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I moved from broken to beautiful, and you can too. I’ve endured many challenges and trials in my lifetime and have experienced fear, anger, discouragement, depression, and at times even despair. I struggled to forgive God and those who hurt me. I understand those emotions. Through those difficulties, God gave me a compassion for people and a desire to help others move from broken to beautiful.

When Mother’s Day Isn’t a Happy One

When Mother’s Day Isn’t a Happy One

Do you cringe when you see TV commercials that remind the viewers to buy their mother flowers, chocolates, or jewelry ...

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You Can’t Move from Broken to Beautiful Overnight

You Can’t Move from Broken to Beautiful Overnight

This post is an excerpt from my new book, Moving from Broken to Beautiful: 9 Life Lessons to Help You ...

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How Do You Handle Illness?

How Do You Handle Illness?

I don’t like to sneeze and cough constantly, and I don’t like to blow my nose over and over. You ...

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The Mystery of the Missing Fleece Pants

The Mystery of the Missing Fleece Pants

Where did that pair of fleece warm-up pants go after I washed them? Why can’t I find them? Have you ...

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You Will Be Rebuilt

You Will Be Rebuilt

Holidays, loss of a loved one, a life-threatening illness, financial problems, a major move, building a new home, or a ...

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Category Archives: Yvonne Ortega

When Mother’s Day Isn’t a Happy One

Do you cringe when you see TV commercials that remind the viewers to buy their mother flowers, chocolates, or jewelry for Mother’s Day?

Do you avoid a church service on Mother’s Day because you don’t want to hear people say, “Happy Mother’s Day” to dozens of women or watch as the pastor asks the mothers to stand?

I understand. Six years ago, I lost my mother before Mother’s Day. Like you, I won’t be able to contact her.

The same year I lost my mother, my only child passed away three days after Mother’s Day. Like many of you, I won’t receive a Mother’s Day gift, a phone call, or a visit from my child.

Perhaps you have a mother addicted to alcohol or other drugs. Because of her substance use, she has failed to be the mother you needed. You may not know where she is.

Perhaps you never had a child.

Three years ago on Mother’s Day, I went outside to enjoy the sunshine. A woman rushed out of the neighbor’s home, got into her car and drove away.

The adult daughter later told me they had an argument and her mother left before they sat for dinner. The daughter had cleaned house and prepared a gourmet meal for her mother to no avail.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 and 4: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.”

 Dear God, please help me get through Mother’s Day. Amen.

Application: What will you do this week to weep and mourn your losses?

Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega May 4, 2015

You Can’t Move from Broken to Beautiful Overnight

This post is an excerpt from my new book, Moving from Broken to Beautiful: 9 Life Lessons to Help You Move Forward. “For years, at least five times a week, I sat at the beach with my journal and cried until my head ached and my eyes were swollen. My mind swirled with questions: Will…Continue Reading

The Mystery of the Missing Fleece Pants

Where did that pair of fleece warm-up pants go after I washed them? Why can’t I find them? Have you ever looked for lost laundry and wondered where that one sock or some other item disappeared? For three weeks, I looked for a pair of fleece warm-up pants. I went through the laundry basket three…Continue Reading

You Will Be Rebuilt

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