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 Do You Want in Life?

What Do You Want in Life?

“When do you think your publishing house will be able to release my book?” I asked the publisher over the ...

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When Life Is Difficult

When Life Is Difficult

A young woman lost her husband to heart problems. An older man lost his wife to cancer. A middle-aged woman ...

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When Valentine’s Day Is Difficult

When Valentine’s Day Is Difficult

“I hate Valentine’s Day. I’m divorced, and I don’t have a boyfriend.” Jenny had stopped me in the gym parking ...

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It’s Your Fault Not Mine

It's Your Fault Not Mine

Margaret sat down in my office and said, “No matter what happens in our marriage, my husband says, ‘It’s your ...

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Tienes La Culpa

Tienes La Culpa

Margarita se sentó en mi oficina y dijo, “No importa lo que pasa en mi matrimonio. Mi esposo dice, “Tú ...

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What Do You Want in Life?

“When do you think your publishing house will be able to release my book?” I asked the publisher over the telephone. I knew the date I wanted, but I waited to hear what she would tell me.

“May 1,” she answered.

I clapped and cheered. I thanked God for giving me the desires of my heart. I couldn’t think of a better release date. I lost my mother before Mother’s Day five years ago. Mother’s Day, the anniversary of my son’s passing, and his birthday all occur in May, but this year I will focus on helping other women who face grief or other trials.

God has taken the broken pieces of my life and given me beauty for ashes. He longs to do the same for you.

Whether you struggle with loneliness, a life threatening illness, or the emotional roller coaster of some other heartache, God loves you.

The heartache in your life can become the instrument the Lord uses to make you a stronger person and to give you a bigger ministry. God won’t allow you to suffer simply for the sake of suffering. He has a purpose for your life on earth.

 Psalm 20:4: “May He give you what your heart desires and fulfill your whole purpose” (HCSB).

Dear God, please give me my heart desires. Amen.

Application: What will you do this week to find out what God’s whole purpose is for your life?

Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega March 2, 2015

When Valentine’s Day Is Difficult

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“I hate Valentine’s Day. I’m divorced, and I don’t have a boyfriend.” Jenny had stopped me in the gym parking lot to lament her situation. “At one time, I also dreaded Valentine’s Day but not anymore.” Jenny raised her brows and said, “What changed?” “Let me share with you what my mentors taught me. If…Continue Reading

Tienes La Culpa

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Margarita se sentó en mi oficina y dijo, “No importa lo que pasa en mi matrimonio. Mi esposo dice, “Tú tienes la culpa. Yo no.”  Me sentaba en silencio y esperaba que dijera más. Su pelo café oscuro llegó hasta los hombros, y tenía lágrimas en los ojos cafés claros. “Anoche maldijo y gritó, ‘Tienes…Continue Reading