Saturday, September 16, 2017

ARE YOU DRIFTING AWAY FROM THE LORD?

Hey, Gabriel Girls!

If you've been watching the news lately, you've seen the results of Hurricane Irma. As I viewed the very sad pictures on TV, I was struck by the way houses, cars, and personal belongings just drifted away, carried off by the rising waters. Those objects had lost all of their anchoring and could not resist the power of the water.

The scene made me think of many Christians who have lost their anchor and are being carried away by the destructive waters of sin.

Are you one of them?

If so, listen up so you don't get carried away altogether until you are totally destroyed. I'm going to give you three tips for keeping the flood waters of sin from drowning you.

1--Admit that you've turned from God and have followed the road of sin.

2--Repent. Right now! Yes, stop reading and repent. This means making a 180-degree turn in the opposite direction from your sin.

3--Run back to God. When we sin, we shouldn't run away from God but toward God. He loves us and is the only One Who can forgive us and restore us to fellowship with Him.

As you take these three simple steps, you will be re-establishing your anchor in the only place it will hold you safely: in the arms of your Heavenly Father. As long as you remain there, you will never have to fear that the rising waters of life will overtake you. 

Here's a Scripture verse for you to memorize:

"Surging waters cannot quench love; floodwaters cannot overflow it. If someone were to offer all his possessions to buy love, the offer would be utterly despised." --Song of Solomon 8: 7
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

WHAT'S AHEAD FOR GENERATION Z?

Hey, Gabriel Girls!

Most of you reading this blog were born after September 11, 2001. So, all that you know of that horrific day is what you've been told, read about, or viewed in a documentary on TV or YouTube.


But even though you were born after that ignominious day in American history, you are living the consequences of the 9/11 event in your daily lives today.

How so?

Well, for one thing, 9/11 marked a crucial turning point in our country's perspective. Up until 9/11, we considered ourselves pretty safe. But 9/11 proved to us that we aren't as safe as we think. Consequently, you've grown up living with anxiety not only about your safety but also about your future in a country filled with perils unlike any we've ever witnessed.

In addition, you are facing situations that my generation did not face. Situations like:

  • Terrorism: You can no longer trust your daily environment. 
  • Political Correctness. You are being silenced because speaking truth now offends. 
  • Prayer Shaming. You are being ridiculed for praying, especially praying in public.
  • The Glorification of Immorality. You are mocked when you speak out against sin by those who brazenly and openly celebrate sin. 
  • A Godless Culture. You are living in a culture that has driven God out of its schools, its marketplace, its art, its music, and its entire social structure. 
So, what are you to do?
  • Keep standing firm in righteousness. This is what God says to you: "Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. See, all your angry enemies lie there, confused and humiliated. Anyone who opposes you will die and come to nothing" (Isaiah 41: 10-11 NLT). 
  • Keep speaking truth. Keep standing up for truth, no matter the opposition. Why? Because only the truth sets people free. Jesus said this: "And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8: 32).
  • Keep praying, especially praying in public. The Word of God gives us this command: "Never stop praying" (1 Thessalonians 5: 17 NLT).
  • Keep speaking out against sin. Why? "For the wages of sin is death...." (Romans 6: 23).  Most of all, do not sin. Why? Because "the wages of sin is death...." (Romans 6: 23).
  • Keep sharing the Gospel. The Gospel alone is the message of salvation. "For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes--the Jew first and also the Gentile." (Romans 1: 15 NLT).
The time is very short before the return of Jesus Christ to catch away His Church in the world-shaking event called the Rapture. If you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as Your Savior and Lord, I urge you to do so now. Pray this simple prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, I come to You just as I am. I have made a mess of my life and I need You to save me. I believe that You are the Son of God, that You died on the Cross, and that You rose again on the third day. I accept You as my Savior and the Lord of my life. Forgive me of my sins and make of me what You created me to be. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer, please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I will send you a little booklet to help get your start in your walk with Christ.

Also, please leave a comment in the box below. I am happy to hear your opinion and to answer any questions you may have.

Meanwhile, keep looking up for our redemption draws near!  :) 

Dr. MaryAnn
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Monday, September 4, 2017

YOUR HELP NEEDED...

Hey, Gabriel Girls!

I need your help. 

I'm trying to figure out if my Comments section is working or not since I am not receiving comments from any of you.

Would you kindly post a comment, even if it simply says "test"?  This will assure me that everything is working fine.

While I'm on the topic, please feel free to leave comments and to ask questions about my posts.  I want this to be an interactive blog where we can discuss issues that matter to you most.


Thanks and Blessings!

Dr. MaryAnn

Saturday, August 19, 2017

SOLAR ECLIPSE: A WARNING FROM GOD

Hey, Gabriel Girls!
If you live in the good ol' USA, you know that on Monday, August 21, 2017, our country will be experiencing a total solar eclipse. The eclipse will traverse the entire United States from the Northwest to the Southeast. 
This is an event of major significance in that it is a warning from God calling us to repentance, both as individuals and as a nation. The eclipse will occur only over the United States and over its expanse, meaning this is a message specifically for America.  So, we must take special heed!

The  Bible tells us that God speaks to us through the signs in the sky (Genesis 1: 14).  The question is: Are we listening?

God issues these celestial warnings out of His infinite love for us. He is saying that if we don’t repent, we will bring judgment and great suffering on ourselves because we have disobeyed His commands. (See the Book of Revelation).

Please take this warning to heart and warn your family and friends.  This is not something to take lightly and to brush off.  Your eternal destiny and theirs are at stake.

Many Biblical scholars and other Christians believe that the Lord’s return for His Church in an event called the Rapture is at hand, and that this eclipse is meant to prepare us for the Lord’s return.  Only those who have been born again will be removed from the earth and will escape the great Tribulation which will soon come upon the entire world with the rise of the AntiChrist. Those who have not accepted Christ as Savior and Lord will be left behind and will endure the Tribulation. This will be a seven-year period of horrific suffering and oppression such as the world has never seen.

You do NOT want to be left behind! If you are not a follower of Jesus Christ, accept Him now as your Savior and Lord and spend eternity in His Presence. Here is a simple prayer to be born again:
“Lord Jesus, I come to You now just as I am—broken, bruised, and empty inside. I’ve made a mess of my life, and I need You to fix it. Please forgive me of all of my sins. I accept You now as my personal Savior and as the Lord of my life. Thank You for dying for me so that I might live. As I give you my life, I trust that You will make of me all that You’ve created me to be. Amen.”
If you sincerely prayed this prayer, you are now a child of God and a follower of Jesus Christ. Please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorioministries.com. I would like to send you a booklet to help you get started in your walk with Jesus. 
Now, it’s YOUR turn: Are you listening for God’s voice as He speaks through His signs in the sky? Are you looking up for the imminent return of Jesus Christ for His Bride? How are you preparing for His return? 
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

5 Ways to Grow in Christ

Hey, Gabriel Girls!

I trust you’re having a great summer! No matter what you do this summer, don’t forget to spend time with Jesus.

Of all your relationships, your relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important relationship you will ever have. It will last forever, into eternity. So don’t you agree it’s vital that you keep working on that relationship?


If you don’t yet have a relationship with Jesus Christ, I urge you to establish one. Click here to learn how to do so. 


Okay, now let’s talk about five ways to grow your relationship in Christ:


1) Dig deep into God’s Word. God’s Word is the Bible. The Bible and Jesus are actually one and the same, so if you dig deep into the Bible, you will be digging deep into Jesus. Why is this important? Because the better you get to know Jesus, the more you will be like Him, and the more like Him you are, the better your life will be.

Check out Psalm 119: 1-3: Happy are all who perfectly follow the laws of God. Happy are all who search for God and always do his will, rejecting compromise with evil and walking only in his paths. 

If you want to be truly happy, follow Jesus! 

2) Pray.  Prayer is a two-way conversation with God. He talks to you, and you talk to Him. Be sure to do twice as much listening as you do talking, however, because God is far smarter than you are. :)

I keep a Prayer Journal of my conversations with God. It’s really cool to go back and read over the things God has spoken to me over the years. Most of all, keeping a Prayer Journal will remind you of how much God cares, especially when you’re going through tough times.



3) Obey what God tells you to do. How do you know what God tells you to do? The best place to find that answer is in the Bible. God has written down all that He wants you to do. It can be summed up in two commands found in Luke 10: 27: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.’”  Obey these two commands and you’ll be just fine. :)  

4) Meet with other Christ-Followers. We all need the support of others on our journey with Jesus. Fellow believers lift us up when we are down, and vice versa. The Bible says this about meeting with fellow believers: Let us not neglect our church meetings, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near (Hebrews 10: 25). We do not necessarily have to meet in church buildings, because we are the Church. But we should meet regularly with other Christ-Followers, especially during these dangerous times right before Christ’s return.

5) Tell others about Jesus. I am so thankful for the young woman who told me about Jesus and about my need to be born again. Even though I thought she was crazy at first, I eventually realized that she was telling me the truth. Were it not for her courage, I would not be writing this blog post today. 

So, be bold in your witness for Jesus Christ. You have the truth, and by sharing the truth with others, you will prevent many from spending eternity in Hell.

There you have it: 5 Ways to Grow in Christ. Now all you have to do is put these 5 ways into practice. You will be amazed at how much your life will change for the better!

Now, it's YOUR TURN: What ways do you practice to grow in Christ? Please share with our fellow Gabriel Girls!

You can post your comments in the box below. Thanks! We're eagerly waiting to hear from you. Your opinion matters!

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  • You need to be born again. This means that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and the Lord of your life.If you don't know how to do this, click here.
  • You need to have a desire to tell others about Jesus wherever you go and whenever you can.
  • You need to commit to following Jesus by reading the Bible and praying every day and by obeying Jesus' command to love Him and to love your neighbor.
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

How to Deal with Bullying by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

Hey, Gabriel Girls!

Bullying is a major problem among teens today. Did you know that the Bible has a lot to say about bullying and about how to handle bullies?

Let's take a look:

1-Be wise in choosing your friends.  The Bible says says about choosing friends: "The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray." (Proverbs 12: 26).  How do you choose your friends? Do you choose them based on popularity, looks, smarts? 

The right way to choose friends is to choose them based on their character. Consider your friends. Do they love Jesus and obey God? Or are they rebellious and want to do whatever they feel like doing?


2-Return good for evil. When someone tries to bully you via a hurtful comment on Facebook, or an insult at school, or an act of rejection, do something to bless that person. Say something kind. Tell that person you are praying for her. Help her in some way.

Jesus said this: I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:39-40)


3-Stand up to the bully. There will be times when you will need to stand up to the bully. You will need to establish your boundaries and not allow the bully beyond them.  

Remember your authority in Christ and use it against the enemy. In reality, you are not fighting the bully; you are fighting Satan and his demons:  

"For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places." (Ephesians 6:12). 

"And all the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you" ( Deuteronomy 28: 10). 

4-Forgive the bully. Behind the mask a bully wears is a frightened person who does not feel she is worth much. So she uses bullying to make herself feel important.  As you forgive the bully and pray for her, God will begin to change her life.

NOW IT'S YOUR TURN: Have you ever been bullied? How did you handle the bully? Did you handle her God's way or your way?

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To Become a Gabriel Girl, you need to qualify as follows:
  • You need to be born again. This means that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and the Lord of your life.If you don't know how to do this, click here.
  • You need to have a desire to tell others about Jesus wherever you go and whenever you can.
  • You need to commit to following Jesus by reading the Bible and praying every day and by obeying Jesus' command to love Him and to love your neighbor.
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Sunday, July 30, 2017

We're Back!

Hey, Gabriel Girls,

I'm excited to say, "We're back!"  

Back with more great advice for you as you navigate the sometimes rough waters of being a teen girl who follows Jesus!

We have lots of great information ahead for you to help you face the unique issues of your life as a teen:

--Getting along with your parents;

--Getting along with your friends;

--Getting along with guys;

--Getting along with yourself;

--Getting along with God.

So, stay tuned!

And please send your questions to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com.


I'm looking forward to some special times together on this blog!


Love and Blessings in Jesus!

Dr. MaryAnn

To Follow or Not to Follow the Crowd

Hey, Gabriel Girls!

Have you ever heard of the expression "the blind leading the blind"? Do you know exactly what it means?

It describes a situation in which the person leading the way knows as much as or even less than the one she is leading.  In other words, the leader won't be able to take the follower any farther than the follower already can get by herself.

Obviously, this doesn't make for a good situation, does it? If we want to get somewhere but don't know how to get there, we need to follow someone who does know how to get there.


So, what does all of this have to do with crowds?

Well, a lot!

People like to follow crowds, especially at school. There's something about following a crowd that makes us feel secure and special. 

But what if we are following the wrong crowd? 

You see, crowds are usually going in the wrong direction. If everybody is doing something, then very likely what the crowd is doing is wrong. 

For example, today we see crowds of teens rebelling against one's parents or having sex or cheating on tests. All of these things are wrong, but the crowd will try to tell us these things are not wrong.

Years ago, I heard a quote that said this: "Observe the masses and do the opposite." In other words, watch what everyone else is doing and do the opposite. This is a wise formula for success.

It is also a wise formula for living as Jesus wants you to live.

Remember: the people you choose to imitate today will determine what kind of person you will be tomorrow. 

Do you want to be like the people you are imitating today? If not, do the opposite.

Now, it's your turn: Do you struggle with following the crowd? Do you need to belong in order to feel special and important?

Please share your comments in the box below. The words "No Comments" simply mean that no one has yet posted a comment. So, be the first one! :)

TWEETABLE: Are You Afraid of the Future? by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio (CLICK TO TWEET)
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Please send in any questions you'd like to see discussed on this blog post. Please email your question to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com.  Thanks! 

To Become a Gabriel Girl, you need to qualify as follows:
  • You need to be born again. This means that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and the Lord of your life.If you don't know how to do this, click here.
  • You need to have a desire to tell others about Jesus wherever you go and whenever you can.
  • You need to commit to following Jesus by reading the Bible and praying every day and by obeying Jesus' command to love Him and to love your neighbor.
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Gabriel Girls Blog Suspended for the Time Being

Hey, Gabriel Girls,

After prayer and seeking God, I have decided to suspend the Gabriel Girls blog for the time being.  I have not received feeedback from you, my readers, which indicates that interest in this blog is low.

Should the Lord direct me to resume this blog in the future, you will receive a notice if you remain subscribed.

Thank you for reading the Gabriel Girls Blog during the last several months. I pray God's blessings on you.

Remember: Always stay close to Jesus!



Love and Blessings,

Dr. MaryAnn

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Dear Gabriel Girls,

As the new year approaches, I have been praying for God's direction regarding this blog. After several months, it seems as though there is little interest in the Gabriel Girls blog. Comments have been rare to non-existent.

Scripture says that in the multitude of counselors, there is safety (Proverbs 15: 22). So, I am coming to you, my readers, to ask fory our input. Is this blog important to you? Has it made a difference in your life?

Writing effective blog posts takes a good deal of time. Since time is a gift from the Lord, I want to be a good steward of it.

I look forward to your comments.  Meanwhile, I send you warm greetings for a holy and happy Christmas season!


Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

Friday, October 28, 2016

Are You Afraid of the Future?

Hey, Gabriel Girls!

Are you afraid of the future? If so, you are not alone.


Our world is teetering on the edge of destruction. Events are unfolding exactly as the Bible prophesied they would. Every where we turn, we see violence, death, and destruction.

The result is fear. It’s all around us. It penetrates and saturates our culture as water does a sponge. We read it in the headlines every morning. We hear it on the news every night.
We feel it in our bones, in our muscles, and in our hearts.

Yes. In our hearts.

But, it doesn’t have to be this way.  Throughout the Scriptures, God continually commands us not to fear.  Interesting, isn’t it, that He gives us a command?  A command from God implies that we are able to obey it.

So, why are we afraid? I would propose that we are afraid because we do not know God.

You see, God is Love, and in Him there is never anything to fear.  Scripture tells us that “perfect love drives out fear” (I John 4:18).  God, Who is Perfect Love, will drive out fear every time.  But here is the clincher:  We must trust Him and believe Him when He says that there is nothing to fear for those of us who know Him.

Bottom line, we get rid of fear by getting to know God intimately.  Here is His promise to us found in Isaiah 26:3: ” You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”  This is the antidote to fear: Keeping our minds fixed on God.  And why do we keep our minds fixed on God? Because we trust in Him. And why do we trust Him? Because He is God and perfectly trustworthy!

Are you struggling with fear today? Then turn your eyes toward Jesus and keep looking into His beautiful face. Keep your thoughts fixed on Him. As you do, His peace will drive out every fear.

Now, it's your turn: Do you struggle with fear? What has helped you overcome fear?
Please share your comments in the box below. The words "No Comments" simply mean that no one has yet posted a comment. So, be the first one! :)


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To Become a Gabriel Girl, you need to qualify as follows:
  • You need to be born again. This means that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and the Lord of your life.If you don't know how to do this, click here.
  • You need to have a desire to tell others about Jesus wherever you go and whenever you can.
  • You need to commit to following Jesus by reading the Bible and praying every day and by obeying Jesus' command to love Him and to love your neighbor.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Have You Answered Life's Most Important Question?

Hey, Gabriel Girls!

Life is full of questions. But there's one that is the most important question of all. Can you guess what it is?


Matthew 16: 13-16 gives us a clue. Let's take a look:

"When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, 'Who do people say the Son of Man is?' They replied, 'Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.' 'But what about you?' he asked. 'Who do you say I am?' Simon Peter answered, 'You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.'”

Jesus has never stopped asking this question of every person who has ever lived. And He is asking you this same question today: 

"Who do you say that I am?"  

Who do you say that Jesus is? This is the most important question you will ever answer in your life. 

Why? Because your answer to this question will determine not only the rest of your life, but, more importantly, your answer will determine your eternal destiny.

If you, like some of the people of Christ's time, reply that Jesus is just a prophet (as many reply today), then you will spend eternity separated from Him.

But if you reply that Jesus is the Son of God and the Savior of the world, you will recognize your utter need of Him to save you from your sin.

So, I ask you now: Who do you say that Jesus is? If you are not sure, begin reading the four Gospels--Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John--found in the New Testament. They reveal who Jesus is.

As you read the Gospels, watch Jesus in motion. Listen to what He says. Watch how He treats people. Pay attention to the amazing miracles He performs and the compassion that prompts them. Notice how He comes back from the dead. And while you're reading, keep in mind that you are not reading fiction. You are reading documented history that really happened.

If you are sincerely looking for the truth, you will discover that Jesus is truly who He says He is: the Son of God and the Savior of the world.

Now, it's your turn: Who do you say Jesus is? How did you reach your conclusion? Please share your comments in the box below. The words "No Comments" simply mean that no one has yet posted a comment. So, be the first one! :)


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To Become a Gabriel Girl, you need to qualify as follows:
  • You need to be born again. This means that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and the Lord of your life.If you don't know how to do this, click here.
  • You need to have a desire to tell others about Jesus wherever you go and whenever you can.
  • You need to commit to following Jesus by reading the Bible and praying every day and by obeying Jesus' command to love Him and to love your neighbor.
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