Wife of Joel Osteen, co-pastor of Lakewood Church, author and inspirational speaker.
Posted 11/22/13 at 6:44 PM | Victoria Osteen
When our son, Jonathan, was a little boy, we bought him a hamster that he loved so much and affectionately named Hammy. He was so excited. He adored his furry friend and enjoyed showing him off to his cousins and classmates.
One day, Jonathan reached into Hammy's cage just as he always did, but evidently, that little hamster didn't want to be bothered because instead of jumping into his hand as usual, Hammy bit Jonathan's finger! Jonathan was shocked. He immediately recoiled with his hand and his heart. From that moment on, he chose to keep his distance from Hammy. You could see the disappointment on Jonathan's face every time he looked at Hammy. All he could think about was that bite. He would tell his little sister, "Watch out, that hamster might bite you. I wouldn't touch him if I were you." Jonathan focused on that hamster bite so much that before long, he forgot all about the fun he used to have with Hammy. He no longer loved that hamster; in fact, he didn't like him at all, and we ended up giving Hammy to his cousins. FULL POST
Posted 11/15/13 at 1:15 PM | Victoria Osteen
In the book of Genesis, it tells us that when God created the heavens and earth, He spoke them into existence. Because we are made in His image, scripture tells us that we also have the power to create with our words, too. I like to think of it this way: We are all artists with our words, and we paint on the canvas of people's hearts by what we speak, good or bad. That's why we need to be careful to use our words wisely as a skillful artist would, creating a positive, encouraging masterpiece in the hearts of our family members, friends and coworkers.
A beautiful work of art isn't created by merely choosing the right paint colors; it's created by the technique of the artist as well. In the same way, we have to be just as careful with how we communicate as we are with what we communicate.
Years ago, I learned this lesson the hard way when I was trying to encourage our son, Jonathan, to practice his guitar. I was driving the kids home from school one day and thinking about all the loose ends I'd left dangling on that particular afternoon. You might say I was feeling a bit stressed, and I let that stress come right through when I sharply asked, "Jonathan, have you practiced your guitar at all this week?" Before he could answer, I continued, "You know, if you don't practice your guitar now, you'll be sorry down the road when you want to play in the band at church and you're not good enough." FULL POST
Posted 11/8/13 at 10:59 AM | Victoria Osteen
I was talking to a young man one day, and he was telling me how he wanted to become more positive. He knew his attitude was keeping him from God's best, but he wasn't sure how to get past how he was feeling. I said, "Why don't you try a different approach? Why don't you try changing your focus? Maybe you don't like your job, but you can thank God that you at least have a job. That's more than a lot of people. Maybe you don't like where you are in life right now, but thank God that you are breathing and living and that you have options ahead of you even if you don't see them right now."
See, sometimes we can try to change things around us, but really what we need to do is change our approach. One thing I've discovered is that a person of faith sees with a heart of gratefulness. When you approach life with a grateful heart, you see your problems as smaller and your God as bigger. It puts things back into perspective. When you look at life with a grateful heart, it opens the door for God to move on your behalf. FULL POST
Posted 11/6/13 at 10:29 AM | Victoria Osteen
Have you ever thought about how much energy it takes to be bitter or hold a grudge? We have only a certain amount of energy for each day, and if we use it for the wrong purpose, if we focus on the negative or dwell on whoever hurt us, then we're not going to have the energy we need for the right purposes. We're not going to be able to make the best decisions or be as creative as we need to be. We're not only doing ourselves a disservice, but we're doing our family and friends a disservice, too.
As much as you may want to, you can't control what other people say or do; you can only control yourself. If you focus on the actions of others and allow them to constantly upset you, then you are handing your peace over to them and giving away your power. The scripture says, "Don't let the sun go down while you are angry." The reason many people don't have joy or enthusiasm is because they go to bed every night with anger and unforgiveness weighing them down. When you go to bed angry with a cluttered mind and focused on the negative, you wake up with the same negative emotions. And on top of that, you probably won't sleep very well either! FULL POST
Posted 11/1/13 at 1:03 PM | Victoria Osteen
People have a lot of misconceptions about forgiveness. Some people think they can't forgive because it's just too difficult. The hurt is too deep or the offense is too painful. But in reality, it's more difficult for us when we choose not to forgive. Our bitterness is not hurting the person who offended us; it is only embedding itself into our own hearts and keeping us from God's best. Bitterness and unforgiveness block the flow of God's blessing in your life and actually hinder your prayers. But choosing forgiveness opens the door of your heart and makes way for a miracle in your life.
Many people know that in 1981 my mother-in-law, Dodie Osteen, was diagnosed with terminal cancer of the liver and was told she had only a few weeks to live. No medical treatments for the disease were available at that time, and the doctors told her there was nothing they could do. She and her husband, John, went home after they heard the report, got on their knees, and asked God for a miracle. Dodie did everything she knew in order to be positioned to receive her miracle. Anytime she shares her story, she talks about one of the main keys to receiving God's healing was her willingness to let go of offenses and keep her heart clean through the power of forgiveness. She tells how she wrote letters of forgiveness to people—her husband, children, parents, or anyone she could think of that she might have offended or might have offended her. She went the extra mile to make sure her heart was free of any offenses that would block God's healing in her life. It took about a year of standing and fighting through all the symptoms, but she did receive her miracle healing and is still 100 percent cancer free today. FULL POST
Posted 10/30/13 at 10:54 AM | Victoria Osteen
I remember one time early in our marriage, Joel and I were having a disagreement, and there was no way that we were going to see eye to eye. My feelings were hurt, and I was highly frustrated. Joel, on the other hand, didn't see our disagreement as a big deal and had grown tired of talking about it. So to end the discussion, he half-heartedly said, "I'm sorry." That was good enough for him, and he went about his business. I headed to the other room, and when I got behind the closed door, I turned around and stuck out my tongue at him. It seemed innocent enough. I was just blowing off steam, but even through my frustration, I knew it was disrespectful. After a few minutes of contemplation, I realized that I couldn't allow that disrespect to take root in my heart; I had to deal with it quickly. So I went back into the kitchen to Joel and told him that even though he was wrong, I loved him and respected him. Joel simply smiled and said, "I knew you would come around." FULL POST
Posted 10/18/13 at 11:54 AM | Victoria Osteen
It's amazing to me that even though people are so very different, we all seem to face common experiences that invoke common emotions. We all have many things to be grateful for, but we all face challenges and uncertainties in life, too.
If you're like me, you might grow restless in the seasons of uncertainty. Sometimes, I so desperately want to know what tomorrow holds. I want to have the answers and be prepared for what lies around the corner. But sometimes, God requires us to just trust Him. If we always had all the answers, we would be tempted to lean on our own understanding. Scripture tells us that we are not to lean on our own understanding but trust Him, lean on Him, and acknowledge Him in all of our ways.
God has planned for each of us to live day by day in Him and with Him. He wants us to come to Him and find strength for every day. He wants us to experience His new mercy. When we go through seasons of uncertainty, it keeps us focused on Him and draws us closer to Him so we can hear Him better and know His ways. FULL POST
Posted 10/15/13 at 3:38 PM | Victoria Osteen
Everyone experiences loss at some point in life. It could be the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, the loss of a dream, or simply a lost opportunity. If we aren't careful, those losses in life can be like potholes in the road of our destiny that get us stuck and keep us from moving forward in the things God has for us.
Scripture tells us there is a season to mourn. You don't want to miss that season, but you don't want to get stuck there either. One thing we have to remember is that no matter what happens, God still has a good plan. The enemy may try to distract you or stop you, but if you are willing to stay open to what God has, He will move you past the disappointment into His divine appointment.
Whenever a door in your life closes, God always gives you the grace to move forward. He is a progressive God, and He always wants you to rise higher and go further than you ever have before. He wants to give you beauty for ashes. What are those ashes? Those are the places where life has burned you. What is the beauty? The healing and restoration beyond what you could ever imagine! FULL POST
Posted 10/11/13 at 6:15 PM | Victoria Osteen
When Jesus went to John to be baptized, John said, "No, You are the one who should be baptizing me!" But, John was the one chosen to baptize Jesus. When Jesus came up out of the water, scripture says the Holy Spirit descended on Him like a dove, empowering and enabling Him to do God's will. God affirmed the event in an audible voice saying, "This is My Son in whom I am well pleased." That's when the spirit of God was released on this earth to all mankind through Jesus. Today, if you are in Jesus, you carry the same anointing that Jesus does. You are empowered and enabled to do the will of God!
A lot of times, we feel less than empowered. We feel less than able. We feel overwhelmed by what we know we are called to do. Today, I want you to hear the voice of God saying, "You are my son or daughter in whom I am well pleased. I am well pleased to have my Spirit dwelling in you." FULL POST
Posted 10/4/13 at 6:22 PM | Victoria Osteen
So many people today are living far below their God-given potential. They've put their dreams on hold because of past disappointments or setbacks. They've settled where they are, still hoping that one day, something will happen. They let the days slip by, all the while harboring their dreams silently in their hearts.
But God did not create us to live this way. We were never meant to just go through the motions of life. We were not meant to just survive; we were meant to thrive. We were born to pursue our dreams and see those dreams fulfilled! However, it's not going to just automatically happen; we have to do our part. The Bible says that faith without works is dead. In other words, we have to step out and do something if we're going to see our dreams fulfilled. We have to prepare ourselves and be ready for the open doors God sets before us. We have to take action if we truly want to see those dreams and desires come to pass.
When I was a young girl in elementary school, I had a shy personality, yet I always felt like there was something big on the inside of me. I was a dreamer with a vivid imagination. When it came time for the fifth-grade school play, I really wanted the lead role; however, I didn't step up to make my teacher aware of it. The day came for the teacher to announce who would play the lead, and of course, she didn't pick me, the shy girl; instead, she picked one of my classmates. Naturally, I was disappointed, but even back then, I was filled with hope and imagined that somehow the little girl wouldn't be able to play the role after all. Perhaps she would have to go out of town with her family, and there I would be, standing in the wings when my "big moment" would come. The teacher would have to pick me after all. FULL POST