Wife of Joel Osteen, co-pastor of Lakewood Church, author and inspirational speaker.
Posted 9/12/14 at 9:51 AM | Victoria Osteen
One of the best strategies of a great coach is to get his team thinking in the right direction. A great coach builds his team up and helps them believe in themselves. When his team goes out on the field, it’s not only about their ability; it’s about their attitude, mindset and internal dialogue. They will do their best when they go out feeling like winners.
In the same way, you should go out every day feeling like a winner. You’ll do best in life when you have a champion’s attitude because of what you believe about yourself. Stay in the habit of speaking positive, faith-filled words over your life because a healthy self-image is one of the greatest assets you can have. It will not only cause you to rise higher, it will inspire others around you to live at their best, too.
Your life is so important that you can’t afford to live with a negative and defeated mindset. The way you live your life matters! It’s like tossing a stone into a pond that sends ripples across the water—your life “ripples out” and has influence on those around you. You may not think you have that much impact, but your life sets an example. Whether you realize it or not, you are influencing the people in your life even in the most subtle ways. Remember, influence is the power to produce an effect without an apparent exertion. In other words, just by living your life, you are producing an effect. FULL POST
Posted 9/10/14 at 10:49 AM | Victoria Osteen
One of the greatest needs we all have is to feel a sense of self-worth. Deep down, we need to know that we’re important and that our lives matter. We want to know that we have something great to offer.
So often, people base their self-worth on things that don't last—looks, achievements and possessions. They feel important if they drive the fastest car or own the latest gadget. The problem is that those things can change. When you base your self-worth on temporary things that can change, then your self-worth will change.
Some people find their value in other people. However, if you find your value in how others make you feel and they hurt you or disappoint you, very likely you’ll turn it on yourself and think, “There must be something wrong with me.” No, the only problem is that you’re getting your self-worth from the wrong places. FULL POST
Posted 9/5/14 at 4:16 PM | Victoria Osteen
Sometimes we are presented with opportunities that look small, insignificant, or even ordinary. Perhaps you don’t see how something fits into the big picture of your life. However, if God is presenting you with something, He has a purpose for it. He has a plan to use it in your life to increase you and promote you to larger responsibilities.
For many years, Joel’s father had a hair stylist who would help him make sure he looked his best before he ministered. One day, she announced that she and her husband were moving and she wouldn’t be able to do that job anymore. I happened to be standing there when she announced her resignation, and Joel’s father immediately turned to me and asked if I would take her place. Now I wasn’t a hairdresser. I didn’t go to cosmetology school. My first thought was, If you’re bold enough to trust me, I’m bold enough to do it. It’s your hair! FULL POST
Posted 9/3/14 at 1:57 PM | Victoria Osteen
I have a friend who has a great husband and three beautiful children. She is a wonderful wife and mother, always investing in family and doing things for them. However, she told me that she always feels so guilty when she takes time away to just get her hair or nails done. She feels like she has to rush to get back and tend to her family. She told me one time, “I just sit in the chair at the salon tapping my feet nervously, counting the minutes. I just can’t seem to relax. I feel like I don’t have time to take care of myself because there is so much that needs to be done.”
Do you ever feel that way? The truth is that my friend’s husband and children probably want her to take time for herself, knowing that when she is refreshed she can be her best.
We all have a life list of to do’s either written down or in the back of our minds. Don’t fall into the trap of forgetting to put yourself on the list. That’s not balance; it’s not healthy. You are important, and you need to take time to rest and do things for yourself. That means you have to do things to relax—read, play golf, take a bubble bath—even if you have to schedule thirty minutes of “me time” into your daily planner. Sometimes just taking a walk in the park and looking at the birds or taking in some fresh air is enough to rejuvenate us. Maybe you need to kick back under a tree and enjoy an ice cream cone. Whatever it is that refreshes and refocuses you is a good investment of your time. FULL POST
Posted 9/1/14 at 10:50 AM | Victoria Osteen
We all have times when people or circumstances come against us - times when we feel cheated, mistreated, wronged or taken advantage of. Maybe you’re facing a difficulty today and you’re not exactly sure how to handle it. If we look to the Word of God, we see that Jesus set a powerful example for us to follow. He was the King of kings and the Lord of lords in human form! He carried all the power in heaven and earth inside of Him. Yet, when He was about to go to the cross, when the people were mocking Him, ridiculing Him, persecuting Him and lying about Him, He didn’t try to defend Himself. He didn’t try to set the record straight. Do you know what He did? He just rested in the place of peace. He rested in who He was. He stood strong knowing that God, His Father, would deliver Him, and He would have victory in the end. FULL POST
Posted 8/15/14 at 6:40 PM | Victoria Osteen
Galatians chapter six warns us not to grow weary in well doing. If we do, we might miss our due season of harvest. As I was meditating on that scripture, I was thinking about all the kids going back to school, and how sometimes, they get anxious or weary about it. But really, everyone gets weary about the learning process at times, especially when we think it's something we already know.
Sometimes we give ourselves credit for knowing things, but when we go through an experience that causes us to apply that knowledge, we discover we are in uncharted territory. For example, reading about or learning about mountain climbing is very different from actually climbing a mountain. You might think you know what to do until you actually do it! Putting into practice what we've learned is what causes us to rise higher. And sometimes, we have to go around the mountain again before we are ready to rise up to that new level! FULL POST
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