I moved from broken to beautiful, and you can too. I’ve endured many challenges and trials in my lifetime and have experienced fear, anger, discouragement, depression, and at times even despair. I struggled to forgive God and those who hurt me. I understand those emotions. Through those difficulties, God gave me a compassion for people and a desire to help others move from broken to beautiful.

What Are You Thankful for?

What Are You Thankful for?

Psalm 95:2-3: “Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD ...

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¿Para Qué Das Gracias?

¿Para Qué Das Gracias?

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 aclamémoslo con cánticos. Porque el Señor es el gran Dios,
el ...

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Will You Comfort Others?

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¿Consolarás a Otras Personas?

¿Consolarás a Otras Personas?

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What Are You Thankful for?

Thanksgiving Centerpiece at The Cove Psalm 95:2-3: “Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.”

As I placed my Thanksgiving candle figures on the dining room table, I remembered how my son used to move the pilgrims, the ships, and the Indians around the table. I thank God for the precious memories of my son, who is in heaven now.

I also think of my mother who loved the holidays and used to cook and bake from morning until night for days to make Thanksgiving a feast for the family.

My son and mother are in heaven praising God with music and song. I thank God they are no longer in pain.

I also thank God, for you, my readers. Some of you have been with me since the beginning of my weekly devotions. Some of you have not, but you have encouraged me and prayed for me as the others have. Thank you so much.

As I look back over the past year, I thank God for the fall in my home. Although I was in pain, I spent time with “the Lord . . . the great God, the great King above all gods” in prayer, Bible study, and praise and worship. I sensed God’s presence, peace, and power.

Dear God, thank you for my family, friends, and you “the great God.” Amen.

Application: When will you praise God with music and song this week?

Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega November 24, 2014

¿Para Qué Das Gracias?

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Salmos 95:2-3: “Lleguemos ante él con acción de gracias,
 aclamémoslo con cánticos. Porque el Señor es el gran Dios,
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¿Consolarás a Otras Personas?

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