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Thursday, August 6, 2020

"Hold Fast," Here Comes Fall 2020

We've all decided that 2020 needs to end. As I smell the smoke of wildfires burning in the distance, the mantra "What next?" comes again to mind. It seems like diminished air quality fits right in with all the other plagues of the year of COVID-19. Yet we choose our own talking points, our own mantras, our own storylines within this drama that is 2020. As fall approaches and teachers return to schoool, what words of hope can we speak to ourselves and our coworkers? Surely Christians can do better than "What next?"

For me, the words "hold fast" are what I need right now. They come from Hebrews 3 and 4, speaking of how a believer must be faithful,  holding her confidence in Christ "firm until the end."

Our examples are Moses (Ch. 3 v. 2-5) and Jesus (Ch. 3 v. 1-6), as well as other believers who have come before us and who encourage us in our faith. We need these examples in troubling times. How did Jesus hold fast, "faithful to Him who appointed Him" (3:2)?  There is a choice involved, an exercise of the will. We may choose to fall away (3:12), to be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin (3:13). Or we may choose to hold fast our confession.

If we follow the example of Jesus, who has now entered into rest (4:10), we will also enter into rest when our work is done.

And what is the work? Chapter 3 verse 13 says that part of it is encouraging one another. Not saying to each other, "What next?" but "Hold fast!" For Christian teachers in public schools heading into the 2020/2021 school year, our work may be to make this year the year that we believed. The year that we held onto our faith in Him who appointed us, who called us to this time and this place and this task. Whatever the ministry is that He has called us to, may Fall 2020 be the time when we were faithful despite the chaos that surounded us.

Be encouraged, beloved. Encourage one another to hold fast our confession. Rest is coming soon.


Thursday, June 11, 2020

Swashbuckling Book Picks for Summer Reading

Summer means rest and relaxation for teachers (unless of course you're taking classes, working that summer job, or prepping for new responsibilities you'll have in the fall!). For many of us, it's a chance to pick up the gardening tools or a good book. But what to read?

The Seafaring Women of the Vera B (Hearts of Oak Book 1) by [Susan Page Davis, James S. Davis]

Now through Saturday, June 13, The Seafaring Women of the Vera B. is on sale for .99 on Kindle. It's Book One in the Hearts of Oak series by my mother, Susan Page Davis, and my brother, James S. Davis. If you like stories of strong female protagonists, swashbuckling adventures, and exotic settings, this inspirational fiction pick might be for you. Prefer paperback? Visit Susan's Web site store to purchase.

The Scottish Lass (Hearts of Oak Book 2) by [Susan Page Davis, James S. Davis]

Book Two, The Scottish Lass, has just been released, and you can pick up the Kindle edition for $4.99. This sequel promises kidnapping and a search for buried treasure. Both books are free to read with Kindle Unlimited.


Monday, June 1, 2020

"The Bleak Wood," a short story, now online in Barely South Review

Writing mild horror fiction may seem like an odd side hustle for a Christian teacher, but what can I say? The imagination is a beautiful creation.

The spring issue of Barely South Review is out, and you can pop over there right now and read my short story, "The Bleak Wood" (if you are brave enough!). Basically, if ticks and other creepy-crawlies freak you out, this piece might not be to your taste. Other than that, it's appropriate for middle school on up.

Barely South Review is the literary journal of the Creative Writing program at Old Dominion University, and I'm thrilled to have my work appear in its pages. Hope you stop by and check it out!

Monday, April 6, 2020

Honorable Mention for my flash fiction story "A Backward Tragedy"

Stop by Maura Yzmore's site to read a collection of flash fiction stories that won or placed in her "Quarantine Quanta" writing contest. Maybe the best part is that you can download the ebook and enjoy all the top stories during your "abundant" free time! My "drabble" (a 100-word story) "A Backward Tragedy" received an Honorable Mention. This story is appropriate for high school age and up.