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: Praise God

From A Repeat Mammogram to a Triple Blessing

0800734092I celebrated 12 years of being cancer-free and 4 days later underwent a repeat diagnostic mammogram. I struggled to keep dread and fear under control and sang “How Great Is Our God” in my head.

Because it was a diagnostic mammogram, the doctor read the results that same morning. The nurse returned with a radiant smile and said the results were negative. I wanted to dance down the hall with a sign that said, NEGATIVE, NEGATIVE, NEGATIVE. That good news was my first blessing.

I had left a copy of my book, Finding Hope for Your Journey through Breast Cancer, in the Mammogram Clinic and one in the Radiation Clinic with instructions to give the book to the first person to come in with a recent diagnosis of breast cancer.

Meanwhile I talked with my former radiation therapist. Imagine my horror when she said she hadn’t had a mammogram since 2006 and her mother had recently completed breast cancer treatment. How could someone who treated cancer patients Monday through Friday ignore her own health?

She said she had a prescription for a mammogram somewhere in her briefcase.

I wouldn’t leave until she found the prescription and scheduled an appointment within the week. She found the prescription and scheduled her mammogram for six days later. That was my second blessing.

As I was leaving the Radiation Clinic, a young woman thumbed through the pages of my book. The receptionist introduced me to her, and we hugged. What a wonderful third blessing to meet the lady who would read my book.

Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega January 25, 2013


To Whose Glory?

John 15:8: “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” Do you sometimes feel like you’re in a rat race? I do. Years ago, drivers had bumper stickers on their cars that said such things as, “The one who dies with the most fabric wins” and… Continue Reading

Sing Joyful Songs

1 Chronicles 15:16: “David told the leaders of the Levites to appoint their brothers as singers to sing joyful songs, accompanied by musical instruments: lyres, harps and cymbals.” With excitement, David prepared to bring the ark of God to Jerusalem. He wanted joyful songs. He wanted accompaniment by lyres, harps and cymbals. As Christians in… Continue Reading

Christ Comes to Prison

2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” Four days at a Kairos Prison Ministry Retreat transformed thirty women. The retreat included the usual items of talks, discussion, prayer, praise and worship—and much more. However, the participants were female prisoners whom… Continue Reading