Wife of Joel Osteen, co-pastor of Lakewood Church, author and inspirational speaker.
Posted 10/28/14 at 2:44 PM | Victoria Osteen
Have you ever taken one of those multiple-choice style quizzes in a magazine or online? It's interesting how they can ask ten, or so, random little questions like, "What's your favorite color?" or "Where did you last go on vacation?" and at the end, give you a surprisingly accurate synopsis of your personality and an overview of your fashion style. Somehow, it seems that in less than five minutes, they know more about you than your best friend! If only the other areas of our lives could be figured out so easily!
As women, we are born with an innate desire to express ourselves through our style. I can remember when I was a little girl, no one had to tell me to play in my mother's makeup or jewelry; I just did it. It came naturally. I loved to put on her lipstick and necklaces. I felt so grown up and beautiful—even though that lipstick was anywhere on my face but my lips! No one ever had to tell me to pick out pretty dresses, and twirl around in them. And, as I grew up, no one had to tell me to love shopping, either! FULL POST
Posted 10/23/14 at 11:36 AM | Victoria Osteen
As women today, we live in such a great time in history! We can enjoy so many more freedoms and take advantage of many opportunities that women in the past couldn't. Because of this, we also seem to wear more "hats" than ever before, too—employee or employer, mother, companion, friend, chef, counselor, housekeeper, investor, and the list goes on and on. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in all that we are doing, that we don’t stop to take care of ourselves.
If you have ever flown in a commercial airplane, then you have heard the flight attendant's instructions informing passengers about airplane exits, emergency lighting, flotation devices, and oxygen masks that fall from above your head in case the cabin loses pressure. Then the flight attendant will say something like this; "Place the oxygen mask over your nose and mouth before assisting children or those around you."
That truth plays out off the airplane as well. We have to take care of ourselves if we are going to take care of anyone else properly. I heard someone say you have to “show up” for yourself before you can “show up” for others. Think about it—if you are empty, how will you have anything to give? If you are constantly giving and never replenishing, you will be left drained. We are God’s creation, and we have a responsibility to keep ourselves at our best. A hundred years ago, the main cause of illness was infection. Today the main cause of illnesses is stress. God never planned for us to live stressed-out and overbooked. He created the world and all that is in it, and then He took a day off. When is the last time you took the day off or took some time to recharge your battery? FULL POST
Posted 10/22/14 at 12:20 PM | Victoria Osteen
by Victoria Osteen
Everything we do produces a seed and leaves something for future generations. You may not feel as though you are making a difference, but God says with your good life, you are having an influence. Jesus said, “Let your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven.” Notice, it doesn’t say that people will hear your words; He said they are going to observe your life. I can tell my children all day long how they are supposed to act and tell them what they are supposed to do, but the truth is, they are going to do what they see me doing.
When they grow up, they are going to model their relationships after what they experience, and that’s why it’s so important to live as a positive example before our children. We paint a picture with our lifestyle, and our children put their own frame around it. Paint a picture that your children will be proud to frame! Some people today have a frame, but no picture for their life. If that’s you, you can create vision and purpose in your home, and paint a new picture to be passed down in your family for years to come. Recognize that you are not only investing in your own children, you are investing in your children’s children and their children through your example. When we recognize our importance, we are laying stepping stones for future generations. You can leave that legacy of faith. FULL POST
Posted 10/21/14 at 10:01 AM | Victoria Osteen
There's a story in the Bible about a time when Jesus and the disciples were ministering, and when the evening came, Jesus decided to get in a boat and head over to the other shore. The disciples went with him, and while they were out, there was a huge storm and water started coming in the boat.
Isn't life like that sometimes? You are going along, doing your best, ministering and loving other people. You know that Jesus is with you, and you just need a little break. Then all of the sudden, out of nowhere, a storm comes—something unexpected that is all consuming.
The Bible says the disciples were afraid, but Jesus was asleep through all of this. When they woke Him, Jesus said to them, "Why are you afraid?" Now here they are in a boat, it's windy, it's raining. The waves are crashing, the boat is swaying. Water is coming into the boat. These are fisherman. They've been in storms before, so if they are afraid of this one, it's probably a doozy! I can imagine one of them saying to Jesus, "Are you kidding? Look at what's going on!" Jesus got up and rebuked the wind and the waves saying, "Peace, be still," and the winds and the waves were calmed. FULL POST
Posted 10/20/14 at 12:59 PM | Victoria Osteen
Years ago when Joel and I first got married, we decided to buy a home. We found a home that looked perfect for us! It was located on a beautiful lot in a neighborhood with other young families and had a swimming pool—something I always wanted. We made the best offer we could and prayed that the owners would accept it. Day after day went by, but we didn't hear anything. We kept speaking words of faith, declaring, "This is our house!" No one was living in it at the time, so we would drive over to it in the evening and sit outside studying it and dreaming about where we would put our furniture.
But unfortunately, the homeowners didn't accept our offer. That door totally closed, and I was so disappointed. I thought for sure that was our house! I found myself tempted to say if only we had offered more money. If only we had prayed harder. If only we had acted sooner, on and on. But instead of mourning over what didn't work out, I made the choice to let it go and believe that God had something better in store.
Right after we heard the news about the house, I found another property that caught my attention. It was an old, run-down house on a beautiful lot in a really nice neighborhood. It was actually abandoned with broken windows, no landscaping, and even had a scarecrow in the kitchen to keep the animals out. It didn't look like much, but deep down I believed it was right for us—not based on how much sense it made in the natural, but based on the supernatural peace I had inside. We put a bid on that house, and sure enough, our offer was accepted. FULL POST
Posted 10/14/14 at 11:43 AM | Victoria Osteen
Our family lived in one house for about 15 years and then moved to a new house not too far away. I still ran errands in the same area and went to the same grocery store. On more than one occasion, I would be out and about and then get into my car to head home…only to find that I had driven right back to my old house. I'd pull into the driveway before I ever even caught myself! Have you ever had something like that happen? This is just one example of how our minds travel back to the old if we aren't intentional about focusing on the new.
Anytime we are trying to make a change in our lives, it's like paving a new road. It happens in stages. It can be tempting to take the "old road" because that road is paved and familiar. But, the familiar isn't going to get us to our destiny. Taking the road less traveled or taking new ground—that's how we grow, learn and develop into everything God has called us to be. FULL POST
Posted 10/10/14 at 9:51 AM | Victoria Osteen
When people hear how long Joel and I have been married, they often ask, "How do you do it? What's your secret? Do you ever fight?" Well, Joel and I are as human as any other couple, but early in our relationship, we made some decisions about how we would treat each other and how we would respond to one another.
First of all, Joel and I choose to respect one another. We value each other's thoughts and opinions, and we make sure to listen and consider what the other has to say. We don't always agree on everything, but we do agree that we want peace in our home. Sometimes that means we have to simply agree to disagree. In other words, we can still respect and love each other even when we don't see eye to eye.
Another decision we made early in our relationship is to support one another. We recognize that we are a team, and whatever we decide to do, we do it together. Anytime we had a financial goal, we both did our part to save money. If we were remodeling a house, I was right there with him laying sod in the yard. When we were building our home, I was there every day to meet the subcontractors and help keep us on schedule. When Joel became pastor of the church, I did my part in the service as well. FULL POST
Posted 10/7/14 at 11:35 AM | Victoria Osteen
Every week during the Lakewood service, we have a time of prayer. Members and visitors can pray one-on-one with one of the 500 volunteer prayer partners. Both Joel and I are prayer partners, and each of us will usually pray for two or three people during this portion of each service.
I remember one particular Saturday night service when a woman came up to me and asked that I pray for her marriage. She was about 50 years old, and she began to tell me that that her husband had always been so hard to live with, but even more so lately. She recited two or three of his most current offenses, and then to my surprise, she handed me three sheets of notebook paper. She said, "Here, read this. It is a list of the things he has done just in the last two weeks." I opened the pages to see listed one offense after the other scribbled in various colors of ink and pencil. "He's done all this in just two weeks?" I asked.
"Yes," she said. "I didn't think anyone would believe me, so I have been writing them down." FULL POST
Posted 10/6/14 at 12:08 PM | Victoria Osteen
When I was a little girl, our family loved to go to the beach. We'd pack up all of our beach gear and load up the cooler with snacks, drinks and treats we didn't normally have. We'd pull out our beach towels, blankets and a giant red, sun umbrella. It was always so much fun, and I couldn't wait to get in the water when we arrived. One afternoon, I was having so much fun playing in the water. I'd jump the waves for a little bit, then swim out a little ways and float back to shore. After a while, I looked up and didn't see my mom on the beach. I didn't see our beach towels, blanket, cooler or our bright red, sun umbrella. In fact, as I looked around, nothing looked familiar. I was in a completely different part of the beach. I was having so much fun that I didn't realize the under current was causing me to drift, and I was about 100 feet from where I started. I instantly walked up to the shore and back to where my mom was. Boy, was she glad to see me! I learned my lesson to always keep my eye on that red umbrella! It became my personal beach marker to help me make sure I avoided the drift!
Sometimes the same thing happens in life. We get busy and focused on what we are doing, and then we look up and realize we are far away from where we are supposed to be. Maybe your relationships are suffering. Maybe you feel distanced from God. Maybe your finances are off course, and you're just not sure what happened. The good news is that God has a marker for us to gauge where we are. His Word is like that big red umbrella was for me. It helps us see how far we are and gives us a target to work toward. FULL POST
Posted 9/30/14 at 8:48 AM | Victoria Osteen
When was the last time you just sat down and thought about the goodness and faithfulness of God? So often, we intend to start our days in the right direction, but then distractions come and the cares of this world creep into our thoughts. Before we know it, we are so focused on our "to do" lists and trying to stay ahead of the game that our thoughts get completely off course!
One thing you have to always be aware of is the fact that what you dwell on will set the direction and quality of your life. If you are constantly dwelling on the "what if's" in life, it opens the door to worry and anxiety. It creates a heaviness in your mind and heart. But when you dwell on His goodness and faithfulness, it opens the door to His supernatural peace and grace. It lifts your spirit and lightens your load.
Today, I want to remind you to stop and think about what you are thinking about. Don't just let your mind wander off in any old direction. Be intentional about dwelling on the Father. Never forget that He is with you and for you. Never forget that He is good and His love never fails. Never forget His promise to prosper you and not to harm you. FULL POST