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I know you have been bombarded lately with these notices but everyone, including me, is trying to be compliant with the new EU rules on privacy. Bottom line, you will need to give me permission if you’d like to continue receiving my blog, newsletters, giveaway offers, emails, and all correspondence from me.

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect May 25 and requires me to obtain your explicit consent to send you my emails, newsletters, announcements, giveaway offers, and any other information. I apologize for the inconvenience, and I trust you understand my need to do this in order to continue to minister to you. 

Even if you are in the United States or non-EU countries, I need you to opt-in since I have no way of knowing where an email address originates. Sadly, if I don’t hear from you, your email address will be deleted and you will no longer receive my newsletters or other information. 

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by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Your Virtual Life Coach

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

Satan wants your tongue! Why? Because your tongue is the programmer of your life. If he can get control of your tongue, he can get control of you and your future.

Have you noticed that when God created the universe, He used words? In other words, He “spoke” everything into existence. God said, “Let there be light” and there was light. In fact, throughout the first chapter of Genesis, we read over and over, “God said . . . And there was.” “God said . . . And there was.” “God said . . . And there was.” 

When God said something, it came into existence.

Well, since we are made in God’s image, we function the same way. When we say something, it comes into existence. This makes the words we speak of utmost importance, wouldn’t you agree?

So, what words are you speaking? Are you speaking words that agree with God’s Word, or are you speaking words that agree with Satan? The Bible calls Satan “a liar and the father of lies” (John 8: 44). One definition of the verb “lie” is “to twist the truth”. Whenever we speak words that contradict what God says about us, we are twisting the truth and allowing ourselves to be used as tools of Satan. We are acting as tongue-twisters. Not a good thing!

“Your tongue is the programmer of your life.”
                                                                         ~ Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

Proverbs 18: 21 tells us that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” This means that with your tongue you can point your life toward death or toward life. Pretty heavy stuff!  Which will it be for you?

As one who has struggled much in the area of the tongue, I humbly offer three suggestions that have helped me:

1–Think before you speak (Ecclesiastes 5: 2).

2–Choose your words carefully (Matthew 12: 36-37; Psalm 19: 14).

3–Ask the Lord to put a guard over your mouth (Psalm 141: 3).

Applying these three principles to your speech will radically transform your speech and help you to align it with God’s Word/

Remember: Your tongue is the programmer of your life. Make sure you program your life with God’s Word. Then watch your life become filled with life.

Now, it’s YOUR turn:  Do you have trouble controlling your tongue?  What can you do about that? Please leave your response in the Comment Box below. Thank you!

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(Business) Should I Self-Publish?

self-publishing2Most of my writing has been traditionally published, but one of my books was self-published.  Would I do it again? It depends on a few very important factors.

1) Self-publishing requires a significant outlay of cash if you are planning to publish in print format. The cost could run you several thousand dollars, depending on the number of copies you print.  Electronic books, however, require far less in terms of cash outlay, although you will have to pay for the conversion of your manuscript into computer code for reading devices. This conversion process could cost you hundreds of dollars.

2) Self-publishing will require the same excellence required in traditional publishing. Your manuscript must be topnotch and worthy of your readers. To achieve this end, you will need to hire a professional editor to proof-read your book.

3) Self-publishing requires that you be the sole marketer of your book. While this is becoming the case with traditionally published books, self-publishing makes you the chief cook and bottle-washer. As a result, you will need to learn a lot about the business side of publishing.

4) Self-publishing allows you to beat the clock and keep all the profits. These are the two primary reasons that writers self-publish. They don’t want to wait a year or two before their book is published, and they want to make good money on their books.

Self-publishing is not for everyone. But if it is for you, do it with excellence, just as you would write your book.


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