Courage to Risk

“Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” Luke 5:8

Have you ever thought about the risk Peter took to follow Jesus?

He was self-employed: if he didn’t work, he didn’t get paid. He had a wife and most likely a family to support. Besides, Jesus was a radical. What would people think?

Peter’s brother, Andrew, claimed Jesus was the Messiah. How many times do you think Peter had heard that? Yet, the first time he met Jesus, He said: “You are Simon the son of John! I’m going to call you Peter!” (John 1:42) He boldly told him who he was: a Rock.

Peter saw Jesus again, this time climbing into his boat to teach the crowd!

It was just an ordinary fishing day with his brother, until Jesus invited him into deeper water for a catch. When Peter obeyed, despite his doubts, his net filled with so many fish he had to get help to bring them to shore.

Peter’s response to Jesus’ supernatural work was: “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” (Luke 5:8) But Jesus had other plans for Peter: ”Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.” (Luke 5:10)

Has the Lord told you who you are: a rock, a leader, a teacher, a missionary, a student of the Word? Did you reply in fear like Peter “No, I’m not! Go away!”

Moses’, response to God was, “Who am I, that I should go… ” He felt he was a nobody, but God’s answer was “I will be with you.” (Exodus 3:3-12)

Isaiah’s response was, “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips…” Disgusted, he couldn’t see beyond his shame, but God said, “See, this [live coal] has touched your lips, your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” (Isaiah 6:5)

What argument or response do you give the Lord when he says, “You did not choose me, but I choose you…go and bear fruit.”? (John 15:16)

What would happen if you took a risk?

I’m not talking about hang gliding over the Columbia River. I’m talking about stepping into the identity of who God says you are in Him.

Courage leads you on an adventure. Trust the Lord. Don’t miss out! Take Him at His word. Believe: “…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you..” (Acts 1:8)

Then when the Lord asks, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” You will have the courage to say, “Here I am! Send me.” (Isaiah 6:8)

Book Review by Marlene Anderson

Recently, Marlene Anderson of Focus with Marlene reviewed my book, Undivided Heart.

Here are a couple of excerpts from her review:

“While full of information that each of us needs and can use, it is written in a simple style, easy to follow and understand.”

“Every life story has those moments of hurt and pain and misunderstanding. In her seven step approach, Diana helps us bridge a relationship with ourselves which can then led to bridging that communication with God and others.”

Check out the full review by clicking here.

Thanks so much, Marlene for the great write up!

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6th Annual NW Book Festival!

NW Book Fair

Diana Greene will be at the
6th Annual NW Book Festival!

Saturday, July 26, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland, OR
(corner of SW Morrison and SW Sixth Avenue)

Diana will be joining authors from all over the Northwest in selling and signing their most recent books at this year’s NorthWest Book Festival!

Take this opportunity to meet Diana and get to know the author behind the Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary series:

Winter Has Passed
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Where is the Water?
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and come find out how Undivided Heart is changing lives!

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Curious about Diana’s books and wondering what they are all about? Come by Diana’s booth, pick up a free bookmark, and let her share with you her story.

Already familiar with Diana’s books? Come get your copies signed. Find out what new books and projects she’s working on that are coming soon!

Bring your questions, your books, and your friends. Plan to have fun!

Join the festivities at Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland, OR !

Saturday, July 26, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information about the festival click on the link below:

www.nwbookfestival.com/

Hope to see you there!

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Note to Selah 2012 Conference Goers

Did you purchase Undivided Heart Book One and/or Book Two? Your pass code to download charts can be found on page 153 of Book One and page 137 of Book Two. Look for the heading ORDERING INFORMATION.

The Charts are tools that you will use over and over again to help you navigate through the stories of your life that have you stuck. The process works when you work it!! The Lord wants you to have an Undivided Heart in him.

If you have any questions please contact me through the CONTACT email provided on my website.

Thanks!

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