Wanna start the new year right? Then I suggest you read Victoria Osteen’s Love Your Life… Surely it will help you love the life God has in store for you this 2015! 😀
I felt empowered and refreshed after I read the book last year. Books like this must be in everyone’s shelves to stand as constant reminder of God’s promises that time and again we have neglected or forgotten. We can draw inspiration from Victoria’s personal testimony and how to use God’s Word in specific areas of our lives whether it be regarding relationships with family or friends, career, church, ministry and most of all with Jesus Christ.
No matter what negative things happened to us last year, we can always bounce back stronger, much better person. That’s resiliency. Resiliency that only God can give.
One thing I realized after reading this book is that if you want to live happy, healthy and whole, then we have to change our life’s perspective, “renewing the mind” as the Bible has said, is the best course. As Christians, we must have “the mind of Christ” not out of self-righteousness but with the “righteousness that comes from God.” We have to live with confidence knowing God is certain about our abilities. We have to break that fear, that sin, that easily entangles us so we can build the confidence to move forward.
If yesterday, your thoughts were gravitating towards negativity, change it by directing your thoughts towards positive things. Let’s anchor our thoughts on God and not on the challenges that face us.
And so I culled an excerpt from Pastor Joel Osteen’s wife’s “Anchor Thoughts” written on page 92 of this book. Let’s make it our mantra this year!
I will not be consumed by my challenges. I will stay in faith, focus on the good, and keep the right perspective.
I choose to live this day happy, content and grateful for what God has given me.
I will focus on what I have and not what I don’t have. I will dwell on what’s right in my life and magnify the good.
When things are difficult and I’m tempted to get discouraged, I will remember all the great things God has done in my past.
I recognize I was not created to constantly struggle and endure life. I am making a decision to celebrate each day, to live it to the full, and to enjoy the people in my life.
I will not long for the good old days, wishing it could be like it was. I realize today I’ve got great people in my life, great opportunities and I’m making great memories. I know these are the good old days…
“No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.”
Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT)