DON’T DIE WITHOUT SINGING YOUR SONG!

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 like to quip that I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth: I was born with a pen in my hand.

But I didn’t discover that pen until I was 30 years old. Once I discovered it, I moved fully into my calling, which is to write stories for King Jesus.

What about you? What gift were you born with? Do you know what it is?

God has created each of us with a purpose. Our talent is a sign of that purpose. God gives us a talent (or more than one) to lead us in the direction of His purpose. As we discover that talent and use it for His glory, God’s purpose is fulfilled not only in each of our lives but also in the earth.

Here are some ways to discover your talent:

1–What ability comes fairly easily to you?

2–What activity gives you great joy in the doing of it?

3–What activity elicits feedback that what you are doing is a blessing to others?

Unfortunately, many people never fulfill their purpose. Don’t be one of them.

Next to losing one’s soul, the worst tragedy in life is to die without singing your song.

My Prayer for You Today: “May you discover your song and sing it with great joy, for God’s glory and for the building of His Kingdom!”

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Are you singing the song God gave you to sing? If not, why not? Please leave your valued comment in the box below.  If you need help to discover your song, contact me at info@maryanndiorio.com. I am a Certified Life Coach and have been helping people discover and sing their song for almost 20 years. I would be happy to help you as well. :). For more information, click here.

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FROM THE DOLDRUMS TO THE DIVINE

by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD

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

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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FROM THE DOLDRUMS TO THE DIVINE
by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD

It’s the same old, same old,” my coaching client complained. “Things never seem to change.”

I took a deep breath and whispered a prayer for wisdom. “Okay, what do you want to change and why?” I asked.

“I want to get off this treadmill and start doing something meaningful with my life.”

“And do you know what that is?”

“I have no idea.”

Neither did I. But at least I knew where to start to find out. Having gone through the same scenario myself many years earlier, I could relate to his feelings of depression, despondency, and discouragement. After all, it was no fun being on this earth and not knowing why.  Nor was it any fun living every day without a sense of purpose.

My mind drifted back to an earlier time when I was in my client’s shoes.

Stuck. Stifled.

And spiritless.

Yes. Without spirit. Dying on the inside.

I was what one would call “down in the dumps.” A victim of the doldrums.

Dismayed about what was happening—or not happening—in my life.

An Internet dictionary defines “doldrums” as “a state or a period of inactivity, stagnation, or depression.” Of the three descriptive nouns, stagnation fit my situation best. I was certainly not inactive. On the contrary, I was spinning my wheels in multiple directions and heading nowhere fast.

Nor was I depressed. I still retained some hope in the future. But the problem was, I didn’t know what direction to take into that future. What if I took the wrong fork in the road? What if I went down the wrong path?

What if I missed my destiny?

I knew I had to do something because the years were passing, and passing quickly. I didn’t want to reach the end of my life and have regrets about wasting my life.

Mind you, I wasn’t a Christian at this point, but I was religious. Very religious. Too religious for my own good. I was bound up in legalistic rituals of spirituality that, as I look back, kept me a prisoner of my wrong thinking and blinded me to the truth.

My mind returned to the coaching session with my client. “Have you ever heard about the concept of being born again?”

He cleared his throat. “What does that have to do with anything?”

I read between the lines of his pain. “It has everything to do with the reason you are here on this earth.”

I could feel him getting uneasy on the other end of the phone. “Look, I’m not interested in religion. I’m interested in results.”

I smiled inwardly. “I totally understand. I’m not talking about religion. I’m talking about relationship. What you are looking for is a relationship that will give meaning to your life. In that relationship, you will find your purpose.”

“But I’ve already got a girlfriend.”

I smiled inwardly again. “I’m sure your girlfriend adds meaning to your life, but what if you didn’t have her? Would your life still have meaning?”

Several moments of silence ensued. I thought he was about to ask for a refund, when he finally spoke up.

“Are you telling me that what I’m looking for is Jesus?” The tone of his voice exuded incredulity and derision.

“That’s exactly what I’m telling you.” I could picture him shaking his head.

“You can’t be serious.”

“I have never been more serious.”

As the battle for his soul waged in the spirit realm, I prayed silently that God would open his spiritual eyes and spiritual ears to the truth.

“I don’t know,” he said. “It sounds too easy. Too simplistic.”

“It is not simplistic. It is simple, but not easy. Following Jesus will cost you everything.”

His curiosity was piqued. “What do you mean?”

I mean it will cost you your life—not necessarily your physical life, although that may happen, but it will certainly cost you the life of your will.”

“I don’t get it.”

Having been in the same place, I empathized with him. “Following Jesus means submitting your will to His will.”

He remained silent for a long moment. “I’m not sure I can do that.”

“Are you saying you can’t or you won’t?”

“Aren’t they the same thing?”

“Not at all.”

He cleared his throat again. “So, what’s the difference?”

“The difference is the want-to. If you want to submit your will to God’s will, God will enable you to do so.”

He hesitated and then back-pedaled. “I don’t think this Jesus stuff is for me.” 

My heart sank just a bit. “No one can force you to accept Jesus Christ. Not even your life coach.” I chuckled. “But I do hope you will think about our conversation today. Your purpose in life is wrapped up in Jesus Christ. I pray that one day you will understand that.”

I ended the session and said goodbye, wondering if the story with this particular client had ended.

But, I’m happy to say that the story did not end there. Surprisingly, my client continued on with me. After several more months of coaching, he eventually did see the light and was born again. Today, he has found his purpose as a worship leader in his home church, and he has never been happier and more fulfilled.

By the grace of God, he discovered his destiny.

In surrendering to Jesus Christ, he went from the doldrums to the divine. 

As for me, I am so thankful to have played a small part in his magnanimous discovery.

But it might never have happened if I myself had not chosen, many years earlier, to go from the doldrums to the divine by accepting Jesus Christ into my own life.

And that has made all the difference!

What about you? Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord? If not, click here to learn how. 

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Now, it’s YOUR turn:  What do you do when you feel discouraged, disappointed, disillusioned, or depressed? Please leave your response in the Comment Box below. Thank you!

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This article first appeared in Book Fun Magazine, August 2015.

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Your Soul Has Eyes

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Did you know that your soul has eyes? It has the ability to see the unseen, that realm where possibilities are born or die and where dreams are made or shattered. 

The word soul is a synonym for the word heart.  So we could say that your heart has eyes.

You have most likely heard the saying that the eyes are the windows of the soul. This is not just a nice saying. Scientists have actually proven that the eyes reveal what kind of soul a person has. An article that appeared a few years ago in the British publication Daily Mail states the following: “Patterns in the iris can give an indication of whether we are warm and trusting or neurotic and impulsive, research has found.” (See reference below).

The eyes of your soul reflect what is going on in your soul.  And what is going on in your soul determines what you see with the eyes of your soul.  If your soul is healthy, you will have good vision. If you soul is unhealthy, you will not.

Have you ever looked into someone’s eyes and it seemed as though no one was home? The eyes were lifeless, indicating a sick soul. By the same token, have you ever looked into the eyes of someone filled with joy? Those eyes abounded in life, indicating a healthy soul.

For your soul to be healthy, it needs a dream. But not just any dream. It needs the dream for which you were created.  Finding that dream comes only from finding God Who gave you the dream in the first place. Until you find God, you will never have a healthy soul. Nor will you ever fulfill your destiny.

So, the chief question of life becomes how do I find God? There is only one way. You will find God only through His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).

When you embrace Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, your soul will know its life purpose.  Your soul will have vision.  The eyes of your soul will be able to see clearly the reason you are here.

Then–and only then–will you know the true meaning of life.  Especially your life!

Unforgiveness can cloud your soul, keeping it from seeing its vision clearly.  If you struggle with forgiving someone who hurt you, you will benefit from reading my powerful story about a woman who had the same struggle. It is called A CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING and is available for Kindle, iPad, and Nook.  book-christmas-homecoming-alt

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