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.

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Category Archives: Love

A New Spirit and a New Heart

Young Woman Standing with Arms Stretched Out Ezekiel 11:19: “I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.”

Bright yellow daffodils sway in my front yard and throughout the area. The dogwood trees have sprouted and form an arch of pink and white blooms on the Colonial Highway. Everything looks new and beautiful. The area has come to life after a cold dreary winter.

We can also come to life. We can look new and beautiful because God works in us through Jesus Christ.

In that work, God gives us “an undivided heart.” When we have an undivided heart, we put God first in our lives. We are not torn between the way of the world and the way of the Lord. The decision to choose godly behavior over ungodly becomes easier, because we love God and want to serve him.

That new spirit is the Holy Spirit. When we invite Jesus Christ into our lives, the Holy Spirit dwells within us. We can quench the Holy Spirit through complacency, compromise, or condemnation of self or others. On the other hand, our thoughts, words, and actions can fan the flame of the new spirit through daily prayer and Bible study, fellowship with other Christians, and confession of our sins directly to God, our heavenly Father.

God also says he will remove our “heart of stone.” The heart of stone lacks compassion and kindness for self and others. The heart of stone holds a grudge and leaks the poison of bitterness, rage, and unforgiveness. A person with a heart of stone may show up for church on Sunday but that is the extent of the person’s acknowledgement of God and others.

After God removes our heart of stone, he gives us “a heart of flesh.” That heart is alive with love for God and both love and compassion for others. A heart of flesh beats daily for God and his children and prays for those who don’t live for God.

Dear God, please give me an undivided heart. Amen.

Application: What will you do this week to show you have a heart of flesh?

Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega March 18, 2013

Seek Me and Find Me

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Jeremiah 29:13: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” I chuckled when I read an email from Barnes & Noble on January 3. It listed three diet books for the New Year at 20% or more off. On the news on TV, one of the newscasters talked… Continue Reading

I Cry to You, O LORD

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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

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