When I was twenty-eight years old, I decided it was time to get serious about my walk with the Lord. I began my quest to find out Who He really was and why He would care that much about a peon such as I. One of the first books I read was by Max Lucado entitled, No Wonder They Call Him the Savior. Max had the gift of painting pictures with words. He used stories from everyday life to illustrate spiritual truths. They were short, poignant word pictures that grabbed your attention and drove home the point of the story that made the message difficult to forget.
Although I never even dreamed of writing a book, I knew that if I ever did, I would write like Max Lucado. I would use stories from everyday life, animals, nature, and relationships to encourage people to live life abundantly as Jesus said we should.
Jesus was the greatest encourager there’s ever been. He is the champion of the underdog, the downtrodden, the peons of the world. Everyone needs encouragement because the world will suck the courage right out of you every minute of the day. That courage has to be replenished if we are going to live life abundantly. I want to be an encourager.
God knew the desire of my heart, and so He gave me a goal. Ten years before I ever entertained the thought of writing a book, the Lord gave me two titles for the first two books I would one day write. Waterholes in the Wilderness and Anchors in the Storm. In the meantime, I started writing devotional articles for our church newsletter. I called them, Gracelines. Over the years, people would comment as to how a Graceline had encouraged them through a difficult time. I was blessed and honored that the Lord had given me a story that had encouraged a fellow sojourner. One day, He told me to compile the stories I had written and publish them in a book under the first title that He had given me, Waterholes in the Wilderness.
I didn’t think I was worthy to do that, but the Lord reminded me that it was He Who had inspired me to write the stories. They were His stories, and He wanted to encourage people with them. He simply needed me to write them down and publish them. I could do that, and I did so gladly.
I remember self-publishing Waterholes, ordering 500 books to keep the cost per copy down. I thought to myself, “We will never in a million years get rid of 500 books.” We republished several times mostly giving away several thousand copies. Amazing to me to this day!
I finally came to realize that writing was God’s gift to me. Writing is the vehicle He has given me to encourage people. He reveals the story and then gives me the spiritual connection. All I have to do is write down what He tells me. He does the work for me, in me, through me, and as me. We are having such a wonderful time blessing people.
Those first two books were published with outdated methods which has made it difficult to distribute them. Now, with Kindle books and indie publishing so readily available, the Lord is asking me to get serious again about publishing the old books as well as some new ones we are writing together.
Last month, we re-published Anchors in the Storm as a Kindle book. I plan to re-publish all four books as eBooks first and then publish them as paperbacks. We decided to publish Anchors first since it was not widely distributed the first time around and many people have not had access to it. It has stories for those who are going through hard times and just need to know that God is still there.
I want you to know that I don’t write books in order to get rich monetarily. I write books because they make me rich in God’s grace and goodness, and they help others get rich that way, too.
Here’s where I need your help. Would you help me promote the books and The Graceline. We are publishing the books under the banner: The Graceline Series. We want God’s grace to flow and overwhelm everyone who reads what we publish. I’m simply a “hope peddler.” I peddle hope everywhere I go. You never know when one of these Graeline stories will lift the head of one of God’s children who is on the brink of losing all hope.
Please join me in this quest to encourage everyone we meet. We love God by loving people. Let’s keep sharing the good news that Jesus is alive and well and living in everyone who opens the door of their heart to Him. Please share with your social media, friends and family.
You can join the Graceline Family and receive a Graceline of encouragement every Monday morning just for you. All you have to do is go to www.kennyashley.com and sign up. No strings attached. If you like the Graceline, you will love the books. If you would like a copy of the new Kindle book, The Graceline Series: Anchors in the Storm,you can purchase one from Amazon by CLICKING HERE.
If you like it, would you please write a review on Amazon. It will help us spread the good news.
So many of you have prayed for and encouraged me to keep writing these stories of His amazing grace and goodness. Your love and support keep the JOY in my JOurneY. Thank you and God bless you. We love you all.