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Staying Steady and Grounded
By Victoria Osteen - Mar 18, 2016

Life is full of ups and downs, twists and turns. Sometimes it seems we are just getting the hang of things when a wave of the "unexpected" comes crashing down. But no matter what kind of storm is going on around us, we don't have to let the storm get in us. God wants us to stand steady and grounded in Him. You're not supposed to be tossed to and fro, one day up and one day down. One day you're happy, one day you're not. When you are born again, God gives you a regenerated spirit to connect with Him and His Word. When you are connected to Him, He becomes your anchor. That's why we need to meditate on the Word of God every single day.

We have to fill our spirits, but another important key to staying grounded is to keep our emotional tanks filled up as well. Not everyone fills their emotional tank the same way, but I believe if you really want to have mental strength, you have to be your own biggest cheerleader. You have to keep your mind in the right direction. You can't wait for other people to validate you; you have to believe in and validate yourself. Don't wait around for someone to send you flowers, send yourself some flowers! Get up every morning and set your mind and heart in the right direction. Make positive declarations of faith and bind your mind to the mind of Christ. 

A lot of times, we have a hard time making positive declarations because we aren't typically taught to say nice things about ourselves. We are taught that if we say good things about ourselves, then we are bragging. However, when you declare what God says about you, when you are speaking His word, you aren't boasting and bragging on yourself, you're boasting in the Lord! You're not talking about your own accomplishments; you are talking about His accomplishments in you. You are boasting about who He made you to be. 

Today, be determined to fill yourself up spiritually and emotionally. Connect your mind with heaven. Declare what He says about you. Speak words of faith. Know that He is your ultimate source of strength. Stay steady and grounded in Him so that when the storms of life come, you can stand and see the victory!

"The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock." (Matthew 7:25, NIV)
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