Wife of Joel Osteen, co-pastor of Lakewood Church, author and inspirational speaker.
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
Posted 11/4/14 at 11:19 AM | Victoria Osteen
The other day, I had a craving for chocolate milk. I hadn't had it in a long time, but used to drink it a lot when I was a kid. I went to the kitchen and poured a glass of milk, added the chocolate syrup and stirred it up. I took a sip, and it was every bit as rich and chocolaty as I remembered. Just as I set my glass down, I heard my phone ringing in the other room. Well, you know how it is when you get on the phone—one thing leads to another. After my call, I got busy doing some work, and as I walked through the house, I noticed my chocolate milk sitting there. When I picked up my glass, something had happened. All of the chocolate had separated and was in the bottom of the glass, and I had to get a spoon and stir it up again.
Now, life is like that sometimes. All the good things seem to settle to the bottom. But if we'll keep God in our lives, if we'll keep things stirred up, then all of His blessings and promises get dispersed through every part of us and help us do better. He'll help you with the difficulties. He'll give you ideas. He'll help you overcome challenges. FULL POST
Posted 10/31/14 at 10:26 AM | Victoria Osteen
Years ago when our son, Jonathan, was just a year old, we had just moved into a new house. All week long as we were unpacking and getting settled in, we had servicemen coming in and out. One afternoon, I put Jonathan down for his nap in my bedroom downstairs and went upstairs to unpack some boxes. After a few minutes, I remembered that a repairman was supposed to call me to schedule an appointment, but my phone was down on the kitchen table. I didn't want to stop what I was doing and the appointment wasn't really that urgent, so I thought, "Oh well, if I miss his call, I'll just reschedule later." But then the thought came again, and I felt a strong impression inside, "Go get your phone off of the kitchen table." I tried to reason it away, but it wouldn't go away. Then another thought came, "If you take care of it now, you won't have to do it later." Well, I finally walked downstairs to get my phone, and as I came around the corner, there was a huge ball of smoke and a fire in the middle of my kitchen! I was shocked; but thankfully, I had a fire extinguisher and was able to put out the fire. FULL POST
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