HOW ARE YOUR ROOTS?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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

“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 examine your heart
and how to program your heart for success.

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ROOTS. We need them to grow. Where our roots are planted will determine how well we will grow.

Only roots planted in the love of God will flourish. Paul writes in Ephesians 3: 17, “Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.”

Are your roots anchored in God’s love? If not, why not? Has shame or sorrow or sin kept you from sinking your roots deep into God’s love? If so, let God help you push through that pain, for there is freedom on the other side. 

Growth begins in the roots. How are your roots? Sink them deep into God’s love, and you will know abundant life! 

I pray in Paul’s words for you today that God “from His glorious, unlimited resources…will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that come from God” (Ephesians 3: 16-19 NLT).

Now, it’s YOUR turn: How do you sink your roots into God’s love? Please leave your valued comment in the box below.

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The Italian Chronicles Trilogy is now available in its entirety. Will Maria Landro Tonetta allow God to turn the horrific sorrows of her life into great joy? Read this page-turning series to find out! Makes a great gift for any occasion!

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HOW TO GET ALONG WITH EVERYONE

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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

“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 examine your heart and how to program your heart for success.

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I have often been described as a “people-person.” The connotation implied is that I love people. And that is absolutely true!  I absolutely love people! 🙂

But loving people has not come easily for me. It is not a natural ability, but a supernatural one, because, basically, like all people, I am a sinner. Loving people is a grace from God that I have received as a result of being born again and of having learned how to let Christ live in me and through me.

God loves people! God loves us! And He loves us in a way that we all need to learn if we want to have good, healthful relationships in life.  

So, how does God love us? Here are three key ways:

1–God loves us unconditionally. This means He places no conditions on His love for us. He loves us when we obey Him, and He loves us when we disobey Him. He loves us when we’re happy, and He loves us when we’re sad. He loves us when we are pleasant to be around, and He loves us when we are ornery or downright nasty. 

2–God loves us by asserting our worth. God makes us feel valued, no matter where we’ve come from nor what kind of past we’ve had. Think of the woman at the well. Jesus valued her by talking with her. According to Jewish law, Jews were forbidden to communicate with Samaritans. But Jesus superseded the law, spoke with her, and transformed her life by sharing the Gospel with her. If we want to love others, we need to assert their worth by making them feel valuable. We do this by respecting them, honoring them, and giving them our attention.

3–God loves us by accepting us just as we are. To get along with others, we need to accept them as they are, not as we want them to be. We need to love them in spite of their flaws, not just because of their virtues. We need to give them space to be who God created them to be.

Loving other people depends on our relationship with Jesus Christ. Author Bonnie Davidsion writes: “Our relationship with God will determine our relation­ship with other people.” This is a profound statement, worthy of pondering. We will love other people to the degree that we love God. And the only way we can love God is by accepting His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus alone can enable us to love as the Father loves.  

Bottom line, the only way we can truly get along with people is by loving them. And the only way we can truly love them is by allowing Jesus Christ to love them through us. There is no other way.  #

Now, it’s YOUR turn: What challenges have you faced in getting along with other people? Please leave your valued comment in the box below.

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The Italian Chronicles Trilogy is now available in its entirety. Will Maria Landro Tonetta allow God to turn the horrific sorrows of her life into great joy? Read this page-turning series to find out! Makes a great gift for any occasion!

 Book 1: The Madonna of Pisano    Book 2: A Sicilian Farewell    Book 3: Return to Bella Terra

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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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For additional encouragement, check out my podcasts at the following links:

A Moment with MaryAnn – Podcasts on Living the Good Life

Winning with the Word Podcast Series

Write Your Heart Out! – Podcasts for Writers

Please tell your family and friends about this blog and my other resources, and please pass this post on to them. Thank you!

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ARE YOU LISTENING TO THE WORLD OR TO THE WORD?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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

“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 Bible teaches in Romans 10: 17 that faith comes by hearing. This means that faith in anything comes by hearing. If we hear something long enough and often enough, we will begin to believe it.

So, wouldn’t you agree that what we listen to is extremely important?

Indeed, it is!  

If we listen to lies long enough and often enough, we will begin to believe those lies. Many people today are in emotional bondage because they have listened to lies most of their lives and have come to believe those lies.

By the same token, if we listen to the truth long enough and often enough, we will begin to believe the truth. Those who have chosen to listen to the truth are the spiritual giants of this generation.

There are basically two sources to which we can lend our ears: the World and the Word. The World speaks lies, whereas the Word speaks truth. It is up to us to choose whether or not we are going to listen to the World or to the Word.

Let’s ask ourselves this critical question: Am I lending my ears to the World or to the Word?

Now, it’s YOUR turn:  Are you lending your ears to the World or to the Word?  Please leave a comment in the box below.

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The Italian Chronicles Trilogy is now available in its entirety. Will Maria Landro Tonetta allow God to turn the horrific sorrows of her life into great joy? Read this page-turning series to find out! Makes a great gift for any occasion!

Book 1: The Madonna of Pisano        Book 2: A Sicilian Farewell        Book 3: Return to Bella Terra

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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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LOVE: THE MASTER KEY TO LIFE

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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

“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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Love is a key to the Kingdom of God. In fact, love is the master key because it opens the door to everything else in the Kingdom. Without love, nothing else matters.

Why?

Because God is Love, and without God, there is really nothing else.

Because love is so important, Satan will try to inhibit love, pervert love, or destroy love at every turn. We must be sensitive to his evil tactics and anticipate them.

One of these tactics is fear. Fear is the opposite of love. When we love, we are not afraid to get hurt. Love is vulnerable. It is not afraid of rejection or pain. Love opens itself to these things for a greater good—the good of the one being loved. 

The greatest deterrent to love is the self. We all struggle in this area, some of us more than others. For this reason, Holy Spirit teaches us to die daily to the self. Love involves death, but love also leads to resurrection.

Today make a quality decision to live in love. When you live in love, you live in God, and there is no better place to live!

Now, it’s YOUR turn:  How do you ensure that you walk in love?  Please leave a comment in the box below.

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The Italian Chronicles Trilogy is now available in its entirety. Will Maria Landro Tonetta allow God to turn the horrific sorrows of her life into great joy? Read this page-turning series to find out! Makes a great gift for any occasion!

     Book 1: The Madonna of Pisano    Book 2: A Sicilian Farewell    Book 3: Return to Bella Terra

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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.

AN INVITATION TO YOU: To follow this blog via Facebook, click here. If you are not on Facebook or if you prefer to subscribe via another venue, you may do so by using any one of the other subscription options listed under the Networked Blog section in the sidebar on my website: www.maryanndiorio.com/blog. Thank you!

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Write Your Heart Out! – Podcasts for Writers

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FROM WEEPING TO WORSHIPPING

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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

“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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Happy New Year! Blessings to you for a new year filled with an ever deepening revelation of God’s infinite love for you!

For many of us, the year 2017 ended with weeping–weeping at the loss of loved ones; weeping at family members suffering from illness; weeping at unfulfilled dreams, broken relationships, and missed opportunities.

But the Lord would say to us today, “Stop weeping and start worshipping!” 

The Apostle John recounts in the Book of Revelation that he began to weep bitterly during his vision “because no one was found worthy to open the scroll and read it” (Revelation 5: 4). Imagine knowing that there was crucial information inside that scroll, but no one could open it to discover what that crucial information was! 

Have you ever been there? Are you wondering why your loved one died, why your marriage fell apart, why you lost your job?  Are you asking yourself, “What is written on the scroll of my life?”

As the Apostle John was despairing of the fact that no one could open the scroll, one of the twenty-four elders said to him, “Stop weeping! Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the heir to David’s throne, has won the victory. He is worthy to open the scroll and its seven seals” (Revelation 5: 5).

What joy for John to know that Jesus could open the scroll! That Jesus could reveal what was on the inside! That Jesus could bring meaning to the circumstances of life!

This same Jesus of the Book of Revelation–the same Jesus Who is revealed in the Book of Revelation–wants to open the scroll of your life. He wants to reveal to you the meaning of your life. 

How does He do so? Through worship!

Worshipping God gives us an eternal perspective on life. Worship causes us to transcend the circumstances of our lives and to enter those realms where the things that happen to us are viewed through the lenses of eternity.

Worship shows God that we trust Him, no matter what happens in our lives.

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So, if you are weeping today, I encourage you to stop. Lay down weeping and put on the garment of praise. Begin to worship God in the midst of your sorrow. Soon you will discover that in place of sorrow, joy is welling up within you.

Scripture says this: “Weeping endures for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30: 5). We can hasten the joy of the morning as we begin to worship God during the night.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: What sorrow can you turn into joy through worship? Please leave a comment in the box below.

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The Italian Chronicles Trilogy is now available in its entirety. Will Maria Landro Tonetta allow God to turn the horrific sorrows of her life into great joy? Read this page-turning series to find out! Makes a great gift for any occasion!

     Book 1: The Madonna of Pisano    Book 2: A Sicilian Farewell    Book 3: Return to Bella Terra

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If you found this post helpful, please forward it to a friend. Thank you! You may also be interested in reading the following popular posts:

Why Getting Offended Is Dangerous

Horoscopes? Ouija Boards? Séances? Are They Really Harmless?

Are You Afraid of Confrontation?

Sex and Soul Ties

How to Recognize a Controlling Spirit

Please check our archives in the right sidebar for older posts on a variety of topics. You may also search for a particular topic in the search box at the top right. 

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.

AN INVITATION TO YOU: To follow this blog via Facebook, click here. If you are not on Facebook or if you prefer to subscribe via another venue, you may do so by using any one of the other subscription options listed under the Networked Blog section in the sidebar on my website: www.maryanndiorio.com/blog. Thank you!

For additional encouragement, check out my podcasts at the following links:

A Moment with MaryAnn – Podcasts on Living the Good Life

Winning with the Word Podcast Series

Write Your Heart Out! – Podcasts for Writers

Please tell your family and friends about this blog and my other resources, and please pass this post on to them. Thank you!