You have seeds of greatness in you! I believe our lives as Christians should be the most exciting because we have the favor and blessings of God on our side!
When things don't go our way, we get to choose how we will respond. We get to choose our perspective. Will you focus on what you didn't get, or what you did get?
We only have a certain amount of energy for each day. 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.
There will be times when we do not agree on every decision or subject, but we should always believe in one another, support one another, and move forward through life together - connected.
The truth is we just have a normal life, because we do have a church where our children are growing up pastor's children. And we just try to keep it really normal.
The challenges are gonna go, and your children are gonna grow, so try to enjoy this moment, and try to look at what's good, and be grateful for what you have because you will see better days.
Our relationships are precious, valuable treasures from heaven, and we should handle them carefully, always looking for ways to build bridges to each other's hearts.
One of the most important things you can do in your life is to learn to pull back the curtain of fear so you can see it for what it really is - the enemy blowing a lot of smoke and pushing your buttons.
Know today that God approves of you. He's pleased with you. He may not always be pleased with your choices or some of the things you do, but when God looks at you, He sees His amazing creation.
Just because you have a disagreement with your friends or family members does not mean there are not plenty of other areas on which you see eye to eye. It just means you have a difference of opinion.
It's no secret that in our society, and many before, people are trend followers. For some reason, they feel better about themselves if they are dressed in the latest fashion or have the newest tech gadget.
It is my desire to break the destructive generational cycle of illiteracy in the home by focusing on the children. Reading to your child has so much value as a parent because it opens the lines of communication.
If you just can't seem to get ahead, you might need to check your priorities. If you've had difficulties setting your priorities, ask God to help you.
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.
I've learned in my life that things change. Seasons changes, times change. We take different jobs. Our children grow. So, we have to study the people in our lives and adapt to them, because when we do that, we get more out of our relationships.
I want to remind you today that the greatest Artist of all time created you. He dreamed about you long before you were born, before a single brushstroke of your life took place.
I think that when you don't look at the good things around you, that you lose sight of all those good things. And you're not going to enjoy your life.
I think that we have a great opportunity to impart our wisdom and our knowledge and our experience to this younger generation. It may be different times, but experience transcends time, and wisdom transcends time.
I read to my children, and now they love to read. I encourage parents to carve out just 20 minutes a day. It helps you learn more about them, and really opens the door for you to speak into their life!
I just look at all the fruit and all the people's lives that are being changed and are being touched. And that's what we really focus on because we hear - every day we get mail, we visit with people, and their lives are being changed.
I believe God put that desire inside of all of us so that we can evaluate ourselves in the light of His Word in order to become all that He created us to be.
God's not complicated - He's really not. And He helps people in their everyday life so that they can get better in relationships, in their job situations, in getting through grief.
God doesn't want us to merely sit around dreaming about things we can do and be. That's a good place to start, but a poor place to stop. God wants us to turn our dreams into action.
Everybody can make a choice to be more positive. It's about who you hang around and what you choose to watch on TV. What environment you put yourself in. It's easy to get a negative internal dialogue. You have to be aware of what's playing in your mind.
Children touch all of our lives. We all have the opportunity to sow seeds into the next generation, and there's nothing more important that we can leave on this earth than a legacy of faith, hope, and confidence in our God.
At the end of day, what matters most to God, what moves His heart, isn't our fancy words and impressive possessions - it's the condition of our hearts.
You need to love your life; you have to appreciate yourself.
You may not be like everyone else, but that's okay. Be who God made you to be.
You matter to God, and every detail of your life matters to Him.
The thing is, God has already seen every twist and turn of your life. He already knows what's in your heart. He already knows the decisions you've made. He's just waiting for you to call on Him and be honest with Him like Jonah was.
You have to make time and tend to things that are important in your life so you can live the life of blessing God has promised you!
With His love, you can wake up every day with an attitude of faith and expectancy.
When you receive God's love and encouragement, it will empower you to do more than you ever thought possible.
When we tend to the areas of life that are important to us, when we make those things a priority, that's when we will flourish in those areas.
When we obey God, we're not doing it for God... we're doing it for ourself. Because God takes pleasure when we're happy.
When God created you, He went to great lengths to make you exactly the way He wanted you to be. You are His ultimate work of art.
We want to encourage people. We want to help them. We want them to see all the good things God has placed in them and give them a right future.
We know what we are supposed to do and we don't want to do it, so we do the exact opposite anyway. And, it never goes well for us when we do that.
We have to take care of ourselves if we are going to take care of anyone else properly.
We have to be careful not to look for confidence in the acceptance of others because true confidence only comes from knowing God.
We eat pretty healthy foods, and I've taught my kids since they were little about knocking out trans fats.
We are God's creation, and we have a responsibility to keep ourselves at our best.
Remember, the choices we make today shape the people we become tomorrow.
Oftentimes, people stay where they are in life simply because of fear. But do you know that fear isn't reality? It's only a thought in your mind.
Life doesn't always give us what we are expecting.
It's hard to argue with someone that won't argue with you.
It's amazing what you'll discover if you start exploring what God has placed within you.
In some families, parents don't read or don't have the money to spend on books.
Imagine Him smiling down on you right now. Embrace His love. Remember, you are His most prized possession, the apple of His eye!
If you're not a parent, if you're an aunt or uncle or neighbor, books are an amazing gift.
Victoria Osteenis the co-pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, an author, the wife of Joel Osteen, and the daughter-in-law of John Osteen...