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Words of Hope and Inspiration with Joel and Victoria Osteen

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It’s Time For Some “First Times”

posted by victoriaosteen

One time at church, I was talking to a college student. She was about to take a very important final exam. She asked, “Joel, would you pray that God will help me make a C on this test?” I kind […]

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Standing In The Place of Power

posted by victoriaosteen

We all have times when things 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 […]

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What To Wear Today

posted by victoriaosteen

If you’re like me, when you wake up in the morning, you start thinking about your day—where you’ll be going, who you’ll be seeing, and what the weather will be like. Then you go to your closet and choose something […]

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Stay On Winning Side

posted by victoriaosteen

Right before Jesus was arrested and taken to the cross, He had a conversation with one of his disciples, Peter. He said, “Peter, you are going to deny me three times tonight.” But Peter loved Jesus and refused to believe […]

Thank God For Generational Blessings

posted by joel

We can all look back through our family lines and see how our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and others in our family history have affected our lives. Sometimes people see negative things that have been passed down, but the blessing of […]

Lean Into Him

posted by victoriaosteen

Have you ever been in a crowded, noisy room trying to have a conversation with someone? If you can’t hear what they are saying, what do you do? Most likely, you lean in just a little bit closer so you […]

Another Chance

posted by joel

I’ve talked to a lot of people over the years that really get down on themselves because of the mistakes they have made in the past. They don’t think they deserve God’s goodness. They think they’ve gone too far. But […]

The Center Of It All

posted by victoriaosteen

So often, it’s easy to turn to God in the midst of our difficulty. We invite Him into our brokenness. We want Him to be in the center of our financial difficulty or hurting relationship. But how often do we […]

Make Room In Your Thinking

posted by victoriaosteen

Have you ever looked at your life and felt stuck in your circumstances? So many people are living narrow, limited lives, and they don’t even realize it! They think things like, That’s it. That’s all there is. There aren’t any […]

Reaching New Levels

posted by victoriaosteen

God wants us to be constantly growing, rising to new levels, and reaching higher heights in this life. He wants us to flourish and excel at whatever we set our hand to. But so many people stay right where they […]

Healing For Your Family

posted by joel

There’s a couple I know who have a son, and for many years, he was on the wrong course. He was raised in a great environment, but for some reason, he got involved with the wrong crowd, got into drugs, […]

Lessons From A Crooked Floor

posted by victoriaosteen

When things don’t go as planned, most people automatically try to figure out why. Of course, it’s good to evaluate yourself and look for ways to do better next time, but you have to be careful. It’s easy to get […]

Don’t Fall For It

posted by victoriaosteen

Have you ever heard about how hunters used to trap monkeys? The hunters would fill a large barrel with bananas and then cut a small hole in the side of it just barely big enough for the monkey to get […]

Turn The Page

posted by joel

A while back, I met a sharp young couple with three small children from New Orleans. They had lost everything during Hurricane Katrina. The house that they had worked so hard for was swept away along with their furniture, possessions […]

Do What He Did!!!

posted by victoriaosteen

When Jesus walked on earth, He was on a mission from Almighty God. His mission was to pave the way for us to live in eternity with Him. Not only did He show us the way to everlasting life, He […]

Keep Investing

posted by victoriaosteen

The most rewarding relationships are built and proven over time. They take effort, investment and self-sacrifice. But sadly, when it comes to facing challenges in relationships, our culture today makes it easy to focus on the short term, seeking self-gratification […]

The Ultimate Victory

posted by joel

In one of our services at Lakewood, Danny Gokey, who previously sang on American Idol, told us about how his wife was born with a heart condition. They did everything they knew in the natural. They prayed that she would […]

Paralyze Your Enemy

posted by victoriaosteen

This month in America, we celebrated Independence Day on July 4th, which marks the birth of our freedom as a nation. The question today is, how often do you celebrate your true freedom—your spiritual freedom? Scripture tells us that it is […]

Balance and Contentment

posted by victoriaosteen

When you think of the word contentment, what does it mean to you? Are you content in this life? Are you content in all circumstances? Some people get confused about the concept of contentment because they think it means they […]

He Won’t Let You Down

posted by joel

A few years ago, I saw a report on the news about a teenage girl who had driven her car into some high water on a flooded street. She ended up stranded in her car. The water was rising unusually […]

Do What He Did!

posted by victoriaosteen

When Jesus walked on earth, He was on a mission from Almighty God. His mission was to pave the way for us to live in eternity with Him. Not only did He show us the way to everlasting life, He […]

Put Your Bags Down and Rest

posted by victoriaosteen

A while back, we were traveling to one of our Night of Hope events, and we had to take a connecting flight in order to reach our destination. When we arrived at the airport between flights, we didn’t have much […]

The Confidence Factor

posted by victoriaosteen

Oftentimes, as soon as we make the decision to step out in faith and obey God, the enemy comes at us with a load of fear trying to intimidate us, and ultimately, stop us. It starts with thoughts like, What […]

Honoring The Heart of A Mother

posted by victoriaosteen

I love what the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, a young man who had great courage and confidence. In Second Timothy three he wrote, “Timothy, I can see the faith of your mother Eunice and your grandmother Lois in you.” […]

Yours For The Taking

posted by victoriaosteen

When my kids come home from school or from visiting one of their friend’s houses, most times, the first thing they do is head for the fridge. They don’t ask me if it’s okay to get a drink. They don’t […]

Have You Changed Your Filter Lately?

posted by victoriaosteen

Here in the South, it stays pretty warm almost year round. I can’t think of one indoor place in Houston that doesn’t have air-conditioning. I know up in the North it’s a different story, but around here, we are thankful […]

Dare To Believe

posted by joel

I have a friend who is a medical doctor. Late one night years ago, he was driving down the freeway on his way home. He came upon an accident and stopped to see if he could help. Sadly, it was […]

Prayers That Avail Much

posted by joel

Scripture tells us that the fervent prayers of the righteous avail much. Fervent prayer is heart-filled, it’s faith-filled, and it’s love-filled. I believe that a praying mother gives us a wonderful example of what it means to pray fervently. I […]

The Place of New Provision

posted by joel

Change is one of the most difficult things that we all face but change is inevitable. Mark Twain said, “The only person who likes change is a wet baby.” One reason people don’t like change is because they get comfortable […]

When the Brook Dries Up

posted by joel

In 1 Kings 17, God told the prophet Elijah to go to the brook Cherith and ravens would feed him there. So, Elijah went to the brook Cherith and had provision week after week. He didn’t have to go get […]

How Do You See God!

posted by joel

There are many different ways that people see God. Some people see Him as a God who is far off, way out there, untouchable, somewhere in the universe. Some people see Him in a very formal way where they have […]

Instilling Value and Showing Love

posted by victoriaosteen

No matter what age, everyone has a deep need to be valued and respected. When you instill value into others and show love to them, you are sowing valuable seeds of respect that will come back as a harvest of […]

Overcoming Negativity in Relationships

posted by victoriaosteen

We all encounter difficult people from time to time. You might even have someone that just came to mind at the mention of the word “difficult.” But have you ever thought that the person might be in your life for […]

Let Your Mind Catch Up!

posted by victoriaosteen

I was watching television the other day, and there was a woman who had lost a whole lot of weight. She had worked so hard and gotten really thin, but she said that when she looks in the mirror, she […]

Don’t Just Think About It, Do It!

posted by victoriaosteen

Scripture tells us in James 5:16 that, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” That means we have been given the power through prayer to make changes in our lives, in our homes, in our relationships and […]

Dig a Ditch

posted by joel

In second Kings chapter three, scripture talks about a time when the people were in a serious drought, and there was no sign of relief anywhere in sight. They lived in a valley that didn’t get much rain to begin […]

Adding To Your Life

posted by joel

In scripture, there is a man by the name of Hezekiah. Hezekiah was a good man. He was a leader who loved and honored God and stood for righteousness. He led the people with integrity. In the prime of his […]

Beyond Accusing Voices

posted by victoriaosteen

In the New Testament, there’s a story about a woman who was caught in the act of adultery. The religious leaders of the time had already condemned her in their minds, and their law said that she should be stoned. […]

DESIGNED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

posted by victoriaosteen

Enjoy this guest blog post from our Young Adult Pastor Nick  Nilson: It’s “ironic” that at the pinnacle of the NFL’s success and influence, when its ratings are the highest, a 24-year-old quarterback named Tim Tebow would arise as what […]

Make Room

posted by victoriaosteen

Have you ever stepped out to pursue a dream in your heart and then became overwhelmed by it, wondering if you were equipped or qualified to pull it off? Most everyone has been there. In fact, many of the great […]

He’ll Turn Things Around

posted by joel

A couple of years ago, I was at an amusement park with our two children. We were waiting in a very long line for a popular ride. At first, it was a single-file line, but when we got closer to […]

Rest Secure In His Love

posted by victoriaosteen

God loves you so much today. He wants to lift your burdens and bring you comfort. In Deuteronomy 33:12 it says, “Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in Him, for He shields him all day long, and the […]

Make Room

posted by victoriaosteen

Have you ever stepped out to pursue a dream in your heart and then became overwhelmed by it, wondering if you were equipped or qualified to pull it off? Most everyone has been there. In fact, many of the great […]

Don’t Wait

posted by victoriaosteen

Many people think that peace is about not arguing or being quiet, but really, it’s about so much more than that. Biblical peace is a powerful spiritual position. It’s about aligning your thoughts, attitudes and actions with God’s. It’s about […]

Nothing Can Keep a Praiser Down!

posted by joel

One of our faithful church members is a gentleman named Freddie Lamb. Freddie always has a smile on his face; he is always full of faith and joy. I see him at church all the time. Back in the 1990’s, […]

What’s Between You and Your Destiny?

posted by joel

In the Bible, when Joshua and the people of Israel were headed toward the Promised Land, right in the middle of their path was a huge obstacle—the city of Jericho. Jericho was a large, fortified city. It had huge walls […]

Before You Were Born

posted by joel

Have you ever heard a parent say, “We weren’t expecting this child; they were a surprise,” or “they were an accident?” Well, that child may have been a surprise to the parents, but they were not a surprise to Almighty […]

When Offense Comes

posted by victoriaosteen

For my entire life, my family has been in the jewelry business. Over the years, I’ve learned quite a bit about gemstones and precious metals, but what has always fascinated me the most is the story of how a pearl […]

A Permanent Place of Provision

posted by joel

I want to tell you a story about a young lady in our church. She is a single parent, a hard worker, and a faithful volunteer. She’s always done her best to provide a living for her family, but always […]

Your Mistakes Don’t Cancel Your Destiny

posted by joel

Back in Bible days, if you would have asked Jacob “Who are you?” he would have said, “I’m a cheater. I’m a deceiver. I’m a liar.” But really, that’s not who he is, that’s what he did. We’ve all done […]

After the Ups and Downs

posted by joel

In Genesis, the Bible tells us about Jacob’s son, Joseph. As a young man, he was wearing a coat of many colors given to him by his father. He had God’s favor. His life was good. He was on an […]

What’s Directing You?

posted by victoriaosteen

One afternoon I was having a late lunch with a friend at a nice restaurant. Throughout the lunch, I noticed my friend was becoming increasingly irritated with our waiter who was somewhat forgetful, inattentive and slow. My friend’s frustration was […]

You Can’t Give What You Don’t Have

posted by victoriaosteen

In Luke 10, the Bible talks about two sisters, Mary and Martha. Jesus went to the house of these two sisters to teach one day. Mary chose to sit at His feet and receive from His teachings while Martha chose […]

Favor Through Relationships

posted by joel

Did you know that God will bless you through your relationships? He will pour out His favor on you by using the people in your life. He’ll use your friends, family, coworkers, and even your spouse. It says in Proverbs […]

Bible 360

posted by joel

If you watch our weekly program, you’ve noticed that at the beginning of each service, we raise our Bibles and declare, “This is my Bible, I have what it says I have; I can do what is says I can […]

The Treasure Within

posted by victoriaosteen

I read a story about a man who lived in a tiny apartment and died in extreme poverty. At one point in his life, he had even been homeless, living on the streets. This man never had any successes to […]

Have More!

posted by victoriaosteen

So many people are walking around in this life, day in and day out, going through the motions, checking off their lists, breathing air, but they aren’t truly living the way God intends. See, God doesn’t want us to just […]

Expectations in Relationships

posted by victoriaosteen

A couple of years ago, I was chatting with a young man who was sharing how the ministry had really helped him recover from a terrible divorce. He was saying that he just didn’t understand what had gone wrong in […]

Made for More

posted by joel

In life, we all experience setbacks and disappointments. We all have times when things don’t go the way we planned. If we’re not careful, those negative experiences can attach themselves to us, weigh us down and hold us back. We […]

Just Get Back Up!

posted by joel

When things aren’t happening on your timetable, when you don’t see anything changing, are you tempted to get complacent or quit trying? I have a friend who struggled with an addiction for a long time, many years. In high school, […]

Don’t Get it Backwards

posted by joel

What are you seeking in this New Year? What are your highest priorities? So many people make their lists and fill their days trying to make things happen. Or, they seek after something newer, bigger or better. Of course, I’m […]

Open Up!

posted by joel

Psalm 81:10 says, “Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.” As we enter the new year, ask yourself, “Do I have my mouth open wide for this year?” In other words, what are you expecting? What are you […]

This One Thing I Do

posted by victoriaosteen

I love what Paul said in Philippians 3:13. He’s talking about moving forward with God. In this verse he basically says, “You know, I’m not perfect. I haven’t attained it all. But one thing I do—I press on.” He is […]

The Faith You Have

posted by victoriaosteen

God loves faith! In fact, Hebrews tells us that without faith, it is impossible to please Him. The good news is that each person has been given a measure of faith. (Romans 12:3) There’s a seed of faith deposited into […]

T.G.I.T.!

posted by joel

Did you know studies show that people are actually happier on Friday? That’s because we’re looking forward to the weekend. We change our mindsets and decide to focus on the good things ahead. Quite simply, we decide to enjoy our […]

Get Uncomfortable

posted by victoriaosteen

When was the last time you really went outside of your comfort zone to try something new? Was it something you’ve wanted to do for a long time, or perhaps a new opportunity that presented itself out of the blue? […]

Who Owes You?

posted by joel

Everyone has had unfair things happen to them. We’ve all been wronged, hurt and rejected. Some wounds cut deeper than others, but when all is said and done, we have a choice to make. When someone wrongs you, they are […]

Handfuls of Purpose

posted by joel

Scripture talks about a woman named Ruth. She had been through a lot of heartache and pain. Her husband had been killed in a battle. Now her mother-in-law, Naomi, was moving away to a different city. Ruth decided to go […]

Look For a Sign

posted by victoriaosteen

One day I was having a conversation with a friend who was encouraging me to step out and do this particular thing. Before I even thought twice about it, I blurted out, “Oh, I can’t do that!” It wasn’t because […]

Never Forget!

posted by victoriaosteen

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 the cares of this world creep into our […]

Cast Your Cares…Because You Do Care!

posted by victoriaosteen

Have you ever waited so long for something that you developed an I-don’t-care attitude? Maybe the words “I don’t care” even came out of your mouth, but what is the truth deep down inside your heart? I’ve found that most […]

Release The Blessing

posted by joel

A while back, I heard a story about a young girl in the second grade who had a cleft lip. It made her lip a little bit crooked, and her smile was somewhat awkward. Because she was different from the […]

Let Those Doors Close

posted by joel

Years ago, I walked into a government building. There were two sets of double doors about 15 feet apart. They were both automatic doors. In order for the second set of doors to open, you had to let the first […]

He’ll Turn Things Around

posted by joel

A couple of years ago, I was at an amusement park with our two children. We were waiting in a very long line for a popular ride. At first, it was a single-file line, but when we got closer to […]

Just Keep Singing

posted by joel

A while back, I heard an amazing story about a five-year-old boy named Michael. His mother found out that she was pregnant with a little girl and Michael was so excited. He could not wait to see his baby sister! […]

Don’t Give Away Your Power!

posted by victoriaosteen

Have you ever thought about how much energy it takes to be bitter or hold a grudge? We only have a certain amount of energy for each day. If we use it for the wrong purpose, if we focus on […]

The Rest of the Story

posted by victoriaosteen

I have a friend who has a great husband and three beautiful children. She is a wonderful wife and mother who is always investing in family and doing things for them. However, she told me that she always feels so […]

What’s Growing in Your Heart?

posted by victoriaosteen

Scripture tells us that the Word of God is a seed that, when planted in our hearts, flourishes into the harvest of blessing God has prepared for us. But if we are going to experience all that God has for […]

Do You Need A Pill Or A Joke?

posted by joel

“The opposite of play isn’t work; it’s depression,” says Dr. Stuart Brown, Psychiatrist and founder of the National Institute of Play. He became interested in the effects of laughter and play on people’s lives back in 1966 when the Governor […]

Whose Business Are You In?

posted by joel

In my book, Every Day a Friday, I talk about simple, practical changes that you can make in your day-to-day living so that you can set yourself up to really enjoy every single day the way God intends. One of […]

The Gift of Goodbye!

posted by joel

All of us, at times, will have people who leave our lives for one reason or another. Beyond your family and the commitment of marriage, there are some relationships that are meant for just a season. It may be something […]

You Need One Thing…

posted by victoriaosteen

In Luke 10, it talks about Jesus going to the house of two sisters. Both acted very differently when He arrived. Mary chose to just sit at His feet and soak in every word He was saying. Martha chose to […]

Tap Into More!

posted by victoriaosteen

You may not always see it, but God has equipped you with everything you need to accomplish your dreams and fulfill your purpose in this life. Sometimes He gives what you need in seed form. When you step out and […]

Wear It Well

posted by victoriaosteen

The other day, I was reading in Ephesians 6 about how God has given us everything we need to live in victory in this life. He’s given us the authority of His name, He’s given us the power in His […]

What God Has Blessed

posted by agreyson

The Old Testament talks about how the king of Moab wanted to curse the Israelites. So he sent word to the prophet Balaam asking him to come to his city. The Israelites were about to come through where the Moabites […]

When Things Seem Out of Control

posted by agreyson

Everyone has days when they feel like things aren’t going the way they planned. We all have times when we feel like we don’t measure up, or we can’t meet the demands of the day, or things just seem out […]

Drive Heaviness Away!

posted by agreyson

Oftentimes, heaviness starts out as a little care or concern. What begins as a small burden grows and grows. We start to take on responsibilities that aren’t ours. We start thinking we have to keep everyone around us happy. We […]

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It's Time For Some "First Times"
One time at church, I was talking to a college student. She was about to take a very important final exam. She asked, "Joel, would you pray that God will help me make a C on this test?" I kind of laughed and said, "Why wouldn't we want to pray ...

posted 8:57:13am Aug. 20, 2012 | read full post »

Standing In The Place of Power
We all have times when things 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, we see that ...

posted 8:51:40am Aug. 17, 2012 | read full post »

What To Wear Today
If you're like me, when you wake up in the morning, you start thinking about your day—where you'll be going, who you'll be seeing, and what the weather will be like. Then you go to your closet and choose something to wear that will work for ...

posted 8:48:46am Aug. 15, 2012 | read full post »

Stay On Winning Side
Right before Jesus was arrested and taken to the cross, He had a conversation with one of his disciples, Peter. He said, "Peter, you are going to deny me three times tonight." But Peter loved Jesus and refused to believe it, "No way! I would ...

posted 8:46:54am Aug. 13, 2012 | read full post »

Thank God For Generational Blessings
We can all look back through our family lines and see how our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and others in our family history have affected our lives. Sometimes people see negative things that have been passed down, but the blessing ...

posted 8:37:39am Aug. 13, 2012 | read full post »

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