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.

Have the Troubles of Your Heart Multiplied?

Have the Troubles of Your Heart Multiplied?

Psalm 25:17: “The troubles of my heart have multiplied; free me from my anguish.” A woman confided that she struggles ...

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¿Crecen Las Angustias de Tu Corazón?

¿Crecen Las Angustias de Tu Corazón?

Salmos 25:17: “Crecen las angustias de mi corazón;
líbrame de mis tribulaciones.” Una mujer se confió en mí que lucha con ...

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When Life Gets Tough

When Life Gets Tough

Matthew 11:28: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  Financial problems, a ...

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Cuando La Vida Se Pone Difícil

Mateo 11:28: “Vengan a mí todos ustedes que están cansados y agobiados, y yo les daré descanso.”  Problemas financieros, una enfermedad ...

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When Is The Right Time?

When Is The Right Time?

 John 7:8: “You go to the Feast. I [Jesus] am not yet going up to this Feast, because for me ...

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Have the Troubles of Your Heart Multiplied?

Resized Yvonne at Advanced CCC Psalm 25:17: “The troubles of my heart have multiplied; free me from my anguish.”

A woman confided that she struggles with grief since the loss of her husband. Another one asked me how to manage as a single parent without a spouse after a divorce.

As I listened to both women, I heard the same plea. “The troubles of [their] heart have multiplied.” Both of them wanted God “to free [them] from [their] anguish.”

Why do so many troubles or heartaches exist in the world? We live in an imperfect world with imperfect bodies and emotions that can get us in trouble unless we submit them to God. Furthermore, the devil comes “only to steal and to kill and to destroy” (John 10:10).

How can God “free [us] from [our] anguish? As I sit in silence and read the Word of God, the Holy Spirit teaches and consoles me. He shows me I can’t change the past.

As I listen to praise & worship music, God assures me of his love. He also gives me the wisdom, discernment, knowledge, and understanding I need for the day and my troubles.

When I ask God for advice, he uses people to “free me from my anguish.” Through the pastor’s sermons and through books, conferences, CDs, mentors, and friends, God speaks to me.

I’ve learned I can stay stuck in my anguish, or I can choose to move forward. What about you?

Dear God, free me from my anguish. Amen.

Application: What will you do this week to move from broken to beautiful?

Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega August 25, 2014

¿Crecen Las Angustias de Tu Corazón?

Resized Yvonne at Advanced CCC

Salmos 25:17: “Crecen las angustias de mi corazón;
líbrame de mis tribulaciones.” Una mujer se confió en mí que lucha con la aflicción desde la muerte de su esposo. Otra me preguntó cómo ingeniarse para ir viviendo como una madre soltera sin esposo después de un divorcio. Al escuchar a las dos mujeres, oí el mismoContinue Reading

When Life Gets Tough

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Matthew 11:28: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  Financial problems, a life-altering disease or a life-threatening disease, depression, and disappointments. At some time in life, we, or a loved one, will face one or two of these situations or all of them at once. RobinContinue Reading