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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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.

 

 

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Americans One Family in the United States in Time of Crisis

Americans one family? Yes, Americans one family in the United States in time of crisis. The flooding and tornadoes of Hurricane Harvey caused Americans to put aside politics and religious preferences.

Those of us who have our homes, cars, and jobs look at our fellow Americans who have lost them and much more. Without regard for race, color, or social status, we pray for our Americans in need, send money, supplies, and rescue crews.

As Americans one family in the United States, you and I see our brothers and sisters without food, water, and medicine. You and I see that part of our family not only lacks necessities but suffers from the trauma of a major crisis.

After footage on TV showed American children at a lemonade stand to raise money for Texas, you and I may have realized we can and must do more for our family members, survivors of a hurricane and its ongoing effects.

Houston Texans defensive end, J.J. Watt, started a fund raiser at www.youcaring.com to raise $200,000. At last report, he raised $15.4 million for Americans one family in need.

Michael Dell, tech billionaire who grew up in Houston, pledged $36 million for relief efforts. Actress, Sandra Bullock through the American Red Cross and Leonardo DiCaprio through the United Way Recovery Fund each donated $1million.

Sixty-three companies including Bank of America, Coca-Cola, Google, IBM, JPMorgan Chase, and Verizon pledged $1million or more.

What about school supplies? Warehouse Live in Houston collected school supplies on September 2.

In Gainesville, FL, a five-year-old boy and his three-year-old sister, wanted to give toys to the children in Texas. Their mother turned to local businesses for help, and they responded. The Red Cross will send a truck with the toys next week, and a Salvation Army truck will send another truckload of toys at the end of the month.

What will you donate to fellow Americans? Money, supplies, or your time?

Proverbs 14:31b: “Whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”

Prayer: Dear God, help me give money, supplies, or time to the needs of those devastated by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. Amen.

Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega IX.IV.MMXVII

Can You Learn Lessons While Homebound During Sickness?

Learn lessons? Can you learn lessons while homebound during sickness? Yes. When I stopped my fight against sickness, I learned three lessons. Although I had learned them in the past, a recent illness refreshed my memory. The first lesson you can learn while homebound during sickness is to feel comfortable asking for help. I learned… Continue Reading

I Hate Being Sick! Don’t You?

I hate being sick! Don’t you? As I look at my calendar, I hate being sick because I see the events I’ll miss. I had looked forward to them. That’s why I scheduled them. If you’re an extrovert, you probably also hate to miss events you’ve looked forward to. If you’re an introvert, you may… Continue Reading

When Older People Get a Glazed Look in Their Eyes

A glazed look in his eyes? “On a recent visit to see our dad,” my brother told me on the phone, “we went out for lunch. Afterward, we returned to the nursing home, and Dad plopped into his chair. He got a glazed look in his eyes.” When my brother and I hung up, I… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading