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.

Category Archives: Forgiveness

Crossing the Bridge You Don’t Want to Cross

Bridge of Many ColorsHave 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 friend, Margie, had encouraged me to cross the bridge of forgiveness and forgive my ex-husband. She said, “Yvonne, God wants you to forgive him. When you do, peace, freedom, and life to the fullest await you.”

Of course, I doubted her and wouldn’t budge. Finally, with fear and hesitation, I crossed the bridge of forgiveness. I didn’t know what I would find on the other side.

To my surprise, I left the dull gloomy side of discouragement, defeat, and destruction behind me and crossed the bridge of many colors to the side of peace, freedom, and life to the fullest. Regardless of the weather outside, I had great weather in my heart and soul. My friend, Margie, was right.

You too can cross that same bridge of forgiveness. The next time you see a bridge, let it remind you that when you cross it, you’ll find peace, freedom, and life to the fullest.

Psalm 119:32 says, “I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.” Meditate on that verse to confirm what awaits you on the other side of the bridge.

To read more about forgiveness, you can get my new book, Moving from Broken to Beautiful through Forgiveness, on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega May 30, 2016.

Are You Spiritually Ready for Christmas?

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Have you asked your extended family, friends, and coworkers if they are ready for Christmas? I have more than once. Perhaps people have asked you if you’re ready. They’ve asked me. When you think about being ready for Christmas, do you think about Christmas presents, mailing cards, and stockings hanging over the fireplace? I used… Continue Reading

When Trust Is Shattered

 “He told me he’s sorry and will never look at another woman again,” Betsy said. She reached for the tissue box on my desk. “He said he loves me. I don’t believe him anymore, Ms. Yvonne.” “His infidelity has shattered your trust. Right now, you can’t trust him.” With a nod, Betsy said, “I don’t.… Continue Reading

Spiritual Gifts for Each One

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I Corinthians 12:7: “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”  “I can’t serve in church. I don’t have any spiritual gifts.” Have you said that before? What does God say in his Word? According to this verse, “each one” has received a spiritual gift. It doesn’t say… Continue Reading

Accused Day and Night

Revelation 12:10: “For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.” We’ve all made mistakes in the past. We’ve all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God as Romans 3:23 tells us. However, when we confess our sins, God forgives us. He doesn’t… Continue Reading