Lisa Osteen: 'You Are Made for More'

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From economic troubles, to failed marriages, to the health care crisis, Americans everywhere are searching for shelter from the trials of this world.

Lisa Osteen, associate pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, wants you to know that you are made for more. That's the title of her recent book and in it, she talks about the victory she found in Christ over her broken relationships, broken dreams, and even a near-death experience after she opened a mail bomb.

CBN News talked with Osteen about her book and how it's ministering hope and purpose to those who seem to have lost their way along life's struggles.

"It's so easy to get stuck in life, in traumatic events, or just the challenges of everyday life and sort of just give up on your dreams and give up on yourself," Osteen said.

"Don't dare give up on your dreams or anything that God has put on your heart because he has more for you," she admonished. "And I believe you have more in you than you think."

Hear why Lisa believes there's a leader inside each and every one of us:

Osteen has had her own struggles in life, including an unwanted divorce. She said many people who go through a divorce feel ashamed in the Church, and she knows what that's like.

But she also said it's important to understand the Father God still has a plan to prosper your life, and He can work anything for good.

"You may have had a failure, but you're not a failure. God sees you as a learner," she said. "He will take you right where you are - just like He did with me. He'll heal you, but He'll not only heal you, He'll restore you and bring good out of the things you've gone through."

Osteen also knows what it's like to be near death.

Back in 1990, she unexpectedly opened a mail bomb that was intended for her parents. She said if it weren't for the grace of God, she wouldn't be alive today. She suffered injuries to her abdomen and leg, and the paramedic at the scene told her someone had to be standing between her and that bomb.

Learn more about what happened when Lisa opened a mail bomb and why she thought she was dying:

"You know, it was a literal bomb for me, but the fact is bombs go off in people's lives all the time,"she said. "They're served divorce papers or they lose a job or a child is sick, and so, no matter what it is that you go through, God is there to help you, just like He was with me."

In her book, Lisa encourages others to never give up on life no matter how hard it gets because God has a great destiny for His people.

"I believe that we were made not just to survive life but to thrive in life and that God really does have more peace for you -- more success, more joy, more purpose and fulfillment," she said.

Osteen's younger brother, Joel, is the senior pastor at Lakewood. Their parents founded the church back in 1959. Lakewood is now the largest church in America.

Osteen thanks God for her parents, who taught her how to live out the Gospel. They also helped her understand that God has a divine purpose for each person that walks this earth and that if you ask God what that is, He will show you how to live it out.

"If you'll just ask God, 'What is it you want me to do? God, I'm following you through adversity. I need your wisdom, I need your direction.' The Bible says that He'll direct our steps every day, and He'll lead us into our destiny."

When Osteen was a baby, doctors diagnosed her with something similar to cerebral palsy.  Find out how she overcame that disease through Christ:

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You Are Made for More!

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Tracy Winborn

Tracy Winborn

CBN News Producer

Tracy Winborn produces for CBN News' Newswatch program - a daily 30-minute newscast seen throughout the U.S.   Tracy also travels with CBN to produce from the field - having worked on stories like the Lakeland Revival, American Idol, and the 2008 McCain election party.