Do you feel discouraged, deceived, or depressed?

Do you worry that you’ll never overcome the challenges and heartaches in your life?

Do you struggle to forgive yourself and those who hurt you?

I understand. I experienced those same feelings and struggles. However, I moved from broken to beautiful, and you can too. Through my blog, the free resources, and my future podcast, my goal is to help you move from broken to beautiful.

When Grief Almost Cripples You

Have you ever felt as though someone punched you in the stomach? Have you felt so overcome with grief that you can’t stop crying or eat? I have. Seven years ago, my mother and my only child died.

Mama died before Mother’s Day, and my only child died three days after it. I wanted to die too and join them in heaven. I prayed, “God, please take me too.”

Have you ever prayed that way?

God didn’t answer that prayer. Instead he showed me that my mother and my only child would want me to go on living and do what I’d been called to do.

So I asked God, “Will you please help me do the best I can? Will you give me the strength and determination to go on without them?”

Three books and dozens of speaking engagements later, it’s obvious God answered my second prayer.

What will you do when grief almost cripples you? Will you ask God to take you home too? Will you pray for divine grace and power to go without your loved one?

As long as you’re still here, God isn’t done with you yet. He has plans for you. Do you know what his purpose is for you? If you don’t know, will you ask him what it is?

I often claimed Romans 11:29 for my life. It says, “For God’s gift and his call are irrevocable.” I still remind myself of that verse when other obstacles hinder my progress. You can claim that promise for your life too.

Prayer: Dear God, without __________, I admit I don’t want to go on. I would rather die and join them. Give me grace and strength to continue without __________. Please show me the gift you’ve given me and the call on my life. Amen.

Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega June 11, 2016

What Kind of Life Are You Experiencing?

Do you find yourself singing as you go about your day? Perhaps you dance or skip from one activity to another. Maybe you look forward to being with family and friends. Fifteen years ago, I didn’t think I would sing again. I didn’t have the strength to dance or skip even a step or two.… Continue Reading

What Will You Do on Father’s Day?

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19. Perhaps your father died, and you will not have a Happy Father’s Day. Instead you might go to the cemetery and leave flowers at his grave site. You might sit there and tell him how much you miss you. If your father is alive, you might visit him and… Continue Reading

What Will You Do This Summer for Your Wellbeing?

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 Do you look forward to summer? I sure do. Sunshine and warmer temperatures make me feel better. With extended daylight hours, I can journal at the beach and take long walks there. The ocean waves bring me joy and relaxation. You can walk at the beach too or take hikes in the mountains. That time… Continue Reading

Crossing the Bridge You Don’t Want to Cross

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Have you ever cried, stomped, and kicked because you didn’t want to forgive someone? If you have, I understand. For seven and a half years, I fought the battle of forgiveness. I thought if I forgave the person who hurt me, I would lose the battle. Maybe you’ve experienced that same thought. For years my… Continue Reading