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Category Archives: A broken heart

What Do You Do When You Feel Crushed?

“Gary told me he doesn’t want to marry me after all.” Michelle cried and twisted tissue on her lap. “It’s three weeks before the wedding. What am I going to do?”

I listened and empathized with her as she sobbed.

Michelle looked up at me and said, “I’m crushed. I felt certain he was the one.” She sighed and brushed tears from her face. “Have you ever felt crushed?”

With a nod I said, “I felt crushed after the divorce. My dreams were shattered.” After a pause, I said, “Fifteen years ago, I felt crushed after a diagnosis of cancer. The loss of my mother and my only child crushed me more than I ever thought possible.”

“But you’re still here, smiling, and happy.” She stared at me and asked, “How did you do it or do you pretend to be happy?”

I couldn’t help but laugh. “I don’t pretend, and I didn’t do it on my own. My family, my prayer warrior friends, and the Lord helped me.”

Psalm 142:3 came to mind. “Listen to this, ‘The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in darkness like those long dead.’”

“At that Michelle said, “I feel dead right now. I wish I were dead.”

I told her the psalmist’s solution in verse 5, “I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done.”

She raised a brow, as I continued, “By remembering all the times God had helped me, I grew in faith that he would help me again.”

“It can’t be that easy,” she screamed? “What else did you do?”

I laughed and assured her it took time. “After each challenge, it was a process that didn’t happen overnight. However, in that same psalm, verse 8b says, ‘Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.’”

Her eyes widened, and she asked, “Will God show me the way I should go?”

I suggested she ask him and find out for herself. Then she could tell me what happened. She agreed to try it.

What will you do if you feel crushed? Will you try the psalmist’s solution in Psalm 142?

Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega May 23, 2016

Where Will You Go for Help Today?

My late son’s birthday is this week. He enjoyed Chinese food, and I usually eat it at his favorite restaurant on his birthday. A social event postponed that tradition, but it hasn’t cancelled it. The past week I spoke in Pennsylvania. I stayed with a widow, and we exchanged memories of our loved ones. We… Continue Reading

I Cry to You, O LORD

Grieving woman

Psalm 130:1: “Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD.” Newtown, Connecticut. These two words bring scenes of horror and heartache to us. How could something so tragic occur in an elementary school? Why did it happen? How can we prevent a mentally ill or an emotionally disturbed person from committing acts of… Continue Reading

Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is abuse in which no contact with the victim’s body occurs. The batterer abuses the victim without concern for her mental wellbeing. He acts to show dominance, to control the victim and to “punish” her. Emotional abuse is more than arguing with the victim. It is brainwashing. The batterer systematically destroys the woman’s… Continue Reading

But He Doesn’t Hit Me

We often hear some version of “But he doesn’t hit me,” when a woman thinks there’s no domestic violence in a relationship. Physical abuse is one type of domestic violence. Verbal abuse is another type of domestic violence. Verbal abuse can be more painful than physical abuse. Although there are no bruises, broken bones or… Continue Reading