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 Life Is Difficult

When Life Is Difficult

A young woman lost her husband to heart problems. An older man lost his wife to cancer. A middle-aged woman ...

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When Valentine’s Day Is Difficult

When Valentine’s Day Is Difficult

“I hate Valentine’s Day. I’m divorced, and I don’t have a boyfriend.” Jenny had stopped me in the gym parking ...

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It’s Your Fault Not Mine

It's Your Fault Not Mine

Margaret sat down in my office and said, “No matter what happens in our marriage, my husband says, ‘It’s your ...

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Tienes La Culpa

Tienes La Culpa

Margarita se sentó en mi oficina y dijo, “No importa lo que pasa en mi matrimonio. Mi esposo dice, “Tú ...

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How Will You Ever Get Done?

How Will You Ever Get Done?

Have you ever felt overwhelmed? Yesterday afternoon I thought about four major projects I need to finish in addition ...

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When Life Is Difficult

A young woman lost her husband to heart problems. An older man lost his wife to cancer. A middle-aged woman was in the hospital for major surgery. A second one received a diagnosis of cancer, and a third woman was rushed to the hospital and had a torn aorta. I sat in shock at all that had transpired in one week among my friends of various ages.

Life is fragile. I reached for a box of tissue and went to the Florida room for a time of reflection. As I looked through the window, I saw a male cardinal on the fence and my Nandina bush loaded with bright red berries. Life continued to go on around me.

I wondered about the fear, frustration, anxiety, denial, depression, loneliness, insomnia, numbness, or worry the families might be feeling. They were in my thoughts and prayers.

In view of all that had happened in seven days, I asked myself two questions, “How would my life change because of that news? How would I handle similar difficulties in my life?”

Perhaps you are a caregiver for someone in your family. Maybe you’ve lost a loved one recently. Perhaps you struggle with a life-threatening illness or are in the hospital for surgery. What will you do?

Psalm 62:5: “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.”

Dear God, please help me find rest in you. Amen.

Application: What will you do this week to accept God’s hope?

Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega February 23, 2015

When Valentine’s Day Is Difficult

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“I hate Valentine’s Day. I’m divorced, and I don’t have a boyfriend.” Jenny had stopped me in the gym parking lot to lament her situation. “At one time, I also dreaded Valentine’s Day but not anymore.” Jenny raised her brows and said, “What changed?” “Let me share with you what my mentors taught me. If…Continue Reading

Tienes La Culpa

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Margarita se sentó en mi oficina y dijo, “No importa lo que pasa en mi matrimonio. Mi esposo dice, “Tú tienes la culpa. Yo no.”  Me sentaba en silencio y esperaba que dijera más. Su pelo café oscuro llegó hasta los hombros, y tenía lágrimas en los ojos cafés claros. “Anoche maldijo y gritó, ‘Tienes…Continue Reading