How to Program Your Life for Success

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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

Did you know you have a built-in programmer that sets the direction of your life toward success or failure?  It’s called your tongue.

God wired us to be free agents who can choose. At the same time, He gave us instructions to follow so that we would choose the path in life that leads to success, not failure; life, not death.

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Choosing the path to success involves choosing to speak words that lead to success. The tongue is a key tool in whether or not we are successful in life. Why? Because the tongue is the programmer of our lives. 

If you want to know whether or not you are on the road to success, listen to what you speak. Your words reveal what is in your heart, for the Word says that “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12: 34).

Your words control your destiny. The Bible tells us that “death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18: 21). The words you choose to speak will create your future. Just as God created the universe with words, so do we create our future with words.

For the next 24 hours, listen closely to what you are saying. Are you speaking words of life or words of death? Are you speaking words that build or words that destroy? Are you speaking words that heal or words that wound?

Choose now to speak only words of life. In so doing, you will be imitating your Father in Heaven, and you will be moving toward a lifetime of success.

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How to Turn Your Test into Your Testimony

Pursuing Your Victory

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

Like any good parent, our loving Heavenly Father wants His children to mature.  The process of maturity requires testing.

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A test is a measurement of your spiritual growth.  A test is not a punishment.  It is an opportunity to fulfill our call as followers of Yeshua to enforce God’s Kingdom on the earth.

When a test comes–as it surely will–our response to the test will determine whether or not we pass the test. If we respond in the Spirit, we will pass the test. If we respond in the flesh, we will fail the test.

In every test lies the seed of victory and the seed of failure.  What seed sprouts depends on how we respond to the test.  

Respond in such a way that your test will become your testimony of God’s power manifested in your life.

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How to Create the Life You Want

Framing Your Future with Your Thoughts

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

The key to your future–whether successful or not–is your thinking. 

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The thoughts you think lead you to success or to failure. Your thoughts literally frame your future.

The good news is that you have the power to choose your thoughts. Choose only those thoughts that reflect what you want your future to look like.

Choose thoughts of life, not death! (Deuteronomy 30:19). 


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(Attitude) A Surefire Way to Fail at Writing

If you want to avoid failing at writing, then this could be the most important blog post you will ever read. You see, I’ve failed at writing, so I’m highly qualified to tell you what caused me to fail. I’m also highly qualified to tell you how I turned my failure into success.

First, let’s look at the problem. Failure at writing is due to a number of things, but I’ve boiled them down into one single thing:  a lack of belief in oneself.  Bottom line, writers who fail don’t believe they can succeed.

So, let’s say you’re one of those writers who don’t believe you can succeed at writing. Truth is, you’ve got a problem. A big problem. It’s called unbelief, and God isn’t too thrilled about unbelief.  Just check out Hebrews 11:6.  If you don’t solve your problem of unbelief, not only will you fail at writing, but, horror of horrors, you won’t please God.  As far as I’m concerned, nothing could be worse.

Not all that long ago (okay, 30-some years doesn’t seem so long ago), I was in your shoes. I doubted my ability to succeed as a writer. In fact, I couldn’t even call myself a writer. Right there was the single problem I talked about earlier: I didn’t believe in myself. 

So what did I do to change things? What did I do to start believing in myself?  I read a Scripture verse that said “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21).  An aha moment!  So, I grabbed hold of my tongue and commanded it to call me a writer. 

When people started to ask me what I did for a living, I said “I’m a writer.”  Of course, I nearly choked on the words at first. Calling myself something I wasn’t yet felt like lying, and I abhor lying. 

But I had also read Romans 4:17: “God calls those things that are not as though they were.”   Now, I knew for sure that God can’t lie, so I asked Him what He meant by that verse.  He said this verse contains the spiritual principle He used when He created the universe. When God created the universe, He first spoke words and then the words He spoke turned into the substance of the universe.

Another aha moment!  Since I’m made in God’s image, I, too, have to speak words before they turn into the substance of what I want.

So, I wasn’t lying at all. I was simply speaking the truth in advance. I figured if speaking the truth in advance is good enough for God, it’s certainly good enough for me. 

So I started speaking words to bring into being what I wanted.  I started calling myself a writer. I started saying that editors were asking me to write for them.  At that point in my career, editors were sending me volumes of rejection letters. 

But I kept speaking and speaking and speaking that I was a writer and that editors were asking me to write for them. 

A few years went by. I grew more comfortable with calling myself a writer. I started receiving a few acceptance letters. And then, lo and behold, the day came when an editor actually asked me to write for her.

Talk about being excited!  Yes, I was excited about the request to write. But I was more excited at the truth that God’s Word always works if we work it.

What worked for me can work for you, too. To help you, I’ve written a short booklet called Self-Image & the Writer.  It deals in about 10 pages with what I’ve discussed in this short blog post. You can purchase your copy through me for the very low price of only $0.49.  Yes, you read that right.  Less than half a dollar. Plus, it’s a quick read packed with punch. 

What is it worth to you to believe in yourself so that you can succeed at your writing?

Take advantage of this special offer today. The price will go back to $0.99 in the near future. You owe it to yourself to succeed at the calling which God placed on your life.  Order your copy of Self-Image & the Writer and turn your writing life around.

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