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

Are You Spiritually Ready for Christmas?

DSCN0899Have 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 to think if I finished those things, I was ready.

Now I think in terms of spiritual readiness for Christmas. Is my conscience clear? Do I hold anger, bitterness, or resentment toward anyone? Do I need to sit with my journal and Bible to forgive someone?

So how did I turn from material readiness to a spiritual one? I thought about God sending his only Son to earth for the forgiveness of my sins. I accepted God’s gift and wanted to show my gratitude.

God’s Word in John 15:14 says, “You are my friends if you do what I command.”

I wanted God to include me as one of his friends. One of his commands is to forgive. He tells us that in Ephesians 4:31-32, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

Will you be spiritually ready for Christmas? It’s not easy. I struggled for years to get through my list of people I needed to forgive. Without friends, coworkers, and mentors, I couldn’t have succeeded.

It’s not too late to get spiritually ready for Christmas. To help you get started, you can download the free resource, A Prayer of One Struggling to Forgive at

Merry Christmas.

Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega December 21, 2015

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

Four Red Gift Boxes

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

The Trouble He Causes—When Someone Has Hurt You

Psalm 7:16: “The trouble he causes recoils on himself; his violence comes down on his own head.” Since I am a licensed professional counselor, people often tell me about someone who has treated them or a loved one in a shameful or violent manner. They often can’t understand how someone can continue to behave that… Continue Reading