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.

Practical lessons to help you leave destructive patterns of thought and behavior to move forward in your life.

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How Can You Make This Thanksgiving a Good One?

Thanksgiving Centerpiece at The CoveYou may be thinking a good Thanksgiving in your home is impossible. You may be thinking, O Yvonne, if you knew my family, you would understand. We argue about politics and religion at the dinner table, and everyone leaves angry.

Perhaps you have a baby, two toddlers, a military husband on deployment, and a parent in a wheelchair. You may be thinking, Yvonne, are you crazy? How can I make this Thanksgiving a good one? My house will win the prize for difficulties, disruptions, and disaster.

 No matter what your circumstances are, you can make this Thanksgiving a good one. Before you send me hate mail or throw eggs at my home or car, let me share a few ideas with you.

List At Least Three Things You’re Grateful for

Maybe you live in another country and don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. That’s okay. In Ephesians 5:20, Paul says: “Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything . . . “ Review the past year and list at least three things you can thank God for. You’ll probably have more than three and that will make your Thanksgiving a good one.

Pray Continually

You can “pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) as you shop for groceries, clean your home, and prepare your special meal. You can pray for your guests and make politics and religion off-limits. If you plan to eat at a restaurant, pray you don’t have to wait in line a long time. Pray for the manager, the cook, the waiters, and the dishwashers. Answered prayers should make your Thanksgiving a good one.

Practice Knowledge and Good Judgment

If you plan to take advantage of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, remember to ask God to teach you knowledge and good judgment (Psalm 119:66) and practice it. You will be delighted when you pay your bills first and stay within your budget no matter how irresistible the bargains seem. When you can balance your checkbook in the black and receive a manageable credit card statement, that should make your Thanksgiving more than good. Who knows? You might even sing, “Give Thanks”  (

Happy Thanksgiving.

Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega November 21, 2016

What Will You Write on I Love to Write Day?


November 15 is I Love to Write Day. What will you write on “I Love to Write Day”? You don’t need to be an author or an aspiring writer to write or to encourage others to do so. John Riddle, a Delaware-based author, started I Love to Write Day in 2002. His goal was: “to… Continue Reading

What Will You Do as a Result of National Family Caregivers Month?

November is National Family Caregivers Month in the USA according to the president’s proclamation on October 31, 2016. At some time in your life, you may provide care for a family member, neighbor, or coworker. Maybe at some point in your life, you may need care. Although my parents didn’t live in the same state… Continue Reading

He Says He Loves Me


“He says he loves me.” Bobbie sniffled. “How can I call the police when he says he loves me?” Bobbie’s mother said, “Call the police anyway,” Bobbie had experienced another one of her husband’s emotional and physical beatings. “If you don’t want to call the police, call the National Domestic Violence hotline right now at 1-800-799-7233… Continue Reading

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the USA


October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the USA. Stores will decorate in pink to celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You will see pink ribbons, pink balloons, and pink banners. Stores and various businesses will sell pink towels, pink Tee shirts, and pink tennis shoes in addition to pink jewelry, pink caps, and… Continue Reading