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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What Do Your Words Bring?

SC Retreat Lake Scene at Sunset“Stop lying. You’re going to turn out like your father and end up in jail,” the woman in the mall told her little boy. He was probably six or seven years old.

The little boy hung his head and said nothing.

I grieved because of the pain those words caused that child.

I remembered a man who said, “My dad told me over and over I wouldn’t amount to anything. I heard that so many times I believed him. I lived up to his expectations of me, and I haven’t amounted to anything.”

On another occasion, a young woman said, “Yvonne, my parents told me all the time that I didn’t have what it takes to go to college. I believed them. So I didn’t study much in high school. I assumed it would be pointless.”

Through sobs, a teenager said, “My father cursed at me all the time and called me filthy names. He was sober. But he was always angry at everybody and took it out on me.”

Has your heart been pierced by someone’s words? That person had no right to belittle you, crush your spirit, and demolish your dreams and hopes.

Have you pierced someone’s heart with your words? If you have, apologize to the person and make amends to the best of your ability. Do it before it’s too late. Help that person move from broken to beautiful.

Proverbs 12:18: “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

Dear God, help me speak words that bring healing. Amen.

Application: What will you do this week to make amends for times your words pierced like swords? To whom will you bring words of healing?

Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega August 3, 2015

From a Pile of Pieces to Something Beautiful

My doorbell rang, and I dashed to the door. The garage door technician arrived with my new garage door. I stared at his pickup truck and asked, “Where’s the garage door?” “On the floor of the truck in boxes.” On my tiptoes, I looked into the truck and saw the boxes. I could hardly wait… Continue Reading

Have You Been Beside Quiet Waters?

Cropped Yvonne with Corsage

“Great, I’ll meet you in the Outer Banks,” I told my friend Deborah. Thursday morning I left for the beautiful Outer Banks beach area in North Carolina. Have you looked forward to a vacation? In spite of a forecast of rain for four days, we enjoyed lovely sunny days. It rained twice, but we were… Continue Reading