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 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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How to Discover Your Unique, God-Given Dream in Life

Answer Two Simple Questions

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines

the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

God created you with a built-in dream.  Your dream is your purpose.  It’s up to you to discover what your dream is.


What's Your Dream Concept

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How will you recognize your dream? By answering two simple questions:

1) Does this activity give me great joy in the doing of it?

2) Do others give me feedback that this activity is blessing them?

When you can answer both of these questions affirmatively, you will have discovered your dream.

Once you have discovered your dream, it is your responsibility to follow it.

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Are Your Dreams Telling You Something?

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

Dreams are the stuff of life. And I’m not talking about dreams in the sense of goals and aspirations. While such dreams are, indeed, the stuff of life, there is another kind of dream that is even more the stuff of life. This kind of dream is the dream you dream while you are asleep.

Most people dream during their sleep.But most people don’t pay attention to their dreams. Most people think that a dream is the result of last night’s pizza. But I would strongly urge you to pay attention to your dreams. Why? Because dreams are one of the chief ways God speaks to us.

Consider these instances where dreams changed the course of history:

  • Joseph of the Many-Colored Coat dreamed dreams that saved the nation of Israel and his family from severe famine.
  • Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus, was warned in a dream to flee for the safety of the Child Jesus and his mother Mary.
  • The Magi were warned in a dream not to return to Herod but to go home another way.
  • John the Revelator wrote the Apocalypse as a result of a dream.

The Bible says this about dreams: “‘In the last days,’ God said, ‘I will pour out my Holy Spirit upon all mankind, and your sons and daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men dream dreams” (Acts 2:17).  We are living in these last days. Many followers of Yeshua are dreaming dreams of great meaning for their personal lives and for the life of the Body of Christ in general. I myself have dreamed such dreams.

So, pay attention to your dreams. God may be saying something to you that is of great import to yourself, to your family,or to the Church at-large. 

One last thing: the language of dreams is symbolism. In other words, what you see in your dreams usually has a symbolic, not a literal, meaning. Ask Holy Spirit to show you what your dream means. He may do so right away or over time, so be patient. 

You will discover a whole new aspect of intimacy with God through the dreams He gives you. So, respect them and pay attention to them.

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Dream or Dungeon?

06-30-09 107Are you a dreamer? If not, why not? 

Perhaps you don’t understand the meaning of the word. Perhaps you think it means one who wastes time in wishful thinking rather than facing reality and getting the job done. Perhaps you believe that facing reality is the only way to live because you believe that reality is truth.

But what if reality is not truth?

Cervantes, author of the classic novel Don Quijote de la Mancha, wrote these thought-provoking words: “Reality is the enemy of Truth.”  What did Cervantes mean? Was he as crazy as his famous character Don Quijote was considered by some to be?  Did Cervantes (and Don Quijote) see something we need to see about life?

I think so.

Cervantes said basically what the Word of God proclaimed thousands of years before: ” . . . what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen” (Hebrews 11:13).  The universe we see around us (“what we now see”) came from the words (that cannot be seen) spoken by God at creation.  God spoke the universe into existence.  His words (that we cannot see) created the universe (that we can see).

The same is true of the items in your home. That table where you eat dinner was an idea (that you cannot see) in someone’s mind before it became a table (that you can see). The car you drive was an idea in someone’s mind before it became a car. If you yourself have ever created anything–be it a drawing, a story, a song, a building, a scarf, a meal–it was an idea in your mind before it became a reality. The idea in your mind is called a dream.

Joseph was a master dreamer.  His story is found in Genesis 37:18.  At his father’s command, Joseph had gone out to the fields to check on his brothers. When they saw him approaching, they said mockingly, “Here comes the dreamer!” Joseph had shared with them earlier the dreams God had given him that his brothers would one day bow down to him. Just as God revealed, his brothers did bow down to him in thanksgiving many years later when Joseph, then Pharaoh’s right-hand man, would provide them with food during a great famine.

What if dreaming is actually the precursor to truth? What if a dreamer is one who sees truth in advance? What if, as Jesus taught, believing the truth comes before seeing the truth manifested in your life?

What is truth anyway?

Truth is whatever God’s Word says about who we are, what we can do, and what we can have. Anything contrary to what God says is not truth. It is a lie.

Joseph chose to believe what God had revealed to him in a dream rather than the dire circumstances of the pit in which he found himself imprisoned.  He chose to focus on the dream, not on the dungeon.

What about you? Are you focusing on the dream or the dungeon? Are you focusing on your sickness or on the truth that you were healed by the stripes of Jesus (I Peter 2:24)? Are you focusing on the negative balance in your checkbook or on the truth that our God supplies all your need (Philippians 4:19)?

Dream or dungeon? What will you focus on and believe?

The choice is yours.

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(Craft) That Critical First Page

Beginning is half done. So goes an old proverb that we can apply to fiction writing.

The beginning of your story sets the tone for the rest of your story. Indeed, the first page is probably your most important page. If your beginning is not strong, you may not get the chance to showcase the rest of your story because an editor or agent will not keep reading it.

So how can you ensure that your story starts right?  Here are a few tips. 

1) Start your story with your protagonist. Ask yourself: “Whose story is this?” Readers identify with the first character mentioned in your story, so introduce your main character in the first paragraph.

2) Make your protagonist sympathetic. By this I mean create an emotional bond between your reader and your protagonist. I call this bond emotional equity.  Your reader must care about your protagonist. Your protagonist’s story must be worthy of your reader’s time.

3) Show your protagonist in the NOW (in medias res). What is your protagonist involved in as the story opens? What conflict is she facing? It is far better to show your protagonist in the midst of a struggle than to start your story with her reflecting on the past.

4) Establish the setting and time period.  Readers want to know from the start where and when the story takes place. They need to be oriented to give them a sense of direction for your story.

5) Avoid giving back story on the first page. Back story slows down your story. Your goal on the first page is to create story momentum right away. Your first page is like the launching pad of your story. You want a launch that will immediately thrust your reader into the fictive dream and keep her there.

What other tips can you offer to make that critical first page shine?
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