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.

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Practical steps and encouragement to help you move from pain, brokenness and defeat to peace, joy, and freedom.

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How Will You Celebrate the Christmas Season This Year?

how-will-you-celebrate-the-christmas-season-this-year-3-copyHow will you celebrate the Christmas season? Will you rush from store to store, activity to activity, and errand to errand?

Will your focus be on finding the right Christmas gift for everyone on your list and buying cookies and candy? Will you worry about how soon you can get the Christmas lights up, decorate the Christmas tree, and mail your Christmas cards?

You have a choice on how you will celebrate the Christmas season.

Five years ago, my uncle Arnold died on Christmas Eve. He enjoyed life. He loved to sing and play the guitar. He also played the harmonica. For years, he would play and sing with another one of my uncles. The family reunions on Christmas Eve remain among my precious memories. He also loved to dance. He and my aunt captured the attention of others when they danced.

This year I decided to celebrate the Christmas season by enjoying it as much as possible. I remembered how my only child and I baked Christmas cookies, sang Christmas carols, and reviewed Bible verses about Christ’s birth. We attended the Christmas programs at church and at Bible Study fellowship.

Mama was the “Queen of Christmas.” I think she decorated everything but the plunger in the bathroom. She loved to serve the family homemade Christmas cookies and hot chocolate in the evening. She would get so excited about her gifts under the tree that she would tear a hole in the wrapping paper to find out what she would receive.

Memories of my only child, my mother, and Uncle Arnold remind me that life is a gift, and Jesus Christ came to earth to give me the abundant life. You can find other posts on Christmas at

What will you do this week to celebrate the Christmas season that will be enjoyable to you and your family?

Because life is a gift and you can claim the abundant life, what will you do differently?

Ecclesiastes 11:8: “However many years anyone may live, let them enjoy them all.”

 Dear God, help me choose to celebrate the Christmas season rather than to rush through it or wish it were over. Amen.

Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega November 26, 2016

How Can You Make This Thanksgiving a Good One?

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You may be thinking a good Thanksgiving in your home is impossible. You may be thinking, O Yvonne, if you knew my family, you would understand. We argue about politics and religion at the dinner table, and everyone leaves angry. Perhaps you have a baby, two toddlers, a military husband on deployment, and a parent in… Continue Reading

What Will You Write on I Love to Write Day?


November 15 is I Love to Write Day. What will you write on “I Love to Write Day”? You don’t need to be an author or an aspiring writer to write or to encourage others to do so. John Riddle, a Delaware-based author, started I Love to Write Day in 2002. His goal was: “to… Continue Reading

What Will You Do as a Result of National Family Caregivers Month?

November is National Family Caregivers Month in the USA according to the president’s proclamation on October 31, 2016. At some time in your life, you may provide care for a family member, neighbor, or coworker. Maybe at some point in your life, you may need care. Although my parents didn’t live in the same state… Continue Reading

He Says He Loves Me


“He says he loves me.” Bobbie sniffled. “How can I call the police when he says he loves me?” Bobbie’s mother said, “Call the police anyway,” Bobbie had experienced another one of her husband’s emotional and physical beatings. “If you don’t want to call the police, call the National Domestic Violence hotline right now at 1-800-799-7233… Continue Reading