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 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 live a life set free by truth.

Category Archives: Yvonne Ortega

How Can You Help Your Elderly Parents?

Dad told me over the phone, “I fell out of my chair and hit my head.”

In my mind, I went through the number of falls my dad has had since he went on a medication that causes muscle weakness and memory loss. Fear gripped my soul especially when he mentioned his various doctor appointments. I knew he would drive to them. I’ve encouraged him to ask for a ride or take a taxi for his safety and that of others. Does he do that? Probably not. Will he do that in the future? Only God knows.

I’ve questioned whether he should live alone in that big home. His response is, “The doctor hasn’t told me I can’t.”

I’ve questioned whether he should be driving. His response is, “I passed the driver’s test.”

This morning a friend sent an email that described the fall of a mutual friend’s mother. She needed surgery for a dislocated shoulder and knee surgery. She also had several broken ribs and several lacerations. Would that be my dad next?

If your parents are elderly, you may face these same or similar questions and concerns. What can you say? What can you do? How do you manage?

Psalm 94:19: “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.”

Prayer: O God, I feel helpless in this situation. Please take care of my dad and let the doctor assess Dad’s driving and living conditions with your wisdom. Thank you for your consolation and joy. Amen.

Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega August 22, 2016

What Do You Do When Trouble Comes in Threes?

Years ago, a friend told me, “Trouble always comes in threes.” I dismissed that statement as another one of those old wives’ tales. How do you feel about that saying? Last week I returned home after a fantastic time at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference. I had the blessing of teaching there again for… Continue Reading

How Can You Help Someone Else?

What are you passionate about that you could help someone with? Maybe you’re a gourmet cook, a health expert, or a photographer. Maybe you’re a math whiz, a quilter, or a computer guru. A friend taught me to balance my checkbook and many years later, I still thank her. Math is not my gift. This… Continue Reading

What Will You Do in August Before School Starts?

Monday morning, I woke up excited about the day, but suddenly tears gushed down my face. Has that ever happened to you? I understand. What triggered your response? I selected instrumental praise & worship instrumental music on YouTube and chose an album I’d never played before. When the classic hymn “Day by Day” came on,… Continue Reading

What Legacy Will You Leave?

This past Saturday, a dear friend lost her daughter. The daughter had been sick and in the hospital for weeks. My friend was at the hospital daily from morning until night. She enlisted prayer support more than once a day from all of us on our prayer loop and on social media. She taught us… Continue Reading