TOUCHED BY ANGELS

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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MARYANN’S NOTE: At Holy Spirit’s direction, I wil be posting a few personal experience stories over the next few weeks. These experiences happened to me over the past several years and reveal God’s supernatural presence and power in our lives. I trust that these stories will bless you, encourage you, and reveal to you how much God loves you and is involved in your life as well.
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TOUCHED BY ANGELS
by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

The bright headlights came straight at me. With my hands on the steering wheel, I stared at them but could not move. I had become like a passenger in the driver’s seat, unable to turn, swerve, or get out of the way as my car clipped down the highway at 55 miles per hour.

The headlights came closer and closer, their glare piercing my tired eyes. Still, I could not move.

It had been a long day. Between working and client appointments, all I wanted to do was go to sleep. But as the mom of two teenage daughters who played on their school’s volleyball team, I could not miss their away game that night. I was proud of my daughters and attended virtually all of their games.

So it was that I found myself driving home late that night after a glorious victory game. Riding in the church van in the lane to my right, the team was in a celebratory mood, and I wished I could have shared in the fun of their exuberant ride home. But the girls were required to ride in the church van with their coach, so I had taken my own car.

Entranced, I stared helplessly at the headlights that fast approached, wondering what they were doing straight in front of me. This was a four-lane highway after all, with each pair of lanes going in a single direction. At a certain point, the highway would turn into a two-lane road, with traffic going in opposite directions, but we had not reached that point yet. Having traveled the road hundreds of times, I knew it well.

Like one in a dream, I kept staring ahead at the brilliant headlights that now blurred my vision. Closer and closer they came. Soon they would be upon me, yet still I had no power to get out of their way. My mind was in another world, while my body remained in this one.

The headlights hurled toward me, expanding into horizontal bands of dazzling white. In an instant they would overpower me and consume me into themselves.

Still I could not move.

Just as the headlights were about to overtake me, invisible beings lifted my car off the ground, carried it slowly through the air, and gently placed it on the grassy median at the side of the road.

Suddenly I awakened.

All was still. I turned off the ignition and just sat there, stunned by what had just happened.

He gives His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.

Years before, I had memorized those precious words from Psalm 91 and had prayed them regularly over my children, my husband, and myself. Now I had literally experienced their truth. God’s angels had rescued me from a horrific head-on collision.

From almost certain death.

With tears welling up in my eyes, I drew in a deep breath and thanked the Lord for His great mercy in sparing my life.  

Soon I heard the shouts of teenage girls running toward my car. “Mom, are you all right?” My daughters were the first in line.

“Dr. Diorio, are you all right?” The team shouted in unison. “We were so scared. We were praying at the top of our lungs that God would protect you.”

Dazed, I looked at the girls. “What happened?”

Coach Debbie approached the driver’s side window that I had rolled down. She laid her hand on mine. “Are you okay?”

“Yes, I’m fine.” Deep peace had settled over me. “What happened?”

“You almost had a head-on collision. You were driving in the wrong lane on a two-lane highway.”

A two-lane highway. How did I miss the changeover from four lanes to two lanes?

Coach Debbie’s voice caught. “I kept blowing my horn to get your attention, but you didn’t respond.”

The seriousness of the situation dawned on me.

Coach Debbie’s eyes glistened with tears. “The team and I watched God’s angels lift your car off the highway and place it on the median.”

I swallowed hard. “I must have fallen asleep at the wheel. Thank you so much for praying.”

Coach Debbie smiled. “I don’t think I’ve ever prayed so hard for anything in all my life.”        

She opened the car door and I got out. Then she and the team surrounded me and gave me a huge group hug.

“Girls,” Coach Debbie said, “let’s thank the Lord for this great miracle tonight.”

With my two precious daughters close beside me, we all joined hands. Right there on the grassy median at the side of the highway, Coach Debbie led the team in a powerful prayer of thanksgiving for God’s mercy in saving my life.

As I resumed the drive home with the church van now behind me, I kept praising God for His infinite mercy. His Word is true. He does give His angels charge over us to keep us in all our ways. His angels had protected me and preserved me from evil. They had touched me with the power of God’s love.

And I would never again be the same.

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Copyright 2014-2017 by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. All Rights Reserved.

NOTE: This article first appeared in Book Fun Magazine in December 2014.

Now, it’s YOUR turn:  Have you ever encoutered angels? Please leave your response in the Comment Box below. Thank you!

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WHAT DOES MEMORY HAVE TO DO WITH SUCCESS?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Your Virtual Life Coach

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“Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23

Memory. We study it. Measure it. Test it. Sharpen it. But do we truly understand the important role memory plays in creating a successful life?

In his two letters to the churches in Asia Minor, the Apostle Peter speaks often about memory. Hear his words from his second letter:

2 Peter 3: 1-2 – “Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.”

2 Peter 1: 12-15 – “So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.”

Notice Peter’s frequent reference to memory in his use of the words reminders, recall, remind, refresh your memory, remember.  Throughout both of his letters, Peter emphasizes the importance of the memory in leading a successful life. 

So, why is memory so important to success?  Because memory affects the way we think, and the way we think determines our level of success in life. What we remember and keep in mind will be what affects our decisions on a daily basis.

But a good memory alone is not sufficient to lead a successful life. We must remember the right things. What are these right things? They are the commands of Christ as given in His Word. When we obey Christ’s commands, we are aligning our thinking with His thinking. And when we align our thinking with God’s thinking, we experience true success.

The Apostle Paul wrote this in Romans 12: 2:  Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Paul makes clear in this verse that there are two ways of thinking: the world’s way and God’s way. Paul further makes clear that only God’s way of thinking leads to true success.

As you sharpen your memory with the Word of God–memorizing it, meditating on it, applying it–you will increasingly experience the abundant life of success that Jesus died to give you.

Now, it’s YOUR turn:  What are your thoughts about the effect of memory on success? Please leave your response in the Comment Box below. Thank you!

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FOUR KEYS TO A HAPPY LIFE

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Your Virtual Life Coach

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“Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23

Last week, America lost a great hero: USAF Colonel Leo Thorsness, prisoner of war at the Hanoi Hilton during the Vietnam War, and recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. 

Col. Thorsness holds a special place in the hearts of my immediate family members because he was a friend of my husband, Dr. Dominic Diorio. Dom served as a Flight Surgeon in Thailand during the Vietnam War and provided medical care for the pilots who flew combat missions over Vietnam. Col. Thorsness was one of Dom’s pilots and became a very special friend of his.

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In an inspiring interview Col. Thorsness gave several years after his release, he spoke of four keys that helped him keep his sanity during those six horrific years he spent as a POW in the Hanoi Hilton. These keys, he believed, would help anyone build a happy and successful life. He referred to these keys as the Four Fs:  Faith, Family, Friends, and Fun.

Let’s take a brief look at each one:

1-FAITH – Despite being tortured for praying together, Col. Thorsness and his fellow prisoners never stopped expressing their faith in God. In his eye-opening book, Surviving Hell, in which he recounts his experiences as a POW, Col. Thorsness tells of the weekly Sunday services the prisoners would hold in their cell once they were removed from solitary confinement. Taking turns, one of the POWs would begin to recite the Lord’s Prayer aloud, only to have a guard enter the cell, forcibly remove the prisoner who was leading the prayer, and take him out to be tortured.The next POW in line would then resume the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer where the first prisoner had left off. This second POW was also forcibly removed by a guard and tortured. The process continued until, one by one, the POWs, determined to hold on to their faith, had finished reciting the Lord’s Prayer. 

No matter what happens, keep strong your faith in God. 

2-FAMILYWhen family members wrote to the POWs, their letters were returned to the family with the word “Deceased” written on the front. This was a lie whose purpose was to torment the POW’s family.  God has designed the family to be a support system as we travel through life. Col. Thorsness placed great value on his family. In order to live a happy life, we must do the same.

No matter what happens, value your family.

3-FRIENDSScripture tells us that there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18: 24). Such was the friendship among the POWs. Their common experiences knit them together in a bond that can never be dissolved. True friends are hard to find. Treasure them, for they are gifts from God.

No matter what happens, be a faithful friend.

4-FUNEven in the midst of horrible torture, mental distress, and physical pain, the POWs managed to look at the humorous side of life. Humor is a great means of relieving the stress in our lives. Be sure to have fun on a regular basis. Laugh every day. Scripture tells us that “a cheerful heart is good medicine” (Proverbs 17: 22).

No matter what happens, make time for fun.
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Read Col. Thorsness’ gripping account of his experiences as a POW during the Vietnam War.

Surviving Hell by Col. Leo Thorsness

On April 19, 1967, Air Force Colonel Leo Thorsness was on a mission over North Vietnam when his wingman was shot down by an enemy MiG, which then lined up for a gunnery pass on the two American pilots who had bailed out. Although his F 105 was not designed for aerial combat, Thorsness engaged the MiG and destroyed it. Spotting four more MiGs, he fought his way through a barrage of North Vietnamese SAMs to engage them too, shooting down one and driving off the others. For this action, Thorsness was awarded the Medal of Honor. But he didn’t learn about it until years later—by a “tap code” coming through prison walls—because on April 30, Thorsness was shot down, captured, and transported to the Hanoi Hilton. Surviving Hell recounts a six-year captivity marked by hours of brutal torture and days of agonizing boredom. With a novelist’s eye for character and detail, Thorsness describes how he and other American POWs strove to keep their humanity. Thrown into solitary confinement for refusing to bow down to his captors, for instance, he disciplined his mind by memorizing long passages of poetry that other prisoners sent him by tap code. Filled with hope and humor, Surviving Hell is an eloquent story of resistance and survival. No other book about American POWs has described so well the strategies these remarkable men used in their daily effort to maintain their dignity. With resilience and resourcefulness, they waged war by other means in the darkest days of a long captivity.

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Now, it’s YOUR turn:  Are you using the four keys to a happy life? If so, what have been your results? Please leave your response in the Comment Box below. Thank you!

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NOTE: If you are struggling to know your purpose in life, I can help you! As a highly experienced Certified Life Coach, I will help you set priorities in line with your God-given purpose. For more information or to set up a phone appointment, please send me an email at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. You will be taking a major step toward fulfilling your destiny!

Please tell your family and friends about this blog and please pass this post on to them. Thank you!
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Matters of the Heart is a weekly blog that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart, the issues we all face but sometimes don’t want to talk about. The heart is the programming center of our lives. What is programmed into our heart will affect every area of our lives. Learn how to discover what is in your heart and how to program your heart for success.

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THE DEADLY TRAP OF TOLERANCE

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Your Virtual Life Coach

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“Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23

Would you consider yourself a tolerant person? We tend to define “tolerance” as being broadminded, open to the opinions of others, willing to embrace ideas different from our own. In today’s society, this is looked upon as a good thing—the sign of an intelligent person on the cutting edge of culture. 

But is it, really?

When I look at Jesus in the Bible, I don’t see much tolerance. On the contrary, I see quite a bit of intolerance. For example, Jesus had zero tolerance toward sin (1 Corinthians 15: 34). Zero tolerance about the way to be saved (John 14: 6; Acts 4: 12). Zero tolerance toward the hypocrisy of the Scribes and Pharisees (Matthew 23: 25).

So, why is it that the Church as a whole champions tolerance? Have we succumbed to the ways of the world, to our peril?

I would like to posit that the Church as a whole champions tolerance for the following reasons:

1–The Church does not know the Word of God. Many, if not most, Christians get their knowledge of the Word only from their pastor’s Sunday morning sermon. To know the Word of God requires daily and diligent study on one’s own, including meditation and memorization of the Word. We must hide the Word in our hearts so that we will not sin against God (Psalm 119: 11) and so that we will make wise decisions (Psalm 119: 105).

2–The Church does not obey the Word of God. If the Church does not know the Word of God, how can the Church obey the Word of God? We cannot obey what we do not know. Obedience is the bedrock of the Christian life. We must not only hear the Word; we must also obey the Word (James 1: 22). Otherwise, we will deceive ourselves (ibid.).

3–The Church does not truly love God. Jesus said that if we love Him, we will obey Him (John 14: 15).  But how many of us are truly obeying the Lord’s every commandment? And if we don’t know what His Word says, we won’t know what to obey. Hence, we will disobey, even if it is out of ignorance. But this is no excuse.

While there is a place for tolerance in the sense of give-and-take in a relationship and in bearing one another’s burdens, there is no place for tolerance when it comes to following the narrow way of Christ.  In Romans 12: 2, Jesus warned us against conforming to the ways of the world. One such way is the way of tolerance.

Don’t be caught in its deadly trap!

Now, it’s YOUR turn:  Are you caught in the deadly trap of tolerance? How will you get out? Please leave your response in the Comment Box below. Thank you!

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NOTE: If you are struggling to know your purpose in life, I can help you! As a highly experienced Certified Life Coach, I will help you set priorities in line with your God-given purpose. For more information or to set up a phone appointment, please send me an email at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. You will be taking a major step toward fulfilling your destiny!

Please tell your family and friends about this blog and please pass this post on to them. Thank you!
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To help you learn about your true identity in Christ, I wrote YOU WERE MADE FOR GREATNESS!. This book will reveal to you the power and authority you have to bring about effective change in your life through Jesus Christ. Get your copy now!

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Matters of the Heart is a weekly blog that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart, the issues we all face but sometimes don’t want to talk about. The heart is the programming center of our lives. What is programmed into our heart will affect every area of our lives. Learn how to discover what is in your heart and how to program your heart for success.

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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE FEAR OF THE LORD?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Your Virtual Life Coach

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“Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23

The Fear of the Lord. What is it? And why is it important to have?

We live in a time of increasing lawlessness. There is little respect for authority, whether it be parental, institutional, governmental, or church authority.  Students are rioting on campuses, demanding rights without responsibility. The reason for this rebellion against authority is that people have lost the fear of God.

What is the fear of God? The fear of God is a holy reverence and respect for Who He is and for what He has commanded. It is an understanding and an appreciation that God is not our buddy but that He is the Almighty God, the Creator and Sustainer of the entire universe.  

Unfortunately, we live in a day in which the world does not even acknowledge God. Worst of all, even many in the Church have reduced God to an image of their own making. Some have made Him a bosom buddy who cuts us some slack because we are, after all, human.  Others have made Him a butler who does their every bidding.  Others have made Him a dispenser of goodies whose only desire is to make us happy.

Dear ones, this is NOT the fear of the Lord! This is reducing God to the level of man. It is to create our own God based on what we want Him to be to us. In short, this is idolatry!

The fear of God is a holy reverence and respect for Who He is
and for what He has commanded.

Why must we fear the Lord? For many reasons. Here are a few:

1–God deserves to be feared. He is almighty, all-knowing, and absolutely majestic. He is the only uncreated Being Who has always existed and always will exist. He is supreme in every way.

2–We cannot be wise without fearing the Lord. Scripture says this: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9: 10).  If we want to make wise choices in life, we must start with the right foundation of fearing the Lord. Fearing the Lord means realizing that He is always watching us and that, one day, we will stand before Him to give an account of every thought, word, and deed of our lives.

3-We cannot avoid evil without fearing the Lord. God is not only the God of mercy; He is also the God of justice. When we look upon God only as the God of love, we are tempted to think that He will let our sin slide by. But when we keep in mind that God is also the God of justice, we will have a greater incentive to stay away from evil in order to avoid His judgment.

If you have not been fearing the Lord, repent, and start fearing Him! As the Word promises in 1 John 1: 9, But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”

For an outstanding book on the topic of the fear of the Lord, I encourage you to read The Fear of the Lord by John Bevere available here at my affiliate link.

Now, it’s YOUR turn:  Have you been fearing the Lord?  If not, why not? How will you begin fearing the Lord? Please leave your response in the Comment Box below. Thank you!

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