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.

No Christmas Family Reunion for Me

No Christmas Family Reunion for Me

“I don’t want to go to the Christmas family reunion, Ms. Ortega,” Julia told me in my counseling office. ...

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Ninguna Reunión de Familia para Mí

Ninguna Reunión de Familia para Mí

“No quiero ir a la reunión de familia, Srta. Ortega,” Julia me dijo en mi oficina de consejera. Las ...

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When Christmas Is Hard

When Christmas Is Hard

Have you lost a loved one or been through a divorce? Have you faced a major move or the ...

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How Quiet Is Your Life?

How Quiet Is Your Life?

Psalm 23:2b: “He leads me beside quiet waters.” “December is already here,” Ann said. I need to decorate the house, ...

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¿Qué Tranquila Es Tu Vida?

¿Qué Tranquila Es Tu Vida?

Salmo 23:2b: “Junto a tranquilas aguas me conduce.” “Ya está aquí el mes de diciembre,” Ana dijo. “Necesito decorar la ...

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Category Archives: Blessed

A Happy Heart

Proverbs 15:13: “A happy heart makes the face cheerful.”

My stomach hurt because I laughed so much. I had listened to a CD by the Christian comedian, Ken Davis.

Ken makes strange noises and transforms the ordinary into hysterical situations.

As I listened to Ken Davis’ antics, I laughed all the way to the grocery store and back. When I looked in the mirror, my eyes sparkled, and my face glowed. Yes, “A happy heart does make the face cheerful.” According to the Bible, happy means blessed. Ken’s humor blessed me.

So that I don’t forget to laugh each day, I watch comedies like the Bill Cosby Show and listen to CDs of humorous speakers like Ken Davis, Mikki Williams, and Luci Swindoll. Mikki says, “He who laughs lasts!” At the Women of Faith Conference, Luci quoted her grandmother and said, “A day is wasted if you don’t fall over in a heap laughing.” Mikki and Luci always bless me.

A lady I know listens to the Captain’s Club on the radio for the riddles. Her children are grown and married, but she enjoys the humor of the riddles. She demonstrates a cheerful face as she repeats the riddles to anyone who will listen.

Proverbs 15:15 says, “The cheerful heart has a continual feast.” The word, cheerful, means noticeably happy and optimistic. I’ll choose a feast over famine any day. I’ll do what is necessary to be noticeably happy and optimistic. What about you?

Dermatologists say that one of the ways to prevent wrinkles is to be happy. I say, “Away with the wrinkles! Be happy.”

When was the last time you laughed until your stomach hurt or you fell over in a heap laughing? What do you and your family do to have a happy heart?

Are you blessed? Does your face reflect a happy heart?

Dear God, help me have a happy heart. Amen.

Application: What will you do this week so that your happy heart will make your face cheerful?

Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega May 11, 2013

In the Light of His Presence

Sky at Sunset

  Psalm 89:15: “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD.”  To be blessed means to be divinely favored, happy, or contented. I want to be blessed. Don’t you? I don’t want to pass up God’s favor. You probably don’t either. If we acclaim…Continue Reading