Julia Ramsey Jones’ Trunk

A Legacy Item from the Nat Turner Rebellion?

Uncle Oakel, husband of Francis (Dad’s sister) restored the trunk and added the placard inside.

 

We do not know when the trunk was made or if Rebecca Jane or Elizabeth owned the trunk.

 

 

All Families Have Secrets They May Wish to Remain Hidden

The Lord says all will be revealed. God’s justice calls us to make things right, regardless of who caused a situation to be off balance. Perhaps because I wasn’t the biggest or brightest I’ve often championed the underdog

It wasn’t until much later that I learned about my family’s connection to the Turners. Maybe it’s a DNA thing to want to help make things right. That seems to run in Dad’s side of the family (and Mom’s). I only came into possession of this trunk due to the passing of Frances Lee, my first cousin. At her service, they spoke of how much she cared for the Lord (first) and others in response. 

Our past does not define us: the Lord does. He destined us to be with Him. May we leave behind the skeletons in our closets and trunks and walk with him without guilt and shame. Go today and BE the Light to someone 

Believe in God’s Goodness and Enjoy All His Promises

Our Attitude Affects Our Altitude

Believe in God's Goodness and Enjoy All His PromisesGod wants good for us, not harm, but we must believe His word, or we will miss out on His promises. Those who came out of Egypt expressed an attitude of criticism rather than gratitude.

When they saw the Egyptian army approaching, they cried out, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt?” (Exodus 14:11). They also said, “Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” (Exodus 14:12).

God promised them a beautiful land, filled with promises of protection and success, but they doubted His promises. Instead of trusting in God’s goodness, they believed He wanted them to fail and fall.

  • Have you ever found yourself questioning God’s goodness, wondering if He truly called you to write, especially when you don’t see the fruit you expect?
  • Do you sometimes doubt that God has blessed your books, wants to bless your books, or will?
  • Do you worry that your books are doomed to live in a wilderness of obscurity?
  • In moments of struggle, have you hesitated to believe that God is willing and able to help you?
  • Fear is faith in a bad report. What do you believe about your books and writing?

Faith or Fear?

Because of their lack of faith, God’s people never entered their Promised Land. Instead, they wandered in a wasteland until they died. Jude 5 reminds us of the importance of believing God’s word and His character of goodness.

I want to remind you, though you once fully knew it, that the Lord, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe” (Jude 5). Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).

God calls those who doubt His goodness disobedient and rebellious. Such “non-believing” believers will never enter His rest. They live in fear and worry. Their faith is in negative circumstances.

But for those with faith from God (Mark 11:22), there is a rest with results. We who have God’s faith (faith from God) enter His rest every time we trust in Him. God calls us to walk the ancient paths — old ways that produced fruit —and find refreshment for our souls.

Jesus explains how this works. “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29).

In Psalm 23 we see how the Lord is our Good-Great shepherd. Everything we need He has provided. He makes us lie down in pleasant pastures with ample provision. He leads us beside calm waters where we can hear his still small voice. He restores and refreshes our soul and work.”

God’s promises are abundant and full of blessings. He assures us of a full and fulfilling eternal life (John 3:16; 1 John 2:25), the forgiveness of our sins (1 John 1:9; Acts 10:43), wisdom (James 1:5; Proverbs 2:6), peace (Philippians 4:7; John 14:27), that all our needs will be met (Philippians 4:19; Matthew 6:33), His strength and power (Isaiah 40:29-31; Ephesians 3:16), guidance and direction (Proverbs 3:5-6; Psalm 32:8), protection (Psalm 91:1-2; 2 Thessalonians 3:3),  joy (Psalm 16:11; Romans 15:13), and His love (John 15:9; 1 John 3:1).

What do you need today for your book, writing, and work? God has already provided this and more through His Spirit that resides within you.

You need only to be still and believe that God fights for you. Raise your hopes and lift your hearts. Stretch out your hand over the thing blocking your path to success and at God’s whispered word, speak His word to your book or problem and move on. God stands between you and your enemies. His power will be displayed if you trust in Him.

A Final Warning

But … if we doubt and complain, if we grumble and criticize, we forfeit His rest. A critical spirit robs us of the faith we need to proceed into our land of promises. Do not rebel. Do not doubt or be afraid. Ask for God’s faith — the same faith in which Jesus walked.

Those who believe God’s words to be true, He leads to blessings and healing, provision and abundance. Trust that God wants good for you and that He has destined your books and writing to find great success. Believe in Him, not the marketing plans of man, and find rest for our weary souls. Work with diligence, yes, but always trust that He is making a way for you.

Write on, brother. Walk on, sister. God has your back and front.

Authors, Discover Three Powerful Prayers that Bring Prosperity and Success

Increase Book Sales Through Faith-based Book-selling Strategies

Authors, Discover Three Powerful Prayers that Bring Prosperity and SuccessThese prayers build upon God’s promise to bring blessings to your writing projects by increasing book sales through book-selling strategies. These prayers can unlock your books’ sales success, give you wisdom, knowledge, and advice, and unveil author marketing secrets, that will expand your influence among readers. Don’t neglect your divine appointment to join the Creator and Author of all things.

Father, I am exalted.
“I receive, believe, and live by your words. Your commands, promises, and blessings are life to me. Your Word brings healing and health, provision and abundance for every good work. Thank you for bringing success to my writing projects and prosperity to all my creative endeavors. Praise to you for the health and growth of my book sales, positive reviews, and the expansion of my influence among readers.”
James 4:10, Proverbs 3:1-2, 2 Timothy 3:17
More encouragement: Proverbs 4:20-22, Psalm 107:20, Philippians 4:19

Father, I trust in you.
“My joy is found in you. I remain in your word, your presence, and submit my life and work to your will. You place your desires in my heart and then grant the desires of my heart. Thank you for the joy and fulfillment I find in my writing, and for fruitful projects that last. Praise to you for hearing my prayers and allowing me to reach new markets and expand my readership.”
Psalm 37:4, John 15:7, 16
More encouragement: Psalm 1:2-3, John 14:13-14, Jeremiah 29:11-13

Father, I obey your commands.
“Lord, as I believe and act upon all your words, you bless the works of my hands. I am in your word and in your love. My greatest joy and love is to obey your commands. Thank you for blessing my writing, enabling me to bear much fruit and bring glory to you through my books and stories. Praise Jesus! for the growing audience and the positive impact my words have on readers.”
John 15:10-12, 8, 14:15
More encouragement: Deuteronomy 28:1-2, 1 John 3:24, John 13:34-35

We hope these prayers inspire you in your writing journey. If you believe God wants His best for you and your writing, pray these prayers to Him and as importantly, PRAY THEM TO YOUR BOOKS! Jesus says we are speak to our mountain. Pray these blessings to your books and watch them go! May you experience the fullness of God’s promises as you continue to create and share your stories.

 

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Four Keys to Receiving More Book Sales from God

From Matthew 25:14-30 learn the four keys to receiving more book sales from God.

Four Keys to Receiving More Book Sales from GodThe world of writing and book publishing for authors can be tough, but with the right book sales strategies, you can find success. Below are faith-based tips for increasing book sales, improving your book sales strategies, gaining more book sales success, applying book sales advice, and book sales secrets.

We know the story: God gives more talents to some than others. One might receive a single talent, another two, others five or more. Those who have much receive more. What gives?

“Thanks” — that’s what gives. Thanks, gratitude, praise, and effort grows the “only” of your small fish and few loaves.

Here are four simple things we must do to tap into God’s marketing power. 

First, we need to believe that God is good. Jesus says He came that we might have abundance (John 10:10), not merely get by until we die. God wants us to grow, succeed, and prosper (Genesis 1:28). We might say that the Good News is the original prosperity gospel — or at least an expansion of the prosperity message delivered in the Law.

The first two servants knew God’s heart to be good. The servant with one talent believed God to be hard-hearted — a taker rather than a giver. “I knew that you are a hard man, so I was afraid. Here is what belongs to you.” Fear and the expectation of working for nothing caused this man to do nothing. The result? The one-talent author got exactly what he feared: nothing. 

Next, we need to acknowledge that we have received a gift from God. The first two servants knew the One who gave them the talents. The third servant knew about God, but he didn’t really know God, nor did he acknowledge that the talent was his to use. Many do not accept their gifts, look for gifts, or expect to receive gifts from God. Worse, when they receive a talent they do not expect much of a harvest. But even a one-book author can enjoy great success. Consider these one-book novelists.

Anna Sewell, Black Beauty (1877), Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights (1847), Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago (1957), Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind (1936), J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye (1951).   

Or how about Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling? Published in 2004 by Thomas Nelson, Jesus Calling only sold 59,000 copies in its first three years: 20,000 a year. Not bad, but that little book would do so much more!  Sales took off in 2008, with the book selling over 200,000 copies that year. As of 2023, Jesus Calling has sold over 45 million copies, making it one of the most successful devotionals of all time.

Are we catching the vision of what God will do with our talents when we are faithful (filled with faith)?

Consider The Shack: 26 houses rejected it so Paul Young, Wayne Jacobson, and Brad Cummings chipped in $5,000 a piece to self-publish the book. They attracted 1,000 orders by the time the first 10,000 copies came out in May 2007. They gave away copies to friends, at talks, and at a book trade show in Nashville. Suddenly, churches began ordering copies in bulk. Pastors discussed the novel in their sermons; Bible study groups picked it apart; grief counselors gave it to their patients. By December Windblown had sold 88,000 copies. After their small publishing company had sold roughly 1 million copies, Hachette Book Group USA agreed to partner in the printing and distribution of The Shack in exchange for half the profits (plus operating expenses).

The lesson? It’s always too soon to give up on what God will do.

Third, we need to use the gifts we’ve been given. The first two servants used their talents and gained more. The lazy, wicked servant did nothing and lost his. The phrase, “Use it or lose it.” is a kingdom of God principle. Whatever open doors come your way, test to see if the opportunity would glorify God. If so, walk through until He tells you to stop. Look for cheap to free ways to market, promote, and give away copies of your book.

I use prlog.org to distribute free press releases of my ministry work and book efforts. Free social media updates work provided you are offering to help and encourage others, not hawk your books. I’ve tried Amazon, BookBub, Facebook, and Google ads. In the end, using the Holy Spirit’s power and believing God’s promises provides more peace and sales for less money.

Finally, we need to give thanks for what we receive. When Jesus fed the 5000 and later the 7000 he gave thanks for all He received (a few fish and some bread). When we thank God for the small and large, we can be sure our attitude of gratitude will lead to growth.

Trust God for your provision and book sales, not in formulas. The only increase formula we find in the story is from the master who scolded the lazy, wicked servant for not investing the talent with a bank. We cannot forecast or formulate God: we can only worship Him.

God does miracles with whatever we receive, big or small. Miraculous multiplication follows when we acknowledge the gifts we’ve received, use them for the good of others, trust God for increase, and thank Him in advance for the manifestation. When we do this our capacity will grow, and we will see God’s provision in our life — and if you’re called to write for him, book sales.

God wants us to grow and prosper, not rest and rust. Read, receive, believe, and live by the verses below.

Growth: James 4:10, Proverbs 3:1-2, 2 Timothy 3:17, John 15:10-12, 8, 14:15, Luke 2:49, Isaiah 41:10

Success: 1 Kings 2:3, Philippians 4:13, Joshua 1:5, 7-8, 1 Chronicles 22:13

Prosperity: Psalm 37:4, 7, 16, 25-26, 68:19, 84:11, 92:12-15, 112:1-9, 115:11-16, 122:6-7, 132:12-18, 145:8-9, Proverbs 3:9-10, 8:17-21, 10:2-6, 11:25, 13:4, 19:17, 28:13, 25, 27, Ecclesiastes 5:19, Isaiah 1:19, 58:10-11, Jeremiah 17:7-8, 29:11, Malachi 3:10-12, Acts 14:17, Galatians 6:6-10, Philippians 4:19, Titus 3:8, Hebrews 7:19-22, 11:6, James 1:17, 3 John 2

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Human + Machine: The Future of Writing is Here and It’s Amazing

Reality Coaching for Writers

Welcome to “Reality Coaching for Writers,” where we explore the transformative power of AI in the writing process. In this video, I delve into the parallels between AI’s impact on writing and Napster’s revolution in music sharing, sharing personal anecdotes to illustrate these shifts. You’ll discover how AI can assist in character development, non-fiction writing, keyword optimization, and content creation. Learn about the benefits and risks of integrating AI into your writing, and see how this technology can streamline your workflow while preserving the essential human touch. Join me to uncover how AI is shaping the future of publishing and enhancing the creative journey for writers.

Introduction
* Focus on AI writing help for writers
* Personal Story and AI Parallels
* Discussion about AI and its potential parallels with Napster
* Personal story about using Napster at IBM and its legal controversies
* Napster’s influence on modern streaming services
* Comparison of AI’s current benefits to Napster’s early impact

AI Writing Assistance
* Direct response writing benefits from AI
* AI’s role in analyzing and combining different versions of copy
* Using AI to identify target audience triggers and suggested improvements
* Character Development with AI
* Example of using AI for character arc development
* Inputting character elements into AI for story suggestions
* AI suggesting character reflection moments and wound exploration
* AI’s limitations in emotional understanding

Non-Fiction Writing with AI
* AI’s application in non-fiction writing
* Feeding AI with topics and scriptures for Christian living titles
* AI assisting in logical structuring of non-fiction books
* Streamlining content before editing
* Keyword Optimization and Target Audience

AI’s capability in keyword optimization
* AI analyzing readership and providing article ideas
* Using AI for creating press releases from book reviews
* AI identifying key words and phrases from reviews

Benefits and Risks of AI
* AI helping streamline writing processes
* AI helping streamline writing processes
* Risks of over-reliance on AI and audience saturation
* AI’s limitations and the need for human emotional input

AI in Content Creation
* AI’s role in magazine articles and blogs
* AI analyzing keyword trends and target audience interests
* AI’s potential to replace traditional devotionals
* Human touch needed to bring emotional depth to AI-generated content

Transformative Writing and AI
* Using AI to transform verses into prayers and personal devotions
* AI helping in structuring and analyzing prayer content
* Combining AI’s data analysis with human emotional insight

AI and Machine Learning
* Machine learning’s role in everyday writing tools
* Teaching AI through user input
* AI as a tool, not a replacement for human creativity

AI’s Future in Publishing
* Publisher’s growing acceptance of AI-generated content
* Human creativity’s advantage over AI
* Changing landscape of publishing due to AI integration
* Risks of over-reliance on AI and audience saturation
* AI’s limitations and the need for human emotional input

Conclusion
* AI as a useful tool for writers when used appropriately
* Balance between leveraging AI and maintaining human creativity and emotional depth

Eddie Jones and Diana Flegal offer personalized coaching for writers.
For more information, check out: https://writerscoach.us