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.


Practical examples and suggestions to help you move from the heartache of grief to the beauty of comfort, peace, and purpose in your new normal.

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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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 Practical lessons to help you leave destructive patterns of thought and behavior to move forward in your life.



Category Archives: Forgiveness

When Shame and Guilt Impact Your Life

Shame and guilt? Those heavy-duty words can impact your life and someone else’s. Have you ever said or done something you wish you hadn’t? I have and I’ve done it more than once.

If only there were “a do not send” button or a “cancel” button that would prevent the behavior from taking place or the words from coming out.

Since no such button exists, what do you do? Where do you turn when shame and guilt impact your life? I have found comfort in Jeremiah 15:19. In that verse, God says, “If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me.”

Years ago, I said something negative to my son about his father. The look on my son’s face made me realize I could never again say anything against his father to my son. I also admitted my wrongdoing and asked my son for forgiveness.

One more step in the process of repentance took me to God. I confessed my sin to God and claimed God’s precious promise of forgiveness. God removed the shame and guilt and replaced those feelings with his comfort, peace, and presence.

Perhaps you struggle to admit your wrongdoing. It’s okay to admit you’re human, not perfect. God will help you. He doesn’t want you buried in shame and guilt. He doesn’t want shame and guilt to destroy your relationships and build a wall between you and him.

If you don’t understand repentance, let me clarify it. Repentance means Godly sorrow. You aren’t sorry because you got caught. You’re sorry because you did wrong and hurt others.

In repentance, you turn from your wrongdoing and turn to God. That includes a change of mind or purpose, and a change for the better.

When you repent, God will forgive you and restore you. You will serve him again.

Prayer: Dear God, I’m sorry for ___________. I don’t want to destroy my relationship with ___________ or with you. Please restore me that I may serve you. Amen.

When will you get rid of the shame and disgrace in your life?

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Opportunity for You from Yvonne Ortega


First Opportunity for You from Yvonne Ortega Teleconference Call Free Bible Study on Forgiveness Start Date: Monday, September 26, 2016 Time: 7:30-8:45 pm EASTERN Registration: Register at to receive teleconference call number and access to membership page to watch free related video or listen to free podcast weekly. Book used: Moving from Broken to… Continue Reading

Crossing the Bridge You Don’t Want to Cross

Bridge of Many Colors

Have 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… Continue Reading

Are You Spiritually Ready for Christmas?


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