A couple weeks ago, a friend invited me to spend some time at the beach with her. I live in North Carolina, so we went to a beach in this state.
The day before we were scheduled to leave for our beach trip, a hurricane blew through the coast of North Carolina. Fortunately, the place we were staying at was left intact and accessible—the downed trees had missed the dwelling but lay nearby.
While at the beach, my friend and I took a boat tour to a deserted barrier reef island. We planned to look for seashells while there since seashells are plentiful right after a hurricane.
I was especially looking for conch shells and delighted to find some. While most of the shells I found were in good condition, none were as perfect as I would have liked.
Right before we left the beach, I went to the water to wash the sand off my hands. As I made my way back up the shore, two conch shells appeared on the sand in front of me. They were identical and perfect.
I picked them up and showed them to my friend. As I gave her one, she told me that she had prayed as we combed the beach that I would find a perfect conch shell.
I was touched. I had not thought to pray about this. Yet my friend prayed on my behalf, and our good God answered her prayer to show both her and me that he listens and cares for us.
James tell us “You do not have because you do not ask God.” (James 4:2)
Jesus says “I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:13-14)
That day on the beach was a gentle reminder to me that I do not ask enough. What about you? Are you asking for God to use the words you have written and published to touch people’s lives?
Are you asking God…
- For your book to find its way into the hands of those who need the message?
- For divine appointments for networking opportunities?
- That the message he has given you to share will not return void?
- For doors to open for publicity opportunities?
- For guidance on where to spend your meager marketing dollars?
- For wisdom on where to spend your marketing time?
- That the people who need your words of encouragement will find them?
- For God to bless the work of your hands (your writing and books)?
If you are struggling with marketing and selling your books, pray. Ask God for guidance and blessings for your efforts. After all, God is still in the business of answering prayer.
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