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Excerpt - Your Best Life Begins Each Morning by Joel Osteen

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Your Best Life Begins Each Morning

FaithWords (December 10, 2008)


The potential to live your best life starts with each new morning. With every sunrise, you can choose to approach the day with an attitude of faith and expectancy. Bestselling author Joel Osteen writes, "When you get up in the morning, the first things you should do is set your mind in the right direction . . . and then go out anticipating good things."

Now, for the first time, Pastor Osteen presents a tool to accomplish that goal. Based on his book, Your Best Life Now, he offers prescriptions for positive living in 365 daily messages. Each message is accompanied by a relevant scripture.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:




Joel Osteen is the pastor of the largest church in America with one of the most diverse congregations and over 30,000 members attending every week. He has quickly become a leading voice in a new generation of inspirational leaders and pastors. Under his leadership, Lakewood Church has grown in every area of ministry, more than quadrupling in size in the past five years. In the summer of 2005, the church moved into Houston’s 17,000-seat Compaq Arena and become the new Lakewood International Center. Joel and his wife Victoria live in Houston with their two children.



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Product Details:



List Price: $ 13.99

Hardcover: 384 pages

Publisher: FaithWords (December 10, 2008)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0446545090

ISBN-13: 978-0446545099



AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER:





YOUR Best Life BEGINS EACH MORNING





Devotions to Start Every New Day of the Year





JOEL OSTEEN







Introduction





The key to living your best life starts with how you approach every new morning, because today is the only day you have. You can’t do anything about the past, and you don’t know what the future holds. But when you wake up in the morning, you can make up your mind to do your best to enjoy your day. You’re not going to allow what does or doesn’t happen to steal your joy and keep you from God’s abundant life.





Don’t start your day off by feeling guilty about yesterday or recalling all the mistakes you made. Rather, when you make mistakes, simply ask God for forgiveness and then move on, confident that the moment you ask, God forgives you. You are ready for a great present and a bright future. Get up every morning and receive God’s love and mercy and the power of His Word for your life.





Start your day with God by saying, “Father, I thank You that this is going to be a great day. I thank You that I have discipline, self-control; that I make good decisions. I may not have done all that I could have yesterday, but that day’s gone. I’m going to get up and do better today.” These devotions are written to inspire ardent love and worship to God. While they are not meant to replace your personal time with God, it is my desire that the readings will be keys you can use to unlock doors leading a fuller life. I hope they will be a springboard to help you draw nearer to God and to help you overcome the obstacles that might keep you from living your best life now.





Your life can be transformed and renewed as you allow God’s Word to refresh and to reshape your thinking, speaking, and daily activities. Allow the Scriptures to speak to you. Be still and listen to what God is saying to you. No matter where you are or what challenges you face, you can start to enjoy your life right now!







J ANUARY 1





For I am about to do something new.



See, I have already begun! Do you



not see it? I will make a pathway



through the wilderness. I will create



rivers in the dry wasteland.



ISAIAH 43:19





Unpack Your Dreams





W HAT DO YOU WANT TO DO with your life?



If you could write your best life story this morning, what would it say? Is your first reaction to see and describe yourself in terms of past experiences or present limitations, more in terms of losing or just surviving rather than fulfilling your dreams?





If you’ve packed away your dreams, dare to unpack them today and ask God to rekindle them in your heart and mind. It’s time to enlarge your vision.



He wants to pour out His far and beyond favor on you (see Ephesians 2:7). He wants to do big things and new things in your life.





J ANUARY 2





“For I know the plans I have for you,”



declares the Lord, “plans to prosper



you and not to harm you, plans to



give you hope and a future.”



JEREMIAH 29:11





We Serve a Great God





Y OU MAY HAVE EXPERIENCED adversity or trials in your past. Perhaps you’ve had more than your share of setbacks and heartaches. But today is a brand-new day. It is time to stretch your faith and pursue the excellence that God has placed in your heart. It is time to break out of the “barely get by” mentality, to become the best you can be, not merely average or ordinary, for the rest of your life.





We serve the Most High God, and His dream for your life is so much bigger and better than you can even imagine. Never settle for a small view of God. Start thinking as God thinks. Think big. Think increase. Think abundance. Think more than enough!





J ANUARY 3





What, then, shall we say in response



to this? If God is for us, who can be



against us? He who did not spare his



own Son, but gave him up for us all—



how will he not also, along with him,



graciously give us all things?



ROMANS 8:31–32







With God on Your Side





GOD IS CONSTANTLY trying to plant new seeds in your heart. He’s trying to fill you with so much hope and expectancy that the seed will grow and bring forth a tremendous harvest. Never allow negative thinking to keep you from God’s best. If you will get in agreement with God, this can be the greatest time of your life.



With God on your side, you cannot possibly lose. He can make a way when it looks as though there is none. He can open doors that no one can shut. He can cause you to be at the right place, at the right time. He can supernaturally turn your dreams into reality.





J ANUARY 4





For therein is the righteousness of God



revealed from faith to faith: as it is



written, The just shall live by faith.



ROMANS 1:17





Stretch Your Faith





PERHAPS WE HAVE A GOAL to break a bad habit, to lose some weight, or to pay off our credit cards. At first, we’re so excited and we go after it! But over time, we get lazy; we get complacent. Maybe we see a little improvement, but then we get comfortable right where we are. Where we are may not be a bad place, but we know it’s not where we’re supposed to be. We’re not stretching our faith. We’re not pursuing the excellence that God has placed in our hearts.



Maybe you’ve been coasting lately, thinking that perhaps you’ve reached your limits. You’re not stretching your faith. You aren’t believing for an increase.



No, don’t stop halfway; go on up to the top of your mountain. Believe God for more.





J ANUARY 5





By faith Abraham, when called



to go to a place he would later



receive as his inheritance, obeyed



and went, even though he did not



know where he was going.



HEBREWS 11:8





Step Out of Your Comfort Zone





PEOPLE WHO SEE THEIR DREAMS come to pass are people who have some resolve, some backbone; people who refuse to settle for somewhere along the way. Abraham, one of the Old Testament heroes of faith, obeyed God and followed Him all the way to the Promised Land of abundance in Canaan. Abraham’s father, however, stopped along the way and settled in Haran (see Genesis 11:31), feeling it was good enough but missing out on God’s best.





Don’t fall into a complacency trap. It doesn’t take any more effort to stay filled with faith than it takes to develop a negative attitude. Dare to step out of your comfort zone today. God has so much more in store. Keep pursuing and keep believing.





Copyright © 2008 by Joel Osteen Publishing








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  1. Thank you for sharing this exert. I have read a couple of his books and have enjoyed them tremendously.

    with blessings,

    Minister Mamie

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