Wife of Joel Osteen, co-pastor of Lakewood Church, author and inspirational speaker.
Posted 1/9/15 at 11:17 AM | Victoria Osteen
When you lose sight of your value, you may be tempted to turn to other people for approval and validation—a parent, boss or loved one. While we all need encouragement and should receive it from the people around us, we can't let that be our sole source of validation. We have to know that because God validates us, we can validate ourselves! We can't live our lives waiting for the people around us to applaud us; sometimes we have to applaud ourselves. During those times when life seems to be dragging you down, instead of looking to others to encourage you, make the decision to encourage yourself in the Lord!
A while back, I was at the gym on the treadmill speaking with a woman who had just been diagnosed with cancer. She asked me to pray for her and I said, "Yes, I will pray for you, but I have to tell you something first." I looked her straight in the eyes and said, "You know, you ought to be so proud of yourself. Look at you! You got up today and came to the gym. You could have pulled the covers over your head and stayed in bed, but you didn't. Instead, you are facing this with great hope and faith. I admire you, and you should applaud yourself!" FULL POST
Posted 1/8/15 at 11:38 AM | Victoria Osteen
Today and every day, God has set up a plan for your success. He says in His Word that His plans are for your good—to prosper you, not to harm you, to give you a hope and a future. A lot of times people are waiting and expecting God to do something, but at the same time, God is waiting and expecting us to do something, too! As we enter into this New Year, we can't just ask, "God, what are You going to do for me?" Instead, we have to ask, "God, what are we going to do together?"
Scripture calls this process "working out" our salvation. God sets up the plan, but we have to walk it out and work it out. He gives us the tools, but we have to use them. The good news is that He isn't going to just hand us the plan and equipment and then walk away to let us figure it all out on our own. No, His Holy Spirit is walking with us every step of the way and empowering us! Scripture says that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. In other words, His plan is easier than trying to figure things out on your own! FULL POST
Posted 1/6/15 at 12:28 PM | Victoria Osteen
What gives you confidence? What gives you strength? Hope? Encouragement? Some people find confidence in a relationship. When the relationship is going well, they are going well. But if there is a problem in that relationship, they are shaken. Some people find confidence in their job. But if things are not going well in the workplace, it rattles them to the core. Nowadays, some people find their confidence in social media! If they get enough "likes" on their post, it makes them feel good for the day. But God doesn't want our confidence to be dependent on any earthly thing. He wants to give you confidence that is stable; confidence that can't be shaken by circumstances or the opinions of others. He wants you to be so secure in Him that nothing can throw you off course!
When we put our trust in Him, that's when true confidence begins. But many people have a difficult time trusting God because they think God is mad at them, or they don't know if God is that interested in their issues. But always remember—God's not mad at you; He's madly in love with you! He cares about the number of hairs on your head, and He cares about everything that concerns you. FULL POST
Posted 12/30/14 at 1:39 PM | Victoria Osteen
As we approach the New Year, most people are filling their days reflecting, dreaming, and planning as countless resolutions are penned all over the world. It's a time to say goodbye to the old and hello to the new; a time for cleaning out the clutter of the past and making room for what God has in store for the future. But what I love most about New Year's Eve is the hope that is stirred with the idea that a fresh start—a new beginning—is just one sunrise away.
Do you know what else is just one sunrise away? Lamentations 3:23 tells us that God's mercy is available every single morning. Not just once a year, not just on special occasions, but His mercy is new with every sunrise. New mercy means that you haven't received it before. It's empowerment that you haven't experienced yet. It's greater levels of favor, grace and anointing to equip you to fulfill what He's called you to. Mercy doesn't just save us from punishment that we do deserve, it empowers us to receive blessing that we don't deserve! FULL POST
Posted 12/19/14 at 10:35 AM | Victoria Osteen
Jesus showed mercy everywhere He went. In fact, right before He was going to be arrested and taken to the cross, He had a conversation with one of His disciples. He said, "Peter, you are going to deny me three times tonight before it's all said and done." Peter refused to believe it, "No way! I would never deny You. I'll stand by You 'til the end!" But just as Jesus said, the Bible shows us three accounts where Peter denied any association with Jesus. He was afraid and feared for his very life! You might think Jesus would be upset with him, but do you know how Jesus responded? After He died and rose again, He appeared to Mary at His tomb and said to her, "I want you to go and tell everyone that I've risen." Then He said, "And go find Peter." He singled him out. Why? Jesus wanted Peter to know that he was still loved, valued and forgiven even though he betrayed Him. Jesus didn't hold a grudge. Instead, He extended mercy and restored Peter. And, He extends that same mercy to us every single day! FULL POST
Posted 12/16/14 at 11:52 AM | Victoria Osteen
The holiday season is truly the most wonderful time of the year. There are warm gatherings with family and friends, and for many, it is a time of reflection and searching for connection with God. It is the season of thanks as we celebrate the birth of Christ—the greatest gift the world has ever known!
So, why is Jesus' birth so significant? What does it all mean? First of all, we have to know that God created mankind for fellowship. Genesis tells us that He walked in the cool of the evening with Adam, and He wants to walk with us each and every day of our lives, too. But then Adam sinned. He disobeyed God. That sin, that disobedience is what brings separation from God.
Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." We've all missed the mark. We've all made mistakes. We've all been separated from God. Romans 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." God didn't want to have a gap between Him and us, so He sent His Son, Jesus, to bridge the gap. Jesus paid the penalty for our sins on the cross 2,000 years ago. He died so that we could live. But then, He rose again and conquered death once and for all! I love what it says in Romans 5:8, "But God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." That's the gift of salvation—the greatest gift of all! FULL POST
Posted 12/12/14 at 11:38 AM | Victoria Osteen
One of the most quoted Psalms is Psalm 23 which begins, "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul..." What a beautiful picture this paints of us walking with God in beautiful, lush, fragrant pastures. It is a picture of peace, security and contentment. But then, the very next verse talks about very different surroundings. In a seemingly abrupt transition, verse four reads, "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me."
How in the world did we go from green pastures to the valley of the shadow of death in a single verse?
You know, sometimes life is like that. Unexpected circumstances, tragedy and trials take us from one place in life to another in an instant. But no matter where we are in life, no matter what has happened, God is still there. When we look to Him, we don't have to fear. He always brings peace. He always brings comfort. And notice that it says, "Though I walk through…" It doesn't say, "Though I end up in the valley of the shadow of death." We have to remember that the dark times don't last. We don't have to live in the valley of the shadow of death; we are just passing through. Sometimes, when circumstances are so overwhelming, we can begin to feel stuck and limited. If you feel that way today, let this truth sink down into your heart: you are never stuck in the valley. He is leading you to a place of safety and rest. There may be seasons of uncertainty, but that's when trust kicks in. There may a season of mourning, but God is near to the brokenhearted. He is near to all who call on His name. Lift your eyes to Him, focus on His goodness, and let faith rise up in your heart again. Know that God is good. He is not the author of confusion but of peace. John 10:10 tells us that the thief comes to kill, steal and destroy, but Jesus came to give us everlasting and abundant life. God is always on a mission of hope, healing and restoration—a mission of love. FULL POST
Posted 12/9/14 at 10:27 AM | Victoria Osteen
During the holiday season, people often spend more time with family than any other time of the year. And let's face it, sometimes family members can challenge our love walk more than any other people in our lives. This year, let's make sure that we guard the atmosphere of peace during family gatherings and that your good intentions to help others won't open the door to offense either.
For example, when you see someone doing something differently from the way you would do it, what do you do? Do you try to "help" them by offering your advice? Do you try to correct others when you know of a better way or disagree with their methods?
Oftentimes, we don't even realize we are doing this because we genuinely care about the person and want to offer them the wisdom that we've learned over the years. Unfortunately, more often than not, that unsolicited advice actually drives a wedge in relationships. I see this all the time between husbands and wives, parents and children, and even close friends. Most people already know the areas they need to work on. They don't really need to have someone point out their shortcomings or "fix" them. If you think about it, when you set out to "fix" someone, what you're really saying is, "You're not good enough the way you are." But that's not what people need. What people need is to know that they are loved unconditionally. They need to know they are approved and accepted even when they miss the mark. People want to know that they can count on your love and support no matter what happens. FULL POST
Posted 12/2/14 at 1:51 PM | Victoria Osteen
In our front yard, we have this gorgeous oak tree. Its trunk is so strong, and the branches create this beautiful canopy over the front yard. When I look at it, I think about how at one point, it was just a tiny seed. Over the years, it developed into this tree because of the conditions it has been in. Just like that tree, you and I have everything we need inside of us to grow strong and steady in this life and become all that God has called us to be.
Sometimes we don't feel equipped. Sometimes we don't know if we have what it takes. It's like when I pack my suitcase for a trip. Over the course of my life, I've done a lot of traveling. As much as I have packed, it seems that every time I go to close my suitcase, I start thinking, "Did I forget something? What am I missing? What if the weather changes? What if our schedule changes and I need something different?" I never quite feel like I have everything I need. FULL POST
Posted 11/28/14 at 10:47 AM | Victoria Osteen
This time of year always warms my heart and reminds me of many wonderful holidays spent with family and friends. But, I've found that if I'm not careful, I can find myself getting wrapped up in the busyness of the season, things to do, people to see and gifts to buy. I think this is true for most people. Many people live life "maxed out" before the holiday season even starts, and then adding just a little extra stress on top creates a recipe for frustration, hurt feelings and strife.
The Bible warns us in James 3:16 that when strife comes in, it opens the door for "every evil work." We have to close the door on strife and use wisdom when planning our days. We have to consciously make the effort to receive God's grace, extend mercy to others, and hold on to peace.
Grace is God's supernatural favor, mercy and empowerment upon you. It's His ability working in you to accomplish what you need to. When Jesus left the earth, He said, "I may be going away, but I'm sending One who will never leave you—the Holy Spirit will reside in you and teach you all things." When you align yourself with the Spirit of God, you will be equipped for every good work by His grace. His grace will empower you to love others and help you navigate the holiday season! FULL POST