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.

The Process of Gaining Their Rightful Place

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How Could I Do That?

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The Process of Gaining Their Rightful Place

Martin Luther King jpg We’ve heard the phrase, “I Have a Dream,” many times. Today let’s take a look at part of Martin Luther King JR’s speech in which he talks about the process of his people “gaining [their] rightful place.”

King warned his people “Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.”

As a wise leader, he advocated that they “conduct [their] struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.”

He encouraged them not to “allow [their] creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.”

He was an ordained minister with a strong faith. In that same speech he also said, “Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.”

As I recall the shootings and violence over the past few months, I pray we will reflect on these words from King’s speech, “I Have a Dream,” and work together to make them a reality.

You can find the entire transcript of his speech online at http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm and his delivery of it on You Tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smEqnnklfYs

Dear God, please help me live a life of dignity and discipline. Amen.

Application: What will you do this week to use soul force rather than physical force?

Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega January 19, 2015

How Could I Do That?

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Review of Out of the Dust by Avis Goodhart with Marti Pieper

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