's not willing to let you perish!
The other day, I was thinking about this, and I came up with an analogy. I was thinking about my relationship with my husband and how much I love him. I think he's so awesome. When I think about all of his great qualities: his integrity, his honesty, and his heart to serve God, I realize, "Wow! I must be pretty special that he chose me for His wife." I think, "He could have chosen anyone, but he chose me!"
How much more special are you because God has chosen you!? He looked down through the portals of time and said, "I want you! I want you because I love you and want you to represent Me and be the light of the world." He wants you to shine with His love like a young bride shines when she thinks of her husband. FULL POST
Posted 7/11/14 at 6:37 PM | Victoria Osteen
When Moses arrived at the Promised Land with the children of Israel, he sent out some spies to go check out the land. He wanted some knowledge about what they were facing. Knowledge is power! He needed to know about the inhabitants and what they were up against. The men came back with a full report about how lush and fruitful the land was. But, they also came back saying that the inhabitants were giants. They literally said, "We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes. . ." (Numbers 13:33, NIV).
But two of the men, Joshua and Caleb, saw things differently. They said, "We are well able to take this land!" They weren't moved by what they saw; they were moved by what God had promised. What a difference. They all saw the same thing, but it was their different perspectives that made the difference. FULL POST
Posted 7/9/14 at 1:13 PM | Victoria Osteen
Scripture tells us that life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). But one thing people do all the time is that they start speaking the right things; they speak words of faith and life, but then they turn around and speak the exact opposite of what they just said! They'll declare a promise and then start talking about how bad everything is. They'll say, "God is my provider!" Then they'll say, "Look how bad the economy is. I don't think I'll ever get out of debt." That's just like planting a seed in the ground and then digging it right back up again before it ever has a chance to take root and blossom.
If you and I are going to see the harvest of blessing God has for our futures, we can't "dig up" our seeds of faith by allowing words of defeat or negativity to come out of our mouths. Instead, we have to water the seeds of faith by continuing to declare His Word. When you wake up every morning, start thanking Him that His promises are coming to pass in your life. All throughout the day, focus on keeping an attitude of faith and expectancy. FULL POST
Posted 7/4/14 at 9:24 AM | Victoria Osteen
Today in America, we celebrate Independence Day, which marks the birth of our freedom as a nation. People often look forward to celebrating with friends and family. The question today is, how often do you celebrate your ultimate freedom—your spiritual freedom?
Scripture tells us that it is for freedom that Christ has set us free. In other words, God wants you to be free today simply for freedom's sake. He wants you free because He wants you to enjoy your life and experience liberty no matter what's happening around you. He loves you and wants the very best for you.
The seeds of freedom are deposited in us when we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior. He first sets us free from sin and death and breaks its power over us. We don't have to live defeated, depressed, anxious, sick, upset, bitter or stuck in the past any longer. We are free because of Jesus Christ! FULL POST
Posted 6/30/14 at 8:40 AM | Victoria Osteen
At some point in our lives, every one of us has missed out on God-given opportunities. Maybe you can think of a few right now. If so, I want to encourage you: Don't live in regret. Don't let lost opportunities make you feel disappointed and discouraged. God is bigger than your lost opportunities. No matter what has happened in your past, He can still get your life back on track!
It's sort of like using one of those GPS systems in your car. You set the location to where you want to go, and the GPS calculates the best route. You can be driving along and get distracted and completely miss the street where the GPS instructed you to turn, but that doesn't mean you'll never reach your destination. You wouldn't just pull off to the side of the road crying and say, "Now I'm stuck here. I'll never get where I need to go all because I missed my turn!" No, there's always another way to get there. In fact, that GPS system will instantly recalculate the route to your destination based on your present location. FULL POST
Posted 6/13/14 at 6:37 PM | Victoria Osteen
All through scripture, we read that God wants to bless us. And not only does He want to bless us, He has a way to bless us. He has a system set in place so that when we do things His way, we get His results!
The Bible says that His ways are higher than our ways. So many times we try to figure things out in our natural thinking. We try to come up with a plan and look for ways to get the things we need and desire. But in God's system, the plan for blessing is already established. All we have to do is position ourselves by following His commands. When we honor His Word by giving our tithes and offerings, we are positioning ourselves under the open window of heaven. That's what it says in Malachi 3:10 that "when you bring your whole tithe into the storehouse, I (God) will open up the windows of heaven and pour out blessings you can't contain." When you live a lifestyle of giving—giving of your time, your talents, and resources to bless others in His name, you are living a lifestyle of blessing! When you live to give, God will make sure that every need you have is met in abundance to His glory. FULL POST
Posted 6/4/14 at 2:38 PM | Victoria Osteen
In April, Joel and I celebrated 27 years of marriage. So much has happened over the years in our lives as we've learned to grow together, but I have to say, our relationship is stronger now than it's ever been! That strength comes from the unconditional love we have chosen to give one another. We don't just love and support each other when things are good or just when we agree on everything. No, we are committed to loving each other no matter what; and every day, we make a conscious effort to communicate that love. Communicating love every single day is what creates a foundation for success in any relationship!
One way we communicate that love is through words. Words are so powerful, and it's so important to tell the people in our lives that we love them. We need to allow words of love to flow freely in our homes and create an atmosphere of acceptance and security. At the same time, we need to be comfortable hearing those words spoken to us. Sometimes we hear it and dismiss it. Sure, they are just three little words, but every time Joel says "I love you" to me, I allow those words to sink down deep into my heart. I know that when I embrace those words, they establish a treasure of security and trust in my heart and strengthen our relationship. FULL POST
Posted 5/30/14 at 5:11 PM | Victoria Osteen
Have you ever fainted? I have. It's no fun. I don't know what happened while I was out. I lost time. That's what happens when a person faints spiritually, too. They don't know what has happened, and sadly, they lose time that they cannot get back.
Usually before a person faints, there are some signs. Maybe they get light-headed or start to get dizzy. They might start to sweat inexplicably. But before that, maybe they overlooked the fact that they were hungry or thirsty. Maybe there were other signs they ignored. We have to pay attention to what's happening in the natural, and we have to pay attention to what's happening spiritually.
Here are some signs that you are spiritually fatigued:
1. Everything seems to irritate you — your children, your husband, the dog. You feel like everyone is against you, and you are just frustrated all the time. FULL POST
Posted 5/21/14 at 4:34 PM | Victoria Osteen
Sometimes people don't feel worthy, they don't feel "good enough" for God. But oftentimes, this pressure to be perfect comes from our own misconceptions. We think that if we are perfect enough, then we will be accepted. But God isn't looking for us to be perfect; He's looking for us to receive His perfect love. First, you have to understand that His love for you isn't based on your performance; it's based on who He is. He never changes, and His love never changes.
The Bible says that we are His creation. The Bible says we are His work of art. Think about an artist who creates a beautiful painting. You have to imagine that he thinks about the image he is going to produce long before he ever sees it on the canvas. He carefully places every brush stroke with the entire painting in mind. Maybe there are times when other people see his "work in progress" and they can't quite tell what it's going to be, but the artist always knows exactly what he is doing. And then when his masterpiece is complete, he is so pleased with his work! He loves his beautiful creation! He's poured himself into every stroke. FULL POST